Rustic Farm Wedding Reception in Maryland: Danielle + Melissa

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Are you ready for more rustic romance from Danielle and Melissa’s barn wedding in Maryland? (Don’t go out without checking out their outdoor wedding ceremony first!) Their barn wedding venue set the stage for an evening filled with laid-back elegance of a gathering of mason jars centerpieces, a game of corn hole for guests, a cake bar and, of course, a few goats! And, lucky for us, Sarah Jane Winter was behind the lens to capture every sweet moment!

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From Danielle: We knew that we wanted the feel of the day to be inclusive and warm, laid-back and genuine (with a subtle attention-to-detail that would take it from pulled-together to polished). The beautiful venue was the foundation of that concept, and a nod to both of our Southern roots. And who wouldn’t want a few adorable goats at their wedding?

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After we picked the venue, a BBQ food truck (we highly recommend BBQ Bus!) and a one-man Delta blues band (the amazing Curtis Blues!) were no-brainers—simple, fun, cost-effective. 

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

We actually got engaged in 2012, and took the next two years to plan our wedding. As long as it seems, having to wait 2 years for our big day was perfect for our situation—it gave us time to save money (and find the best vendors within our budget!), plan little-by-little without stress (since both of us work full-time), and navigate some delicate family sentiments.

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Thank you so much Danielle and Melissa 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: Agricultural History Farm Park
Officiant: Ben Creinin
Photographer: Sarah Jane Winter
Day-of Coordinator: Andrea Popp
Calligraphy: Cameron Creinin Design & Illustration
Makeup: Esquire
Danielle’s Attire: Katherine’s Bridal Boutique
Veil: Katherine’s Bridal Boutique
Melissa’s Attire: Suit Supply
Ceremony Music: Luke Woods
Reception Music: Curtis Blues
Rentals: Gaithersburg Party Rental
Catering: BBQ Bus
Cake: Smith Island Baking Company

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: Sarah Jane Winter

Rustic Farm Wedding Ceremony in Maryland: Danielle + Melissa

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We have got a serious dose of rustic romance that will have you smiling all morning long! Danielle and Melissa’s relaxed and rustic farm wedding in Maryland is brimming with simple elegance. Sarah Jane Winter Photography captured moments and details that will warm your heart from their darling first look to their kraft paper program fans. All-together, it makes for one seriously gorgeous, laid-back affair. Come back later this morning to see their barn wedding reception!

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From Danielle: To sum it all up, there was just an abundance of love. Melissa and I often find ourselves saying, “I cannot believe that was OUR wedding.” In our wildest dreams, I don’t think we could have imagined that we’d get to share that kind of day with our favorite people in the world. And we could not be more thankful to everyone who helped make it happen.

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We chose not to have an official wedding party, but that didn’t stop everyone from helping wherever they could—whether that was setting up decorations, making the floral arrangements, coordinating the beer and wine, or hunting down the lost shipment of wedding cake. It was a team effort, to say the least.

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Thank you so much Danielle and Melissa 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: Agricultural History Farm Park
Officiant: Ben Creinin
Photographer: Sarah Jane Winter
Day-of Coordinator: Andrea Popp
Calligraphy: Cameron Creinin Design & Illustration
Makeup: Esquire
Danielle’s Attire: Katherine’s Bridal Boutique
Veil: Katherine’s Bridal Boutique
Melissa’s Attire: Suit Supply
Ceremony Music: Luke Woods
Reception Music: Curtis Blues
Rentals: Gaithersburg Party Rental
Catering: BBQ Bus
Cake: Smith Island Baking Company

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: Sarah Jane Winter

Classic and Elegant Wedding Reception in Washington DC: Luke + Tim

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What happens when you take a classic DC venue like Decatur House, add in a team of talented local vendors and top it all off with two handsome grooms? You get this sophisticated wedding, captured by DuHon Photography, filled to the brim with all kinds of pretty! (Before you check out all their fun details, make sure you check out their tented wedding ceremony first!) Luke and Tim’s wedding in Washington DC is overflowing with style and love, making me one happy wedding blogger this afternoon!

