Marisa + Peter | Hayley Paige Real Wedding From Serge Sokolov

Looking for glamorous inspiration?  Look no further than this elegant DC wedding. You’ll adore the bride’s beautiful ballgown, the luxurious florals and the grand venue.  Not to mention the couple’s happiness, which radiates from every photo.  Enjoy!

Marisa & Peter | May 13, 2016 | Washington DC

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The Ceremony
We had a traditional Catholic ceremony at the small and stunning Holy Rosary Church in Washington, DC. The eight bridesmaids wore shades of blush, while the Peter and his groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos. Special for the ceremony, Marisa wore a lace, long-sleeved bolero over the Hayley Paige Nicoletta Gown and a tulle veil with a blusher that her dad lifted after walking her down the aisle.

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The Reception
The reception was at the National Museum of Women in Arts in Downtown DC with gorgeous marble floors, twin marble staircases, crystal chandeliers and historic artwork. Dinner was served to the 140 guests on the mezzanine level at tables adorned with sequin tablecloths and candles. Dancing was downstairs in the great hall and lasted well into the night thanks to the live band, Onyx. A special surprise highlight was when Marisa’s friends broke out into a flash-mob cheer with gold pompoms.  They had practiced in the weeks before the wedding. At the end of night, the dance floor lit up with glow sticks and laser light fingers pass out to guests.

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Marisa’s Wedding Dress Search
I tried on more than 100 dresses at a dozen stores throughout Maryland, Chicago, Washington DC, and New York City. I found the process initially tough because I’m a fan of short dresses, color and patterns and it was hard to find a formal wedding dress that felt authentic. In the end, I was looking for a dress that had drama without being too heavy or hot. I was thrilled when I tried on the newly released Hayley Paige Nicoletta gown at a trunk show. I loved the sparkles on the bodice, the unique crisscrossed back and dramatic, airy tulle skirt. Finally the one! I didn’t want to take it off.

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How She Felt In Her Hayley Paige Nicoletta Gown
Magical, fairytale, princess

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
As much as I love the dress, we live in a small apartment in the city with very limited space.  The beautiful dress is best served elsewhere by transforming a woman into a princess.

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Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige Nicoletta | Photography: Serge Sokolov | Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Church | Reception Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Event Planning: Sara Muchnick | Floral Design: Yellow Door | Cake: Edibles Incredible