Sunday Brunch: Little Bit Heart

posted by Kate Oczypok

Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Are you ready to spend another Sunday morning with one of our awesome sponsors? Little Bit Heart is a custom paper goods and design company based in Annapolis, Maryland. The company is a family affair, run by cousins Elizabeth and Jenna, who share a love of all things paper. If you’re a couple looking for beautiful save the date announcements, gorgeous menu designs and place cards for your reception, wedding stationery, thank you cards, favors and more, Little Bit Heart is the place for you. They specialize in small business and creative industry identities, perfect for engaged couples! For more from Little Bit Heart, be sure to visit their website or check out all of their past features on United With Love.

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We hope that you’ll check out Little Bit Heart for your wedding stationery needs 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.

Happy Friday!

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Well, hello and happy Friday to you! I hope that you and yours are enjoying the last little bits of summer like I am. I have been spending lots of time at the beach with my family and I’m so sad that it is all coming to an end very, very soon! This week on the blog we had some great wedding inspiration and be sure to check out our two small, real DMV weddings – they are proof that wedding size ain’t nothing but a number!

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Photo Credit: Sarah Culver Photography

A few links for your weekend…

And, here is what you missed this week on the blog…

  • If you love blue, green and dogs, you’ll love Christina and Joe’s preppy summer wedding ceremony and reception in Virginia.
  • First, Cynthia and Brian had a very small wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial, then five months later they had their reception in DC.
  • Since their family was so far away, Elisa and Vincent opted for a courthouse wedding in Annapolis.
  • Into fitness + discounts? You’ll want to check out these bridal fitness packages in the DMV.
  • Simply gorgeous! This feature is full of romance and color, plus my favorite: a floral crown.
  • Deena and David celebrated their wedding engagement in Leesburg.

48 Fields Farm Wedding Engagement Session: Deanna + David

posted by Kate Oczypok

When sophistication meets spooky, the result is Deanna and David’s wedding engagement session in Virginia. They brought out their playful side with inspiration straight from the movie screen and wore masks from their favorite slasher flick “You’re Next.” Every image of this stylish duo, beautifully captured by Melvin Enderes Photography at 48 Fields Farm - a farm in Leesburg, Virginia – has me head over heels!

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Congratulations Deanna and David!

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 Credit: Melvin Enderes Photography

Romantic and Colorful Wedding Inspiration

posted by Kate Oczypok

Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Beautiful wedding inspiration features like today’s are definitely some of my favorites. I just love bright and colorful anything! If you’re romantic and playful, you’ll want to stay with us for some fun wedding ideas. Birds of a Feather Photography created today’s feature to appeal to a more relaxed, laid-back and fun couple. Bright colors and fun elements coupled with perfect weather at Summerseat Farm in Southern Maryland is simply breathtakingly beautiful!

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The following Washington DC area wedding vendors put this wedding inspiration together:

Venue: Summerseat Farm
Photographers: Birds of a Feather Photography
Planning and Coordination: Amanda Lozano of Flora Corner Farms
Floral Design: DIY by Birds of a Feather Photography, fresh flowers ordered from Potomac Florals
Models: A real, local couple, Carly and Daniel
Attire: Model’s own
Rentals and Furniture: The Vintage Source
Stationery: Traceritops
Cake: Cakes by Amanda
Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Alexandra LLC 

Don’t forget to visit our Washington DC wedding vendor guide for more fabulous wedding professionals. And, if you are looking for more inspiration and ideas?  Be sure to check out our DC wedding idea galleries.

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather Photography 

Washington DC Area Bridal Fitness Packages + Discounts

posted by Kate Oczypok

In the midst (and crazy!) that comes with planning a wedding in the Washington DC area, you may have already crossed off lots on your to-do list… but what about getting in shape!? (Be sure to read up on tips for wedding wellness and stress-free wedding planning, too!) Have no fear, we did the research and rounded up some of the best local deals for studios in DC, MD and VA to help get you looking and feeling your best self for the best day of your life!

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Reformation Fitness
TRX, personal training, studio classes and boot camp

Reformation Fitness in Shaw is offering a “Perfect 10” package this summer! The Perfect 10 package gets you 10% off all session packages, $10 Reformation Fitness t-shirts, $10 specialty workshops and for every 10 classes attended, you’ll get one class free! For more information on classes or personal training, contact Reformation Fitness at achieve@reformationfitness.com or (202) 813-3647.

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Lift, tone, burn! Pure Barre has a bridal special that includes three months unlimited classes with adorable “bride-to-be” barre sticky socks included! The offer also extends to your immediate bridal party, so it’s a great incentive to get everyone active. For more information, contact your local studio—locations in DC, Maryland and Virginia!

Equinox
Studio classes, personal training, pool and spa

This chic gym, with locations in Bethesda and Tysons Corner, offers private group fitness classes for bridal parties and spa wedding parties to relax after your intense workout. Where can I sign up!? Get in touch with Equinox, at (301) 652-1078 (Bethesda) or (703) 790-6193 (Tysons).

Fuse Pilates
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Ten-hut! If you’re searching for a butt-kicking bridal boot camp, then Fuse Pilates is the place to go. Their bridal boot camp includes six months of unlimited classes, two private sessions and one private group class for your bridal party! For more information, contact Fuse Pilates at (202) 525-3767 or info@fusepilates.com.

Zen Bride Yoga
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Where are all my Charlottesville yogis!? Packages at Zen Bride Yoga can include anything from wedding day yoga for the bride and her bridesmaids, friends and family, four to six weeks of private or semi-private yoga for the bride or groom, yoga at the bachelorette party and bridal shower yoga. For more information, get in touch with Liz at elizannrey@gmail.com or (347) 267-0299.

The Bar Method
Barre

With locations in Chinatown and Bethesda, The Bar Method is offering 90 days of unlimited classes and one private class for you and up to 14 friends (to be schedule outside of regular classes) as a bar-bachelorette! And, complimentary socks or a water bottle for the bride is included. For more information, contact The Bar Method at (202) 347-7999 (DC) or (301) 652-1200 (Bethesda).

Lisa Reed Fitness
Personal training

Lisa Reed Fitness offers bride-to-be fitness packages that are designed to sculpt your body and relieve some stress in the weeks leading up to your special day. For more information, contact Lisa at contact@lisareedfitness.com or (703) 899-9075.

Something Om
Yoga

Something old, something new, something borrowed… Something Om! Brings peace and uniqueness to your event at your location or head to their fitness studio in Chevy Chase. Whether you want a bachelorette or pre-ceremony de-stressing session, Something Om could be just the place for you. For more information, email Something Om at somethingom@gmail.com.

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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.

Sweet and Simple Annapolis Courthouse Wedding: Elisa + Vincent

posted by Ally Lopez

There is something so romantic and intimate about a courthouse wedding, like today’s sweet celebration of love in downtown Annapolis, MD captured by Sarah Culver Photography. Since Elisa and Vincent have families on the other side of the world, they decided on a small wedding in Maryland with some of their closest BFFs and some summer-inspired DIY details. I am absolutely loving Elisa’s long veil paired with a short wedding dress—how fab is she? And she made the veil herself, too!

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From Elisa: Both Vincent and I loved the idea of a small, elegant and intimate wedding – a courthouse wedding immediately came to mind. We really liked the idea of having a small ceremony with family and close friends; however, because our families are on the other side of the globe, we decided to host a lovely wedding ceremony at the Annapolis courthouse and planned for another big reception later on.

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Even without our families being there, the courthouse wedding turned out to be a wonderful experiences. There is no better way to celebrate our wedding with my dear friends (who are pretty much like my sisters!) and have them witness this special moment of our journey.

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Having a cost-effective wedding was definitely our priority. We tried to DIY as much as we could, not only because that is cost-effective, but also because that’ll add our special, personal touch to it, and makes the whole experience even more memorable. For example, my dear friend Sharon and I sat in my kitchen making the most beautiful bouquet together. That image was forever branded in my heart and that I’ll never forget for my lifetime.

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I also handmade my own veil. I purchased some tulle, tailored and sewed it to the way I’d like. I love the contrast of wearing a short dress and a very long veil. I think that combines both modern and classic elements. To match with the white and blue color theme, I picked muted purple to be a complementary color. On my veil, I put one purple fabric flower in the center, which matched well with my nail polish and the ribbon on my bouquet.

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Vincent and I met at American University when we went to graduate school there. After hearing our story, Sarah (our lovely photographer) took us to St. John College’s library and took a series of campus related pictures. It is wonderful that we are able to recreate the memory when we first met and the memories are dear to our hearts.

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

Planning wedding can be very tedious (even for a courthouse wedding!). It is very important to set priorities. And a lot of research always helps! There are so many options out there. You can always find the right options that fit into your budget and priorities.

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Thank you so much Elisa and Vincent for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Annapolis Court House
Photographer: Sarah Culver Photography
Floral Design: DIY, flowers from Potomac Floral Wholesale Inc.
Bridal Attire: American Eagle
Shoes: Nordstrom
Veil: DIY
Hair: Drybar
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Groom’s Attire: Zara
Groom’s Shoes: Bostonian
Groom’s Accessories: Tommy Hilfiger

Photo Credit: Sarah Culver Photography

Intimate Washington DC Wedding Reception: Cynthia + Brian

posted by julianne

Welcome back to part two of Cynthia and Brian’s wedding celebration in Washington DC! You might remember from their outdoor wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial that they had an intimate ceremony celebration. Well, now flash forward a few months into the fall where they celebrated their union among their friends and family with a reception at the spot of their first date: Zaytinya. With Love Life Images to capture every little moment, Cynthia and Brian made their wedding ceremony and their reception all about what mattered to them and it turned out perfectly!

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From Cynthia: Our reception was all about great food and wine and being able to share that with our closest friends and family. Decor was minimal as the restaurant was so modern and clean. We paid special attention to the menu by meeting with the chef and coming up with brand new items that were not normally served at their restaurant. Zaytinya also had significant place in our hearts because we had our first date there and was a place that we had been to many times thereafter.

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More from Cynthia: From the reception, I think we both loved that it was a great big party. We purposefully stayed away from the typical wedding rituals like first dance and bouquet throwing. We had great food and music in an amazing space. It was just a fabulous party and the next day, Brian and I both wanted to throw another one!

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Cynthia’s advice for other couples in the Washington DC area planning a wedding:

Do what you want and focus on what’s important to the two of you. We weren’t worried about what others might have thought we were “supposed” to do and did what felt right!

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

Ceremony Venue: DC War Memorial
Reception Venue: Zaytinya
Photography: Love Life Images
Hair: Victoria Stiles
Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Jewelry: Cartier
Groom’s Attire: Zenga
Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo
Reception Catering + Favors: Zaytinya

Photo Credits: Love Life Images

Intimate Washington DC Wedding Ceremony: Cynthia + Brian

posted by julianne

Good morning, DC area wedding lovers! We have a unique and deeply personal wedding celebration in Washington DC to share with you today that proves you don’t have to follow any rules on your wedding – just make your wedding personal and you can’t go wrong! Cynthia and Brian had a wedding celebration that was all “them” and I’m loving every minute of it! First, they had a sweet and simple wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial on the Mall with just their nearest and dearest. Love Life Images was there to capture every intimate moment of their special ceremony. They followed their ceremony up a few months later with a reception for friends and family, but you’ll have to wait until later this morning to see their reception!

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From Cynthia: We had a very intimate ceremony at the DC War Memorial with just our parents and siblings. No decor, just wanted it to be 100% about us. From the ceremony, my favorite memory is just being able to say our vows to each other without any distractions. There was no show. I was 100% in the moment and it’s a memory that I will hold onto forever. 

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Thank you so much Cynthia and Brian for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Don’t forget to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: DC War Memorial
Reception Venue: Zaytinya
Photography: Love Life Images
Hair: Victoria Stiles
Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Jewelry: Cartier
Groom’s Attire: Zenga
Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo
Reception Catering + Favors: Zaytinya

Photo Credits: Love Life Images

Classic Summer Wedding Reception in Virginia: Christina + Joe

posted by Ally Lopez

Hello and welcome back to the second half of Christina and Joe’s preppy wedding in Virginia. Inspired by their country club venue, this dog-loving duo wanted to pair fresh blue and green stylings with a dog motif modeled after Christina’s parents’ dog! I also love that they made a donation to their favorite, local dog rescue charity in place of favors – great idea! Their summer wedding was all kinds of lovely, thanks to these pretty pictures from Photography By Marirosa. But wait, before you go on though, be sure to check out their wedding ceremony first!

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From Christina: Since we had our reception at WGCC, I wanted to have a preppy, elegant, country-club feel. With how the flowers, preppy fabric runners, lanterns and candles all came together, it had a romantic and intimate feel as well. Our colors were moss green, navy blue, and white.

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We wanted to have photos of all the loving and lasting marriages in our families. So I gathered up the wedding pictures of maternal and paternal grandparents on each side as well as our parents’ wedding pictures and displayed them in a variety of silver frames. This was also a nice way to display photos of the grandparents that we wish had been with us that day. It turned out so special.

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Joe’s mother handmade our table runners, using navy and white fabric I picked out.

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To go with our dog theme, we incorporated a little silhouette of my parent’s dog, Sadie, into our invitation suite, signs, and menu. We also made a donation to The Washington Animal Rescue League in DC in lieu of favors. That is where we adopted our dog, Roxy, from!

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

Having a wedding planner for the day of and to keep you on track through the process is very helpful. I still planned everything, but it is so nice to have someone be a point of contact for the wedding weekend and run the show the day of the wedding. Ours made our big day totally stress-free! Make your own choices on who you use for your vendors, your wedding planner will offer suggestions, but do your own research as well.

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Thank you so much Christina and Joe for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Saint Luke Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Washington Golf and Country Club
Photographer: Photography By Marirosa
Wedding Planner: Simplicity Events by Johanna
Stationery: DIY using CatPrint
Floral Design: Buttercups Event Florals
Bridal Attire: White Swan Bridal
Shoes: Nordstrom
Veil + Jewlery: Heirloom
Hair: The Bride’s Mane
Makeup: Tica Beauty
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Shoes: Johnston and Murphy
Groom + Groomsmen Accessories: The Tie Bar
Reception Music: Bryan George Music
Cake: Pastry Xpo
Transportation: Chariots for Hire

Photo Credit: Photography By Marirosa