Rustic Bohemian Glenview Mansion Wedding: Samantha + Dan

posted by Tabitha Roberts

Samantha and Dan chose a perfectly quaint Maryland wedding venue, Glenview Mansion, for their rustic meets bohemian wedding. They wanted to carry out their vision of a unique wedding and found inspiration in all of their favorite things! The couple’s bunny Cappuccino is such a big part of their lives that they wanted to make sure he was present on the wedding day in spirit. They incorporated Cappuccino by naming their wedding signature cocktail, “Cappuccino’s Cocktail,” after him; the drink was made of spiced apple cider. They also had an adorable bunny stamp on their wedding invitations and ceremony programs as a small personal touch. Although married in the heart of the fall season, they went for a non traditional color palette for the big day weaving in the brides favorite color, blue. Navy bridesmaids dresses paired with wild pink florals complimented the gentlemen in blue suiting. We loved the mixture of fall decor accents, such as pumpkins, against the unique color pops. Thank you to Amber Kay Photography for sharing today’s rustic meets bohemian Maryland wedding!

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From the Bride: “Our vision was an elegant, romantic, fall garden wedding with a beautiful, historic mansion as the focal point. My favorite color is blue, so we chose navy bridesmaid dresses, and navy suits and light blue ties for the groomsmen. Dan wore a navy suit and a blue bison plaid tie, with a blue thistle boutonniere. Our Save the Dates and wedding invitations incorporated different shades of blue, and the ceremony programs were printed on blue card stock. Pink was the accent color, which we used in the bouquets, and the Chuppah flowers incorporated both blue and pink.

We really tried to carry out our vision for the wedding in just about every detail- our photographer’s style of pictures (romantic, light, airy), the bohemian-inspired floral designs, the framed vintage pictures, the elegant historic venue, the ceremony location in the garden with a rustic Chuppah, the colorful beautifully presented food, my bridal look (soft romantic makeup, vintage-inspired jewelry and dress, soft up-do), the rustic simple naked cake, the handmade guestbook, etc.”

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“My favorite moments were our first look (I had to make it down a million stone steps without falling to reach Dan!) and walking down the aisle with my dad.”

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“The white birch Chuppah used in our wedding ceremony was handmade, we ordered the parts from an Etsy store and assembled the Chuppah ourselves. The wine glass that we drank out of for the wine blessing was my mother’s glass used at her wedding. I also  personally handmade our guest book, the white bird cage card holder, the ceremony programs, and collected all of the picture frames used throughout the mansion of our friends and family.”

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Tips from the Bride: “Take the time to research vendors outside of your immediate area. We found the most amazing photographer in VA about an hour from where we live, but it was so worth it!

We found it extremely valuable to have a wedding planner, especially for day-of coordination. Elegance and Simplicity kept us on track and made sure everything went as planned, which meant that we could enjoy our wedding without having to worry about any of the details or timing of things.”

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Congratulations to Samantha and Dan! Thank you for sharing your Maryland Glenview Mansion wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photographer: Amber Kay Photo
Wedding Planner: Elegance and Simplicity Events
Stationer: Minted
Floral Designer: Elegance and Simplicity Events
Hair Stylist: Symmetry Salon Studios
Makeup Artist: Jordan K Winn & Co
Bridal Gown and Accessories: BHLDN
Bridesmaid Attire and Accessories: BHLDN / Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Accessories: The Tie Bar
DJ: My DeeJay / Josh Rhett
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Glenview Mansion
Catering: Chef Kevin’s Catering
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie 

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Photo Credits: Amber Kay Photo

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The Perfect Flowers for your Spring Wedding!

posted by Alex Hamilton

We here at United with Love are in a fantastic mood since Spring has officially sprung, the days are getting longer, and the flowers are beginning to bloom outside! Everywhere we look there seem to be vibrant colors and fragrant florals, not to mention some pretty great cherry blossoms! All of these things have inspired us to do a round-up of sorts of the best spring flowers to include in the décor and design of your DC area wedding! We teamed up with the fabulous Shelly Bagdasian of B Floral Event Design, one of our absolute favorite UWL wedding vendors! Also, be on the lookout this Saturday for a photo gallery complete with some of the best flowers that spring has to offer!

