Intimate Washington DC Wedding Reception: Cynthia + Brian

posted by julianne

Welcome back to part two of Cynthia and Brian’s wedding celebration in Washington DC! You might remember from their outdoor wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial that they had an intimate ceremony celebration. Well, now flash forward a few months into the fall where they celebrated their union among their friends and family with a reception at the spot of their first date: Zaytinya. With Love Life Images to capture every little moment, Cynthia and Brian made their wedding ceremony and their reception all about what mattered to them and it turned out perfectly!

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From Cynthia: Our reception was all about great food and wine and being able to share that with our closest friends and family. Decor was minimal as the restaurant was so modern and clean. We paid special attention to the menu by meeting with the chef and coming up with brand new items that were not normally served at their restaurant. Zaytinya also had significant place in our hearts because we had our first date there and was a place that we had been to many times thereafter.

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More from Cynthia: From the reception, I think we both loved that it was a great big party. We purposefully stayed away from the typical wedding rituals like first dance and bouquet throwing. We had great food and music in an amazing space. It was just a fabulous party and the next day, Brian and I both wanted to throw another one!

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Cynthia’s advice for other couples in the Washington DC area planning a wedding:

Do what you want and focus on what’s important to the two of you. We weren’t worried about what others might have thought we were “supposed” to do and did what felt right!

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

Ceremony Venue: DC War Memorial
Reception Venue: Zaytinya
Photography: Love Life Images
Hair: Victoria Stiles
Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Jewelry: Cartier
Groom’s Attire: Zenga
Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo
Reception Catering + Favors: Zaytinya

Photo Credits: Love Life Images

Intimate Washington DC Wedding Ceremony: Cynthia + Brian

posted by julianne

Good morning, DC area wedding lovers! We have a unique and deeply personal wedding celebration in Washington DC to share with you today that proves you don’t have to follow any rules on your wedding – just make your wedding personal and you can’t go wrong! Cynthia and Brian had a wedding celebration that was all “them” and I’m loving every minute of it! First, they had a sweet and simple wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial on the Mall with just their nearest and dearest. Love Life Images was there to capture every intimate moment of their special ceremony. They followed their ceremony up a few months later with a reception for friends and family, but you’ll have to wait until later this morning to see their reception!

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From Cynthia: We had a very intimate ceremony at the DC War Memorial with just our parents and siblings. No decor, just wanted it to be 100% about us. From the ceremony, my favorite memory is just being able to say our vows to each other without any distractions. There was no show. I was 100% in the moment and it’s a memory that I will hold onto forever. 

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Thank you so much Cynthia and Brian for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Don’t forget to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: DC War Memorial
Reception Venue: Zaytinya
Photography: Love Life Images
Hair: Victoria Stiles
Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Jewelry: Cartier
Groom’s Attire: Zenga
Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo
Reception Catering + Favors: Zaytinya

Photo Credits: Love Life Images

Classic Summer Wedding Reception in Virginia: Christina + Joe

posted by Ally Lopez

Hello and welcome back to the second half of Christina and Joe’s preppy wedding in Virginia. Inspired by their country club venue, this dog-loving duo wanted to pair fresh blue and green stylings with a dog motif modeled after Christina’s parents’ dog! I also love that they made a donation to their favorite, local dog rescue charity in place of favors – great idea! Their summer wedding was all kinds of lovely, thanks to these pretty pictures from Photography By Marirosa. But wait, before you go on though, be sure to check out their wedding ceremony first!

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From Christina: Since we had our reception at WGCC, I wanted to have a preppy, elegant, country-club feel. With how the flowers, preppy fabric runners, lanterns and candles all came together, it had a romantic and intimate feel as well. Our colors were moss green, navy blue, and white.

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We wanted to have photos of all the loving and lasting marriages in our families. So I gathered up the wedding pictures of maternal and paternal grandparents on each side as well as our parents’ wedding pictures and displayed them in a variety of silver frames. This was also a nice way to display photos of the grandparents that we wish had been with us that day. It turned out so special.

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Joe’s mother handmade our table runners, using navy and white fabric I picked out.

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To go with our dog theme, we incorporated a little silhouette of my parent’s dog, Sadie, into our invitation suite, signs, and menu. We also made a donation to The Washington Animal Rescue League in DC in lieu of favors. That is where we adopted our dog, Roxy, from!

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

Having a wedding planner for the day of and to keep you on track through the process is very helpful. I still planned everything, but it is so nice to have someone be a point of contact for the wedding weekend and run the show the day of the wedding. Ours made our big day totally stress-free! Make your own choices on who you use for your vendors, your wedding planner will offer suggestions, but do your own research as well.

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Thank you so much Christina and Joe for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Saint Luke Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Washington Golf and Country Club
Photographer: Photography By Marirosa
Wedding Planner: Simplicity Events by Johanna
Stationery: DIY using CatPrint
Floral Design: Buttercups Event Florals
Bridal Attire: White Swan Bridal
Shoes: Nordstrom
Veil + Jewlery: Heirloom
Hair: The Bride’s Mane
Makeup: Tica Beauty
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Shoes: Johnston and Murphy
Groom + Groomsmen Accessories: The Tie Bar
Reception Music: Bryan George Music
Cake: Pastry Xpo
Transportation: Chariots for Hire

Photo Credit: Photography By Marirosa

Preppy Summer Wedding Ceremony in Virginia: Christina + Joe

posted by Ally Lopez

Good Monday morning to you, DC area wedding lovers! Monday mornings call for weddings just like this one, and Christina and Joe’s wedding in Virginia will inspire you as much as it will put a little prep in your step! Christina and Joe’s preppy wedding is a breath of summery lovely with its clean lines and bright colors. Photography By Marirosa was on hand to capture all the preppy perfection from their traditional Catholic ceremony to their country club reception that you’ll see later this afternoon!

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Thank you so much Christina and Joe for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Saint Luke Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Washington Golf and Country Club
Photographer: Photography By Marirosa
Wedding Planner: Simplicity Events by Johanna
Stationery: DIY using CatPrint
Floral Design: Buttercups Event Florals
Bridal Attire: White Swan Bridal
Shoes: Nordstrom
Veil + Jewlery: Heirloom
Hair: The Bride’s Mane
Makeup: Tica Beauty
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Shoes: Johnston and Murphy
Groom + Groomsmen Accessories: The Tie Bar
Reception Music: Bryan George Music
Cake: Pastry Xpo
Transportation: Chariots for Hire

Photo Credit: Photography By Marirosa

Sunday Brunch: TreBella Events

posted by Kate Oczypok

Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Are you ready to spend another Sunday morning with one of our awesome sponsors? TreBella Events is a full service wedding and event planning company. Based in southern Maryland in the town of Loveville (How cute is that?!), the company provides services throughout southern Maryland, including Annapolis, Virginia and the Washington Metropolitan areas, making sure that your big day is one to remember. Shawn Gray, owner, lead designer and planner of TreBella events, loves to work with couples to plan their beautiful, special day, whether its an intimate wedding flanked with candlelight overlooking the water, or a classy and elegant wedding in a rustic barn adorned with crystal chandeliers and flowing fabric. Their goal is to incorporate your personality, style, and vision into the wedding design to make your wedding day a true reflection of you. TreBella Events offers many levels of services that will surely fit your needs whether you are planning a large wedding or a smaller more intimate one on a budget. For more from TreBella Events, be sure to check out 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 TreBella Events for your wedding and event planning 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.

Happy Friday!

posted by Ally Lopez

Oh man, I love summer! Are you having a good one? Any exciting plans or are you days off strictly for wedding planning? This week, we sent out another email blast. This time it was about DIY wedding desserts – perfect for those with a sweet tooth! If you aren’t on the list, be sure to get yourself on right here - don’t miss out! Whatever you are up to this weekend, I hope that you are able to beat the heat in some way. If you need to keep extra cool, check out our DIY paddle fans and don’t forget to come back this weekend for a few little wedding treats!

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University of Virginia Engagement Session: Selah + Adam

posted by Kate Oczypok

Happy Friday, readers! This morning we’re headed to Charlottesville for Selah and Adam’s outdoor wedding engagement session in Virginia. This cute duo headed to the historic downtown pedestrian mall with music, shops and plenty of gorgeous scenery with BB Shots Photography on hand to capture every sweet moment. Later, they shared a few intimate moments on the University of Virginia (the bride-to-be’s alma mater!) campus, where groups of college students cheered on the happy couple—go Hoos!

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Congratulations Selah and Adam!

Looking for more Virginia engagement sessions? Check out this relaxed engagement session in Vienna or this paint war engagement session and this Virginia vineyard engagement session.

Photo Credit: BB Shots Photography

Inspiration and Ideas: Pineapples

posted by Ally Lopez

Lately, I have been seeing pineapples popping all over Pinterest! This tropical fruit is not only yummy, but lends itself as an unexpected and unique visual element for any wedding – especially summer ones! Whether you choose at your wedding to go glam with gold pineapples or preppy with pink pineapples, there are a ton of ways to incorporate this fun motif. (You could even be a pineapple for Halloween! But, I digress!) Plus, pineapples are a symbol of hospitality which means they’re the perfect way to welcome your guests to the Washington DC-area. We’ve gathered a few favorite ways to incorporate this  unique fruit into your wedding, so get ready for some fun summer wedding inspiration!

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  • I can't get enough of this pineapple centerpiece "vase." Add some colorful florals for a punch of color and you have got yourself tropical-inspired table decor! Photo Credit: Mary Costa Photography

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  • This tiki bridal shower had plenty of pink and pineapples to 'round. Here's a fun idea: grab yourself a mini pineapple rubber stamp, a stack of cocktail napkins and a metallic ink pad and you have a DIY wedding project! Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather

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  • A Southern favorite, the hummingbird wedding cake is made with banana, coconut, pecans and, of course, pineapple. This cake was even decorated with pineapple "flowers." Photo Credit: Sarah Culver Photography

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  • For this tropical wedding, the pineapples not only served as centerpieces, but also a wedding favor for guests to take home! Photo Credit: Wendy Laurel

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  • How darling are these pineapple wedding cake toppers? These would be perfect for a tropical themed wedding cake, or jazz up a simple, white cake!

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  • Welcome guests to your wedding with the ultimate symbol of hospitality: the pineapple!

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  • These pineapple wedding escort cards are a perfect example of understated elegance! Photo Credit: Carla Ten Eyck

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  • It's no secret we love metallic wedding décor. These mini gold pineapples add a tropical touch to place settings. Photo Credit: Jonathan Connolly Photography

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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 Wedding Paddle Fans + Free Printable

posted by Ally Lopez

If you’re planning an outdoor summer wedding in the Washington DC area, you are going to love today’s fun ceremony DIY project. We’re showing you how to make paddle fans for your wedding, a seriously easy DIY project that will comfort guests on a hot and humid summer day. And, we all know the DC area is known for its hot and humid summer days! Not only are these fans practical, but they’re super cute, too, don’t you think!? We designed a (free!) wedding paddle fan template for you to use to help you to “keep calm” and your guests to “keep cool” during your wedding in the summer sun! Here are the details for you to make your own fans…

DIY Summer Wedding Paddle Fan

Supplies:

A7 folded cards (5″ x 7″) (Each folded card is one fan)
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Glue dots or double sided tape
Wavy wooden craft sticks
Optional: Round corner lever punch
Optional: Decorative ribbon

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To Make:

Download the free wedding fan printable and print onto one side of the folded cards. (For the reverse side of the fan, you could leave it blank like we did, or what about printing your wedding ceremony and turning it into a double-duty program?!)

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With the card folded in half and using your corner punch, round the four corners. Depending on how thick the cards you choose to use are, you may be able to do a few cards at a time.

Open a card up to the blank inside (the printed part should be on outside) and put glue dots or double sided tape in the four corners of the right side of the card. Next, put double sided tape or glue dots on both sides of the top half of a stick. Line up the stick in the middle of the bottom edge of the right side of the card. Press the stick down to secure it to the card.

Fold the card in half and press the sides together so that corners line up with the stick in the middle. To further decorate, you can tie ribbons or bows around the handles.

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Make sure you check out our growing collection of free wedding printables and other DIY wedding projects – we have some really great ones!

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.