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Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope you’ve enjoyed all the Valentine’s Day wedding inspiration we’ve been sharing this week! I can’t think of a better way to send you off into the weekend with your loved one than with this beautiful brunch in Virginia with a “Heart Full of Love” theme. Hillary hosted a ladies-only brunch in Arlington and called on Elizabeth Duncan Events. The Observatory was there to capture all of the lovely DIY details that Hillary put together. You could use so many of these ideas throughout your wedding for a shower, a rehearsal dinner, day-after the wedding brunch – anywhere!
From Elizabeth: Hillary wanted to host a sweet and chic ladies brunch to celebrate Valentine’s Day with her friends and family. We chose the theme “A Heart Full of Love,” and combined a pink, red and gold color palette with strong font designs, playful signs (“All You Need Is Love… and Champagne” was one of our favorites, along with the fill in the blank custom coffee cup sleeves saying “I want to be a ____ when I grow up”), and a menu featuring childhood favorites with a grown up twist, e.g. Salted Caramel Milkshakes tipsy with bourbon.
Hillary also wanted to include several DIY projects she could do with friends to add the personal touch. Hillary’s knack for crafting certainly was on display in the custom-painted wooden monogram, hearts and flowers banners, tissue flower display, heart drink stirrers, glitter clothes pins sign holders, painted LOVE blocks, and photo displays. These details combined with the talents of some of the area’s best vendors, created a beautiful and memorable party celebrating love and friendship.
Thank you for sharing this love themed brunch with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to this inspiration shoot:
Happy Valentine’s Day, DMV wedding lovers! We’re excited to celebrate this day of love with a holiday inspired wedding engagement session in Maryland from Kirsten Marie Photography. Since the bride and groom-to-be’s favorite colors are pink and red, respectively, and their save-the-dates were due mid-February, a Valentine’s Day inspired engagement session was only fitting. Kristen and Melissa both got their DIY on and created the backdrops and props for their shoot— how lovely!
‘Tis Valentine’s Day eve and if you need a few projects, we have you covered! I was so inspired by yesterday’s heart shaped marshmallows, so I wanted to find even more DIY projects that you can do for your loved one. Here are some simple things that you can pull off between now and tomorrow. (I’m talking super simple!) Best of luck!
I hope you’re ready for lots of romantic wedding inspiration this morning! We’re back with more of the Valentine’s Day wedding series photographed by Rachel May Photography. Did you see the sweet Valentine’s Day wedding dessert and cocktail ideas that we featured yesterday?! If you are getting married in the Washington DC area around Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to take note of how they made the whole wedding inspiration more sophisticated with interesting colors and elegant touches. I love that Fête Studio used an unexpected color like mint green! Who said pretty Valentine’s Day wedding thoughts had to be limited to pink and red hues? Certainly, not I!
From Wendy: We created a wedding inspiration based off Valentine’s Day, but not stereotypical. Valentine’s Day is the Hallmark holiday for love – fun, romantic, sweet and sometimes silly! We all identify red as the color for Valentine’s Day and this can be a hard color to work with because it is bold and loud. We let the red play as the star color in this wedding inspiration and brought in lots of soft colors like mint green, soft pink, peach and whites to make the red pop and tone down the boldness of this gorgeous color!
More from Wendy: Event though it is Valentine’s Day wedding, we didn’t want to be too gushy and romantic, so we added a little twist modern elements like clean and simple china and ghost chairs. We styled the tables in a very organized manner to play off the clean lines of the china and chairs.
I hope that you were as inspired as we were with this post full of Valentine’s Day wedding ideas. A special thank you to all of the Washington, DC area wedding vendors who contributed to this shoot:
Love is in the air this week and so in the spirit of love and all things sweet (I hope you saw this morning’s Valentine’s wedding dessert ideas!), we’re sharing another DIY dessert recipe. We’ve got a fun and heart-warming way to add some love to just about anything! If you’re planning on having a winter wedding in the Washington DC area, these light and fluffy treats are perfect to use at a s’mores bar or as part of a hot cocoa wedding favor. I promise, they are so easy to make. In fact, this was the first time I made marshmallows and they turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself!
Homemade Heart Shaped French Vanilla Marshmallows
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Nonstick baking spray
Prepare silicone heart mold by dusting bottom and sides with confectioners’ sugar.
In bowl of a standing electric mixer or in a large bowl, pour gelatin over ½ cup cold water, and let stand to soften. Have the whisk attachment standing by.
In a small saucepan, combine the remaining ½ cup of water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over low heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, while continually stirring. Increase heat to medium high and boil mixture, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 240ºF on candy thermometer (about 8-10 minutes).
Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat. Turn the mixer on low speed and gradually pour sugar mixture down the side of the bowl over the gelatin mixture. Increase the speed to high and continue to whip until mixture becomes thick, white and doubles in volume (10 to 15 minutes). Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping.
When marshmallow batter is ready, pour into the prepared pan. This is where you’ll want to work quickly because the batter is very sticky and sets pretty quickly, too! Use a lightly oiled spatula to help spread evenly into molds.
