The vendors you select are crucial to a successful wedding. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the best vendors this industry has to offer and I only recommend vendors I trust. Although they do come highly recommended, please do your research and make sure their style and reviews match your expectations! So, who are my favorite Washington DC wedding vendors?
- Wedding Planners and Coordinators
- Bands and Live Music
- Makeup Artists
- Photo Booth
- Cake / Dessert
- Calligraphy / Invitations
- Guest Experiences
Wedding Planners and Coordinators
Birch Event Design
Julie Park from Birch Event Design is my go-to planner and coordinator. I’ve worked with Julie more times than I count and it’s ridiculous how much more smoothly the day goes when she’s there.
You can also view her guest post here!
I’ve worked with dozens of different wedding DJs, but these two consistently fill the dance floor.
Evan Reitmeyer / MyDeeJay
Here you can see Evan giving me the “why are you taking my picture?” face. You can contact Evan through MyDeeJay.
DJ Romin / Zandi Entertainment
Romin was too in-the-zone to catch me taking this photo. Or maybe he didn’t notice because I was hiding behind a pole and some string lights…
You can reach out to Romin here.
Bands and Live Music
If you prefer live music to a DJ, both Doctor’s Orders and NightLife are excellent and perform music from a wide variety of genres. Both groups have performed at multiple weddings and events I’ve photographed. Bonus points for having excellent style.
Struggling to decide if you want a band or DJ? Check this out.
Meet Carla, your makeup specialist! I’ve worked with her many times and she has a very calming effect on everyone (very important for a wedding day). Her past clients include the likes of Project Runway, Macy’s, RuPaul, and Martha Stewart Weddings.
Rachel Lane is freelance makeup artist with a focus on bridal and fashion, and she always manages to have awesome hair.
Shear Society Studio
Heather is a hair artist and has the pedigree to back it. She’s trained under Paul Mitchell, Arrojo, Aveda, Ted Gibson, Martin Parsons, and Vidal Sassoon. She also loves dogs, especially rescue dogs, and I’ve photographed a “Rescue Dogs with Models” shoot with her (which was AMAZING).
Are you looking for a videographer as well? Andrew and Omar (from Ten Twenty Seven Films) are excellent filmmakers. They don’t just provide “video from your wedding” but rather a film documenting your day.
Check out their work below.
Ten Twenty Seven Films
I love Lucy and David. They’re super goofy and awesome to be around. PLUS, Lucy is a self-described “prop-aholic” – she prides herself on creating the very best custom props for guests to enjoy.
Jon Fleming Photobooths
Jon Fleming Photography offers photo booth rentals for weddings (and other events) in Washington DC. The open-air design offers features such as instant printing and social media sharing (and they can all have your customized design)! Rentals include a choice of backdrop and fun (ridiculous) props. IN SUMMARY, photo booths are an awesome way to keep guests entertained (especially after they’ve hit the bar…) and provides them with a nice keepsake from your day.
This first photo is Jon and myself testing out the booth : )
You can hear more from Jon here.
Rocking Bird Flower Co.
I think Meredith says it all: “Once upon a time, I thought I’d start a girl band and call it The Rocking Birds. That never really happened, so I started a flower company instead. We specialize in free-form natural arrangements, and weddings and special events are our jam. We love making Washington, DC just a little bit wilder.”
Check out her beautiful arrangements below and her website here.
Rev. Kiana Hebron / Ceremony Officiants
It’s almost amusing how many times I’ve worked with Kiana. Sometimes, I known in advance. Sometimes I show up and she just happens to be there. I haven’t determined whether or not she’s stalking me…
She actually has a B.S. in Biology and worked for the Baltimore City Public School system before becoming an officiant. She’s also a proud member of the LGBT community (“believing whole-heartedly that love is love”), has a deeply rooted sense of spirituality, and honors all religious and secular backgrounds.
I highly recommend her : )
Both Get Plated and Well Dunn are based in the Washington DC area and provide an unexpectedly varied range of food. I love when either of them cater weddings I photograph because then I get to enjoy their delicious creations. Reminder: always feed your vendors the good stuff. Cold ham sandwiches are a big no-no : )
Well Dunn Catering
Timber Pizza Co.
Everyone loves pizza and this is a great way to turn your normal wedding catering upside down. Timber Pizza Co. arrives with a wood-fired oven on wheels and bakes all their pizza on-site. As you can imagine, it smells great. They also offer gluten free crust!
Cake / Dessert
Cakes by Gene
cakes by gene began with the need for a cheeseburger shaped cake for his husband’s 30th birthday. After that, he began to show up at friends’ birthday parties with fun and delicious cakes and other baked goods. For several years, he sold to friends, or friends of friends. Ultimately, he left his full-time job, and is now focused solely on bringing beautiful and fun (and great tasting!) cakes to the DMV area. Sometimes, those cakes have rainbows and unicorns. I suggest you request those specifically.
As pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac (along with partner Alexandra Mudry-Till) say on their website, “we believe in bringing your most creative ideas to life. With sugar. And flour. And butter. And lots of it.”
That’s really all you need for an excellent and delicious cake, right?
They spell it “doughnuts” which I suppose is the “correct” spelling. But I prefer “donuts.” I prefer donuts on display, tiered in layout, and hanging on tiny pegs on large custom-made walls. Donuts are awesome, and District Doughnuts makes the best ones around.
Calligraphy / Invitations
Calligraphette & Co.
Nika designs wedding stationery (which is sometimes on HANDMADE PAPER). That’s dedication. She’s also been known to make place cards on oyster shells (especially important if you’re having your wedding near the Chesapeake Bay).
Fiat Luxe Custom Tours
I’ve noticed that many of the couples who get married in DC aren’t actually from DC or even the surrounding areas. That’s why it’s important to make sure guests coming in from all over the place have something to do if they stay for a few days before or after the wedding. AJ of Fiat Luxe Tours offers private tours of DC’s most historic neighborhoods and iconic sites. And, there’s a ghost tour if you’re here in October!
You can read more about Fiat Luxe Custom Tours from AJ here.
Let me know if you’d like more info on working with the best wedding vendor team ever : )
My mission is to capture bold, modern, and distinctive photos for unconventional couples. I want to make you look epic, awesome, amazing, beautiful, and dapper – all the things you like and none of the things you don’t. Most importantly, I want to capture what makes you you.