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From Luke: We decided to get married in Washington DC, the city where we met and have lived together for 12 years, we wanted something really DC. It doesn’t get much more DC than the Decatur House, which then dictated a lot of the details with its Federalist elegance. Classy and traditionalist with a little fillip of fun!

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Tim is Anglo-Turkish, so we made sure to reference that heritage with the passed hors d’oeuvres, which were all Turkish/Mediterranean (sigara borek, kofte, dolmas, and mini-falafels).

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All the wedding stationery featured illustrations created by one of my brother’s college friends. We commissioned him to do a rendering of the “family crest” we invented for the actual invitation. We then took the two supporting heraldic animals—a hedgehog and a pelican—and used them in the table cards, thank you notes, and Save the Dates. Lots of thought went into the symbols and the illustrations came out so well. They added a really fun, personal touch!

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Our featured cocktails were also very representative. Tim’s Pimm’s is nothing if not properly English, and the Kir Normandie (applejack, Vermont boiled cider, and champagne) is very New England, which is where I’m from!

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As an avid amateur baker, many people’s first question was “Are you baking the cake?”. And, while I have baked several wedding cakes to date, the answer was “Oh, hell no.” Expectations for everything were quite high, but nowhere more so than can food/beverage. I did a ton of research and we were so pleased with how it looked/tasted (white chocolate cake filled with either lavender or tupelo honey/blackberry filling and frosted with buttercream—no fondant!). 

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

Get all your formal photos out of the way so you can enjoy your cocktail hour. We had lots of great candids, lots of fun, and you see more of your guests (which makes the “visit-all-the-tables” death march a little less critical).

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

Venue: Decatur House on Lafayette Square
Photography: DuHon Photography
Wedding Planner, Floral Design + Lighting: Elegance & Simplicity, Inc.
Attire: Hugo Boss
Hair: Parlour Salon
Jewelry: NaMu Jewelry
Music: MyDeeJay
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Cake: Kendall’s Cakes
Tent: Sugarplum Tent Company
Rentals + Linens: Party Rentals, Ltd.
Illustrator: Caleb’s Art

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: DuHon Photography

Classic and Elegant Wedding Ceremony in Washington DC: Luke + Tim

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Think of this classic wedding in Washington DC as our Monday morning gift to you! Luke and Tim’s sophisticated soiree is classic DC meets traditional elegance, and it’s pretty much the perfect way to jump start a work week. It’s image after image captured by DuHon Photography of pure perfection, planned by Elegance & Simplicity, and you can see it all right here! Be sure to join us this afternoon as we swoon over their reception filled with personal touches and pretty florals!

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From Luke: Our colors—hunter green, silver, and cream—were chosen because they were more masculine and allowed us to have lots of fun with florals without breaking the bank. The hunter green was also the color of my family’s erstwhile bookstore, which was famous for its dark green gift boxes for over 100 years.

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We’ve only been allowed to get married in DC for a few years, so it was important to us that it be a wedding, not a gay wedding, so we wanted to hit the traditional notes. (Except, maybe, for first dances… that wasn’t going to happen.)

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Thank you so much Luke and Tim 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: Decatur House on Lafayette Square
Photography: DuHon Photography
Wedding Planner, Floral Design + Lighting: Elegance & Simplicity, Inc.
Attire: Hugo Boss
Hair: Parlour Salon
Jewelry: NaMu Jewelry
Music: MyDeeJay
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Cake: Kendall’s Cakes
Tent: Sugarplum Tent Company
Rentals + Linens: Party Rentals, Ltd.
Illustrator: Caleb’s Art

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: DuHon Photography

Sunday Brunch: Kirsten Marie Photography

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Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Ready to spend another cozy Sunday with one of our sponsors? Kirsten Marie Photography, run by Baltimore wedding and engagement photographer Kirsten Zarek, serves the Washington DC area and beyond. Whether its the little embellishments or the shared glances, Kirsten loves all the little pieces that make up a wedding and soaks them all up. She goes into every wedding with a piece of who the couple is and puts together a beautiful story that will be told for many years to come. Kirsten’s style is a combination of photojournalism with romantic, airy portraits. Working in a darkroom since age 16, Kirsten adores getting to know each and every client and giving each couple a unique, personalized experience. No matter what your wedding photography needs are, Kirsten Marie Photography will make them happen! You can find more on Kirsten Marie Photography on her website or check out all of her past features on United With Love.

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Photography Credit: Kirsten Marie Photography

We hope that you’ll check out Kirsten Marie Photography for all 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.

 

Happy Friday!

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It’s my favorite time of the year! I have been searching Pinterest for pie recipes for Thanksgiving – it’s my job to bring the dessert and it’s the first pie I’ve ever made. Yikes! Do you have any fun weekend plans going on? Today I’m heading downtown for sangria with some girlfriends. It’s certainly a happy Friday on my end! Whatever it is you’re up to, I hope you and yours have a wonderful weekend. We will see you back here on Sunday!

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Some links for your weekend…

…and what you missed this week.

Photo Credit: Photography by Marirosa

Washington DC Military Wedding Engagement Session: Lisa + Jordan

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Happy Friday, DC wedding lovers! With Thanksgiving around the corner, I’m giving thanks for a lot of things these days: family, friends, freedom and fabulous Washington DC wedding engagement session like these! Photographed by Love Life Images, Lisa and Jordan’s sunset session is just what we need to kick a Friday off right. And if you’re looking for more military wedding inspiration and ideas, make sure to check out all of our posts from military wedding week!

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Congratulations Lisa and Jordan!

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: Love Life Images

Inspiration and Ideas: Wedding Chair Décor

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There’s nothing I enjoy more than a good wedding inspiration round-up, and today we’re sharing ideas for wedding chair décor like signs, covers, wreaths—I love it all. Dress up your sweetheart or head table with a little something extra for the chairs where you and yours will be sitting. It’s the little details of a wedding that I can’t get enough of! Earlier today we shared an idea for Washington DC wedding chair signs, and now it’s time for more pretty pictures to help you get inspired!

Photo Credits:  Kristen Gardner Photography from Elegant Wedding in Virginia

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  • I simply can't get enough of these floral wreaths adoring the chairs! Simple and elegant! Photo Credit: Procopio Photography

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  • These chair signs are something straight out of a Kate Spade catalog, don't you think? Translation: I absolutely love them!

    via The Wedding Chicks

  • These wedding chair covers are perfect for the wedding with a bold and modern style! Photo Credit: k. thompson photography

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  • Just in case there was any question as to who belongs to whom, these fun chair signs will set the record!

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  • You know I love a good DIY wedding project! How cute are these Mr. and Mrs. signs!? Photo Credit: Meaghan Elliott Photography

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  • This is going on my "Dream Wedding" Pinterest board: a set of wedding chair covers with the Italian words for "to have" and "to hold,"

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  • Simple and elegant, these Mr. and Mrs. chair signs are a classic way to dress up your sweetheart table. Photo Credit: Timmester Photography

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  • If you ask me, you can never go wrong with pink ribbon, embroidery and some Johnny Cash embroidery. I love, love, love these unique chair décor! Photo Credit: O’Hara Photography

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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.

Printable Mr. & Mrs. Washington DC Wedding Chair Signs

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One of our favorite things to do (other than share pretty wedding inspiration and helpful planning advice!) is to celebrate the city we love with locally inspired wedding ideas. Dress up your chairs with our free printable wedding chair signs with the DC skyline, of course! If you can use a printer and a pair of scissors, this project will be one of the easiest DIY wedding projects you take on. Here are the details…

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To Make:

Download and print our free printable wedding chair signs (Here is the template for the Mrs. chair sign and the Mr. chair sign here!) cardstock. Cut along the skyline and place sign on top of the trimmed cardstock pattern/color of your choice. Secure with adhesive—double sided-tape or glue dots will help. Punch two holes on to the sign and run ribbon through to use for hanging. And there you go!

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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.