Heather and Ryan had an amazing outdoor wedding in Virginia. Their ceremony was just over the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia looking over the Washington DC skyline – if you missed it, be sure to check it out here! When they moved indoors for their reception, the personal details, including their art-deco-meets-Moroccan decor and shades of purple began to really pop! We can’t get enough of all of their DIY signs! From hanging cranes made by the bride’s sister, to several handmade signs throughout, the design of their wedding day is so sweet and inspiring. But, our favorite part? Certainly, how much fun this bride and groom had on the dance floor! Big thanks to Stephen Bobb Photography for sharing their Washington DC area wedding images with us!

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From Heather: We really tried to infuse something meaningful to us into everything so that the wedding truly felt like ours, and so that guests could see us in every detail. I’m from Minnesota, so we had Minnesota wild rice as part of one of the wedding menu options. We also had rockfish, as a nod to the home we’ve made in this Washington DC area. Ryan loves coffee, so we had a local roaster (Vigilante) at the wedding. Our wine choices were from Oregon (Ryan’s home state) and Alsace, France (where I studied in college). We wanted every wedding detail to be thought out and reflective of us. We also chose our wedding ceremony reading from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet. It was a section that we thought represented our relationship.


My sister, with some help from family and friends, folded 1,000 origami cranes that served as a backdrop for our wedding guest book photos. The cranes are given for 1,000 years of happiness. My sister also made a LOVE marquee sign, my headpieces (headband and comb), place cards, wedding signs, and table numbers. She also did my hair and makeup. My bridesmaid and I made all of the tissue paper flowers to hold the favors. For personal touches, my engagement ring includes diamonds from my deceased grandma on my mom’s side and deceased great-grandma from my dad’s side, along with some stones from my mother & some original stones – three generations of great women.

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We also wanted our wedding guests to be in a festive mood from the start, so we welcomed them to the event with a glass of champagne.

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Heather gave us some advice for other Washington DC area couples:

For your wedding rehearsal dinner, pick a place that you enjoy going to and means something to you. We picked Bluejacket – it’s by our place, we go there often, and we both like craft beer. Now every time we go back, it’s a nice memory!

Plan your wedding early! We knocked out a few things very early and then got too proud of ourselves. Before we knew it, the wedding was around the corner and we had a lot of things to take care of at the last minute. Get things out of the way early so you can just enjoy your time leading up to the wedding – especially because you will have family and friends in town that want to see you!

If you think you will get any paper products from Wedding Paper Divas, Gilt always has deals for them!


Congratulations to Heather and Ryan!  Thank you for sharing your gorgeous purple inspired Washington DC area wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Stationery: B Wedding Invitations
Photography: Stephen Bobb Photography
Transportation: Uber
Ceremony + Reception Venue + Lighting: Top of the Town
Floral Designer: Greenworks
Hair + Makeup: Style and Beauty by Jess
Bridal Salon: Hitched
Headpiece/Veil: Handmade
Jewelry: Gilt
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Shoes: Piperlime
Groom’s Attire, Groomsmen Attire + Shoes: Men’s Warehouse Vera Wang
Officiant: A friend
Ceremony + Reception Music: Bialek’s DJ Elon
Caterer: Main Event
Cake/Dessert: Kendall’s Cakes
Favors: Good Karmal
Rehearsal Dinner: Bluejacket Brewery
Locally Roasted Coffee: Vigilante Coffee
Printed Menus: Wedding Paper Divas
Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio

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

Photo Credits: Stephen Bobb Photography

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