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Peony: This is one of the most popular flowers for bridal bouquets and centerpieces, and honestly we just love to have them around the house as well! We also think they look darling on the tops of cakes. These full, soft, luxurious flowers comes in a range of pinks, white, coral and red.

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via B Floral Event Design (Left) Meaghan Elliott Photography(Right)

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Ranunculus: A very round flower, these tend to be on the smaller side with a great range of color. There are two types of ranunculus; the standard variety that is about the size of a sweetheart rose and the Cloni variety, which is much larger and opens to almost garden rose size. Colors come in white, peach, blush pink, orange, yellow, pink, plum, red. These hardy flowers are perfect for bouquets, centerpieces, and make a great boutonniere.

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Maria Vicencio Photography via B Floral Event Design (Left) Kristi Weldon Photography via Botanica Floral Designs (Right)

Hellebores: These flowers can be great accent and details that are often used in looser, garden style arrangements. They are resilient and one of the first to arrive on the scene in very early spring. The color palette for these beauties is so unique and has an antique quality to the coloration.

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Audra Wrisley Photography via B Floral Event Design

Anemone: With their rich colors and contrasting dark center, anemones are great for those looking to include a striking color variety to their day. You can find these flowers in the traditional white as well as bright red, pink, magenta, and purple. Another early spring flower that is great for bouquets and centerpieces.

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Petals Floral Design photographed by Studio Atticus Photography (Right)

Flowering Branches: A flower option that is most unique to early spring would be flowering branches. These are fantastic for large dramatic show stopping arrangements. Local options include the white and pink cherry blossom, perfect for a DC spring wedding. The white or pink dogwood is an underutilized flowering branch that is also gorgeous, or include bright yellow forsythia for a real burst of color!

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Sweet Pea: This delicate flower is perfect for bouquets and centerpieces that need a little something with movement and length. They come in white, peach, and a variety of pinks and purple.

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Evenlyn Alas Photography via B Floral Event Design (Left) via Brides (Right & Bottom)

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Southern Charm Vineyard Wedding: Rebecca + Petar

posted by Tabitha Roberts

Petar and Rebecca’s love story began as work colleagues when they worked at McFadden’s Bar in downtown DC over 7 years ago. He had just moved to the DC area from South Carolina, and the bride decided to put down roots in the city after attending the University of Maryland. Ever since their courtship began they have been pretty much inseparable! They wanted to bring a little of the groom’s southern charm to a Virginia vineyard wedding location as well as making it as comfortable and enjoyable to their guests as possible. The couple fell in love with Early Mountain Vineyard in Charlottesville as soon as they saw it. One thing that really stood out to them was that they could have a beautiful ceremony location either using their indoor or outdoor garden space, which came into play given the wedding day weather plans! They had a friend officiate the ceremony, incorporated a variety of unique food stations for a more casual dinner, and infused a rustic chic décor element to the reception to keep the day feeling personal. The couple worked with the fabulous planning team at A. Dominick Events when designing their wedding and they added personal touches throughout including a “meant to bee” theme with mini honey favors for guests that came from the bride’s family bee hives. We loved the way they incorporated a rustic atmosphere within their reception with a mixture of farm tables and rounds complimented by loosely textured florals and wine bottle table numbers. Thank you to A. Dominick Events for sharing this charming wedding with us!

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From the Bride: “I knew for a while that I wanted to get married at a vineyard. We fell in love with Early Mountain the second we saw it and I wanted to incorporate the winery theme into our wedding. My favorite color is purple and I thought this would be a great fit for a fall winery wedding, so I had my bridesmaid’s choose dresses in shades of purple and the groomsmen wore dark grey to match. Petar is from Charleston, SC and we wanted to bring some southern charm to our wedding with a touch of rustic elegance. We also used the theme “meant to bee” throughout our wedding, in the invitations, signage and favors.”

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“Don’t stress about the weather! Easier said then done, trust me. Our wedding forecast was 100% rain. I was upset about it the whole week leading up to the big day. When we woke up, there were clouds which eventually turned to sun and we were able to get ALL of our pictures outside, exactly how we wanted it. Everything ends up working out, even if it’s hard to see it in the moment.”

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“Etsy and Pinterest were my best friends! Every unique detail that I brought to life came from inspiration that I found on Pinterest.”

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“My favorite memory is walking into the reception room with Petar before anyone else got to see it. It looked absolutely amazing, exactly what we had pictured. I think both of our mouths dropped to the floor. I remember kissing and being so excited – ready to enjoy our party!”

