Relaxed Intimate Wedding Ceremony in Washington DC: Carolyn + David

posted by Ally Lopez

Intimate weddings never fail to make me swoon, especially when they are sweet as Carolyn and David’s wedding in Washington DC. Think gorgeous light, DIY stationery and flowers and stunning images from Sarah Culver Photography. The Hotel Tabard Inn set the scene for this intimate wedding proving the recipe for a seriously gorgeous wedding is being surrounded by the people you love! Make sure you come back later this morning to see more from their relaxed wedding reception!

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From Sarah: We wanted our wedding to feel natural and fun, like the celebration that it was instead of a performance. To that end, we picked an intimate venue and invited only 50 of our closest friends and family.

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We both agree our “first look” was pretty incredible. Everything was so hectic that morning, and when I first saw him it all fell into place and I felt so relieved and giddy. Having that little bit of time to just ourselves (and our wonderful photographer!) felt special.

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A lot at the wedding ended up being handmade, just so we could keep things feeling authentic and not too staged. We did the programs, menus, seating chart, and table numbers ourselves, as well as the flowers. Our friends Chris (one of the groomsmen) and his wife Amber made the beautiful garland structure at the end of the aisle.

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Thank you so much Carolyn and David 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:

Venue: Hotel Tabard Inn
Officiant: Travis of Tie the Knot DC
Photography: Sarah Culver Photography
Day-Of Coordinator: Graceful Weddings
Bridal Attire: J. Crew
Hair and Makeup: Salonblu
Hair Accessories: Catbird
Jewelry: BHLDN

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Sarah Culver Photography

Elegant Black Tie Wedding Reception in Washington DC: Sarah + Aaron

posted by Ally Lopez

My heart always skips a beat for a black tie wedding! Sarah and Aaron’s wedding in Washington DC, planned by Howerton + Wooten Events, is overflowing with classic elegance and pretty pink details. And, lucky for us, Emily Clack Photography was on hand to capture every lovely detail. (And make sure you check out their traditional wedding ceremony, too!) I just love that their DIY centerpieces were inspired by their guests – each table featured framed photos of the couple with guests to make them feel a part of their big day. Too sweet!

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From Sarah: We wanted to have a DC wedding that made our out-of-town guests feel welcomed and important. We picked a reception venue that was in Dupont Circle and made it easy for our guests to walk between the church, reception site and back to their hotel.

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We tried to include details that would make them know that we considered them. Our DIY centerpieces included home made frames that included us with family and friends. We planned it so that our guests had pictures of us and them on their table! 

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Sarah’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:

It is important to think about what your priorities are and then have that guide your planning. For us, we wanted to consider what would be important to our guests feeling comfortable.

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Thank you so much Sarah and Aaron for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
Reception Venue: The Whittemore House
Photography: Emily Clack Photography
Wedding Planner: Howerton + Wooten Events
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Floral Design: Petal’s Edge Floral Design
Bridal Attire: David’s Bridal
Hair: Normal Taylor
Makeup: Norma Rios for Shauné Hayes Makeup + Hair Artists
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Ann Taylor
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: MyDeejay
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Transportation: Chariots for Hire

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Emily Clack Photography

Elegant Black Tie Wedding Ceremony in Washington DC: Sarah + Aaron

posted by Ally Lopez

Packed with classic details and overflowing with spring wedding inspiration, this wedding in Washington DC is the best way to start the week. Sarah and Aaron’s traditional Catholic ceremony, from Howerton + Wooten Events and Emily Clack Photography, brings that pop of pink we all need for a Monday morning. And there’s so much more where this came from! Join us later this morning to see their black tie wedding with guest-inspired centerpieces.

