An Elegant Purple Wedding at Washington Dulles Hilton in Herndon, Virginia

Dawn Battistella (35 and a project manager) and Wes Schake (28 and a project manager) wanted to balance formal style with a lively atmosphere for their wedding. "Wes and I like nice things, but we also love to have fun," Dawn says. To get that elegant, formal vibe they were going for, Dawn and Wes were married in the ballroom at the Washington Dulles Hilton in Herndon, Virginia. They chose a glamorous color palette of purple, silver and ivory to decorate the space. Purple uplighting illuminated the stage that Dawn and Wes stood on as they said their vows. To add some fun to the recessional, the couple threw on some sunglasses as they walked up the aisle as husband and wife. At cocktail hour, guests were served a tropical signature drink called the Bora Bora Breeze (named for their honeymoon location), and each glass came with an awesome LED ice cube. The reception also took place in the ballroom at the Washington Dulles Hilton, and featured textured purple tables with tall white floral centerpieces and silver chiavari chairs. To fuel their guests, who were up all night on the dance floor, Dawn and Wes had a candy bar alongside their wedding cake that included tons of nostalgic candy choices. Megan Chase Photography captured all the fun details from the day.