I don’t think I could love this colorful and cultural wedding in Virginia more if I tried. I’ve been pouring over these gorgeous images from Pier23 Photography since the minute I opened them, and I don’t plan on leaving this page anytime soon. Can you blame me? Esther and Julis’ wedding celebrations kicked off with a traditional Korean Paebaek wedding ceremony was followed by a mix of modern and traditional with hues and grays and purples throughout. Translation: a whole ton of pretty! Come back later this morning to see their reception with an incredible view!
Thank you so much Esther and Julius 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:
Welcome back to the second half of Tanya and George’s wedding in Virginia. (Hold on! Don’t go any further until you check out their rustic vineyard wedding ceremony first!) With pops of terracotta orange, this wedding is filled to the brim with rustic and autumn-inspired details and colors captured by BePhotography. I love how Tanya describes her DIY wedding escort cards as part of their wedding brand—loving the shabby chic creativity!
From Tanya: We love the outdoors, especially in the mid-Atlantic fall season. We both gravitate towards the antique, rustic style, so after learning about the Winery at Bull Run, we knew it would fit our style perfectly. We visited the Winery quickly after learning there was only one October date left and immediately fell in love with the atmosphere. George loves history, I love anything rustic, so it became a no brainer that this was the venue for us.
I am in marketing, so of course I somewhat “branded” my own wedding! I also made the escort name cards and glued tiny shabby flowers on the corner, hanging them on handmade pallet boards.
Thank you so much Tanya and George for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
It’s a perfect morning to cozy up to this rustic vineyard wedding in Virginia, don’t you think? As an outdoors-loving couple, Tanya and George quickly fell in love with scenic views of The Winery at Bull Run, and knew they wanted to say their “I do’s “ among the fall foliage. BePhotography was on hand to capture all the pretty details, including a DIY wedding project by the bride – just wait ‘til you hear how she made it! I love our crafty readers! Don’t forget to come back later this morning to check out their vineyard wedding reception, too!
From Tanya: Knowing we would be getting married in the peak foliage season, right away I knew I wanted neutral colors with pops of the reds/oranges you see in the changing leaves. I came across the perfect terracotta color for bridesmaid dresses and that helped develop the color palette and all details moving forward.
As Haley Tobias quickly learned, I LOVE texture and combining colors, textures, and non traditional elements (I couldn’t have enough succulents and non traditional flowers in our bouquets and arrangements!). Our flowers were the perfect display and pops of color for the day (the flowers and the maids!).
I essentially dumpster dived when I was visiting the winery with my mom and came across these fabulous wooden signs from a previous bride that were being thrown out! With a little paint and retouching, I was able to customize the directional sign and also use the “choose a seat, not a side” sign that was placed next to a wine barrel of our parents and grandparent’s wedding pictures.
Thank you so much Tanya and George 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:
There’s nothing I love more in mid-winter than a beautiful springtime wedding engagement session to make me feel warm! Erin and Chris’s story is certainly heartwarming, too! They were in the Peace Corps in Zambia but missed meeting there. Instead, they met just shortly after Erin moved back to the DC-area. Funny how that happens! The two have a tradition of wandering the National Mall in the early evenings with a bottle of wine to walk and reconnect and this tradition is precisely why Chris proposed near the Tidal Basin! They wanted to replicate this date for their wedding engagement session with Lissa Ryan Photography, so the rest is history. Just look at the last photo of Erin and Chris walking off into the sunset—so perfect!
Today’s garden wedding inspiration has me counting down the days ’til spring! Inspired by a “Secret Garden” theme, this rock star team of Washington DC area wedding professionals set out to style some garden wedding inspiration outside, but Mother Nature had other plans! Of course, a little rain never hurt anyone so this dream team brought the garden indoors! So, if you’re hosting an outdoor wedding in the coming months and are worried, let these pretty photos from Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey put your mind at ease.
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to these wedding ideas:
Last week we talked about how to create a wedding guest list and with that checked off on your wedding planning to-do list comes one more daunting task: cutting the guest list down. But fear not, cutting down your list can be simplified if you know where to start. Once again, we turned to some of the top wedding planners in the Washington DC area and asked for their advice. What do you suggest your clients do to trim the guest list down? Here’s what they had to say…
Keeping in mind the kind of wedding you want to have and your venue’s capacity, setting rules up front will help keep your guest list in check. Also need to communicate these rules with your parents. — Vicky at Event Accomplished
Cutting the guest list can be easy if both you and your fiancé stick to general rules that you both agree to in the beginning of the planning process. Here are a few examples: No children under age 12 except for those in the bridal party. No plus ones, if they are not in a serious relationship. Don’t invite a guest if you haven’t been in contact with them in over a year. — Shawn at TreBella Events
Make a rule and stick to it for everyone. If kids below 12 are not invited, then that has to be the rule for all kids. On the other hand, if you are not inviting boyfriends or girlfriends, stick with that for everyone. If you make exceptions for some, that is when feelings really get hurt. — Aimee and Cindy at A. Dominick Events
To trim the guest list (depending on how many people need to be cut), here are a few strategies: 1) Keep family invitees to first cousins. 2) Decide whether or not kids will be invited and keep a standard policy on that (exceptions may be siblings children and wedding party flower girl and/or ring bearer). 3) Eliminate coworkers to only those people whom you have an outside relationship with. 4) Eliminate friends who you haven’t seen or spoken with over the last year. – Margo at Bright Occasions
Categorize Your Guest List
We recommend categorizing the list into tiers – must have, like to have, and obligated to have. Then, have a discussion to determine where you can most easily draw the lines. It’s important to remain consistent to avoid offending someone – for example inviting only one aunt and uncle and not your others, risks offending family members. — Elizabeth at Elizabeth Duncan Events
Work colleagues can be a tricky situation, since that often involves a large group of people. It is always nice to include your boss, if possible. For other coworkers, if you don’t socialize with people outside of the office, there’s no need to include them on your guest list. If you do end up inviting a select number of people from your office, make sure and let them know you’re not inviting everyone, so they can be discreet about attending the wedding. — Sara at Bella Notte
It helps to have an A-Team (people you can’t imagine not inviting to your wedding) and a B-Team (everyone else – i.e.- co-workers, extended family, etc.) when creating your guest list. It’s never easy cutting people but it’s best to prioritize the list if you can. – Jennifer of Elegantly Chic Events
Dealing With Plus Ones
For “plus ones,” your rule should be, “no ring, no bring.” This rule shouldn’t apply to your wedding party. They should be able to bring their “plus ones” to your rehearsal dinner and to your wedding reception. For recently married friends or family members, keep in mind that you don’t have to invite them to your wedding if they didn’t invite you.— Kay at Howerton + Wooten Events
You’ll probably have a few exceptions to the “cut by category” rule, but sticking to it as much as possible will help you avoid hurt feelings among those who weren’t invited. While it’s nice to allow single guests to bring a date if they choose, it’s not a requirement. If you don’t have room in your budget or your venue for “plus ones,” then don’t feel guilty about inviting single friends and family members without an unnamed guest. Guests who are unmarried but in a committed or serious relationship, however, should always be invited as a couple. Some couples choose to put their must-have guests on an A-list, then put the “maybes” on a B-list rather than eliminating them altogether. — Stephanie at Pretty Entertaining
Cutting Groups vs. Individuals
Choose a group to cut across the board. Usually cutting out people from work and cousins sometimes is a clear and easy route to take. — Courtney at A Sweet Soiree Events
Cutting one person isn’t going to make that much of a difference, it’s cutting groups of people that make the difference. If you cut 4 couples from your guest list, not only is that 8 less people you’re paying for, but one less table to rent, one less centerpiece to pay for, 4 fewer escort cards/favors/welcome bags. It adds up! — Rebecca at Blue Canary Events
Avoid Hurting Feelings
Be consistent to help avoid hurt feelings in the end. Also, if the only interaction you have had with that friend all year is a Facebook “Happy Birthday!” consider cutting them out, but do consider the effects of leaving off one person from a tightly knit group. When it comes to co-workers, invite only those who you would spend time with outside of work rather than the whole cubicle cul-de-sac. — Ginger at Gingerwood Creative
Don’t invite coworkers or every single fraternity or sorority member. This is where a slippery slope begins and the domino effect of inviting guests can happen. If people ask, which they might, why they aren’t invited be up front and honest. Saying something like we really are keeping it to family and immediate friends” or “We wish we could invite everyone we know but the venue has a limit we need to stay within.” — Laura of Events in the City
Thank you so much to all of the wedding planners in the DMV who offered such great advice for cutting a wedding guest list. Be sure to visit them on their websites to find out more of their services!
