New Year’s Eve Wedding Inspiration

posted by julianne

“Tis New Year’s Eve and I hope that you are yours are getting prepped for an incredible night of festivities! If you are getting married on New Year’s Eve in the Washington DC area next year or just looking for some ideas for a festive wedding celebration, check out some of the new year wedding ideas we have featured on the blog…

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Ceremony

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Photo Credit: Rachel May Photography

Check out these ideas for a New Year’s Eve wedding ceremony and wedding reception in Virginia!

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New Year’s Eve Wedding in Washington DC

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Photo Credit: Joseph Allen Photography; Floral Design: Petal’s Edge

Check out Sarah and Ilana’s NYE wedding ceremony and wedding reception in DC

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Best Sparkler Exits

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Check out some of the best wedding sparkler exits that we’ve had on the blog!

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DIY Confetti Poppers

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Photo Credit: Rachel May Photography

Learn how to make these DIY confetti poppers for NYE or anytime!

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Details & Design

Hiring a wedding planner just might be the best decision you’ll make! Click here to find your perfect wedding planning match.

Best of 2014: Editors’ Favorites

posted by ally

We’ve had so much fun looking back at some of our favorite real weddings in the Washington DC area season by season, but today we’re doing something a little different! It’s always hard picking from a year’s worth of fab local weddings but there are some that we just have to share – they’re just too good not to! Juli and I (somehow!) narrowed it to our top four favorite weddings. Here we go…

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Sarah and Stephen are boaters, so the Eastern Shore of Maryland was a perfect fit for their elegant, vintage inspired wedding day. I can’t get enough of their dreamy first look and portrait photographs captured by Cassidy DuHon Photography. In addition to all of the gorgeous florals and these dreamy portraits I was telling you about, this couple threw quite a party for their friends and family!

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See more from Sarah and Stephen’s intimate wedding ceremony and summer wedding right here!

Photo Credits: Cassidy DuHon Photography

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From the lush floral design to the dreamy garden ceremony setting, I can’t be sure of what my favorite detail of Samira and Chad’s vintage-inspired day is! Filled with pretty blooms and gorgeous string lighting, this wedding in Virginia is a serious show-stopper with some steal worthy style that will be all over your Pinterest page.

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See more from Samira and Chad’s traditional Persian wedding ceremony and elegant outdoor wedding right here!

Photo Credits: Rebekah J. Murray Photography

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Sarah and Mike’s at-home wedding is as sweet as they come! Intimate and meaningful, every detail dreamt up by this adorable duo is completely personalized. This adorable duo and their small wedding party headed to EatBar in Arlington, where they rented out the back room and and arranged for a sampling of some of their best dishes, set out buffet style in lieu of a formal sit down dinner.

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See more from Sarah and Mike’s backyard wedding ceremony and casual wedding reception right here!

Photo Credits: Sanderson Images

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Elizabeth and James’ elegant spring wedding from Victoria Ruan Photography featured a romantic setting with elegant touches for a fun and personal wedding that combines the best the of Washington DC and England. We’re talking morning suits and fascinators paired with presidential table numbers and Washington DC wedding drink flags!

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See more from Elizabeth and James’ spring wedding ceremony and elegant wedding reception right here!

Photo Credits: Victoria Ruan Photography

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Next up in our “Best of 2014″ series is some of our favorite wedding engagements from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia that we featured on the blog this past year, as well as some of our favorite advice posts. Stay tuned! It was an amazing year and we are excited to highlight it all! Cheers to you, 2014!

In the meantime, 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.

Paper Goodies

Click here to find a local stationer to design all of your wedding day paper details – from invitations to escort cards.

Best of 2014: Winter Weddings

posted by kate

This week, we are revisiting some of our favorite moments from the real weddings in the Washington, DC area that we featured. Finally, here we are at winter!. I can’t believe 2014 is nearing its end—the year just flew by! There’s been so many beautiful, take your breath away events on the blog this year. It was so hard to pick only a few favorites. Read on to experience our picks for the peaceful, serene, gorgeous winter weddings from 2014.

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Christine and Mark got married in Baltimore in the middle of a snowstorm! They achieved romantic perfection with their small, intimate wedding surrounded by family and friends photographed by Kirsten Marie Photography. How cozy do their photos look?!

