An Elegant, Romantic Wedding at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Katie Asprovski (29 and the owner of Capital Bridal Affair) and Christopher Weaver (28 and an account manager) planned a sophisticated, romantic soiree with a color palette of coral, gold and ivory hues. They Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington provided an elegant storied backdrop for the day with well-appointed interiors and contemporary design. “The Mayflower Hotel is very special to me,” says Katie. “My mom and grandmother would take me to the hotel as a child for Sunday tea. It’s also the home to my luxury bridal show, Capital Bridal Affair. It’s incomparable. The staff, the history and sophisticated atmosphere makes it impossible not to fall in love.”

The day started with a ceremony in the Chinese ballroom, where floating candles and rose petals lined the aisle that led to a lush floral arch under which Katie and Christopher exchanged vows. The reception followed in the State Room. Champagne and ivory linens and gold-trimmed chargers set a regal tone for the tablescapes, with coral rose centerpieces adding a pop of warm, inviting color. Dozens of votive candles cast a romantic, ambient glow over the room, while monogrammed car-shaped cookies added a hint of playfulness. After dinner, guests noshed on sweet treats from Charles Street Bakery and decadent wedding cake dotted with vibrant coral sugar flowers. “My friend Janet Linares created my wedding cake. I told her to surprise me — it was stunning,” says Katie. “I worked with a lot of people in the pastry world and nobody can make a wedding cake like Janet.”

Great entertainment was high on Katie and Christopher’s must-have list and the pair more than delivered. They kicked off the evening’s festivities with a choreographed foxtrot-turned-swing dance to “Mean to Me” by Brett Eldredge and “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor, which went over big with guests. The band Millenium kept everyone dancing late into the night and even elicited cries for more after the last song.

A tip for the taking from Katie: “Take a few days to settle down before leaving for your honeymoon! We really enjoyed being able to get our house and sleep back in order before taking off to France. And don’t stress over the small stuff. Focus on your experience and make yourself take the day slowly. Your guests will remember your smile, but they'll never remember your cake not being the right shade of pink or your DJ playing the wrong song.”