Vamp champagne glitter sandal, Jimmy Choo ($750). The Collection at Chevy Chase, 240-223-1102.
FROM LEFT: Custom velvet tuxedo, Astor & Black (price on request). Available by appointment,; Oyster Perpetual day-date watch, Rolex ($32,000). Tiny Jewel Box, 1147 Connecticut Ave., 202-393-2747.
FROM LEFT: Silk ball gown with beaded necklace and tulle skirt, Amsale ($5,300). Hitched Bridal Couture, 1523 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-6162; Platinum engagement ring with Rose accents, Michael B (price on request). Mystique Fine Jewelry Designs, 211 The Strand Waterfront, Alexandria,
Bella Figura invitations, The Dandelion Patch (prices upon consultation). 3222 M St. NW, Ste. W-055, 202-333-8803
With the feel of a small town brimming with historic touches, Alexandria is all about charm. This quiet burg is just the place to indulge in tradition; skip the ever changing trends and stick with the classics. Take advantage of the neighborhood, where views of the water and Washington across the way only lend to the enchantment ideal for a reception site. Consider The Torpedo Factory Art Center (105 N. Union St., 703-838-4565), River Farm (7931 E. Boulevard Dr., 703-768-5700), or an 18th-century brick charmer like the Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden (614 Oronoco St., 703-548-1789). Find creative custom invitations at SimpleSong Design’s Old Town atelier (1511 King St.). Don a dress that embodies romance, and be sure to treat out-of-town guests to a gift basket from new epicurean emporium Society Fair (277 S. Washington St., 703-683-3247), opened by culinary mastermind Cathal Armstrong. Turn over all wedding worries to master event planner and etiquette expert Alexandra Kovach of Alexandra and Company (202-330-3937).