Alison and Chris are actually college sweethearts, and their relationship as undergrads vastly shaped their wedding's theme. Held just blocks from where they met, in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C., their wedding was dubbed "Varsity Blues" by Ritzy Bee Events (who designed and planned the event) because of its collegiate undertones and cobalt-blue accents.
Alison and Chris also held their rehearsal dinner at Cafe Bonaparte -- a fabulously appropriate feasting place for the couple who was headed to France for their honeymoon!
Photographer Kate Headley was on hand to capture all of the details, from the invitation suite to the cake to the foam-finger-and-pennant-flag getaway. Alison also documented the prepping process of her invitation suites, shown below.
1 The invites and response instruction cards were letter-pressed by Paper Moss.
2 The inner envelopes were calligraphed by Judy McCabe of Write For Your Calligraphy.
3 Alison scoured eBay for vintage postcards of D.C. and then rubber-stamped them with an initialed logo created by Paper Moss. Guests filled out and mailed back the cards, which were then displayed at the reception.
4 The invitation suites were tied up with lace and ready to be slipped into envelopes. To avoid a lumpy knot, the trim was hand-stitched in place.
5 These sheets of stamps were selected for their symbolism. The Dolley Madison ones were the hardest to locate.
6 Stamps were individually glued onto the envelopes that were then left out to dry before mailing.
7 A line of the envelopes, ready to go out to guests!