Happy Monday, darlings! Welcome back to the second half of Carrie and Corey’s wedding in Virginia. (But first—make sure to check out their traditional fall wedding ceremony!) After a colorful celebration of coral and cobalt blue, these local love birds wanted their guests to experience all the beauty and “vintage simplicity” that the DC-area offers. I am head over heels for their DIY wedding projects like the Metro map seating chart and Metro sign table names—how cute are those!? See all the gorgeous photos from misa*me photography right here…
From Carrie: Once we got the venue booked over-looking DC in Arlington (Arlington being the city where we fell in love!) I knew the theme was going to be loosely based around the area and the city, because so much of it represented us. Most of our guests were from out of town, so I wanted them to get a good understanding for what Arlington and DC meant to us and the important role it played in our love story.
I wanted my table numbers to be unique, so I thought why not Metro stops?! Corey and I had lived off of the Court House Metro stop and took the Metro all over to go to different places, so to me it was the perfect table number idea. Not to mention the guests were staying in a hotel that was right off a Metro stop as well! Our seating chart was a Metro map and we used stops that were important to us as a couple!
I handmade and designed the Metro signs that were on each table. They took forever to make but the end result was so worth it. People loved them and some even took them home with them! Secret: They are actually made out of boxes of foil!
One thing we did that was pretty different was we offered ice cream sandwiches as our dessert instead of cake. Corey and I both are not big cake eaters and usually never have dessert at weddings. We LOVE ice cream and really wanted to incorporate that somehow.
Carrie’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
The best advice I could possibly share with any other DC-area couples is to definitely hire a wedding coordinator, even if it is just for the day-of. This may seem like a place you could save some serious money on but honestly, they are worth way more than what you pay them. The peace of mind that they provide you on your big day is priceless. The support and advice that they give you can make all the difference for you and your guests and how the night goes. Even my mother after the wedding said that my wedding planner was a life-saver and was worth every penny. Honestly, it was the best investment I made for my wedding and I promise you will not regret it!
Thank you so much Carrie and Corey for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Ceremony Venue: Army Navy Country Club
Reception Venue: Top of the Town
Photography: misa*me photography
Videography: Good Vibrations
Wedding Planner: JEM Events
Floral Design: Whole Foods
Bridal Attire: Pronovias from Love Couture Bridal
Bridal Dress Belt: Davie & Chiyo
Veil: Love Couture Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff
Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger
Catering and Linens: R&R Catering
Cake: Whole Foods
Music and Lighting: Good Vibrations
Transportation: Reston Limousine
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Photo Credits: misa*me photography