Boho Josephine Butler Parks D.C. Wedding: Katie + Michael

posted by Tabitha

In today’s Washington D.C. wedding, the energy of the couple and laid back atmosphere are quite contagious! I don’t know whether to lead with a description of the bohemian, barefoot bride, or that they closed out the night with the Astro Donuts food truck!  Guests enjoyed an array of fun activities such as lawn games as well as enjoyed a family-style Mexican inspired dinner complete with dancing all day into the night. This bohemian wedding reception was also very much a family affair amongst the vendors. The groom’s sister-in-law, a professional event planner, provided her services on the day of the wedding. Katie’s wedding dress was sewn by her brother’s girlfriend, who also tailored the groomsmen’s suits and ties as well as her own dress. Our favorite touch is that the bride’s father made the arbor for the ceremony. Talk about so much talent in one family!! The couple incorporated their alma mater, where they met, into their wedding by hanging a University of Wisconsin flag outside the house, had the badger mascot as the ring bearer, and processed out of their ceremony to the school’s fight song. We love the creative nature of this fun Josephine Butler Parks wedding ceremony and reception, and a big thank you Andrea Jacobson from The Observatory for sharing it with us!

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Congratulations to Katie and Michael! Thank you for sharing your fun DC Josephine Butler Parks wedding with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: The Observatory
Catering: B.Lin Catering
Venue: Josephine Butler Parks
Food Truck: Astro Donuts
Floral Designer: Type A Society
Beauty: Erin Jones
Officiant: Nick Hagart
Bridal Gown: Madeline Gruen
Event Planner: Kim Wong Haggart
New Orleans Band: Sac Au Lait
DJ: Bryan George Music

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Photo Credits: The Observatory

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The Quintessential Flowers for your Summer Wedding!

posted by Alex Hamilton

In early April we did a post featuring the perfect flowers for your spring wedding (check it out!) that included a plethora of fantastic spring florals available to incorporate into the décor and design of your DC area wedding! Now that we are charging head on into Summer, we are featuring a new selection of our favorite blooms with the help of the amazing Shelly Bagdasian of B Floral Event Design, one of our favorite UWL wedding vendors! Summer flowers mean local flowers and the DC area has some beauties!

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Lisa Blume Photography from Georgetown Garden Inspiration

Local Hydrangea: One of the most popular wedding flowers all year around is the big, beautiful hydrangea. Local hydrangea has a slightly different look than the standard white, blue, or pink hydrangea that you may be used to seeing. The local variety is still large and has the same petal structure, but has a unique coloration that can only be found in the summer and fall locally and we can’t get enough of them!

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Tim and Jess Photography

Lilies and Dahlias: We are very fortunate to have several farms in the DMV growing amazing lilies and dahlias. These farm fresh beauties have huge blooms and are the perfect fit for bouquets, centerpieces and large focal centerpieces. They come in almost every color from white, cream and blush pink, to orange, red, burgundy, and eggplant. They even come in variegated colors if you are looking to pack a lot of color into your arrangements.

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Delphinium: A popular blue flower that comes in long stems with small flowers. These are the perfect shape for tall spraying arrangements and come in vibrant blue shades. These work wonderfully if you are looking for a soft, country-garden feel without sacrificing any drama.

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Cosmos, Zinnia, and Coneflower: Couples hoping to capture the look and feel of a summer garden in full bloom would succeed with any or all of these lovelies. These daisy-like flowers grow in an array of different colors, making them very adaptable for bouquets, accent items or centerpieces alike.

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Coreopsis and Sunflowers:  The flowers could not be more perfect for a cheery summer wedding that leans toward a rustic aesthetic. They also tend to be cost effective, and can even be easily grown in your own garden. These blooms will give your wedding day a simple wildflower feel.

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Khaki Bedford Photography via Style Me Pretty

Celosia and Coxcomb: Paired with dahlias and garden roses, these two flowers with their unique architectural components create eye-catching centerpieces or cake flowers.

 

Joey Kennedy Photography

Don’t forget the greenery, grasses and fillers! A summer arrangement is not complete without some type of summer foliage or grass. These elements add an instant summer feel to any bouquet, arrangement, or decor item. Some favorites include avalanche, baptisia, Queen Anne’s lace, lady’s mantle, and so many more!

Can’t wait to see more beautiful floral designs from some of the most talented wedding vendors in the DC area? Check out our local real weddings for more wedding inspiration & ideas!

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Potomac Point Winery Wedding: Jayci + Trevi

posted by Tabitha

We are fortunate to have so many beautiful options for Virginia winery weddings. From Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, the location for today’s featured wedding, to Loudoun County vineyards, couples have many opportunities to a unique wedding location. Jayci and Trevi began their love affair with vineyards after visiting Beaujolais in France and hill country in Australia. They knew that they wanted to host their wedding stateside at a local vineyard, and they set off tasting up and down the coast until they found their perfect match! We love the iron cupola that hosts ceremonies at Potomac Point Winery, and the long rolling hill which allows for a romantic bridal processional to the wedding! Thank you to Timmester Photography and Kelley Cannon Events for sharing this winery wedding with us today and best wishes to the newlyweds!

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From the Bride: We visited several vineyards during our courtship, including Beaujolais in France, and the Yarra Valley vineyards in the hill country outside of Melbourne, Australia. At the Chandon vineyard we shared a romantic varietal tasting, which was paired with an exquisite meal and a superb view. The experience became the inspiration for our wedding vision. We searched for a vineyard stateside, that reminded us of the natural beauty of Australia Wine Country. We set out wine tasting up and down the east coast until we found this beautiful, wonderful winery in Stafford, VA. It combined the natural beauty of the vines and a sloping landscape, AND (most importantly) a fantastic wine selection.”

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Some of our favorite details were that Jayci’s brother played Cannon in D on the violin for the bridal processional. When we jumped the broom after the vows, and our beautifully decorated pergola at the ceremony site. It was draped in sheer fabric and had cascades of flowers.”
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Did you Splurge or Save on anything for the wedding: We skipped videography. Planning a wedding from over 200 miles away was a challenge, so we opted to splurge on a fantastic wedding coordinator who acted on our behalf. We focused on highlighting elements that represented our love of wine, elegance, adventure, and flair for the avant garde.Potomac Point Winery Weding - Tracy Timmester Photography (31) Potomac Point Winery Weding - Tracy Timmester Photography (37) Potomac Point Winery Weding - Tracy Timmester Photography (25) Potomac Point Winery Weding - Tracy Timmester Photography (26) Potomac Point Winery Weding - Tracy Timmester Photography (27) Potomac Point Winery Weding - Tracy Timmester Photography (28) Potomac Point Winery Weding - Tracy Timmester Photography (32) Potomac Point Winery Weding - Tracy Timmester Photography (33) Potomac Point Winery Weding - Tracy Timmester Photography (34) Potomac Point Winery Weding - Tracy Timmester Photography (35)

Tips from the couple: “Identify your priorities early in the process, and allow your budget to conform accordingly. You will not be able to have everything, but you should have the elements that are most important to you. Hire a great wedding coordinator, who will listen to your vision and then empower her/him to manage the small details. Lastly, do not let the sticker shock get in the way of the rest of your life. We, along with our guests, look back fondly at our special day.

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Congratulations to Jayci and Trevi! Thank you for sharing your Virginia vineyard wedding with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Timmester Photography
Beauty: Style Seat
Venue: Potomac Point Winery
Wedding Planner: Kelley Cannon Events
Stationery: Sealed with a Kiss
Floral Designer: Toulies en Fleur
Bridal Gown : Jay West Bridal
DJ: My DeeJay
Rentals: DC Rental
Cake/Dessert: Cakes From my Heart
Bridesmaids Attire: Jasmine Bridal
Groom Attire: Black Tie Formal Attire / Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse
Ceremony Musicians: Champagne Consort
Favors: eFavorMart

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: Timmester Photography

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Happy Weekend!

posted by Alex Hamilton

We are back with your weekly roundup on this fine Saturday and boy did we have some great posts for you this week! From preppy summer weddings to dreamy DC elopements, we are running the gamut on variations of a traditional wedding celebration. Enjoy!

