Sasha & Andrew

Sasha & andrew

EFFORTLESS SOPHISTICATION

It’s the smallest details that truly transform a wedding into a personalized, once-in-a-lifetime event. From pre-ceremony passed elderflower lemonade and calligraphed bags of flower petals to toss after the first kiss to expertly chosen place settings for an al fresco dinner under the stars, this soft and whimsical wedding at Keswick Hall truly captured the couple’s vision of a destination wedding that catered to their family and friends’ every wish. 

Charlottesville, VA - Keswick hall

Abby Jiu Photography

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Anna & Jim

anna & jim

a greek love story

If you closed your eyes for just a moment, breathing deeply to inhale the scent of savory olive oil, salty tapenade, and sweet loukoumades {Greek donuts}, this wedding would transport you to the islands of Greece. This glamorous spin on a traditional Greek wedding brought the couple’s culture to life, infusing olive branches into the centerpeices, bags of sweet Jordan almonds, and joyous dancing like you’ve never seen. 

bethesda, maryland - congressional cC

Abby Jiu Photography
Featured on Style Me Pretty

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Susan & Chris

susan & chris

EFFORTLESS SOPHISTICATION

Any great party with a 1920s vibe needs a fabulous bar, and this custom designed one takes the cake. Tufted panels and a trio of vintage chandeliers, paired with a soft palette of mint, dusty blue, and cream, set the scene for an unforgettable Jazz Age party, complete with French vintage jazz band to serenade guests throughout dinner. Craft cocktails, a vintage car, and over a dozen chandeliers throughout the dinner tent made it a wedding Gatsby himself would have loved to attend.

middleburg, virginia - goodstone inn

Clark Brewer Photography
Featured in Weddings Unveiled

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lauren & Daniel

Lauren & Daniel

modern elegance

This chic, modern wedding at the Hay-Adams (featured in the Winter 2015 issue of The Knot!) is feminine, modern and playful. Flowing ribbons, sleek and simple centerpieces, and a hint of sparkle from sequined linens created a light and airy feel, while an unbeatable view of D.C. serving as the backdrop for an evening of dancing and revelry. 

Washington, dc - hay adams hotel

Abby Jiu Photography
Featured in Brides Magazine

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emily & Dennis

emily & dennis

EFFORTLESS SOPHISTICATION

Beneath a glass-sided tent on the grounds of the Goodstone Inn, organic, understated luxury set the scene. A neutral palette of warm wood tones, copper, cream and grey, was embodied by the custom lasercut Ceci New York invitation. Grey French linen chairs flanked grey washed acacia wood tables, fabulous cocktails flowed, and an elegant sweets bar tempted guests as they danced, with a clear ceiling panel over the dance floor let them celebrate under the stars.

Middleburg, va - goodstone inn

Abby Jiu Photography

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Debby & Laura

debbie & laura

a twenty year love

For this love-filled affair taking place on the eve of the couples 20 year anniversary, guests wore black and white while the brides shone in rose gold, and all 65 guests dined at a single long table, creating a sense of intimacy that filled the room. Florals in shades of pink, from the palest blush to a near-ruby red, popped agains the black and white design, creating a modern feel in the timeless and historic space. 

washington, dc - dar

Abby Jiu Photography
Featured in Washingtonian and Style Me Pretty

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Lauren & Jon

lauren & jon

timeless DC tradition

For this cozy fall wedding at the Congressional Country Club, a rich palette of mauve, merlot, gold, and cream paired effortlessly with vintage for this quintessential D.C. affair. We dispelled a traditional floor plan in favor of x-shaped tables beneath the canopy of real trees, bringing the outdoors in.. A cigar roller and vintage furniture enhanced the venue’s elegant, Old World atmosphere. 

bethesda, maryland - congressional cC

Jodi and Kurt Photography
Featured in Washingtonian Bride and Groom

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Sigrid & Josh

sigrid & Josh

at home wedding

There is nothing more intimate than hosting family and friends in your own home. A tent finished with custom light shades and natural wood furniture drew inspiration from inside the couple’s home, with the airy colors of seaglass serving as a soft accent. A menu of the couple’s favorite foods, from hot pretzels and Brazilian grilled meats to a Danish hot dog cart and a morning-after Bloody Mary brunch, made this the ultimate in at-home entertaining. 

Great falls, virginia - private residence

Lisa Ziesing with Abby Jiu Photography
Featured in Washingtonian Bride and Groom

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Becky & Michael

Becky and michael

intimate beer garden

A classic D.C. venue gets a unique twist, with craft beer at the center of this wedding’s inspiration. From the welcome basket, filled with Michigan beers and gourmet chips, to the four-course tasting dinner, it was a personalized experience that guests adored. The decor was classic with a twist, featureing a blush, navy, copper and cream palette and a ceremony beneath the trees, and the calligraphed beer flight paddles on the table (to serve a craft beer selected for each course!) added a playful touch true to the bride and groom’s passions. 

Washington, dc - meridian house

Lisa Zeising for Abby Jiu Photography

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Lauren & Charles

EFFORTLESS SOPHISTICATION

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bethesda, maryland - congressional cC

Abby Jiu Photography

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Lauren & Charles

anna & jim

EFFORTLESS SOPHISTICATION

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bethesda, maryland - congressional cC

Abby Jiu Photography

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Lauren & Charles

anna & jim

EFFORTLESS SOPHISTICATION

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bethesda, maryland - congressional cC

Abby Jiu Photography

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Lauren & Charles

anna & jim

EFFORTLESS SOPHISTICATION

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bethesda, maryland - congressional cC

Abby Jiu Photography

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Sushmitha & Sai

sushmitha & sai

Bold indian wedding

A traditional Indian wedding ceremony was followed by a more American style reception, which still drawing on their Indian roots. A custom four sided bar was the focal point of the reception space and featured a signature cocktail from the four cities close to Sushmitha and Sai's heart. Complete with bartenders dressed the part!

washington, dc - andrew mellon auditorium

Abby Jiu Photography
Featured in The Knot

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Candice & Alex

candice & alex

spring in DC

Candice and Alex were married in the heart of DC during cherry blossom season and selected a light and airy color palette of mint green and blush pink. Before their wedding ceremony they honored their Chinese heritage with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, outside overlooking the Washington Monument. A traditional Chinese family style feast followed at long tables with simple floral centerpieces and elegant place settings.

washington, dc - Dar

Abby Jiu Photography
Featured in Washingtonian Bride and Groom

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