Outdoor Maryland Wedding Engagement Session: Lilly + Scott

posted by Kate Oczypok

Calling all you dog lovers out there! Check out this gorgeous wedding engagement in Maryland with Lilly and Scott (and their super cute pup named, Tucker!) The duo knew they wanted a private and intimate engagement session, so they opted for a friend’s backyard in Potomac, Maryland. Linda Wang Photography was behind the camera to capture their playful vibe and as you can see, little Tucker stole the show!

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Congratulations Lilly and Scott!

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: Linda Wang Photography

Inspiration and Ideas: Escort + Place Cards

posted by Ally Lopez

Today we are all about the wedding inspiration for table assignments and place cards. This morning we shared a cute idea for DIY Washington DC place cards, but we thought we’d share a few more favorite ideas. Help your wedding guests find their seats—in style!—with these unique ideas for place cards and escort cards. Which one is your favorite

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Photo Credit: Emily Chastain Photography from DIY Wedding in Virginia

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  • For a unique wedding escort card, this crafty bride dipped terra cotta pots into silver, gold, and white paint and planed succulents into each! Photo Credit: She Wanders

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  • Perfect for your nautical themed or beach-inspired weddings and events, these compasses will guide each of your guests to their proper seat. Plus, they make a great keepsake, too!

    via Laura Hooper Calligraphy

  • Michelle + David wanted to add a special vintage-inspired touch to their wedding escort cards. They had their calligrapher create cards for these vintage skeleton keys! Photo Credit: Procopio Photography

    via Timeless Washington DC Wedding

  • Alright, I'll say it. I am obsessed with these miniature easels that are being used as seating cards! These would be perfect for a bridal shower, don't you think? Photo Credit: Milou and Olin

    via Style Me Pretty

  • Nautical weddings + Maryland-inspired details have a special place in my heart. So, of course I absolutely love these DIY kraft paper crab escort cards! Photo Credit: Brian Tropiano Photography

    via Nautical Maryland Wedding

  • Seat guests while they sip of a favorite drink of choice! Love how these mini limonata bottles were used as seating "cards." Photo Credit: Jessica Schmitt Photography

    via Style Me Pretty

  • Blow your guests away with these super fun (and insanely cute!) pinwheel escort cards! Photo Credit: Pier 23 Photography

    via Modern Washington DC Wedding

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.

DIY Washington DC Skyline Place Cards

posted by Ally Lopez

Urban style and local wedding inspiration are the theme of the day! It’s no secret that we love this city of ours, so when it came to creating a fun DIY wedding project, we turned to the city skyline for inspiration. These DIY pop-up skyline place cards are a cute way to infuse a little local love into your wedding weekend festivities. How cute would these be at your rehearsal dinner or morning-after brunch!?

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To Make:

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Begin with one blank card stock—I used #10 flat note cards from Paper Source in black. Mark the card stock at the half point along the vertical side. I used a regular pencil and it showed up just fine!

Place a ruler along the marking where you want the card stock to fold. Hold the ruler firmly in place with one hand. Run the pointed tip of a bone folder along the length of the ruler, pressing it firmly down as you go. This will create a perfect fold!

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Draw your skyline above the line, but leave just a small space underneath so the card folds easily and the skyline can pop up! Use your craft knife to cut along the outline of your skyline design. I don’t recommend using the knife to cut out windows or design because it can lead to small tears, and we don’t want that!

Write the name of your guest at the bottom and voilà— you’re all done!

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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.

Traditional Cambodian Wedding Ceremony in Maryland: Prachin + Michael

posted by Ally Lopez

We are so excited to share yet another gorgeous at-home wedding in Maryland, and this morning we’re welcoming back Prachin and Michael to the blog! You might remember their traditional wedding ceremony and chic wedding reception from yesterday (if not, go check it out now!). The day before their festivities, they celebrated with a colorful Cambodian ceremony at-home, captured by Audra Wrisley Photography, and once we got a peek, we knew we just had to share it! Their cultural wedding ceremony included many exciting traditions, including the hair cutting ceremony, knot tying ceremony and ended with throwing rice all over the new couple.

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Thank you so much Prachin and Michael for sharing your wedding ceremony with us!

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: Audra Wrisley Photography

Elegant and Chic Wedding Reception in Washington DC: Prachin + Michael

posted by Ally Lopez

Are you ready for more chic wedding inspiration from Prachin and Michael’s wedding in Washington DC? (And make sure to take a look at their traditional wedding ceremony first!) After a few portaits around Capitol Hill with their dapper wedding party, they continued their celebrations at the Phoenix Park Hotel where Audra Wrisley Photography was on hand to capture every sweet moment. And can we talk about how cute that sloth wedding guest book is!? Don’t forget to join us tomorrow as we take a look at their second wedding ceremony—a traditional Cambodian ceremony!—and rehearsal dinner. Bring it on!

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

Venue: Phoenix Park Hotel
Officiant: The Honorable Mark Wolf
Photographer: Audra Wrisley Photography
Videographer: Michael Brazda Films
Floral Design + Hairpiece: Royce’s Flowers
Stationery: MagnetStreetWedding Paper Divas, and Minted
Bridal Attire: Enzoani
Shoes: Joan and David
Hair + Makeup: Kristen Foster Hair Artistry
Bridesmaids’ Attire: White by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal
Ceremony + Reception Music: The Dexter Lake Club Band

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: Audra Wrisley Photography

Elegant and Chic Wedding Ceremony in Washington DC: Prachin + Michael

posted by Ally Lopez

If you could win an award for being the prettiest wedding I ever did see, this wedding in Washington DC would surely take the prize. The fabulous Audra Wrisley Photography captured it all behind the camera, and lucky us, we can pour over these lovely photos all morning long! Prachin and Michael’s elegant fête comes straight from blush pink heaven! These cuties celebrated with a traditional wedding following their traditional Cambodian wedding ceremony (be on the lookout for that tomorrow!). Until then, make sure to come back later this morning and see more from their elegant wedding celebration.

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From Prachin: I wore orchids in my hair, in memory of my mother, who I lost last summer to cancer. Orchids were her favorite flower.

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Thank you so much Prachin 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: Phoenix Park Hotel
Officiant: The Honorable Mark Wolf
Photographer: Audra Wrisley Photography
Videographer: Michael Brazda Films
Floral Design + Hairpiece: Royce’s Flowers
Stationery: MagnetStreet, Wedding Paper Divas, and Minted
Bridal Attire: Enzoani
Shoes: Joan and David
Hair + Makeup: Kristen Foster Hair Artistry
Bridesmaids’ Attire: White by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal
Ceremony + Reception Music: The Dexter Lake Club Band

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: Audra Wrisley Photography

Classic Southern Summer Wedding Reception in Maryland: Allie + Daniel

posted by Ally Lopez

Welcome back to the second part of Allie and Daniel’s summer wedding in Maryland. (But first, make sure you check out their traditional wedding ceremony first!) Their classic Southern affair came complete with the prettiest farm venue I’ve seen, and Birds of a Feather Photography has the photos to prove it! From their DIY chalkboard signs to the seriously delish looking pie bar, there was no detail left out by these two Texans for their Southern Maryland destination wedding.

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From Allie: We had more of a feel in mind than a vision when we started our wedding planning. We wanted a romantic summer night, with a southern comfort atmosphere, good food, and great company. Anything too formal wouldn’t have fit our personalities, but with a traditional ceremony and a more casual reception, we hit a great happy medium.

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We wanted subtle colors that lent itself to the vintage, rustic look we liked so we chose lighter shades of green and pink and the seersucker suits were a perfect fit for our color scheme and the style we were going for. All in all, everything came together in a way that really represented who we are.

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We incorporated old leather suitcases that belonged to my grandfather, as well as a memorial table with pictures of lost loved ones.

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

Plan early! We were planning from Texas, so we got most of the big things taken care of while we were home way in advance. Even then, a lot of little things have a way of sneaking up on you at the last minute. But I think the most important thing is to have people helping you that you know you can trust.

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

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Flora Corner Farm
Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography
Floral Design: Flowers by Bunny
Stationery: DIY
Calligraphy: Susan Mudd Vogel
Bridal Attire: Alfred Angelo
Veil: Serendipity Bridal and Events
Shoes: DSW
Hair and Makeup: Illusions Hair and Nail Salon
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alfred Angelo
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Catering: Danny Jefferson Delectable D’s
Cake: DIY
Ceremony Music: Joe Meszaros
Reception Music: Rockin’ Roger
Favors: DIY
Transportation: Keller Transportation, Inc.

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: Birds of a Feather Photography

Classic Southern Summer Wedding Ceremony in Maryland: Allie + Daniel

posted by Ally Lopez

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the last official day of summer than with this summer wedding in Southern Maryland. Pink and green weddings seriously make my heart happy. It’s my favorite color palette, and when paired with seersucker and Southern-inspired details, you know I’m a happy blogger. Birds of a Feather Photography was behind the camera to capture every gorgeous detail of Allie and Daniel’s traditional ceremony. Join us later this morning to see their classic summer farm wedding that will put the pep in your step this Monday morning!

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From Allie: Our biggest priority from the very beginning was having the people who meant the most to us to share this day with us. We really just wanted to celebrate with all those who have supported us through all of our years together. 

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There was a lot about our wedding that was personal and sentimental. I wore both my grandmother and my great-grandmother’s wedding rings, and Daniel wore my great-grandfathers.

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My favorite memory from our wedding day was when we exchanged letters before the ceremony. We had written letters to each other the night before, and exchanged them while standing on either side of a beam in the barn so we still couldn’t see each other. I think it was the most personal part about our whole day, when we could really tell each other how we were feeling, and get ready to take on our new life together.

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Thank you so much Allie and Daniel 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: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Flora Corner Farm
Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography
Floral Design: Flowers by Bunny
Stationery: DIY
Calligraphy: Susan Mudd Vogel
Bridal Attire: Alfred Angelo
Veil: Serendipity Bridal and Events
Shoes: DSW
Hair and Makeup: Illusions Hair and Nail Salon
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alfred Angelo
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Catering: Danny Jefferson Delectable D’s
Cake: DIY
Ceremony Music: Joe Meszaros
Reception Music: Rockin’ Roger
Favors: DIY
Transportation: Keller Transportation, Inc.

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: Birds of a Feather Photography

Sunday Brunch: National Cathedral School

posted by Kate Oczypok

Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Are you ready to spend another cozy fall Sunday morning with one of our awesome sponsors? The National Cathedral School offers a unique space for your wedding. If historical spaces are your cup of tea, the National Cathedral School, a historical institution itself, is on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. NCS provides a full range of services including catering, facilities set-up, security, event coordination and on-site parking. There’s even a beautiful outdoor wedding terrace perfect for breathtaking photos! For more from the National Cathedral School, 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 check out The National Cathedral School for your wedding venue 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.