A Formal Engagement

Our annual wedding issue is one of the most most exciting shoots of the year. By the end of the day, it felt as if we were getting ready for a reception. Our setting is the Jefferson Hotel, commonly known as Washington’s most discerning hotel.

These looks are inspired by the hotel’s beaux arts interior, originally built in 1923 and renovated in 2009. The lobby and restaurant, Plume, are decorated in warm grays with orange accents. Our favorite space is the dining room’s Bird’s Nest table, lined with books. The looks feature flowing silk crepe, fringes, headpieces and costume jewelry galore. Dramatic makeup is the finishing touch.

Inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s years in France, this opulent, yet comfortable, bridal suite is decorated in French antiques, prints and paintings, along with paneled wood floors. The corner suite’s southeastern exposure allowed sunlight beautifully illuminated these “brides-to-be.”

Photography Yvonne Taylor
Models Willow Amura & Dina Shamimova
Hair Luigi Parasmo of Luigi Parasmo Salon
Makeup Makeup by Flaminia Garioni of Luigi Parasmo Salon
Production Assistants Sara Gilgore, John Paul Hamilton, & Gwendolyn Shearman

Look 1 & 2
Dress by Monique Lhuillier from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Jewelry, Vaubel Green earrings from Dalton Pratt
Jewelry, Ash Moonstone Ring from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Jewelry, Jose pin from Dalton Pratt
Clutch by Maria Elena Headpieces from Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Look 3
Dress by Rivini from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Jewelry Cheryl King, antique oval bracelet from Dalton Pratt
Jewelry Alyne Square, crystal bracelet from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Headpiece by Maria Elena Headpieces from Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Look 4
dress by Marchesa from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Jewelry, Pyrite necklace (worn as bracelet) from Dalton Pratt
Jewelry, Samira necklace (worn as headband) from Dalton Pratt
Stole by Temperley London from Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Look 5 & 6
Dress by Carolina Herrera from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Jewelry, Vivo Pearl Necklace from Dalton Pratt
Jewelry, Kara Ross Green ring from Dalton Pratt

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