Kaitlin and Matt’s orange and navy Paradise Cove wedding was the perfect beach vibe for their special day. It was the perfect location for my couple who loves the great outdoors, gorgeous cypress and palm trees, and a funky reception feel that welcomed guests as they mingled during cocktail hour.
You would be surprised, as the two inadvertently had a destination wedding to the lovely city of Orlando after transplanting to DC. Originally living in Orlando though, they had planned their big day out before finding out about their big move, but knew that Paradise Cove was still the perfect venue for their big day. The two have a “classic aesthetic” that worked perfectly with the modern twist Paradise Cove has to offer. Classic pops of navy and orange filled the venue from Kaitlin’s stunning bouquet to paper lanterns hanging from the sendoff dock, while market lights draped the interior of the reception pavilion.
I always love starting off with my brides getting ready. Capturing the excitement of what is to come is an incredible way to kick off the day. Monse from Luma Hair and Makeup Artistry created a flawless look for Kaitlin’s makeup and brought to life the vision she had for her hair. After getting glammed up, we headed out for formal portraits. It was really important to my couple to celebrate their milestone throughout the whole night by taking part in cocktail hour. Many of their guests flew from out of town and even out of the country, so precious time with each guest was important. Once we wrapped up formal portraits, it was time for the ‘I Do’s.’ James Sampson, a family friend and acting officiant, reminisced over the beginning of couple’s relationship and how they were just absolutely perfect for one another. After sharing a first kiss the two turned to their family and friends with hands held high in excitement as they walked down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs.
From an exciting ceremony to an exciting reception, no detail was overlooked. Music filled the ears of guests as they jammed out to the Mudflappers, a live band with a retro twist. I just loved the lead singers flapper outfit and the passion the band had during each song. Cocktail hour was a blast as guests mingled with the newlyweds and grabbed horderves served up by Cocktails Catering. Moving along to dinner, DJ Shawn Estep with Sub-Sonic Events kept the music going and dancers on the dance floor with classic hits. The night ended with Kaitlin surprising Matt with his absolute favorite, blintzes, and a boat ride sendoff.
Of course though, it wouldn’t be a story if we didn’t know the history. The two are summer camp sweethearts and actually met back in 2002! Music was just as important in their wedding, as it was back then as the camp was… you guessed it, a music camp. True to their love of music, Matt popped the question in their living room while Django Reinhardt was playing on the stereo. Wishing these two an incredible life together in DC!
Venue: Paradise Cove
Coordinator: Runway Events
Makeup and Hair: LUMA Bridal
Caterer: Cocktails Catering
Officiant: James Sampson
Band: The Mudflapps
Dress: Ann Taylor
Florist: Flower No 5