So, what about you? Are you stressed up creating that guest list? What are you doing to get it all together?
Welcome back to the second half of Jesse and Adam’s rustic farm wedding in Maryland. (But first, take a look at their outdoor farm wedding ceremony first!) This wedding is the definition of laid-back elegance from the DIY chalkboard signs to the mason jar escort “cards.” And, all of it speaks true to this couple who wanted a celebration that reflected their casual and outdoorsy personalities, all captured by Elliott O’Donovan Photography.
My sister (a Maryland area small business owner with her own floral design company) created all of our floral bouquets, flower girl crowns, boutonnieres, aisle decorations and centerpieces herself by hand, and I helped her choose the flowers and pick out the centerpiece containers.
It was especially important to both Adam and me that our wedding was representative of our values and we are so proud to say that all of the food we served was 100% vegan! The vegan caterers at Woodlands Vegan Bistro baked our gorgeous cakes as well all of the food and it was wonderful to get so many complements on the food, given that there were familiar dishes with some probably unfamiliar ingredients for everyone. Everything was incredibly fresh and truly delicious from the cornbread to the beet salad and mock crab cakes!
Jesse’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
I recommend working with outside-the-box caterers. Catering can be hugely expensive if you go with a company that typically does weddings, especially in that area. We saved a ton by using our favorite restaurant to cater and providing so many of the rentals ourselves!
Thank you so much Jesse and Adam for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
The pairing of a stunning farm venue with a pretty bunch of pink blooms is a winning combination in my book. Jesse and Adam’s outdoor wedding in Maryland meshes classic and rustic. With handmade details crafted by the bride and florals designed by the bride’s sister, there is plenty of Pinterest-worthy captured by Elliott O’Donovan Photography! And can we talk about the flower girls? I can’t handle the cuteness! Check back in later this morning to see more from their barn wedding reception with an entirely vegan menu!
From Jesse: Adam and I both agreed that a barn wedding was exactly what we envisioned for our celebration, and we had so much fun picking out different details to give it a backyard, rustic feel. We are pretty casual and outdoorsy and we wanted our guests to have space to have a good time, and have the peace and quiet of the farm to make the ceremony intimate.
Our friends all helped us string paper lanterns in the trees, and I rented a few old barrels to put at the front and back of the ceremony for flowers and programs.
Thank you so much Jesse and Adam 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:
With the chill of winter in the air, I am all about the autumn warmth of Erin and Daniel’s wedding in Virginia. (But before you go on, I insist you check out their outdoor wedding ceremony first!) It’s chock-full of rustic details from the DIY burlap pockets for utensils to the to the wood chargers crafted for each place setting. You’ll be pinning these pretty images from their Bluemont Vineyard wedding to your Pinterest board all afternoon—I promise! Cynthia Shipp Photography snapped up all the goodies and you can see it all right here…
From Erin: When we were planning our wedding, we knew that we wanted it to be a fun and care free. We wanted to balance a timeless elegant feel befitting a wedding with the openhearted love and joy that Dan and I feel when we are together. We had to make decisions about where we wanted to spend our money and where we wanted to DIY. We chose to splurge on food and drink.
In addition to the yummy wedding cake, we also had a dessert table filled with desserts baked by our family in honor of our Italian heritage including three recipes passed down from departed loved ones – Italian Sesame Cookies for my Great-Grandmother, Pizzelle Cookies for Dan’s Grandmother, and Cannoli for my Grandmother & Grandfather. Fittingly, we also used our dessert table to display wedding photos of our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents.
Each place setting had a burlap silverware pocket that was sewn by my mother and accented with lace and ribbon that matched the invitations. And the wood chargers used in the center pieces were hand crafted by the Daniel’s father.
Erin’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
One of the best things about our wedding was the individuality we put into it. Together with our vendors we were able to put together a memorable day unique to us that all our guests seemed to enjoy wholeheartedly. We would encourage any couple planning their wedding to make the day their own. There are lots of traditions, lots of obligations, and lots of feedback whether you want it or not, but in the end, the day is a representation of the bride and groom and should express their love and life together. People left our wedding smiling and saying, “that was so Dan and Erin.” What more could we have wanted?
Thank you so much Erin and Daniel for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding: