I promised you a garden party wedding, and now I give you a garden party! Emily and Dustin’s reception, captured by The Happy Couple Wedding Photography and fittingly at Woodend Sanctuary, was blooming with pink florals from the tables, to their cake, to their place cards. They also happen to know many a creative person, so several of their special details were handcrafted, making them that much more meaningful.

Pink Flower Place Cards

From Emily: So many of our friends and family are so creative, and it was such a joy to have them contribute. My sister-in-law designed our wedding programs, my brother-in-law drew the tree for our “guestbook,” my best friend and bridesmaid helped paint the mr.& mrs. signs, write out our place cards, and wrap about a million tealight candles in washi tape.

Custom Guest Book

Thumbprint Guest Book

Woodend Wedding

Chalkboard Wedding Menu Maryland Wedding Cocktail Hour

Custom Wedding Napkins

Maryland Wedding Catering

Woodend Wedding Grand Entrance

Pink and Green Wedding Flowers

Pink and Green Wedding Decor Pink Peony Topped Wedding Cake

Mrs Chair Sign

Woodend Wedding Reception

Perhaps one of my favorite parts was the mantles – on the one were pictures of us as kids and with childhood friends/family throughout the years and the other mantle had pictures of our parents and each of our grandparents at their weddings. Despite the obvious hilarity of seeing my in-laws’ hippie wedding pictures (a red floral flowing dress!) compared with the West Point uniforms and white lace of my parents’ wedding, it was beautiful to see so many generations on their happy days.

Maryland Wedding First Dance

Woodend Wedding First Dance

Wedding Cake Cutting Maryland Wedding Portraits

Emily’s advice to other DC-area couples:

I would say to pick your 2-3 most important things and focus your budget around those things. It’s so easy, once you get into it, to get involved in everything and think that every single aspect has to be “the best.” Ultimately, the day is such a whirlwind that what stands out is what was the most important from the beginning. I was absolutely in love with our venue, my biggest priority, and enjoyed the food so much. I was so happy we prioritized them! There will always need to be certain things cut from the budget, but remember, what you remember is the love, dancing, joy and togetherness of that day being surrounded by family and friends. The extra expensive chairs can go.

Woodend Wedding Dance Floor

The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Emily and Dustin’s wedding:

Ceremony: St. Mary’s Church
Reception: Woodend Sanctuary
Catering and Wedding Cake: Festive Foods Catering
Photographer: The Happy Couple Wedding Photography
Floral Designer: Franklin 2·1·5 by Jennifer Lodato
DJ: DJ Beach
Wedding Dress: Winnie Couture, Distinctive Designs Bridal
Groom’s Attire: J.Crew
Makeup and Hair: O’Hair Salon
Liquor: ACE Beverage

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: The Happy Couple Wedding Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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