Moody, striking, and memorable. When Taylor and Mark used those adjectives to describe their vision to Meghan for their fall Meridian House wedding at our first design meeting, we were all in!
Breaking Away from Traditional Wedding Design
Weddings at Meridian House, a historic home with a garden hidden in a bustling neighborhood of Washington D.C. often lean heavily into its 18th century French-style decor. Think romantic, traditional, pastels. Always beautiful but… Taylor and Mark were ready to break the mold and do something completely different with their design.
A Fresh Fall Wedding Palette
Their first request to steer away from the norm was the florals for their garden ceremony. Instead of a traditional arch, Taylor and Mark elected for a lush, wild, grounded ceremony arrangement in their wedding colors of dark purple, emerald green, soft pinks, black, and fuschia accents. While October is the epitome of fall weddings, it was important to them that we steered away from the oranges and rust hues that are often featured in autumn celebrations.
During cocktail hour, guests sipped on specialty drinks – a French 75 and a classic Negroni – in Meridian House’s Linden Grove and relaxed in two custom lounges created with vintage furniture while enjoying the unseasonably warm evening.
Two Favorite Design Moments
A dramatic escort card display adorned with florals and candles set the mood leading into dinner. They’d shared with us that their favorite part of their venue was its stately green library, so we made sure to feature the room prominently at dinner and create a tablescape that complimented the room’s aesthetic – black matte plates, green lucite silverware from Something Vintage, and the pièce de résistance, bold floral velvet napkins from Nuage Designs which held custom menus by Robinson Creative House.
Designing Experiences for Every Wedding Guest
As the evening went on, the dance floor heated up thanks to the work of DJ Tezrah of Lucy Black Entertainment. As a quieter away space, the library and Linden Grove were the perfect spots for guests to take a break from dancing to chat and enjoy a cocktail.
After enjoying some of Taylor and Mark’s showstopping cake and a dessert display featuring miniature tarts, their guests sent the couple off to their honeymoon in St. Barth’s with a sparkler sendoff. A wedding day our team won’t soon forget!
Venue: Meridian House, Washington D.C.
Photography: Keila Bottiglieri for Abby Jiu
Planning and Design: Meghan Hermann for A. Griffin Events
Floral Design: Stem and Thistle
Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop
Stationery: Robinson Creative House
Dress: Suzanne Neville
Pup Care: Furever and Fur Always
Hair Stylist: Styled by Anna Fazio
Make Up Artist: Erica Basha Bridal
Officiant: Ceremony Officiants
Entertainment: Lucy Black Entertainment