We’re taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting a real Washington DC area couple that we’ve featured on the blog! One year after featuring Carolyn and Thomas’s French chateau-inspired wedding, we are sharing their first wedding anniversary photo session with Sarah Culver Photography in Annapolis. They woke up early on Black Friday and spent a chilly, quiet morning in an intimate setting. They had the St. John’s College completely to themselves and scouted out the best places for holiday decorations and evergreen branches. Pure romance!
Thank you so much Carolyn and Thomas for sharing your wedding anniversary with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Now that winter is here to stay, I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for a something that reminds me of spring! You have to check out these pink and purple wedding ideas that I just can’t get enough of! Captured by k. thompson photography and styled by Christine from Engaging Affairs, the colors just seem to pop against the backdrop of Potomac Point Winery. And once I saw that decorated pergola with a purple and pink flower chandelier? I swooned! See all the dreamy wedding inspiration right here…
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This oh-so-sweet duo just nailed it for their wedding in Maryland. Laura and Mitchell crafted a wedding around their laid-back personalities and vision for a relaxed, fun wedding. The result? A stunning autumn soiree that is oozing with love and DIY wedding perfection. (But first, check out their barn wedding ceremony first!) These images from Borrowed Blue Photography speak for themselves and you can see it all right here…
From Laura: For the reception, I really wanted a fun relaxed party. We splurged on an awesome caterer with amazing food- fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Although it wasn’t formal, it was delicious and everyone felt so relaxed. Instead of spending money on favors, we donated that money to two organizations that are really important to Mitch and I.
Instead of buying a wedding cake, my mom and I made three different flavors of cupcakes. We made them ahead of time and froze them, they were a huge hit.
So many people in my family used their special talents make our wedding very special. My sister spray painted the pumpkins white, and coated them with gold glitter. She also used her awesome artistic abilities to draw a tree, and all our guests stamped their thumbprint onto the branches to look like falling leaves, that was our guest book.
Laura’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
My advice, although it may seem impossible, is to try to relax as much as you can. Don’t worry about things you can not control, like the weather. There is a great quote that says ” Worrying does not empty today of its troubles, it empties tomorrow of its strength.” You want to be strong and beautiful on your big day, and worrying is only going to make things worse. When we first started planning the wedding a year and a half before it happened, we got as much done as we could, and that helped immensely, when the big day grew closer, there was only a few little things left to do.
Thank you so much Laura and Mitchell for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
My dear readers, get ready to have your socks charmed off because this barn wedding in Maryland couldn’t be more darling if it tried. There isn’t a single image sitting in this gorgeous photo gallery from Borrowed Blue Photography that I simply don’t adore! Laura and Mitchell’s outdoor wedding ceremony will make your heart sing all morning long! Come back later this afternoon to check out what amazing DIY wedding details this cute duo—with the help of their nearest and dearest—crafted up!
From Laura: When my mom and I first started planning our wedding, all we knew was that we wanted to do it in the fall, when the weather was still nice and the leaves were changing colors. We visited a venue called The Howard County Conservancy. We saw the barn on top of a rolling hill, and we knew immediately we wanted to use that as the backdrop to the ceremony. Once the venue was figured out, everything started to fall into place. We chose a rustic country feel. We used pumpkins, sunflowers, and mason jars to help our ideas come to life.
I really wanted a special meaningful ceremony, we got a great officiant, we did our own declarations and asked special family members to give some readings.
Thank you so much Laura and Mitchell 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:
It is gift giving season, that’s for sure! However, when it comes to weddings and gifts, it can be tricky as a guest to get the couple that perfect gift; something that you know they will love and cherish forever. But, I get that as an engaged couple you might be a little nervous about a creating a wedding registry. You might not know what to register for, or maybe you’ve been with your partner for a long time and feel like you have everything you need. This all may be true, but regardless, your wedding guests will still want to get you a gift to help you celebrate. Enter the wedding registry. A registry allows you to get the gifts that you want and that you need. Your guests will appreciate a little direction in the gift department. And, you will appreciate not getting all sorts of random gifts that you can’t use!
Going all through the house, here are my ideas for things to register for at one of my favorite places, Crate & Barrel. I registered at Crate & Barrel for my wedding and they have everything you’d need from pillows to stand mixers to furniture. I still have loads of the items we registered for around the house, many of the items I use every day!
Here are some wedding registry ideas for the kitchen…
I have to tell you, from a former bride to another, registering for wedding gifts can be hard. You think that it is going to be this super fun experience, but truthfully, it can be really overwhelming. Thankfully, Crate & Barrel hosts Wedding Parties where they close the store down, just for you, and help you register. We have a few Crate & Barrel locations in the Washington DC area, so be sure to check out one of their wedding parties and avoid the wedding registry drama of doing it all by yourself!
If you have questions about registering for gifts for your wedding, Crate & Barrel has a few wedding registry resources for you and you can start your wedding registry right here.
From Christian: We decided to have a Sunday brunch wedding because we both go to bed early (a side effect of triathlon training!) and breakfast is our favorite meal of the day! We started with coffee hour and Grandma cookies – homemade cookies from Christian’s grandmother are a staple at all of the grandchildren’s weddings and family holidays.
For decorations, we hung up old running and triathlon race bibs and had pictures of us as children scattered throughout the venue.
I would can jam every summer with my mom, a tradition Christian and I continue today, so we canned applesauce as wedding favors!
Thank you so much Margaret and Christian for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
If you ask me, it just doesn’t get more darling than this pretty little fête that we’re sharing with you this beautiful Monday morning! Margaret and Christian’s traditional Jewish wedding Washington DC is a cozy winter affair that will have you smiling all morning long. It’s a DIY wedding detail-fest done oh-so-right and every image by Katie DeLorme Photography has me squealing with excitement! And make sure to come back later this morning to see their Sunday brunch wedding reception!
From Margaret: We did not have a theme for the wedding, but we did incorporate a lot of personal touches throughout the ceremony and reception that really made the wedding feel intimate and reflect who we are as a couple and as individuals. We chose to have our wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, in part because it is a beautiful venue, but more importantly because it is owned by a non-profit organization that reflects our values, and we were excited to be able to support them.
We had a Jewish wedding because we decided that it was a first and crucial step in creating a Jewish home together. The ceremony itself had a number of personal details: we used my grandfather’s tallit for the chuppah (wedding canopy); near the end of the ceremony, the bride and groom are wrapped in a tallit and the parents say a blessing over them. We used my mom’s tallit, who died a few years earlier, and we wrote the language for their ketubah (marriage contract).
Christian walked into “Rainbow Connection” from the Muppets – his childhood nickname was Kermit.
Thank you so much Margaret and Christian 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:
Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Are you ready to spend another Sunday morning with one of our great sponsors? We are talking photographer for your wedding today with Michelle Lindsay Photography. Michelle offers a fresh approach to weddings, with iconic imagery and attention to detail. Michelle’s artistic aesthetic brings a romantic timelessness to her photography. She has an earnest passion for producing high-quality artwork that will last forever and focuses on putting as much love and dedication into the final wedding album as she does into capturing the wedding day. For more on the Michelle Lindsay Photography, be sure to visit her website or check out all of their past features on United With Love.
We hope that you’ll check out Michelle Lindsay Photography for your wedding photography 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.
Did you have a good week? Better yet, do you have any weekend plans? Hopefully you’ll be enjoying this gorgeous winter weather and all the local holiday events going on! ‘Tis the season and my favorite time of the year. Don’t forget to join us again this weekend for more DC wedding fun!