A Preppy Garden Gingham Inspired Rehearsal Dinner Look

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When it comes to fashion inspiring event decor and wedding ideas, it’s not always the glamorous gowns that lead the way. A spring or summer dress or even a patterned jacket can be the foundation for a fabulous wedding event theme. Today, we’re bringing you a team of Washington DC area wedding vendors lead by Elizabeth Duncan Events who created a spring or summer-time wedding event look based off of a preppy gingham jacket by Derek Lam as the inspiration. Ideal for an outdoor wedding in the DMV and beyond, the wedding table look incorporates modern succulents with the classic gingham pattern – perfect for a bridal shower, casual rehearsal dinner, backyard wedding or even a look that blends his and hers. But, it’s the little touches that make the big difference in wedding design – like the adorable place card concept wrapped around a baguette for the guest to eat! Delicious and design friendly! Big thanks to the lovely Sweet Tea Photography for sharing the fashion-to-table images with us!

Take a look at the runway to table inspiration shoot with a muse by designer Derek Lam.

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From Elizabeth: Gingham is everywhere this fashion season, so we took the “it” print-of-the-moment and paired it with rustic and masculine details for the perfect industrial garden-inspired wedding rehearsal dinner.

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Thanks Elizabeth for your beautiful fashion-to-table wedding inspiration! Be sure to stick with us over the next few months because we’ll be sharing all of her fashion-meets-wedding inspired ideas with you and you won’t want to miss a single one!

The following Washington DC area wedding vendors contributed to this inspiration:

Styling: Elizabeth Duncan Events
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography
Floral Décor: Philippa Tarrant
Venue: Shakespeare Theatre Company Sidney Harman Hall
Printed Materials: Winifred Paper
Linens and Flatware: Party Rental
China, Glassware and Chairs: DC Rental
DIY Bread Sleeve Placecards

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Photo Credit: Sweet Tea Photography

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Pop-Art Inspired Wedding Reception in Virginia: Shannon + Chris

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We’re back with more from Shannon and Chris’ beautiful, jewel tone Virginia wedding and sharing with you their swanky wedding reception at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly. In case you missed their church wedding ceremony, be sure to check it out here. Shannon and Chris opted for a pop-art inspired wedding theme and bright colors that reflected them, and it worked perfectly! They were able to use Shannon’s love of DIY projects and Chris’ artistic background to throw a wedding celebration that was truly personal. Bold tones set the mood for what was certainly a celebratory affair with lots of dancing, including the bride even putting on a show with some friends and incredible ballet moves! But, it might be their wedding cake that pops off the pages most with flowers dripping down the side! We also adore the custom DIY table numbers and all of the personal details this couple managed to weave into their wedding day, making it all that much more memoriable. Special thanks to DuHon Photography for capturing it all!

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From Shannon: The main priority for our wedding was to be as personal as possible. We love to take things head on, and luckily my mother and I have been crafting since I was a kid. It also doesn’t hurt to marry an artist! From the original paintings for table numbers to hand picking all the music for our ceremony, we wanted each decision to be meaningful to us, and who we were as future husband and wife!

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We had a ton of DIY pieces for our wedding! I will list just a few of our favorites. The first would have to be the original 5 ft wide portrait painting Chris did of us. We kept it a surprise throughout our whole engagement, and had it greeting our guests as they walked into our wedding reception. It is such a personal piece that not only matched our turquoise and fuchsia wedding colors, but just set the tone for our wedding reception.

A great way for us to save money was to print our own escort cards. What I love about our escort cards is that we used colored rhinestones lining the top of each card to let the hotel staff know each guests’ dinner preference. Again, it provided more color to the room and was pretty simple to do!

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We also created our own table numbers by picking favorite places and things in our lives and telling the story on the back of the menu’s, where the table number was an original ink painting framed in a classic black frame.

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One of the most time consuming, but very important DIY project was our wedding favors – the fuchsia sparkled mini champagne bottles that were set at each guest’s place setting. The bottles took months to make, but they were a perfect way to send off our guests. Hot tip – they also gave some great color to our wedding reception tables!

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We also tied in our Greek heritage to the wedding reception tables by including “koufetta,” the Greek tradition of sugar coated almonds. It is tradition that an uneven amount of sugar coated almonds be placed in a bag. It symbolizes that as husband and wife, we will share everything. We also not only danced like the Greeks, we jigged like the Irish! I grew up a competitive Irish Step dancer, and with my maid of honor and bridesmaid by my side, we performed an Irish Reel that I will never forget. 

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We asked Shannon for her advice for other Washington DC area couples:

My advice to all those beautiful couples out there is to stay true to you, and your vision for the big day. In the end, that day is about celebrating your new life together, so celebrate it in your style!

Also, enjoy being engaged! It is a time full of celebrations, and everyone you meet is so happy for you. Indulge in good wedding reads, celebrate with lots of champagne and just be excited for your new journey to come!

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Congratulations to Shannon and Chris!  Thank you for sharing your stunning jewel tone wedding reception and amazing dance moves with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: St. Timothy’s Parish
Reception Venue: Westfields Marriott
Photography: DuHon Photography
Videography: Snapped Studios
Transportation: Reston Limousine
Florist: Karin’s Florist
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Modern Bridal
Bridal Gown: Jasmine Couture
Bridal Salon + Headpiece/Veil: Elena’s Bridal – New York
Bridal Shoes: small shop in NY- had them dyed fuchsia
Bridal Jewelry: Nordstrom- Nadri Designer
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine Bridesmaid – Belsoie & B2 brand
Bridal Party Accessories: Macy’s
Groom’s Attire, Groomsmen Attire + Shoes: Calvin Klein at Mens Wearhouse
Reception Music: Washington Talent Agency: Spectrum
Cake/Dessert: Sweet Ladies Bakery

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: DuHon Photography

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Pop-Art Inspired Wedding Ceremony in Virginia: Shannon + Chris

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Shannon and Chris’ big day was full of fun, laughter, amazing dance moves and person details, but their sweet wedding ceremony stood out to us as bride and groom looked at each other filled with such joy! The pair had their Virginia wedding in Chantilly, Virginia at St. Timothy Parish where their loved ones looked on and enjoyed pops of yellow, fuchsia, teal and other fabulous jewel tones.  The bouquets were among the bride’s favorite details and we couldn’t agree more! Even the flower girl held some stunning florals as she walked down the aisle of the grand church. And we’re obsessed with the bride’s colorful shoes – a pop of the unexpected peeking out at the base of her beautiful gown! Big thanks to DuHon Photography for the beautiful photos from this Washington DC area church wedding.

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From Shannon: A modern, pop art, romantic dream is the best way to describe our wedding. With my husband, Chris, being a local D.C painter and illustrator, where pop-art is his inspiration, mixed with my love for boldness, sparkles and dance, together we created the ultimate wedding weekend. We wanted our wedding to reflect us, and not be driven by the season. We took fall – the cozy, enchanting, romantic season – and amped it up with metallic turquoise and jewel fuchsia tones, mixed with classic yellow roses and modern calla lilies. With a touch of sparkle and a handful of DIY projects, we were able to not only honor our family, heritages and passions, but also our love story.

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Our favorite wedding detail was our flowers. Even though we had plenty of discussions about what the bouquets and centerpieces would look like, when they arrived that morning, I had the biggest smile on my face. Our florist wrapped this turquoise wire around the bridesmaids bouquets, which not only reflected our modern twist, but was probably the most unique thing I have ever seen. He really blew us away, and they made our pop-art dream come alive.

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We splurged on our wedding photographer, for sure. We knew that pictures last a lifetime, and once we met our photographer, we knew he saw our vision for the perfect unique, modern wedding. We skipped out on the all-too-famous photo booth. We wanted all of our guests to be together on the dance floor, rather than hanging out in a separate area waiting in line for pictures. Trust me, we have enough selfies to fill up three albums!

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I wish I knew that every wedding planning weekend, every long night discussing tiny details, and the search for the perfect color table clothes was totally and completely worth it.

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Congratulations to Shannon and Chris!  Thank you for sharing your stunning jewel tone wedding ceremony with us!  Stay tuned, we’re going to show you their swanky ballroom reception next!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: St. Timothy’s Parish
Reception Venue: Westfields Marriott
Photography: DuHon Photography
Videography: Snapped Studios
Transportation: Reston Limousine
Florist: Karin’s Florist
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Modern Bridal
Bridal Gown: Jasmine Couture
Bridal Salon + Headpiece/Veil: Elena’s Bridal – New York
Bridal Shoes: small shop in NY- had them dyed fuchsia
Bridal Jewelry: Nordstrom- Nadri Designer
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine Bridesmaid – Belsoie & B2 brand
Bridal Party Accessories: Macy’s
Groom’s Attire, Groomsmen Attire + Shoes: Calvin Klein at Mens Wearhouse
Reception Music: Washington Talent Agency: Spectrum
Cake/Dessert: Sweet Ladies Bakery

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: DuHon Photography

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Winter White + Gold Wedding Reception in Potomac, Maryland: Liz + Adam

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Liz and Adam hosted their swanky, winter wedding in Maryland at The Bolger Center in Potomac where they welcomed guests to oodles of divine details in gold, black, white with even a touch of silver! In case you missed their sweet wedding ceremony, be sure to take a look here. Liz and Adam did an amazing job of staying on budget, with the help of the bride’s mom who actually made many of the details for the day. We love it when the family gets together to create, and you can see it in the personal touches, right down to the soccer ball ornaments in some of the reception table centerpieces! Liz and Adam’s wedding has everything an indoor reception could possibly need and more – like multiple wedding cakes that look oh-so delish! Special thanks to Maureen Pacheco Photography for capturing each and every big day detail and sharing them with us!

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From Liz: My mom did everything for our wedding. She put the table centerpieces together and did all the name cards. Anything that was brought into our wedding, was done by my mom other than the cake table.

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My favorite wedding day memory was dancing with my dad. It was the first time I had ever danced with him, so it was special. We took a few lessons on waltzing. He chose to dance to a song from the Godfather, which was actually pretty funny.

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Pictures, and desserts and my wedding dress were my main priorities. I tried to be as budget friendly as I could. My mom did all of the wedding decorations, flowers and we skipped on videographer and crazy decorations.

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Advice from Liz for other Washington DC area couples:

Try not to stress on the day of your wedding. Take everything in! The wedding day goes by so quickly and once it’s over you will miss it. Take time to enjoy one another and your day together. Have fun!

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Congratulations to Liz and Adam!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful black, white and gold wedding reception with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Wedding Planner: Jaqueline Johnson
Photography: Maureen Pacheco Photography
Hair Stylist: Maggie Sprague
Makeup Artist: Kevin D’Damery
Wedding Dress: TLC Bridal
Jewelry: Mom’s Pearls
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Accessories + Groom’s Accessories: Gilt
Groom’s Attire + Shoes: Mens Warehouse
Officiant: Rev. John Gaffney
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Bolger Center
Ceremony Music: Semyon Ziskind
Reception Music: Anthony Handy
Cake/Desserts: Cupcake Novelties

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: Maureen Pacheco Photography

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Winter White + Gold Wedding Ceremony in Potomac, Maryland: Liz + Adam

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Liz and Adam held their Washington DC area wedding ceremony at The Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland where friends and family looked on as the lovebirds tied the knot in an indoor wedding ceremony. The fashion from this day was almost as fabulous as the couple! (Well, that might be hard to do, but it’s pretty picture perfect!!) We love how chic the bridal party looks in their black bridesmaid dresses, with a pretty in pink flower girl for that one pop of color! This Maryland wedding has all the black, gold and white wedding details one could possibly want in a wedding and this pair couldn’t look more in love or more happy with how their wedding day came together! A big thanks to Maureen Pacheco Photography for sharing Liz and Adam’s big wedding day with us!

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From Liz: Classic and simple best describes our wedding. Black, gold, white and a little silver were our wedding colors. I wanted it to be a fun night that was for everyone, not just about the bride and groom.

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A little advice from Liz on wedding planning:

Make sure that you get organized. Make your own wedding folder with dividers, because the pre-made wedding planning books aren’t as helpful.

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Congratulations to Liz and Adam!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful, white wedding ceremony with us!  Stay tuned, we’re going to share all the gold glittering details of their Maryland wedding reception with you next!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Wedding Planner: Jaqueline Johnson
Photography: Maureen Pacheco Photography
Hair Stylist: Maggie Sprague
Makeup Artist: Kevin D’Damery
Wedding Dress: TLC Bridal
Jewelry: Mom’s Pearls
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Accessories + Groom’s Accessories: Gilt
Groom’s Attire + Shoes: Mens Warehouse
Officiant: Rev. John Gaffney
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Bolger Center
Ceremony Music: Semyon Ziskind
Reception Music: Anthony Handy
Cake/Desserts: Cupcake Novelties

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: Maureen Pacheco Photography

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Sunday Brunch: Weddings Romantique

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Good morning Washington DC area wedding lovers! Grab that latte and curl up with us for this week’s Sunday brunch feature with one of our fabulous sponsors. Weddings Romantique is a premiere destination wedding service specializing in stylish destination wedding planning to the Caribbean and Mexico. With over a decade of weddings planned under their belt, Suha and her team will make sure that your wedding is handled with passion and love. Your unique personality will shine through on your wedding day, from a small beach wedding to a tropical garden wedding to large-scale and glamorous wedding! Weddings Romantique is based here in the Washington DC area, so you and yours can plan your destination wedding from home with ease. For more on Weddings Romantique, be sure to visit their website.

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We hope that you’ll check out Washington DC area based Weddings Romantique for planning your destination wedding in the Caribbean or Mexico. 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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Sweet + Fun Engagement Session in Georgetown: Whitney + Josh

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Are you ready for one of the cutest and most fun wedding engagement sessions here in the Washington DC area!? As a proud English bulldog mom, I just adore this engagement with Nat Wongsaroj Photography of Whitney and Josh’s session in Georgetown featuring the couple’s French bulldog. You can clearly see just how in love all three are with each other playing in the classic fall foliage of Washington DC! Also, I just can get enough of how romantic and breathtakingly beautiful M Street can be at dusk. It is so beautiful and vintage looking, it almost makes you forget all about the traffic – almost, I said! So gorgeous Whitney and Josh, thank you for sharing.

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Congratulations Whitney and Josh!

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: Nat Wongsaroj Photography

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Fancy + Fun Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

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We are back and excited to share wedding inspiration from the same location in Washington, but set-up two different ways. It just goes to show you that with a little bit of decor and thoughtful florals, you can personalize any space – even your favorite restaurant – to celebrate your wedding events. Earlier this morning, Kapnos on 14th street in Washington DC was set up for a classy and elegant bachelorette party. Now, Washington DC area wedding catering company, Mike Isabella Concepts flipped the same space into a fun, yet fancy, wedding rehearsal dinner. With a stand-out table linen and whimsical touches, like bright yellow centerpieces, we can’t get enough of the cozy and intimate tone set for this rehearsal dinner all photographed by Deb Lindsey Photography

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For this wedding rehearsal dinner, the events dining room at the delish Kapnos is the perfect spot. (Maybe Kapnos is the couple’s favorite restaurant?!) Mustard colored banquette cushions and bright yellow flowers gave us the fun, while moodier orange florals, all from Elegance & Simplicity, with dark purple napkins provided the fancy. The orange and taupe geometric linen from DC Rental is a perfect fit for the entire table. For a smaller event like a rehearsal dinner, we love the idea of going with a bold table linen that you wouldn’t necessarily do for your wedding day. Of course, you’ll want some eye-catching stationery designs to command your guests’ attention and get them excited about the night-before your wedding celebration. Miss Merkle Designs and Meant to Be Calligraphy‘s collaboration, (How about that RSVP postcard?!) was spot on for this dinner. The favors were freshly baked lemon poppyseed breads, the perfect item for guests to enjoy on as they make their way down 14th street back to their hotels for the night.

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Thanks again to Mike Isabella Concepts for sharing this gorgeous rehearsal dinner inspiration! Don’t forget to check out this same location set up for a classy bachelorette party posted earlier today.

The following Washington DC area wedding vendors contributed to these bachelorette party ideas:

Venue: Kapnos
Photographer: Deb Lindsey Photography
Floral Design: Elegance + Simplicity
Design + Styling: Mike Isabella Concepts
Stationery: Miss Merkle Designs
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Linen, Glassware + Chargers: DC Rental

If you are looking for more local wedding inspiration, look in our DC area wedding idea galleries and real DC area wedding features, and don’t forget to look through our amazing DC area wedding vendor guide for all of the pros who can make it happen.

Photo Credits: Deb Lindsey Photography

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Classy White and Gold Bachelorette Party

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We have such a treat for you today with wedding inspiration from the same location, but set-up two different ways. First up, Washington DC area wedding catering company, Mike Isabella Concepts managed make every bride-to-be’s life easier by creating a classy white and gold bachelorette party inspiration. Just one look at the elegant table set up Kapnos on 14th street in Washington DC and immediately you and your ladies can feel it will be a special night! Then later today, look for this same location, but set- up for a whimsical and colorful wedding rehearsal dinner, all photographed by Deb Lindsey Photography.

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For this bachelorette party in Washington DC, it is nothing but the best! Only the chef’s table at the yummy Kapnos will do! A mix of white and cream flowers from Elegance & Simplicity in assorted metallic and vintage vessels add elegance and sophistication to the table, signaling this will be a night to remember! I really love the use of a roll of pretty paper to make gorgeous place mats (now that’s a DIY project I can get behind)! Of course, you’ll have to invite your friends to celebrate in style, so Miss Merkle and Meant to be Calligraphy created a gorgeous bachelorette party invitation and accompanying menu and place cards. After an exquisite meal at Kapnos, I can imagine these ladies heading out for a night on the town and with Kapnos right on 14th street, they are in the perfect starting spot!

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Thanks again to Mike Isabella Concepts for sharing this beautiful bachelorette party! Don’t forget to check back later to see this same location set up for a wedding rehearsal dinner.

The following Washington DC area wedding vendors contributed to these bachelorette party ideas:

Venue: Kapnos
Photographer: Deb Lindsey Photography
Floral Design: Elegance + Simplicity
Design + Styling: Mike Isabella Concepts
Stationery: Miss Merkle Designs
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Linen, Glassware + Chargers: DC Rental
Placemats: DIY with paper from Hester & Cook

If you are looking for more local wedding inspiration, look in our DC area wedding idea galleries and real DC area wedding features, and don’t forget to look through our amazing DC area wedding vendor guide for all of the pros who can make it happen.

Photo Credits: Deb Lindsey Photography

These vendors are member of United With Love's local guide. Click here for membership info.

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