Capitol Hill Wedding Engagement Session: Claire + Chris

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Happy Friday, my dear readers! We are sending you off into the weekend with a gorgeous wedding engagement session from one of our lovely readers! Claire and Chris utilized the gorgeous fall foliage of their Capitol Hill neighborhood with Naturally Pure Photography behind the lens to capture every sweet moment! They headed to some of their favorite spots around the city including Lincoln Park! It’s the perfect afternoon if you ask me!

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Congratulations Claire and Chris!

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: Naturally Pure Photography

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8 Best Places to Propose in the DC Area

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We are still on an wedding engagement high after celebrating National Proposal Day last week, so we’re bringing you more inspiration and ideas for your wedding proposal! If you’re thinking of proposing to your partner in the Washington DC-area (or any area, really!) then you have come to the right place. We’re sharing some of our favorite local hot spots in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia for marriage proposals from real, local couples whose love stories we have shared on the blog. Ladies and gents, get those rings and notepads in hand because you’ll need to take some serious notes on where to propose marriage in the Washington DC-area

 Photo Credit: Natarsha Wright Photography from New Year’s Eve DC Marriage Proposal

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  • If you can’t think of a special location, think about the types of things that your partner likes. Could he be totally flattered if you booked a weekend at a bed and breakfast in Charlottesville? Does she just like to spend time in Georgetown? Photo Credit: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

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  • When we think of prime proposal location spots in DC, local landmarks, of course, come to mind! Check out how beautiful asking your partner to marry you would be on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial?! Photo Credit: Evelyn Alas Photography

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  • Do you like to take hikes in Great Falls or ride the carousel at Glen Echo Park? Do you like to go for brunch in Federal Hill or Fells Point? There are tons of ideas for local + outdoor proposal locations! Photo Credit: Jenna Walcott

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  • The Baltimore skyline lit up, the candlelit aisle, the music, the secret photographer… it just couldn’t possibly be any more swoon worthy, am I right? Photo Credit: Shawn Hubbard Photography

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  • It's just about cherry blossom season and you know what that means: pretty in pink in the city! Consider popping the question along the Tidal Basin with DC's most famous blooms! Photo Credit: Kristi Odom

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  • Consider hiring a photographer to hide and look onto your proposal. You’ll get major bonus points for capturing this special moment to share with family + friends! Photo Credit: {astrid} photography

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  • Picture asking him to marry you on the docks of quiant Downtown Annapolis? Who wouldn't say "yes"? Photo Credit: Mike B Photography

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  • Bottom line: The location doesn’t have to be over the top meaningful as much as it should be thoughtful. How about a picturesque spot in your neighborhood? Photo Credit: Saperstone Studios

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So, where did we miss? Where were you proposed to? Leave us a comment!

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DIY Terrarium Wedding Centerpieces

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We have the cutest DIY project for you and your wedding today! But, this time no glue or baking is involved, so even if you don’t fancy yourself as crafty, you can still do this one. We are sharing a DIY wedding centerpiece made of succulents that I had a great time creating with Petal’s Edge, wedding florists based in Alexandria. Michelle Lindsay Photography was with to capture all the fun! If you’re searching for a unique centerpiece, think about a succulent terrarium! These simple and modern arrangements are a perfect (and gorgeous!) way to bring the outdoors inside your wedding reception space. You can attend a workshop with Petal’s Edge or use our tutorial below to create this DIY wedding project. (P.S. – They are hosting another terrarium design class on April 6 in Alexandria.)

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Supplies:

  • Low, broad container
  • Succulents
  • Cactus potting mix soil
  • Small pebbles
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Horticultural charcoal
  • Decorative elements of your choice

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To Make Soil:

To prevent mold and bacteria, it’s important that you equip your terrarium with its own built-in filtration process.  This is achieved by mixing activated charcoal into your soil. Charcoal is an excellent means of keeping your terrarium clean and fungus-free. To mix your self-filtering soil, add your cacti or peat potting mix to a large mixing bowl. You’ll need enough for a 1” to 2” layer of soil for a small terrarium or 3”-4” for a larger container. Next, mix in your charcoal. A good ratio is one tablespoon of charcoal for one cup of soil. Next, add water and mix. Add enough to moisten the soil mixture thoroughly, but not so much that your mixture becomes fluid and muddy. It should stick to your hands, but still clump up on its own. Adding water now pre-waters your terrarium and ensures even watering throughout.

