It was truly an honor and a pleasure to plan and design Bishop Staples and First Lady Dr. Staples’ wedding last year. Our DC wedding planning team felt the weight of the responsibility, but the grace of God prepared us for the task at hand. Their wedding at the Willard DC was a celebration of archetypal elegance, with a pristine design that reflected their vision in every detail. We’re delighted to share these stunning wedding photos on our blog today! Whether you’re looking to host your nuptials at the Willard or another breathtaking venue in NYC or DC, our team would love to help create a day that’s uniquely yours. Learn more about our services here or inquire about availability here.
We aimed to make Bishop Staples and First Lady Dr. Staples’ wedding day unforgettable. That meant creating a luxurious area for them to get ready. One way to elevate such a space is through custom bridal suites that showcase the bride’s wedding details. Wedding designs are most memorable when every detail is cohesive. Naturally, that’s why we added lush, fresh florals that echoed those being used throughout the ceremony and reception (keep scrolling!).
For this event, we even provided a velvet sofa to further indulge the couple in elegance and luxury. We wanted to create the perfect ambiance while getting ready for the most incredible day.
Bishop Staples and First Lady Dr Staples shared a truly special moment at their wedding – a “first touch” instead of a first look. Keeping tradition alive, they waited until the ceremony to see each other.
The celebration took place at The Temple of Praise, an awe-inspiring venue that we adorned with white roses, hydrangeas, and orchids. The pulpit was accentuated by a sea of flowers, elevating an already beautiful celebration. The sanctuary was bathed in a captivating light production, adding a magical touch to the enchanting festivities.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds posed for photographs with their family in front of the altar. As they exited to head towards their reception at The Willard, a vintage Rolls Royce was waiting, ready to whisk them away.
For their reception, we had the pleasure of designing a classic white and gold color palette for their wedding at The Willard, which exuded elegance and sophistication. On top of that, the event was brought to life with unique florals created by the talented designers at Distinctive Event Design. Our breath was taken away by the awe-inspiring arrangements that were nothing short of heavenly and ethereal. It was a pristine design that complimented the grandeur of this special occasion.
Upon their entrance, our bride and groom were in awe of how we transformed the Willard into an entirely new space. Their eyes lit up as they walked in the room. Then, they were marveling at the details that made their dream wedding come to life. Everything from candles on the tables to gorgeous florals around the room was perfect. It’s moments like these that make us love what we do as wedding planners. Seeing a happy couple so happily surprised by everything we’ve done for them is truly remarkable. Truly, it’s one of our favorite parts of being wedding planners. We always recommend our couples add space in their wedding day timeline for a reception reveal so they can see their space come to life—and it always pays off!
Above all, from the soothing melodies of the saxophonist to the sweet first dance shared between the two, and the speeches that brought about laughter and tears – every moment spent at this wedding at the Willard was enchanting. The icing on the cake was when First Lady Dr. Staples surprised us all with a stunning reception bridal jumpsuit. This reception outfit change left everyone in awe once more at the end of the night. Flawless.
At the end of the day, we were so honored to be a part of this stunning wedding at the Willard! This incredible DC wedding venue was the perfect backdrop for the couple’s special day. Our team couldn’t have been more pleased to witness their union. We’ve been providing top-tier wedding planning services in DC, NYC, and beyond for years now, and are always ready to help make your dream wedding come true. If you’re looking for a wedding planner, please don’t hesitate to reach out and inquire about our availability here. We would be thrilled to design a memorable wedding wherever your love takes us!
Plan brought the space to life in an unforgettable way. All of their guests were left in awe and admiration of what we had created together.ning & Design: Jayne Heir Events
Photography: Terri Baskin Photography
Videography: Jordan Jeanty Studios
Floral Designer: Distinctive Event Design
Lighting, Draping & Production: The Lightsource Company
Linen and Flatware Rentals: Select Event Group + BBJ La Tavola
Chair and Furniture Rentals: Nostalgia Event Rentals + DC Rentals
Stationery: Wilori Lane
Ceremony Venue: The Temple of Praise
Ceremony Officiants: Bishop T.D. Jakes + Higher Ground AAA
Reception Venue: The Willard
Harpist: Kim Sator
Saxophonist: Langston Hughes II
DJ: DJ Remii
Bride Hairstylist: Ishia Williams
Bridal Gown: Wona NYC
Bridal Alterations: House of Jon Lei Atelier
Custom Tuxedo: Miguel Wilson Collection
Executive Protection: Distinguished PPS
Vintage Rolls Royce: Vintage Limos