Classic Purple Military Wedding Reception in Virginia: Kayla + Bryan

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A dashing groom in uniform, a gorgeous bride in white, and an overall breathtaking wedding in Virginia: this, my lovely readers, are all the makings of a classic military weddings. We’re celebrating our men and uniform all week long with military wedding week, and Kayla and Bryan’s classic affair is the perfect wedding to kick things off with! (Make sure to take a look at their outdoor wedding ceremony, too!) As a nod to their long-distance relationship, their wedding favors were luggage tags in the shapes of airplanes and vintage suitcase used as a card box.

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From Kayla: My favorite part about our wedding was all the personal details we put into it. Since we were a long-distance couple prior to our marriage we wanted to try to incorporate that into our special day. Each of our tables were named off of places we had been to together and we had a framed picture of us at each place as part of our table settings.

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

Don’t cut your fiancé out of wedding planning; let him help you make decisions. Remember, it is a day to celebrate the two of you.

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

Venue: Belmont Country Club
Officiant: Rev. Nathan Massie
Photographer: Genevieve Leiper Photography
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Floral Design: J. Morris Flowers
Bridal Attire: Essence of Australia from Posh Bridal
Shoes: Nina
Veil: Posh Bridal
Hair: Hannah TerVeen
Makeup: Pamela Cresine
Jewelry: Zales
Bridesmaids’ Attire: David’s Bridal
Shoes: Nina
Groom + Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake: Edibles Incredible
Music: Anthony Simpson from MyDeejay
Favors: Bed, Bath and Beyond

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: Genevieve Leiper Photography

Classic Purple Military Wedding Ceremony in Virginia: Kayla + Bryan

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Good Monday morning to you, our lovely readers! In honor of Veterans Day (tomorrow!) and of all of our troops that are fighting abroad, we’d like to do our part to honor all the men and women in uniform with military wedding week! Today, we’re kicking off this week-long celebration of gorgeous local military weddings with this classic wedding in Virginia. Kayla and Bryan planned a simple celebration of love in only four months before they got word they would be stationed overseas, and they pulled it off without a hitch! Join us this afternoon as we swoon over their pretty in purple reception captured by Genevieve Leiper Photography!

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From Kayla: We wanted a classic, simple fall wedding. My husband is in the Air Force and it was important to me that he wore his uniform. Our colors were navy and plum purple with silver/grey accents.

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My favorite memory of our wedding day was exchanging our cards to each other before the ceremony. Throughout our relationship we always left each other cards after our weekends together so it seemed fitting to exchange one last card before we became husband and wife.

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My husband and I also wrote our own ceremony script and our vows. We included an Irish hand fasting ceremony as a nod to my husband’s Irish roots.

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Thank you so much Kayla and Bryan 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: Belmont Country Club
Officiant: Rev. Nathan Massie
Photographer: Genevieve Leiper Photography
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Floral Design: J. Morris Flowers
Bridal Attire: Essence of Australia from Posh Bridal
Shoes: Nina
Veil: Posh Bridal
Hair: Hannah TerVeen
Makeup: Pamela Cresine
Jewelry: Zales
Bridesmaids’ Attire: David’s Bridal
Shoes: Nina
Groom + Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake: Edibles Incredible
Music: Anthony Simpson from MyDeejay
Favors: Bed, Bath and Beyond

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: Genevieve Leiper Photography

Sunday Brunch: Rachael Foster Photography

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Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Are you ready to spend another Sunday morning with one of our amazing sponsors? Rachael Foster Photography is dedicated to capturing your wedding the way you want to remember it. Rachael connects with her clients personally so that she can deliver the best possible photographs. Every consultation starts with a conversation about your story, what matters to you and the style and feeling you desire for your wedding – after all it’s your wedding day! By getting to know you, Rachael is able to capture your emotions, excitement, love and happiness in a way that fits you. Through timeless photojournalism and fine art portraiture, Rachael creates pictures that will help you to cherish your special day for a lifetime. For more from Rachael Foster Photography, be sure to visit her website or check out all of their past features on United With Love.

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We hope that you’ll check out Rachael Foster Photography as a wedding photographer 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!

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Did you rock the vote this week!? It was quite an exciting time in our nation’s future! We are gearing up for military wedding week beginning on Monday – hope you’ll join us for all the pretty inspiration + advice from the pros! Oh, and you can sign up for our e-mail newsletter right here! If you weren’t on the list this week, you would have missed all this info on bridal dress shopping! Have a fabulous weekend!

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Photo Credit: SRW Joyce Photography

Roosevelt Island Wedding Engagement Session: Whitney + Anthony

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It’s Friday m’dears and we’re sending you off into the weekend with some fab wedding inspiration. I am obsessed with this Washington DC wedding engagement session at Roosevelt Island! How peaceful do Whitney and Anthony look a midst the gorgeous scenery? Birds of a Feather Photography shot the beautiful couple this past summer, on a day with just the most fabulous amount of natural light.

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Congratulations Whitney and Anthony!

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: Birds of a Feather Photography

Inspiration and Ideas: Wedding Branding

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You know I love a good wedding inspiration round-up, and today we’re sharing ideas for wedding branding. Wedding branding brings together all the design elements of your wedding in the Washington DC area into one cohesive style that expresses you as a couple. Earlier today we talked about the basics of wedding branding with advice from a local wedding pro, and now it’s time for the pretty pictures to help you get inspired!

Photo Credit: Ethan Yang Photography from Modern Wedding in Washington DC

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  • One of my favorite examples of wedding branding! Brenda and Glenn used a personal wedding monogram throughout their special day. Can you spot the little heart in between their initials!? Photo Credit: Ethan Yang Photography

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  • Brittany and Greg's laid-back, modern wedding in Baltimore featured a heart logo with their monogram that they used on all their stationery and day-of paper! Photo Credit: Jennifer McMenamin Photography

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  • Seriously, one of my favorite weddings! Momental Designs created one-of-a-kind pieces featuring her signature hand painted watercolor with letterpress. Photo Credits: Kurstin Roe Photography

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  • Our girl Kelly over at Studio DIY had a bridal shower filled with citrus-y branding galore! How cute is this invitation box? Photo Credit: You Look Lovely Photography

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  • Kristen and Keith’s modern-meets-Art Deco wedding in Virginia was inspired by AMC’s "Mad Men." They included modern wedding branding throughout their day, including this fun guest book sign! Photo Credit: Katie Stoops

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  • Will you and yours be using a custom logo? Have one designed by a local stationer, or get a custom one made on Etsy! Loving the look of this classic logo!

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  • This elegant, yet spooky, wedding branding can be seen through this elegant Halloween wedding! Photo Credit: {a}strid photography

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  • Don't forget about the favors! This French country inspired wedding dressed up macaron favors with custom tags. Photo Credit: An Endless Pursuit

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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.

What is Wedding Branding?

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Maybe you’ve heard of wedding branding, maybe you haven’t, either way we are talking the “branding” of your wedding today. I’m sure you’ve been on Pinterest and seen gorgeous weddings in magazines and wondered how did they do it? How did these engaged couples make it all come together on their wedding day? Often times, it starts with a certain level of branding of your wedding; that is defining your wedding day and using this definition to pull it all together giving you and your guests a true wedding day experience. Does wedding branding mean having the invitations match the escort cards which matches the favor tags, or is it more than that? Let’s let the experts do their thing. Today, we have Kali from June Mango, a Washington DC-based graphic designer who specializes in wedding branding. She is going to help us with the basics of wedding branding. Take it away, Kali….

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Photo Courtesy of June Mango

What is wedding branding?

Wedding branding is the expression of the couple’s love through design. It’s one part experience – the mood and ambiance you want your guests to feel when they step into your soirée – and one part emotion – the strength of your love that made you, as a couple, say, ‘Heck yes I want to spend the rest of forever with you!’

Imagine a few brands that we all know – Apple, Lululemon, Coca-Cola. Can you imagine their colors, fonts, commercials and logos? That’s because there’s a feeling you get from each brand. Whether it makes you feel fitter just for wearing yoga pants to the farmer’s market, or like you’ll be more productive with a sleek touch-screen phone, these brands provide an overall experience.

How does this relate to your wedding? A branded wedding is the same thing – a mood and emotional experience for you and your guests. So what makes your brand unique? It is you, the loving couple and your overall wedding experience.

What do you want your guests to know about the two of you? What do you enjoy doing together or what quirks do you share when no one else is around? What makes you look at each other and say, “You’re it for me!”?

And what about your wedding do you want your guest to remember? Do you want them to imagine crisp autumn air and crunchy, colorful leaves? Or that your nuptials will be beach-based and shoe-free? This is the experience.

Combining the experience of the wedding and the character of the couple is what makes up wedding branding. Images, colors, patterns and textures mix together to create designs expressing your love. Often presented in the form of invitations, save the dates, menus and favors, it simply captures the sum and substance of you as a couple. Your guests will know when they walk into your wedding that what they’re feeling is everything that brought you two together in love.

So now you’re thinking, Sounds fun! What’s next? Here’s a little list that shows the wedding branding process that I typically use that you can adapt to your own wedding branding process:

I want to learn more about you.
Let’s jump on the phone or connect for coffee. I want to hear all about you and your fiancé. How did you two meet? What do you like to do together? Do you have a color palette picked out for the wedding? Are you having it in the spring? All of these little details add up to understanding exactly who you two are and what your style is. This makes all the difference in giving you the exact design you’re hoping for.

What’s right for you?
What are you hoping to have designed for you? A logo that includes your puppy? Invitations and RSVP with a map to match? A magnet with your save the date? The whole shebang? Great! Let me know and we can find a package that’s right for you and your budget.

Time to begin!
Once we have nailed down the right package, I will begin designing your day-of-details. Often starting with a logo, I will create designs to fit your style and personalities. You’ll receive a handful of beautiful options to choose between. From here, we narrow them down, revising and reviewing until everything is perfect.

Enjoy your one-of-a-kind designs.
Once all of the designs are complete, I will send over the final files. If stationary is involved, I can oversee the printing process if desired. I am happy to recommend paper and finishes to fit the design.

And, voila! You have yourself a branded wedding that is unique to you. At June Mango, it’s my mission to share your love story through custom logos, stationary, favors, websites and anything else you can dream up for your special day!

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So, what about you, will you implement some level of branding at your wedding? Thank you so much, Kali, for the info about wedding branding! Be sure to check out Kali and her wedding branding at June Mango.

If you’re looking for more 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.

Elegant Barn Wedding Anniversary in Virginia: Marilyn + Desi

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What better way to celebrate twenty-five year of wedded bliss than with a rustic wedding anniversary in Virginia? Set at their gorgeous farm in Virginia, Marilyn and Desi (and their beautiful children!) celebrated their silver anniversary… in style! With rustic stylings and plenty of love to go ‘round, this intimate country soiree, planned by Perfect Planning Events, is overflowing with simple, elegant details. And, lucky for us, A Perfect Image Photography was on hand to capture every sweet moment!

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From Marilyn: I envisioned an intimate rustic/country wedding anniversary celebration with close friends and family. My husband grew up in the country and I’m a small town girl at heart so we wanted a simple yet elegant setting with our children participating as they are a significant part of the love we share.

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Priority number one was to celebrate our love and our 25 year journey. We feel extremely blessed to have grown so much closer of the years as a result of coming together in times of crisis and in celebration. We were thrilled to have friends and family from 10 states to join us at our farm.

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

Enjoy the day! Create a memory not an event!

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Thank you so much Marilyn and Desi for sharing your wedding anniversary with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their celebration:

Venue: Private Residence
Officiant: Rev. Dr. Marshal L. Ausberry of Antioch Baptist Chruch
Photography: A Perfect Image Photography
Wedding Planner: Perfect Planning Events
Floral Design: Michael’s Flowers
Bride + Groom’s Attire: Le Reve Bridal
Catering: Tasteful Affairs Catering
Cake: Edibles Incredibles
Linens: BBJ Linen
Lighting: Select Event Group
Music: Curtis Taylor Quintet
Rentals: DC Rentals
DJ: DJ David Lugo
Favors: Ketterman’s Jewelers

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: A Perfect Image Photography

6 Unconventional Wedding Venues in DC

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One of the hardest parts of having a wedding in Washington DC is that there is just too much choice! This is so true for finding a wedding venue. There are countless locations and unique spots to have your wedding. In addition to the number of options for wedding venues in DC is also the cost. Finding a wedding venue that fits your needs and your budget is not as easy as you might think. Sarah, owner of Pollyanna Events, has done research for a few clients and she is sharing it with us! She researched unconventional wedding venues in Washington DC that you might not have necessarily thought of as wedding venues. You know, those non-traditional type of spots! The best part of her list is that these are all wedding venues that fall between the $2,500-$9,000 price tag. So, now you can find a wedding venue and stay on budget! Take it away, Sarah…

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Washington DC can have a reputation of being quite expensive and mainstream when it comes to weddings, but does it really have to be? I pondered this after being asked by many of my clients if an “offbeat wedding venue” for a decent price existed. I decided to take on the challenge. I mean, after all, the venue is one of the most important parts in planning a wedding, so it has to be perfect!

There are endless options for your “typical” DC venues such as monuments, museums, historic buildings, or buildings with political significance that are beautiful venues for weddings, but many of these locations can be upwards of $12,000 (or more)! For some of you, that may be half your wedding budget. The venues you don’t often hear people talk about are unconventional, those off the beaten path that might not be typical for a wedding in DC. I’ve compiled a list of a few locations you may not have thought existed in DC. like lofty, industrial spaces filled with character that a couple who wants a unique setting, may be searching for.

Here is a list of pretty awesome wedding venues in DC that are affordable, unconventional and off the beaten path:

Loft at 600 F

Epic Yoga DC

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Ulysses Room

Studio 52 (The Historic Manson)

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Thank you so much, Sarah for your list of unconventional venues! Hopefully you’ll be back to check a few of these spaces out and find an affordable wedding venue along the way. Be sure to check Sarah out at Pollyanna Events.

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.