Modern elegance doesn’t have to be all glitz and glamour: this shoot by Rachel E. H. Photography displays a true heart of gold with a real couple celebrating their seven-year marriage.

Black, white and gold utensils, stationary, napkins, and even the dog’s satin bowtie make for a traditional and elegant affair. Greenery, a soft blue marbled cake, and bronze drop earrings add a twist of modern allure.

The bride wears minimal makeup with soft blush accents and softly curled hair. Her sweetheart Hayley Paige gown, with a full skirt and draped, taffeta layers is both timeless and updated. Her groom, in a gray tux with wide lapels and a bow tie to match their dog’s, also sports a both timeless and fresh look.

Diamond accents, draped chiffon, and simple white floral arrangements show just how beautiful understated modern elegance can be.

Photographer:  Rachel E.H. Photography//Event Venue: Lyon Park Community Center//Caterer: World’s Fare Catering//Hair Stylist: Cutting Edge by Mora//Makeup Artist:Kim DAmico MUA//Other:Mary Kay//Invitation Designer: Alchemy Calligraphy and Design//Calligrapher: Alchemy Calligraphy and Design//Equipment Rentals: DC Camera Rentals//Favors and Gifts:India Hicks//Floral Designer: Eight Tree Street Floral//Ring Designer: Ascot Diamonds//Dress Designer: Hayley Paige//Dress Store: Fabulous Frocks Bridal//Linens and Coverings:DC Rentals//Other: My Personal Assistant//Personal Stylist: Elizabeth Carberry// Cake: Soul Cakes by Tanya