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Thank you so much Sarah and Aaron 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:

Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
Reception Venue: The Whittemore House
Photography: Emily Clack Photography
Wedding Planner: Howerton + Wooten Events
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Floral Design: Petal’s Edge Floral Design
Bridal Attire: David’s Bridal
Hair: Norma Taylor
Makeup: Norma Rios for Shauné Hayes Makeup + Hair Artists
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Ann Taylor
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: MyDeejay
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Transportation: Chariots for Hire

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Emily Clack Photography

Sunday Brunch: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

posted by Kate Oczypok

Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Are you ready to spend another Sunday morning with one of our awesome sponsors? Laura Hooper Calligraphy creates elegant calligraphy and paper goods for weddings as well as everyday stationery. Owner and founder Laura’s passion for hand lettering began at an early age, and for over 12 years she has worked with countless couples helping their wedding details come together. In addition to wedding invitation calligraphy, she also designs hand-drawn maps, unique place cards, table numbers, signs and loads of other unforgettable items for the most discerning of clients. For more from Laura Hooper Calligraphy, be sure to visit her website or check out all of her past features on United With Love.

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We hope that you’ll check out Laura Hooper Calligraphy for your wedding calligraphy needs 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.

Happy Friday!

posted by Ally Lopez

Hello, weekend, my old friend! Do you have any fun plans? Will you be heading to one of these local wedding events? There’s lots of fun stuff coming up that you don’t want to miss. I don’t have much going on this weekend, and I’m actually pretty happy about that. Whatever you and yours are doing, I hope you will have a great weekend! We’ll see you back here on Sunday for more DC-area wedding fun!

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Photo Credit: Rebekah J. Murray Photography

Washington DC Wedding Engagement Session: Ellie + Colin

posted by Kate Oczypok

Are you ready for a sweet Washington DC wedding engagement session? As an American University alum, this couple holds a special place in my heart! Fellow AU alums Ellie and Colin spent a romantic afternoon in Georgetown with Jennifer Ling Photography who, lucky for us, captured all the sweet moments that will melt your heart this morning! Their day ended at the Lincoln Memroial where these college sweethearts spent many date nights—and where Colin proposed!

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Congratulations Ellie and Colin!

Looking for more on 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: Jennifer Ling Photography

Washington DC and Baltimore Wedding Guest Book + Free Printable

posted by Ally Lopez

You know that we love celebrating the Washington DC area when it comes to fun wedding ideas—especially when there are free printables involved. Today we’re putting a local spin on a creative guest book that we’re all familiar with. Thumbprint wedding guest books are super fun and can double as a work of art in your new love nest. The fingerprint “balloons” in the sky will help the city fly! You can even customize our free printable Washington DC skyline guest book and free printable Baltimore skyline guest book with your names and wedding date. I can’t get over how cute these turned out. It’s all in the details, folks!

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Our printable city skyline wedding guest books are 11” x 17.” Open the document and personalize it with your names and wedding date using the Adobe Acrobat form. Print it! I uploaded the file to Staples and picked it up the next day for just a little over a $1. You have the options of submitting the document online directly, or saving it on a flash drive and bringing it into the store.

Display your guest book at your reception (or other wedding related event!) with colorful ink pads for guests to use. Have them sign their names on their “balloon,” or just leave it as is. You can also display our printable fingerprint guest book instructions (sized to fit a 5” x7” picture frame!) to give guests a better idea of how to “sign” your book!

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Make sure you check out our growing collection of free wedding printables and other DIY wedding projects – we have some really great ones!

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? If you are in the mood for more projects and printables, you can check out all of our Washington DC area DIY weddings right here! Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros.

 

Inspiration and Ideas: Monograms

posted by Ally Lopez

There’s nothing I love more than timeless wedding details, and a monogram is a one of them! It’s an easy way to personalize your wedding that will stand the test of time with a touch of preppy perfection. From the day-of stationery to the bride’s attire, here are some of our favorite wedding ideas to use your monogram or initials on your big day!

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Photo Credit: Rebekah J. Murray Photography from Elegant Waterfront Wedding

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  • I simply can't get enough of this monogram cut-out adorning the sweetheart table. Photo Credit: Kristen Gardner Photography

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  • These monogram cupcake toppers are the easiest DIY project! Don't miss our easy recipe to use at your bridal shower or other wedding event! Photo Credit: Hannah Colclazier Photography

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  • Rather than opting for favors that would be thrown away, this eco-friendly couple gave guests monogrammed seed packets. Photo Credit: Douglas Pettway Photography

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  • How cute is this wedding aisle sign with the couple's initials? They even had a custom monogram designed to use all day long! Photo Credit: Ethan Yang Photography

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  • As a nod to the bride's Southern roots, this wedding featured a monogram on the wedding stationery. Photo Credit: Kelly Ewell Photography

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  • I absolutely love these personalized table runners. This country-inspired wedding in DC featured their monogram and wedding date! Photo Credit: Alisandra Photography

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  • Brenda and Glenn included this personal wedding monogram all throughout their wedding. Can you see the little heart in the middle? Love it! Photo Credit: Ethan Yang Photography

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Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.

Do’s and Don’ts for Wedding Welcome Bags

posted by Ally Lopez

A wedding out-of-town bag is a fun and hospitable way to welcome guests to your wedding weekend festivities. They can be as simple as a bag with a homemade cookie and bottled water, or jam-packed and filled to the brim with your favorite goodies! (Don’t miss our past posts on what to include in a Washington DC wedding welcome bag, a Maryland wedding welcome bag, and a Virginia wedding welcome bag!) But, of course, there’s a little more to just throwing together some items—and we’ve got a little advice to share! Today, Meg, owner of Welcome To My Wedding, a wedding welcome bag packing service company here in the DC area, is here share some do’s and don’t for creating welcome bags! On that note, take it away, Meg…

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Welcome bags can be a fun pre-wedding project to welcome your out-of-town guests; however, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with creating bags right before your big day and to end up with bags that aren’t exactly what you wanted. Here are some of my do’s and don’ts to make the process fun and easy!

DO include substantial snacks with protein instead of just sugary treats. Guests will always appreciate having something extra to eat whether it’s after a long day of travel or the day of the wedding itself.

DON’T forget water! Water is always a scarce commodity in hotel rooms and something that everyone appreciates so I recommend two bottles in every bag. If you want to make it fun, you can get personalized bottles with your names and wedding colors.

DO think about how you arrange items in the bag itself. It’s easy for smaller items to get lost if they aren’t attached to something else. For example, attach two packs of Advil to a water bottle with double-sided tape.

DON’T use cheap bags or other containers. Cheaper paper bags will rip and break easily once you add the weight of snacks and water. Nicer bags cost more but also ensure that the bag isn’t falling apart when your guest receives it and gives them the added bonus of having something to carry extra items in the day of the wedding. Check out Bag and Bows online for bags and tissue.

DO plan ahead about when you will make the bags and enlist the help of friends and family to make it fun and go more quickly. To make the process more efficient, try using an assembly line method!

DON’T forget to let the hotel know that you will be leaving welcome bags to be given out to your guests. Contact hotels ahead of time so they know they will need to store bags especially if there are several guests staying at one hotel. Also bring a list with each guest’s name who has booked a hotel room along with how many bags they get, especially if you want to give an extra bag to a room with a family or if a guest has booked more than one room. This will make it easier for hotels to hand out the bags correctly as your guests arrive.

DO have fun and unleash your creativity! Welcome bags can be fun to create but only when you are excited about them. If making the bags is just going to overwhelm you then skip them entirely or only make bags for guests staying at hotels where you have room blocks and don’t worry about dropping off single bags around the city. Welcome bags are a great extra but not an essential!

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A big, big thank you to Meg for sharing all this great advice! If you need help in creating and putting together welcome bags for your DC-area wedding, be sure to check out Welcome To My Wedding.

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? If you are in the mood for more projects, you can check out all of our Washington DC area DIY weddings right here! Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros.