Megan and Alex’s Northern Virginia wedding is such a breath of fresh air after all of the rain and gloom we have had of late! We absolutely love the copper details, soft blue bridesmaid dresses, and sunshine filled outdoor ceremony. The couple were married overlooking the Potomac at the Loudoun County barn wedding venue of Murray Hill. They wanted to infuse personal touches to their wedding in the décor and details. The brides mother calligraphed the wedding invitations and escort cards, and the couple created simple DIY projects like the petal cones for the toss bar. One touch that we really love is the southern tradition of burying bourbon before the wedding. The folklore of this tradition says that if you bury a full bottle of bourbon, upside down at the wedding site one month before the wedding it will promise a rain free wedding day. On the morning of the wedding, Alex and his gentlemen dug up the bourbon, and the tradition must have worked since they had a perfectly sunny day! Thank you to Kelley Cannon Events and Astrid Photography for sharing this beautiful Murray Hill wedding with us today!
Congratulations to Megan and Alex! Thank you for sharing your pastel pretty Murray Hill wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
It is a common misconception that wedding cake is inherently bad. We are here to tell you that that just isn’t true at all. If you are a believer, then you just haven’t had any of the fantastic creations from our DC area cake and dessert vendors! Sometimes though, a traditional cake just isn’t for you and your sweetie and that is just fine! There are so many other unique and fun desserts out there for you to choose from. We are no longer in the age of the traditional wedding cake as couples move toward modern desserts that fit their personalities. Obsessed with donuts? Do a doughnut cake! Not really into sweets? Do a cheese cake – and no, we don’t mean cheesecake, we mean actual wheels of cheese! The possibilities truly are endless. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite creative desserts for your wedding day that aren’t a traditional cake!
1. Tarts We are absolutely in love with the idea of tarts as a unique wedding dessert! As a lover of tarts myself, I fell head over heels for the creative design and yummy taste of Black Pearl Tarts! I think tarts are a wonderful and versatile dessert choice for weddings. Focusing on seasonal flavors and local produce, BPT combines unique taste with elegant technique to create a refreshing twist on a classic pastry. Guests love the individual size and unique flavors, and brides and grooms love expressing their personality and style through this wedding desert. Pastry Chef and Owner Christina Marie will collaborate with you to design tarts that fit your individual wedding style, with flavors that delight your palate.
Doughnuts really are all the rage these days and we are so excited! It seems like donuts are a blank canvas – you can make them any flavor and they turn out wonderfully. And honestly, is there anything better than a fresh, warm doughnut? How about a cake made out of them! We love the idea of stacking donuts to create the illusion of a cake. The age old debate of doughnut vs doughnut hole still comes in to play here as you can create a beautiful masterpiece like the one above out of just the doughnut holes! Amazing!
What could be better than a sandwich comprised of two extra soft cookies and a frosting filling? These sweet treats after often seen in mini form at weddings and we think they are just darling! They come in any flavor under the sun and can be that extra jolt of sugar that guests need to keep up with you on the dance floor!
I don’t think there is a dessert on earth that I love more than ice cream, who’s with me? Now this delectable treat is two-fold as it can be a passed dessert or a stand alone dessert station. If you want your guests to have the freedom to customize their creations or if you desire a true sundae, a station is the way to go! If you are going for a cute and unique treat for guests but don’t want the party to stop, a pre-made passed cone may be for you. Either way, you can choose flavors that fit your taste or personality as a couple and trust me, no one will be disappointed in your choice for a post dinner treat. It’s also a great way to cool down after some intense dance floor action!
Pie is not just for rustic weddings anymore! It is an excellent substitution for the traditional wedding cake and can be done beautifully for all wedding styles. Do a pie cutting instead of a cake cutting or opt for mini pies that you and your love can link arms and enjoy in front of friends and family. There are tons of options for fillings from the traditional apple, cherry, or pumpkin to the non-traditional cookies n’ cream or strawberry lemonade. DC’s famous Pie Sisters bakes some of our favorites!
I once had a friend whose mom wouldn’t let poptarts in the house so she loved to come over to my house and raid our supply; honestly, I can’t blame her! Today, homemade poptarts are stealing the spotlight at dessert tables everywhere. These aren’t your normal poptarts – those thin ones that come in a box – but rather have fancy and flavorful fillings, buttery crusts, and fun and flirty designs! We are obsessed with the poptarts at Ted’s Bulletin – and they make for a great favor option as well if you don’t want to give up on a more traditional wedding dessert.
For those of you looking for a savory after dinner treat, look no further than a decadent cheese wheel cake! Not everyone has as intense a sweet tooth as I do so if you’re not craving sugar on your wedding day this is a great option for you. Pick your preferred cheese varieties and stack them on top of each other to create a whimsical impression of a traditional wedding cake or opt for a cheese table with cubes of all of your favorites!
Should you have cake? Cookies? Pies? Ice cream? Having trouble deciding between all of the amazing choices out there? We can’t blame you! That’s where a dessert bar comes in. We are sure that your caterer knows how to make a wicked dessert bar full of your favorites! We don’t think you can have “too many options” when it comes to the sweet treats so mix and match until your heart’s content! Our friends at Fluffy Thoughts have a great selection of mini desserts that would go perfectly on a dessert bar. From eclairs and profiteroles to chocolate and creme brulee truffles, your guests can snack on decadent desserts until their heart’s content! Are you and your honey big into candy? A candy bar full of your favorites for guests to enjoy can be a great choice as well. Put some of the best goodies into glass jars to make a big statement!
This is one of our favorite non-traditional wedding desserts! If you are looking for a sugary treat, this is the ultimate and it is so versatile. Our friends at Fluffness do some amazing things with cotton candy and they can’t wait to share them with you! From a champagne and cotton candy toast, to an actual cotton candy machine, having this dessert at your wedding is not only delicious but also fun and interactive! You can choose from various flavors like chocolate, salted caramel, marshmallow or you can combine different flavors to make things like “queen bee” which is honey and rose or “tropicana” which is mango, papaya, and coconut. This confection would also make a great favor for guests or a late night treat! The ladies at Fluffness can make all of your cotton candy dreams come true!”
We adore the idea of a popsicle champagne bar where guests can pick out their favorite flavor and let it melt in their bubbly for some extra sweetness and flavor. Although you may not count this as a “dessert,” we couldn’t help but include it! They are too fun!
United with Love is looking for your input! We here at United with Love value your opinions, thoughts, ideas, and questions and would love to tailor our posts to you and your needs. After all, making your wedding dreams come true is what we are all about. We want to know what questions you have surrounding your wedding, the types of inspirational wedding content you’d like to see, and anything else that you think we should know so we can cater to you! Please fill out our United with Love Survey and let your voice be heard!
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Our readers come from Charlottesville to the Eastern Shore of Maryland so anything in between we would love to look at! We prefer a hearty mix of portraits, candid moments, and lots and lots of detail photos for inspiration to our readers. Please keep submissions to mostly color photographs with images that tell a complete story of the wedding day. We know that there are so many types of unique weddings in the DMV, so we are looking for rustic to classic traditional, quirky to timeless, DIY to professionally curated, and everything in between. Email your stunning content to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you ASAP!
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We hope that your weekend is off to a great start! There are some beautiful things to be explored on United with Love this past week, so we hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to check out posts from some of our favorite vendors and other bridal blogs, listed below!
The meeting of these two lovebirds was certainly fate! Crazy enough, Mark and Natalie met in Milan while studying abroad during college; Mark went to school at the University of Maryland and Natalie went to the University of Texas, but somehow they ended up in the same country when studying abroad! Once Mark proposed to Natalie they wanted to take their engagement session photos in the quaint side streets of Georgetown that reminded them of their time in Europe. The weather was overcast during their DC engagement session with Kira Nicole Photography, but the brides cheery spring dress and fresh flowers in bloom helped set a perfect mood for the day. Best wishes to Mark and Natalie as they get married in the Domincan Republic this winter, and thank you for sharing your engagement session with us!
Are you hunting for the perfect dress? Looking for a great deal on wedding vendors? Or just want to know what’s happening in the DC area wedding scene so that you can plan the best fete possible? We have you covered, with a roundup of great wedding inspired events and bridal trunk shows for this spring! If you are a DC area wedding vendor and don’t see your fabulous event below, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the calendar!
Salons are only able to carry a portion of a designers collection, so trunk shows are an amazing opportunity to see additional gowns from your favorite designers. Another added benefit to shopping during a trunk show is being able to meet the designer, and potentially receive discounted gowns if purchased that weekend! Bridal salons have limited spaces during show weekends, so make sure to call ahead for appointments!
As a DC area wedding planner (in addition to being a blogger), we are thrilled when we have clients who have so much personality and joie de vivre that it makes wedding planning fun and effortless; Jonathan and Rachel are one such couple. These two lovebirds fell in love with the National Museum of Women in the Arts for their spring downtown D.C. wedding, and it was perfect fate that their date was 3-14 “Pie Day”, given that it is Jonathan’s favorite dessert! Even through it rained the morning of the wedding, the couple didn’t let it dampen their spirits. Fortunately, in DC there are plenty of options for outdoor photos in covered areas which allowed them to have a sweet first look before bridal party photos outside the museum. My favorite piece of this wedding was the hand created watercolor invitations by Momental Designs. In vibrant shades of peach, pink, and yellow, they set the tone for this garden inspired DC museum wedding. I also can’t help but love the stunning textured garden bouquet by Amaryllis, which paired perfectly with the brides floral applique gown from Carine’s Bridal. After dinner and dancing Rachel surprised Jonathan with a doughnut wall for guests to enjoy on their way to the after party. Thank you to Lisa Boggs Photography for sharing this lovely wedding with us today!
From the Bride: “I would describe our wedding as “sophisticated fun!” The NMWA is a gorgeous but really formal venue. We didn’t want a black tie wedding so we used bright colors to give the venue a more relaxed/ springlike/indoor garden party feel. I think the lush flower arrangements, bright pink bridesmaid dresses, uplighting, and the beautiful hanging candles on the king’s tables really achieved the look and feel we envisioned. While we did not have a theme, our wedding did take place on Pi Day which we didn’t realize until after we booked the venue. We incorporated a few Pi Day touches such as pi symbol cuff links for Jonathan and pie for dessert. “
“The main priority was ensuring our guests had a great time. Besides that we also love food so finding a caterer who could deliver a delicious and unique menu was a big priority. We had tasty treats like a rolling cheese cart during cocktail hour, late night snacks, pie and cake for dessert, our favorite donuts available for guests to take on their way home, and the bar included Port City Porter which was the beer we had on our first date. Another priority was finding a photographer who took timeless and gorgeous photos. I loved Lisa Boggs’ creativity and energy, within minutes of meeting her I knew that she would be perfect.”
“I loved the library card catalog holding the escort cards. I am a librarian so I assigned each table a Dewey Decimal number corresponding to something that held personal meaning for us. The back of the dinner menus had the explanations of the table numbers and their meaning, which ranged from sentimental to silly. For example, there was a table numbered 590 (Zoology) because our third date took place at the National Zoo during ZooLights and it’s also where Jonathan proposed. The card catalog was later re-purposed into a guest book display which held post cards we collected over the years.”
From the Planner: “The couple are also complete and utter foodies, so having a roaming gourmet cheese cart at the wedding was a must! They worked with Cheesetique in Shirlington to come up with the perfect pairings for the cocktail hour. In addition to the cheeses, Spilled Milk Catering passed an assortment of appetizers such as lamb lollipops and samosas.”
Favorite detail or memory:
Rachel: My favorite detail was the piece of lace from my late grandmother’s wedding dress that was sewn into my own dress. It was really meaningful to have a part of her there with me.
As for memories there are so many. I loved seeing Jonathan’s face during our first look. Running in the rain from the limo into the museum was something I will never forget. I loved the recessional when the quartet played “All You Need is Love” (like in Love Actually one of my favorite movies). We also practiced a lot for our first dance and we nailed it!
Jonathan said: I’ll always remember the recessional. When we turned around and saw everyone and walked out it was pretty amazing. I also thought the cocktail hour was incredible, and it was great that we actually got to go to it. The museum itself really shined during that part of it in that upper level. Also, there was the donut buffet at the end. That was pretty memorable and awesome.
Advice from the Bride:
“While planning the wedding: Hire a wedding planner or day of coordinator. Do what makes you happy, don’t get bogged down trying to create the most perfect Pinterest-worthy wedding.
On the day of: Have a mimosa while getting ready. Relax and enjoy yourself. Trust your vendors.”
Congratulations to Rachel and Jonathan! Thank you for sharing your watercolor garden NMWA wedding reception in Washington DC with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Randy and Chris are a couple who know what they want and they don’t mind waiting for the perfect fit! So when their first choice for their DC wedding venue, Whittemore House was not available for their desired November wedding they pushed back the nuptials to make sure that they were able to host the wedding that was exactly what they envisioned! The couple combined Chris’s Italian background when developing their catering reception menu with Well Dunn Catering, and Randy’s history of living in San Diego and Mexican culture for the décor. They used paper picado flags for the table names strung throughout the space with their own custom design on each. We love the look of the delicate lace flags and they are such a beautiful way to bring cultural backgrounds into the ceremony and reception wedding décor. A big thank you to our dear friend Cassidy of Duhon Photography for sharing this fun and festive wedding with us and congrats to the newlyweds!
From the Grooms: “We had an idea of how we wanted the wedding to look and the decorations we wanted. The venue is a very beautiful, old DC mansion, so it didn’t require much in the way of decorations. My family has an Italian background, so we went for Italian as a theme for the food. Randy grew up in San Diego, very close to Mexico, so we used that as inspiration for the invitations and decorations. For color palette, we developed a mood board on Pinterest to pull in ideas on flowers, different shades of lavender and yellow and grey (which were our main colors) and decorations.”
Tips from the Couples: “I would say, go with exactly the wedding you want. Decide what’s really important to you for the event. In the end, there are a lot of things that we decided weren’t important. To us, the big things were making sure the food is great, having a nice open bar, having a venue we absolutely loved and DJ and photographer we trusted and really liked. I would also highly recommend coordinators for at least the day of. We hired a great team for “month of” coordination and honestly, could not have been happier with them! It really did take a huge weight off of us and let us really enjoy our day.”
“We had a set of magnets made with our wedding flag on it. We had the image designed and put onto a stamp through Etsy, we had metal hearts handmade and hired someone to etch the wedding flag image onto them and then we glued magnets to the back. We were very happy with how they turned out! Instead of a memorial table, we also built a day-of-the-dead altar to represent family and friends who had passed away.”
“Our main priority was to have exactly the wedding we wanted. We originally wanted to get married in November 2015 but the venue we wanted wasn’t available so we decided to push back the date in order to do exactly what we wanted. We originally thought we’d have a photo booth but decided to skip that in the end.”
“We’re both huge Golden Girls fans, so the last song of the evening was the theme song, “Thank You For Being a Friend.” Every person in the room sang along to the song, which was awesome.”
Congratulations to Chris and Randy! Thank you for sharing your Washington DC Whittemore House wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding: