We love any excuse for a festive celebration over here, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we love the Halloween details seen in today’s wedding in Virginia. Marli and Chris love Halloween and included a few touches inspired by their favorite holiday, all beautifully captured by Amber Kay Photography. (And make sure to check out their traditional wedding ceremony first!) With a sweetheart table adorned with Day of the Dead candles and a guest book wishing tree with spooky ornaments—it’s safe to say I’m officially in holiday mode.

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From Marli: I wanted the colors of fall, and using the glass bottles for the centerpieces helped to keep it rich, but still light. The space didn’t need to be flooded with decor; which is why we loved it, and so we kept the tables relatively simple, and added little bits of our personalities here and there.

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The table numbers where handmade. Wooden dowels and circles spray painted that lovely copper color, and affixed with a deep purple piece of paper that had the numbers hand painted on it.

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As a surprise, my mom, knowing our love for anything Halloween related, bought these little ornaments and hung them on our “good wishes” tree in the foyer at the wedding.

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We used Dia de Los Muertos bride and groom candles for our table at the reception. It was those little details that made the wedding special, and not cookie-cutter.

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

Don’t be too serious. Don’t try to make everything perfect, because when the day comes, no matter how you envisioned it three months ago, the way it turned out is perfection. You want to be able to look back on your wedding day and think, “I could do that all over again!” That’s the best part. You don’t want to be bogged down by the fact that, to you, the colors of the napkins weren’t right. No one notices those things. Your guests just want to have a good time, and see you and your new spouse having a good time. So, allow yourself to.

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Thank you so much Marli and Chris for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Stevenson Ridge
Photography: Amber Kay Photography
Hair: Statements the Salon
Bridal Attire: Jeanette’s Bride N’ Boutique
Catering: Caroline Street Catering

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Amber Kay Photography

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