Elizabeth + Dylan | Josephine Butler Parks Center | Washington, D.C.

Organic D.C. – that’s what one of their guests most accurately described this beautiful reception as. Elizabeth & Dylan reached out to me back in June to assist them with throwing a beautifully simple and intimate reception at Washington, D.C.’s Josephine Butler Parks Center. This venue is sooooo beautiful, loves! It is described by its owners as ” an 18,000 sq ft, 40-room Renaissance-revival style mansion”. Now, loves, doesn’t that sound just breathtaking? It did not disappoint!

I knew this was going to be an organic, chic event when Elizabeth suggested Cava Mezze in the heart of Arlington, VA. for our very first planning meeting. We had a variety of dips with toasted crackers, along with roasted cauliflower and other nice specialties. They both wanted the focus to be on their family, friends, and their love for one another and chose to not include several of the ‘traditional’ pieces of a reception – which I could respect and found very refreshing! (although I love my traditional weddings, as well!). Also, instead of a plated dinner, or buffet – they chose to go with the AH-MAZING Eat and Smile Catering and serve passed hors d’oeuvres to their guests. Friends….their food is crazy (good). Cocktail hour boasted lamb sliders, corn soup shots, cucumber cream cheese tea sandwiches, while the actual reception showcased breakfast tacos, french toasts, and roasted fall veggie scramble. Is your mouth watering? Oh – check out my FIRST menu sign! The couple LOVED it!

Aside from the food, the couple had some EXCELLENT details! I had no part in the beautifullllll floral centerpieces – these were created by the bride, herself. SERIOUSLY! I simply laid them out in the space so that they complemented the space well. BEAUTIFUL! Oh – and she wore TOMS the entire night. SHE’S AWESOME! And lastly (but probably my favorite because I’m a certified FOODIE…….. GELATO. BAR. That is all.

Enjoy some snapshots courtesy of Angel Kidwell Photography – she was SUCH a joy to work with!

Venue: Josephine Butler Parks Center (Washington, D.C.)

Coordination/Styling: Hello Love Events

Catering: Eat and Smile Catering

DJ/Music: Dominion DJs

Photography: Angel Kidwell Photography

About hellolove

Hello Love Events is a wedding & event planning + design boutique located in Northern Virginia. It offers a variety of planning/coordination services to a wide range of personal and social events including, but not limited to, weddings, anniversaries, baby & bridal showers, Quinceañeras, Sweet Sixteens (16), Luncheons, and more. Hello Love Events mostly offers these services across the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas of the United States, however, they are also willing to travel to other parts of the U.S. and abroad. Connect with Lacoya Heggie on Google+