Lightly dust the tops of marshmallows with confectioners’ sugar – this will help them to be soft and fluffy when removing. Allow marshmallows to sit (uncovered) for about 4 hours or overnight.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Valentine’s Day, that is! Let’s start the celebration a little early with a heavy dose of romantic wedding inspiration perfect for the Washington DC area (or just about any area!) with sweet treat ideas from Fête Studio and Rachel May Photography. We know that there might be some of you out there who are getting married around this beloved holiday. (After all, Valentine’s Day this year is a Friday and Valentine’s Day in 2015 is a Saturday!)
But, what if you want to celebrate the season at your wedding and move beyond the candy hearts and boxes of chocolates?! Well, these creative and stylish ladies glammed up the typical Valentine’s Day treats and created a fabulous spread full of wedding ideas, including signature cocktails, meringues, cakelets, truffles and marshmallows! And, be sure to come back tomorrow because they will blow it out of the park with even more Valentine’s Day wedding inspiration!
From Wendy at Fête Studio: We chose to go the direction of romantic and sweet for this Valentine’s Day wedding inspiration. Keeping with that theme, we chose to go with lush flowers playing with the color palette and brought in a romantic feel. There were lots of details through out to make the design sweet and fun!
More from Wendy: Having a red linen just on the dessert table or an accent table is a great way to bring in the red without looking like a sea of red. You can then balance out the majority of your wedding reception tables with a soft accent color. In this wedding inspiration, we chose mint green for the reception tables to accent the pop of red for the dessert table.
Wow and yum! I hope that you are as inspired as we are with this post full of Valentine’s Day wedding ideas for your dessert bar! As we said, don’t forget to come back tomorrow for more Valentine’s inspired wedding ideas. A special thank you to all of the Washington, DC area wedding vendors who contributed to this inspiration:
Welcome back to the second half of Erinne and Phil’s Maryland wedding from Bonnie Sen Creative Photography. After their wedding ceremony on Capitol Hill in DC (Be sure to check that out first!), they headed up to the National Harbor in Maryland. They wanted their reception to be a celebration of the city they love (Washington, DC, of course!) and the merging of their cultures with their nearest and dearest—and that they did! From a Filipino fusion menu and their Washington DC skyline wedding cake, there were so many fun and personal details throughout their big day!
From Erinne: Our wedding was truly a labor of love – my sister designed the invitations and programs, family friends designed the flowers, and my aunt provided the wedding cake (and groom’s cake!). We used Etsy for my bridesmaids’ dresses and jewelry, and my sister also made my wedding veil out of tulle from a fabric store! My mom also designed the veil that was used during a special part of our ceremony that included Filipino traditions. Because there were so many personal touches, the day felt even more special.
I knew I wanted our day to reflect the merging of our cultures, and the best way to do that was through food. We picked The Sunset Room not only because it’s a gorgeous location, but because they were flexible and able to incorporate food traditions from my Filipino background. Wolfgang Puck Catering was a natural fit because of their background in fusion cuisine, and we were beyond thrilled with the results!
Our menu also reflected us as a couple, incorporating my husband’s German/Italian background and my favorite Filipino foods. The one thing my husband was insistent on having was an espresso bar, and it was a big hit with our guests! Kathi, our catering manager, even went the extra mile and searched the DMV area for a specific Filipino brand of beer to add to our bar! My grandfather flew in from the Philippines for the wedding, and he definitely appreciated the cultural details.
Erinne’s wedding planning advice to other DC-area couples:
The best advice I can give is to focus on marriage preparation and what the day will truly mean to you and your future spouse. Although we had a fantastic time partying with our friends and family, all of the “prep work” we did with our priest prior to saying “I do” really helped us appreciate the meaning of the ceremony. A few months into our marriage, we’re already using a lot of the communication and conflict resolution techniques we learned prior to our wedding. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement and anxiety associated with planning a wedding day, so remember to set aside time as a couple to prepare for a lifetime of marriage!
Thank you so much Erinne and Phil for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Today, we are featuring Erinne and Phil’s traditional Catholic wedding ceremony in Washington DC at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill. Photographed by Bonnie Sen Creative Photography, their wedding has us so excited for summer with pops of coral and the gorgeous lace details on Erinne’s dress. Nothing is more perfect! We’ll let Erinne tell you all about their city wedding cermeony in detail, so be sure to read what she shared with us. Then come back later this morning to see their ceremony as they head on up to the National Harbor in Maryland. Be sure to scroll to the end because we have their wedding video from East West and it is too cute for words!
From Erinne: I wanted our wedding to be centered on what’s most important to us as a couple – faith, family, and fun! Because the wedding was in August, we had a color palette that was summery but not too formal. A palette of coral, white/ivory, and gold was the general guide for my bridal party. Ultimately, we cared less about a “theme” and just wanted to incorporate our cultural backgrounds throughout the day, and for everyone to have a great time.
There are so many wonderful memories from the day, but a highlight was reading a letter my husband gave me prior to the ceremony. I was anxiously trying to work out details while getting ready, but his letter helped me remember WHY we were doing this in the first place. I was reminded that there was no use in being worried or anxious about anything because I would be marrying my best friend – I couldn’t wait to see him after that moment.
Now you can see their awesome wedding trailer video from East West…
Thank you so much Erinne and Phil for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Don’t forget to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding: