In the spirit of the Derby today, we're sharing a few details from L + G's Washington National Cathedral & The Hay-Adams wedding with you.  When we first met this couple, we visited their horse ranch out in the wine country of Temecula, California. Laura knew she wanted to incorporate her passion for horses into her wedding day design.

We worked with Edge Floral to design an elegant wedding with equestrian touches.  We strategically played up the "theme" a little more during cocktail hour. Inspired by the wood tones in the John Hay room, the cocktail area color palette included cocoa browns, leather and rose gold. A wood table in the center of the room held the bride's collection of saddles with riding boots, beeswax candles and apples to add interest to the food stations.

 The highlight of the design was a large focal escort card display. We created custom horse show award ribbons from Hodges Badge Company. Riding and showing her entire life, our bride loved that we suggested using REAL show ribbons (anything too crafty wouldn't have pulled off the same look or impressed the crowd!) Huge thanks to the team at Hodges for their help with this custom project. We used the couples new monogram in the center of the rosette button and listed their names and wedding date on the center streamer in gold foil. We asked Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy to add the guest names and table assignments to personalize each ribbon (thanks for always being up for our challenges Michele!)

The show ribbons were pinned to a huge satin ribbon backdrop which was framed in leather.  Boxwood hedges in white planters were placed on each side of the board to resemble what you might see at a show. Check out our video to see a time-lapse of the board's creation (ribbon board set-up starts around 2 minutes in!)  If you look closely, you'll also see the bride's bouquet wrapped in leather, a detail we adored!

Upstairs at the Top of the Hay for dinner, we kept the color palette light and classic. To continue the equestrian theme, each of the tables were named after a different horse show.





Loved this Kendall's Cakes wedding cake to match the bride's dress!


We'll leave you with a few additional pictures from L+G's wedding - we just love the Washington National Cathedral and are excited to be working with this lovely family once again for Laura's sister's wedding this summer!





Thank you Amy Deputy Photography for the lovely images.

 

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