Sunday Brunch: DePas Photography

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Good morning Washington DC area wedding lovers! We are hoping you’ll take a break from the heat and take some time out today to check out DePas Photography, one of our fabulous sponsors. DePas Photography is run by the father-daughter team of Len and Jaqui DePas. These two talented photographers bring two different generations and creative styles together to meet all of their client’s needs, from fine portraiture to journalistic candid images. They have worked with some of the top contemporary photographers and bring all of that experience and creativity to the DC area. When it comes to weddings, Len and Jacqui are reinventing boutique wedding photography with the help of their decades of experience photographing weddings and events here in the Washington DC area. For more on DePas Photography, be sure to visit their website or check out their past features on United With Love.

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We hope that you’ll check out DePas Photography for photographing your wedding 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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Romantic Wedding Engagement in Old Town Alexandria: Chris + Jeff

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Good morning Washington, DC area wedding lovers! Chris and Jeff wanted a romantic wedding engagement session and romantic is what they got! Photographer Brandon Hunter photographed the adorable couple all over Old Town, Alexandria – along the Potomac river at sunset to through the lush gardens and historic cobblestone streets. Chris and Jeff will be married this fall in the heart of Old Town, so it is only fitting that they have beautiful engagement portraits to compliment their wedding day!

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Congratulations Chris and Jeffrey!

Looking for more on wedding 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: BHUNTERco

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5 Ways To Protect Your Wedding Memories

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Everyone who has ever been married says the same thing after their wedding is over, “The day just flew by!” We have featured couple after married couple who got married in the Washington DC area and they all talk about how quickly the wedding day goes and the importance of carving out time for you and yours to take it all in on your wedding day. We couldn’t agree more! Live in the moment of your wedding day and ensure that you are cherishing each and every ounce of this special time.

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Photo Credit: Melissa Tuck Photography from this MD wedding

Today, I want to talk about a few things that you can do to help preserve your wedding. There are a steps that you can do now and throughout your wedding planning process to hold onto your wedding day memories, so that when the big day flies by, you’ll be all set. Give a little thought to how you are going to preserve your wedding and it will take a little bit of pressure off of the wedding day itself, so that you can truly enjoy!

Jewelry Peace Of Mind
First things first: jewelry. You started this whole wedding planning process with a ring, so it’s best to keep them protected. Your engagement ring and wedding band are much more than just a piece of sparkle. They represent the ever-lasting bond between you and your partner. As such, you should be able to wear it every day, no matter where you travel or what you do. Consider a specialty jewelry insurance policy, like the one offered by Jewelers Mutual. Their policies allow you to wear your jewelry without worry, knowing it’s covered against theft, damage or loss, like mysterious disappearance, which may not be covered by standard homeowners policies or warranties. Your wedding jewelry represents the memories worth protecting and with Jewelers Mutual you will be made whole again should anything happen. (You can find more about jewelry insurance here.)

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Photo Credit: Love Knot Photo from this VA wedding

Backup The Photos
Your wedding photos are one of the few things that you’ll have when the music ends and the flowers dry out. I’m sure you are spending quite a bit of time researching wedding photographers and trying to find one that is the right fit for you. When you are interviewing your wedding photographer, make sure to ask them backup systems. What happens if their camera breaks on the day of your wedding? What if a memory card crashes? How long do they save your wedding images and what kind of long term backup system do they have in place? What happens 10 years after your wedding if you have an issue with your album and you want another wedding album, will they be able to locate your images? Talk to your photographer about their methods of preservation and if they don’t have these types of systems, that could be a red flag.

Get The Video
This is a personal recommendation from me to you. I love a good wedding video. My own wedding video is one of our most cherished wedding day memories. If you can find it in your budget, seriously consider a wedding video of some sort. There are so many incredible and unique types of wedding videos out on the market today. Everything from wedding movies to video shorts and trailers, in addition to the traditional video of the entire wedding day. Nothing brings back the wedding day moments like a video. Wedding videographers even capture those special moments that you didn’t even know happened on your wedding day!

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Photo Credit: Kristen Gardner Photography from this DC wedding

Let It Be Known
There might be a few items from your wedding day that you’ll want to preserve, such as your wedding dress or your bridal bouquet or even the top tier of your wedding cake. If that’s the case, prepare in advance of your wedding day so that these items can be saved and properly stored. By the time your wedding day comes, it might be too late. For example, with your bouquet, you’ll need to let your florist know so they can be prepared, maybe even suggest certain flowers that preserve better than others. For the wedding cake, I’ve heard horror stories of it getting thrown out at the end of the night because the catering staff didn’t know the couple wanted to save it. You might want to have an extra invitation printed or set aside a favor so that you may have one. Bottom line is this: If you’d like to save it, prepare in advance and make sure everyone knows!

Schedule The Time
When the wedding day approaches and many of the details fall into place you’ll need to set up a timeline and get that information to your wedding vendors so that everyone is on the same page. As you are working on your wedding day timeline, make sure that you carve out a little time for just you and your partner. (If you can’t find time, ask your vendors, they might be able to suggest an option or two for you.) Will it be as a “first look” before your wedding ceremony, a carriage ride just the two of you on the way to the ceremony? Will it be portrait time with your photographer at the end of the night? Will it be just five minutes before you walk into your reception? No matter where it is during the day or how long it lasts, a little bit of alone time on the wedding day is important.

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So, those are my tips for preserving your wedding day memories. What did I miss? What will you do to hold onto those amazing memories that you worked so hard to build and plan?

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Lovely + Intimate Elopement in Maryland: Christine + André

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I hope you are ready for a dose of super sweet this morning! Christine and André hosted an intimate Maryland elopement wedding ceremony at the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville, where a few of their closest friends and family gathered to celebrate this stunning couple as they said, “I do!” Their elopement wedding ceremony was a long time coming – the pair have been together for ten years! Christine and André knew they would be together forever and made no rush to get married. Their no-fuss big day was just what they wanted, and exactly what they knew would eventually happen when they met on that very first date long ago. We love how relaxed they look as they finally tied the knot! And, the fashion, oh the fashion – Christine’s v-neck wedding dress is so spectacular! Special thanks to Anny. Photography for capturing every intimate moment of this beautiful small, yet perfect, wedding in Maryland.

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From Christine: Our number one priority was to get married. We knew we were going to marry each other since our first date, 10 years ago on March 17th. Our second wedding day priority was to have both our families there, as they have all been the best of friends since we introduced them. We chose to skip the traditional wedding and reception duo and save money for our beautiful future together!

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I was lucky, my wedding dress fit perfectly right off the rack. It was also the first one my sister-in-law pulled off the rack when we entered the store. Love at first sight! 

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My favorite wedding day moment was when my groom kissed his bride, me…and we were married! We had an amazing wedding party. Both sets of parents and our siblings were there. We were missing my youngest brother who was in the middle of midterm exams at his university in another state.

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We didn’t have a formal wedding reception, so we missed our husband and wife first dance. Instead, during our honeymoon in Honolulu, one of our friends played our song and recorded our husband and wife first dance on a short cliff overlooking the ocean. It was amazing! As magical as it was, it wasn’t our first dance…

On our wedding day, we rushed home after the ceremony, I took off my shoes, my husband pressed play on his phone and pulled me in close. We danced, as man and wife, to the song we have been listening to for 10 years. It was one of the sweetest moments.

As soon as our song ended and we finished our dance, our siblings came barreling in with pizza and Baskin Robin’s Oreo ice cream cake – André’s favorite!

What an amazing wedding day!!

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What Christine wish she knew before she began planning:

Involving everyone in wedding planning is very difficult and can be very frustrating. I wish we knew this so we wouldn’t have spent so much time trying to make everyone happy.

And, her advice to future Washington DC area couples:

If getting married is that day you’ve looked forward to all your life, don’t waste it with stress about colors and schedules. A traditional wedding and reception was what we started planning for, but the stress about details and decisions made it less and less about us. We ended up having a courthouse wedding with a photo shoot afterwards. The photos captured the magic of our beautiful wedding day with our families. Our stress free smiles were bright, happy, and sincere!

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Congratulations to Christine and André! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Maryland elopement with us!

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

Ceremony Location: Montgomery County Circuit Court
Photography: Anny. Photography
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Hair Stylist: Tania at Bella Bethesda Salon
Makeup Artist: Khiara at Sephora in Bethesda
Bridal Gown: Encore by Watters
Bridal Salon: Anonymously Yours
Bridal Shoes + Groom’s Shoes: ALDO
Jewelry: TJ MAXX
Groom’s Attire: Stark Suits
Groom’s Accessories: All of his watches are by Skagen

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: Anny. Photography

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Elegant + Romantic Wedding Reception in Washington DC: Kate + Sam

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Welcome back! Traveling all the way from Hawaii, Kate and Sam held their Washington DC wedding ceremony and reception at the stunning Meridian House, where they wed and celebrated their big day in style! If you missed their heartfelt and very personal indoor wedding ceremony, be sure to check it out here. For their formal wedding reception, long tables adorned with rustic wedding flowers from Petal’s Edge dressed the ornate ballroom in the couple’s natural color palette. But our favorite part of Kate and Sam’ wedding is the giant balloons and streamers that they danced under – what a fun and personal touch!? No wedding day detail was left undone, right down to the delicious dessert bar and favors from back home in Hawaii. Special thanks to Documentary Associates, their wedding day photos are just beautiful!

