Hi everyone!  Since this is our first big week of Washington DC area weddings here on United With Love, we wanted to start off with one of our favorite weddings!  Emily and Andrew’s wedding would be at the top of our list regardless of location, but it just happens that the wedding took place right outside of Washington DC at a private residence in Woodbine, Maryland.  Emily is a hair stylist and Andrew is a videographer, and together they’re obviously a super-creative couple.  Emily and Andrew infused their personal style into every element of the wedding – all captured in beautiful detail by Justine Ungaro.

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From Emily:  After exactly 9 months of planning and over 9 years of history, Andrew and I attempted to pull off a mostly homemade wedding on 09.19.09.

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The wedding took place in Woodbine, MD at a family member’s private residence.  The wedding was very much DIY both to keep costs under control and so we could exercise some creativity.  I was obsessed with the idea of fabric and texture at the time of the wedding.  We found discounted fabrics we liked and used them throughout the wedding to create continuity.

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We cut strips of fabric and wrapped them on shepherd hooks that went down the aisle.  The same fabric was used to wrap the bouquets and cut in squares to go under the centerpieces.  The groom and groomsmen had handmade fabric flower boutonnieres.

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We knew we wanted to get married on the steps of the house, but we felt like there was too much empty space above our heads.  Our very dear, and absolutely amazing artist friend, Casey Johnson, came up with and made our “Love Never Fails” piece.

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The installation turned out to be the best investment – it was definitely the thing that has made our wedding stand out.  What we love the most about it is that it not only does it make a statement visually, it makes a statement literally, that we absolutely have found to be true in our 10 year journey together.

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Emily and Andrew’s wedding is full of amazing creativity – with much more to come – but the sign created for the ceremony is among my all-time favorite wedding details ever.  So cool.  As a hair stylist, Emily knows a thing or two about looking great for bridal portraits, and she was kind enough to share a few of her picture perfect hints!

1. Make sure the venue where you are getting ready has a lot of light and isn’t a huge mess!  Your wedding pictures (and video) are only as good as your surroundings.  Clean it up and stage it.  I gave that responsibility to my Maid of Honor; she did a wonderful job.

2. Wear something cute for when you get ready.  Don’t just think about the logistics of being able to get your shirt over your head as to not mess up your hair (which is important).  Buy something new and nice.

3. Have as much light as humanly possible during important moments.  For example, we did our first dances as soon as we got to our reception because we knew we were dependent mostly on natural light and had we waited until after dinner, there would have been none.  This is especially important if you are having a videographer.

4. Get a wedding video!  It is the 21st century, spend the extra money and have video footage of one of the most important days of your life.  Your kids will thank you for it.

Check back a bit later for more details from Emily and Andrew’s wedding!

Photo Credits: Justine Ungaro

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