I dare you to not fall head over heels in love with today’s Washington DC wedding! (But before you do, be sure to take a look at their outdoor wedding ceremony from this morning!) The neutral colors, the elegance, the adorable couple — everything from Deirdre and Matt’s wedding is stunning to say the very least! A perfect garden right in the heart of the city seamlessly set the stage for Deirdre and Matt’s classic fête, planned by Kelley Cannon Events, and I can only help but be in awe of every last detail. Deirdre is here to share more about her wedding inspiration…

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To make our guests feel right at home when they arrived at the ceremony, we served pre-wedding drinks (including one of Matthew’s favorites (sweet tea)) and I printed our programs on kraft bags and we filled them with popcorn (one of my favorite snacks). 

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We also wanted the wedding to showcase our love of games so we had a customized cornhole set made (thanks to etsy) and set up bocce and lawn jenga for use during the cocktail hour and reception.

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We wanted to really showcase the gorgeous gardens so we decided outdoor seating and cafe lights would be the right fit (and we crossed our fingers for good weather!).

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We compromised a lot when it came to decisions and costs. For example, we chose to skip renting the more expensive farm tables for meals and instead chose to rent just a few and highlight them by using them for pre-ceremony drinks and late-night snacks. Flowers were not overly important to us so we were able to limit the amount of flowers we used and save some money there. I am in love with caligraphy, so that was a “must” splurge for me.

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We also asked all our our family members to share a favorite photo from their own wedding day with us for us to display at the reception. I loved our display – especially the photos of our grandparents who are no longer with us – it was a way to have them with us during the wedding.

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Deirdre’s wedding planning advice for other DC area couples:

Stay focused. It is easy to get swept up with so many options and add-ons. But, at the end of the day, your wedding should be YOUR wedding. Early in the planning process I made a binder of my vision for the day. Looking at that binder helped me stay focused on what was really important to me and let me easily say “no” to the extras I didn’t need.

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

Venue: The Textile Musuem
Photography: Jillian Michelle Photography
Videography: In Depth Photo & Video
Wedding Planner: Kelley Cannon Events
Floral Design: Growing Wild Floral Company
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Calligraphy: Just Write Studios
Ceremony Music: Stage String Trio of Bialek’s Music
Reception Music: Brennan Sullivan of Bialek’s Music
Bridal Attire: Robert Bullock from Platinum Bridal Boutique
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Veil: Teri Huang
Jewelry: Washington Diamond
Hair: Hair by Jewels
Makeup: Blend
Groom Attire: J. Crew
Bridesmaids’ Robes: Silk and More
Hair Combs: One World Designs Bridal Jewelry
Garter: Feather River Boutique
Flower Girl Attire: Hippity Hoot Notion
Flower Girl Headpiece: The Fairy Factory Shop
Wedding Wands: Craft Up Your Life
Custom Cornhole Boards: USF Sport Signs
Lawn Jenga: It’s Oh Sew Personal
Rentals: Rusty Love Vintage Rentals
Lighting: Sparks Entertainment
Catering + Linens: Windows Catering
Napkins: The Paper Hat
Cake Topper: Trina’s Clay Creations
Transportation: ING Limo

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Photo Credit: Jillian Michelle Photography

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