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old world charm at santo domingo wedding

Virginia and Chris very much wanted to give their guests a fun and unique destination experience for their wedding, and they couldn’t think of a better place than the colonial city of Santo Domingo, where much of Virginia’s family is from. Captured by the incredibly talented Asia Pimentel Photography, this gallery perfectly showcases their vision of a modern day affair with an old world feel.

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Sally and Ryan got married earlier this year in our beloved Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic. Namely, they chose different Altos de Chavon venues for the various moments of their celebration. And their reception setup is still one that blows me away every time I see the pictures. Everything lined up to […]

destination wedding by claire duran

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Michelle & Daniel met at a high school science fair at 16, and as Michelle says, “[At sixteen] everything seemed endless & forever was the only way to go for the young & clueless. We we might have been dreamy & young, but we weren’t clueless–we knew then & there forever was our fate.” Nine […]

Villa Woodbine wedding by Claire Duran

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After many years dreaming of creating a sister brand to serve a wider audience at a competitive investment, we have finally done it! We are so excited to introduce our new sister company, CEREMONIA. CEREMONIA is a boutique event planning firm providing wedding planning, design and management services for couples in the Washington, DC area […]

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Megan is without a doubt one of the sweetest brides I have ever worked with. From day one I was 100% convinced that we were the right match for each other, as  every single aesthetic indication she gave me was what I constantly dream of for our weddings. And on top of it all, she […]

Hamilton farm wedding

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Virginia and Chris very much wanted to give their guests a fun and unique destination experience for their wedding last March, and they couldn’t think of a better place than the colonial city of Santo Domingo, where much of Virginia’s family is from. The plethora of historic 16th century venues inspired their vision of a […]

claire duran weddings and events

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Destination wedding planner Claire Duran shares her best tips for having a wedding away from your local market, presenting all the key things to expect!

Claire Duran working a destination wedding in Punta Cana

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One of the things we love about the Washington, DC area is how much of a melting pot it is – there are people of all different backgrounds, race, and ethnicities who have chosen to make our nation’s capital their home. Such is the case for our local DC couple, Anya and Lamin, who tied […]

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Remember the days when you had to look through a small glass lens in order to take a photo? And you had to hope that you had everything just right – good lighting, steady hands, big smiles and wide open eyes – because you weren’t going to see that picture until it was developed, days […]

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Like many metropolitan areas, Washington, DC is a hub for busy professionals who probably spend more time commuting or at work than they do at home. They strive to balance their jobs, working out, personal relationships, keeping a clean home, getting enough sleep, and the list goes on (and on). Throw an engagement into the […]

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When you think of D.C., one of the first things that likely comes to mind – aside from the iconic monuments – are its rich plethora of museums. This is where the Smithsonian Institution calls its home, after all – over a dozen world-class buildings steeped in culture and history, open to the public to […]

weddings at smitsonian

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