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Line your clean contained with a ½”-1” base layer of pebbles. Next, add your sphagnum moss. Add about a ½” layer and ensure it reaches the walls of your container, as this layer will prevent soil erosion down into your drainage layer. Over the sphagnum, sprinkle a thin, but thorough layer of additional charcoal for extra filtration. Now it’s time to add your soil mix. Using a spoon or a scooper, carefully spoon the mixture loosely into your container, being careful not to smear too much onto the walls of your vessel to ensure a clean presentation.

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Create small impressions into the soil where you want your plants to go. A good tip is to start with the largest plant from your selection and arrange the additional, smaller plants around the focal plant. Allow for at least one square inch of soil space per plant. Position your plants gently, but firmly into the soil, lightly packing them in with additional soil over the tops of the roots. Follow up with adding a layer of moss or pebbles, if desired. This serves the dual purpose of preventing your soil from drying out prematurely and also making your terrarium look good! A layer of sand in your succulent terrariums looks incredible. Finally, add any adornments or décor you have chosen as your finishing touch!

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Photo Credits: Michelle Lindsay Photography

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Thank you so much to the ladies at Petal’s Edge for helping us to make this terrarium and sharing their expertise! They are having another workshop on April 6th in Alexandria, Virginia so you can join them and make these terrariums on your own.

In the meantime,  be sure you check out our growing collection of DIY wedding projects and free wedding printables – we have some really great ones! 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: Michelle Lindsay Photography

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Elegant Rustic Wedding Reception in Virginia: Sara + Brett

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When nature’s beauty meets rustic stylings, the result is the laid-back elegance of today’s wedding in Virginia. Sara and Brett celebrated their “I Do’s” under the dreamiest of barns! (But first: make sure you check out their traditional outdoor wedding ceremony!) Think draped curtains, string lighting, and chandeliers. Not to mention, lots of pretty (and country-fied!) floral designs! Lelia Marie Photography was behind the lens to capture every sweet moment. Aren’t we lucky!?

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From Sara: My vision for my wedding was elegantly rustic. Simple beauty with natural elements. We let the natural scenery of the vineyard guide the design of the stable.

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We made sure to incorporate pink and ivory pumpkins filled with tons of beautiful flowers at the center of every table surrounded by twinkle lights to make the transition of the outdoor ceremony overlooking the bright green Loudoun Valley to the stable seem seamless.

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With the wedding being at a winery I wanted our guests to take home a favor that they would actually enjoy. Handmade satchels of wine mulling spices seemed perfect!

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

Take your time! You can never be too organized. Don’t pressure yourself with a short engagement. I never really understood how much time and planning was involved until I was in the middle of planning one myself.

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

Venue: Bluemont Vineyard
Officiant: Diane Stanley
Photography: Lelia Marie Photography
Floral Design: Shelley’s Floral Enterprise
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Bridal Attire: Impression Bridal from Jeanette’s Bride ‘N Boutique
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Catering: Savoir Fare Limited
Cake: Edibles Incredible
DJ: DJ Evan Reitmeyer
Transportation: Chariots for Hire

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: Lelia Marie Photography

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Elegant Rustic Wedding Ceremony in Virginia: Sara + Brett

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We’re heading out to the country this fine morning – Virginia wine country, that is! Sara and Brett’s wedding in Virginia is the definition of laid-back elegance. From the sunflowers and baby’s breath to the rustic setting of the vineyard, it’s jam-packed with country-inspired wedding ideas beautifully captured by Lelia Marie Photography. And, you’ve just got to love a bride who rocks a pair of cowgirl boots down the aisle! Be sure to join us later this morning as we soak in all the pretty from their elegant rustic affair!

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Thank you so much Sara and Brett 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: Bluemont Vineyard
Officiant: Diane Stanley
Photography: Lelia Marie Photography
Floral Design: Shelley’s Floral Enterprise
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Bridal Attire: Impression Bridal from Jeanette’s Bride ‘N Boutique
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Catering: Savoir Fare Limited
Cake: Edibles Incredible
DJ: DJ Evan Reitmeyer
Transportation: Chariots for Hire

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: Lelia Marie Photography

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Classic Purple Fall Wedding Reception in Maryland: Lauren + Neal

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Are you ready for more plum perfection from Lauren and Neal’s wedding in Maryland? (Wait right there! You can’t go on until you check out their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony first!) This fall fête featured pops of plum and green and a buffet-style reception, too! (Our editor, Juli, hit the nail on the head when she predicted foodie wedding trends + family style receptions for 2015!) And good luck trying not to spend all afternoon swooning over this gorgeous gallery from Victoria Ruan Photography – easier said than done, am I right!?

