Spring is a beautiful time for a wedding. The flowers are blooming, and the sun is finally shining. There are so many options for colors, flowers, and banquet foods. If you are looking at ready to wear wedding gowns, Zakaa has several stunning options.
Spring pastels are soft and feminine. Pastel greens, pink, yellow, and purple provide a fresh look. Purple and silver are a lovely combination that is traditional and feminine. Or go bold with deeper accent colors such as yellow, orange, and red.
Spring Wedding Meals
Think fresh, seasonal food for your banquet. Fresh salad greens, steamed asparagus, and snap peas are excellent choices. Grilled chicken is the perfect accompaniment to these foods. Cheesecake is a nice addition to the wedding cake.
The flower choices in spring are exquisite. Tulips, hyacinths, daisies, and lilies are in full bloom. Mix and match your wedding colors to create a stunning bouquet.
The Perfect Wedding Dress
If you are looking for a modern bride dress in Washington, DC, Zakaa Couture has just what you need. We also have everything you need to go with your wedding gown, including veils, bridal clutches, hairpieces, and more. Beautifully designed wedding dresses for the most discriminating brides.
Stefan and I met in 2013 at Virginia Commonwealth University when I was a sophomore and he was a freshman. We were both very active in the same cultural organization, Filipino Americans Coming Together (FACT), and our mutual friends in the organization introduced us. Our personalities were the exact opposite and people still joke that we barely have anything in common, but that’s exactly why we fell in love! We remained together all through college, graduation, and as young professionals post-graduation. We watched each other grow as individuals throughout our college years and it helped us strengthen our relationship.
In 2019, Stefan proposed at our favorite bakery, Proper Pie Co. and I immediately started wedding planning! We originally planned a huge wedding for October 2020 with over 275 guests. We were so excited for all of our friends and family to come together to celebrate with us! However, our plans came to a full stop when the COVID-19 pandemic started. We sadly had to postpone our wedding not just once, but three times! With the restrictions getting smaller and stricter as time passed, we realized that our dream wedding was not going to be possible. We had to rethink everything we wanted and agreed that at the end of the day, we just wanted to be married!
We decided to get married on our 7 year anniversary on February 26, 2021 in our home in Richmond. Our ceremony was small and intimate with only a handful of close friends and family members in attendance. But, in order to include all the other friends and family we wish could be there, in a true “pandemic wedding” style, we streamed the wedding online for our guests to watch from home! Everything worked out perfectly and the wedding still felt so special because people could still be there with us during the ceremony from the safety of their homes.
Because we had a small ceremony in our home, I felt that a simple elopement dress would be more appropriate. I did not want my gorgeous dress and cape from Zakaa to go to waste, so we planned to do a photoshoot with our photographer a few days later in our original wedding attire! I got ready with my friends at the Quirk Hotel and took some traditional getting ready photos and even did a first look with my father and Stefan. We invited our family and wedding party to dress up with us as well and they attended the photoshoot at the VMFA.
Despite the multiple hardships we endured during our wedding planning, we realized that the most important thing is everyone’s safety and health. The world is constantly changing and we have to learn how to adapt. We are so thankful to our vendors for working with us through all the changes, the Quirk Hotel where we spent our wedding “honeymoon staycation”, and to Zakaa for bringing my wedding dress dreams to life. To us, everything about our wedding was perfect!
When you are planning a wedding, the smallest details are important. Once you have chosen your wedding gown, you want all the accessories to complement your gown. At Zakaa Bridal, we not only have exquisite wedding gowns but everything you need to go with it. Our line of bridal hairpieces are designed to accentuate your face and makeup.
Beautiful Bride Hairpieces
Our Mariella hairpiece is a beautiful headband made from floral lace. It features a flower in the center with a dangling crystal teardrop bead. It is delightfully old-fashioned and very elegant.
Next up is our stunning ZA121 style headpiece, a floral jeweled circlet that is feminine and simplistic. It adds even more sparkle and shine to your ensemble. Our ZA50 is another delicately jeweled circlet headpiece. It is beautiful without being the focal point.
Our collection of bridal veils are elegant and designed to enchant. Sheer lace is accented with lace edging, and we offer several styles for you to choose from.
When it comes to your wedding day, you only want the best. Your inner beauty should be what shines forth. The wedding gown and bridal hairpieces should reflect that inner beauty and let you shine on your wedding day.
Your wedding gown should be a reflection of you. Since every bride is different, Zakaa offers an extensive line of stunning wedding gowns. You can start your selection by choosing the style line you like best. Our Haute Couture gown line offers the following;
Fit & Flair
Half Overskirt & Full overskirt
Accessories You Will Love
We also offer a line of bridal accessories to complete your look. We have capelets, cap sleeves, and capes that add a marvelous look to any bride’s gown. Coordinating clutches, hairpieces, and sashes are available for the bride and bride’s maids. And no wedding ensemble would be complete with a veil.
