Washington DC Wedding Engagement Session: Melissa + Eric

posted by Kate Oczypok

Melissa and Eric had their hearts set on a Washington DC wedding engagement that showcased the beauty of the city that played a supporting role in their romance. With Michelle Lindsay Photography on hand to capture every sweet moment, this cute duo began their day with a sunset photo shoot on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before heading to Georgetown University (the groom-to-be’s alma mater!) with a very special guest — Jack the Bulldog, the university’s live canine mascot!



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Congratulations Melissa and Eric! And, a special “thank you” to Shaune Hayes who did Melissa’s makeup and Beautiful Becomings for doing her hair!

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: Michelle Lindsay Photography

DIY Wedding Song Request Cards + Free Printable

posted by Ally Lopez

Get your dancing shoes ready because we have fun, free wedding printable coming your way today! Rather than have your guests line up near the DJ (or worse, pester your DJ all night while they are trying to work!), leave a stack of these song request cards at your reception tables. Another idea is to mail the cards along with your RSVP cards and then you can have some help compiling your wedding song request list for your band or DJ. (If you are still looking for wedding music, be sure to check out our list of the best wedding bands and DJs in the DC area.) Rest assured, these free printable wedding song request cards are super easy and better yet, they will keep the dance floor packed all night long!

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To Make:

If you can use a printer, then you can do this DIY wedding project! First, download the free printable wedding song request cards and print it onto cardstock. Next, cut along the dotted lines using scissors or a paper trimmer. Share with your wedding guests and enjoy!

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Make sure you check out our growing collection of free wedding printables and other DIY wedding projects – we have some really great ones!

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? If you are in the mood for more projects and printables, you can check out all of our Washington DC area DIY weddings right here! Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros.

DIY Photo Booth Backdrop Ideas

posted by julianne

We showed you a great idea this morning for how to make your wedding’s photo booth, but now comes the fun part – designing the photo booth! The key with your photo booth backdrop is to make it unique and fun – maybe with a bright pop of color or something personalized. For example, check out this photo booth backdrop made from old 45s! From walls to sparkly fringe, here are a few great ideas for making a backdrop that will pop and get your guests having tons of fun! After all, if your guests are feeling festive, you know those candid photos in the booth will be amazing!


Photo Credit:  Ever After Visuals from Jennifer and Daniel’s wedding in Virginia

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  • This floating confetti backdrop would add the perfect pop to your photo booth! It is bright and festive and will make great photos of your guests having fun! Photo Credit: Mary Costa Photography

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  • This DIY Polariod prop would be so cute as a photo booth addition! Your guests would have a blast getting in (or out!) and taking all types of candid photos. Photo Credit: Love Ala

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  • This oversized chalkboard sign couldn't be more perfect as a photo booth backdrop! Photo Credit: Aimee McAuley Photography

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  • This photo booth background has major impact and with cool or vintage wallpaper it will look even better in pictures. With these step-by-step instructions from a past couple, you can definitely do it yourself!

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  • As it says in this DIY project, it isn't hard to polka dot paint this photo booth backdrop, but it does take time. Start early on this project for your wedding and you'll be stress free!

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  • This DIY project for your wedding will give your photo booth a unique pop in the background!

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  • By changing up the ribbon colors, you can create different looks for your photo booth. It is the perfect make-ahead project!

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  • Not only can you make this backdrop yourself, it is sparkly and pretty - perfect for the background of any photobooth. Photo Credit: Ruth Eileen

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Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? 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.


DIY Photo Booth

posted by julianne

Photo booths might be one of the most fun parts of a wedding reception! From the backdrops to the props to the hilarious out-takes, what’s not to love!? There are lots of options for photo booths such a hiring a photo booth company, or getting one through your photographer, so be sure to check out our list of local DC, MD and VA photographers and photo booth experts. We had a reader write in recently asking different DIY photo booth options. So, if you are looking to save money or are last minute with the planning, Janice from Bellwether Events is here to share a DIY photo booth that she pulled together using her computer and some really fun props. Take it away, Janice…


Photo Credit: Kurstin Roe Photography

Photo booths are all the rage at weddings, but not everyone can afford the price tag, so we decided to create a DIY pop art themed photo booth. This photo booth was created to go with a pop art wedding ideas feature that we put together, so be sure to check out all of the other ideas and inspiration that go along with the photo booth.

There is a photo booth application built into the Mac laptop with a pop art feature. We set the computer to that setting and let the guests do the work. We created some awesome props and set it all up on a table with two chairs in front of a solid, fabric backdrop. Most of these props were homemade, or picked up from Target. Throughout the night, the guests can come and take (and re-take!) their own photos using the props.

For the props, we used loads of fun, pop art ideas, including classic pop art items like Campbell’s Tomato Soup cans, Coca Cola bottles, and masks of famous faces including Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse, the Paul Frank monkey and John Lennon. Putting a spin on the current mustache trend, there is the Rolling Stones mouth too!




Here are some DIY photo booth tips:

  • Space: You’ll want to create a separate space for the photo booth such as off to the side or in a corner at your reception. This way, guests can take their photos when they want and not bother the dancers or create a crowd near a doorway or the bar area. When you do your venue walk-through before your wedding, be sure to mention that you’d like to have a photo booth so that your planner or site representative can give you some good location options. You want to make sure it is in a spot that your guests will notice, but that won’t be in the way.
  • Instructions: Be sure to leave instructions for your guests. The idea of a DIY photo booth is that no one needs to operate the booth, so you can set it up and walk away. Do leave instructions so your guests can figure it out and enjoy.
  • Funny Photos: Props and backgrounds help to set the mood for your photo booth and they also help to break the ice with your guests so they loosen up and take funny pictures. You’ll get the formal photos with your photographer, the photo booth is a chance to get those hilarious photos that you can’t plan for. We picked our props up at Target and used fabric for the background. You can easily make your own props, search the dollar store for props or there are loads of photo booth prop vendors online and Etsy.
  • Sharing: Once your wedding is over, with this model the photos are already on your computer for sharing on social media with your friends and family. You can also upload the really good ones to a third-party site like Shutterfly to have them printed.

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Thank you so much, Janice, for sharing your DIY photo booth with us! You can find Janice with her great wedding ideas and wedding planning experience on her website at Bellwether Events. Be sure to check back later this week because we’ll have more DIY photo booth advice and research for you. In the meantime, check out our collection of DIY weddings and free wedding printables.

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? If you are in the mood for more projects, you can check out all of our Washington DC area DIY weddings right here! Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros.

Photo Credits: Kurstin Roe Photography

Modern Summer Wedding Reception in Washington DC: Rachael + Savvas

posted by julianne

Welcome back to part two of Rachael and Savvas’ wedding in Washington, DC! After their ceremony (Don’t miss their wedding ceremony right here!) and a trip around the city for portraits with their wedding party, they turned up the volume with a reception at one of DC’s most modern wedding venues, the Newseum, with pops of bright pink all captured by Ethan Yang Photography. I love all the special touches that they added to their wedding day to make it their own!


From Rachael: We had specific taste in music (lounge and dance music over the traditional wedding songs), food, and wine (champagne available at all times!) and wanted to find the right partners to create what we loved. We were so lucky to have such a beautiful day and everyone that participated made it special. Everyone we partnered with became wonderful friends afterwards. We brought them into our life! I only wish the day hadn’t gone by so fast! At least we had our second ceremony in Greece to look forward to afterwards. And luckily….our photographer was willing to be at both of them! 


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More from Rachael: We wanted to have dance and lounge music, and loved Spanish and jazz for the cocktail hour so we wanted a DJ that understood we didn’t want all the typical wedding songs. We also prioritized good food and drinks – which the Newseum absolutely delivered on. We went a little light on flowers – but you wouldn’t have been able to tell from our amazing florist who gracefully reused pieces and suggested arrangements that made sense for the season. She brought flowers from the ceremony to the reception and from the reception to brunch at the Hotel Monaco the next day. And, my loving mother for creating a beautiful arrangement for the escort table (copying from scratch something we found on United with Love!) and delivering lanterns to the Newseum to set them up on the balcony at night for a romantic touch.

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Rachael’s wedding planning advice for other couples:

I recommend keeping a full budget in Excel. We thought we might not be able to have our wedding at the Newseum, but when we estimated everything in it was do-able. Different venues often structure their costs differently so it’s important to understand how everything adds up. Also, don’t be afraid to find vendors that match your own style. We wanted specific music and food — you never know — just ask. You want the day to reflect the both of you — not anyone else. It’s your day to celebrate your love and include everyone in that — you want it to be authentic!


