Real Wedding Lauren and Neal – Woodend Sanctuary, Part 2

It was such a privilege to work with Lauren and Neal as their wedding planner. I loved their vision for a wedding that included seasonal purple and white flowers, a dreamy outdoor setting, delicious food and a fun dance party. See part 1 to view their getting ready, portraits and ceremony at Woodend; and their feature on United With Love (part 1 and part 2). For Lauren, Neal and their family, this was a destination wedding; shortly after their engagement the two moved to NYC, with families traveling to the DC area from the South. We incorporated their upbringing with a gourmet Southern inspired menu from Design Cuisine, as well as some local Maryland food favorites. Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Lauren and Neal’s ceremony happened right before sunset. To add to the decor, as well as to provide lighting, Growing Wild Floral set-up lanterns throughout the path. We also incorporated lanterns within the escort card table to complete the look. This became one of my favorite details from the wedding. It’s sweet and simple, yet elegant and impactful. And those dinnerplate dahlias are perfection! Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Design Cuisine provided delicious food and drink that were perfect for the upscale casual menu that Lauren and Neal chose. Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real WeddingVictoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real WeddingVictoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real WeddingVictoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Another favorite design detail were the place settings we chose from DC Rental; they complimented Lauren and Neal’s look and color scheme perfectly. The eggplant wine and water glasses are a fun surprise on the table and really takes the whole look to the next level. Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real WeddingVictoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

After dinner, Lauren and Neal danced for the first time as husband and wife! Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Design Cuisine worked with Lauren and Neal to create a simple, classic and beautiful wedding cake. Barbara at Growing Wild Floral provided the fresh blooms. Bridesmaids bouquets were displayed on the table and also added to the overall look. Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real WeddingVictoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real WeddingVictoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Congrats again to Lauren and Neal and thank you to Victoria Ruan Photography, for capturing the day!

The wonderful vendor team included:

Venue: Woodend Sanctuary

Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions

Caterer (dessert and wedding cake): Design Cuisine 

Photography: Victoria Ruan

Floral Design: Growing Wild Floral

Officiant: Joan Nelson Phillips

Rentals: DC Rental

Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Live Music, Music by Anthem

Reception Music: DJ David Orlando

Hair Stylist: Jewel Hair Design

Make Up Artist: Make-up by Mimi Tran

Wedding Dress & Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Invitations: Ruff House Art 

Questions email me at –  thebrightoccasions@gmail.com – www.brightoccasions.com

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