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YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY CAN­DLES! A WARM, EL­E­GANT AM­BI­ENCE SUITS ANY SEA­SON— ES­PE­CIALLY FALL.

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You can never have too many can­dles! A warm, el­e­gant am­bi­ence suits any sea­son—es­pe­cially fall.

Bride and groom Taryn Dorf­man and David Vieweger knew the Man­darin Ori­en­tal, Wash­ing­ton DC (1330 Mary­land Ave. SW, 202-554-8588; man­darin ori­en­tal.com) would be per­fect for their dream fall wed­ding. “Ob­vi­ously it’s beau­ti­ful, it’s el­e­gant, but the big­gest sell­ing fea­ture was the staff,” says Taryn. “Im­me­di­ately the peo­ple make you feel spe­cial, and the ser­vice is in­cred­i­ble. Right away, I was like, ‘This is the place I want to wel­come my fam­ily and friends to DC.’”

The cou­ple turned to plan­ner Tiffany Rivera of Sim­ply Breathe Events (sim­ply­breatheevents.com) and opted for a neu­tral pal­ette with all-white flow­ers from Love Blooms (love­blooms here.com). Adding to the at­mos­phere in the ho­tel’s Ori­en­tal Ball­room, the head ta­ble, which ac­com­mo­dated the en­tire wed­ding party, was dap­pled with can­dle­light. “On that ta­ble were large crys­tal can­de­labras. I wanted it to be ro­man­tic and not have re­ally tall cen­ter­pieces,” says Taryn. “We also kept the am­ber up­light­ing in­stead of bright colors.”

Adding to the glim­mer, crys­tal resin Chi­avari chairs with cham­pagne shan­tung cush­ions picked up the can­dle­light through­out the ball­room. “The light­ing, twin­kling off the can­dles and the glass, gives you that feel­ing of warmth, es­pe­cially in the fall,” says Hil­lary Hamm, as­so­ci­ate di­rec­tor of cater­ing sales for the ho­tel. “I think ro­mance and ele­gance go hand in hand.”—C.C.

FALL IN LOVE Check out these ideas for an un­for­get­table wed­ding bash.

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