A Formal, Winter Wedding at Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, DC

Beth Castoro (33 and a kindergarten teacher) and Stephen Varanko (33 and works for the US government) have known each other since they were in prescho

Beth Castoro (33 and a kindergarten teacher) and Stephen Varanko (33 and works for the US government) have known each other since they were in preschool. (Their parents once caught them skimming through a Playboy magazine as kids!) Years later, at her parents' annual Superbowl party, Stephen's mother dared Beth to mail a copy of Playboy to Stephen, who was living in California at the time. Stephen found the prank hilarious and the two reconnected. They dated for five years before Stephen proposed to Beth in front of the fireplace at their home. "I wanted a classic, romantic winter wedding with all white flowers," says Beth. "We chose the Willard InterContinental Hotel as our venue because of its elegance and rich history, with incredible details everywhere you looked." To complement the white flower arrangements of tulips, roses, hydrangeas, delphiniums and ranunculus, Beth and Stephen chose a color scheme of champagne, blush, gold and ivory. With the help of Jeanette Tavares from EVOKE, they transformed the already opulent ballroom at the Willard InterContinental Hotel into a truly breathtaking spectacle. The hall was draped in billowy white linens and tables were arranged with an assortment of beautiful metallic linens from La Tavola. Crystal chandeliers and elegant gold candlesticks illuminated the dining area and the checkered dance floor. Beth and Stephen's decadent ballroom wedding was gorgeous with its ornate details and amazing venue.

Beth carried a bouquet with white ranunculus, white roses, and other white seasonal flowers. Her bouquet also had little gold bells so that it jingled when she walked, which fit the winter wedding theme.
Beth wore a stunning mermaid style Martiana Liana wedding dress with a double stranded diamond headpiece to her hotel wedding.
Elegant Winter Wedding at Willard Intercontinental Hotel
The bridesmaids wore floor length, charcoal chiffon dresses
The ceremony was held in the decadent Willard room, which featured marble pillars and gold chandeliers. Beth and Stephen walked down an ivory aisle, and their guests sat in gold chiavari chairs during the ceremony.
Beth and Stephen were married under hanging votive candles, and the altar at which they said their vows was decorated with spilling white bouquets of delphiniums, tulips and roses.
Recessional at Lavish DC Hotel Ballroom Wedding
Dining tables at the reception were covered with metallic linens in champagne and ivory, which matched the gold frame chairs.
Centerpieces included dome shaped arrangements of white hydrangeas, white roses and greens in tall mercury vases. The ballroom in which the reception was held featured antique crystal chandeliers.
Long tables at the reception were lined with white rose and hydrangea flower arrangements as well as elegant gold candlesticks. The hall was draped with white linens, creating a romantic and intimate effect.
First Dance on Checkered Dance Floor at DC Reception
The groom's cake that Beth gifted to Stephen was decorated with his favorite things, including golf balls, golf clubs and "The Godfather."
The jaw-dropping wedding cake was decorated with silver and gold ribbons, white roses, blush cake flowers and white and gold fondant. It had two flavors: pistachio pound cake soaked in rum with bittersweet chocolate mousse and apple spice cake soaked in calvados with spiced milk chocolate mousse and chocolate buttercream filling.