We hope you have had a wonderful week and enjoyed our behind the scenes look at the fun of NY Bridal Fashion Week from Astrid Photography. We love all of the stunning high fashion bridal gown trends we see coming in 2017! Today we are sharing a quaint downtown Bel Air Maryland Engagement Session with you from Be Photography. Scott and Christina knew that they did not want a run of the mill photo location, so they chose a spot that had special meaning to them and their families. Years ago, Scott’s grandparents owned a local business in the same downtown strip that their photos were taken! The newly engaged pair also own a home in Bel Air and hope to raise a family in the same area the groom’s family grew up in! Thank you to Be Photography for sharing their adorable engagement session with us and stay tuned next week for more DC wedding inspiration and weddings!
We love the look and overall ambiance of Merritt and Sean’s tented Virginia wedding in Upperville. From the romantic Sperry tent to the unique racing homage centerpieces that nodded to the couples history on the race track, this wedding gives us all the feels! Janice of Bellwether Events worked with the couple to plan long distance as they lived in California during their engagement, but knew with certainty that they wanted to marry on the bride’s family estate. We love being able to share this classic beauty with you, and we will let the stunning photos by the always talented Katie Stoops do the rest of the talking!
Congratulations to Merritt and Sean! Thank you for sharing your beautiful tented Virginia home wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Today we want to discuss one of the most important aspects of wedding planning – without this item, the wedding just won’t happen! What can this uber important element be? The invitation suite and paper goods, of course! We have teamed up with the super talented team at Basic Invite to bring you some amazing invitation tips and inspiration. And don’t forget to check out all of our amazing local DC area wedding couples who have some amazing paper goods of their own!
First and foremost, you must know that an invitation suite does not just include a simple invite asking guests to attend your wedding. There are so many different items that are included in the suite that cannot be forgotten! The save the date generally goes out first and alerts your guest that a special event will be happening on such and such date and that they should block off that day (or weekend!) on the calendar. Generally, this is the first glimpse into your wedding for your guests so it’s a good idea to have it fit the overall theme and aesthetic of the day. A lot of couples like to go with a photo save the date – created from those amazing engagement photos we know you took – with a more formal invitation to follow. If you want to go with a cohesive set for your entire wedding suite, Basic Invite’s items are all part of a set, making it super easy on you! You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards to finish it off! They make it simple – you won’t have to pick each item individually and hope that the work together – you know that each element will fit together perfectly.
Once you get to the actual wedding day invitation you want it to fit both your personalities and the day. If a couple is having a super modern wedding, they will want their invitations to fit the design plan so they might utilize a modern font and clean lines as opposed to a couple with a barn wedding who might include rustic elements like a burlap tie or a lacy accent. Whatever design you choose, Basic Invite has a set for you! They have almost unlimited colors with instant previews so you can see how everything is coming together throughout the process. Still not so sure if the design if right for you? No problem! They provide you with the ability to order a printed sample of your own invitation so you can see just what it will look like, even down to the tiniest detail, before you have to place your big order. You may think that seeing your invitation before you order hundreds isn’t a huge deal breaker, but it is. With so many options and details to pick out, you can never be too sure!
When it comes to your suite as a whole, don’t forget to include an RSVP card, an envelope for the initial send off and one to include for guests to respond back with, and any other wedding enclosure cards; these would include directions, rehearsal dinner info, registry info, and hotel room blocks. There are so many things to remember and we are so thankful that Basic Invite makes it easy with their incredible sets.
When the wedding day comes, sometimes couples forget how many paper items they might need. Don’t forget to consider menus, escort cards, ceremony programs, guest books and more! When the day is over and you are officially married to the love of your life, you might want to consider your thank you cards. If you would like for your thank you cards to match the rest of your set, Basic Invite has those too, and although they won’t relieve you of the task of writing all of those thank yous, you won’t have to worry about how they look! You know they will fit perfectly in with your all-around design plan.
Have you seen the United with Love Instagram today? We have been taken over by Astrid Photography, who is bopping around New York City for all of the loveliness of Bridal Fashion Week. Make sure to follow along as she checks out Couture fashion shows and The Knot Gala. We are sharing a few of our favorite looks from last weeks Couture Bridal Fashion shows, and we can’t wait to see which of these beauties are going to be carried in the DC Bridal Salons next year.
