Washington, D.C., Spring 2011 Wedding Guide

Tips and Tricks for the Big Day

alexandra friendly photography!

Saying “I do” to your beloved couldn’t be more natural. Saying “I do” to wedding planning is a commitment you’re not ready to make. Herewith, some quick tips for a happily-ever-after party.

Snap, Snap
Hire photographer Alexandra Friendly to shoot lovely black-and-white or color photos that capture each and every moment of your big day (even the ones you miss).

Batting Average
Put your best face forward with makeup services by Angela Spicer (synergybentz@verizon.net), who strikes the right balance between photo ready and au naturel. She’ll come to you with a full suite of ecofriendly organic products, armed and ready to do brows, lash extensions, and pre-makeup facials for you and your entourage.

hugh & crye!Dressed to Thrill
Point the groom and his men toward shirts from D.C.-based Hugh & Crye. Pieces have an updated cut and near-bespoke fit. Opt for subtle checks, crisp stripes, or light-colored solids off the rack — or splurge on custom shirts and ties for the whole gang.

April Showers
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. Tempt the weather gods with initialed umbrellas from Whyte House Monograms, which could also work as bridal shower decorations. While you’re at it, have them personalize your dress, hankie, table linens, and luggage.

leonora bakery!Sweets for the Sweet

Forgo a ho-hum cake and go for mini desserts from LeoNora Gourmet Bakery. Parisian-trained baker and owner Caroline Garcia whips up bite-size raspberry tarts, lemon meringue pies, and hazelnut cakes, along with madeleines (lemon, vanilla, coconut) and chouquettes.

Band Together

Seal the deal with custom rings from Bethesda-born designer Amy Bubes, who crafts all her pieces from sustainable Argentium silver.

Photos: Alexandra Friendly; Courtesy of Hugh & Crye; Courtesy of LeoNora Gourmet Bakery

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