Sunflower Infused Golf Club Wedding Reception in Maryland: Mark + Colleen

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Mark and Colleen hosted a fabulously cheerful and bright country club wedding in Maryland at Bretton Woods, where their navy and yellow palette screamed “Celebrate!”  Their wedding had all the elements to make for a perfectly festive and fun evening, with lots of love and special moments too – including all of their high school friends! From the handmade signs and special lace on the bride’s bouquet, no detail was left undone! Mark and Colleen outdid themselves with design elements that we just can’t get enough of! And speaking of can’t get enough, don’t forget to check out their sunny outdoor wedding ceremony.  Special thanks to wedding photographer, Colleen Losh Photography, for giving us a glimpse into such a special big day!

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From Colleen: Our main priority was throwing a fun and enjoyable party for our guests. Mark and I went to high school together and still spend time with our group of high school friends, so we were looking forward to having our friends there to celebrate with us, as well as our family and family friends.

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With the help of my mom and sister, we made the guest favors, place card holders, and a variety of signs and decor for the wedding reception. Our friend is an artist and she created the design for all of the wedding stationery, which I then ordered from a printer. My mom removed the lace from her wedding dress to be wrapped around my bouquet, adding a special touch.

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Colleen had a few words of wisdom for Washington DC area couples getting married:

We planned our wedding in less than a year and it does not have to be a stressful time. Almost every wedding vendor we hired we knew personally or received referrals from friends, which was very helpful in maintaining personal relationships during wedding planning. Staying organized and flexible certainly helps!

I know that everyone says it, but the day really does fly by so try to enjoy every moment. Remember that even if something does not go as planned, as long as you are getting married surrounded by friends and family, it will be perfect.

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Congratulations to Mark and Colleen! Thank you for sharing your colorful sunflower wedding reception with us!

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

Hair Stylist: Siranni Hair
Makeup Artist: Angela Vasoli
DJ: DJ Terry Bulles
Floral Designer: Chaux Blossom
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Headpiece/Veil: Miss Joans Bridal (Etsy)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth
Ceremony, Reception Venue + Catering: Bretton Woods
Cake + Cupcakes: The Last Crumb of Cake

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: Colleen Losh Photography

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Sunflower Infused Golf Club Wedding Ceremony in Maryland: Mark + Colleen

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Mark and Colleen tied the knot in Germantown for their Maryland wedding at the beautiful golf club, Bretton Woods. With a sunny outdoor ceremony, it was only fitting that their wedding was filled with sunflowers – inside and outside! A palette of cheerful yellow and navy was sprinkled throughout their wedding day, making us smile just thinking about this celebration and all the fun that was had! Colleen wore a delicate tiara while Mark donned a dapper suit as the couple said “I do!” outside on the lawn overlooking a stunning view. Big thanks to the talented Colleen Losh Photography for sharing the newlyweds’ wedding-day photos with us!

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From Colleen: We had an early fall wedding and were lucky to have a day with beautiful weather. I initially chose sunflowers as a focal point and added navy for our colors. Our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour were held on the lawn with beautiful views and our wedding reception was in the venue’s ballroom, which overlooks 285 acres and the Potomac River. Our bridesmaids each wore navy dresses in the style of their choice and groomsmen wore heather gray suits.

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It is difficult to choose just one favorite memory, but I especially enjoyed putting on my wedding dress with my mom and sister, the few moments that Mark and I spent alone together, and getting to talk and celebrate with all of our friends and family during the wedding reception.

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Congratulations to Mark and Colleen! Thank you for sharing your sunflower-inspired wedding ceremony with us! Stay tuned, up next we’re going to share with you their beautiful navy and yellow wedding reception.

