Caroline and Bryce, who are sharing their sweet Manassas Engagement Session with us today, positively radiate happiness and love in their photos, courtesy of Kir2ben Photography. The couple are college sweethearts who met when, in true entrepreneur fashion, Caroline began selling tie-dye shirts on campus; Bryce was her first customer! A few years of trading waves and hello’s on campus passed before they had their first date on Halloween. Bryce was a biker from Sons of Anarchy, while Caroline was dressed as Flo from Progressive. Bryce won her over with an ultra cute yet terribly cheesy pickup line when he asked “if she sold motorcycle insurance.” From that moment on she knew he was the one for her! By the end of their college tenure, Bryce pulled off the perfect engagement proposal to his love on the beaches of the Outer Banks just after his Senior Fraternity Formal. The couple is getting married in Smithfield Virginia in 2017 and we wish them all the love in the world! Thank you to Kir2ben Photography for sharing this cute engagement session in the fields of Manassas Battlefield Parks!
With the exciting introduction of Aisle Society last week, we wanted to bring you some design inspiration from one of their shoots to get you excited! Aisle Society and Alexis June Weddings have paired together with Estera Events to bring this fabulous and airy wedding. We love the use of pops of corral and gold accents from ceremony to reception and we absolutely love the bar cart. Bar carts are a great way to include some of your favorite items on the big day – whether it’s filled with your favorite liquors, signature drinks, cigars, or just family photos, we love the use of such a versatile surface.
Camila and Peter met while attending Marymount University in Arlington, making it the perfect backdrop as they said their wedding vows in the college chapel years later! During the catholic wedding ceremony they were surrounded by their bridal party which was made up entirely of their siblings! Oh, your not seeing double; our groom Peter is a twin! After their Virginia wedding ceremony, the party moved on to the Fort Myers Officer’s Club for dinner and dancing. They used a bright poppy color story of coral and navy to balance the formal look of the Virginia reception venue. Thank you to Photography by Marirosa for sharing today’s lovely Marymount wedding with us!
Thank you so much Camila and Peter for sharing your wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
This post is sponsored by Blue Nile. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Blue Nile, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.
We all know the old adage “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” and of course we believe in that, but we’re not ready to discount any of the other fantastic gems out there when looking for fabulous engagement ring inspiration! You know we are suckers for anything sparkly (if you have any doubts, see this post on 10 Tips for Wedding Day Sparkle) so when we had the opportunity to team up with another one of the diamond industry’s heavy hitters, we just couldn’t say no! If you’re dreaming of something a little less traditional and a little more “you,” have no fear – we have teamed up with Blue Nile to bring you some of our favorite engagement rings!
If stunning round and princess cut diamond engagement rings are popping up on all of your social media feeds, you may want to stand out a little when showing off your rock; we can’t fault you! Like we said before, we are always fans of diamonds but if you want to add a little something different to your ring, going for a non-traditional cut could be the path for you. Choosing a unique diamond shape may not only make you stand out in a crowd, but could also save you some cash! Imagine where you could go on your honeymoon with the roughly 30% you could save on a pear, marquise, or other uniquely shaped diamond with Blue Nile.
Cushion Cut – This atypical shape has been popular for more than a century. Cushion-cut diamonds (also known as “pillow-cut” diamonds) have rounded corners and larger facets to increase their brilliance. These larger facets highlight the diamond’s clarity, as you can see in this stunner; talk about bling bling! Halos are super in right now and we love how this ring combined the cushion cut shape with the halo.
Pear – This brilliant-cut diamond is also called a teardrop for its single point and rounded end, as shown in the middle ring of those in the image above. The unique look of the pear shape helps make it a popular choice for a variety of diamond jewelry. If you choose an elongated pear shape, the length of the diamond creates a subtle slimming effect on the fingers, and who doesn’t want that when posting their “I said yes!” Instagram photos?!
Marquise – The shape of a marquise diamond can maximize carat weight, giving you a much larger-looking diamond. This brilliant-cut diamond, shown in ring number one on the above image, looks beautiful set with round or pear-shaped side stones, and the length of the marquise makes fingers appear long and slender. We love how this bride opted for a marquise cut diamond with a halo paired with a varied stone shape wedding band.
Emerald – What makes this shape different is its pavilion, which is cut with rectangular facets to create a unique optical appearance – you can see this in the second ring from the top in the image. Due to its larger, open table, this shape highlights the clarity of a diamond. This particular ring has three emerald cut diamonds, which not only adds more sparkle but is also quite unique! Don’t our brides have fantastic sparklers?
We get so excited when our brides decide to opt for an engagement ring or wedding band with a little color! We love Blue Nile’s large array of gemstone rings because they have every color and stone imaginable. From the deep red of a ruby to the lighter hue of a pink sapphire, or from the pale blue of an aquamarine to the rich navy of a sapphire and everything in between, having a unique color on your ring finger is always fun. Below we have compiled some of Blue Nile’s stone options in each color family in case you have a favorite color but aren’t sure which gemstone to go with.
Blue – Sapphire, Blue Topaz, Sky Blue Topaz, Aquamarine, Tanzanite, Aqua Chalcedony
Pink – Morganite, Pink Sapphire, Pink Tourmaline
Green – Emerald, Peridot
Purple – Amethyst, Rose de France
If you want to see a little more bling bling before you begin looking for “the one” on Blue Nile, check out some of our engagement ring inspiration and see all of the stunning designs chosen by UWL’s local couples through some of our many engagement photo sessions!
When asked the quintessential wedding question of “What are your wedding colors?” April never knew how she could narrow down all of the amazing wedding color scheme options! She knew she wanted to be true to their personal style so they opted for using gold in combination with organic greenery and pops of white. The end result was today’s lush garland filled tented Virginia wedding with details that we rave over! For starters, they had cake table numbers; yes you heard that right! They used small rounded textured cakes with scripted names to serve as table numbers that guests could enjoy post dinner! We also love how they combined both of their cultures for a traditional western vow ceremony, followed immediately with a complete dress change for their Korean Pyebaek ceremony. This ceremony tradition allows the groom’s side of the family to be introduced to the bride properly. It involves the exchanging of marriage advice and presentation of gifts for the parents, then ends with the bride having to catch jujubes with her skirt! We love seeing cultural traditions weaved into such a momentous day, and thank you to the couple and Sincereli Photography for sharing their wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding vendors contributed to their wedding:
As a DC wedding planner in my other life, I often am part of some of the most special and intimate moments during a couple’s wedding day. Because of this, I love videographers so much as they capture those moments that a couple can look back on forever. Every time I watch a wedding film I am reminded of how amazing the love between a couple can be on their wedding day and often I am brought to tears from the sheer joy of it all! Today we are excited to share Lisa and Bryan’s beautiful wedding film from Bowen Films. They refused to let a little rain dampen their day, but instead moved their garden oasis décor inside for a romantic and intimate ceremony under a clear top Sugarplum Tent. Lisa radiates love and joy throughout, and we wish the couple all the happiness in the world as they continue into married life! Thank you to Bowen Films for sharing this beautiful DC area wedding video!
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.
Timeless and elegant are two words that come to mind when looking at Carrie and Robbie’s romantic Towson Maryland wedding day. We love the light and airy use of white, blush, and greens against the traditional setting of Loyola Chapel and Valley Country Club. Eventi by Diana worked with the couple to create a wedding day that was personal and yet romantically timeless all at the same time! We love the chic bridesmaids monogram gift totes and floral ribbons that added a special touch to the “getting ready” photos. Remember, when packing for your wedding day, bring a pretty hanger for your dress, just like Carrie did! It just adds a little something to your gown photos and can be a great piece to commemorate the day. Thank you to Marta Locklear for these beautiful wedding images!
Congratulations to Carrie and Robbie! Thank you for sharing your Maryland classic weekend wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Sara and Kyle refused to let a little rain ruin their romantic tented Maryland wedding last November; instead, they danced under the clear top tent and a glow of bistro lights that only made the gold mercury glass centerpieces feel even more romantic! Birds of a Feather Photography came prepared for the weather and were able to capture wonderful umbrella portraits in the rain that we just love! As a great tip, having a clear umbrella allows the light to still filter in while not blocking your face for photos! The couple came together with their families to create DIY elements of the wedding that truly made the wedding a family affair. They had personal touches such as the Pinterest worthy mercury glass votive candles and a performance by the bride’s aunt and uncle during the ceremony. Thank you to United with Love family member Birds of a Feather Photography for sharing a look into Sara and Kyle’s lovely wedding!
Congratulations to Sara and Kyle! Thank you for sharing your romantic tented Maryland wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
We are super excited to announce that we are now a part of the amazing wedding collective, Aisle Society! What exactly is Aisle Society, you might ask? Well, we think it’s one of the best ideas ever! Aisle Society brings together over 30 wedding blogs worldwide to create a new hub of wedding inspiration. This innovative website leads couples to the best wedding content that exists online, assisting them in finding inspiration along their wedding planning journey. Instead of combing your way through the millions upon millions of posts on Pinterest, Aisle Society helps you to curate a personalized feed of sorts that will show you beautiful wedding inspiration tailored exactly to your own tastes! From design schemes to specific color pallets, wedding locations and professionals, by adding them to “My Society” you are able to keep up with the latest ideas, inspiration, and trends in the wedding industry!
What sets Aisle Society apart?
CREATE YOUR SOCIETY: When viewing an individual post, you can choose things you want to see more of by adding to “Your Society”. Any time you find an element, detail, blogger, or wedding pro that you love, just click the plus sign next to that element and it will automatically be added to “Your Society”.
INTERACT WITH POSTS: See a post you love? When you hover over a post, you’ll see arrows. The arrows allow you to scroll through all of the images from the post. Want to learn more? Click the title to read a description and see all the details. Love what you see and want to see the full feature? Simply click on the image to be taken to the blog to see the whole feature! Save all of your favorites in your society.
DISCOVER MORE BEAUTY: When you click on the content that you are interested in, you won’t find a dead link or an image that leads to nowhere – you would be taken directly to the feature where you will undoubtedly be able to find more inspiration and content that catches your eye! Aisle Society is basically the wedding planning gift that keeps on giving and we love it!
Dying to know more? Check out this teaser video and be sure to check out Aisle Society for more information!