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From Kate: We wanted to make sure we had great food and music for all of our friends and family to enjoy on our wedding day, so we made choosing a highly recommended caterer and a band we were excited about a priority. We also chose a wedding photographer whose work we admired because we knew we’d always treasure our wedding photos. Finally, we had our heart set on an amazing wedding venue, the Meridian House in D.C. I’m glad we focused on having a really great wedding venue and wedding caterer, because they went above and beyond in making wedding planning as seamless as possible for us.

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I‘d like to think our wedding was elegant, romantic and fun. We didn’t have a really cohesive vision until speaking with Rebecca at Petal’s Edge, who guided us based on photos we liked. I knew I wanted Geronimo Balloons involved in some capacity, because I used to work at the studio in LA and after making balloons for countless other weddings it was time to make some for my own!

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Although we both grew up on the mainland in the U.S., Sam and I are longtime Hawaii residents. For our wedding favors we ordered bags of Chocolate Mac Nut coffee from our favorite roaster, the Coffee Gallery in Haliewa.

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Congratulations to Kate and Sam!  Thank you for sharing your elegant and fun Washington DC wedding reception with us.

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

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Meridian House
Photography: Documentary Associates
Floral Designer: Petal’s Edge
Hair Stylist: Maria Melba de la Torre
Wedding Dress + Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Headpiece/Veil: J. Crew
Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss
Groom’s + Groomsmen Shoes: Allen Edmonds
Officiant: Say I Do Your Way
Caterer: Well Dunn
Reception Music: The Lone Rangers
Balloon: Geronimo Balloons
Helium Tank: Ballroom Balloons
Favors: Coffee Gallery

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: Documentary Associates

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Elegant + Romantic Washington DC Wedding Ceremony: Kate + Sam

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Kate and Sam hosted their Washington DC wedding at the beautiful Meridian House, where they celebrated in a formal indoor wedding ceremony. Kate and Sam live in Hawaii so this was a destination wedding to say the least! They embraced their culture and a few fabulous traditions that made their wedding ceremony that much more personal. Kate’s two wedding dresses were so stunning on the beautiful blushing bride and Sam looked smitten and oh-so dapper in his black tuxedo on the big day. Their wedding ceremony was inside and the beautiful floral work of Petal’s Edge brought out many organic and natural elements to really warm the formal space with love. We also love the photos by Documentary Associates, thank you for sharing each touching moment! We are event starting out with a few photos from their wedding engagement session where they donned traditional Korean attire.

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From Kate about her favorite elements of the day: Having all our best friends and family come from all over the world, just to support and celebrate with us on our wedding as we became a new family. We felt so loved and so lucky.

Among the more material aspects, I loved our wedding ceremony processional. In the car a few weeks before the wedding, Sam played a cover of “Halo” by AneBrun, and we settled on it immediately!

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Congratulations to Kate and Sam!  Thank you for sharing your indoor, formal Washington DC wedding ceremony with us!  Stay tuned, up next we’re sharing their lovely wedding reception, complete with long wedding tables!

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

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Meridian House
Photography: Documentary Associates
Floral Designer: Petal’s Edge
Hair Stylist: Maria Melba de la Torre
Wedding Dress + Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Headpiece/Veil: J. Crew
Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss
Groom’s + Groomsmen Shoes: Allen Edmonds
Officiant: Say I Do Your Way
Caterer: Well Dunn
Reception Music: The Lone Rangers
Balloon: Geronimo Balloons
Helium Tank: Ballroom Balloons
Favors: Coffee Gallery

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: Documentary Associates

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Blush Pink Spring Wedding Reception in Middleburg: Mai + Alexander

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Mai and Alexander wed outdoors in the lush gardens of Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia before heading inside to a beautifully dressed ballroom for their Virginia wedding reception. In case you missed their lovely, sentimental wedding ceremony, you can see all the stunning photos here.  After the “I do’s”, their wedding guests were welcomed by pastel pink DIY escort cards (you’d never know the bride did the calligraphy herself!) and a custom cigar roller for the guys in the group. A tall traditional wedding cake and pretty-in-pink wedding flowers dressed up the formal reception space, while the lovebirds danced the night away with their friends and family. The backdrop for Mai and Alexander’s big day is pretty incredible, but not nearly as memorable as their faces of love as they celebrated. Thank you to their wedding planner Event Accomplished and photographer Vicki Grafton for giving us a glimpse into their fabulous Washington DC area wedding reception with us.

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From Mai: I took a calligraphy class [from Meant To Be Calligraphy] and hand wrote all the wedding invitations, name cards, and then digitized the font on the menus and the ceremony programs. My mother, mother-in-law, and I also did the watercolor name cards.

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Mai’s advice for other Washington DC area couples?

Having a wedding coordinator was a huge help! Even though we just did a partial coordinator package it made a world of a difference.

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Congratulations to Mai and Alexander!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful blush pink ballroom wedding reception in Virginia with us.

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

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Salamander Resort & Spa
Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography
Videography: Angela Wu
Wedding Planner: Event Accomplished
Stationery: MODweddings
Floral: Blooms
Hair Stylist: Don Dao
Bridal Gown: Marisa Dress
Bridal Shoes: Fendi
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Officiant: Pastor Daniel Kim (Open Door Presbyterian Church)
DJ: My Deejay
Rentals: Chivari Chair Rental
Linens: DC Rental
Lighting: Atmosphere
Cigar Roller: Cortez Cigars
Calligraphy Class: Meant To Be Calligraphy

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: Vicki Grafton Photography

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Outdoor Spring Wedding Ceremony in Middleburg: Mai + Alexander

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Mai and Alexander held their gorgeous Virginia wedding ceremony outdoors in the springtime in Middleburg. It was a perfect affair for the gardens at Salamander Resort & Spa where friends and family gathered to be witness to a beautiful blushing bride and groom with oodles of blush pink wedding details! The bridesmaids each wore their own unique dress (which we love!), while the groomsmen donned chic dark grey suits to compliment the ladies. Their wedding flowers were effortlessly sophisticated and their wedding ceremony was just the right amount of personal to be a favorite memory for the couple. Their first look photos are enough to make us fall in love with this darling pair right away! Special thanks to their wedding planner Event Accomplished and photographer Vicki Grafton for sharing every soft and stunning detail of Mai and Alexander’s Washington DC area wedding with us.

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From Mai: We wanted a wedding with a soft neutral palette (blushes and peach colors) for the spring. From the flowers to the lighting to the linens we created a warm and classy look for our wedding day.

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Photographs were really important to us for our wedding. We wanted to capture our wedding day and be able to look back on it. We also wanted to use the photos to decorate our house with, so having a photographer with a good eye and a natural style was what we looked for. Vicki Grafton was nothing but perfect for us!

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One of my favorite memories from our wedding was having my brother sing us a song during the wedding ceremony.

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Congratulations to Mai and Alexander! Thank you for sharing your beautiful outdoor Virginia wedding ceremony with us! Stay tuned, up next we’re taking a look at their stunning ballroom wedding reception.

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

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Salamander Resort & Spa
Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography
Videography: Angela Wu
Wedding Planner: Event Accomplished
Stationery: MODweddings
Floral: Blooms
Hair Stylist: Don Dao
Bridal Gown: Marisa Dress
Bridal Shoes: Fendi
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Officiant: Pastor Daniel Kim (Open Door Presbyterian Church)
DJ: My Deejay
Rentals: Chivari Chair Rental
Linens: DC Rental
Lighting: Atmosphere
Cigar Roller: Cortez Cigars

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Photo Credits: Vicki Grafton Photography

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Laid-Back, Outdoor Wedding Engagement in Maryland: Jen + Brian

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I’m just going to get right to it—I’m adoring this wedding engagement session outside in Maryland photographed by Audra Wrisley Photography! Jen and Brian took their engagement photos at the historic Jerusalem Mill Village in Kingsville, Maryland. I love the serene scenes and classic Americana color palette—it is all so perfect for a sunny summer day! Scroll through to take a peek at the Coca-Cola “soulmate” cans that Jen and Brian found for the occasion—what a perfect touch!

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Congratulations Jen and Brian!

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Photo Credits: Audra Wrisley Photography

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