If you are planning a modern wedding in Washington DC, consider yourself inspired. Nicole and Fernando’s fabulous fete pairs modern glamour with elegant tradition and lucky for us, Sarah Culver Photography was on hand to capture every stunning detail. (You may even remember this super cute duo from their modern engagement session in DC!) And just wait ‘til you see the back of Nicole’s wedding gown. The details on her gown are everything! We’ll see you back here later this morning for their modern wedding reception!
From Nicole: Fernando is a graphic designer so he designed the save the date and invitations.
Thank you so much Nicole and Fernando 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 Julie and Jordan’s wedding in Washington DC that’s filled to the brim with a whole lot o’ pretty! After their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, these lovebirds transformed their ceremony area of the National Museum of Women in the Arts to a fabulous reception all with the help of A. Dominick Events. From the bride’s gorgeous gown to those lush floral centerpieces, there is no detail that I don’t absolutely love! Eli Turner Studios was behind the lens to capture every gorgeous detail that you’ll be adding to your Pinterest boards all afternoon!
From Julie: The priority for the reception was to interrupt the party as few times as possible – we love to dance! One of my favorite little touches was instead of serving wedding cake and having people go back to their seats, servers passed mini desserts on the dance floor and to the people watching around the dance floor.
Julie’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
There are a lot of considerations that go into finding a venue, but if its possible, get married close to where you live or work. Our venue is downtown and every time I pass it – about two or three times a week – I feel a little bit of that special wedding excitement.
Thank you so much Julie and Jordan for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Timeless, elegant with plenty of personal details packed in, Julie and Jordan’s wedding in Washington DC is guaranteed to make your heart happy on this fine Monday morning! These cuties said their “I Do’s” in a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony at one of my favorite venues in the city and, lucky for us, Eli Turner Studios was on hand to capture every darling detail. Come back later this morning to see their peach and ivory reception!
From Julie: It is the most extraordinary experience to walk into a room, see only familiar faces, and feel love coming at your from all parts of your life. We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of all the people who have shaped us and supported us. We also wanted it to be a really fun dance party!
We incorporated a lot of family heirlooms – particularly a lot of religious heirlooms – into our ceremony. In traditional Jewish ceremonies, the wedding ring has to be a plain gold band. We used my grandmother’s wedding band. She was is the front row and that felt really special. I’m named after my great grandfather and we were wrapped in his prayer shawl at the end of the ceremony. Also, we drank from Jordan’s dad’s wine goblet.
Thank you so much Julie and Jordan 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:
Candice and Joe have a Virginia wedding engagement session that’s simply romantic and a served with a glass of wine–just our style! These love birds chose to have their engagement session with We Are the Mitchells at the same place as their rehearsal dinner— The Market at Grelen, a new wedding venue just outside of Charlottesville. A dreamy afternoon and a bottle of wine is just what our Friday needed!
