Navy Blue + Pink Fall Wedding Reception in Herndon: Jenna + Jimmy

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Welcome back! Jenna and Jimmy held a traditional-with-a-touch-of-preppy wedding in Virginia at a beautiful church. To see their sweet wedding ceremony from their big day, be sure to check it out here. After the pair were wed, Jenna and Jimmy along with their friends and family gathered at Belmont Country Club for an elegant wedding reception filled with stunning flowers! But, the dessert is what caught my eye most – along with a gorgeous wedding cake! The couple also opted for mini pies that doubled as wedding favors and holders for each guest’s place card. Yum! What a great way to start (and end) a beautiful wedding celebration. A big thanks to Kelly Ewell Photography for sharing Jenna and Jimmy’s with us!

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From the bride: Our wedding was awesome! I jokingly told Kelly (our photographer) that our wedding theme was “organization” since Jimmy and I have been to so many disorganized chaotic weddings over the years. Also, our wedding planner asked what our wedding theme was early on and I said… “Umm.. open bar?!” We wanted to keep things at our wedding classic and clean, not too fussy. And fun! At the end of the day it’s a big party. I’m having separation anxiety from all of my wedding vendors and I’m seriously sad I can’t really work with them again!

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The party was our priority. And the flowers. I’m the daughter of a florist and basically grew up in a flower shop, so we splurged on the flowers, for sure. We also splurged on a wedding videographer. We skipped things like upgrading linens and extra upgrading the liquor at the bar.

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We asked Jenna for advice for other DC area couples and what she learned along the way:

Expect to blow your wedding budget! Also, slim down your wedding guest invite list! If you haven’t seen them in the last year and they’re not family, they don’t need to be invited.

Practice smiling and get your face muscles ready! Your face will hurt for days afterwards.

Also bake in extra time into your wedding day timeline. You can always kill time, you can’t add it back once the day has started. If you’re stressed about time, it’ll show in your pictures. Also, we did a receiving line. It was super important for us to greet every wedding guest right after the ceremony. We still tried to get around to every table at the reception (It didn’t happen!), but knowing we had already said “hi” to everyone took the pressure off.

Have your hair and make up people come to you. It is such a stress off to not have your wedding party run around town the day of the wedding to get prepped.

And, last one:  Make sure that your wedding venue sets aside food and cocktails for your bridal party. I can’t tell you how many weddings I’ve been in where we didn’t have those snacks and drinks and was hungry!

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Congratulations to Jimmy and Jenna! Thank you for sharing your elegant navy blue and pink wedding reception with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Videographer: Event Media Production
Photography: Kelly Ewell Photography
Wedding Planner: Weddings by Kimberly Rose
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Transportation: Reston Limo
Floral Designer: Blooms Reston Floral
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Hair and Makeup Unveiled
Bride’s Attire + Headpiece/Veil: Ellie’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Nina Shoes
Jewelry: Nordstrom
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Groom’s Attire: After Hours Tux Arlington
Ceremony Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Reception Location: Belmont Country Club
Linens: CC Linens plus
Reception Music: Kirkabee
Cake/Dessert: Connie’s Cake Creations
Favors: Pie Sisters

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

Photo Credits: Kelly Ewell Photography

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Navy Blue + Pink Fall Wedding Ceremony in Herndon: Jenna + Jimmy

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We are beating the heat a little bit and jumping ahead to fall with a beautiful wedding in Virginia! Jimmy and Jenna said, “I do!” in Herndon, Virginia at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church surrounded by friends and loved ones. The preppy color palette of pinks, navy blue and greens gave their wedding a classic, elegant look that fit flawlessly in the grand church location the pair selected for their wedding ceremony. Their bridal party was in luck – not only were their bridesmaid dresses beautiful, but their pale pink pashmina scarves pop off the page and look picture-perfect on the ladies! Look chic in a gray suit, this lucky groom even got a new accessory to wear on the wedding day – a watch from his blushing bride.  Special thanks to Kelly Ewell Photography for sharing Jenna and Jimmy’s Washington DC area wedding ceremony with us!

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From Jenna: Our wedding day color palette was preppy traditional colors with navy blue dresses for the girls, gray tuxes for the guys, with pale pink, ivory, lime green flowers.

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We didn’t do a first look before our wedding ceremony, so it was great seeing his reaction when I turned the corner in the church as I walked down the aisle.

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Congratulations to Jimmy and Jenna! Thank you for sharing your classic church wedding ceremony with us! Stay tuned, up next we’re going to show you their chic and oh-so elegant pink filled wedding reception.

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Videographer: Event Media Production
Photography: Kelly Ewell Photography
Wedding Planner: Weddings by Kimberly Rose
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Transportation: Reston Limo
Floral Designer: Blooms Reston Floral
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Hair and Makeup Unveiled
Bride’s Attire + Headpiece/Veil: Ellie’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Nina Shoes
Jewelry: Nordstrom
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Groom’s Attire: After Hours Tux Arlington
Ceremony Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Reception Location: Belmont Country Club
Linens: CC Linens plus
Reception Music: Kirkabee
Cake/Dessert: Connie’s Cake Creations
Favors: Pie Sisters

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

Photo Credits: Kelly Ewell Photography

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Sunday Brunch: Lisa Boggs Photography

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Well, good Sunday morning to you Washington DC area wedding lovers! I can’t wait to introduce you to one of our fabulous sponsors here at United With Love, Lisa Boggs Photography! Lisa Boggs is as talented as she is sweet! Lisa is an award-winning photographer who has been photographing weddings in the DC area and beyond for over nine years. Her style is timeless and classic, yet dynamic, bright, and overflowing with personality. Her clients have described her as professional, lovely, funny, creative, thoughtful, and very easy to work with. Lisa is a bit of a romantic (understatement!) and couldn’t be happier to work with people excited to be in love. She approaches every wedding differently based on her couples’ unique love story. So, whether her couples are shy and quiet or fun and loud, her photographs reflect who her couples are and what makes them special. For more on Lisa Boggs Photography, be sure to visit her website or check out all of her past features on United With Love.

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Thank you so much, Lisa! We hope that you’ll check out Lisa Boggs Photography as a photographer for your 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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Playful + Colorful Wedding Engagement in Alexandria: Erika + Erich

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I am just adoring today’s featured wedding engagement session in Virginia by egomedia photography! Erika and Erich (loving the name coordination!) met photographer Jennifer on Old Town, Alexandria on a warm and cloudy spring day, which is a perfect day for photographs! They spent the lovely day strolling around Old Town, enjoying the cobblestone streets and bursting spring blooms and, of course taking plenty of fun photos to prepare for their upcoming wedding at the Carnegie Institution in Washington DC. Their engagement session was colorful, playful and full of love – that’s perfection in our book!

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Congratulations Erika + Erich!

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: Ego Media Photography

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Cheerful, Colorful, Bright Yellow Wedding Inspiration

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Grab your sunglasses and hat today! Weddings are a great time to celebrate of course, and what better way to do that than with bright and cheery colors – like yellow! This fashion runway-to-table wedding inspiration created by Elizabeth Duncan Events and a team of Washington DC area wedding vendors was inspired by this oh-so happy dress by Jenny Packham. Created with the sunshine in mind, the design of this event table and inspiring wedding details lends itself well to a destination wedding, a summer “I do” or even a daytime bridal shower. We are all about the urban city here in DC, but we love this contrasting inspiration for a Washington DC wedding because of its hint of the tropics, take a look at all of these amazing details, including a DIY carved pineapple table number! My favorite has got to be the giant palm leaf turned menu and the bride’s beautifully bright accessories. She’s not afraid to show off her fashion sense and shine bright like the Jenny Packham gown that inspired this entire session! Thank you to Sweet Tea Photography for sharing this bright and vibrant wedding inspiration with us!

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From Elizabeth: Sunshine and happiness go hand in hand, that’s why we took a cue from Jenny Packham’s 2015 line and let yellow be our inspiration for a tropical beach-inspired wedding. Palm leaves, pineapples, and plenty of bright yellow blooms are a perfect way to brighten your wedding day.

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Thanks Elizabeth for your beautiful fashion-to-table wedding inspirations! Be sure to check out more ideas for your Washington DC area wedding inspired by the runway, like this preppy gingham inspired look for a rehearsal dinner.

The following Washington DC area wedding vendors contributed to this inspiration:

Styling: Elizabeth Duncan Events
Photo Credit: Sweet Tea Photography
Floral Décor: Philippa Tarrant
Venue: Shakespeare Theatre Company Sidney Harman Hall
Printed Materials: The Dandelion Patch
Table linen: Wildflower
Cocktail linen and china: DC Rental
Chairs, Glassware and Flatware: Party Rental
Hair and Make-up: Alison Harper & Co.
Dress: Hitched Salon, Amy Kuschel
Model: Natalie Rutherford
DIY Pineapple Table Number and Palm Leaf Menu

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Photo Credit: Sweet Tea Photography

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Inspiration & Ideas: Love Signs

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Signage is all the rage at weddings in the Washington DC area! Signs at your wedding will help your guests get where they need to be and help them know what is going on, plus signs can also help with decor and make for some really great moments. What better way to express your feelings on your wedding day than with a love sign!? I’ve seen lots of different signs expressing “love” in all different ways lately, so I thought it would be fun to round a few up that we’ve had on United With Love so far. Some of these love signs were picked up at home stores, rented from decor companies or made by the couple (think: paint and lights!). Each love sign is unique to the couple and their special day. We can’t get enough of these special love signs!

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Photo Credit: Stephen Bobb Photography from this wedding in Virginia

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What do you think? So, cool, right!? Will you do any signs at your wedding?? If you 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.

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Pretty Mint + Gold Wedding Reception in DC: Rachel + Kurt

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Welcome back to Rachel and Kurt’s wedding in Washington DC! Despite the rainy day, they pulled their whole wedding group inside at St. Francis Hall for both their wedding ceremony and reception. If you missed their special wedding ceremony, you can see all the amazing details here.  After the duo exchanged vows, the party kicked off the party indoors surrounded by DIY wedding details, including handmade favors and centerpieces in the picture-perfect color palette of mint and gold. Personal touches may have made this wedding unique and special, but it was the dancing that helped make it memorable! Rachel and Kurt simply glowed on their wedding day when they hit the dance floor as husband and wife and Ken Pak Photography captured every intimate moment flawlessly! Thank you to Ken for sharing this pretty palette and Washington DC wedding with us!

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From Rachel: We knew we wanted lasting memories for our wedding day, since multiple married couples had told us the wedding day flies by. Because of this, we splurged a little on our wedding photographer, to make sure that they captured all of the tiny details. We also wanted to make sure our wedding was in a central location in Washington DC with ample parking, since most of our guests came from out of town. 

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All of our wedding table centerpieces were handmade. I loved the idea of underwater flowers, and learned how to put them together on Pinterest. I also made all of the pomander balls used to line the wedding ceremony aisles. I made our fan ceremony programs (printed at Staples), and painted all of the vases, easels, and frames used during the wedding. We were able to find great deals on the vases and frames by shopping around online.

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Kurt’s favorite wedding memory was our first dance. The spotlight was on us, and the DJ played one of our favorite songs (Latch in acoustic by Sam Smith). The wedding reception hall looked beautiful with the lights dimmed and the candles lit, and it was a memory that we will not forget.

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Advice from Rachel for other Washington DC area couples:

Parking parking parking! Find a wedding venue with ample and free parking. Your wedding guests will love you for it!

Although it seems like weddings in Washington DC have to be super expensive, there are plenty of ways to cut down costs. There are a lot of things that you can do on your own as long as you make time to do them. Don’t pay for things that your can do yourself!

Book your wedding venue and your other wedding vendors early. Wedding venues in the DC area may book out over a year in advance, so once you find that special spot, lock it in!

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Congratulations to Rachel and Kurt! Thank you for sharing your swanky gold and mint inspired Washington DC wedding reception with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Wedding Planner: Completely Yours Events
Photography Ken Pak Photography
Stationery: Minted
Floral Designer: EightTreeStreet
Hair Stylist: Jackie at Healthy Tresses
Makeup Artist: Rashida Banks
Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals
Bridal Salon: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique
Jewelry: Givenchy
Groom’s Attire + Shoes: Vera Wang at Mens Warehouse
Groom’s Accessories: Movado
Ceremony + Reception Venue: St. Francis Hall
Officiant: Elder Vikki Johnson
Ceremony Music + Lighting: Theirrien Clark
Rentals: Photo in a Box
Caterer + Linens: Caribbean Caterers
Cake/Desserts: Dudley’s Desserts
Favors: Handmade
Signage, Programs + Menus: Jennifer Jones

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

Photo Credits: Ken Pak Photography

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Pretty Mint + Gold Wedding Ceremony in DC: Rachel + Kurt

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Good morning, I hope you are ready for soft romance today! Rachel and Kurt wed in a beautiful mint and gold inspired wedding in Washington DC at St. Francis Hall, which was home to both their wedding ceremony and reception. You never know what the weather will be on your wedding day here in the DC area, so Rachel and Kurt’s wedding is a great example of why you should love your “plan b” wedding location! Beyond the rain, this bride was not afraid of getting hands-on with lots of DIY wedding projects and even using United With Love to help plan the big day and you know we love that! We just love the paddles ceremony program fans using their wedding engagement photos, and can’t get enough of their style – the guys looking dapper in their grey suits (and new watches!) and the gals in pastel gowns to compliment the blushing bride in a sweetheart neckline wedding dress. Rain or shine, this wedding group was going to have a great time and clearly from the looks of these fabulous photos by Ken Pak Photography, a little bad weather couldn’t slow them down!

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From Rachel: Although we didn’t necessarily have a “theme,” our wedding inspiration was primarily based off of our color palette. We loved the colors mint and gold, and knew that these colors would provide for a fresh, but elegant wedding day ambiance. Kurt and I used our Ghanaian and Jamaican heritages to also influence many details of our special day.

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I got a lot of great ideas from United With Love. The blog actually helped us decide on our venue – St. Francis Hall. wedding-fans-washington-dc-wedding-Ken-Pak-Photography wedding-jewelry-washington-dc-wedding-Ken-Pak-Photography

The wedding day began with the weather forecast not looking too great. It rained pretty much all day until an hour before the wedding started, so we had to move everything indoors. Luckily we had a backup plan in case of bad weather, and with the help of our coordinators and the venue, the day went smoothly!

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My favorite wedding day memory was the exchanging of our wedding vows. It was so touching to pour our hearts out to each other in the midst of our closest friends and family.

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Congratulations to Rachel and Kurt! Thank you for sharing your mint and gold Washington DC wedding ceremony with us!  Stay tuned, up next we’re going to show you their gorgeous gold and pastel wedding reception.

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Wedding Planner: Completely Yours Events
Photography: Ken Pak Photography
Stationery: Minted
Floral Designer: EightTreeStreet
Hair Stylist: Jackie at Healthy Tresses
Makeup Artist: Rashida Banks
Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals
Bridal Salon: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique
Jewelry: Givenchy
Groom’s Attire + Shoes: Vera Wang at Mens Warehouse
Groom’s Accessories: Movado
Ceremony + Reception Venue: St. Francis Hall
Officiant: Elder Vikki Johnson
Ceremony Music + Lighting: Theirrien Clark
Rentals: Photo in a Box
Caterer + Linens: Caribbean Caterers
Cake/Desserts: Dudley’s Desserts
Favors: Handmade
Signage, Programs + Menus: Jennifer Jones

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Photo Credits: Ken Pak Photography

Sparkle & Shine

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DIY Vintage Inspired Wedding Reception in Fairfax: Desiree + Tom

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Welcome back to Desiree and Tom’s DIY filled wedding in Virginia – I hope you aren’t too hungry because their wedding reception was all about the food and is a true feast for the eyes! This cute couple held both their wedding ceremony and reception at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax, Virginia where they incorporated plenty of vintage-esque pops and plenty of DIY wedding ideas along with their love of food and wine too! (If you missed their sweet wedding ceremony, be sure to check it out here.) And if you’re a foodie, you’re not going to be able to take your eyes off of their wedding reception and its wedding menu, which was a priority for the couple and it shows! We’ve been drooling for days over Desiree and Tom’s first meal as husband and wife and we love that they focused on what mattered most to them and splurged where it counted. I can’t decide what I love more – their gorgeous wedding cake or the wedding cake made of cheese! Big thanks to Camille Catherine Photgoraphy for the photos from this foodie -friendly Washington DC area wedding!

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From Desiree: We both knew that we did not want a traditional style wedding, but still wanted an extravagant party like none other. I began planning many months in advance and shopped for deals on DIY decorations and large feature items that we definitely wanted to incorporate. Our vision was focused around fun and food, blending our shared love for top-notch cuisine and libations, my attention to detail and Tom’s ability to host with the most, and ultimately delighting guests through memorable meals. We decided on rotating chef-prepared small plates and mixed seating options for a truly relaxed vibe that forced guests to mix and mingle. The European bistro theme was coined by my fabulous event planner and friend at Joy & Co. Events, and evolved around our European honeymoon plans. We chose our wedding venue because it is very local to our home, (also where we met and had our first date), it was just the right size for our wedding, and it has historic character that we love.

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Our first dance was more than I ever expected and a real treat for us both. Tom’s sister and brother are so incredibly talented and surprised us with such a sweet tune. During those few minutes it was like time stood still and we fell in love all over again. We also got a real kick out of surprising our wedding guests with an interruption in the wedding ceremony to take selfies. That was fun!

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The number one main focus and priority for our wedding was the food and then beverages. Tom is in hospitality and manages an upscale, casual restaurant, so those skills carried over very well into the planning and our DIY approach. He put together a team of chefs and bartenders from his restaurant and helped to write a very specific cuisine driven menu. The idea was to overwhelm our wedding guests with both variety and quality of wedding menu options. The bulk of our wedding budget went directly to food and drinks. Initially, I very much wanted string lights, but it proved to be difficult given the wedding venue and so we did decided to skip additional lighting. The tables and chairs were also provided by the wedding venue at no additional cost, and although I was not fond of the chair style, we saved money by not renting something nicer.

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Desiree had some advice for future Washington DC area couples:

Know your strengths and decide what you want to tackle yourself early in the wedding planning process, then delegate your weaknesses. Ask for help! So many of our friends and family stepped up in a big way to make our special day a huge success. Stay organized! Keep a record of your ideas and share them only with trusted individuals who will support and not stifle your efforts. Shop early for the best selection. Lastly, we got married on a week night, because we wanted a specific date. This turned out to be a big money-saver for us, and also enabled us to not rush as much when booking vendors since many more are available during the week days.

I only wished I had known of a way to slow down the pace of the day. Everything happened so fast and the end of the night was there before I knew it. Also, as everyone else told me, I did not eat enough, and not for lack of trying, but because I was being pulled in so many different directions and time quickly slipped away. If I could do it over, I would have several people dedicated to the task of bringing me food!

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Congratulations to Desiree and Tom! Thank you for sharing your foodie friendly Virginia wedding reception with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Wedding Planner + Floral Designer: Joy and Co Events
Photo Credits: Camille Catherine Photography
Stationery: Sangria Studios
Calligraphy: Bride’s Sister, Danielle Dawson
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Sylvia Ghassemieh Norman
Bride’s Attire + Bridesmaid Accessories: Etsy (Retro Vintage Weddings)
Bride’s Shoes: Nina
Headpiece/Veil: Etsy (Adrianna Sparks)
Jewelry: Silpada
Bridesmaids: Macy’s
Bridal Party Shoes + Groom’s Shoes: DSW
Groom’s Attire + Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Groom’s + Groomsmen Accessories: Macy’s
Groomsmen Shoes: Toms
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Old Town Hall, City of Fairfax
Ceremony Music: Family musicians
Rentals: Sammy’s Rentals
Caterer: Chef Geoff’s
Linens: Everything Linen
Reception Music: DJ Adam Christopher
Cake/Dessert: Samantha Woodill
Favors: Flash Foto Booth

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Photo Credits: Camille Catherine Photography

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