Louis knew how to make a great first impression; when arriving to his first date with Amy he knew he couldn’t come empty handed. Armed with his and hers Georgetown Cupcakes, he impressed Amy with sweet treats and left a lasting memory for dates to come! Cupcakes have been a running inside cute token between the couple, as he sends her cupcakes whenever he is moved between military bases across the country and even gifted her a silver cupcake charm on their first anniversary. The couple met with DC wedding photography team Procopio Photography for their monument engagement session in front of the crisp autumn trees and the skyline. We love how her bright red dress pops against the orange and yellow of the leaves! Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you to Procopio Photography for sharing this DC engagement session with us that will wrap up our week of fall inspiration.
Guests attend weddings to celebrate the love and happiness of a family member or friend. But, let’s be honest, they also appreciate the free drinks! Signature cocktails have been popular for quite some time now, often incorporating the couple’s cultures, favorite ingredients, or even the wedding color palette! In today’s case, we are bringing you some cocktails that epitomize the fall season. From ciders to pumpkin shooters, your autumnal options are endless so make sure to check out a few of our favorites below!
Good quality ginger beer to top off (about 1/2 cup or so)
Cinnamon to sprinkle
In a copper mug, add the vodka, apple cider and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, sprinkle cinnamon over the ice, then top off with ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.
¼ cup International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer
½ tsp vanilla
2 oz whipped cream vodka
Marshmallow fluff (opt)
Graham cracker crumbs (opt)
Dip the top of your shot glasses in marshmallow fluff until the rim is coated. Dip the coated rim in graham cracker crumbs until marshmallow fluff is completely covered. Add the pumpkin puree, creamer, vanilla and whipped cream vodka to your blender. Blend until smooth. Pour pumpkin pie shots into graham cracker rimmed shot glasses. Serve and enjoy!
In a cocktail shaker, combine apple pie moonshine, apple juice, cinnamon simple syrup, and lemon juice. Fill shaker 2/3 full of ice. Stir for 10-15 seconds to chill drink. Strain ice. Serve cocktail with new ice. Garnish with sliced apples and cinnamon sticks.
To continue with our week of fall wedding inspiration, we are sharing a vibrant Sotterly Plantation wedding by United with Love favorite, Birds of a Feather Photography. We love how the couple pulled in rich corral tones against bright blues to create a light yet fall inspired color story in their bridal party. The couple chose to hold their ceremony on the fields of the Maryland wedding venue, anchored by the prettiest arch with sunflowers and crisp fall foliage. Hay Bales, local honey favors, and burnt orange florals all helped create a uniquely fall space for guests to enjoy during the reception! Thank you to Birds of a Feather Photography for sharing today’s pretty fall wedding with us!
Congratulations to Mary and Jason! Thank you for sharing your vibrant colorful fall Marylan wedding with us!
Fall is certainly in the air and we couldn’t be more excited! Autumn is quickly becoming one of the most sought after seasons to host your nuptials and we can see why. All of the beautiful colors, decor, and design plans that incorporate fall elements like pumpkins, leaves, and rich palettes are to die for; because of this, we have curated some of our favorites from fall wedding seasons. Don’t forget to check out what local area real weddings are also featuring some of these design elements and click through each image below to see more pretty autumnal inspiration!
Now that the sun is finally out, the leaves are changing and fall is upon us we are excited to share a week of Fall wedding inspiration. We have a beautiful Virginia Vineyard wedding from Designed Perfectly Events to kick everything off! We believe that fall doesn’t just mean pumpkins (ahhh we love all things pumpkin) and orange, but instead a variety of rich jewel tones like purple, red, and deep yellows. Décor can range from hay bales to leaves, copper, and wine vineyards like today’s wedding! Lindsay and Aaron were married at Morais Vineyard in Virginia, with the prettiest color story of neutral tones with pops of charcoal and marsala. One element we love is the Sangria wine bar they created, lovingly called “Marita’s Sangria Bar” playfully named after the bride’s grandmother! The photos by Genevieve Leiper Photography truly speak to the fun and loving nature of their wedding day and we can not thank the couple enough for sharing this beautiful fall wedding with us today!
Congratulations to Lindsay and Aaron! Thank you for sharing your fall vineyard wedding reception in Virginia with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding: