There is something so romantic and intimate about a courthouse wedding, like today’s sweet celebration of love in downtown Annapolis, MD captured by Sarah Culver Photography. Since Elisa and Vincent have families on the other side of the world, they decided on a small wedding in Maryland with some of their closest BFFs and some summer-inspired DIY details. I am absolutely loving Elisa’s long veil paired with a short wedding dress—how fab is she? And she made the veil herself, too!

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From Elisa: Both Vincent and I loved the idea of a small, elegant and intimate wedding – a courthouse wedding immediately came to mind. We really liked the idea of having a small ceremony with family and close friends; however, because our families are on the other side of the globe, we decided to host a lovely wedding ceremony at the Annapolis courthouse and planned for another big reception later on.

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Even without our families being there, the courthouse wedding turned out to be a wonderful experiences. There is no better way to celebrate our wedding with my dear friends (who are pretty much like my sisters!) and have them witness this special moment of our journey.

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Having a cost-effective wedding was definitely our priority. We tried to DIY as much as we could, not only because that is cost-effective, but also because that’ll add our special, personal touch to it, and makes the whole experience even more memorable. For example, my dear friend Sharon and I sat in my kitchen making the most beautiful bouquet together. That image was forever branded in my heart and that I’ll never forget for my lifetime.

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I also handmade my own veil. I purchased some tulle, tailored and sewed it to the way I’d like. I love the contrast of wearing a short dress and a very long veil. I think that combines both modern and classic elements. To match with the white and blue color theme, I picked muted purple to be a complementary color. On my veil, I put one purple fabric flower in the center, which matched well with my nail polish and the ribbon on my bouquet.

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Vincent and I met at American University when we went to graduate school there. After hearing our story, Sarah (our lovely photographer) took us to St. John College’s library and took a series of campus related pictures. It is wonderful that we are able to recreate the memory when we first met and the memories are dear to our hearts.

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

Planning wedding can be very tedious (even for a courthouse wedding!). It is very important to set priorities. And a lot of research always helps! There are so many options out there. You can always find the right options that fit into your budget and priorities.

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

Venue: Annapolis Court House
Photographer: Sarah Culver Photography
Floral Design: DIY, flowers from Potomac Floral Wholesale Inc.
Bridal Attire: American Eagle
Shoes: Nordstrom
Veil: DIY
Hair: Drybar
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Groom’s Attire: Zara
Groom’s Shoes: Bostonian
Groom’s Accessories: Tommy Hilfiger

Photo Credit: Sarah Culver Photography

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