When Emily and Dan first approached us to design their June wedding we knew it would be a special one. Aside from being lovely people, Emily had a vision to create an enchanted garden feel with gorgeous dusty rose and mauve tones. Us at Helen Olivia Floral Design were thrilled to bring it to life, and are equally thrilled to share the gorgeous photos with you. As a matter of fact, we’ll call it Dusty Rose Magic at Meridian House!
The venue, Meridian House, is a standout favorite of ours in Washington DC. A historic home with French influence throughout, it is most loved for its sprawling gardens, pea gravel courtyard, and incredible architecture. If you’ve had the pleasure of attending a wedding there, you know it’s a venue that transports you back to another time.
Ceremony & Reception
The ceremony, which took place in the garden, featured a gorgeous petal-lined aisle with lush garden urns in shades of blush and green. Despite being in the thick of cicada season, we were blessed with a bug-less and beautiful June night.
In addition, the reception featured gorgeous blush and white linens and a striking mix of towering centerpieces and low, candlelit designs.
Extra touches- like vintage rental furniture- made the perfect perch for wedding guests to take a break from the packed dance floor. Every detail down to the throw pillows was hand selected.
One of our favorite floral splurges came in the form of over-the-top floral installations on each of the mantels in the home.
Perhaps our favorite touch- and a first for us- was the addition of a signature scent. Emily worked with Jo Malone London to layer scents throughout the venue so guests were emersed with all their senses.
Lucky guests enjoyed surprises throughout the night, from signature cocktails to a donut wall to custom favors. It was truly a special wedding.
I would be remiss to leave out the bit about how gracefully Emily and Dan navigated a pandemic. These two handled a year-long postponement with grace and even opted for an intimate elopement in the Virginia countryside. The event took place on what would have been their original wedding date. Truly, they turned lemons into lemonade. We feel lucky to pull off not one, but two beautiful weddings for them.
FLORIST: HELEN OLIVIA FLOWERS
VENUE: MERIDIAN HOUSE
PLANNER/STYLIST: MARY ELIZABETH CREATIVE
CATERER: SUSAN GAGE CATERING
RENTALS: SOMETHING VINTAGE
PHOTOGRAPHER: MANTAS KUBILINSKAS
CUSTOM PRINTING: SINCERELY ADDISON
HAIR & MAKEUP: GEORGETOWN BRIDE