Filled to the brim with pretty and overflowing with inspiration for your Monday morning, this gorgeous Washington DC wedding day captured by Moshe Zusman Photography Studio might just be the best way to start your day! Modern with the prettiest pops of purple, Courtney and Jonathan’s chic fête planned by A. Dominick Events is inspiring to say the very least. Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see their sweet wedding video trailer, too! We’ll see you back here later this morning for their grand wedding reception with purple and silver galore!
From Courtney: I was going for a classic, contemporary theme.
Our chuppah was hand made. It was a “tree of life” design and each leaf had the name of a family member who had passed away – we wanted our relatives to be with us in spirit. My aunt and uncle, who are rabbis married to each other, performed the ceremony.
Thank you so much Courtney and Jonathan 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:
Did you have a good week? More importantly, do you have any fun weekend plans? I’m not quite sure what I’m going to be up to this weekend, but I am looking forward to the beautiful weather we’ll be having this weekend! Whatever you do, I hope that you and yours have an awesome weekend! We’ll see you back here on Monday for more wedding goodness!
Get ready to meet a local couple who really knows how to use this gorgeous city we live in for their Washington DC engagement session! Meet Janina and Francisco, who are getting married this fall in Florida but just couldn’t tear themselves away from the beauty of the DC-area. Evelyn Alas Photography showcased some of the couple’s favorite local spots from the Lincoln Memorial to Old Town Alexandria. Their engagement session even features their mutual love of Starbucks, too—how cute! Janina and Francisco, a big congratulations to you both!
We’re all familiar with the age-old wedding tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” so today we’re talking about how to get creative with a stylish something blue with a fab pair of bridal shoes. From sparkly peep toe pumps to comfy crochet flats, I’ve picked a few of my favorite wedding ideas for blue kicks to fit every aisle style. And, if you’re a traditional bride, don’t forget the sixpence for your shoe!
Are you melting in this heat?? I don’t do well in this humidity and I don’t know how brides and grooms do it either! If you are getting married in the Washington DC area this summer (or next) then the heat is something you’ll have to deal with. (Here are some of our fav summer weddings in the DC area!) We want you to look your best on your wedding day, so we asked the DC area’s top wedding make up and hair experts their advice for how to stay cool and gorgeous when it is super hot outside. You want to look amazing from start to finish, not have your hair and face melt away! On with the advice…
“As a bride, the key to finding the perfect hair style is to start by giving yourself realistic expectations when it comes to your hair length, texture, and face shape. During hot summer months, it is important to take into consideration how your hair normally reacts to humidity and heat . This alone should be your question when you determine whether to wear your hair up or down. While we are ‘hairgicians,’ we can’t give you a whole new head of hair. However, we can give you extensions to help hold the curl and texture if you decide to wear your hair down or somewhat down. Oily hair and humidity are some main issues that we have. As a general rule, we recommend washing your hair the night before your wedding. Also, we really try to figure out a good hair routine before the wedding at the trial with our brides. While we talk to our brides at the trial, we also try to help our brides figure out what would be the best style option for them ( up or down) based on their hair texture, wedding month and how they tell us their hair normally reacts.” – from Julie at Jewel Hair Design
“For summer weddings, updos for hair keep the neck cooler, but not everyone wants or looks the best in an updo. You could also try a loose low bun that sits right at the hairline in back (or to one side) and gives the look of stylish volume. Are you interested in a ponytail or braids With a truly creative wedding hair stylist, these summer standards can be incorporated with some casual sophistication. If you have dreamed of flowing curls, or your hair half up all down for your wedding, these styles can work in the summer, especially if your stylist can show you ways to clip it back or partially up when the dancing heats up!” – Barbara at Bridal Artistry
“My ultimate secret weapon for summer hair is dry shampoo. Spray a little on your roots after styling and it will help absorb oil all day keeping your locks light and voluminous. With summer weddings it is always suggested to wear your hair up and out of your face. This will help your hair from getting stringy, flat or oily. If you are used to wearing your hair down and are not a fan of having a style pulled back, there are plenty of alternative options. Two great choices are a lower side bun or a side pony tail. Both of these styles are great to create some accent near and around your face while still holding up well. Keeping soft, well colored hair is a little harder during the summer months. The sun, wind and sand can dull hair color and damage the midshaft. I suggest using a hair SPF when out in the sun for long periods of time. If you are trying to keep hair out of your face on your wedding day, try a cute headband braid. Take your bangs and braid them back to keep the looking full and healthy. Secure with a bobby pin and you wont have to worry about flat or oily bangs.” - Alison at Alison Harper & Co.
“For summer weddings, blotting cloths are essential. A good blotting cloth will help to remove oil without removing makeup. You can just dab in any shiny areas to look renewed. For a less photographed wedding event, like a rehearsal or engagement party, sub out your foundation for a nice tinted moisturizer or BB cream. These are more lightweight and are less likely to look cakey or shiny. They do offer a little less coverage but you can follow up with a nice tinted finishing powder for a clean, fresh face with medium coverage. Always make sure that whatever facial product you are using contain SPF. With newer makeup coming out a lot of larger brands are getting into the SPF game. A nice, lightweight product can help protect from damaging rays with broad spectrum SPF 20 UVB/UVA. Avoid eye lid primers on steamier days. If they are not set properly, they can cause your eyelid to appear greasy and can crease your eye makeup. A great setting spray is essential for a summer application. It will help to keep you looking matte, control shine while keeping your face looking fresh all night.” – Alison at Alison Harper & Co.
“For summer weddings, long wearing, oil-free makeup foundations will endure the heat and humidity best. Be aware that airbrushed foundations will streak with tears and sweating and cannot be blended back to a natural look. Waterproof mascaras, oh yes! Also gel eye liners are water resistant and stay well throughout the day. Blotting sheets from the drug store should be in the bride’s touch up kit. Press them to the face and sweat or shine is absorbed and the powder finish is pushed back to the surface to keep the foundation intact. Too much shine on the face is a no-no for that smooth, polished bridal look! If you get too hot, wrap a few ice cubes in a wash cloth and lay it across the back of the neck and even behind the ears (if style allows) for a quick cool down without touching the face. It works!” - - Barbara at Bridal Artistry
“Another additional thing we see a lot is tan lines. Bride-to-be will spend the weekend at the beach for a bachelorette party and come wedding day they end up with funny string lines on their shoulders. This is a quick reminder to pay attention to the style suit you wear prior to your wedding day and make sure to use sun screen!” - Alison at Alison Harper & Co.
You know you love this little town of ours! With all the traffic and the tourists, what’s not to love?! The nation’s capital is prime for awesome and iconic wedding photos that can only happen here! When it comes to Washington DC weddings and engagements, I will never tire of seeing what our fabulous local wedding photographers and fun couples will come up with next. We’ve gathered some great, classic and sometimes hilarious wedding photos that could happen #onlyinDC!
Good morning Washington DC wedding lovers! If you’re already having a hectic day, take some time to check out this gorgeous post full of wedding ideas inspired by the hymn “Amazing Grace.” Using an industrial chic theme, Sweetface Events created a laid-back, peaceful vibe at Georgetown’s The Powerhouse (Fun fact: The Powerhouse is located on “Grace Street”…how ironic!). Intricate details like gold foil print on the dessert table made this round up a beautiful one with Lisa Boggs Photography on hand to capture all of the details. The models featured are a real, local family celebrating 13 years of marriage this year! For those of you having lots of kids at your wedding, they incorporated a kids table with a special box of goodies and activities your littlest guests can enjoy.
From the ladies at Sweetface Events: We picked our wedding inspiration from the famous hymn “Amazing Grace.” I had this song sung at my own wedding and every time I hear it, I am always overtaken by the peace and beauty the song represents. The look started from a gold hand made foil design for the invitations and then you will see the gold foil print on our dessert table. Along with this theme, we wanted to go for an “industrial chic” look, so we picked The Powerhouse in Georgetown. We decided to combine gold details with a blush pink and the flowers have a modern chic.
We wanted to do something fun, so we incorporated ideas for a “kiddie” table at a wedding. We liked the thought of giving the kids a special box with goodies and activities they could enjoy. The goody box includes fun toys, arts and crafts and a surprise toy replica of the bride and groom’s family dogs.
Last but not least, we have a really fun video from Patchbay Weddings featuring the whole photo session and all of its beautiful little details!
How gorgeous were these photos?! There are tons of industrial chic wedding ideas here. The following Washington DC area wedding vendors put this wedding inspiration shoot together:
From Tara: The reception was filled with love, to the point that is was electric. There wasn’t one detail in particular. Everything just came together seamlessly and the evening exceed my expectations.
My mentor’s teenage sons performed an impromptu almost choreographed routine to PSY’s Gangham Style. After their performance everyone flocked to the dance floor and the dance party continued for the rest of the night.
Tara’s advice for other DC-area couples:
Don’t sweat the small stuff! Life is an adventure. The first year is just the beginning.
Thank you so much Tara and Jason for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
It’s no secret that some of my favorite type of fetes are classic Washington DC weddings. The formality, the sophistication, the tradition—I’m head over heels! And, thanks to Procopio Photography, Tara and Jason’s romantic affair can be added to my list. Another thing that I’m a total sucker for? Stationery. Their Washington DC-inspired wedding invitations from Digby & Rose are city chic perfection. Come back later this afternoon to check out their grand wedding reception, too!
From Tara: My main priority for the wedding was my dress! I wanted something that was simple yet chic. My ceremony dress was designed by Jenny Packham. Later in the ceremony I changed into a a Sue Wong feather-trimmed sequin dress purchased from Saks Fifth Avenue online.
Thank you so much Tara and Jason 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: