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Oscar de la Renta will always be considered one of the great maestros of fashion and his legend lives on through the collections of his fashion house. We are so excited to be able to share the latest Oscar de la Renta collection with D.C. brides. His house offers a high fashion sophistication and simplicity that is truly one of a kind.

For appointments please call 202 965 4696 or email

January 11, 2017 trunk show

We are so excited to have Martina Liana in our store! The line is so versatile, with mix and match combinations, and full to slim shapes. There are so many gowns to choose from for every type of bride, so be sure to join us for our first trunk show with Martina Liana. If there is a particular dress you would like to try please call or email the boutique for inquiries or to make an appointment at 202 965-4696 and Here are some of our favorites from the new collection.

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In this month’s newsletter we featured Purple Onion Catering as our Vendor of the Month. They make the most delicious food for all kinds of parties and occasions, whether it is a small gathering or large celebration, they work with their clients to create a custom tailored menu to their taste. With all of the holiday celebrations going on, we asked our friends at Purple Onion to share their top five holiday entertaining tips, here’s what they had to say…

Happy Holidays!

1.     This may seem obvious but if your budget allows call a caterer!  Outsourcing allows you to enjoy your event and get to spend time with your loved ones.  If catering is not an option don’t go crazy with your menu!  I recommend mixing some already pre-made items with some homemade items.  Place on festive platters and garnish with rosemary and nutmeg and instantly you have a more high end catered look.  This way you’re not stressing about the whole menu and get to enjoy your party.

2.     Seems obvious but prepare for as much as you can ahead of time.  Have a timeline of what needs to get done that week and spread it out so you don’t become overwhelmed the day of the event.  Make sure everything is set up the night before so that the day of the party your just adding the food and the drinks and still have time to shower!

3.     Serve a signature drink or set up a drinks station for guests to serve themselves.   Both are festive and fun and the last thing you want is to spend your own party fixing drinks!  Have recipes, pre-cut garnishes and all the fixings so guests know exactly how to make the drinks.  Just make sure you have enough ice!  This is one item most clients don’t realize how much they actually need to ice down drinks as well as serve in drinks.

4.     Music sets the tone of the party so don’t rely on Pandora or the radio.  Make sure to assemble a playlist mixing holiday hits with your regular party favorites for a good flow.

5.     There is nothing better then walking into a party with a great scent.  From fresh baked cookies to mulling spices to even a great candle it really does make a difference.

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Ken Pak Photography

Earlier this month we featured our bride Maggie and her husband Brad’s DC love story. The pair decided to get married here, since it served as a central meeting point for their families. They wanted a wedding that took advantage of all that the district had to offer, from getting married in a traditional catholic ceremony, taking gorgeous portraits on Capitol Hill, to celebrating on the fabulous rooftop of 101 Constitution. As you can see, their wedding was filled family, friends, and most importantly… love.

Maggie wore a Monique Lhuillier corset and skirt accented by lace mantilla veil.

Photos: Donner Photography 

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In our newsletter we featured our bride Sierra and her husband John’s love story. They had a fabulously fun Annapolis wedding, with their ceremony at the Naval Academy Chapel and a formal cocktail reception at the Annapolis Yacht Club. Sierra stunned in her Berta gown and looking at their photos it is clear that they had the time of their lives celebrating their marriage with family and close friends.

Photos: Hamilton Photography 

Flowers:Violets Florist

Cake: Fiona’s Cakes

DJ: EventProDJ

Ceremony: Annapolis Naval Chapel

Reception: Annapolis Yacht Club

Planning: Allison Barnhill Designs

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