Lincoln Memorial Marriage Proposal: Kate + Kevin

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I am just absolutely in love with this Washington DC marriage proposal! There’s just something about being able to watch it unfold with these gorgeous photos from Kelci Alane Photography that make it so incredibly romantic. Kevin e-mailed Kelci about a month before his proposal in need of a photographer. They met at the Lincoln Memorial to go over logistics. Thankfully, the weather held up and Kelci was able to blend in with the crowd—whew! Everything went perfectly, and as you can see my loves, Kate (great name by the way!) was so surprised. Love it!

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Congratulations Kate and Kevin!

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Photo Credits: Kelci Alane Photography

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DIY Flower Crown

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It is finally spring here in the Washington DC area and we are celebrating with flowers! Oh yes, we have another fun DIY wedding project coming your way, lovelies! Once again, our friends at Petal’s Edge, wedding florists based in Alexandria, Virginia hosted a fun and informative workshop on creating a fresh flower crown. (Don’t miss this tutorial on how to make a terrarium!) I love the idea of making these crowns for your flower girl, bridesmaids or even yourself. The floral crowns are easier to make than you think – pinky promise! Deb Lindsey Photography was behind the lens to capture all of the fun! We attended a workshop with Petal’s Edge, but you can use our tutorial below to create this darling flower crown yourself…

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Supplies:

  • Thin gauge wire (24-28 gauge works best!)
  • ½” wide corsage tape
  • Fresh flowers

A quick note for choosing flowers for your crown:

Choose flowers for their heartiness and avoid more delicate flowers that do poorly out of water.  Remember, a crown will more than likely be spending a lot of time on a person, which means the flowers will not only have to contend with no water supply, but also with body heat.  Some good flower choices may be things like spray roses, or full roses without bulky heads, ranunculus, delphinium, orchids, or foliage, like seeded eucalyptus or lemon leaf. Ask your local florist or wholesaler if you’re still stumped.

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To Make:

To begin wiring, take a single bloom and a piece of wire in hand. Insert and center the wire (we used 12” pieces of wire!) into the calyx, or the thickest, sturdiest part of the flower head where the bloom meets the stem. Fold the wire in half. (Here you will begin to see that you are creating an artificial stem for the flower head.) Next, take your wired flower in-hand and, holding the end of your tape roll against the calyx, begin to wrap your wire “stem” from the calyx to the ends of the wire. Activate the stickiness of the tape by holding and twisting at the calyx while simultaneously pulling and stretching the tape.  Repeat this step for all of your flower heads.  Lastly, create a loop (two loops if you’re doing a ribbon finish!) by wrapping a few pieces of wire together with tape, folding it over, and taping the ends of the wire together.

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Once you have your flower heads with their artificial “stems,” as well as your wire loop, you’re ready to begin assembling your crown. Beginning with your loop, take your first wired flower and attach it to the loop by positioning it just below the loop and twisting the ends together. It should look as though your flower head has a halo. Grab a few more stems and twist them to the loop just below the first flower.  Repeat this step, creating a one-sided garland of flowers until you have reached the desired length of your crown, paying attention the pattern and composition of your flowers.

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To finish, once you’ve reached a length equal to the circumference of the wearer’s head, simply take the newly finished end and insert it into the loop that you used to begin the crown and secure the end by twisting it down on to the looped end. If you are doing a band, you may want to focus more on creating a vignette of flowers as opposed to a pattern. To finish your band, simply twist your end into a loop and tape to secure. Tie ribbon long enough to accommodate desired circumference through the loops on each end to create an adjustable ribbon closure to your crown or band.

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Thank you so much to the team at Petal’s Edge for helping us to make this floral crown and sharing their expertise! You can also see this tutorial on how to create your own terrarium – perfect for a wedding centerpiece! Be on the lookout for upcoming classes and/or check Petal’s Edge out for flowers and floral design for your wedding. Also, special thank you to our friend, Deb Lindsey Photography, for the gorgeous photos.

In the meantime,  be sure you check out our growing collection of DIY wedding projects and free wedding printables – we have some really great ones! 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.

Photo Credits: Deb Lindsey Photography

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Fancy Farm Wedding Reception in Virginia: Julie + Michael

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OK – I’ll just say it: I love rustic weddings. So, when I first saw Julie and Michael’s wedding in Virginia, I just about jumped for joy. Elegance meets rustic for their autumn celebration of marriage, and I’m loving every last detail. Gorgeous calligraphy, miniature champagne favors and a pie dessert bar—what’s not to love!? See it all right here captured by Rebekah J. Murray Photography

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From Julie: “Fancy Farm” – that quickly became the phrase we used to describe what we wanted the feel of our wedding to be. We wanted the event to be rustic, but upscale, warm and inviting. There were only a few specifics we really wanted in terms of the design and decor – long tables, lots of candles and soft fall colors.

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

Pick a few things that are really important to you, but don’t stress about the rest! And if you’re not particularly crafty or handy (like us!), hire a wedding planner! It will save you a lot of headaches.

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

Venue: Oatlands Plantation
Photography: Rebekah J. Murray Photography
Wedding Planner: Atrendy Wedding
Floral Design: Toulies en Fleur
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Calligraphy: Audrey Staples
Bridal Attire: Rivini from Hannelore’s of Olde Town
Hair and Makeup: StyleMeBar
Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew
Groom’s Attire: Alton Lane
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Ceremony Music: String Poets
Reception Music: The Rollex Band
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Select Event Group
Catering: Federal City Caterers
Desserts: Federal City Caterers (pies) and Cakelove (cake)
Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design
Transportation: Reliable Limousine and Bus Service, LLC

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Photo Credits: Rebekah J. Murray Photography

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Fancy Farm Wedding Ceremony in Virginia: Julie + Michael

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Virginia country-inspired weddings are some of the prettiest fêtes you will see! Need proof? Take Julie and Michael’s elegant and farm-inspired dream wedding in Virginia! Think warm hues of purple and pink set against the dreamy backdrop of Oatlands Plantation and you’ve got yourself one seriously gorgeous wedding. Rebekah J. Murray Photography was there to snap away as Julie and Michael said their “I do’s” in a beautiful outdoor location.

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From Julie: We really enjoyed the “first look.” It wasn’t something we had originally planned to do, but we changed our minds as we got closer to the wedding day and were so happy we did. It was so special to be able to spend time together, just the two of us, before we were thrown into the craziness of the rest of the day.

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My family is Italian and my husband’s family is Swiss, so we wanted to incorporate both culture’s traditions. In keeping with Italian wedding tradition, we broke a glass together at the end of the ceremony. The number of pieces of glass is symbolizes the number of happy years of marriage you’ll have.

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Thank you so much Julie and Michael 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: Oatlands Plantation
Photography: Rebekah J. Murray Photography
Wedding Planner: Atrendy Wedding
Floral Design: Toulies en Fleur
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Calligraphy: Audrey Staples
Bridal Attire: Rivini from Hannelore’s of Olde Town
Hair and Makeup: StyleMeBar
Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew
Groom’s Attire: Alton Lane
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Ceremony Music: String Poets
Reception Music: The Rollex Band
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Select Event Group
Catering: Federal City Caterers
Desserts: Federal City Caterers (pies) and Cakelove (cake)
Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design
Transportation: Reliable Limousine and Bus Service, LLC

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: Rebekah J. Murray Photography

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Classic Meets Preppy Wedding Reception in Maryland: Victoria + Charles

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If you need a little prep in your step this afternoon, you’ve come to the right place! Victoria and Charles’ pink and blue wedding in Maryland came with lots of preppy-inspired details from the striped menus to the sailboat groom’s cake – I’m loving it all. (But first make sure to check out their traditional Catholic wedding ceremony!) These preppy love birds celebrated in style at Hunt Valley Golf Club with CINEMATICbyDavid M behind the lens to snap away!

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From Victoria: Our wedding was truly the perfect blend of our traditional, preppy style, inspired by the gorgeous scenery of our Hunt Valley Golf Club venue. Charles and I really wanted our wedding to be elegant and classic, yet relaxed and fun. We chose navy, coral and white with accents of gold as our wedding palette to make a pop against the lush greens of mid-September.

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For the decor, we wanted to bring the outside in and create a natural glowing look with our floral arrangement and tiered floating candle centerpieces.

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We really had two main priorities for our day. We wanted our day to be truly “us” and reflect our personalities. Charles and I had tons of personal details throughout the ceremony and reception space that reflected my artistic side and our mutual love of wine, which Charles also sells professionally, and our Annapolis home.

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

My advice to other DC area couples is to make your day a reflection of you as a couple. I wanted our guests to say, “that was definitely Charles and Victoria.” Infusing your personal style within your space can really make an impression and make your day even more memorable. If you love it, do it!

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

Ceremony Venue: The Church of the Immaculate Conception
Reception: Hunt Valley Golf Club
Photography: CINEMATICbyDavid M
Stationery: Papyrus
Floral Design: Local Color Flowers
Bridal Attire: Priscilla of Boston from I Do I Do Wedding Gowns
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Veil: Vanya Bvlgari
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Aria
Groom’s Attire: Jos. A Bank
Accessories: High Cotton Ties
Linens: Dove Linen, Inc.
DJ: DJ Kopec
Dessert: Graul’s Market
Transportation: Presidential Limousine Service

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: CINEMATICbyDavid M

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Classic Meets Preppy Wedding Ceremony in Maryland: Victoria + Charles

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We have a lovely treat for you this morning my,dear readers! Classic meets preppy at this gorgeous wedding in Maryland and I’m loving every detail. Victoria and Charles wanted a relaxed and fun wedding with details inspired by their Annapolitan roots with preppy stripes, pinks and blues and, of course, monogrammed everything. CINEMATICbyDavid M was on hand to capture all the sweet moments from their traditional Catholic ceremony. But stay tuned because later this afternoon we are sharing more from their preppy wedding!

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From Victoria: There was so much love poured into making and gathering personal details for our wedding. My family is from Spain, so I chose to honor my heritage by wearing a Spanish mantilla veil, as well as carrying four generations of heirlooms including a fan that my grandmother carried on her wedding day!

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Thank you so much Victoria and Chuck 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: The Church of the Immaculate Conception
Reception: Hunt Valley Golf Club
Photography: CINEMATICbyDavid M
Stationery: Papyrus
Floral Design: Local Color Flowers
Bridal Attire: Priscilla of Boston from I Do I Do Wedding Gowns
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Veil: Vanya Bvlgari
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Aria
Groom’s Attire: Jos. A Bank
Accessories: High Cotton Ties
Linens: Dove Linen, Inc.
DJ: DJ Kopec
Dessert: Graul’s Market
Transportation: Presidential Limousine Service

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: CINEMATICbyDavid M

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Sunday Brunch: Gingerwood Creative

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Good Sunday morning to you, my Washington DC area wedding lovelies! Are you ready to spend today with one of our amazing sponsors? Let me introduce you to Gingerwood Creative, a wedding planning and styling company in the Washington DC area that creates exceptional weddings and events. Gingerwood Creative takes the guess work out of planning your wedding, while helping you to infuse your celebration with striking design vision and a genuine expression of your personalities. Their inspiration begins with you! On the road to your event or wedding, whether you just need some directions and some company, or want to hand over the keys and let someone else steer the wheel, Gingerwood Creative will help you to make the trip through the planning process – and your wedding – more meaningful and fun. For more from Gingerwood Creative, be sure to visit their website or check out all of their past features on United With Love.

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We hope that you’ll consider Gingerwood Creative for your wedding planning and design 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.

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Nationals Park Wedding Engagement Session: Janie + Anthony

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This week kicked off the official start to baseball season and ’round here, we have some serious #natitude pride, which is why I’m especially excited for today’s wedding engagement session in Washington DC. Janie and Anthony celebrated their love of the Washington Nationals at the one and only Nationals Park for some crazy cute photos around the park. Andrea Rodway Photography was behind the lens to capture every sweet moment, including some darling post-ballpark portraits at the oh-so-chic Yards Park. Go Nats!

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Congratulations Janie and Anthony!

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Photo Credits: Andrea Rodway Photography

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DIY Edible Cherry Blossoms

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It’s cherry blossom season here in Washington DC, so you know we just had to whip something up in the kitchen for another installment in our DIY wedding dessert series. The cherry blossom trees are starting bloom and the word is that this weekend will be the peak bloom. If you haven’t been down to the Mall, Tidal Basin and Haines Point – get going! For today’s DIY wedding project, we created easy and edible cherry blossom blooms to use on cupcakes, cakes and more for your upcoming event – wedding, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, the ideas are endless! These little beauties are so simple and will dress up any cake, cookie or plate. Here is how I made these cherry blossoms out of gum paste…

DIY Gum Paste Cherry Blossoms

Ingredients:

Wilton Ready-to-Use Gum Paste
Vegetable shortening
Cornstarch
Pink gel food coloring
Wilton white sugar pearls (optional)
Wilton edible adhesive or royal icing (optional)

Supplies:

Gloves
Wilton flower former set

Five petal cutter
Silicone flower veiner

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To Make:

First, put on those gloves! The last thing you’ll want is food coloring on your skin and the gum paste can’t get sticky! Next, put a little vegetable shortening on your palms – kind of like hand lotion. It’s a little gross, I know, but it helps to soften the gum paste.

To color the gum paste, dip your toothpick into the gel food coloring and then poke several holes into the gum paste and massage it in until you’ve reached your desired color. I like my cherry blossoms light pink, but you can always have white blooms.

Lightly dust your work space with cornstarch. Using your roller, flatten out the gum paste until it’s 1/8 in. Cut out the blooms using the five-petal cutter. Gently, pick up each flower and let them set in the veiner. Lastly, gently take the flowers out of the veiner and leave them to dry in the flower former.

Once the flowers are dry, you can decorate them however you wish. For these blossoms pictured, I used edible adhesive to stick three sugar pearls in the middle of each flower. If you don’t have edible glue on hand, you can easily put a small dot of royal icing to “glue” the sugar pearls to the cherry blossom. (PS – You can find my favorite recipe for royal icing right here!)

And voilà, there goes your super easy to make cherry blossom blooms to use for cakes, cupcakes, whatever!

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Where will you be using your cherry blossoms? Don’t forget to check out all of our other wedding DIY desserts! In particular, you might like these Maryland-inspired black-eyed Susans cupcake toppers and Virginia-inspired gum paste dogwood cupcake toppers, too! Can you tell we have a sweet tooth!?

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