Spring 2012 Wedding Guide

An engaging performance

park hyatt washington!

You’re dangerously in love, and he’s just put a ring on it. With help from some local pros, you’ll make beautiful music together.

Check on It
The Park Hyatt Washington unveiled its 10,000-square-foot Gallery just in time for 2012 nuptials. In-house access to Blue Duck Tavern pastry chef Peter Brett, who created the tiered confection pictured on the U.S. wedding stamp, is the cherry on top.

Take notes, DIY brides: Suann Song of Simplesong Design teaches Intro to Letterpress at Old Town paper haven Fifteen/Eleven. The stylish pro guides you through invites, place cards, and thank-you postcards.

moshe zusman!Irreplaceable
It goes by in a flash. Photographer Moshe Zusman captures spontaneous moments and styles timeless (not stuffy) portraits. He’s especially good at coaxing the shy to shine.

If I Were a Boy
Book an appointment upstairs at Streets of Georgetown for a made-to-measure Hickey Freeman suit. The black, two-button number from the Sterling Collection is a popular request at Joseph Abboud’s snappy concept store.

Lift Off
Face your future with confidence, thanks to expert hair and makeup application by Victoria Stiles. Her favorite look for brides? Finger waves, a birdcage veil, and matte red lips.

the sweet lobby!Sweet Dreams
Send guests home with color-coordinated, monogrammed heart macarons from The Sweet Lobby. Winnette McIntosh Ambrose hand-pipes 40 flavors ranging from rose and pistachio to spicy curry mango and red-hot chili chocolate.

Suga Mama
In less than a year, husband and wife team Anthony and Barbara Chavez (Layered Cake Patisserie) have the competition iced. Specialty flavors include Lemon Lou, high-octane caramel macchiato, and a gluten-free chocolate option.

Fox-trot through a host of other wedding tips here.

Photos: Courtesy of Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.; Courtesy of Moshe Zusman Photography; Carla Sims / Courtesy of The Sweet Lobby