Rent the Runway Wedding Fashion Inspiration

posted by ally

When it comes to favorite wedding day inspiration, we love anything fashion over here, so it goes without saying how pumped I am for today’s wedding ideas from Janice at Bellwether Events. With a dream team of local wedding pros behind the scenes, these wedding ideas are the perfect pop of color for this dreary winter weather we have been having here in DC and from one of my favorite places to snag designer dresses — Rent the Runway. Janice put together these seasonal-inspired wedding day looks, all beautifully captured by Katie Stoops Photography, for brides and maids using Rent the Runway dresses and accessories. We’ll let Janice tell you a little more about her inspiration…

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From Janice: Its been well documented that I am more than mildly obsessed with plastic pink flamingos. So in the dead of DC winter I decided to put together an inspiration shoot based on this obsession. After looking high and low for the perfect pink wedding dress that was accessible to me at the time, I came to the conclusion that I had to shift my focus. But during my search, I was reminded that Rent the Runway has awesome options at very affordable prices, and decided to take my project in a more fashion-heavy direction. There were so many RTR dresses that I loved, I decided to do 4 mini inspiration shoots to represent the 4 seasons. 

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For spring, we have a flowing white dress for our bride model and a fun pink and gray printed dress for our maid model. I paired these simple dresses with awesome statement necklaces and instead of traditional bouquets, Holly created amazing tropical hair pieces for the models to wear!

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The summer vignette features a sequined pink “bridal” gown and a bright turquoise dress for the “maid.” Holly created an amazing composite tulip bouquet for the bride that turned out to be the star of the shoot, and a funky wrist corsage for the maid.

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How the fall vignette turned out surprised me the most – look at those amazing succulents! I know succulents are are not new, but how many times do you see them on a belt or necklace! Holly really outdid herself here; again. And the mustard maid’s dress is out of this world. It looks incredible with the bride’s ivory and gold lace gown. We gave the bridal model a small veil with this look, to formalize the look a little bit.

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Winter, though, is my favorite, as I dream of New Years Eve weddings every year (but have yet to plan one!). These dresses are out of this world. The rose gold sequined dress would be perfect for a NYE bride, and that fuchsia dress is definitely one your maids would be happy to don for a wedding. Don’t even get me started on the maid’s silver necklace – I want to wear it every day of my life.

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The following Washington DC area wedding vendors contributed to these wedding ideas:

Photography: Katie Stoops Photography
Videography: Zinnia Films
Design & Planning: Bellwether Events
Floral Design + Décor: Holly Heider Chapple Floral Design
Dresses + Accessories: Rent The Runway
Stationery: Fig. 2 Design
Styling Assistance: Petitely
Veil: The Garter Girl
Vespa: Modern Classics
Hair and Makeup: Carola Myers
Glassware: Liquorary

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: Katie Stoops Photography

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Wedding Trends for 2015

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It is January, so that’s the time of year that everyone is predicting trends for the year and, weddings are no exception. I really think that wedding trends are unlike other trends in, say, fashion or food. Wedding trends take quite a bit longer to settle in, so predicting trends for the year can be tough, especially when you and yours are probably planning your wedding a year or more in advance. Most couples, especially in the Washington DC area, are really trying to have a wedding that will stand the test of time. But, I digress, that’s another post for another day!

If you are planning a wedding this year or next and looking to see what is “hot” or will be new and different this year, read on. These are my predictions for wedding trends for the year in the Washington DC area. Even though we love a good classic and timeless wedding in the DC area, we still do have weddings that follow trends!

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Photo Credit: Jennifer McMenamin Photography
from Brittany and Joe’s wedding in Baltimore

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With the rise in social media, more and more couples are comfortable with putting their wedding photos online through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It is a fun way to celebrate online with your friends and family! In 2015, couples will create a personal hashtags for their wedding. Personal wedding hashtags are a way to let family and friends follow along from start to finish! You can use it for your planning stages and on your wedding weekend. This way you can quickly go back and see not only your photos, but all of your friends’ photos too. (Hashtags are like the 90’s version of putting disposable cameras on the wedding tables!) If you get enough good photos, you could create a little mini printed book of your hashtaged wedding photos!

{Side note, you can follow along on United With Love’s wedding hashtag at #loveunitedwithlove – we want to see your wedding planning too!}

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Photo Credit:  DuHon Photography
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#2 Year of the Man

2105 is definitely going to be the year of the well dressed groom and groomsmen! Men have always been great about wearing cool or interesting socks at weddings (I know you’ve seen the photos of the guys pulling up their pants to reveal a fun pair of socks!), but this year the grooms are going to step it up all the way up! From the shoes to the impeccably tailored suit to a stylish pocket square, grooms are no longer taking a back seat to wedding day fashion with a rented, ill-fitting tux. There are so many more options for the men and for just a bit more than the cost of a rented tux, they can get a great looking suit. Look out ladies, because this year the men are taking their own fashion to a whole new level!

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Photo Credit: Kirsten Marie Photography; Food: Spilled Milk Catering
from Ashley + Frankie’s wedding in DC

#3 Foodie Couples

Maybe it is the rise of TV shows about food, celebrity chefs or the all-out restaurant revolution that is going on the Washington DC area? 2015 is going to be the year of the “foodie” wedding! Couples are prioritizing food and drink at their wedding like never before. They are investing their wedding budget dollars into a great meal that is not only delicious, but reflective of their personalities. They are using their wedding food as another opportunity to customize their wedding and they won’t settle for boring banquet food. And, the wedding caterers in the Washington DC area are stepping up to the challenge with interesting food options and really getting into the outside-of-the-box choices for couples. Suffice to say, this year will be a great year to be a wedding guest! Yum, yum and yum!

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#4 Less Rustic, More Romantic

Every wedding planner likes to complain about the over use of the Mason jar and the rustic, barn weddings. But, I’m sorry to say, those wedding decor elements are here to stay! If people want classic and timeless, there is nothing more Americana than a Mason jar and a barn! That said, for 2015, I think that weddings will be romantic, feminine and a celebration of love. Think soft pinks, pale blues, shades of white, subtle metallics, flowing lace, and beautiful blooms. Over-all wedding decor and styling is moving in a more romantic and feminine direction this year. Everything from the invitations to the attire to the table decor will collectively be more feminine and romantic.

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Photo Credit: Rebekah J. Murray Photography
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#5 Dresses With Interesting Backs

Even though the men will have their fashion year, in 2015, the ladies will not miss an opportunity to shine either! There will be no shrinking violet brides this year. The wedding fashion runways are full of bridal dresses that are just as interesting in the back as they are in the front. From lace to bows to beads and interesting cut outs, there are so many beautiful ways to make a grand exit in your wedding dress. Wedding dresses with beautiful backs make for great photos from all angles!

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So, that’s my list of wedding trends for 2015. What did I miss? What do you think will be HOT this year in weddings? More over, what trends will you use at your wedding and what trends will you avoid? Let us know!

xoxo, juli

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Romantic and Elegant Wedding Reception in Virginia: Kristen + Chris

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Is there anything better than seeing your wedding day vision become a reality? I think not! Lucky for, Kristen and Chris’ vision of a timeless wedding in Virginia is here for us to swoon over all afternoon straight from the lens of Michelle Lindsay Photography. (Hope you did not have too much on your to-do list today!) After their breathtaking waterfall wedding ceremony at Trump National Golf Club, this super cute duo celebrated in style with lush blooms and pretty stationery, complete with a custom monogram, of course!

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From Kristen: We wanted a wedding that was classic, timeless, and FUN! As an example, we walked in to “Bringing Sexy Back,” and then immediately transitioned to our first dance song, “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. We chose a country club as the venue since we both play golf (fairly traditional), but then got married on a waterfall!

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My father and stepfather both passed away, and they were definitely woven through the day – using my stepfather’s favorite quote on the program and dancing with my with my uncle for the father-daughter dance. At her insistence, I also danced with my mother to Martina McBride’s “In My Daughter’s Eyes.” As we wrapped up the mother-daughter dance, the bridesmaids (and my mom) broke into a surprise dance to Mama Mia by Abba (also my mom’s favorite movie). Those two dances were many guests favorite parts of the day!

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We also named our signature cocktails after our mothers – we asked each mom to select a cocktail and served “The Linda” and “The Angela” at the reception. I love how everything came together. 

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

Have fun while you are planning. We would open a bottle of wine and turn on some music when we arranged tables and seating. We took dance lessons which ended up being a fun date to look forward to each week. Enjoy this time – it’s pretty special. Also, do not stress about the weather. Even if it rains, you and your groom will barely notice. And you may just get some surprise sunshine.

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

Venue: Trump National Golf Club
Officiant: Reverend Jeffrey Bills
Photography: Michelle Lindsay Photography
Videography: Jon Key Photography
Wedding Planner: Pineapple Productions
Stationery: Miss Merkle Design
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Floral Design: Bella Fiori Flowers Couture Floral and Events Design
Bridal Attire: Modern Trousseau from Hitched Salon
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair and Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty
Bridesmaids’ Attire: J. Crew
Groom’s Attire and Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue
Ceremony Music: Cherry Blossom String Quartet
DJ: MyDeeJay
Lighting: A2Z Lighting
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery
Favors: The Pretzel Bakery

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

Photo Credits: Michelle Lindsay Photography

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Romantic and Elegant Wedding Ceremony in Virginia: Kristen + Chris

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Classic, timeless and fun were three things that Kristen and Chris wanted for their wedding in Virginia—and, in my opinion, they nailed it! Sophisticated and filled to the brim with personal details, their ceremony took place on a waterfall (yes, you read that right!) that proved to be an utterly romantic setting. Michelle Lindsay Photography was there to catch every stop along the way, so be sure to join us later this morning to see more from their reception!

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I found Miss Merkle Design to coordinate our day of paper materials. She worked with a calligrapher to create a monogram for us which we used for everything from escort cards to the cake! 

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Thank you so much Kristen and Chris for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Be sure to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Trump National Golf Club
Officiant: Reverend Jeffrey Bills
Photography: Michelle Lindsay Photography
Videography: Jon Key Photography
Wedding Planner: Pineapple Productions
Stationery: Miss Merkle Design
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Floral Design: Bella Fiori Flowers Couture Floral and Events Design
Bridal Attire: Modern Trousseau from Hitched Salon
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair and Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty
Bridesmaids’ Attire: J. Crew
Groom’s Attire and Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue
Ceremony Music: Cherry Blossom String Quartet
DJ: MyDeeJay
Lighting: A2Z Lighting
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery
Favors: The Pretzel Bakery

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

Photo Credits: Michelle Lindsay Photography

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Classic and Sophisticated Wedding Reception in Virginia DC: Karen + Selvin

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Welcome back to Karen and Selvin’s elegant wedding in Washington DC. If there was ever a pretty blue and yellow sophisticated wedding, this my friends, is it! (But don’t go on until you check out their traditional Catholic wedding ceremony first!) I am head over heels for the lush florals seen all over the Hyatt Regency Crystal City with Studio Saldana behind the camera lens to capture it all. And those custom candy bar favors? So stinkin’ cute!

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From Karen: Our main priority was to plan an event that would be memorable for us and our guests but to try our best to stay within our budget. 

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We chose to splurge on uplighting, draping, and chair rentals in order to achieve the look that we wanted for the reception space. Of course these items are not a necessity, but they do so much to transform the feel and look of a ballroom and I knew that I would regret not having them.

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

Don’t lose sight of what the day really symbolizes. People get caught up in the glamour and with keeping up with the latest trends that they forget what they are really working toward. Prioritize your planning, start early, and communicate with each other regarding the entire planning process. Don’t stress over every little thing. Don’t be afraid to ask your family and friends for help but don’t take advantage of their time. Let them know that you appreciate their efforts. It helps to have a very strong support system.

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

Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Church
Officiant: Fr. Ezio Marchetto
Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
Photography: Studio Saldana
Wedding Planner: Completely Yours Events
Floral Design: MelleFleur
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Bridal Attire: Watters from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Veil: Etsy
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair: Anna Ferre
Makeup: Valerie Hammer
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff from Madame Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony Music: Maria Marigliano from Holy Rosary Church
DJ: Davis Deejays
Catering and Linens: Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Cake: Alexandria Pastry Shop
Rentals and Lighting: Davinci Florist
Transportation: Limousines, Inc.
Favors: Virginia Chocolate Company
Photo Booth: Labrozzi Studios

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

Photo Credits: Studio Saldana

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Classic and Sophisticated Wedding Ceremony in Washington DC: Karen + Selvin

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We are nothing if not suckers for sophisticated soirées in the District. So once we saw Karen and Selvin’s wedding in Washington DC, we knew we hit the wedding jackpot. An excess of lush blooms (hello pops of yellow!) paired with a wedding party dressed to the nines is everything you need on this Monday morning. Studio Saldana was on hand to capture this utterly romantic féte complete with Filipino and Guatemalan wedding traditions. Come back later this afternoon to check out their blue and yellow reception in Crystal City!

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From Karen: We wanted to plan a wedding that was classic and elegant without breaking the bank. We did the planning on our own so it was very time consuming. After conducting research online and in wedding magazines, as well as taking notes from weddings we attended, I knew which separate elements I wanted but I wasn’t exactly sure how everything would work once it was all put together but it came together very nicely.

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A personal and cultural element that we included was during the wedding ceremony. We come from different cultural backgrounds (Selvin’s family is from Guatemala and mine is from the Philippines) but we both grew up in the Catholic faith. We included a Filipino tradition that incorporates ceremonial coins, cord, and a veil. It is my understanding that this tradition has Spanish influences so Selvin’s family was familiar with it.

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Thank you so much Karen and Selvin for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Be sure to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Church
Officiant: Fr. Ezio Marchetto
Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
Photography: Studio Saldana
Wedding Planner: Completely Yours Events
Floral Design: MelleFleur
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Bridal Attire: Watters from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Veil: Etsy
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair: Anna Ferre
Makeup: Valerie Hammer
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff from Madame Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony Music: Maria Marigliano from Holy Rosary Church
DJ: Davis Deejays
Catering and Linens: Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Cake: Alexandria Pastry Shop
Rentals and Lighting: Davinci Florist
Transportation: Limousines, Inc.
Favors: Virginia Chocolate Company
Photo Booth: Labrozzi Studios

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

Photo Credits: Studio Saldana

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Sunday Brunch: Simply Breathe Events

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Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Are you ready to spend another Sunday morning with one of our great sponsors? Simply Breathe Events is your source for all of your wedding planning needs in the Washington DC area. Founder Tiffany Rivera, after earning a degree in marketing and working in financial management, got the idea for Simply Breathe Events when planning friend’s birthday party. Today, the company is a premier wedding and event planning service that turns special occasions into memorable events. Whether it’s a wedding, birthday party, or corporate event, Simply Breathe’s main goal is to Simply Breathe’s main goal is to help lessen the stress of life’s greatest moments! For more from Simply Breathe Events, be sure to visit their website or check out all of their past features on United With Love.

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Photography Credit: Jacqui Jose Portraits

We hope that you’ll check out Simply Breathe Events for your wedding event planning 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.

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Lake Fairfax Park Wedding Engagement Session: Cassie + David

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This Virginia wedding engagement session, captured by Brett Denfeld Photography,  is not only beautiful, there’s a super cute story to match! Cassie moved to the DMV shortly before her freshman year of high school. Within the first week, her friend introduced her to David, who would turn out to be her future husband. Fast forward years later, David got down on one knee and proposed to Cassie, at the same spot they met years ago at their old high school. I’m tearing up just typing this! So sweet!

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Congratulations Cassie and David!

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Photo Credits: Brett Denfeld Photography

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Bright and Fresh Citrus Themed Bridal Shower

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Last week’s snowfall has me wishing for the warmth and colors that summer brings, but until then, today’s bridal shower ideas will just do! This bridal shower has special meaning to us because it was thrown for our girl, Kelly, at Studio DIY who is a former United With Love blogger and was with us when we got our first start! Kelly has a bright and fresh style and is the queen of crafty ideas, so it’s no surprise that her bridal shower was jam-packed with color, crafts and citrus-y goodness galore! Bellwether Events and the rest of her bridal party planned a “Pucker Up” themed shower with the sweetest of detail all captured by You Look Lovely. Guests wrote messages on plain latex balloons and then at the wedding, they were blown up and placed around the room when they got ready so Kelly was surrounded by messages of love on one of her favorite mediums—balloons!

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The following wedding vendors contributed to these wedding ideas:

Venue: ICI Restaurant
Stationery Design & Letterpress Printing: 9th Letter Press
Photography: You Look Lovely
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Planning and Design: Bellwether Events
Doughnuts: Doughnut Plant
Sugar Cookies: The Alison Show
Honeycombs and Favor Bags: Shop Sweet Lulu
Tea Towel Bingo Prizes: Kei and Molly Textiles
Citrus Stickers: Redbubble
Kelly’s Attire: Bouffants & Broken Hearts

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Photo Credits: You Look Lovely

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