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Jen S Photography

Some links for your weekend from our favorite blogs…

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Chinatown DC Engagement Session: Leandra + Fabio

posted by Tabitha

Leandra and Fabio started as neighbors in an apartment complex in Washington, DC; she was building her professional career while he was  playing professional soccer. Little did they know, three years later they’d be getting married after a perfect rooftop proposal overlooking the D.C. skyline. Meeting with Nina K Photography, the couple used their downtown DC engagement shoot as a tour of all of the major spots of their relationship.   Starting at their house, they wrote on the brick wall and posed for photos before heading out to hit up the monuments and Chinatown. The couple will be holding their wedding in Cartagena, Colombia, where the groom originally hails from.  Best wishes to the couple and thank you to Nina K Photography for sharing their special engagement session!

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So You Want to Elope in DC?

posted by Tabitha

Are you thinking about eloping in the Washington DC area, but don’t know where to begin? Elopements are becoming more and more popular here in the DMV for lots of different reasons; the cost of a wedding is top of that list! DC has so many unique locations as a backdrop in the city and couples want to travel here to get married in the nation’s capital; who can blame them!? We have a few pointers and tips to help in the planning process so that you don’t miss anything important before having your own elopement!

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From our Union Station Elopement by JenS Photography

Never feel that your elopement has to be boring; just because your having a smaller more intimate affair doesn’t mean you can’t make it memorable or personal. The most important part of any wedding is the ceremony, and creating your own spin on your nuptials is what makes the day special.

Timing and Legality

When deciding where to hold your elopement, take into consideration the legality of your celebration. In DC and Virginia there is not a wait period for getting your marriage license, however in Maryland you must have your license for 48 hours before your wedding. Also, don’t forget to consider where you are holding your elopement. The ceremony location designates where your license comes from, not your personal residence. If you are getting married in Virginia, you can obtain a license from any county, not just the one you are marrying within.

Giving yourself ample time to research officiants that can legally marry you in your preferred state is also important. This will allow you to find someone who will take the time to work with you to build a ceremony that is not only legal but meaningful to you and your future spouse. Note that if you want to have your ceremony at the DC Courthouse the wait can be up to 6 weeks, so plan accordingly!

Capture the Moment

DC area Photographers and Videographers will often customize their packages for small intimate affairs like elopements or portrait sessions for a reduced cost, especially on non traditional wedding days such as a weekday. Even if your elopement is a smaller affair, you will want someone present to capture your vows and personal moments before and after the ceremony. Always trust a professional to these memories since they are more fleeting than a full out 6 hour wedding!

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Size Matters

We have seen all different sizes for elopements in the DMV, from touching vows shared among the couple and the officiant exclusively, to smaller 10-20 person affairs on the steps of the World War I memorial. The size of your elopement is entirely up to personal preference so do what you feel most comfortable with! For those not invited to your private ceremony, it can sometimes ruffle some feather as they simply want to share in your special day and do not understand not being invited. Send those guests a well thought out email or note before announcing on social media to avoid any hurt feelings, and to share your wonderful news in a much more personal manner.

A little help goes a long way

There are a bevy of great companies in the DC area that offer elopement packages and pop up weddings, such as Pop! Wed Co for those who want to elope yet don’t want to do the planning. Options range from a small picnic for 2 under the shade of the national monuments following the exchanging of vows, to intimate dinners at DC’s hottest restaurants where you can swap vows between courses. Eloping does not have to be quick or secretive to make it fun and stress free!

Location, Location, Locations

If you can think it, I bet you can get married there! (Well, except for the White House – that might be frowned upon by Secret Service!) Always do your research to find out if you need a permit for small gatherings before making firm plans! We love the idea of any of the beautiful parks on the Potomac River, in front of the silver roses of Federal Triangle, or Yards Park in South East DC!

Good luck with your DC area wedding elopement, and make sure to see some more of our favorite ceremony planning articles!

