Welcome back to the second part of Cindy and Tim’s Washington DC wedding. (Before you go on, make sure you check out all the pretty from their wedding ceremony!) So, what do you get when you combine the breathtaking locale known as Carnegie Institution of Science with a gorgeous and crafty couple? Some serious DIY wedding pretty, that’s what! From the simple and modern rock centerpieces to the balloon drop at the end of the reception, I’m loving every magical moment captured by 5 Rings Photography. I’ll let Cindy tell you more about her crafty wedding inspiration…

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From Cindy: We both have architecture backgrounds, so the interior spaces of the Carnegie really spoke to us, and we let them shine in the design of the wedding. We also loosely went with a fern/nature theme to play along with the fall season – our favorite in DC. The colors ended up mostly blue, orange, and green – which coincidentally (or not so coincidentally) are also the primary colors used in our apartment decor.

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We decided to spend very little on flowers (they die!) to keep our budget low, so I designed our centerpieces to be as low maintenance as possible. Rocks! They fit well with the nature theme and the marble of the Carnegie so we lugged 15 big rocks out of my parent’s backyard, wrapped them with copper coil, and arranged them in hurricane vases I bought in an end of season sale on West Elm. We collected glass jars that we painted with copper craft paint to serve as the vases and tealight holders (our family and friends were saving all their spaghetti jars for us for months) and my mom grew ferns and lemon verbena in her yard all summer that we harvested them the day before the wedding to arrange in the jars.

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Tim comes from a family of singers, and they regaled us with some amazing songs – his siblings sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” during the ceremony, his parents sang “Grow Old with Me” as their toast and his sister toasted us with a stellar rendition of “At Last”. It was beautiful, and it also made the wedding feel so much more personal. We didn’t want everyone to just come and watch us get married, we wanted everyone to come and BE A PART of us getting married! However my favorite memory has to be when Tim sang “Rainbow Connection” to me at the end of the toasts.

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Cindy’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:

Be you! Don’t feel confined by tradition unless you want to be, there are so many ways to host a wedding nowadays that nothing should be set in stone. It’s also not impossible to have a budget friendly wedding in the city. Don’t feel pressured to blow away your future savings on decor, be realistic that it’s one day out of your lives and most of that stuff is going to get tossed or recycled at the end of the night. The best part of the day is the time you get to spend celebrating with your new spouse and your loved ones, so find ways to maximize and cherish that.

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Thank you so much Cindy and Tim for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Carnegie Institution of Science
Officiant: Nick Zork, brother of the groom
Photographer: 5 Rings Photography
Stationery: DIY via Overnight Prints and Paper Source
Custom Stamps: Simon Stamp
Bridal Attire: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Kelly & Katie from DSW
Jewelry: Fire and Ice
Hair: Bang Salon
Groom Attire: Dragon Inside
DJ: MyDeejay
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Cake and Desserts: Firehook Bakery and Cherry Blossom Cakes
Lighting: Rent My Wedding

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Photo Credit: 5 Rings Photography

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