Good Monday morning to you!! I hope you are ready to join us for Madeline and Graham’s wedding in the Washington DC area – truly! They first had their ceremony in Maryland followed by their reception downtown in DC. To start their day off, this cute couple said, “I do” a St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, MD, a place that the bride had grown up in, so it was near and dear to their hearts.  Their traditional and oh-so elegant wedding ceremony was filled with personal touches and little DIY details, that even the family helped out in creating! The navy blue hues and white wedding details with little pops of gold almost give this big day a preppy twist (which we love, of course!), but it’s the heartfelt and emotional first look photos that had us from the start! A special thanks to Mike B Photography who shared Madeline and Graham’s stunning wedding photos with us!


From Madeline: We looked around at other wedding venues for our ceremony and although it would have made it a whole lot easier logistically to have the ceremony and reception in the same place, I’m so happy we choose to get married in the church that I grew up in. When we go back for Christmas and Easter service, it always brings us back to our wedding day.

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We wanted a traditional wedding theme and color palette that we would still love in 30 years!

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A wedding memory that will last a lifetime is the first moment I saw my husband. Graham and I decided to do a “first look” and I couldn’t be happier we did. It gave us a private moment before the wedding ceremony to take it all in and just be with each other. Our other favorite wedding moments were spent on the dance floor surrounded by loved ones. 

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Our homes turned into wedding DIY central allowing us to save on our budget and make our wedding our own – including homemade ceremony programs finished off with a bow, escort cards tied on ribbons that flowed in the trees, bar signs, flip flops tied with a note reading “sole mates,” welcome bags that included Graham crackers and Madeleine cookies (get it!?), sunglasses with our hashtag and more. We were so lucky to have the help of talented family and friends to make it look custom, rather than crafty. My mom beautifully needlepointed our monogram onto the ring bearer pillow, a family friend used fabric from our cocktail linens to make pillows that sat on the benches and my brother built custom cornhole boards.

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I used United With Love for not only inspiration, but to find vendors. We had an excellent planner, but I was so adamant on “looking around” and United With Love allowed me to find local people, rather than other blogs – or Pinterest – that weren’t personalized to a local bride. I appreciated that I actually was able to contact the vendors, visit the venues rather than just taking a looking for inspiration photos. I loved the planning process (and surprisingly, really miss it!), but it made me more confident when making those choices knowing that other brides had a good experience.


Congratulations to Madeline and Graham! Thank you for sharing your sweet, and perfectly preppy, church wedding ceremony with us!  Stay tuned, up next we’re going to show you their gorgeous gold and navy colored reception!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Videography: Monachetti Weddings
Photography: Mike B Photography
Wedding Planner: Polly Bomstein
Stationery: Taylor Street Paper
Calligraphy: Valerie Cole
Transportation: MJ Valet
Floral Designer: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Bridal Concepts by Christy Aspinwall
Bridal Gown: Tara Keely
Bridal Salon + Headpiece/Veil: Garnish Boutique
Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade Clarice Pump
Jewelry: Spectral Gems Gary and Leslie Gosnell (Bethesda, MD)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lilly Pulitzer Janice Dress
Bridesmaid Shoes: Jack Rogers
Bridesmaid Accessories: Monogrammed Wraps from Etsy
Groom’s Attire: Indochino
Groomsmen Attire: Jos A. Bank
Ties: Brooks Brothers
Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Episcopal Church
Officiant: Reverend Phil Ellsworth
Ceremony Music: Gary Davidson
Reception Venue: Dumbarton House
Rentals + Lighting: Sugarplum Tents
Catering: Well Dunn Catering
Linens: DC Rental
Reception Music: The Winn Brothers Band
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Favors: DiscountMugs
Hotel Accommodations: Fairmont Hotel, Georgetown

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: Mike B Photography

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