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Union Station D.C. Elopement

posted by Tabitha

We are sharing a simple, yet utterly romantic DC wedding Elopement from Jen S Photography and Claire Duran Weddings. For this elopement shoot, they looked to bring DC wedding inspiration to couples who enjoy simplicity and elegance in an intimate environment surrounded by their dearest loved ones. With the never-ending winter we’ve experienced this year, they were enthusiastic about bringing in elements of early spring. The team incorporated gorgeous blush tones into the color palette, which worked perfectly with the bride’s attire, to achieve the feeling that spring had indeed arrived. The blush tulle skirt, in particular, was reminiscent of gentle movement brought about by soft warm breezes. To further the organic and free-form feel of the day, the floral designer Succulents and Saffron crafted the bride’s bouquet with freshly foraged wild blooms of tulip magnolias and cherry blossoms. Exchanging vows in the grand stone hallways of Union Station while reading beautifully calligraphic vows is no short of a memorable moment. Thank you so much to Jen S Photography for sharing this romantic elopement inspiration with us today!

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

Designer: Claire Duran Weddings & Events
Photography: JenS Photography
Hair: Vintage Veils / Makeup: Makeup by Kevan
Bridal Gown: BHLDN
Paperie: Honey scope
Venue: Union Station DC
Floral Designer: Succulents and Saffron
Calligraphy: Four Hats Press

Model: Casey Wrona

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 Credit:  JenS Photography

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Virginia Shadow Creek Wedding: Mandy + Nick

posted by Tabitha

Radiantly happy is the best way to describe how Mandy looked on her big day! When we received Mandy and Nick’s wedding day images from their photographer Misty Rodda, we couldn’t get over how unbelievably luminous she looked. We know that all couples are happy and typically enjoy their wedding, but with today’s Virginia real wedding couple, you can feel their love beaming off the pages of their photo album. They were married in a sweet Christian outside ceremony in front of a beautiful floral cross that overlooked the rolling hills of Loudoun County at Shadow Creek earlier this spring. With the weeks of rain that had been wrecking havoc on wedding plans, they were able to get through and still host the nuptials outside, which was very important to the couple. We loved all of the textured bridal party bouquets, soft blush accents, and killer decorative signs that could be seen throughout the day. We wish them both years of happiness and thank you to Mandy and Nick for allowing us to share their wedding day with our readers!

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From the Bride:The vision for our wedding really stemmed from the beautiful venue we chose, Shadow Creek. Even though it is a barn venue, the structure itself is so much more than that. We wanted to work off of the classic features the venue had and incorporate lots of pink details. My main goal was to keep it classy and chic while still embracing the rustic elements of the venue without going too country.

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It was the best day ever! I wish I could relive it. Also, 1. if you have it in your budget get a Photobooth. It was a huge hit! I’m still hearing about it from guests weeks later. 2. Have your planner or maid of honor pack up two slices of your wedding cake for you. I had a friend suggest this to me. My husband and I ate it on the plane to Mexico for our honeymoon. After being on a grueling wedding diet it was heavenly!

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We had a few things that were really important to us when it came to wedding planning. We wanted to go above and beyond when it came to the photographer since we will have these photos forever! Misty Rodda of Misty Rodda Photography went above and beyond to get all the photos I was dreaming of. We also added a videographer and it was the best money I ever spent; it is so special to have that footage to look back on and show my future children one day. I also felt it was very important to choose an established DJ as they really make or break the party aspect of the wedding. We worked closely with them on song choices and the schedule of the reception, which really helped the flow of the day.

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The garter I wore on my wedding day was very special to me. It was my something old, borrowed, and blue and belonged to my grandmother who wore it on her wedding day to my grandfather in 1953. We also rented a beautiful restored cross from a local pastor who does restorations. I had always dreamed of getting married in a church but once I saw Shadow Creek’s ceremony space I knew it was meant to be. I was so beyond pleased with how it turned; I think it added so much both visually and spiritually to our ceremony.” 

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Advice from the Bride: My only advice to those in the planning stages would just be to enjoy the day, soak up the moments you can with your new spouse, and have fun! Some things, like weather, are really out of your control and stressing about it only makes it worse. Also, I highly recommend a day of coordinator; it really allows you, and those close to you to focus on relaxing and enjoying your special day. For Brides, if you don’t already have an Etsy account, make one ASAP! They have some of the cutest wedding products and the largest selection anywhere.

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Congratulations to Mandy and Nick! Thank you for sharing your sweet Virginia Shadow Creek wedding with us!

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

Videography: Erin Sellers Video Scrapbooks
Photography: Misty Rodda
Hair Stylist: Updo Specialist LLC / Makeup Artist: Faces by Zoe
Venue: Shadow Creek Weddings and Events
Stationery: Minted
Wedding Coordinator / Floral Designer: Dragonfly Weddings and Events
Calligraphy: Leah Letters
Bridal Salon: Katherine’s Bridal Boutique
Bridal Gown & Veil : Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta
Bridesmaid Attire: Jim Heljm at Soliloquy Bridal
Catering & Rentals: R&R Catering
Officiant: Ron Petrella
Entertainment and Lighting: Dominion Wedding Entertainment
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse
Wedding Cake: Sweets by E
Ceremony cross Rental: Pastor Jasons Restorations
Honeymoon: Riviera Maya Mexico

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: Misty Rodda

 

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Pre-Wedding Relaxation at EVEN Hotels

posted by Alex Hamilton

We had the privilege of staying in the NYC EVEN Hotel lately and we are so excited to share the experience with you! There are so many great conveniences available when staying at one of these hotels that won’t ruin your pre-wedding healthy lifestyle. Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you want to give up that bridal body workout routine! All rooms feature in EVEN Hotels state of the art health and wellness amenities such as 15+ channels of trainer led work our courses, eucalyptus cooling sheets, and in room fitness zones with exercise equipment including yoga blocks and mats, stretch and resistance bands, and exercise guidebooks. It was perfect for a quick yet effective workout before getting ready to the town! There is also changeable mood lighting that can be altered to fit your mood with just the spin of a remote color wheel. The state of the art spa shower and spa bath products had us revived and ready to start our days and had us calm and relaxed to cap off our evenings. There are also free refillable water bottles in each room with hydration stations on every floor with filtered water and ice to keep us hydrated and feeling fresh.

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EVEN Hotels offers a fresh perspective on travel to wellness-minded travelers, so we think it is the perfect place for a pre-wedding getaway with your fiancé or your bridal party in NYC. With offerings in the areas of Resting Easy, Keeping Active, Eating Well and Accomplishing More, EVEN helps guests find the balance they seek throughout their travel journey. IHG developed the brand to better meet the needs of guests seeking a consistent holistic wellness travel experience and this is just what you need to de-stress before your big day! IHG does more than care about your wellness – they’re inspired by it. Even if you are taking a pre-wedding trip, EVEN Hotels are there to make sure you stay well while you’re away. Think this sounds like the perfect place to spend your first night as a married couple? There is an EVEN in Rockville, MD that is perfect for pre and post wedding festivities or for guest room blocks in addition to their four other properties!

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Conveniently located on 35th Street between 8th and 9th avenues in the heart of Times Square, the NYC EVEN Hotel is right in the middle of all of the action. Meet up with friends for a chic dinner in the area and then continue on to see a Broadway show in the adjacent Theater District! In keeping with the wellness theme, rent a bike at any of the bike kiosks and zip through the city or visit the trapeze school for exercise and fun bonding with your bridal party! Take one of these bikes to the High Line Park, which runs from the West Side Yard on 34th Street down to the Lower West side of Manhattan. Honestly, the possibilities are endless in New York City, and with a home base at the EVEN Hotel everything is right at your fingertips.

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Want to get out of your room a little? We loved the state of the art gym and athletic studio complete with training zones and group classes! They even have space to work a little or take it easy in their relaxation area with ping pong, books, couches, and Wi-Fi which is perfect in case you need to squeeze in some last minute wedding planning. If you are feeling hungry, EVEN has great and healthy food options available through their kitchen and dining area. We love how customizable the food options are and they even have organic signature cocktails to choose from! Of course you want to let loose a little, and this is the perfect (and guilt free!) way to do so.

We can’t say enough great things about the EVEN Hotel in NYC, but you should certainly check it out for yourself! Stay Two Nights with EVEN Hotels, Get a $50 Gift Card. It Pays to Stay. Offer ends 7/31/2016. And remember that they have a branch in Rockville, MD! It has all of the same great amenities, but is closer to home. Don’t forget to check out some of our other fantastic local DC area wedding venues while you’re at it!

 

This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. Thank you IHG for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from IHG, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Photo Credit: Tabitha Roberts

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