It’s time to venture back to Alexandria with part two of Juliana and Brian’s wedding (See part one here if you missed it!).  After the ceremony, they took a stroll to the waterfront to embrace yet another part of their favorite Virginia town.  They then headed back to re-join their guests for a celebration at one of their favorite restaurants, Union Street Public House.  With neither newlywed being a big dancer, they focused on great food and even better company and Maggie Winters captured everything from the toasts to the final “play.”

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From Juliana, “We decided to take picture in between the ceremony and the reception. This was a wonderful choice because we were relaxed. We took family portraits and then walked from our ceremony site to the Potomac River to take pictures there. It was a lot of fun, and it allowed our guests a free hour to explore Old Town Alexandria.”

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Overall, we wanted to make sure we kept both the wedding and reception both casual and fun. instead of favors, we decided to make a donation to the Reading Connection, a wonderful children’s literacy non-profit in Arlington. Our cake topper was a groom pitching to a bride at home plate, reflecting our mutual love of baseball.

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Juliana’s advice to other DC-area couples:

All sorts of people will offer advice for your wedding day. Relax, and remember that you’re in charge. Focus on what’s important to you! You don’t need to meet everyone’s definition of a “perfect wedding.”

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The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Juliana and Brian’s wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Carlyle House
Reception Venue: Union Street Public House
Photography: Maggie Winters Photography
Flowers: Petal’s Edge
Cake: Bittersweet Catering
Wedding Bands: Susan Elnora

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals or our real wedding gallery for more beautiful Washington, DC area weddings!

Photo Credits: Maggie Winters Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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