Elegant and Chic Wedding Reception in Washington DC: Prachin + Michael

posted by Ally Lopez

Are you ready for more chic wedding inspiration from Prachin and Michael’s wedding in Washington DC? (And make sure to take a look at their traditional wedding ceremony first!) After a few portaits around Capitol Hill with their dapper wedding party, they continued their celebrations at the Phoenix Park Hotel where Audra Wrisley Photography was on hand to capture every sweet moment. And can we talk about how cute that sloth wedding guest book is!? Don’t forget to join us tomorrow as we take a look at their second wedding ceremony—a traditional Cambodian ceremony!—and rehearsal dinner. Bring it on!

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Thank you so much Prachin and Michael for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Phoenix Park Hotel
Officiant: The Honorable Mark Wolf
Photographer: Audra Wrisley Photography
Videographer: Michael Brazda Films
Floral Design + Hairpiece: Royce’s Flowers
Stationery: MagnetStreetWedding Paper Divas, and Minted
Bridal Attire: Enzoani
Shoes: Joan and David
Hair + Makeup: Kristen Foster Hair Artistry
Bridesmaids’ Attire: White by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal
Ceremony + Reception Music: The Dexter Lake Club Band

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Audra Wrisley Photography

Elegant and Chic Wedding Ceremony in Washington DC: Prachin + Michael

posted by Ally Lopez

If you could win an award for being the prettiest wedding I ever did see, this wedding in Washington DC would surely take the prize. The fabulous Audra Wrisley Photography captured it all behind the camera, and lucky us, we can pour over these lovely photos all morning long! Prachin and Michael’s elegant fête comes straight from blush pink heaven! These cuties celebrated with a traditional wedding following their traditional Cambodian wedding ceremony (be on the lookout for that tomorrow!). Until then, make sure to come back later this morning and see more from their elegant wedding celebration.

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From Prachin: I wore orchids in my hair, in memory of my mother, who I lost last summer to cancer. Orchids were her favorite flower.

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Thank you so much Prachin and Michael for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Be sure to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Phoenix Park Hotel
Officiant: The Honorable Mark Wolf
Photographer: Audra Wrisley Photography
Videographer: Michael Brazda Films
Floral Design + Hairpiece: Royce’s Flowers
Stationery: MagnetStreet, Wedding Paper Divas, and Minted
Bridal Attire: Enzoani
Shoes: Joan and David
Hair + Makeup: Kristen Foster Hair Artistry
Bridesmaids’ Attire: White by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal
Ceremony + Reception Music: The Dexter Lake Club Band

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Audra Wrisley Photography

Classic Southern Summer Wedding Reception in Maryland: Allie + Daniel

posted by Ally Lopez

Welcome back to the second part of Allie and Daniel’s summer wedding in Maryland. (But first, make sure you check out their traditional wedding ceremony first!) Their classic Southern affair came complete with the prettiest farm venue I’ve seen, and Birds of a Feather Photography has the photos to prove it! From their DIY chalkboard signs to the seriously delish looking pie bar, there was no detail left out by these two Texans for their Southern Maryland destination wedding.

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From Allie: We had more of a feel in mind than a vision when we started our wedding planning. We wanted a romantic summer night, with a southern comfort atmosphere, good food, and great company. Anything too formal wouldn’t have fit our personalities, but with a traditional ceremony and a more casual reception, we hit a great happy medium.

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We wanted subtle colors that lent itself to the vintage, rustic look we liked so we chose lighter shades of green and pink and the seersucker suits were a perfect fit for our color scheme and the style we were going for. All in all, everything came together in a way that really represented who we are.

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We incorporated old leather suitcases that belonged to my grandfather, as well as a memorial table with pictures of lost loved ones.

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Allie’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:

Plan early! We were planning from Texas, so we got most of the big things taken care of while we were home way in advance. Even then, a lot of little things have a way of sneaking up on you at the last minute. But I think the most important thing is to have people helping you that you know you can trust.

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Thank you so much Allie and Daniel for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Flora Corner Farm
Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography
Floral Design: Flowers by Bunny
Stationery: DIY
Calligraphy: Susan Mudd Vogel
Bridal Attire: Alfred Angelo
Veil: Serendipity Bridal and Events
Shoes: DSW
Hair and Makeup: Illusions Hair and Nail Salon
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alfred Angelo
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Catering: Danny Jefferson Delectable D’s
Cake: DIY
Ceremony Music: Joe Meszaros
Reception Music: Rockin’ Roger
Favors: DIY
Transportation: Keller Transportation, Inc.

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Birds of a Feather Photography

Classic Southern Summer Wedding Ceremony in Maryland: Allie + Daniel

posted by Ally Lopez

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the last official day of summer than with this summer wedding in Southern Maryland. Pink and green weddings seriously make my heart happy. It’s my favorite color palette, and when paired with seersucker and Southern-inspired details, you know I’m a happy blogger. Birds of a Feather Photography was behind the camera to capture every gorgeous detail of Allie and Daniel’s traditional ceremony. Join us later this morning to see their classic summer farm wedding that will put the pep in your step this Monday morning!

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From Allie: Our biggest priority from the very beginning was having the people who meant the most to us to share this day with us. We really just wanted to celebrate with all those who have supported us through all of our years together. 

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There was a lot about our wedding that was personal and sentimental. I wore both my grandmother and my great-grandmother’s wedding rings, and Daniel wore my great-grandfathers.

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My favorite memory from our wedding day was when we exchanged letters before the ceremony. We had written letters to each other the night before, and exchanged them while standing on either side of a beam in the barn so we still couldn’t see each other. I think it was the most personal part about our whole day, when we could really tell each other how we were feeling, and get ready to take on our new life together.

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Thank you so much Allie and Daniel for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Be sure to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Flora Corner Farm
Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography
Floral Design: Flowers by Bunny
Stationery: DIY
Calligraphy: Susan Mudd Vogel
Bridal Attire: Alfred Angelo
Veil: Serendipity Bridal and Events
Shoes: DSW
Hair and Makeup: Illusions Hair and Nail Salon
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alfred Angelo
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Catering: Danny Jefferson Delectable D’s
Cake: DIY
Ceremony Music: Joe Meszaros
Reception Music: Rockin’ Roger
Favors: DIY
Transportation: Keller Transportation, Inc.

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Birds of a Feather Photography

Sunday Brunch: National Cathedral School

posted by Kate Oczypok

Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Are you ready to spend another cozy fall Sunday morning with one of our awesome sponsors? The National Cathedral School offers a unique space for your wedding. If historical spaces are your cup of tea, the National Cathedral School, a historical institution itself, is on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. NCS provides a full range of services including catering, facilities set-up, security, event coordination and on-site parking. There’s even a beautiful outdoor wedding terrace perfect for breathtaking photos! For more from the National Cathedral School, be sure to visit their website or check out all of their past features on United With Love.

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We hope that you’ll check out The National Cathedral School for your wedding venue needs in the Washington DC area. Join us again next weekend for Sunday brunch with another fantastic supporter of United With Love! We’ll see you back here bright and early Monday morning! If you are interested in joining us for brunch on United With Love, please send us an email.

Happy Friday!

posted by Ally Lopez

Did you have a good week? More importantly, do you have any fun weekend plans? I’m not quite sure what I’m going to be up to this weekend, but I am looking forward to the beautiful fall weather we’ll be having this weekend! Whatever you do, I hope that you and yours have an awesome weekend! We’ll see you back here on Sunday for more Washington DC-area wedding fun!

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Photo Credit: Sarah Culver Photography

Georgetown Wedding Engagement Session: Katie + Matt

posted by Kate Oczypok

This darling wedding engagement session in Washington DC has all the ingredients for a picture picture day: a couple with their movie star good looks and an adorable dog to match! Alicia Lacey Photography captured Katie and Matt’s laid-back session in Georgetown, which is special to the couple as they met while interning there. After sitting down to get to know each other a little more, they bonded over growing up in Pennsylvania and well, the rest is history!

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Congratulations Katie and Matt!

Looking for more on engagements? Check out other local DC-area engagement photography sessions, or find out what to wear for your engagement and how to do your make-up for your engagement session!

Photo Credits: Alicia Lacey Photography

Sophisticated Rustic Wedding Inspiration

posted by Kate Oczypok

Grab your cup of coffee and get comfy because this wedding inspiration, with all the trappings of our forefathers, is the perfect thing to cozy up to this morning! Inspired by Flag Day, Potomac Point Winery and Voilà! Event Studio teamed up and put together these stylish wedding ideas with a “Founding Fathers Gone Wild” spin and boy, they did not disappoint! Think glamorous chandeliers and rustic winery scenery paired with an exotic menu (frog leg lollipops and alligator popovers!) and patriotic details. {a}strid photography was on hand to capture all the rustic elegance, and we just can’t get enough!

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The following Washington DC area wedding vendors put this wedding inspiration together:

Venue: Potomac Point Winery
Event Planner: Voilà! Event Studio
Photography: {a}strid photography
Floral Design + Décor: Purveyors of Fine Florals and Design
Stationery + Calligraphy: Ribbons & Bluebirds
Catering: Le Grand Cru Catering
Napkins and Runners: Gala Cloths

Don’t forget to visit our Washington DC wedding vendor guide for more fabulous wedding professionals. And, if you are looking for more inspiration and ideas? Be sure to check out our DC wedding idea galleries.

Photo Credits: {a}strid photography

Champagne Taste On a Beer Budget Wedding Tips

posted by julianne

One of the things you told me in the reader survey was that you wanted tips for planning your wedding in the Washington DC area with “champagne taste on a beer budget.” You told me that you have great style and lofty dreams for your wedding, but don’t necessarily the have budget to pull it off. And, let’s face it – planning a wedding in DC, Maryland and northern Virginia is pricey! I went to some of the top wedding planners in the DMV and asked their advice. How would they help their client? Those crafty planners seem to know all the tricks to stretching a buck and making the most out of a wedding budget!

