Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Are you ready to spend another Sunday morning with one of our great sponsors? We are talking photographer for your wedding today with Michelle Lindsay Photography. Michelle offers a fresh approach to weddings, with iconic imagery and attention to detail. Michelle’s artistic aesthetic brings a romantic timelessness to her photography. She has an earnest passion for producing high-quality artwork that will last forever and focuses on putting as much love and dedication into the final wedding album as she does into capturing the wedding day. For more on the Michelle Lindsay Photography, be sure to visit her website or check out all of their past features on United With Love.
We hope that you’ll check out Michelle Lindsay Photography for your wedding photography 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.
Did you have a good week? Better yet, do you have any weekend plans? Hopefully you’ll be enjoying this gorgeous winter weather and all the local holiday events going on! ‘Tis the season and my favorite time of the year. Don’t forget to join us again this weekend for more DC wedding fun!
When Friday starts off with a sweet little engagement session in Washington DC, you know it’s going to be a great morning! Danielle and Josh spent a gorgeous afternoon soaking up the sun in Cady’s Alley, a charming design district in Georgetown. Love life Images was behind the lens to snap photos of every ray of sunshine and warm smile drenched in style! And they truly captured the romantic and industrial feel of Georgetown that I just can’t get enough of!
We have always been a huge fan of Rent the Runway, your source for stylish and affordable fashion and accessory rentals by top designer labels. So, when we found out they were coming to Georgetown, we knew just had to share it with you. Whether you’re a bride looking for a dress for the big day (or other wedding-related events), a bridesmaid searching for your gown, or a friend looking to be the best dressed guest, RTR is an absolute must. Plus, this location offers styling packages where you can host a private styling event and pop bubbly while you and your ladies work one-on-one with style consultants. Sign me up! On that note, here are a few of my favorite wedding fashion ideas for the big day…
Hope you’re ready to start off the day with a serious dose of pretty because we’ve got some beautiful, seasonal wedding inspiration coming your way! Bright apple red is my all-time favorite color, so I was positively in awe of the gorgeous styled shoot by Roberts and Co. Event Planning. These country chic wedding ideas featured the cutest additions: a breathtaking red bouquet, a pair of cowboy boots, a few sugared doughnuts, and even a caramel apple bar! This late autumn gem of photos by Lisa Boggs Photography is so much fun, I wish fall would never end!
Thank you so much for sharing these fabulous wedding ideas! The following Washington DC area wedding vendors contributed to this wedding inspiration:
There is just something so utterly romantic about a courthouse wedding. From focusing on the love between two people to all the fun options for wedding day attire, what’s not to love? If you’re planning a wedding in Washington DC at a courthouse, then get ready to take some serious notes because today, we’re dishing out wedding planning advice for small celebrations!
In the District of Columbia, marriage licenses are issued through the DC Marriage Bureau and the DC Code requires a three-day waiting period from the date an application is received before the Marriage Bureau may issue a license. The DC Superior Court issues marriage licenses to couples who intend to be married within the District of Columbia, regardless of their current residency.
If you’re planning a destination wedding in Washington DC (or you can’t make it to the courthouse), couples may elect to have a proxy apply on their behalf—but that person must have copies of your IDs, application and fees.
Application: Download right here.
Fees: $35 for the application, $10 for the license
During the marriage license application process, you are able to fill out a civil wedding request form (Download form right here.) The civil wedding calendar is general booked 2-3 week in advance. The marriage ceremony room holds around 10 to 15 guests. A court official will officiate your wedding ceremony, and you can receive a certified copy of your marriage license the same day.
Certificate Fee: $10.00
Marriage Ceremony Fee: None.
Getting a Wedding Officiant
Who Can Perform the Ceremony:
an authorized person of any religious denomination or society ($35 fee + application)
a civil celebrant ($35 fee + application)
a temporary officiant ($25 fee + application)
a judge (or retired judge of any court of record)
the Clerk of the Court of such deputy clerks of the Courts as may, in writing be designated by the Clerk and approved by the Chief Judge of the Court
a member of the Council
the Mayor of the District of Columbia
* “Temporary officiant” means a person authorized by the Clerk of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (“Court”) to solemnize a specific marriage. The person’s authority to solemnize that marriage expires upon the filing of the marriage license.
* “Civil celebrant” means a person of a secular or non-religious organization who performs marriage ceremonies.
Will you and yours be getting hitched at the courthouse? Or did you already have your short and sweet ceremony? Share your thoughts and advice with us! And check through the blog for more courthouse wedding inspiration and ideas.
The sweet tradition of celebrating your first wedding anniversary by eating the top wedding cake tier could turn sour, but there are a few tips that can help you do it successfully! One of the oldest wedding traditions, savoring the cake once again brings back memories of your big day and a blissful first year of marriage. Today we have Meghan from Kendall’s Cakes here to share some pro advice for what you need to know for your top tier preservation, plus a few other must-know wedding day tips! And be sure to check out her last advice post on the must-ask questions for your wedding baker! On that note, take it away, Meghan…
Today we have Meghan from Kendall’s Cakes here to share some pro advice for what you need to know about your wedding cake on the day of your wedding! Take it away, Meghan…
Tips for Preserving the Top Tier
One of the special things we do for our couples is instead of having them save their top tier, we give them a gift certificate to get a fresh one for their anniversary. They can wait the whole year or they can get it to enjoy while they’re looking over their photos, etc.
If a couple would like to eat their cake after it’s been frozen for a year, I would suggest taking it out of the box it’s given to you in. Once out of the box wrap with plastic at least 3 times to try and give it a nice barrier to the freezer. Then put it back in the box and wrap the box.
How to Slice Your Cake
Our natural tendency is to cut two slices into the bottom tier and then try to pull it out, and it just won’t budge. After the two first slices, cut down the back of the slice loosening it from the rest of the tier, making it easier to remove and enjoy.
Wedding Cake Leftovers for Guests
If you plan to have the cake as your take home favor the best thing to do is have the baker pre-box it. We can create an entire wedding cake with faux tiers, leaving a section for the couple to cut into. This way you get the look you’d like and everyone thinks the whole cake is real. Pre boxing makes the take home pieces more beautiful. When the cake has been sitting out all night and then it is sliced and boxed everything is soft and it makes a big mess.
Thank you for all of this great advice, Meghan! If you are on the hunt for a local wedding cake baker, be sure to check out Kendall’s Cakes.
One of my favorite things about a wedding is when a couple really personalizes their day, and for Christine and Henry’s romantic garden-inspired wedding in Maryland, that meant DIY wedding projects like table décor and favors. (But first, take a look at their traditional wedding ceremony first!) A celebration filled with dreamy florals, it’s so easy to get lost in the gorgeous imagery from McCall Doyle Photography. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
What made this wedding extra special was all the attention to details that my wedding team incorporated. To begin, the wedding favors where delicately done by my mother, the wedding programs where done by me and the bird cages and props were also done by my mother, along with the table number décor and the lasso used during the ceremony.
We had 5 different centerpieces for the 24 or so tables, including candelabras, candles, crystal vases, water filled cylinders. I wanted everyone to feel that their table had an “it” factor, and a level of detail that would fulfill the most curious eye.
Thank you so much Christine and Henry for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
We have lots of pretty on our agenda this morning, and we’re starting it all off with this garden-inspired wedding in Maryland. Inspired by the fresh elements that a spring wedding brings, Christine and Henry set every detail of their day with a touch of pure romance! Think soft shades of pinks, blues and green an abundance of florals that’s something straight out of a storybook. These gorgeous images from McCall Doyle Photography paint the prettiest of pictures of their perfect day, and come back later this morning to soak up the loveliness of their soft hued soiree.
From Christine: The inspiration of my wedding was “Garden in Bloom.” I wanted to capture the spring fresh elements of plush colors, while maintaining a sweet romantic innocence of pure love. My inspiration began with a love for peonies. They are bold, delicate, and I love how full and soft they are.
Thank you so much Christine and Henry 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: