We have shared quite a bit of lovely wedding inspiration in the form of DC area real weddings with you this week and we wouldn’t have it any other way. From weddings and inspiration with bright pops of color to ones studded with tons of lush greenery, we really ran the gamut this week on the different styles of design and decor that our great UWL couples choose! Make sure to check out all of this weeks prettiness below, along with some additional content we think you will love!
Oh how we love today’s colorful southern inspired wedding shoot by Abby Hudson Photography. The inspiration behind this fun shoot was created with spring in mind mixing an infusion of southern style florals, modern desserts, and the cutest model couple! We love the warmth of the colors, and more than anything, the trio of wedding cakes steal the show! We never shy away from color when we are looking for new inspiration to share with our readers, and this watercolor wedding invitation set really caught our eye. Using a bright color toned envelope and watercolor liner, taking a simple invitation and giving it the wow factor can really impress your guests. Invitations are the first look into the design of your wedding and can easily set the tone for the day to come! Thank you to Abby Hudson Photography for sharing this fun southern inspired shoot with us today!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
In the spirit of full disclosure, we were hoping to unveil the newly redesigned United with Love Blog this past Monday but unfortunately all did not go as planned and, as readers might have noticed, we have had some technical glitches this week! Thank you for your patience as we resolved our issues, and we are so glad to say we are back to normal with another beautiful DC wedding that is sure to wow! (And have no fear a fresh new look is still coming soon!!!!)
When Doug and Allison were planning their DC wedding ceremony and reception, they knew they wanted to provide a unique, personal and above all, fun experience for their guests. Most of their guests were from outside of the D.C. area so they decided it was important to find a venue that would give the guests a true “DC experience” but with a unique perspective. After looking at several DC wedding venues, they immediately fell in love with Top of the Hay, at the Hay Adams Hotel. With its French doors leading to a wrap-around balcony with a commanding view of The White House, iconic Monuments, and the Potomac River, they knew it was the perfect spot for their reception. While their wedding was a black tie city affair, it was important to incorporate details from Bethany Beach, DE where the couple met and vacation. To bring the two ideas together, they worked with their planning team at A. Dominick Events to merge personal and fun details such as Doug’s old life-saving buoy as a unique guest book and the addition of popular food elements in Bethany such as late night passed burgers and fries in Boardwalk Fry cups and a candy cart with treats from Candy Kitchen. We love all of the romantic touches paired with personal notes from the couple which created such an experience for their guests! Thank you to Jody and Kurt Photography for sharing this delightful wedding with us today!
Congratulations to Allison and Doug! Thank you for sharing your Washington DC Hay Adams wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
This week we are sharing extra DC wedding inspiration with you, with not two but three amazing real weddings by some of our favorite UWL DC wedding vendor members! Today’s green and black affair at Woodend Sanctuary and Mansion is unique in that it is filled to the brim with lush textured plants and sleek modern lines. Elise and Devin worked with Katie Martin of Elegance and Simplicity to create a wedding of green foliage and plants that matched perfectly with the ambiance at the outdoor Sanctuary and Mansion. As a juxtaposition, the reception featured strong modern lines within the china, stemware, and sleek silver chairs. We love how the two elements played off of each other to create a truly unique wedding day! Thank you to Joe Foley Photography for sharing this modern beauty with us today!
Congratulations to Elise and Devin! Thank you for sharing your modern Maryland wedding with us!
Welcome to a new week with United with Love Blog! We are so excited to three amazing DC Real weddings with our readers this week! Look around after you have a chance to check out today’s beautiful Virginia country club wedding with Kristen Gardner Photography and Bright Occasions!
Hayley and Matt were married last fall at Riverbend Golf & Country Club with one of the most gorgeous color stories of rich berry and purples paired with old accents of mercury glass. The couple met for an intimate first look before being joined by their sweet pup Cooper for portraits. Even if only for a few moments, we love that more couples are choosing to include their fur babies into their wedding day celebrations. The couple were married in an outdoor pavilion surrounded by friends and family before moving inside for dinner and dancing. One element of inspiration we really enjoyed from this wedding was the greenery wrapped chandeliers over the dance floor. By bringing in rich textured elements such as floral chandeliers, the couples design choice helped to warm up the ballroom and make the space feel more intimate and personalized. Congratulations to Hayley and Matt and thank you to Kristen Gardner Photography for sharing this lovely day with us!
Congratulations to Hayley and Matt! Thank you for sharing your rich jewel toned country club wedding in Virginia with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
We are giddy with excitement here (with fingers crossed) as we have a huge surprise for our readers come Monday morning! You might see a bit of downtime on the blog over the weekend, but don’t be alarmed, we have a full week of amazing wedding prettiness scheduled for next week with not one or two real weddings, but three beautiful DC real weddings and an inspiration shoot that is just to die for! We are also gearing up for a fall of fresh new content and would love to hear your suggestions and feedback on wedding DIY wedding printables, advice posts, and other things you would love to see on United with Love! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy a roundup of our favorite posts from around the web!
