Lauren and Josh met through a mutual friend in 2006. Four years later, on October 30, 2010, they married in Washington, D.C. With a tangerine-and-slate color palette and an "urban barn" theme, a cocktail-style reception followed their traditional synagogue ceremony.
Lauren and Josh saw each other for a private moment in their florist's backyard garden. The afternoon of their brisk autumn wedding day had clear skies and sunshine.
"Because the wedding reception was cocktail-style, versus a more traditional sit-down dinner, we wanted guests to feel comfortable and get a sense of what was where," says wedding planner and designer Maria Cooke of Ritzy Bee Events. Simplesong Design created a floor plan of the space to show guests where they could find food, drinks, lounge areas, and dancing.
All-white lounge areas were set up throughout the venue space. Outside, behind the gallery, additional seating awaited guests. Hay bales topped with fleece blankets, burlap-covered tables with wooden chairs, and a game of cornhole added rustic charm. Afterward, the blankets were donated to a local inner-city school and the straw bales were taken to a city garden and repurposed into mulch.
Mini clipboards displaying the kraft-paper menus rested against large food cans covered in patterned paper. They added to the industrial kitchen theme and gave playful dimension to the buffets set up on metal Metro shelving.
Design Cuisine prepared the copious buffets for the cocktail reception, which included a slider station (chicken sliders with buffalo sauce, tuna sliders with wasabi mayonnaise, and beef sliders with or without cheese) and a kebab station (beef short ribs, hazelnut-crusted sea bass, basil-grilled vegetables, and macaroni and cheese).
A dessert station with baked Alaska brownies, pumpkin truffles, triple-dipped strawberries, and apple pies was later revealed.
An old stove found on the side of an antiques shop's driveway by Kelly Seizert of Ritzy Bee Events was purchased for 20 dollars, refinished using orange appliance spray paint, and used to serve food. The soup-and-sandwich station offered three different soup and panini options.