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“Our good friend made our invitation suite for us, as well as all of the signage throughout our wedding. This really added a personal touch because she’s been there since the beginning of our relationship. She’s an amazingly talented designer and we were so happy with the result. She created a really unique feel to our wedding that we will never forget. Going along with our “meant to bee” theme, my parents hand filled mini honey bears with honey straight from their bee hives. They were the cutest favors!”

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“One of the main priorities for our wedding was the food. We are not a “formal” couple, and have never been a fan of plated sit down dinners. We wanted to incorporate our style into our wedding and chose to do a station reception. We definitely splurged on the food and it was worth every penny. People are still telling us it’s the best food they’ve ever had at a wedding!”

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Tips from the couple: “Hire a planner! I am a very organized person in general, and have experience planning events, but I could not imagine doing this without A. Dominick Events. From the vendor recommendations, to the detailed advice, and knowing that everything was taken care of day of – that was priceless.”

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Thank you so much Rebecca and Petar for sharing your rustic southern charm vineyard wedding with us. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Early Mountain Vineyard
Wedding Planner: A Dominck Events
Photography: Alisandra Photo
Invitations: Type A Invitations
Videography: Dolce Studio Films
Floral Design: Tourterelle Floral
Bridal Salon: Hitched SalonAnna Maier
Beauty: Studio FBJ
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Lula Kate
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse
Ceremony & Reception Entertainment: DJ Tobler
Rentals and Lighting: The AV company
Catering: Occasions Caterers
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Rachel
Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linens
Transportation: Albermarle Limousine
Honeymoon: Key West, Florida

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DC National Gallery of Art Engagement Session: Neha + Kevin

posted by Tabitha Roberts

Neha and Kevin visited one of the district’s best backdrops, the National Gallery of Art, with their photographer Timmester Photography for today’s engagement session. We love all of the unique light that comes with the National Gallery, especially the light wall! The couple also wrapped their session at the cities iconic DC monuments with visits to the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. Neha and Kevin planned their Hindu wedding in Northern Virginia, and wanted to embrace their city for their engagement photos as an alternative to the rustic countryside. Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you to Timmester Photography for their beautiful engagement session!

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Bridal and Runway Trends: The Fashion-Forward Bride

posted by Alex Hamilton

Are you a style obsessed bride looking for the dream wedding gown that is oh, so of-the-moment? Then, feast your eyes on this because Elizabeth Duncan Events has put together some hot-off-the-runway bridal and fashion trends they think will be big this year for the fashionista bride!

Trend #1: Barely There

For the sexy and sophisticated bride, we’re seeing lots of lingerie-inspired, ethereal, designs with dramatic plunges, illusions necklines and bare backs, along with nude tones for the bride or ‘maids.


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Trend #2 Modern Minimalist

Fewer embellishments don’t necessarily mean fewer details. Clean lines, structured draping and refined embellishments are on-point this year.

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Trend #3 In Bloom

From embroidery to painted blooms, floral designs are a dramatic statement that work for all styles.

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Trend #4 All A-Flutter

From vintage tiers and intricate ruffles all across the body, these designs are full of romance and movement.

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TREND #5 Birds of a Feather

For the whimsical brides looking to add an extra dimension to their gown, feathers have graced the runway this year.

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Trend #6 Extraordinary Icing

From applique to sparkles, designers are getting creative in the embellishments added to give their designs that special touch.

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2016’s Hot Colors

Lavender, raspberry and peacock are just a few of the colors we think will make a big splash this year.

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Iconic DC National Women in the Arts Wedding: Joanna + Deuce

posted by Tabitha Roberts

Today’s iconic DC real wedding, had me head over heels in love with their timeless ceremony décor and the bride’s stunning gown. The Women in the Arts Museum is hands down one of our favorite Washington DC wedding venues, and the planning team at Kelley Cannon Events worked with the couple to create a simple yet elegant ambiance that paired perfectly with the marble and grand décor of the museum. How absolutely amazing was the fluffy babies breath arch that anchored their ceremony altar?! After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the museum’s third floor gallery and were greeted to the space with a welcome table of mini champagne cocktails and escort cards. Guests later dinned on the mezzanine for dinner where the tables were draped in ivory satin and accented with the prettiest golden touches. The couple noted having a great band as on the top of their list of priorities and Sound Nation Band didn’t disappoint. Thank you to Kristen Gardner Photography for sharing this iconic DC wedding with us!

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We are also thrilled to be able to share Joanna & Deuce’s beautiful wedding video from Bowen Films!

 

Congratulations to Joanna and Deuce! Thank you for sharing your Washington DC Women in the Arts Museum wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photographer: Kristen Gardner
Wedding Planner: Kelley Cannon Events
Stationer: Dandelion Patch
Floral Designer: Philippa Tarrant
Hair Stylist: Hair by Jewels
Makeup Artist: Blend Makeup Artistry
Bridal Gown: Vera Wang
Bridal Shoes: Valentino
Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein 
Videography: Bowen Films
Ceremony + Reception Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Catering: Occasions Caterers
Lighting: John Farr Lighting
Ceremony Music: Con Brio
Officiant: Say I do Your way
Reception Band: Sound Nation
Wedding Cake: Fluffy Thoughts

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Photo Credits: Kristen Gardner Photography

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Wedding Cocktail Hour Trends

posted by Alex Hamilton

We are constantly asking brides and grooms about the most important aspects of their wedding day and what they “couldn’t live without.” We tend to get tons of varied answers except for one; we almost always hear that the food on their day was super important to them. Of course they want their guests to enjoy themselves and you know what they always say, they key to anyone’s heart is through their stomach. Because of this, we were so excited to talk with Joanie Rylander, the Creative Director & Senior Event Designer of our newest DC area wedding vendor, Purple Onion Catering so she could give us the ins and outs of the hottest catering trends right now. We added some of our own thoughts, tips, and tricks as well! This week we will be focusing on cocktail hour, but stay tuned for part two, coming next Tuesday, which will focus on reception food and beverage!

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What are some of 2016’s hottest trends regarding cocktail hour?

Some of the things that we have been seeing is canned cocktails, veggie based signature drinks, clean eating menus (so many food allergies!), and fruit/herb infused ice cubes. Rose wine and craft beer continues to be popular, as well. Instead of just one signature drink we’re seeing a lot of his and her’s cocktails; this is not only a great conversation starter for guests but it can also help control bar costs.

We love the idea of his and her’s cocktails because you really can let your personalities shine, not only as a couple, but individually as well. If you want to cut down on bar costs, as Joanie stated, doing wine and beer and then a signature cocktail or two in addition is a great option!

How can a couple create the perfect signature cocktail?

The main thing I really love about weddings is how personal the details have become in regards to the couple. An events menu should be an outstanding reflection of the hosts’ personality. It’s the personal touches that guests remember the most. We have been seeing a lot of his and her cocktails where they each pick their favorite drink and then serve that to the guests. A drink you had on your first date also lends a nice touch. I have done everything from mini hurricanes with a jambalaya skewer for a couple from NOLA to a mini craft beer with pretzel for a Philly couple. Pairing cocktails with food has become more popular.

We hadn’t thought about including a drink that couples had on their first date but we think the idea is spectacular! We have had couples choose drinks that remind them of the other person, drinks that reflect their destination wedding or honeymoon venue, drinks that show off their own heritage and culture, and so much more! Signature cocktails are SO fun. We have even shared some of our favorite signature wedding cocktails + recipes!


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What items/ideas are on the decline?

We have been seeing a decline in late night snacks and dinner station menus. Clients are really going back to the traditional plated dinner. However, I am seeing clients adding in a “personal station” during cocktail hour instead of the standard cheese station.

Some of our favorite “personal stations” that we have seen at cocktail hours are mac and cheese stations, small taco stations, pasta bars, and sushi stations.

What is your cocktail hour specialty? What item or design element sets you apart?

I would have to say service. We really pride ourselves on our attentive staff. Making sure they are trained, courteous, and professional helps us ensure a successful event. Service really is the new luxury.

We absolutely agree! Purple Onion not only makes amazing food, but also has a level of service that makes guests feel taken care of and special, and that is exactly what you want on your big day! 

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Colorful Cocktail Wedding at Sequoia: Athena + Blair

posted by Tabitha Roberts

Athena and Blair are certainly not afraid of a little color as so awesomely displayed by their vibrant bright pink and turquoise wedding at DC waterfront wedding venue Sequoia. From the pops of color on their reception linens to the brides sparkly pink wedges and hot pink peony bouquet, we love the fun colorful notes inside today’s real wedding! The couple opted to host both their ceremony and reception at Sequoia when they fell in love with the terrace overlooking the Potomac river, and knew that having an all in one location would be the easiest for guests. For a personal touch, the bride’s sister was ordained to marry in DC to be able to wed the couple in an intimate ceremony that she crafted herself. It was important to Athena and Blair to have those closest to them involved in the ceremony, so each had their siblings in the bridal party and active in the program. For the reception, they wanted to focus on having a laid back party atmosphere so they opted for the reception to be cocktail style so as to lend to more mingling and dancing by their guests. One of our favorite details from the wedding was the amazing paper created for the couple, especially the poster sized colorful ceremony program. Their wedding planner, Margo from Bright Occasions, did an incredible job of pulling together all the details of their special day, and we want to thank Procopio Photography for sharing this wedding with us!

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From the Bride: “Our vision was a cocktail style reception with great music, good food, mingling, and lots of dancing. Colors were sea blue, hot pink, and silver. We chose the State Room at Sequoia Restaurant because the venue had a private outdoor terrace with views of the waterfront and we set up tables both inside and outside so guests were free to enjoy both options and were lucky to have amazing weather that day.”

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Bride’s favorite details: ” I did think it was pretty cool that we had the Sinatra Suite at the Graham Hotel as the bridal suite. Frank Sinatra used to stay there whenever he came to town. Its also the only room at the Graham with its own private balcony terrace which was a perfect spot for bridal party pre-party before the wedding.

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“We wanted our wedding to be fun and convenient for us and for our guests so we chose to have both the ceremony and reception at the same location. The hotels were also within walking distance of all party venues. We chose cocktail style reception as opposed to a sit-down dinner because we thought it would be more fun and allow everyone to talk, dance, eat, or whatever as they pleased. The crab cake bar was a huge hit. It was important to us to have our close family and friends as a part of our wedding so all our siblings and closest friends were part of the ceremony. My sister even got ordained so she could perform ceremony for us. She went out of her way to really personalize the ceremony to us and it was really beautiful. We also splurged on dance lessons before the wedding because we wanted to have a really cool first dance. We had our DJ splice a fast dance mix version of John Legend’s All of Me with the original slow version and did a swing/foxtrot combination.”

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“Having a good planner is invaluable. At first we started planning on our own and I actually gave myself an appendicitis from stress. After that a friend of ours recommended a planner to help us through the process. Without Margo from Bright Occasions there is no way the day would have gone so perfectly. From our first meeting until the very end she was on top of it. If you are worried about the expense, don’t be, a planner will help you get better deals with vendors which will more than make up for the cost of planner.”

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“Instead of a favors we bought colorful chinese takeout boxes and set them up with our dessert table of mini-cupcakes and cake pops so guests could take dessert home with them. It saved us money and time we would have spent on favors and the guests seemed to really enjoy.”

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“Planning a wedding was a really tough process. At times we were ready to run off and elope but we were very happy that we chose not to. Our wedding was really was wonderful and exactly what we wanted. We have gotten so many complements from friends and family that it was one of the best weddings they have ever been to and so much fun.”

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Thank you so much Athena and Blair for sharing your colorful DC wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Sequoia
Photography: Procopio Photography
Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions
Floral Design: DaVinci Floral
Invitations: Minted
Bridal Attire: Matthew Christopher from Nordstrom Bridal Boutique
Veil & Garter: Gibson Girl Garters
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alfred Angelo
Shoes: Marc Defang Custom
Beauty: JWK Beauty
Wedding Day Signage: Dandelion Patch
Cake: Sweets by E
DJ: Marc Matsui

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Photo Credits: Procopio Photography

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Creative Signature Cocktail Inspiration

posted by Alex Hamilton

We all know that cocktails can be a fun part of any wedding celebration, but where do you start when choosing your signature drink? There are tons of different options for the customization of wedding cocktails, and many couples choose to incorporate their likes, dislikes, background, culture, and wedding theme. We love all of the creative options that our United with Love real wedding couple’s have come up with over the years and we are so excited to share them with you! Be sure to check out our Signature Wedding Cocktails + Recipes post if you are looking for additional inspiration!

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