A Vibrant Fall Wedding at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC

Of all places, Lisa Manson (27 and an attorney) and Will Vickery (26 and a senior investigator) found inspiration for their wedding style from a piece

Of all places, Lisa Manson (27 and an attorney) and Will Vickery (26 and a senior investigator) found inspiration for their wedding style from a piece of stationery. The card (which was actually a “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” card made by The Rifle Paper Company) with its pink, coral and blue floral motif guided all of their wedding day details. They started with invites that matched the card and used the same design for their guest book and wedding cake topper. There were bright pashminas for guests at the ceremony in the same shades of pink and coral. Then at the reception, bright flower arrangements with dahlias, anemones and garden roses popped against the navy blue tables. The reception at DAR Constitution Hall wasn’t your typical sit-down dinner. Instead, Lisa and Will chose to have a cocktail reception because they wanted to encourage their guests to mingle. "Our family and friends don't get to see each other very often, so we didn't want to force them to sit at tables for hours with only a few other people," Lisa says.The couple hired a month-of wedding planner to help with the wedding planning process. "The only reason I was able to actually relax and enjoy my wedding was because Rebecca Sparks from Rex and Regina was there to ensure that everything ran smoothly," Lisa says. All of the beautiful details of the day were perfectly captured by Sweet Tea Photography.

The floral motif in pink coral and light blue from the stationery inspired the color scheme and all of the decor for Lisa and Will’s fall wedding. While planning her wedding, Lisa used their stationery as a reference when working with her vendors so that she could coordinate everything from the cake topper to the straws at cocktail hour.
"I joked that Will only proposed so he'd have an excuse to buy a Brooks Brothers tuxedo," Lisa says. Whatever the excuse, Will looked handsome in a classic black tuxedo with a white shirt with black buttons and a black bow tie. He had a simple white rose boutonniere pinned to his lapel.
Instead of matching her flowers to her color palette, Lisa carried a bridal bouquet with ivory and blush roses, anemones with navy centers and greens. Sidra Forman Florals created all of the bouquets and flower arrangements. “The flowers turned out even better than anything I could have imagined,” Lisa says.
Lisa wore a strapless French Chantilly lace wedding dress with a mermaid-style silhouette by Augusta Jones. Underneath, the dress had a subtle blush satin underlay. She wore her hair up and paired her gown with a waltz-length veil for the outdoor ceremony. Pearl accessories completed the look.
Bride and Groom at a Classy DC Wedding
Lisa and Will gave their guests coral and blush scarves for the ceremony. Lisa says she bought them on an impulse after watching too many wedding shows, but it turned out for the best. There was a bit of a breeze at their evening wedding and the scarves kept guests warm. They also made for a cute take-home!
Portico Ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall
To avoid overwhelming their guests with their bright color palette, Lisa and Will kept their ceremony decor simple. The altar area was flanked with white hydrangeas and green flower arrangements in tall stone urns. Tall white pillar candles in glass cylinders added interest to the help further define the space.
Outdoor Ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall
Modern Gray Custom Wedding Napkins
The poster that guests signed at the welcome table had the same floral print from the couple’s invitation suite. Next to it, an antique ballot box once used in Lisa’s hometown functioned as the wedding card box.
The bright centerpieces coordinated with the invitation suite design that had inspired the wedding color palette and style. Each centerpiece was a grouping of three small silver vases filled with coral and ivory dahlias, free spirit roses, silver brunia and greens. The colors popped against the navy blue cocktail tablecloths.
Lisa and Will used their bakery, Grassroots Gourmet,  for all the desserts. "We wanted to be able to share some of our favorite desserts with our visiting friends and family,” Lisa says. Lisa’s dad found several antique cake stands for their dessert display.