Customizing Your Wedding Dress
Any of the gowns we offer is customizable, including our Haute Couture gowns, to meet your specific needs. Glamour and elegance are our goals, and that shines through in all our gowns, but we know there may be something special you would like in your dress. Our dresses are hand embellished, and the lace we use is delicate and feminine. Browse our entire collection and let us know what we can do to make your wedding everything you want it to be.
LOVE STORY: Clay and I knew each other during undergrad. We traveled in the same social circle and knew each other but didn’t talk much. After a couple months of knowing each other, he asked me out and we made it official a couple months after that. We were long distance for a few months after graduation since he was working in Richmond and I had started Graduate school in DC. He moved up to me and proposed a little over a year after that. He proposed in Nashville since we go there multiple times a year and made it a long term goal to move there. He flew my entire family in since the trip was supposedly just the two of us and needless to say, I was shocked and thrilled. We got married October 24, 2020, and moved to Nashville 4 days later!! We are so excited about how things have worked out for us and can’t wait for many more years.
LOVE STORY: My husband and I met about a year and a half ago and we quickly fell in love. We had been talking about marriage for a while and to us there wasn’t a question about it, we were meant for each other. Wedding plans were already in the air when COVID hit hard, instead of waiting we decided that our day meant more to us than holding a large ceremony. We had a very intimate wedding with close family and it was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, and huge thanks to you ZAKAA for helping me get my dress ready so quickly, I’m not sure what I would have done without you!
Dress: Customized Venus and Princess Charlene Crystal Capelet
DETAILS: We went for quite the extended honeymoon. Everyone loved the dress – that day was absolutely perfect and am so pleased with how it all worked out despite the challenges due to COVID. Thanks again for such an incredible experience with ZAKAA bridal!!
LOVE STORY: Drew and I met via a blind date set up by mutual friends. Nine years later after a 5 year engagement we had the most spectacular romantic wedding with our 4 kids.
SPECIAL MOMENTS: Our wedding was held outdoors at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island SC outside of Charleston. It was a spectacular day, although hot and extremely windy…two days before a hurricane came up the East coast. Our backdrop for our outdoor wedding and reception was on the green lawn of the Ocean course along the beach. The sunset was amazing. Having our kids as our wedding party was so special to us – we all had such a fun day celebrating! We enjoyed an evening wedding and reception celebrating our destination wedding with 65 of our family and close friends.
Wedding Dress: Customized Fit and Flare Wedding Gown by ZAKAA
LOVE STORY: Joe and I had heard each other’s names from various mutual friends over the years, although we had never actually met. He was roommates with one of my best friends (and bridesmaid, Sarah), and when we finally DID meet in May of 2017, the attraction was instant. We fell in love almost immediately, and it was clear to both of us that this was the real thing. He says that I make him a better man, and he has grown so much since we’ve been together. He brings out the best in me, and has shown love and caring to me and my daughter since day one. He proposed in March of 2018 on a hike at Bear’s Den (it was supposed to be in Santorini six weeks later, but he got the ring and couldn’t wait)!
After a long engagement, we knew we were going to get married regardless even when COVID happened. We cut our guest list to family and bridal party only, and it was a magical and intimate day. Moments that stand out to me were when Joe said special vows to my daughter and gave her a locket with a rose on it. Also, the speeches were absolutely touching – there wasn’t a dry eye in the place! I really loved seeing Joe’s reaction as I came down the aisle in my dress, my goal was to make him happy cry 😉 and it definitely happened! The alpacas were also a huge hit!
Accessories: Tara Veil with ZAKAA Headpiece, earrings and bracelet
DETAILS: We had a beautiful outside ceremony and indoor reception for about 100 guests. The bridesmaids gowns and earrings were customized and designed by ZAKAA.
SPECIAL MOMENTS: Definitely walking down the aisle towards my husband having both my parents on my side, our grand entrance, worshipping/singing with our family and friends at the dance floor
LOVE STORY: We met at our mutual friend’s graduation. When we were first introduced, we didn’t think much of it, besides a little curiosity about each other. But later during the day, we both were interested, so a week after we met, we decided to go on a date. We had an incredible time. Even though it would have been easier to move towards a relationship, we decided to remain friends to first develop a friendship. After eight months of getting to know each other, my husband wrote me a sweet poem to ask me to be his girlfriend and I said “yes”. We became a couple and got engaged within a year.