Modern brides and grooms are bombarded with the endless wedding ideas and inspiration that you can easily get lost in on the Internet. From Pinterest to Instagram, the web is a serious black hole of wedding planning. We feel ya! Planning a wedding in the Washington DC area is exciting and challenging, and as always, your fairy blog mothers are here to help you out navigate the world of wedding planning—online! So how does one plan a wedding online without the headache? We turned to some our friends and fellow wedding bloggers for their advice on how to plan a wedding online. Here’s what they had to say…
The internet is a black hole of endless Pinterest boards and BuzzFeed articles, which means it’s way too easy to start reading 15+ wedding websites and wasting a lot of time that you probably don’t have. I’d recommend picking 3-5 websites to add to your RSS or daily browse list and cap yourself there. Pick 1 or 2 for guilty inspiration (Rock N Roll Bride, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Pinterest), Pick 1 or 2 for real localized help & resources, and Pick 1 or 2 that you just enjoy reading! —Bree, editor of Capitol Romance
Newly engaged? The process can be insanely overwhelming. Tons on Pinterest, hundreds of vendors on WeddingWire, and constant eye candy on Instagram. Take a step back and focus your online efforts to local blogs and vendors. They will be able to guide you in the right direction. It is important to reach out to a max of 2 vendors in each area of expertise. Remember working the pros and getting advice from the best will lead to an overall stress-free process. I highly recommend working with vendors that work well together, it leads to a beautiful and positive experience. If you are finding your vendors online and reaching out to them via email, be up-front and give them all the information you can regarding your wedding, they will be able to provide you with more information and a better pricing structure! —Jeanette, editor of District Weddings
Keep It Local
Search for smaller, local wedding blogs. Almost every state has a regional wedding blog that showcases weddings just in that area, which is the perfect look book for a destination bride or groom. Since these blogs feature only local weddings, you see more of a variety of what that area has to offer. — Anna, editor of Marry Me Tampa Bay
I love the fact that local blogs give you a chance to really see what weddings look like at local venues. Choosing a venue is one of the most difficult parts of planning a wedding and national blogs only feature a handful of DMV weddings. Venues themselves tend to display dated photos but with local blogs typically feature real weddings that have been held at those locations in the past year. — Krista, editor at Bayside Bride
The internet is full of wedding blogs and websites and a lot of them are awesome for inspiration but when it comes to finding real resources and vendors that will actually help you (and possibly be a part of your wedding day!) you will most likely have better luck finding a more localized wedding blog that focuses on the specifics of planning a wedding in the city/town you will actually be planning yours in. Local blogs will have more specific advice tied to your city/town and will most likely have more vendors, too — Bree, editor of Capitol Romance
Google Docs will be your sanity savior! From budget spreadsheets to playlists to lists shared between multiple people, it helps keep you organized. — Christine, editor of The Broke Ass Bride
Dropbox, Dropbox, Dropbox! My husband and I were able to easily share photos, documents (especially our venue contracts!), and spreadsheets with each other and our parents. And with the app, you can access everything while on the go, perfect for vendor meetings. — Mindy, editor of Budget Fairy Tale
Search the Web
Look at your vendors’ social media presences. You can tell a lot about a person you’ve never met by what they post or share, especially on their personal and professional accounts. While this shouldn’t be the sole deciding factor, it should influence your decision especially if it’s a vendor you’ll spend most of the big day with (like your wedding coordinator or photographer). This is even more important if you’re not able to meet with him/her in person before the wedding. Personality and professionalism are two very important traits on a wedding day, so do your research and be confident in your dream wedding team! — Chelsea, editor of Tidewater and Tulle
Top tip = patience. When planning online you need to be patient in getting replies from vendors. If you plan to buy your dress on-line, go out and try on different styles to see what style and shape suites you first. AND never buy replicas from China! — Kylie, editor of Bula Bride
Go a step beyond looking at a vendor’s website. Ask for links to their published work, as the best vendors are often published on a variety of blogs and magazines. Also, sometimes smaller business such as florists and cake decorators websites’ may not always reflect the business’ level of work, so blogs are a great way see their true talent. Viewing the full wedding feature can also give you an idea of the type and style of weddings that vendor excels in. — Anna, editor of Marry Me Tampa Bay
We have quite the treat for you today! Pantone crowned “marsala” as the color to watch for 2015 and, lucky for us, Howerton+Wooten Events has given us a breathtaking showcase of the hot color! Marsala is a deep, moody color that is perfectly elegant and sophisticated. (We even have a marsala themed board full of ideas over on Pinterest, so be sure to check that out!) This wedding dinner reception shows off this beautiful color by combining it with black, white and gold and using it in so many creative ways that couples can take inspiration from for their weddings in the DC area. There are menu cards that feature a design that resembles a wine stain on table linen, marsala-colored roses with a twist and more. I can’t wait to see marsala this year in all of the beautiful weddings you share with us!
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Jordan and Justin infused their classic wedding in Washington DC with lots of personal details—from a custom monogram used throughout the details of the day to a nod to the groom’s hometown during cocktail hour. (Before you go on, make sure to check out their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony first!) With Bright Occasions behind the event planning and design, the National Museum for Women in the Arts was transformed from a ceremony space to their reception space and lucky for us, Matt Mendelsohn Photography was behind the camera so we can share all the sweet moments from their day.
Justin and I found lots of ways to pull personal touches into the wedding. We had J and J printed on our hotel bags and had personalized J and J M&Ms, too. Justin is from Baton Rouge so we had mini shrimp and grits during cocktail hour and beignets for our late night snack (obviously in a J and J bag!). By our mini Jewish Deli we had signs posted that had “J and J Famous New York Deli Known as the Best Since 07.18.10″ which is the day we first met in New York.
Jordan’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
It is nice to visit venues without a specific date in mind. I went to check out venues early without a specific date I wanted just a time of year. It made looking at the venues much more relaxed. Once I knew where I really was interested in I used their availability to help guide the date I set.
Thank you so much Jordan and Justin for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Hanging fresh flowers, ornate settings and a stylish (and super cute!) couple are all the makings of a perfectly romantic wedding in Washington DC, don’t you think? Jordan and Justin infused their classic affair, planned by Bright Occasions, with personal details from sweet little embroideries on their attire to a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony all captured by Matt Mendelsohn Photography. And just wait ‘til you see that chuppah – oh the flowers! I could seriously live under it.
From Jordan: I had a vision of understated elegance. I wanted everything to look sophisticated and clean. I chose simple decorations with a unique display.
Although my husband is not Jewish, he was completely supportive of us having a Jewish wedding. We spent a long time interviewing Rabbis to find someone who would marry us and celebrate our union in a way that made both of us comfortable. Rabbi Block did a great job making the wedding personal and keeping us happy and comfortable.
One of my favorite moments was the signing of the Ketubah. It was a very intimate moment during the wedding day with just immediate family and the bridal party witnessing us sign our commitment and love to one another.
The chuppah had only white flowers, but they were hung so they looked like they were floating in the air.
Thank you so much Jordan and Justin 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 Amanda and Matt’s summer wedding in Maryland! This super cute duo headed outside the city for their celebration of love (Wait a minute! You first need to check out their vineyard wedding ceremony!) with a touch of country chic, of course! Look Wedding Photography was on hand to capture all the pretty DIY details, including those gorgeous floral pink centerpieces! Love, love, love!
From Amanda: When Matt and I began to plan our wedding, we didn’t have a specific vision in mind, but did have an idea of how we wanted our wedding to feel to us and to our guests. Our first priority was that our wedding was unique, was fun for our guests from beginning to end, and most of all, a reflection of our relationship. We wanted our wedding to be a day not only we would remember, but also our guests would look back on and say “Now THAT was a great wedding!”
The winery was a unique space for us city-dwellers to have our wedding, and from the selection of our venue, the color palette and theme flowed. We ended up with an almost country chic theme with mason jars, chalkboard signs, etc.
We landed on a navy blue, silver, and shades of pink for our color palette (and this coming from a girl who hated pink!). In the natural setting, I really liked the preppy pop of the navy and pinks.
Matt’s mother did our table centerpieces from scratch the night before. We used cigar boxes and filled them with peonies, hydrangeas, roses, and other beautiful flowers! I had one photo from Pinterest that I loved, and Matt’s mother was able to recreate the design. Surrounding the flowers we had mason jars with candles in them, and “T” monograms glued onto the jars. We printed out the menus for each table and put them in an IKEA frame – very cost effective for us!
At the reception, we had a table full of glow sticks for guests to help us light up the dance floor. I can’t decide if the adults or kids loved it more!
Amanda’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
Write down a budget at the beginning of your planning process, and actively update each line item so you can see how you are doing in comparison to your original budget. I found this to be very helpful in our planning process, and it helped curtail some unnecessary spending by looking at the numbers objectively.
Thank you so much Amanda and Matt for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding: