Bridesmaid Dress Shop
Blush Bridal Boutique
A bride knows her dress isn’t the only important one of the day—there are also bridesmaids’ dresses to consider. At Blush Bridal Boutique, stylists will help brides as they piece together components of their ideal wedding. After discussing visual aspects of the wedding, the stylist acts as a guide for the bride as she selects her own series of colors and styles for her best girlfriends. –VG
15125 Washington St., Suite 212, Haymarket; 703-753-8303

R&R Catering
R&R Catering is recognized for its delicious dishes. With executive chef Lubin Barrantes overseeing the preparation of all meals, R&R Catering is always incorporating new dishes to its repertoire. It may be two decades old, but R&R is at the forefront of what’s contemporary in the modern-day world of food. –VG
8004 Alban Road, Springfield; 703-451-2798

Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton

Ceremony and Reception Venue
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner provides stunning spaces to exchange vows and to celebrate your commitment with family and friends. With more than one ballroom to choose from, there are options to suit the style and needs of each bride and groom. The Plaza Room, for instance, can accommodate large ceremonies while striking a balance between elegance and intimacy. From the beautiful yet malleable Old Dominion Room—with its regal marble fireplace and wood paneling—to the ornate, elegant Ritz-Carlton Ballroom complete with crystal chandeliers, you’ll find a range of possibilities for your celebration. –VG
1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean; 703-506-4300

Karin’s Florist
Bryan Swann, director of weddings and special events at Karin’s Florist, understands the role of flowers in weddings—flowers can elevate a wedding from a large party to “an occasion.” Integrating trends like gold, seasonal flowers and a more luxurious look, Swann is always looking for what’s next in floral designs. Incorporating each couple’s unique tastes ensures every wedding is distinctly its own. –VG
527 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; 703-592-0952

Solovey Jewelers, Inc.
Solovey’s is an ideal place to find the perfect pieces for your special day. From engagement to bridal jewelry and wedding bands, Solovey’s specializes in a range of styles to fit each bride and groom’s unique tastes. Here you can find the antique, the contemporary and even the custom-designed piece you’ve always dreamed of. –VG
1475 Chain Bridge Road, McLean; 703-356-0138

Gronde Photography
Chris and Brandy Gronde are a dynamic husband-and-wife team dedicated to making the most of your wedding photography experience. “[Other] photographers talk about being photojournalists; we’re more hands-on,” Chris says. The duo strives to make sure the bride and groom have a “picture-perfect day”—even if it’s just helping with the little things, like tying a bow tie for the groom. –VG
6424 Birch Leaf Court, Burke; 571-354-5138

The Dandelion Patch
Heidi Kallet, CEO, explains that staff at The Dandelion Patch call themselves “paper stylists.” With an eye for elegant, sophisticated looks, they guide customers on both “etiquette and styling,” offering a customized approach well-suited for each couple. –VG
111 Church St. NW, Vienna; 703-319-9099

Suit/ Tux Shop
Men’s Wearhouse
Men’s Wearhouse carries a variety of options ranging from the affordable to the upscale and boasts a new, sophisticated “Black by Vera Wang” collection. A section for prestyled looks on the website includes modern, classic and expressive looks. Grooms also have the ability to explore their personal tastes with the “Build A Tux” section to achieve their own unique style. –VG
Multiple NoVA locations

Toy Box Productions
Toy Box Productions goes beyond simply videotaping weddings—they create stories. All three videographers have backgrounds in news production and strive for a documentary style, incorporating anything from the beginning to the end of the bride and groom’s special day. “Our specialty is storytelling,” Caryn Levy, communications manager, says. –VG
2601 Arlington Road, Arlington; 571-839-0621

Wedding Band
DC Fusion
A previous winner from 2013, DC Fusion is sure to beckon bride, groom and guests alike onto the dance floor. The band’s talented vocalists and musicians produce contemporary, eclectic sounds that make for a great dance-filled celebration. This fun group is “high energy, entertaining, [and] just keeping things current,” says Chris Grasso, band manager. –VG
1614-D Beekman Place NW, Washington, DC; 202-387-2675

Photography by Mollie Tobias

Wedding Cake
Edibles Incredible
For the third year in a row, Edibles Incredible takes the cake. With eclectic combinations of flavors like amaretto and the ever-popular lemon sublime, this dessert shop is sure to delight. For the warmer seasons, they also have fruitier flavors such as strawberry lemonade and strawberry delight cake. In addition to cakes, Edibles Incredible offers delectable cupcakes and is always open to new ideas from customers. –VG
11917 Freedom Drive, Reston; 703-709-8200

Wedding DJ
Jarrod Wronski, Metro DC DJs & Entertainment
“Our goal is to make the bride and groom’s wedding dreams come true,” says Jarrod Wronski. Specializing in sports-themed weddings, Wronski explains that they’ve also done a variety of other wedding themes, including one at the Carnegie Institute for Science. Whether it’s sophisticated or casual, Wronski assures us Metro DC DJs & Entertainment can do it. –VG

Wedding Dress Shop
Soliloquy Bridal Couture
Step into the dress that best captures your unique personality at Soliloquy Bridal Couture. Winning for best wedding dress shop two years in a row, the boutique boasts a wide variety of styles and signature appointments. With special services like Styling Sundays—where brides can receive complimentary styling suggestions for hair and jewelry—and even an in-house design if you have a particular style in mind, Soliloquy is there to help every step of the way. –VG
754 Elden St., Suite 103, Herndon; 571-449-2580

Courtesy of Judah Avenue Photography

Wedding Planner
Perfect Planning Events
Tara Melvin of Perfect Planning Events seeks to be an integral part of the wedding process and tells her brides and grooms that she is their “other partner in this journey.” From coordinating the events of the day itself to full wedding planning, Tara Melvin does it all—and she does it with an upbeat, stress-free attitude. “If you don’t see me stressing, then you shouldn’t stress,” she assures her clients. –VG


(June 2015)