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From Lauren: Our main goals were to have a wedding that reflected us and for our guests to have a fun time.

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My husband wanted great food and I wanted great music, so we chose to splurge a little in those areas.

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

It was important to us to have a wedding coordinator since we were planning the majority of our wedding from out of state. We couldn’t have pulled off our wedding without Margo’s help! It was crucial to have her recommendations for different vendors within our budget and to help us negotiate contracts.

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

Venue: Woodend Sanctuary
Officiant: Joan Phillips
Photography: Victoria Ruan Photography
Videography: Video Express Productions
Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions
Floral Design: Growing Wild Floral
Stationery: Ruff House Art
Bridal + Bridesmaids’ Attire: David’s Bridal
Hair: Jewel Hair Design
Makeup: Makeup by Mimi Tran
Catering + Cake: Design Cuisine
Rentals: DC Rental
Ceremony Music: Music by Anthemn
DJ: DJ Orlando Entertainment

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: Victoria Ruan Photography

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Classic Purple Fall Wedding Ceremony in Maryland: Lauren + Neal

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Happy Monday, darlings! Today we’re ignoring it’s finally spring and jumping two seasons ahead with this gorgeous fall wedding in Maryland. Lauren and Neal’s classic plum wedding, planned to perfection by Bright Occasions, featured pretty purple florals in the prettiest of settings: the dreamy outdoor scenery of Woodend Sanctuary. And, lucky for us, Victoria Ruan Photography was behind the camera to capture every picturesque moment! Come back later this morning to take a peek at their tented wedding reception!

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Thank you so much Lauren and Neal 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: Woodend Sanctuary
Officiant: Joan Phillips
Photography: Victoria Ruan Photography
Videography: Video Express Productions
Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions
Floral Design: Growing Wild Floral
Stationery: Ruff House Art
Bridal + Bridesmaids’ Attire: David’s Bridal
Hair: Jewel Hair Design
Makeup: Makeup by Mimi Tran
Catering + Cake: Design Cuisine
Rentals: DC Rental
Ceremony Music: Music by Anthemn
DJ: DJ Orlando Entertainment

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: Victoria Ruan Photography

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Sunday Brunch: The Market at Grelen

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Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Are you ready to spend another Sunday morning with one of our great sponsors? There’s a gorgeous 600-acre tree nursery set in Somerset, Virginia called The Market at Grelen and it is the perfect place where engaged couples can embrace nature and romance for their wedding day. With a unique garden setting and expansive Blue Ridge Mountain views, The Market at Grelen offers several creative wedding spaces unlike any other venue in the Charlottesville area. Each individual space in Grelen is easily accessible, giving couples the opportunity to have distinctive, separate phases of their wedding day in one gorgeous and unforgettable venue. There’s the a stone terrace bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the tree farm that changes colors with the season, then there’s the lush pick-your-own berry patches and an orchard overlook tent that hosts the perfect place for your wedding guests to dine under the stars. Simply perfection! For more on The Market at Grelen, 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 Market at Grelen as a location for your wedding 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.

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Constitution Gardens Marriage Proposal: Susie + Kevin

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In honor of today being National Proposal Day, we are celebrating with this Washington DC marriage proposal. So, grab your tissues because this one comes with a super cute story featuring childhood sweethearts captured by Boraie Photography. When Kevin met Susie for the first time, they were five years old. They reconnected after college and the rest is history! Kevin decided to pop the question and chose Constitution Gardens on a lovely Saturday morning, full of sunshine. Susie’s close friends were invited to hide and watch the proposal unfold. They made their appearance after Susie said “yes,” and as you can see, the photos had beautiful results!

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Congratulations Susie and Kevin!

Want to see more proposals? Check our other Washington DC area wedding proposals or advice on how to propose. If you are planning a wedding in the DC area, we’ve got it all covered! From tips and advice form DC area wedding pros, a real wedding gallery for beautiful Washington, DC area weddings and loads of inspiration in our DC area wedding idea galleries.

Photo Credits: Boraie Photography

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