The biggest thing that I learned from the planners was that not breaking the bank planning a wedding is more about getting value out of your dollars spent and ensuring that you are making the most of what you have, instead of trying to get high end items at a low price or trying to hunt down deals. Yes, there are wedding deals to had, but in the Washington DC area the most effective to save wedding costs is by being smart about spending. Without further ado, here are some tips to pulling off a wedding with champagne taste on a beer budget from the best wedding planners in the DC area…

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The Wow Factor

“Focus a few ‘wow’ factor moments across the duration of the wedding instead of trying to do everything big the entire day. A few pops of interesting carrying the night in a much more lux way; than if you try to spread your budget too thin. The number one way to make a room feel more luxurious and rich is lighting. Having great ambient lighting such as up lights or a wash on the ceiling can make the room really come to life. Offset this cost with a few floral centerpieces balanced with candle centerpieces, which can cut your budget cost down.” — Tabitha, owner of Roberts & Co. Events

“With growth in sites like Pinterest, everything seem possible. The options literally seem endless to most brides. In reality, only some things are readily available in the DC market, online or work with a client’s budget. The best way to get the most out of your budget with decor elements and personal touches is to edit the list of ideas down to the ones that are the most important and to focus resources are a few high-impact items and then keep it restrained everywhere else. Our rule of thumb is three high-impact decor elements and three high-impact personal touches.” - Elizabeth, owner of Elizabeth Duncan Events

Date + Location

“Consider booking your date on an off-peak time, whether that means the months of January through March, July or August, or booking your event on a day other than Saturday evening. You can see a cost savings not only on your venue, but it can be a negotiation tool when discussing packages and options with your other vendors as well.” - Courtney, owner of A Sweet Soiree Events

“We recommending choosing a venue outside of Washington, DC proper. The tax is is less, the rental fees are less and you usually get more date and time flexibility at your venues. Also, try to keep your event to five hours, including the ceremony, cocktails and reception. The hourly fees for longer events can add up when you factor in the different vendors such as photographer, caterer, etc.” – Heather, president of HJ Planners

“A great option is to have a daytime wedding with a seated lunch as opposed to a seated dinner. Many couples would be pleasantly surprised by all of the savings they get with a daytime wedding.  With a lunch wedding, couples can provide a great meal and save on overall food and alcohol costs.” - Margo, owner of Bright Occasions

The Reception

“For the bar, consider doing beer, wine and a signature drink instead of full open bar. If you do full open bar, close it for dinner and just have wine service at the guests’ tables. You can opt for your DJ to also play the ceremony music instead of getting a string ensemble. Your DJ’s hourly rate may be less than hiring a separate vendor. You can also repurpose your ceremony flowers as tall table arrangements at the reception.” - Heather, president of HJ Planners

Splurge on Your Bouquet

“If you have a limited decor budget, I still recommend splurging on the bride’s bouquet. It will be in a vast majority of the photos that you will later cherish, so I’d make it a stunner. I once had clients who got simple centerpieces from Costco, but the bride got a gorgeous bouquet from Holly Chapple. It looked incredible in photos.” — Janice, owner of Bellwether Events

Interactive Experiences

“A great way to bring in the designer ideas without breaking the budget is to focus your attention on interactive ideas for guests that are not super expensive. For example, having a hot coco and/or a cookie station at the end of the night with take away cups and personalized sleeves really leave guests with a lasting impression. You can have a family member make the cookies homemade which saves on cost, and the only large expense is personalized sleeves or cups which won’t break the bank if purchased through wholesale websites.” — Tabitha, owner of Roberts & Co. Events

Guest List

“The best way to get more out of your event budget is to manage your guest count. The more you invite, the more you pay, so edit your guest count and then edit again.  If you have invited 250 people to your event, a reasonable budget it going to be tough.” – Elizabeth, owner of Elizabeth Duncan Events

“My best advice for couples that may have ‘champagne taste’ and a ‘beer budget’ is to keep the guest list small. By having a more intimate wedding, you can really stretch your dollars; thus being able to afford higher quality vendors, and possibly splurge on a delicious meal with an open bar and an amazing wedding cake or a dessert table.  Plus there are many benefits to having smaller weddings, such as you’ll have the opportunity to spend more quality time with your guests, as opposed to feeling like you didn’t get to talk with everyone in attendance.  n addition, you should be able to comfortably fit inside most of DC’s historic homes, which are beautiful options.” – Margo, owner of Bright Occasions

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A huge “thank you” to the awesome wedding planners who helps us out with these great tips! I know I learned a lot and I’m not even planning a wedding! Be sure to check out each of their websites and consider them for your wedding. I firmly believe: wedding planners can save you money!

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas and advice? Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.