A country club wedding dressed in purple and yellow is pretty much a safe bet for pretty inspiration, and this next little soiree was no exception. These University at Albany alums were inspired by their alma mater’s school colors for their traditional wedding in Virginia. (But, before you go on, make sure to check out their outdoor wedding ceremony first!) So grab your cup of ‘jo and cozy up to these gorgeous images from Photography by Marirosa.
Instead of giving guests favors that they may throw away or collect dust, I wanted to give them an edible treat to take home. My mother, mother-in-law, and cousin’s wife helped bake Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies. They were a hit! I found the recipe on Pinterest and there weren’t any left by the end of the night.
Joslyn’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
Some thought I was crazy to start planning within the first few months of our engagement, but it definitely paid off. I never had that overwhelming “wedding stress.” I ordered my dress and bridesmaids’ gowns with plenty of time, and had time to fine tune all of the details. I got as much done as I could, as early as I could. The week before I was able to enjoy all our family and friends coming into town, instead of stressing over seating charts or escort cards.
Thank you so much Joslyn and John for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
For whatever reasons, Monday morning get a bad rap – but we are here to make sure your week starts off on the right foot. And I can’t think of a better way to do so than with this country club wedding in Virginia. Joslyn and John’s traditional affair is jam packed with pops of pretty inspiration and purple décor. Photography by Marirosa was behind the lens to capture every sweet moment that you’ll be cozying up to all morning long. Happy Monday, darlings!
From Joslyn: Our wedding theme originated with deciding on a color palette. We decided to go with purple and yellow because they are our college colors (UAlbany), and that is where we met. From there, we decided to go with a romantic, soft theme.
My favorite personal touch of our wedding was during our ceremony. We had our mothers involved in a “tying of the knot” segment. Since my husband is Irish, we found that in their culture they participated in literally tying a knot together during the marriage ceremony to symbolize unity. We had our mothers come forward and tie two purple ribbon together to symbolize the joining of the two families. From there, our officiant used that ribbon to tie mine and my husband’s hands together to symbolize we are now one.
After we were announced husband and wife, we walked down the aisle and once we reached the end, my husband stopped me and pulled me in for a kiss and said “you are so beautiful.” I felt like the luckiest woman in the world!
Thank you so much Joslyn and John 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:
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TGIF! I’m so excited for the weekend. Mostly because I have nothing planned and I couldn’t be happier about that. It’s been a great military wedding week over here! I hope that you learned a lot this week, because I know that I certainly did. And, more importantly, I hope that we gave you lots of pretty inspiration and helpful advice for your local military wedding. But before I send you off into the weekend, just wanted to send some hugs and love to our editor, Juli, and her new baby! On that note, we’ll see you back here Sunday!
In honor of military wedding week, we want to thank each and every one of our military members and their loved ones for their service. Today we are closing out our week of military wedding inspiration with this Maryland wedding engagement session. Meet Jacky and Joe—a Naval officer who swept this beauty off her feet! Chelsea Cederborg Photography was behind the camera to capture every sweet moment at The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.
It’s all about military wedding week over here and now we are on my favorite topic: the wedding fashion! Most likely, the main distinction of a military wedding is the service members rocking their uniforms with pride. This, of course, depends on the style wedding, the season, and the government-issues uniform requirements. Sound a bit scary? It’s not. As always, we are here to guide you along the way!
Mess dress uniform is in appropriate for formal weddings. For most service branches, a black-tie or white-tie wedding entails a dark blue uniform and, depending upon the time of year and branch of service, white trousers.
Class-A or Service dress uniform is appropriate at a semiformal event. Like the Mess dress uniforms, these are also dark blue with the option to pair with white pants.
Wedding Party Attire
For brides and bridesmaids, wearing their service uniform is, of course, an option but many military brides opt for traditional bridal attire. One idea is to choose dark blue hues for the bridal party attire to complement the service uniforms worn by others in the wedding party.
For groomsmen who may be a part of a different service than the groom, their attire is as simple as wearing the uniform most comparable in formality. The groom and best man do not wear gloves, however, the other ushers wear white gloves during the ceremony. Boutonnieres are never worn with uniforms, but military decorations are worn instead.
For parents of the couple who are active or retired officers, they may wear uniforms; however, many mother choose to wear traditional mother-of-the-bride or groom attire.
For non-military wedding-party members, simply wear traditional wedding clothes of the same level of formality as those in uniform.
Military guests (active or retired) may wear their uniforms or traditional formal attire. For a black- or white-tie weddings, be sure to include “Mess dress uniform invited” on the invitations to request that your guests come in uniform. For a semiformal wedding, include “Class A uniform invited” or “Service dress uniform invited.”
What are you doing for your military wedding? Do you have any tips to share? Leave a comment and let us know! And, be sure to join us later this week for more in our military wedding week series!
Welcome back to another installment in our military wedding week mini series—we hope you’re learning lots as we explore tips, advice and inspiration for military weddings in the Washington DC area. Today we’re talking wedding stationery tips and what you need to know. Military wedding etiquette for stationery follow many of the same guidelines as civilian weddings, so the main differences lie in the use of titles, ranks and branch of service identification for one or both partners, and that of any of their parents as well. On that note, let’s get started…
Include the ranks of military personnel if either partner is a member of the military. This also applies to a wedding host, or parent(s) of either partner who are members of the military. For senior officers, the rank appears before the full name; for junior officers, rank appears underneath the name; for enlisted personnel, exclude the rank. (Note: Military titles, branch of service and the phrase “United Stated” should never be abbreviated—always spell it out in its entirety!).
If one or both are senior officers, their titles appear before their names, followed by the branch or service on the line below: Colonel Ross Eustace Gellar
United States Air Force
If one or both are junior or company-grade officers, their titles appear underneath their names, followed by the branch of service on the same line: Rachel Karen Green
Second Lieutenant, United States Air Force
If one or both are enlisted personnel, rank is usually omitted. The full name is written on one line, with the branch of service on the line below: Phoebe Buffay
United States Air Force
The invitation style for military weddings follow the same traditional format as civilian wedding—the wedding hosts, followed by the names of the couple, etc. If either parent is an officer in the military, use the appropriate rank; however, when an officer’s name appears with a spouse’s name, the branch of military service is not included. If the couple is hosting their own wedding, use their rank and branch of service.
If the military personnel member is retired, this is indicated after the branch of service: Lieutenant Colonel Michael Hannigan United States Air Force, Retired requests the honor of your presence…
If an officer’s name is used with their spouse’s name, the branch of service is excluded from the line below: Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. Michael Hannigan
request the honor of your presence…
When addressing wedding invitations, use the full name of the guest and ranks (spelled out in its entirety!) on the outer envelope. With the exception of a military rank, abbreviations can be used on the inner envelope only.
Outside envelopes should be addressed with full names, no abbreviated titles: Major and Mrs. Chandler Muriel Bing
or Captain Joseph Tribbiani
Inner envelope is addressed with abbreviations: Major and Mrs. Bing
or Captain Tribbiani
An invitation to a married couple with the same rank and service: Captains Chandler and Monica Bing
or The Captains Bing
Did I miss anything? Talk to me! Be sure to join us later this week for more in our military wedding week series – it is going to be awesome!
All week long we are saluting our men and women in uniform—wedding style, of course! Whether you or your spouse (or both!) are an active or retired member of one of the military branches, you can infuse a little patriotism into your military wedding décor and details. In honor of military wedding week here on the blog, we gathered some of our favorite modern ideas and inspiration that pay tribute to your hero!
Being the nation’s capital and all, you know that we love our military brides and grooms! We adore and appreciate our of our active military and veterans, and especially our engaged military and their families for their sacrifice and dedication to this country. (And, it isn’t just because of those handsome grooms in uniform, although that does help!) We’ve featured lots of different types of military weddings over the years and this week we are taking it one step farther. In honor of this year’s Veterans Day, we are having a special military wedding week - we are talking all things weddings and military!
From what I’ve learned so far, there aren’t as many rules and regulations to a military wedding as one might think, just more traditions and things to be aware of when planning a military wedding. With this in mind, I asked some of the top wedding planners in DC, MD and VA for their best advice for military weddings. What do they tell their military couples? Is there anything special or particular that our brides and grooms in uniform should look out for or be aware of when planning their wedding? Here is what they had to say…
“I would advise the client if they were active duty to get wedding insurance. You never know with deployment.” - Vicky, owner of Event Accomplished
“As you plan a military wedding, I would strongly suggest in investing in wedding insurance. If the wedding date has to be moved due to deployment or special assignment of the bride and/or groom, you want to make sure there is minimal financial loss. Most vendors and venues will honor deposits made and move dates around, but what if not all of the vendors hired are available on the new date? Wedding insurance is priceless in this instance.” – Shawn, owner of TreBella Events
“Be mindful of military titles, which typically include rank and branch of service, when wording your wedding invitation. The format and the wording of the invitation are the same, but the use of titles is different. Military titles should not be abbreviated. When officers’ names are used alone, the name of their branch of service is noted on the line beneath their names. When their names are used with their spouse’s names, the branch of service is not mentioned. If their ranking is a captain or higher, officers in the army, air force or marines will use their military titles before their names. Navy and coast guard officers with a rank of commander or higher also use their military titles before their names.” – Kawania, owner of Howerton + Wooten Events
“Military weddings aren’t that different from any other weddings. There’s actually no official protocol to follow. There are, however, a lot of fun traditions that military couples may choose to incorporate, such as attire. Men may choose to wear their full dress uniform instead of a tuxedo or other suit. Women may do the same, but most brides and bridesmaids opt for traditional wedding apparel. Also, military personnel in uniform may not wear flowers, so no boutonnieres for those dashing gentlemen!” – Stephanie, owner of Pretty Entertaining
“I always tell all of my clients that are in the military to ask for military discounts from their vendors. We are a very pro military family town (in the Washington DC area) and I know our firm gives 10% discount off all our services to folks in the military.” – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity
“Don’t forget to ask every vendor if they offer a military discount, as most of them do or will if asked. – Courtney, owner of A Sweet Soiree
“Take advantage of venues that are on military bases. For example, Fort Myer (in Arlington, VA) has a beautiful chapel and officer’s club for events.” – Courtney, owner of A Sweet Soiree
“Couples who are military will have many great customs and traditions they may want to include. From a logistical standpoint, if they are active duty, flexibility with date will be a big factor when choosing the venue and vendors. In addition, to thinking about the details and logistics is attire. Grooms may want to wear their military dress uniform for all or part of the wedding day, such as for photos and/or the ceremony.” – Margo, owner of Bright Occasions
“If you are having your wedding on a military base, be aware of the entry policies. Everyone should carry their ID with them, because you will likely be asked for it before entering the base. So if you’re a bridesmaid, don’t accidentally give it to your date while you’re taking pictures between the ceremony and reception!” - Heather, owner of HJ Planners
“If the wedding is held on a military base, usually IDs are required for all guests and to allow for plenty of time to account for going through security check points.” – Vicky, owner of Event Accomplished
“Military couples may choose to marry at a chapel on base and/or hold their reception at the officer’s club. Remember to book these facilities early in the planning process, as they tend to be in high demand.” - Stephanie, owner of Pretty Entertaining
SWORDS AND SABERS
“If there are sufficient number of military members in the wedding party, then the newly married couple may exit the wedding ceremony through an arch of ceremonial weapons. Officers hold a sword or saber; enlisted personnel hold a ceremonial rifle.” - Stephanie, owner of Pretty Entertaining
“If you plan to cut your cake with your sword or saber, ask your caterer to thoroughly clean it before putting it back in the scabbard. Otherwise, the sugar from the cake could ruin the blade and the scabbard.” - Heather, owner of HJ Planners
A big thank you to all of the awesome wedding planners in the DC area that helped out with this post. Be sure to check each of them out on their websites, because they truly are the best in the business and would do wonders for your wedding! I look forward to seeing you all week long for our special military wedding week - it is going to be awesome!