Every wedding vendor team is created a little differently. In this series we explore how and why each couple selected the right wedding vendor team for their wedding day.
Back in late 2019, Jackie and Ethan were visiting a winery in Virginia when he popped the question. After celebrating with their immediate families, they spent a romantic night at The Inn at Little Washington and soon began wedding discussions. With a few time constraints to consider, they decided on a wedding the following summer. Initially, they considered a July 4th soiree, but ultimately decided against it, instead opting for a date two weekends prior.
Plans moved forward for a wedding in the heart of Washington D.C.—where the couple resides—as they secured a venue. But by May 2020, it was clear that the pandemic and mass protests forced them back to the drawing board. Thankfully, by then they had booked planner Aimee Dominick of A. Dominick Events to guide them as they navigated how to safely and stylishly celebrate.
“We found Aimee Dominick through references and some independent research. No surprise that she is highly regarded and great at what she does!” —Jackie, bride
Wedding Venue & Catering
Jackie and Ethan had previously considered The Inn at Little Washington as a wedding venue, and revisited it when adjusting their plans. And as it happened, their best availability was surrounding Independence Day. So they sprang for the patriotic date and embraced it as they forged ahead with a wedding that was elegant yet relaxed, with a hint of Americana throughout. Including an American flag cornhole set during cocktail hour, American flag pushpins to hold the calligraphed escort cards in place, and a surprise fireworks show at the end of the night.
“Ethan and I were totally in love with the venue as we are both foodies (and lovers of all things wine) and had experienced such a special night there the day of our engagement. What an amazing place to dine on one’s wedding! We were so thankful they accommodated us during such a crazy time and grateful to have had the opportunity to host our guests there. I honestly wish I could eat there on a weekly basis.
The location also had the added positive of being out in the countryside where our guests could appropriately social distance outside under an open air tent.” —Jackie, bride
From there it was on to selecting a wedding photographer. Jackie’s mother had done a ton of research about vendors, and formed a very short list for photographers. Lucky for the couple, the photographer at the top of that list (Corbin Gurkin) was ready and willing to document the destination wedding weekend.
“One person we engaged almost immediately was our photographer, Corbin Gurkin. All of the vendors were important and played key roles in making our special day come to life, but it was especially important to us to make sure those memories were well documented to last the years to come. Corbin is so easy-going, flexible, and insanely talented—we were just grateful she was able to accommodate our rescheduled date.” —Jackie, bride
Wedding Stationer, Hair & Makeup, & Music
With plans officially shifted, it was time to loop in the guests. This happened in style, thanks Wouldn’t It Be Lovely, a stationer that incorporated beautiful watercolor artwork. At the same time, the window to plan the wedding was shrinking by the day, so several other decisions quickly happened in succession. Bridal Hair by Remona and Nour Kaoun were recruited to do hair and makeup, respectively. And a duo of talent was secured for the couple’s musical needs: Sage String Quartet for the ceremony and DJ Chris Stiles from Élan Artists for the reception.
Wedding Florist & Décor
They then tapped Southern Blooms to design various floral elements—like a striking ceremony arch and cascading bouquet using a variety of white flowers and greenery. And Social Supply Design & Décor came on as a decor partner to round out the look and feel of the day.
Wedding Tent & Rentals
To bring the bride’s long-standing dream of having a wedding under a tent in the middle of the countryside, a classic sailcloth tent was a must.
“Sugarplum tents was a no brainer. They have the most amazing team and beautiful products.” —Aimee Dominick, planner/designer
Wedding Cake & Videographer
Dessert was the next decision, with Jackie and Ethan selecting Fleur and Flour to create their three-tier wedding cake. And around that time the couple explored options for videographers—ultimately landing on Bowen Films to document their day.
Wedding Cookies & Fireworks
Another sweet touch was added in the form of cookies piped with the likenesses of presidents past made by Fluffy Thoughts Cakes that were given as favors over the span of the patriotic holiday weekend. One final and fitting addition for a wedding on Independence Day was a fireworks display, which came courtesy of Virginia Skypainters.