Happy New Year with New Beginnings

As previously mentioned, my son was married this past August.

I’m finally getting around to posting some pictures and what better timing than to celebrate a new year with brand new beginnings.

The wedding was beautiful and so many of details can be attributed to the time and attention taken by my daughter-in-law’s family. The many helpers and sources also contributed with their artistic talents, ranging from events, to food to photography.

All these beautiful photo credits go to Carrie Holbo, who is an exceptional photographer, with quite the artistic eye for composing and getting the right shot at the right moment — a hard thing to do at a wedding with many moving parts.

Before the festivities began, out of town guests received welcome boxes. We helped with the locally popped popcorn, maps and chocolates and assembly.

Wedding Welcome boxes on Art Is Everywhere

Guest welcome boxes, designed by bride’s family

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We used Fleurir chocolates in the Guest Welcome Boxes. They were recently featured in Energy of the City magazine by Washington Gas. They are probably the best chocolates, I’ve every had. They really are “hand grown,” miniature masterpieces.

Fleurir chocolates via Energy of the City UntitledThe Rehearsal Dinner was at the Lincoln restaurant in DC. We rode a bus there and on took a night tour of the city on the return trip, getting out at the WWII Memorial.

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Mason jar chandelier

Mason jar chandelier

Rehearsal dinner celebrants

Rehearsal dinner celebrants

Libby and Piers, bride and groom

Libby and Piers, bride and groom

World War II Memoria - Night Tour on Art Is Everywhere

World War II Memorial – Night Tour

The ceremony was beautiful. The stand-out decorations were the handmade, giant ruche / tissue-paper flowers by the bride’s family. These provided the height for a glorious backdrop that rustled in the breeze.

Ceremony venue atop the Lorien Hotel

Ceremony venue atop the Lorien Hotel

The Reverend Locher and Peter Sr officiated the service.

The Reverend Elizabeth Locher and Peter Sr officiated the service.

Jackson cited the readings

Jackson read the readings

The Reverend Cannon Spencer performed the blessing

The Reverend Cannon Spencer performed the blessing

The married couple

The married couple

The many details made all the difference:

Individual Butoniers

Individual Butoniers

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Wedding Dress

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Bridal Bouquet

And bouquets with bridesmaids

And bouquets with bridesmaids

Handmade dog bisquits

Handmade dog biscuits

Couples were asked to bring their own wedding photos to display

Couples were asked to bring their own wedding photos to display

Thank you gifts of Virginia peanuts and beer.

Thank you gifts of Virginia peanuts and beer.

The reception had many personal touches. The food was delicious and everyone was able to relax and enjoy. We brought the pictorial display from the Rehearsal Dinner with everyone’s photos of their most memorable moments of Piers or Libby individually or as a couple.

Welcome board with memory photos on Art is Everywhere

Welcome board with memory photos

A bounty of beautiful cakes from which to choose.

A bounty of beautiful, individual wedding cakes from which to choose.

mother + son dance

mother + son dance

The bride gets down

The bride gets to enjoy her party

Piers & Libby enjoy a toast

Piers & Libby enjoy a toast

The standard family and bride and groom pictures were take but somehow these seemed less rigid and more relaxed. They help to memorialize this important event, which brings everyone involved to a new stage in their life.

Bride's family

Bride’s family

Groom's family

Groom’s family

Brotherly love

Brotherly love

Libby & Piers

Libby & Piers

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Bride and Groom on Art Is Everywhere

Setting out on their life together

Boutique Birthday Getaway

It’s always fun to surprise someone and have it work out.

Last year this time, my husband and I were in Panama for a planned trip for his 50th birthday. I was just looking at those photos the other day on my new S-digital frame. (There are about 5 years of unedited photos to add and this way I can finally enjoy looking at them without the angst and time-I-don’t-have to edit them yet I can organize them in folders on the frame and play just what I want to see. Best Christmas present ever!) We were lucky to take this trip via Jetsetter’s fabulous package deal. Low and behold, Jetsetter strikes again!

I was reviewing yet another never-gonna-buy-from-Gilt email and thinking I really need to unsubscribe from this, when I saw the Jetsetter deal for the Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, VA. We’ve been wanting to stay at this hotel (and I’ve posted about it previously on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog) but the rates and busy schedules have prevented us from doing so, and it just happens to be right down the street from us. We frequent their restaurants and their gourmet deli all the time, however. I couldn’t resist; I purchased the deal, sent them a message explaining we were their neighbors and this was a surprise getaway for Peter for his birthday. We arrived and they obviously had not read the “special instructions” comment box. “Oh well, the stay will be luxurious enough,” I thought. The interior design is done by Vincent Wolf and it has a very calming-contemporary, zen-like, spa feel.

I love the open surface, barn-type-track, glass doors for the bathroom and shower and the mirror is exactly what I’ve been looking for with a low profile for our own bathroom. Fortunately, I can purchase some of the Kimpton Style décor items through their website, where I will definitely be shopping soon…

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I’ve been wishing for this desk chair to replace the one in my office for years….

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We started out our evening not at the hotel because their bar wasn’t open at check in time. We have recently discovered the Odd Bar in Clarendon and headed there — great vieux carré drinks, food and music, where we aren’t necessarily the oldest ones in the establishment.

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Upon returning this is what we experienced. We decided to cap off our night in the Lorien’s courtyard with hot mint juleps around their cozy firepit. This just makes me want to get a permanent firepit but we can always go to our neighbors anytime, the front desk assured us.
Don’t you just love the clever use of mirrors to enlarge the space? This is an idea I’ve always wanted to do in my own garden but don’t have the space to even try.

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When we got back to the room, there was a bottle of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries waiting for us! I guess someone did read the memo…

We like their restaurant Brabo but haven’t eaten breakfast here, so we decided to give it a go. It was delicious but I am literally intrigued with their menu — at least the backside of it — metallic and cork. What a gorgeous combo of attractive opposites. I’d like to try to do this as a Casart wallcovering….gets me thinking.

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Finally, since we didn’t get to relax in their library, I thought I’d take a picture for its design aspect, all wrapped up in white. The only thing is, how do you remember where the book is that you want to read? 😉

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What a great birthday getaway practically in our backyard.