Thank you so much Rachael and Savvas for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Officiant: Fr. Joseph Sobierjaski
Reception Venue: Newseum
Wedding Planner: Mary Cline from the Newseum
Photography + Videography: Ethan Yang Photography
Stationery: Delphine Press
Floral Design: Nosegay
Hair: Bridal Hair by Remona
Makeup: Maid of Honor
Bridal Dress: Melissa Sweet
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Veil: Hannelore’s
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Transportation: Prime Transportation
Catering: Wolfgang Puck at the Newseum
Linens: Party Rental Ltd.
Lighting: Newseum
Reception Music: DJ Heather Femia

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: Ethan Yang Photography

Modern Summer Wedding Ceremony in Washington DC: Rachael + Savvas

posted by julianne

Good morning and welcome to Rachael and Savvas’ wedding in Washington, DC. This couple joined their two cultures -Catholic and Greek – and celebrated with a beautiful wedding ceremony captured by Ethan Yang Photography. (They also headed to Greece after their wedding in DC for a destination wedding too!) For their ceremony, they used a sparkly metallic color palette with a dramatic and elegant feel, and then turned up the color for their reception, but you’ll have to wait until later this morning to see their reception. I can’t get enough of these mismatched bridesmaid dresses!


From Rachael: We came from different backgrounds and wanted to create a wedding that blended those backgrounds and included the people we loved. We had both Catholic and Greek readings at our church ceremony, featured Greek music and dancing in our reception and had a few tasty Greek treats at the Newseum which were thoughtfully created by the team there. And we bucked some of the trends on “picking colors” and had a few different but blended themes – gold and pastels during the ceremony and hot pinks during the reception. 


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More from Rachael: We didn’t believe in the myth of bridesmaid dresses being “worn again” – so we picked a “gold” theme and let our bridesmaids choose their own floor-length gold and tan dresses. Each woman chose a dress that suited her body, that she actually might wear to another formal event, and one even “Rented the Runway” to make it affordable. I had several “something old” items – including my great-grandmother’s rosary, a necklace from my grandmother, a locket with a picture of my father, and a ring from my mother-in-law.



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More from Rachael: We featured a Greek reading at our Catholic wedding. One of my favorite moments was the pictures that we took after the wedding. We waited until the wedding to see each other and then rode around DC taking lovely pictures with our wedding party. Every stop was at another wonderful place in DC near the sights and with good friends in the wedding party and fun music on the bus we had a lovely tour I will never forget. Savvas’ favorite moment was when the church doors opened and saw me walking down the aisle with her brother.


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Thank you so much Rachael and Savvas 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: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Officiant: Fr. Joseph Sobierjaski
Reception Venue: Newseum
Photography + Videography: Ethan Yang Photography
Stationery: Delphine Press
Floral Design: Nosegay
Hair: Bridal Hair by Remona
Makeup: Maid of Honor
Bridal Dress: Melissa Sweet
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Veil: Hannelore’s
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Transportation: Prime Transportation
Catering: Wolfgang Puck at the Newseum
Linens: Party Rental Ltd.
Lighting: Newseum
Reception Music: DJ Heather Femia

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: Ethan Yang Photography

Elegant Vintage Wedding Reception in St. Michael’s MD: Sarah + Stephen

posted by julianne

Welcome back to the second part of Sarah and Stephen’s wedding in Maryland on the Eastern Shore. I hope you that you brought your dancing shoes, because in addition to all of the gorgeous florals and these dreamy portraits I was telling you about, this couple threw quite a party for their friends and family. (In case you missed their outdoor wedding ceremony, be sure to check out first, you won’t want to miss it! Cassidy DuHon Photography was there to capture every beautiful moment!


From Sarah: I had three main priorities: 1) music, 2) food, and 3) a beautiful ceremony site. We splurged on a 10-piece motown band – ‘Round Midnight. They were absolutely amazing and really kept up the energy during the reception. We had heard that the food at The Oaks was incredible, which it was! Our wedding cake was created by my Uncle Paw, and was one of my favorite details. He also created the favors (little chocolate crabs in boxes filled with graham crackers to look like sand) and the surprise groom’s cake (a VT golfball with Hokie feet around the grass)





From Sarah: We had signature drinks called Jamaican Rum Punch to represent our favorite drink while sailing and also in honor of our honeymoon destination!












Sarah’s advice for other couples in the Washington DC area: 

My advice would be to take the time to enjoy the reception and dance as much as possible! The day flies by so quickly and you’ve spent so much time planning so it’s okay if you try your best to talk to everyone but eventually just stop and have fun!


Thank you so much Sarah and Stephen 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: The Oaks Waterfront Inn
Officiant: Greg Roman
Ceremony Music: Bialek’s Music
Photography: Cassidy DuHon Photography
Videography: Doug Stanford
Wedding Planning: Nouvelle Weddings
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Transportation: Shore Motor Coach
Florist: Violets Florist by Connie Clark
Hair and Makeup: Behind the Veil
Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Carine’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Studio Suits
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Reception Music: ‘Round Midnight from Entertainment Exchange
Cake + Favors: Mikkelson’s Pastry Shop
Photo Booth: Chesapeake Photo Booth

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: Cassidy DuHon Photography

Elegant Vintage Wedding Ceremony in St. Michael’s: Sarah + Stephen

posted by julianne

Well, good Monday morning to you! We have a whole lot of pretty coming your way today with Sarah and Stephen’s wedding in St. Michael’s, Maryland. This cute couple are boaters, so the Eastern Shore of Maryland was a perfect fit for their elegant, vintage inspired wedding day. I can’t get enough of their dreamy first look and portrait photographs captured by Cassidy DuHon Photography. We are kicking it off with a little teaser photo from their rehearsal dinner the night before and then right into their wedding ceremony. Do not leave this page until you check out the gorgeous floral arch for their ceremony – amazing! Be sure to come back later this morning to see their reception too.


From Sarah:  We wanted to stick to a “vintage elegant” theme for our wedding. We fell in love with St. Michaels when we sailed there a few years ago with my family and have been going back there ever since. Since it is such a beautiful sailing town, we also wanted to incorporate touches of sailboats throughout the wedding. Also, coral is my favorite color so that is how we chose our color palette.

















More from Sarah:  We wanted a beautiful outdoor ceremony with a beautiful arch as the centerpiece. Our florist definitely delivered in that department! The women guests were given fans in floral boxes that were handmade and hand-embroidered in the Philippines. Also, the flower girls’ dresses were handmade in the Philippines. The male guests from my mom’s side of the family wore the traditional barongs (Filipino version of a tuxedo–dress shirts made out of pineapple fibers). The ring bearer pillow was hand made by my aunt. We also wrote our own vows.



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More from Sarah: One of my favorite details was the ceremony arch. I just thought it was absolutely beautiful–the most beautiful wedding arch I had ever seen. Some favorite memories: walking down the aisle with both my mom and my dad.


Thank you so much Sarah and Stephen 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: The Oaks Waterfront Inn
Officiant: Greg Roman
Ceremony Music: Bialek’s Music
Photography: Cassidy DuHon Photography
Videography: Doug Stanford
Wedding Planning: Nouvelle Weddings
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Transportation: Shore Motor Coach
Florist: Violets Florist by Connie Clark
Hair and Makeup: Behind the Veil
Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Carine’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Studio Suits
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Reception Music: ‘Round Midnight from Entertainment Exchange
Cake + Favors: Mikkelson’s Pastry Shop
Photo Booth: Chesapeake Photo Booth

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: Cassidy DuHon Photography

Sunday Brunch: Little Bit Heart

posted by Kate Oczypok

Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Are you ready to spend another Sunday morning with one of our awesome sponsors? Little Bit Heart is a custom paper goods and design company based in Annapolis, Maryland. The company is a family affair, run by cousins Elizabeth and Jenna, who share a love of all things paper. If you’re a couple looking for beautiful save the date announcements, gorgeous menu designs and place cards for your reception, wedding stationery, thank you cards, favors and more, Little Bit Heart is the place for you. They specialize in small business and creative industry identities, perfect for engaged couples! For more from Little Bit Heart, be sure to visit their website or check out all of their past features on United With Love.




Photography Credit: Jodi Miller Photography

We hope that you’ll check out Little Bit Heart for your wedding stationery 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.