Allison and Heath really broke out their DIY skills for their contemporary wedding reception, perfectly planned by Bellwether Events and captured by Paul Morse. (Psst.. did you catch their wedding ceremony in Georgetown, too?) They crafted all the paper goods, like those unique menu napkin rings, themselves! Heath’s mom so kindly gifted them with a quilt-style guest book, so it’s clear the talent doesn’t stop at their generation! Another unique detail I love? Their chocolate wedding cake! It’s rare to see a chocolate wedding cake, inside and out, and isn’t it so striking!? They also had some outdoor s’mores to end the evening. Doesn’t get any better than that!

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

From Allison: I have a few favorite personal details of our wedding. The first were the personal notes we wrote to each of our out of town guests for their welcome bags. Writing each guest a personal note gave us an opportunity to think about each person who made the long trip to share in our celebration. We were so honored to have them all with us.

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Another favorite handmade detail is our guest quilt. Heath’s mom is a beautiful quilter and gave us the gift of a very personal way to remember each of our guests and our wedding day.

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

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Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

Allison’s advice to other DC-area couples:

If you love details, make them happen! I often was on the receiving end of comments like, “you’re the only person who will notice that detail” or “on your wedding day, you won’t even remember you did that!” I remember it all, other guests noticed, and our wedding wouldn’t have felt “like us” if we didn’t include all of the meaningful details. Also, take time to really think about your guests. If a guest shares their birthday with your wedding weekend, consider leaving a birthday card at their place setting. Invest in coloring books or other activities for children and consider dietary constraints. Taking the time to think about your guests will make them feel like a true part of the celebration and will express your gratitude and love for them when the day gets busy.

Contemporary DIY Virginia Wedding Reception

The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Allison and Heath’s wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity
Reception Venue: Le Meridien, Arlington
Photographer: Paul Morse
Wedding Planner: Bellwether Events
Floral Designer: Distinctive Floral Design
DJ: My DeeJay
Lighting: Summit Event Productions
Cake: Cakes by Happy Eatery
Transportation: Fleet
Hair and Make Up: James Cornwell
Invitations: William Arthur
Calligraphy: Lori Raines
Programs, Seating chart, Place Cards, Menu Napkin Rings, Favor Boxes: DIY

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: Paul Morse

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