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See more of Christine and Mark’s snow-covered wedding ceremony and wedding reception here!

Photo Credits: Kirsten Marie Photography

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Vanessa and Dan’s sophisticated traditional Jewish wedding ceremony warmed me up just looking at the photos! The duo put such meaningful, personal details into their ceremony and reception, photographed by Love Life Images. I loved the details on Vanessa’s dress and how perfect are those navy blue bridesmaids dresses?!

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See more of Vanessa and Dan’s wedding ceremony and reception here!

Photography: Love Life Images

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Everything about Margaret and Christian’s wedding in DC is so sweet – from the Sunday brunch ceremony and reception, to her beautifully hand-knit “something blue” shrug, to the happy couple walking in the snow covered streets of DC. This wedding is a winter wonderland of love and perfection! All photographed beautifully by Katie DeLorme Photography.

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See more of Margaret and Christian’s snowy DC wedding ceremony and wedding reception.

Photo Credits Katie DeLorme Photography

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Sarah and Ilana’s black-tie wedding in Washington DC took place on New Year’s Eve. How awesome is that?! The two went for a winter glam theme and absolutely nailed it! Soft touches like flower choices complimented the city already decorated for the holidays. Love the photos from Joseph Allen Photography so much!

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And, check out their beautiful chuppah designed by Petal’s Edge

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See more of Sarah and Ilana’s sophisticated black-tie wedding and reception here!

Photography: Joseph Allen Photography

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Winter weddings are just the coziest! Be sure to come back because although we are done with rounding up our favorite weddings by season, we still have the best engagements from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia that we featured on the blog this past year, as well as some of our favorite advice. It was an amazing year and we are excited to highlight it all!

In the meantime, 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.

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

Carriages and Coaches

From trollies to classic cars, click here to find local DC area wedding transportation companies for your wedding.

Best of 2014: Spring Weddings

posted by kate

This week, we are revisiting some of our favorite moments from the real weddings in the Washington, DC area that we featured. I love having all four seasons living in this area, and spring in DC is arguably the best spring in the country! I love the warmer temperatures, cherry blossoms and flowers blooming wherever you turn! (For all you upcoming spring brides, just in case you missed it, here’s our spring makeup how-to.) Here are my favorite spring weddings in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia that make me wish for those cherry blossoms!

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Britney and Patrick’s intimate garden wedding in Washington DC was all about the lushness of spring. With the lush greenery and bright flowers photographed by SRW Joyce Photography, I started to get nostalgic for spring! How cute are those balloons too?! I loved Britney and Patrick’s garden wedding, because it just seemed to me what spring was all about: whimsical fun and being surrounded by your friends and family!

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See more of Britney and Patrick’s intimate garden wedding ceremony and reception here!

Photo Credits: SRW Joyce Photography

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Amelia and Paul’s outdoor wedding in Virginia had perfect spring touches: tulips, peach colors dotting the wedding design and it all took place in Virginia’s horse country. I adored the fact that they had their wedding reception in a tent, outdoors under the stars. Their relaxed, laid-back vibe of their wedding just made me think spring! Enjoy their beautiful photos by Deb Lindsey Photography.

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See more of Amelia and Paul’s outdoor wedding ceremony and wedding reception here!

Photography Credits: Deb Lindsey Photography

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Sarah and Aaron’s wedding in Washington DC caught my eye because I just love the architecture of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Emily Clack Photography captured the beauty of the church and the gorgeous, classy details of Sarah and Aaron’s wedding. Don’t miss their bright pink bridesmaids’ dresses, which are a perfect choice for a spring wedding, don’t miss her stunning bouquet! The bright spring sunshine just added to the beauty of this wedding.

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I’m so in love with her bouquet by Petal’s Edge

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See more of Britney and Patrick’s wedding ceremony and wedding reception here!

Photography Credits: Emily Clack Photography

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Talisha and Monica’s intimate outdoor Maryland wedding was simple and beautiful. Deb Lindsey Photography snapped all the gorgeous details in blue and yellow. They even honored Talisha’s African American roots, taking part in the traditional jumping the broom ceremony!