Brandi and Mike knew that they wanted their DC wedding ceremony to be held in early May, and they planned alongside Deb Lindsey Photography to set a perfect plan. As everyone remembers, this spring was filled with non stop rain showers but the couple lucked into a small window of brilliant sun before the return of torrential downpours for their intimate elopement ceremony. The couple left it up to their DC area photographer to find them a spot for the ceremony and after a quick scouting of the area, it brought them to the Georgetown canals. Their ceremony was filled with tears and laughs and a small audience who respectfully kept their distance. We love that the couple wrote their own vows and they appeared so joyful when it was pronounced that they were officially married. Often it is easy to forget the real meaning of the wedding day, the joining of two people and today’s Georgetown Elopement joyfully reminded us of how wonderful the ceremony can be! Congratulations to the newlyweds and thank you to Deb Lindsey Photography for sharing it with us!
We love an unconventional wedding, and today’s Virginia brunch wedding is definitely just that, unique! The bride, Amy, knew she wanted a wow factor for their wedding, something that would be different and memorable for their special day. Early on in their planning the couple decided to do a brunch wedding at the Farm Retreat at Willow Creek. They fell in love with the Virginia wedding venue’s charming, rustic and relaxed feel. The wedding was an involved family affair with Nathan’s mom outdoing herself with all the decor planning! We loved the rustic signage and coffee mug favors that matched perfectly with the brunch theme! Thank you to Kelly Ewell Photography for sharing this intimate wedding with us today!
Congratulations to Amy + Nathan ! Thank you for sharing your Brunch Virginia wedding with us!
Over the next few weeks we will be featuring some Q&A sessions with the DC area’s best wedding vendors so all of our readers can get some wedding advice from local pros! We have taken some of the best (and most repeated!) questions from our readers so we can better help you to plan your big day. Have additional questions for us? Ask away in the comments and we will help you out!
The biggest takeaway from these fantastic DMV area wedding professionals was that setting priorities is a huge part of planning your wedding budget! Being realistic about your wedding fund sometimes means cutting things that aren’t as important and focusing on things that mean the most to you and your future spouse. Not too worried about fabulous paper goods but really need some killer food? Splurge a little on your caterer with the money you save by ordering your invites online from Wedding Paper Divas. Be smart about your spending in order to make the day special and personalized!
What are your best tips and tricks to stay within my wedding budget?
Before you begin wedding planning, make sure that your budget is as thorough as possible. Ensure that the cost estimates given by wedding vendors include the service charges, taxes and/or delivery fees. And, try to ensure that your budget includes EVERY possible expense you may incur while planning your wedding — this should include insurance, vendor gratuities, travel expenses (if your wedding isn’t local), wedding day and/or honeymoon kennel expenses (if you have a pet), the costs for fittings, etc. Finally, consider adding a “Budget Reserves” line item (typically 10%) for surprise expenses. – Kay,Howerton+Wooten Events
Planning a wedding with a tight budget can be stressful, but it is doable. One way to help with costs is to have a smaller wedding, since the more guests you have the higher the costs will be. While this may not be feasible for everyone, it is the best way to save money. Another option would be to do a lunch or brunch wedding vs. an evening reception with dinner. Food and alcohol costs, which are a large chunk of the overall budget, would typically be less expensive for a daytime affair. I personally love a brunch wedding; you can get really creative with the brunch ideas and still have a beautiful and fun wedding. For couples who still want a nighttime event, choosing any day other than Saturday will also help with costs. Friday night weddings can be a good alternative and then allow a couple to continue to spend time with family and friends over the weekend. – Margo, Bright Occasions
Make a list of priorities and be realistic. You are not going to be able to get everything you want so stick to those things that are at the top of your list! – Amanda, Engaging Affairs
Plan ahead. Start with a detailed budget of every element you can think of. Do this before you ask bridesmaids, pick a venue or even a wedding date. This budget will drive a lot of those decisions. And remember that numbers matter. Huge wedding parties, large guest counts and 6 course dinners add up. If you are on a tight budget, pick 2-3 areas that really matter to you and do those very well/make those unique. Don’t try to do everything on a tight budget. You’ll only spread yourself too thin and end up not doing any one thing very well. – Laura, Engaging Affairs
Plan for the worst case scenario. Start with a realistic and comprehensive budget. Prioritize each category of spending – what are must haves and what can you live without. – Vicky, Event Accomplished
Be ruthless. Seriously. Decide what you want to splurge on, what you want to do “standard” and what you want to save on and don’t be swayed by things you see later on Pinterest and in magazines, blogs, etc. – Janice, Bellwether Events
Best tricks to stay with your budget is to listen to your wedding planner and not give in to all the extras that you want along the way. Ask for help from your vendors on packages that will fit within your budget. Don’t do favors and opt for just beer and wine instead of the full bar. If you are not wedded to a wedding cake, go with a dessert station from your caterer. – Katie, Elegance & Simplicity, Inc.
Be realistic from the beginning. You can’t choose your budget out of thin air without some understanding of what things cost. Secondly, focus on prioritizing. If the music matters most to you, spend on your band. If you don’t care as much about paper, be willing to scale back on that part of the wedding. – A. Dominick Events