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An Elegant Contemporary Wedding in Washington, DC

The Bride Monique Cox, 28, the owner of PROssistant, a virtual assisting and management company The Groom Christopher (Chris) Samuels, 34, a retired f

The Bride Monique Cox, 28, the owner of PROssistant, a virtual assisting and management company The Groom Christopher (Chris) Samuels, 34, a retired football player for the Washington Redskins The Date March 3 All things sparkly led the day's design, which the couple based in a contemporary palette of white and gunmetal.

White Flower Girl Dress
Silver chiavari chairs, a crystal altar canopy and dramatic arrangements set an upscale tone.
White and Crystal Decor
Spiked pumps not only went along with the day's sparkling motif, but also made for an edgy surprise peeking out from the slit in Monique's dress.
The couple chose a unity sand ritual to demonstrate two lives becoming one.
Since the wedding cake was quite large, Monique and Chris requested a clean design to keep it modern.
Soaring arrangements of roses, hydrangeas and calla lilies got their height from glittering pedestal vases.
Lace-up Back Gown
For a little variety, Monique's bridesmaids wore different silhouettes of the same metallic fabric.
The reception tablescapes alternated between floral centerpieces and mirrored pedestals with candles and hanging crystals.
Both the ceremony and reception were held in the same space, wowing guests after its transformation.
When it came to the day's fashion, the couple was all about bespoke: Chris had his personal tailor create a gray tuxedo for him, and Monique worked directly with Pnina Tornai on a bejeweled gown.