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

Hair Stylist: Siranni Hair
Makeup Artist: Angela Vasoli
DJ: DJ Terry Bulles
Floral Designer: Chaux Blossom
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Headpiece/Veil: Miss Joans Bridal (Etsy)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth
Ceremony, Reception Venue + Catering: Bretton Woods
Cake + Cupcakes: The Last Crumb of Cake

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: Colleen Losh Photography

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Sunday Brunch: Zoeica Images

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Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Are you ready to spend another Sunday morning with one of our great sponsors? Chris and Jessica of Zoeica Images pride themselves on unobtrusively capturing authentic moments from each wedding day that they photograph. They often hear from their couples asking, “How did you capture everything? I didn’t even know you were there!” The Capitol Hill based photography team have combined professional experience of nearly 30 years. Chris and Jessica may be tempted to say they’ve seen it all – after all, they’ve captured elaborate weddings in grand ballrooms, to wedding ceremonies in large cathedrals, farms and plantation homes, and even the occasional skydiving groom or zip-lining bride. How fun! Zoeica Images knows that every wedding is unique and special and they’re honored to tell each couple’s personal story. For more on Zoeica Images, be sure to visit their website or check out all their past features on United With Love.

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We hope that you’ll check out Zoeica Images as your wedding photographer in the Washington DC area. Join us again next weekend for Sunday brunch with another fantastic supporter of United With Love! We’ll see you back here bright and early Monday morning! If you are interested in joining us for brunch on United With Love, please send us an email.

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Cherry Blossom Tidal Basin Wedding Engagement Session: Vicki + Alex

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You know we love everything cherry blossom in Washington DC, right!? Feast your eyes on one of the prettiest wedding engagement sessions I’ve seen! Hieu Pham Photography managed to capture such beautiful shots of Vicki and Alex, our happy couple, that it almost seems like the entire Tidal Basin was closed just for them. They headed out to the cherry blossoms right at peak season this year and it resulted in pure perfection! I just love the pinks and whites that create a soft, romantic palette. Also, how about that ring?! Gorgeous!

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Congratulations Vicki and Alex!

Looking for more on engagements? Check out other local DC-area engagement photography sessions, or find out what to wear for your engagement and how to do your make-up for your engagement session!

Photo Credits: Hieu Pham Photography

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Vintage Paris Inspired Bridal Style Session

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Bonjour, my loves! If you’re like me, when the weather gets warm here in the Washington DC area, you always feel a little twinge of wanderlust. Behold, your answer! This vintage, Paris inspired bridal style session by Boraie Photography harkens back to the golden age of Paris in the 1920s. Crystal decanters, old radios, Louis XVI furniture and of course, delicious champagne and sweets provide visuals that made me sigh with delight. Thanks to the talented Washington DC area wedding pros behind this wedding inspiration, you can turn your bridal portrait session into a glimpse of the past. Would I love to incorporate these ideas into my wedding someday? Oui! Enjoy my loves! I know I did!

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What beautiful wedding inspiration from one of my favorite cities in the world! Time to go book a trip to Paris…I wish! The following Washington DC area wedding vendors contributed to this wedding inspiration:

Planner + Event Styling: Darian and Dechele Events 
Photography: Boraie Photography
Floral Design: Love Blooms
Antiques Shop + Vintage Rentals: La Bella LuceBella Villa Shop
Location: La Bella Luce
Cupcakes: Cupcaked Bakery
Makeup: Tiffany Lumpkin Makeup Artists
Stationery and Signage: Capital Society
Model: Laura Bradel

If you are looking for more local wedding inspiration, look in our DC area wedding idea galleries and real DC area wedding features, and don’t forget to look through our amazing DC area wedding vendor guide for all of the pros who can make it happen.

Photo Credits: Boraie Photography

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Honoring the Wedding Day Moments

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As wedding blog, you know we love wedding decor and more than that, we love a really amazing wedding-day detail photograph! (Wait, what’s a wedding detail? Wedding detail photos are any photos that do not have a person in the photograph. Detail photos are of things such as shoes, bouquets, flowers, table decor, signage, invitations and so much more. You can see lots of details here on our wedding inspiration and ideas page!) But, wedding details are NOT what this post is about. Just the opposite, this post today is dedicated to wedding moments, often referred to as candids.

Today, we are honoring and highlighting some of the best candid, unscripted moments of a wedding day from a few of the best wedding photographers in the Washington DC area. I’m talking about the photos that will go into your wedding album or get hung on the family’s picture wall and cherished forever. The wedding photographs where you can just feel the moment – the joy, the excitement, the fear, the nerves – and relive it all over again just by looking!

In this over-saturated Instagram, Pinterest, online wedding planning world special candid moments sometimes get lost. They get overlooked in the gorgeousness of wedding decor and details. I think it is important to honor the special moments that aren’t necessarily as pinnable, if that’s a word, as a wedding detail. As you are looking around for a wedding photographer and doing your research, make sure that your wedding photographer can photograph details and moments. You want to cherish all of wedding photographs forever and ever! That said, here is a round up of some of my favorite wedding moments…

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Ascari Photography

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Photo Credit: Michelle Lindsay Photography

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Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather Photography

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Photo Credit: Boraie Photography

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Photo Credit: egomedia photography

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Photo Credit: Michelle VanTine Photography

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Photo Credit: Deb Lindsey Photography

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Photo Credit: Love Life Images

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Photo Credit: Zoeica Images

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Photo Credit: Nat Wongsaroj Photography

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Photo Credit: Photography by Marirosa

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Photo Credit: The Happy Couple

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Photo Credit: Timmester Photography

Some pretty incredible wedding candid moments, right!? As you look around for photographer for your wedding, make sure that you are also looking at that person’s candid photographs. Will they able to truly capture the magic and the feeling of your wedding day? Check out all of the Washington DC area wedding photographers above via their websites.

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.

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Outdoor Farmhouse Wedding Ceremony in Virginia: Erin + Austin

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Welcome back to the second half of Erin and Austin’s farmhouse wedding in Virginia.  After their very personal outdoor ceremony (which you can see here), their wedding group headed to a tented wedding reception on the property – their sister’s 100 year old farm! Dripping in DIY details and filled with personal touches (like family brewed beer), their wedding guests enjoyed an evening filled with dinner and dancing, before the pair headed off to Costa Rica for their honeymoon. Love Knot Photo captured the big day right down to the lantern release at the end of the night.

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From Erin: So much of what made our wedding special were the handmade things our families made for us! It really was a family affair, and there were many more than this list, but here’s just a few. Austin brewed all the beer for our wedding, and together, he and I created unique labels for each of the styles. My sister is the graphic designer who created all the beautiful, whimsical stationery and signage for our wedding. Our wedding venue was the front yard of my other sister’s gorgeous home, and I had the honor of wearing her wedding dress. My mother arranged all the floral pieces, my favorite of which were the bouquets and the ceremony archway. My mother-in-law lent me a family heirloom handkerchief to wear as my something old, and created the garlands that adorned the front porch. My sister in law corralled pictures from all stages of our lives and made a fun display for our guests to enjoy. Our dads built the signs, labeled beer and helped set out all of the equipment.

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Our families went above and beyond to make our wedding day a success. We are so lucky and grateful for them!

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Advice for other Washington DC area couples from Erin: If you are staunch about having a backyard wedding, be prepared for how complicated it will be. I loved our wedding, but there was much to consider, coordinate, and pay for when your venue is not set up to accommodate a large group of people.

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

It is important to have the people closest to you as relaxed as possible on the day of the wedding, and that asking them to do a lot on the wedding day can be extremely stressful.

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Congratulations to Erin + Austin! Thank you for sharing your beautiful tented wedding reception with us!

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

Venue: Private Residence, Lovettsville, VA
Photography: Love Knot Photo
Planner: Dogwood Events
Catering: Rochelle Myers Catering
Bakery: Mom’s Apple Pie, Co. 
Band: Walrus
Makeup Artist: Donna Linski, Mary Kay Consultant
Stationery: Katelyn Bredeman

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: Love Knot Photo

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Outdoor Farmhouse Wedding Ceremony in Virginia: Erin + Austin

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We love a little DIY for the wedding day and today we’ve got oodles of goodness from newlyweds, Erin and Austin, who hosted their private residence wedding in Virginia just at the start of summer.  This wedding venue had very special meaning to the couple – it took place at Erin’s sister’s 100 year old farmhouse! With a pretty pale palette and roses to romance their wedding guests, Erin and Austin wove in blues, greens, and even lavenders to create a stunning outdoor wedding ceremony – the bride even wore blue shoes for her something blue! Love Knot Photo captured all the touching moments (including a game of pick up basketball) and plenty of pretty details to inspire your big day too!

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From Erin: Austin and I had a vision of what we wanted our wedding to feel like. We wanted to have a fun, breezy party with touches that fit our personalities and passions. We are open, loving, family people who like to have a good time and the decision to have the wedding in the expansive front yard of my sister’s 100 year old farmhouse set the stage. Each of our family members contributed, and it made for such a unique and special feel to our day. I envisioned a verdant evening with a short, sweet ceremony followed by a lot of dancing and laughter at the wedding reception. With the wedding ceremony on an open knoll back dropped by trees, our reception under a spectacular three-point tent in the front yard of my sister’s beautiful home, and an excellent band, we achieved our hopes of a relaxed, joyful, elegant wedding day.

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My main priorities were a great band and an excellent photographer. Austin’s priorities were to brew his own beer for the wedding and to “have everyone there.”

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Our favorite moment of the wedding was during our ceremony when our officiant (and dear friend) asked us to turn around and witness the support and excitement of all of our wedding guests, standing and cheering for us. The feeling we got from being in that tidal wave of love is a wedding memory we will always cherish.

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Congratulations to Erin + Austin! Thank you for sharing your sweet outdoor wedding ceremony with us! Stay tuned, up next we’re going to show you their beautiful tented wedding reception at a private estate.

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

Venue: Private Residence, Lovettsville, VA
Photography: Love Knot Photo
Planner: Dogwood Events
Catering: Rochelle Myers Catering
Bakery: Mom’s Apple Pie, Co. 
Band: Walrus
Makeup Artist: Donna Linski, Mary Kay Consultant
Stationery: Katelyn Bredeman

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: Love Knot Photo

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Purple Vineyard Wedding Reception in Virgina: Heather + Ian

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We’re back with oodles of more pink and purple wedding inspiration from two darling lovebirds – Heather and Ian, who hosted their Washington DC area wedding at Lost Creek Winery in Virginia. (Before you go on though, make sure you check out their outdoor wedding ceremony!!) The rustic wedding flowers, deep purple bridesmaid dresses and beautiful bouquets created a sweet sense of romance in the couple’s wedding design, and paired with dapper grey, the groom and his groomsmen complimented the ladies flawlessly! I can’t get enough of this fashionable couple and their bridal party friends! The talented Nicki Metcalf Photography captured the duo in a few private moments among the vines at this vineyard wedding before the group headed inside for dancing, dinner and some deliciously decorated wedding cake!

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From Heather: Our top two concerns were entertainment and photography. We wanted to make sure everyone had a great time, and we wanted fabulous wedding photos to have for the rest of our lives. Our DJ we saw at a friend’s wedding and knew he was awesome. Our photographer is a good friend from college and an old-coworker of mine. Everything else we tried to budget on. We skipped wedding favors!

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Heather gave some great advice for DC area engaged couples: 

Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the best days of your lives, right? We got married around the same time as many of our friends, and they could not stop saying “I can’t wait for it to be over” during the planning period. Planning can be stressful, but why get married if you just can’t wait for it to be over already? Plan wisely, use time smartly, and enjoy the whole process of getting married because the actual day is only one and it will be over before you know it!

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Congratulations to Heather and Ian! Thank you for sharing your stunning rustic vineyard reception with us! Don’t forget to pay a visit to their darling wedding ceremony amidst the grapes!

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

Dress, Headpiece + Veil: Wtoo “Suri” at Bella Rosa Bridal
Shoes: Nina Shoes
Jewelry: Nordstrom
Florist: Carly Johnson, Affordable Arrangements
Venue: The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek
Photographer: Nicki Metcalf Photography
Wedding Planner: Kaira Reel, Lost Creek Winery
DJ: Mike Blaufeld
Cake: Joy’s Cake Studio
Catering: Celebrations Catering, Inc
Bridesmaid Dresses: Loft
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Jos A. Bank
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Transportation: Point to Point Limousine
Hair + Makeup Stylist: Lou Stevens – Glam Squad
Officiant: Ron Petrella

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: Nicki Metcalf Photography

Sparkle & Shine

Using United With Love’s vendor guide, click here to find the perfect wedding sparklers at the area’s jewelry shops.