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See more of Talisha and Monica’s wedding ceremony and wedding reception here!

Photography Credits: Deb Lindsey Photography

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Oh, how we love springtime in the DC area! Be sure to come back, because we are going season by season and rounding up all of our favorite weddings from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia that we featured on the blog this past year. It was an amazing year and we are excited to highlight it all!

In the meantime, 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.

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

All About The Dress

There are so many beautiful wedding dress choices! Click here to check out the many local bridal boutiques in the Washington DC area to help you find your dream dress!

Sunday Brunch: Sarah Culver Photography

posted by kate

Good morning DC area wedding lovers! Let’s spend this Sunday morning with one of our fabulous sponsors, shall we?? If you are searching for a wedding photographer, look no further than Sarah Culver Photography! She specializes in creative subtle moments, details and capturing the feeling of your wedding day day. She works effortlessly to capture those priceless, in-between moments between couple’s and families without intruding. Sarah strives to be a calming presence during the wedding, working to keep her clients comfortable while giving direction and helping them get the absolute most out of their special day! For more on Sarah Culver 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 Sarah Culver Photography for your wedding 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.

Sparkle & Shine

Using United With Love’s vendor guide, click here to find the perfect wedding sparklers at the area’s jewelry shops.

Best of 2014: Tips & Advice

posted by kate

Did you know that we are more than just pretty pictures here?! Oh yes, United With Love is loaded with of wedding planning advice from the professionals in the Washington DC area. We’ve featured advice and tips on everything from how to pick a wedding venue to questions to ask your catering vendor to local bachelorette party ideas. Basically, we give you the inside scoop on everything you need to know to you plan your local wedding in Dc, MD or VA – the kind of info that you won’t find anywhere else! For this next round up of the best of Washington DC weddings, I picked a few of my favorite tips and advice that we’ve featured throughout the year. (And, don’t worry, we will have plenty of advice coming your way in 2015!)

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What To Do If You Hate Planning Your Wedding

Do you hate planning your wedding or are perhaps in a wedding planning funk? You are not alone. We featured “What to Do if You Hate Planning Your Wedding” this year. So many couples get engaged and soon find out wedding planning isn’t always a party. Founder and editor Juli offered some of her best advice on what to do to get through planning your wedding with ease.

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Photo Credit: Lelia Marie Photography

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What To Do Between Your Ceremony and Reception?

If you’re anything like me, you crave organization and structure at a wedding. If you’re getting married and aren’t sure what to do between your ceremony and reception, and don’t want to leave guests hanging with nothing to do, we got you covered. Our advice “What to Do Between Your Ceremony and Reception in DC?” had plenty to offer as far as ideas for what to do in this beautiful city we live in. Bride-to-be Christy wrote in to United With Love and asked what to do about an awkward time gap between her ceremony and reception. Bring on the experts!

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Photo Credit: Kurstin Roe Photography

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Champagne Taste On A Beer Budget Wedding Advice

This is piece of advice came out of our annual reader survey! So many of you told use that you had hopes and dreams for your wedding, but couldn’t afford the price tag. We went to some of the wedding pros in the Washington DC area and asked their advice for “How to Have A Wedding With Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget.” What would they tell a client who has a champagne taste, but only a beer budget for their wedding in DC, MD or VA? And, did they deliver with lots of tips and advice for how to spend wisely and make the most out of your wedding dollars?

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Photo Credit: Lisa Boggs Photography

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What To Do If Your Wedding Vendors Are Late…Or Don’t Show Up!

After local wedding planner Tiffany at Simply Breathe Events wrote to Juli with a horror story about how a wedding cake baker didn’t show up at one of her recent weddings, we were inspired to feature “What to Do If Your Wedding Vendors Are Late or Don’t Show Up?” What do you do if one of your vendors is late? What happens when the wrong inventory is delivered? All of your most important questions are covered!

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 Photo Credit:  k. thompson photography

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How To Plan A Destination Wedding in the Washington DC Area

Being the nation’s capital, we are the ultimate tourist location! DC is home to many destination weddings. If you’re from out of town and trying to plan your wedding in this great city, we featured an article on “How to Have a Destination Wedding in the DC Area?” Rebecca from Blue Canary Events gave us the scoop on how to plan your destination wedding in the DMV. What were the best spots to feature for your wedding? What are great ways to plan a destination wedding on a budget? Rebecca tells us everything!

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 Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Shelly Guberek Photography

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How To Create A Perfect Wedding Website

Living in Washington DC area means that you tend to have friends and family living not only all over the country, but all over the world. We here at United With Love we totally understand! This year, we featured advice on “How To Create a Wedding Website“. Wedding websites are great ways to reach all those friends and family, especially those that tend to misplace your pretty mailed invitations! We asked Margo from Bright Occasions for tips on how to create the perfect successful wedding website for all of your guests from out of town.

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 Photo Credit: Kristin Gardner Photography

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Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Flowers

What’s a wedding without flowers?! This fall we featured a wedding flower week. It was chock full of advice on how to best use the florals in your special day. In fact, it was so successful that we came back in December and had a whole second week of advice! That’s right, two whole weeks dedicated to nothing but weddings, flowers and education! We talked to the best wedding florists in the DMV and got their opinion (and expert advice) on everything from when to have your first meeting to the pros and cons of DIY wedding flowers to why wedding flowers are so expensive. Yup, we pretty much covered it all in our wedding flower week parts one and two.

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 Floral Design: Serendipity Bridal & Events

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OK, so those are some of the most popular wedding advice posts that we’ve had on the blog this year. What are you favorite wedding advice topics that we covered this year? More importantly, what do you hope to see covered in 2015? Lay it on us in an email to hello@unitedwithlove.com! In fact, most of our best wedding advice posts come from you, our readers, so let us know your biggest wedding planning questions and we’ll do our best to answer them in the new year.

All About The Dress

There are so many beautiful wedding dress choices! Click here to check out the many local bridal boutiques in the Washington DC area to help you find your dream dress!

Happy Holidays!

posted by julianne

From our blog family to yours, we are wishing you the merriest of holidays! Whatever you are doing and where ever you are, know that we love you, our dear readers, and this blog wouldn’t be possible without you. Take a break from wedding planning today, spend time with loved ones and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for more rounds ups and DMV wedding fun! Enjoy today, and everyday!

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Photo Credit:  Stephanie Messick Photography

Location, Location

The DC area has so many fabulous wedding venues! Click here to use United With Love’s guide to find your wedding spot.

Best of 2014: DIY Projects

posted by kate

This blog is full of pretty pictures, advice and love stories, of course! But you know, one thing we love to throw in here and there are fun DIY wedding projects for you. You told us you wanted more DIY and that’s what we gave you all year long! For this next round up of the best of Washington DC area weddings, I picked a few of my favorite DIY projects that we’ve featured throughout the year. From the reality of DIY wedding flowers to free wedding printables galore to locally inspired sweet treats, we’ve got our crafty couples in mind, for sure!

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Wedding Kids Activity Book

We featured an adorable printable wedding favor for some often overlooked guests – kids! In “Free Printable Wedding Kids Activity Book,” Michelle at City Bee Design created a free printable kids activity book with a matching wedding crayon box cover to keep kids happy and parents sane during your wedding reception. Perfect for kid-friendly DMV weddings!

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Check out the Free Printable Wedding Kids Activity Book!

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Washington, DC Inspired Wedding Chair Signs

One DIY project we featured this year is “Printable Mr. & Mrs. Washington, DC Wedding Chair Signs.” A printer and pair of scissors are all you need for this easy project!

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Check out the Free Printable Mr. & Mrs. Washington, DC Wedding Chair Signs!

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Pros and Cons of DIY Wedding Flowers

Wedding flower week featured all things flower and all things wedding this year! We featured a piece, “The Reality of DIY Wedding Flowers,” that talked all about DIY wedding flowers. What are the pros and cons? What should a couple know before they decide to head down this route? Here is everything you need to know about DIY wedding flowers.

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Floral Design: Alicia Jayne Florals

Check out our post on The Reality of DIY Wedding Flowers!

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DIY Wedding Panel Fans

Planning an outdoor summer wedding in the Washington DC area in 2015? We featured a DIY project, “DIY Wedding Paddle Fans and Free Printable,” on the blog this year for you summer couples! Encouraging guests to keep cool and calm, they are the perfect accessory for those sun-kissed months! (You could even print your ceremony program on the back!)

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Download our DIY Wedding Paddle Fans and Free Printable!

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Washington, DC Monument Bunting

We love celebrating Washington, DC in cute and fun ways, like this adorable “Free Printable Washington, DC Monument Bunting.” It’s the perfect little something to decorate your sweetheart table at your reception! The ladies of Little Bit Heart designed this free printable for us – how adorable!

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Download our Free Printable of Washington, DC Monument Bunting!

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DMV Wedding Sugar Cookies

We’ve got another recipe to add to your ever-growing cookie list! These are perfect for your DIY wedding or bridal shower —just darling little sugar cookies with a DMV area theme. Our “DIY DC, Maryland and Virginia Wedding Sugar Cookies” make great favors or dessert additions for those guests who aren’t huge fans of cake. Hannah Colclazier Photography took some super cute photos AND you can find these DMV cookie cutters at our very own Hill’s Kitchen. Love it!

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Photo Credits: Hannah Colclazier Photography

Make these adorable DMV wedding sugar cookies!

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OK, so those are some of the most popular DIY projects that we’ve had on the blog this year. Are you looking for more DIY projects we didn’t feature? These pumpkin spice wedding granola favors are just delicious and these personalized bridesmaids hangers make adorable presents and don’t forget about these adorable wedding DJ song request cards!

Say Cheese!

With many incredible wedding photographers in the DC area, click here to use United With Love’s local guide to find the right one.

Best of 2014: Summer Weddings

posted by kate

This week, we are revisiting some of our favorite moments from the real weddings in the Washington, DC area that we featured. I love the summertime, especially in the Washington, DC area! Even though the temperatures are scorching, there’s nothing like a warm summer night at a rooftop terrace in the city, the eastern shore of Maryland, or going wine tasting with friends at the Virginia vineyards. Here are my favorite gorgeous summer weddings in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia!

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Ashley and Scott’s outdoor wedding in Southern Maryland is as relaxed as they come! Hannah Colclazier Photography captured some breathtaking photos of their gorgeous wedding along the St. Mary’s River, enveloped in sunshine. I am so in love with Ashley’s bouquet – it’s got me anxious for summer’s return!

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Photo Credits: Hannah Colclazier Photography

See more of Ashley and Scott’s beautiful outdoor wedding and reception here!

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Bright, colorful and full of summer lovin’, Ginly and Rob’s wedding in Virginia, captured by Lisa Boggs Photography, shows off their fun and playful wedding full of color. The two, who met in dental school, decided to have a candy bar buffet (So cute and delicious!) and a wedding inspired by all that summer in the DMV has to offer. It is full of bright and bold pops of color and we can’t get enough of it!

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See more of Ginly and Rob’s summer love wedding ceremony and reception here!

Photo Credits: Lisa Boggs Photography

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Lily and Tony’s whimsical summer wedding in Virginia is just romantic and beautiful. Simple and intimate, the couple had adorable details they incorporated into their big day—right down to the sweet toy car the ring bearer rode into the ceremony on! Enjoy the photos by Emily Chastain Photography of this perfect summer wedding day.

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See more of Lily and Tony’s whimsical Virginia wedding and reception here!

Photo Credits: Emily Chastain Photography

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How cute is Allie and Daniel’s summer wedding in Maryland? They had a classic Southern affair outside at a farm in Maryland, which Birds of a Feather Photography captured perfectly. From the super adorable DIY chalkboard signs to the delicious pie bar, everything just screamed summer lovni’! I’m really enjoying their romantic pink and mint color palette too!

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See more of Allie and Daniel’s adorable Southern wedding ceremony and reception here!

Photo Credits: Birds of a Feather Photography

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Isn’t summer the best?! I can’t wait for sun-kissed days, warm nights and a fresh round of summer weddings in 2015! Be sure to come back all week long because we are going season by season and rounding up all of our favorite weddings from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia that we featured on the blog this past year. It was an amazing year and we are excited to highlight it all!

In the meantime, 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.

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

Deals & Discounts

Looking for a little price break? Click here to check out United With Love’s list of local discounts for your wedding day.