New York Bridal Fashion Week!

posted by Tabitha

Have you seen the United with Love Instagram today? We have been taken over by Astrid Photography, who is bopping around New York City for all of the loveliness of Bridal Fashion Week. Make sure to follow along as she checks out Couture fashion shows and The Knot Gala. We are sharing a few of our favorite looks from last weeks Couture Bridal Fashion shows, and we can’t wait to see which of these beauties are going to be carried in the DC Bridal Salons next year.







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


Details, Details!

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Autumn DC Monument Engagement Session: Amy + Louis

posted by Tabitha

Louis knew how to make a great first impression; when arriving to his first date with Amy he knew he couldn’t come empty handed. Armed with his and hers Georgetown Cupcakes, he impressed Amy with sweet treats and left a lasting memory for dates to come! Cupcakes have been a running inside cute token between the couple, as he sends her cupcakes whenever he is moved between military bases across the country and even gifted her a silver cupcake charm on their first anniversary. The couple met with DC wedding photography team Procopio Photography for their monument engagement session in front of the crisp autumn trees and the skyline. We love how her bright red dress pops against the orange and yellow of the leaves! Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you to Procopio Photography for sharing this DC engagement session with us that will wrap up our week of fall inspiration.

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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.

Autumnal Wedding Signature Cocktails + Recipes

posted by Alex Hamilton

Guests attend weddings to celebrate the love and happiness of a family member or friend.  But, let’s be honest, they also appreciate the free drinks!  Signature cocktails have been popular for quite some time now, often incorporating the couple’s cultures, favorite ingredients, or even the wedding color palette!  In today’s case, we are bringing you some cocktails that epitomize the fall season. From ciders to pumpkin shooters, your autumnal options are endless so make sure to check out a few of our favorites below!

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Sugar and Charm

Apple Cider Moscow Mule Recipe

  • 2 ounces ginger flavored vodka
  • 2 ounces apple cider (store bought or homemade)
  • Juice of 1 small lime wedge
  • Good quality ginger beer to top off (about 1/2 cup or so)
  • Cinnamon to sprinkle

In a copper mug, add the vodka, apple cider and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, sprinkle cinnamon over the ice, then top off with ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

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A Night Owl

Pumpkin Pie Shooters

  • 3 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 oz whipped cream vodka
  • Marshmallow fluff (opt)
  • Graham cracker crumbs (opt)

Dip the top of your shot glasses in marshmallow fluff until the rim is coated. Dip the coated rim in graham cracker crumbs until marshmallow fluff is completely covered. Add the pumpkin puree, creamer, vanilla and whipped cream vodka to your blender. Blend until smooth. Pour pumpkin pie shots into graham cracker rimmed shot glasses. Serve and enjoy!

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The Little Epicurean

Apple Pie Moonshine

  • 4 oz apple pie moonshine
  • 4 oz apple juice
  • 2 oz cinnamon simple syrup (recipe follow)
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • apple slices, to garnish
  • cinnamon sticks, to garnish

    Cinnamon Simple Syrup:

    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 cinnamon sticks

In a cocktail shaker, combine apple pie moonshine, apple juice, cinnamon simple syrup, and lemon juice.  Fill shaker 2/3 full of ice.  Stir for 10-15 seconds to chill drink.  Strain ice.  Serve cocktail with new ice.  Garnish with sliced apples and cinnamon sticks.

Be sure to check all of our other wedding signature drinks and cocktails that we have written about in the past and check out what our local couples are opted for in their real weddings!

Local Wedding Events

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Romantic Fall Sotterley Plantation Wedding: Mary + Jason

posted by Tabitha

To continue with our week of fall wedding inspiration, we are sharing a vibrant Sotterly Plantation wedding by United with Love favorite, Birds of a Feather Photography. We love how the couple pulled in rich corral tones against bright blues to create a light yet fall inspired color story in their bridal party. The couple chose to hold their ceremony on the fields of the Maryland wedding venue, anchored by the prettiest arch with sunflowers and crisp fall foliage. Hay Bales, local honey favors, and burnt orange florals all helped create a uniquely fall space for guests to enjoy during the reception! Thank you to Birds of a Feather Photography for sharing today’s pretty fall wedding with us!

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Congratulations to Mary and Jason! Thank you for sharing your vibrant colorful fall Marylan wedding with us!

Wedding Venue: Sotterley Plantation
Photography: Birs of a Feather Photography
Florist: Blushing Blooms 

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

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.


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

Beautiful Blooms

From bouquets to centerpieces, click here to find a local wedding florist in the DC area to bring your wedding floral design to life.

Fall Wedding Inspiration

posted by Alex Hamilton

Fall is certainly in the air and we couldn’t be more excited! Autumn is quickly becoming one of the most sought after seasons to host your nuptials and we can see why. All of the beautiful colors, decor, and design plans that incorporate fall elements like pumpkins, leaves, and rich palettes are to die for; because of this, we have curated some of our favorites from fall wedding seasons. Don’t forget to check out what local area real weddings are also featuring some of these design elements and click through each image below to see more pretty autumnal inspiration!

1. Willow Noavi Photography | 2. White Photographie | 3, 4. Karlisch Studio | 5. KariMe Photography | 6, 7. Best Photography | 8. Lisa Boggs Photography | 9. Carmen Wang Photography | 10. Willow Noavi Photography | 11, 12. Travis Curry Photography | 13. Djijo Studios Photography. | 14. Kristi Odom Photography | 15. Kelly Ewell Photography | 16. Rob Garland Photographers | 17. Allison and Chris Britton Photography | 18. David Abel Photography | 19. Jen + Ashley Photography | 20. Michelle VanTine Photography | 21.  Ampersand Photography on behalf of Marvelous Things Photography | 22. Geoff Chesman Visuals | 23, 24. brklyn view photography | 25. Stephen Gosling Photography | 26. Rebekah J. Murray Photography | 27. Marcella Treybig Photography | 28. Katelyn James | 29. The Observatory | 30. Stephanie Ascari Photography | 31. Will Greene Photography | 32. Jan Michele Photography | 33. Megan Clouse Photography | 34. Crystal Stokes Photography | 35. Lisa Boggs Photography | 36. Scobey Photography | 37. EarthMark Photography | 38. Eli Turner Studios | 39. Lisa Price Photography | 40. k. thompson photography

Pretty & Pampered

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Fall Virginia Vineyard Wedding: Lindsay + Aaron

posted by Tabitha

Now that the sun is finally out, the leaves are changing and fall is upon us we are excited to share a week of Fall wedding inspiration. We have a beautiful Virginia Vineyard wedding from Designed Perfectly Events to kick everything off! We believe that fall doesn’t just mean pumpkins (ahhh we love all things pumpkin) and orange, but instead a variety of rich jewel tones like purple, red, and deep yellows. Décor can range from hay bales to leaves, copper, and wine vineyards like today’s wedding! Lindsay and Aaron were married at Morais Vineyard in Virginia, with the prettiest color story of neutral tones with pops of charcoal and marsala. One element we love is the Sangria wine bar they created, lovingly called “Marita’s Sangria Bar” playfully named after the bride’s grandmother! The photos by Genevieve Leiper Photography truly speak to the fun and loving nature of their wedding day and we can not thank the couple enough for sharing this beautiful fall wedding with us today!

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Congratulations to Lindsay and Aaron! Thank you for sharing your fall vineyard wedding reception in Virginia with us!

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

Wedding Planner: Designed Perfectly Events
Photography: Genevieve Leiper Photography
Beauty: GoGo Gorgeous
Bridal Gown: Ava Laurenne Bridal
Catering: R&R Catering
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Morais Vineyard
Stationary: Twila & Co
Floral Designer: Dragonfly Events and Design
Cake: The Icing
DJ: Dreamday DJs
Rentals: DC Rental
Vintage Rentals: Honeydew Vintage
Photobooth: Flash To Fun
Chocolate Fountain: Capitol Chocolate Fountains
Menus and Napkins: Wedding Paper Divas

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.



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.

Sexy Great Falls Engagement Session: Emily + Tom

posted by Tabitha

Mix together an impeccable fashion sense, steamy chemistry, and an epic nature backdrop and you have the perfect recipe for today’s sexy Great Falls Engagement session with Brittany Drosos Photography. The couple knew that they would have amazing rustic field and farm photos during their Purceville wedding next spring, so they wanted to have engagement photos that would showcase a different point of view. Together with their photographer, they headed to the majestic falls for a dramatic backdrop that allowed Emily’s red dress to really pop! Thank you to Brittany Drosos Photography for sharing this sexy engagement session with us today. Make sure to check back next week for more DC fall wedding inspiration!

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Local Wedding Events

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How To Find Your Perfect Venue

posted by Tabitha

Finding the perfect DC wedding venue location can be overwhelming and exciting all at the same time! The possibilities for a unique and memorable space to host your ceremony and reception are endless in this area. From historic mansions to museums and entertainment cruises, the DC area has an array of options to fit all event styles. Searching for the perfect location is one planning task that can quickly make your enthusiasm take a turn for the worst, but we are here to help guide you in the right direction to finding your dream wedding setting!

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Don Mears Photography from  Keswick Vineyard Wedding

One of the most crucial steps to planning your dream wedding is finding the right venue, but many brides often make the mistake of going into the process blind and without a real idea of what they are looking for. Before you even step foot inside a potential venue, there are certain things you want to know to keep from feeling overwhelmed by the whole situation. We’ve pulled together four easy steps that will put you on the path to success!

Envision Your Big Day

Before you start touring wedding locations in the DMV, it’s important to ask yourself what type of wedding you are picturing. Do you see yourself having a casual, outdoor reception with swanky centerpieces and savory food? Or are you a traditional couple who wants an indoor seated reception with a three-course meal? Start making a list of whatever your heart desires—this will help you whittle down the list of potential venues as you want to choose one that will fit in with your overall aesthetic for the day.

Start Off with a “Virtual” Tour

You have a vision so now you can get online and begin the search for local DC area wedding venues that best match your interests. Today’s brides and grooms are so lucky to have so many online resources at their disposal. Educate yourself by browsing through potential venue’s websites, checking out local wedding blogs (like United with Love!) for recommendations, and more. You can even check Pinterest to find photos of your favorite venues and view what past couples have done in the space; this could help you to see if you can envision your wedding at that venue.

Also, the amount of wedding reviews that are posted online can provide a goldmine of information for you. Simply by reading what other couples are saying can give you a realistic idea of what to expect. (Editor’s note: Wedding Wire is a great source for vendor reviews.)

The Bottom Line: Budget + Guest Count

Venues have certain limitations that you just can’t get around, no matter how hard you try. For example, they can only hold so many people and there are often certain price minimums that will need to be met. You should have a general idea of your guest count and what you are willing to spend per person or overall for the big day. No one is a fan of sticker shock, so before you fall in love with “the most amazing venue that you have ever seen,” make sure it fits your budget before the visit. You don’t want you to leave broken hearted after  finding out that it’s out of your price range! Most venues will offer pricing online and this will help you narrow down the ones which fall within your budget.

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Jody & Kurt Photography  from Hay Adams DC Wedding

Time to Start Calling Venues! 

Congratulations! You have your “vision,” you have scoped out and researched potential venues online, and you have an idea of which ones fit your price point.  Now it’s time to see the winning choices in person with a site tour! Here is a list of useful questions we suggest you use when calling venues:

Venue Search Question Checklist

  • What’s your capacity?
  • What is your availability?
  • Do you have a “slow season” when you offer discounts?
  • Can we provide our own food and/or beverage?
  • Do you provide the catering? If not, do you have a preferred list we must select from?
  • What is your average price per person?
  • Do you have parking on site?
  • Do you require a minimum guest count or food and beverage minimum?
  • Are chairs/tables/linens included in the facility fee or package?
  • What do you require to hold a date?
  • When can we come in to see the venue?
  • Is there a specific time we must end music/the reception by?
  • Are we required to purchase additional insurance coverage for the venue?
  • Do you have on site sleeping accommodations or deals with local hotels when booking room blocks?

With these tips, picking a venue should be a stress free, fun, and easy process. Happy planning!


For more to guide you during your venue search, be sure to check out other virtual wedding venue tours in the DMV, or browse for local DC area venue options and fabulous Washington, D.C. area wedding professionals.

Pretty & Pampered

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Lorien Hotel Brunch Wedding: Jessica + Thomas

posted by Tabitha

Jessica and Thomas met while working together at the American Embassy in Peru, Lima. Their love of traveling coupled with their romantic connection carried them the distance to their Old Town Alexandria wedding last summer. Travel inspired details like table numbers, cupcakes topped with international flags, and map escort cards were all fun ways they pulled their international theme together. Today’s wedding also showcases that you can have a fun filled event in the morning or the night. Brunch weddings are great ways to have an alternative to a traditional night party with all the amazing food that comes with brunch!! Thank you to Love Life Images for sharing Jessica and Thomas’s travel themed brunch wedding with us!

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Congratulations to Jessica and Thomas! Thank you for sharing your brunch Alexandria Virginia wedding with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Love Life Images Elisha Coleman
Beauty: Alison Harper & Co.
Venue: Lorien Hotel and Spa
Invitation: Old City Press & Co.
Floral Designer and Coordination: Petals Edge
Bridal Salon: Fabulous Frocks
Bridal Gown: Amy Kuschel
Shoes: J. Crew
Ceremony & Reception Music: Classical Guitar Ceremonies
Officiant: Family Friend
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss
Wedding cupcakes: Fluffy Thoughts
Catering: Brabo

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.



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.