A Regal, Marie Antoinette Themed Wedding at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C.

Our wedding was a French, Marie-Antoinette, inspired wedding.  The wedding had a regal feel with a mix of luxe gold, pastels of pink and aqua and a fl

Our wedding was a French, Marie-Antoinette, inspired wedding.  The wedding had a regal feel with a mix of luxe gold, pastels of pink and aqua and a flair of personality with a bee inspired theme.  There was a bee theme throughout the wedding.  My (the bride) fiance nicknamed me,"Busy Bee" early in our relationship because I was always very busy running the large bridal salon and event company I co-own with my mother.  the nickname stuck.  So when designing my own wedding, in order to  make it more personal, I added beautiful queen bees and honeycomb patterns subtly throughout the design and the entire event.  We created "The Hive," where the band and dancing took place and later in the reception we opened the "Busy Bee Bakery," which was a facade of a french bakery.  Two girls in custom aprons and bakery hats served delectable bee inspired treats...and of course French Macaroons!  The bee was a consistent theme throughout the wedding and we used the symbol in our wedding brand.  The custom crest designed by Ceci of Ceci New York was used on our invitations, programs, napkins, guest towels, custom pillows, custom bow ties for the groomsmen, escort cards, bakery, cake, floral design and more.  My mother and I designed the entire event  and decor.  We then hired amazing vendors to execute the day of the wedding, so we could enjoy the day and being bride and mother of the bride.  The ceremony took place at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Washington, DC and the reception was held at the Cosmos Club (a private club with a ballroom from the gilded age).  It was stunning!  There were so many special touches and details.  The wedding was a perfect reflection of the relationship between me and my husband and was a day honoring the sanctity of marriage, the love of a husband and wife and joining two families together.

The wedding invitations were designed by Ceci New York, the same firm that also designed the wedding logos and the couple's personal crest.
Matching Diamond Encrusted Wedding Rings
Jessica's "something blue" were her aqua shoes which matched her bridesmaids' dresses. She also wore custom vintage style jewelry from Margaret Rowe.
Jessica wore the same bejeweled tiara that her sisters wore at their weddings.
Jessica wore an updated ball gown by Pronovias which had three-quarter sheer sleeves and an illusion bodice with pearls and beading.
The bridesmaids wore pale aqua chiffon dresses with gold beading to match the regal French theme.
Cafe Au Lait Dahlia and Pink Peony Bridal Bouquet
Groomsmen in Black Tie Before Marie Antoinette Themed Wedding
Bridesmaids Adjusting Long Lace Veil
Ceremony at Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church
Bride in the Getaway Car at a Wedding in Downtown D.C.
Pink and Aqua Reception Program
The themed reception seating area featured custom printed aqua and pink pillows with "The Hive" logo and the couple's personal crest.
Guests were given pale aqua pashmina scarves as they entered the reception hall. "We wanted to make our guests feel treasured and understand how thankful we were to have each and every one of them spend the day with us," says Jessica.
Dome Shaped Centerpieces with Cafe Au Lait Dahlias and Pink Roses
Glass Cloche Flower Arrangements
"I love treats and cupcakes and I always wanted to have a bakery for my guests to enjoy at my wedding," says Jessica. "We created the "Busy Bee Bakery" for guests to enjoy French macaroons, mini cupcakes with gilded bees and bee sugar cookies. A stage set backdrop was custom designed to resemble a French bakery, complete with awnings and topiary and branded with a logo of a bee wearing a baker's hat."
Guests were given "Busy Bee Bakery" gift boxes so they could take desserts home with them.
The five tier wedding cake was covered in gold filigree and fondant flowers, and had various fillings with chocolate, yellow and strawberry cake.
The reception was held at the Cosmos Club ballroom. The venue was the Gilded Age townhouse of the Townsend family and its ornate interior was perfectly suited for the Marie Antoinette themed wedding.