Nautical Themed 4th of July Wedding in Maryland: Matt + Cristina

posted by pauline

We are celebrating the holidays today – the Fourth of July holiday, that is! Matt and Cristina had a patriotic holiday weekend wedding in Maryland out on Breton Bay when the they tied the knot on the 4th of July in a red, navy, and white inspired celebration. Their stunning wedding ceremony was held at St. Joseph Morganza in St. Mary’s County, before guests moved to a private home to celebrate their wedding reception (complete with a fully decorated golf cart for transport!). Their wedding was nautical in theme, which you know we love here by the Chesapeake Bay, but it is also because the pair met on a boat, naturally! And about a year after that, Matt proposed to his bride on that very same water, so it was only fitting that there would be boats and details to match on this big day! I’m obsessed with the boat table numbers, which are so much more than table numbers, and the life raft chair details to add that extra special touch! Their Maryland wedding has too many amazing details to count – and many of them were handmade with the help of friends and family. The pair kept it personal on this big day, even asking their wedding guests to contribute pies, just like their family tradition of a cake decorating contest on the 4th of July. What a fun way to enjoy a wedding dessert! A big thanks to Rachael Foster Photography for sharing Cristina and Matt’s 4th of July Washington DC area wedding with us!

wedding-dress-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography orange-bouquet-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography

From the bride: My cousin works with Matt and brought him down to “camp,” our family’s home on Breton Bay in Maryland, and we met on a sailboat. When I missed the departure time for the sail, my dad drove me out on a jet ski, and I boarded while they were already underway! A little more than a year later, Matt proposed on a sailboat in the very waters where we met, so I knew almost immediately our wedding would have a sailboat and nautical theme. Our wedding colors were navy, coral, and white, and the wedding reception took place on my family’s property in Maryland.

bow-tie-wedding-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography blue-suit-groom-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography holiday-weekend-wedding-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography grey-bridesmaid-dresses-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography

We both come from the very large families, so our biggest wedding priority was getting as many people to our wedding as we could. Having lots of great wasn’t great for wedding budget, considering just about every wedding website tells you that the best way to cut wedding costs is to cut your guest list, but this was just not an option for us. We also knew that we just wanted it to be fun at our wedding! We didn’t want to get caught up in the details or stress too much about our wedding being “perfect.” The things that were definitely on our wedding “must-have” list were a live band, a full bar, and transportation for our wedding guests.

flower-girl-dresses-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography

I love to craft and sew in my spare time, and the wedding gave me a great reason to get to work. I had lots of help, especially from my mom (and Pinterest!!), and we started very early on with the save the dates, which a cousin later remade into a wedding cake for us.

church-wedding-location-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography church-wedding-locations-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography

During the wedding ceremony, my two oldest sisters placed the “mantilla” over our shoulders, a Cuban tradition, to honor our mother’s birthplace and heritage.

church-traditions-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography wedding-vows-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography best-wedding-photographer-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography

Our favorite wedding memories from they day were that we borrowed a cousin’s antique, cherry red, Triumph TR3 as our wedding get-away car to go from the church to the reception. This two seater, convertible (Thankfully the weather held out!) was such a fun way to have a few moments alone in an otherwise very busy day. We also loved the fireworks display at the end of the day; it was a great finale!

getaway-cars-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography getaway-car-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography wedding-signs-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography 4th-of-july-wedding-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography

Other major DIY wedding projects were the knot napkin rings, the origami sailboat table assignment cards, the bunting for the tent, the hotel guest bags (and several of the things inside the bag too!), the table numbers on top of the (store bought) sailboat centerpieces), and some decorative buoys.

americana-wedding-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography red-white-blue-weddings-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography nautical-wedding-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography red-white-blue-wedding-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography july-4-weddings-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography nautical-weddings-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography

So many people offered and did help in order to pull the whole wedding day off for us. From my aunt who gathered the fabric for the bunting in the tent from random Goodwill stores, to my cousins who hammered the signs all over the property into the ground, to the dear family friends who were able to pick up our table flowers the morning of the wedding while everyone was getting their hair and makeup done. I think people like to feel involved, so when they offered to help, I definitely took them up on it!

americana-weddings-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography

It is so true what they say about weddings – having all of the people that you love in one area at the same time is an incredibly special and cool thing. We are so grateful to have experienced it. And, so grateful that our photographer, Rachael, captured our wedding so well!

first-dance-songs-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography

My family normally does a Fourth of July cake decorating contest, so we asked our family members if they would do the same for our wedding. There were so many beautiful cakes, pies, and cupcakes for our wedding reception dessert. Actually, we ordered two back up cakes (just in case the homemade treats wouldn’t fill up 300 guests!), but in the craziness of the day before the wedding we just plum forgot to pick the cakes up! Since the 4th was a holiday and they were closed, I hope someone else enjoyed those two cakes!

wedding-cakes-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography

Advice from the bride for other Washington DC area couples:

To save money on wedding things, look outside traditional wedding vendors. We used an Amish flower grower, who was more than reasonable for our wedding day flowers.

Also, really try not to stress about having your wedding be “the best.” As an engaged friend going through all this stuff right now said to me (and I couldn’t agree more!): sometimes good enough is good enough! It is way more fun if you pick the things that matter to you for your wedding, and then the other things, pick the “good enough” option. For example, one color in your letterpress wedding invitations is good enough! Two wine options is good enough. There are countless examples where the wedding choices are just good enough!

Finally, take people up on their offer to help with your wedding! I found that there were certain wedding related tasks that just seemed so tedious, even though they were actually really simple. When someone would call and say “What can I help with?,” I would ask if they could take those programs on, which they almost certainly would, and would do so easily and happily!

wedding-pies-maryland-wedding-Rachael-Foster-Photography

Congratulations to Matt and Cristina!  Thank you for sharing your 4th of July wedding in Maryland with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photography: Rachael Foster Photography
Wedding Planner: Laura Kellerman
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Transportation: W&T Travel
Floral Designer: Kenny’s Flowers (bouquets only)
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: The Hair Company
Cake/Dessert: Homemade/DIY
Bridal Salon: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Headpiece/Veil: Handmade
Jewelry: Family Heirloom
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lily Pulitzer
Bridal Party Accessories: Kate Spade, lou lou
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A Bank
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph Morganza
Reception Venue: Personal Home
Rentals: Bailey’s Party Rentals
Catering: Bailey’s Catering
Linens: Something Special by Tracy
Reception Music: Back to Zero
Additional Flowers: Weaver’s Cut Flowers

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: Rachael Foster Photography

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

DMV’s Best Wedding Pros

Click here to let’s the best wedding professionals in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia help to plan your wedding!

Sunday Brunch: The Loft at 600 F

posted by julianne

Good morning, my DC area wedding lovers! We have a great location to share with you this morning that is perfect for a wedding, bridal shower, after-wedding party, rehearsal dinner or just about any other event right in the heart of the city! Give a warm welcome to The Loft at 6oo F a modern, yet industrial space just near the Verizon Center in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of DC. With historic ceilings and exposed brick accented with modern technology and chic furnishings, The Loft at 600 F is a premier collection of DC boutique wedding spaces served by concierge-level services and staff. Each floor features exposed brick, hardwood floors, lots of natural light, comfortable furniture, chic antique decor, and beautiful downtown DC views. Modern, non-traditional and intimate weddings for up to 100 guests are a perfect fit with endless possibilities. You really must see the spaces for yourself! For more on The Loft at 600 F, be sure to visit their website or check out all their past features on United With Love.

downtown-washington-dc-event-venue-The-Loft-at-600-f

We hope that you’ll check out The Loft at 6oo F your wedding events in the Washington DC area. It is a perfect location for your wedding, of course, but also think about it for your engagement party, bridal shower, your wedding after party or day-after-the-wedding brunch.

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.

DMV’s Best Wedding Pros

Click here to let’s the best wedding professionals in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia help to plan your wedding!

Classic DC Wedding Engagement: Rachel + Grant

posted by kate

Good morning DC area wedding lovers! As a wedding blog that celebrates all things romantic in DC, I am so excited to have a chance to showcase a wedding engagement session that is an ode to this gorgeous city we live in. Meet Grant and Rachel who chose Abby Grace Photography to follow them on their adventure around DC. The beautiful couple starts off on the National Mall with an LBD and strappy heels for Rachel, and a sleek black suit for Grant. Later, we follow them to the Lincoln Memorial where they’re dressed a little more casually, letting the stunning views of the Washington Monument do the work for them! Grant and Rachel will be calling on the skills of DC area wedding planning Caroline Dutton Events for their wedding next year. So excited for them!

View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement

View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement

View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement

View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement

View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement

View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement

View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement

View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement

View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement

View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/grant-rachel-engagement

Congratulations Rachel + Grant!

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: Abby Grace Photography

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.

Multicultural Wedding Reception Outdoors in Virginia: Jay + Nisha

posted by pauline

Welcome back to part two of Nisha and Jay’s stunning, outdoor wedding in the Virginia countryside. Jay and Nisha celebrated their multi-cultural Virginia wedding in Somerset at The Market at Grelen, where they also held their reception under a beautiful tent. If you missed a minute of their sweet ceremony, be sure to check it out here. When it was time to celebrate, guests moved to a farm table-clad tent with rich wooden details (like darling table numbers!). The rustic wedding touches went perfectly in the natural wedding setting and the couple got just what they had envisioned. The little details in this big day made us swoon with delight! The mismatched china patterns made guests feel welcomed into someone’s home, and the little gifts of succulents were just the right touch in the lush, outdoor tented setting. And what’s a rustic wedding without a mason jar complete with chalkboard sign and label for the bride?! Such a cute touch! A big thanks to Ksant Photography for sharing Nisha and Jay’s darling Indian and Jewish Washington DC area wedding with us!

View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay

From the bride: The wedding reception included the same theme as our ceremony with the music covering both cultures and the food incorporating elements of both of our backgrounds. Overall, everyone complimented us on the diversity of the wedding and how elegantly we navigated both cultures.


View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay
View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay

We loved our farm tables at the reception! Jay wasn’t excited about the additional cost of farm tables, but did agree after the wedding that they looked awesome. Our main priority was to have an outdoor wedding with the ceremony under one hour in length. We achieved both of these, but the weather was a bit warm.

View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay
View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay

Great food was also a priority and we were thrilled with our wedding caterer, Mike Lund Food.

View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay

Advice from the bride for other Washington DC area couples:

Wedding Planning Tip 1 – Don’t be late to your wedding engagement shoot if you are doing them at the monuments in Washington DC! We missed the perfect sunrise at the Lincoln Memorial by about 15 minutes, because we were slow getting up.

Wedding Planning Tip 2 – After the wedding, don’t worry about any small things that went wrong on the wedding day. The guests probably didn’t notice and you should be happy it’s over.

Wedding Planning Tip 3 – After the wedding, take care of any leftover items quickly. Don’t let them linger or they will drive you crazy (I know from experience!). [Editor’s Note: These left over wedding items can be writing thank you notes to returning rental items to cleaning your wedding gown!]

View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay

Congratulations to Nisha and Jay! Thank you for sharing your pretty tented Virginia wedding with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photography: Ksant Photography
Wedding Planner: Real Southern Accents
Transportation: Sunshine Tours
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Moxie Hair and Body Lounge
Bride’s Attire: Diana’s Couture and Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Guess
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds
Ceremony Venue: The Market at Grelen
Caterer: Mike Lund Food
Henna Artist: Henna Harmony

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: Ksant Photography

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

Paper Goodies

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

Multicultural Wedding Ceremony Outdoors in Virginia: Jay + Nisha

posted by pauline

Prepare to be “wow’-ed with today’s featured wedding in Virginia! It is a romantic and heartfelt as it is stunning and gorgeous in a Virginia countryside setting! Jay and Nisha are one stunning couple and I can’t get enough of their beautiful multi-cultural Virginia wedding! The pair tied the knot in an Indian and Jewish ceremony in Somerset, Virginia at the outdoor wedding venue, The Market at Grelen. The duo incorporated nods to both of their heritages and religions throughout the day, but especially during the wedding ceremony. The groom partook in his tradition of the breaking of the glass while also participating in her tradition of the breaking of a clay pot. Many of their customs and details were similar in nature, making the planning of this big day easier than one might think  The Jewish chuppah the pair wed under looked similar to the Indian mandap that couples traditionally wed under – and did we mention how gorgeous it was in bright colors of yellow and red?! But the bride’s gown or sari is my personal fave; it was even her mother’s before and she had it altered to fit her on the wedding day. So much beauty throughout this event, just wait until you see their tented reception (Don’t worry, that’s coming up tomorrow!). A special thanks to Washington DC area wedding photographer, Ksant Photography, for sharing Nisha and Jay’s wonderful wedding with us.

View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay

From the bride: We knew we wanted to combine elements of both Jay’s Jewish customs and Nisha’s Indian customs into all aspects of our wedding. Luckily, we found out that both cultures have very similar traditions! Nisha wore her mom’s wedding sari that had been altered into a beautiful western style dress. Jay wore Indian clothes for the ceremony and changed into a suit for the reception. We had a custom built chuppah, which is identical to an Indian mandap and decorated it with Indian flair and colors. Jay had personalized yarmulkes in a variety of colors to match up with the bright colors typical to Indian weddings. The wedding ceremony included a mix of both cultures and religions. Jay first broke a clay pot for Indian tradition and ended with the Jewish custom of breaking a glass.

View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay

Jay – For me, my favorite wedding day memory was taking pictures in the peach orchard before the start of the ceremony. I was completely relaxed and Nisha looked gorgeous in her wedding sari / dress. I could see the slight nervousness in her and I felt like I was able to comfort her with my silliness during the photoshoot.

View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay

There were so many cultural touches that we had in the wedding. Jay rode in on a horse to begin the festivities. There was a mehndi (henna) artist for our wedding guests the night before the wedding. 
View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay

Nisha – For me, the most memorable part of the wedding day, was walking down the aisle with my uncle and father. I have never been the type of girl who dreamed of that moment, but I have to say it was pretty emotional. Jay was waiting for me and I couldn’t believe we would finally get to be husband and wife!

View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajayView More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay
View More: http://ksantphotography.pass.us/nishajay

Congratulations to Nisha and Jay! Thank you for sharing your beautiful multi-cultural outdoor Virginia wedding with us! Stay tuned for their sweet tented wedding reception up tomorrow!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photography: Ksant Photography
Wedding Planner: Real Southern Accents
Transportation: Sunshine Tours
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Moxie Hair and Body Lounge
Bride’s Attire: Diana’s Couture and Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Guess
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds
Ceremony Venue: The Market at Grelen
Caterer: Mike Lund Food
Henna Artist: Henna Harmony

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: Ksant Photography

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

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.

Surprise Giveaway: Grooms Style Guide Book

posted by julianne

Surprise! We have a special giveaway for you today! Read on about a new men’s wedding fashion advice book for grooms who need a little style advice at every price point. So much attention gets put into the bride and her style, but what about those grooms? Grooms need to look amazing on their wedding day too! Let me introduce you to the wedding planning source for that stylish man in your life: Grooms.

groom-style-Mr.Baldwin-book-cover

Grooms is a new book by Mr. Baldwin Style and it features wedding day apparel advice for weddings in every budget. If you are unsure of what to wear on your wedding day, or you want to kindly suggest to your man what he would look amazing in on his wedding day, then this is the book for you. It is chock full of unique men’s styling advice and pairings that you would have never thought of be it traditional and formal or casual and laid-back.

stylish-groom-fashion-Mr.Baldwin-book-cover

If you want to win this groom style guide book, simply leave a comment on this post and I’ll choose a winner on Friday, December 18th.

In the meantime, be sure to check out all of the other DC area wedding advice that we have put together for you or look through our list of the best Washington DC area wedding vendors to help make your life easier, before and after your big day!

Details, Details!

From forks to chairs, click here to use United With Love’s local guide to find a rental company to complete your wedding day.

Gold and Blush Summer Wedding Reception in DC: Lindsay + Ross

posted by pauline

Welcome back! I’m so excited to share with you the Washington DC wedding reception of Lindsay and Ross. But first, if you missed their elegant church wedding ceremony, be sure to check it out here. Once the couple wed, the group moved to The Carnegie Institution for Science in downtown DC to celebrate at the reception. With lots of sparkle, gold and blush hues and even some formal touches of black, the wedding decor of the day, planned by DC wedding planner Bright Occasions, was jaw-dropping! Their urban wedding location lent itself to a more modern reception, complete with Instagram hashtag signs encouraging guests to get on their social media! The couple also wanted their wedding to be personal and meaningful to them, so there were several nods to their pup throughout the day. That, paired with a vineyard theme found on tables and even place cards tucked into wine corks that led guests to their seats, kept guests (and us!) looking at every turn. A special thanks to Washington DC wedding photographer, Nicholas Griner, for sharing their wine themed wedding with us!

wedding-locations-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner

From the bride: We used our vineyard wedding engagement photo as the back drop for our reception table names. The tables were named after our favorite vineyards. We had a wine and vineyard themed place card table and used wine corks as the escort card holders. Our specialty drink was “Brut’s Treat” which is a nod to our furbaby, Brut. My something old, borrowed, and blue were my great grandmother’s rosary beads in my bridal bouquet.

wine-themed-wedding-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner wine-place-cards-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner first-dance-songs-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner wedding-dances-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner

Our nunber one wedding budget priority was staying within our budget range while still achieving the look and feel we wanted for our wedding day. We also prioritized a stunning wedding venue and at the Carnegie we did not need to do much decor since it is such a beautiful venue. We wanted to have great food and drinks for our guests. We wanted to be able to provide our own alcohol, which would give us control of our bar menu. A live band was a “must” for our wedding. We wanted everyone to have a great time!

wedding-hashtags-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner wedding-guest-book-frames-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner custom-wedding-napkins-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner wedding-sign-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner wedding-invitation-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner tall-wedding-centerpieces-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner

white-weddings-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner wedding-signs-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner unique-wedding-table-names-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner traditional-wedding-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner formal-weddings-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner wedding-dog-ideas-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner white-wedding-cakes-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner best-wedding-cake-topper-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner traditional-wedding-cakes-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner

Advice from the bride for other Washington DC area couples:

A wedding planner or coordinator proved to be worth every penny for us! We were nervous that it would end up costing us more money, but working with Margo at Bright Occasions was fantastic at recommending wedding vendors that offered a lot for our money!

I also recommend to decide early on in the wedding planning process what you can live without, because it is easier to add an element at the end of the process, then to remove it later or have “buyer’s remorse.” Try not to ask for others’ opinions. The wedding planning was stressful at times, but I had to bring it back to it just being about marrying my best friend.

Lastly, let someone else plan and handle your honeymoon logistics!

unique-cake-toppers-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner

Congratulations to Lindsay and Ross!  Thank you for sharing your vineyard inspired Washington DC wedding reception with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photography: Nicholas Griner
Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions
Invitations: The Dandelion Patch (used for invitation suite only)
Calligraphy: Rosemary Hesser
Transportation: Diamond Limousines, INC
Floral Designer: Growing Wild Floral Co
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Alison Harper and Company
Bride’s Attire: Paloma Blanca & Haute Bridal
Bridal Salon: Love Couture Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: Sara Gabriel
Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Groom’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang at Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony Venue: Saint Peter’s on Capitol Hill
Reception Venue: The Carnegie Institution for Science
Rentals: Select Event Group
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Reception Music: The Bachelor Boys Band
Cake/Dessert: Edibles Incredible Desserts
Honeymoon Travel Agent: Perfect Honeymoons & Holidays
Day of Wedding and Print Stationery: Marissa Michinock (Bride’s sister, who is a graphic designer)
Dog Figurine: Etsy
Cake Topper: Etsy
Handkerchiefs: Etsy

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: Nicholas Griner

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

Details & Design

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

Gold and Blush Summer Wedding Ceremony in DC: Lindsay + Ross

posted by pauline

I hope you are ready for a lovely and sparkly summer wedding in Washington DC today! Lindsay and Ross wed in an elegant church wedding ceremony at the beautiful Saint Peter’s on Capitol Hill. Their wedding guests gathered to witness the loving pair exchange vows in a classic and romantic ceremony before a more urban wedding reception was to follow. The bride’s dress and shoes were budget priorities and her regal look was paired perfectly with blush bridesmaid dresses to match, while the groom donned a black tuxedo and white tie, befitting of the formal affair. A highlight for the couple (and for us in these fab photos!) is the moment when they first saw each other as Lindsay walked down the aisle. Then, once the knot was tied, with Capitol Hill in the background, the pair posed for pictures, and got ready to celebrate their brand new union with the help of their wedding planner, Bright Occasions. A special thanks to Washington DC wedding photographer, Nicholas Griner for Lindsay and Ross’ beautiful church wedding photos! Stay tuned for their The Carnegie Institution for Science wedding reception up tomorrow.

formal-wedding-dress-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner

From the bride: We wanted to create a classic, romantic Washington DC wedding while incorporating a vineyard theme to a more urban venue. Also a traditional church ceremony was important to us.

wedding-rings-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner wedding-hankie-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner bridesmaid-cards-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner bridesmaid-robes-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner groomsmen-attire-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner groom-attire-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner blush-bridesmaid-dresses-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner best-wedding-dress-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner wedding-program-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner

Our favorite wedding day memory is seeing each other for the first time during the walk down the aisle at the church. I remember feeling very calm ( I’m usually a ball of stress!) and over-joyed during the whole wedding day – that was awesome!

church-wedding-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner church-weddings-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner church-wedding-location-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner best-wedding-photographer-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner romantic-weddings-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner best-wedding-photographers-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner romantic-wedding-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-GrinerNGriner_20150801_0308

Skip:
For our wedding, we decided to skip the wedding video. It was a “if it fit the budget” for us, but it was not a must-have. We also skipped the flowers at the church to help save money. A wedding splurge for us was that we upgraded to some “posh” linens to create a romantic elegant feeling at our reception. Also, we splurged on my wedding dress and shoes. 

 dogs-in-weddings-washington-dc-wedding-Nicholas-Griner

Congratulations to Lindsay and Ross!  Thank you for sharing your elegant church wedding ceremony with us! Stay tuned for their sparkly and gold-clad wedding reception to follow tomorrow.

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photography: Nicholas Griner
Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions
Invitations: The Dandelion Patch (used for invitation suite only)
Calligraphy: Rosemary Hesser
Transportation: Diamond Limousines, INC
Floral Designer: Growing Wild Floral Co
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Alison Harper and Company
Bride’s Attire: Paloma Blanca & Haute Bridal
Bridal Salon: Love Couture Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: Sara Gabriel
Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Groom’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang at Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony Venue: Saint Peter’s on Capitol Hill
Reception Venue: The Carnegie Institution for Science
Rentals: Select Event Group
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Reception Music: The Bachelor Boys Band
Cake/Dessert: Edibles Incredible Desserts
Honeymoon Travel Agent: Perfect Honeymoons & Holidays
Day of Wedding and Print Stationery: Marissa Michinock (Bride’s sister, who is a graphic designer)
Dog Figurine: Etsy
Cake Topper: Etsy
Handkerchiefs: Etsy

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: Nicholas Griner

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

Sparkle & Shine

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

Chic City Bridal Portraits In DC At Union Station

posted by pauline

All aboard! Grab your train ticket and your love of bridal style, because today, we’re headed to one of the hubs of Washington DC, Union Station, to feature high-fashion city chic wedding inspiration just for you! For these bridal portraits, the “bride” opted for an elegant and romantic hair style with dramatic eye make-up that’s flawless! The fall-feel to her lush and unique bouquet, complete with golden leaves and peach toned roses, made the bridal look that much more romantic, especially with the grand backdrop of the outdoor columns and archways at Union Station. Seeing these images makes it hard to imagine that Union Station is a bustling and busy train station right on Capitol Hill! Her wedding dress has delicate details of floral lace and a flowing skirt, perfect to dance the night away in! Her wedding day look is effortless, yet oh-so chic, befitting of a Washington DC city wedding in such a grand venue. A special thanks to DC area and destination wedding photographer Renee Hollingshead for sharing this city-chic bridal inspiration with us! What will you wear on your wedding day?
fall-bridal-bouquet-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead

From Renee: Autumn in the northeast is a huge favorite for Washington DC residents. The weather is gorgeous, the fall trees are breathtaking, and the city is filled with so much charm. With only a few more warm days left for the year, we pulled together a team of Washington DC creatives for an incredible bridal inspiration. The famous Union Station was the centerpiece for the inspiration that pulled in all of the city-chic elements seamlessly together. From the generous, natural fall foliage in the bridal bouquet, to the pretty-messy undo hair style, to the incredible beaded bridal gown, this bridal portrait session screams “romance in the city” in the most elegant way possible. This is the perfect wedding inspiration for the modern-city bride!

wedding-dresses-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead wedding-dress-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead  fall-bouquet-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingsheadfall-bouquets-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead bridal-hair-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead bridal-makeup-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead bridal-hair-looks-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead bridal-up-do-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead best-wedding-dresses-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead best-wedding-dress-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead chic-city-wedding-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead fall-colors-wedding-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead yellow-orange-wedding-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingsheadcity-weddings-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingsheadchic-city-weddings-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead lace-wedding-dress-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead wedding-locations-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead wedding-location-washington-dc-wedding-renee-hollingshead

Thanks, Renee, for sharing this chic city bridal style with us! The following Washington DC area wedding vendors contributed to this inspiration:

Photography: Renee Hollingshead
Florals: La Fleur Du Jour
Location: Union Station
Bridal Gown: Alyssa Kristin Bridal
Hair: PSC Hair Artistry
Makeup: Izzy B Makeup
Model: Madison Cubbage
Ribbons: Silk + Willow

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more amazing Washington DC area wedding professionals and our real wedding gallery for tons of stunning Washington DC area weddings!

Photo Credit: Renee Hollingshead

Sparkle & Shine

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