Halloween Wedding Engagement Session in Maryland: Colleen + Kyle

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Happy Halloween to our lovely readers! We love any reason to celebrate around here, so we are kicking off this spooktacular day in style! Colleen and Kyle’s Halloween inspired wedding engagement session pairs the beauty of a fall engagement with the festive fun the holiday brings. GregoryHD Photography was on hand to capture every spooky and sweet moment of these two lovebirds. I’m loving that they brought along a few fun props to use, especially the Freddy Krueger claws— because when you marry into the Krueger family, you just have to wear a pair!

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Congratulations Colleen and Kyle!

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: GregoryHD Photography

DIY Washington DC Skyline Candles

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You know we are all about celebrating the nation’s capital—especially when it comes to a little wedding day décor! And, as always, we love any excuse to add to our growing collection of free wedding printables, too! But, I digress… Today we are sharing the easiest DIY wedding project for locally inspired votive candle wraps. If you can use a printer and scissors, this project will be a piece of cake. Here are the details for how to make your own votive candles…

DIY Washington DC Skyline Votive Candles

Supplies:

DIY Washington DC Skyline Vote Candle Wraps

To Make:

Download and print our free printable Washington DC skyline votive candle wraps onto vellum paper. Cut out each wrap and wrap around the votive candle holders. Secure with double-sided tape. Voilà!

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Make sure you check out our growing collection of free wedding printables and other DIY wedding projects – we have some really great ones!

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? If you are in the mood for more projects and printables, you can check out all of our Washington DC area DIY weddings right here! Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros.

Inspiration and Ideas: Halloween Weddings

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Happy Halloween Eve, DC wedding lovers! We’re getting into the holiday spirit with some local wedding inspiration, of course. It’s all treats and no tricks over here this afternoon, so whether you’re planning a Halloween wedding in the Washington DC area or a spooky themed wedding, this is the place to start for pretty ideas and inspiration!

Photo Credit: The Observatory from Beth and Jeff’s wedding

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  • Candy isn't just for the kiddos ya know! This quirky Baltimore wedding featured a Halloween candy bar + pumpkin stamped kraft favor bags! Photo Credit: Jennifer McMenamin Photography

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  • Baltimore poet Edgar Allen Poe is the inspiration behind these Halloween inspired weddings ideas. Loving the gothic elegance of it all! Photo Credit: Love by Serena

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  • There are no rules when it comes to Halloween weddings. A great example are these elegant Halloween wedding ideas inspired by the movie "Hocus Pocus" that define spooky sophistication! Photo Credit: Meghan Savage Photography

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  • Meredith and Matt used everything from pumpkins to wheat in a chic way to give their wedding a rustic fall vibe, but also kept is very elegant and traditional. Photo Credit: Kelly Ewell Photography

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  • Jen and DJ had these custom skeleton wedding cake toppers inspired by Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead!)! Photo Credit: tPoz Photography

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  • This masquerade themed styled shoot featured a black and orange wedding cake that lends itself as some lovely and elegant Halloween wedding inspiration! Photo Credit: Bradley James Photography

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  • What's a Halloween inspired wedding without some pumpkins on hand? Kate and Sajid dressed up their fall wedding with custom pumpkin carvings with their monogram + wedding date! Photo Credit: Laura Ashbrook Photography

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Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.

Classic Autumn Wedding Reception in Virginia: Marli + Chris

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We love any excuse for a festive celebration over here, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we love the Halloween details seen in today’s wedding in Virginia. Marli and Chris love Halloween and included a few touches inspired by their favorite holiday, all beautifully captured by Amber Kay Photography. (And make sure to check out their traditional wedding ceremony first!) With a sweetheart table adorned with Day of the Dead candles and a guest book wishing tree with spooky ornaments—it’s safe to say I’m officially in holiday mode.

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From Marli: I wanted the colors of fall, and using the glass bottles for the centerpieces helped to keep it rich, but still light. The space didn’t need to be flooded with decor; which is why we loved it, and so we kept the tables relatively simple, and added little bits of our personalities here and there.

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The table numbers where handmade. Wooden dowels and circles spray painted that lovely copper color, and affixed with a deep purple piece of paper that had the numbers hand painted on it.

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As a surprise, my mom, knowing our love for anything Halloween related, bought these little ornaments and hung them on our “good wishes” tree in the foyer at the wedding.

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We used Dia de Los Muertos bride and groom candles for our table at the reception. It was those little details that made the wedding special, and not cookie-cutter.

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Marli’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:

Don’t be too serious. Don’t try to make everything perfect, because when the day comes, no matter how you envisioned it three months ago, the way it turned out is perfection. You want to be able to look back on your wedding day and think, “I could do that all over again!” That’s the best part. You don’t want to be bogged down by the fact that, to you, the colors of the napkins weren’t right. No one notices those things. Your guests just want to have a good time, and see you and your new spouse having a good time. So, allow yourself to.

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Thank you so much Marli and Chris for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Stevenson Ridge
Photography: Amber Kay Photography
Hair: Statements the Salon
Bridal Attire: Jeanette’s Bride N’ Boutique
Catering: Caroline Street Catering

For more vendors, please 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.

Photo Credits: Amber Kay Photography

Classic Autumn Wedding Ceremony in Virginia: Marli + Chris

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When going for classic, autumn inspiration for your wedding in the Washington DC area, take a page out of this stunning wedding in Virginia. Marli and Chris were inspired by the jewel tones and the holiday festivities that the season brings. Amber Kay Photography was on hand to capture every sweet moment of their fall fête. Come back later this morning to see their classic wedding reception that features subtle hints of Halloween tucked throughout.

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From Marli: I had always wanted a fall wedding; the jewel-toned colors and cool crisp air are a few of the reasons it is my favorite season. October is a special month to Chris and I – we started dating and also got engaged in October; so it felt like a natural progression to get married then. I wanted a classy, but at the same time, not stuffy kind of wedding. I wanted the combination of soft and strong – masculine and feminine.

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My sister, a crafty goddess, helped us to design our invitations. We purchased the paper goods from bulk suppliers, printed them at home, and set up our own assembly line to get them pieced together in two nights. It was one of the most fun moments of the whole wedding for me.

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We didn’t have any concrete ideas, lots of magazine clippings and internet links; but nothing was for sure, until we saw the venue. Once we saw those dark wood floors and exposed wood beams and how much natural light filled the entire space, we knew this was going to be the focal point of the wedding and everything started to fall into place.

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Thank you so much Marli and Chris for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Be sure to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Stevenson Ridge
Photography: Amber Kay Photography
Hair: Statements the Salon
Bridal Attire: Jeanette’s Bride N’ Boutique
Catering: Caroline Street Catering

For more vendors, please 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.

Photo Credits: Amber Kay Photography

Inspiration and Ideas: Rehearsal Dinners

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Today we’re sharing some favorite fresh and unexpected ideas for one of my favorite pre-wedding bashes: the wedding rehearsal dinner. This morning we shared a real Virginia wedding rehearsal dinner and it left us craving even more pretty wedding inspiration! Rethink traditional settings and use this as another event to infuse a little personality to make your event memorable. From menus and tablescapes to floral décor and signature cocktails, we’ve got a few ideas that will inspire you!

Photo Credit: Abby Jiu Photography from Eat Pray Love Rehearsal Dinner

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  • Loving the earthy elegance of this rehearsal dinner inspired by the movie "Eat, Pray, Love." Photo Credit: My Simple Details

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  • We love finding cute (and easy) ways to infuse Washington, DC into wedding design! Rich Little Bird created some awesome free printable DC-themed drink flags for your cocktails!

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  • This wine cellar rehearsal dinner featured some dreamy rustic details and décor, like these cute favor tags by Laura Hooper Calligraphy.

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  • This fun, super easy and very affordable DIY project for stamped cocktail napkins are a perfect addition to your delicious signature cocktails that you’ll be sipping on! Photo Credit: A Feteful Life

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  • If you are looking to make your own rehearsal dinner invitations, we have a special treat! Our girls over at Little Bit Heart designed these printable (and free!) rehearsal dinner invitations for you to customize them any way you like!

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  • Inspired by their love of France, the state of Virginia and the many younger guests who were invited, Hendrick and Kelly planned a laid back, outdoor event that involved lots of games. Photo Credit: Jason and Tammy Keefer

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  • This preppy couples paired gingham linens and pretty pink blooms for their country-club inspired rehearsal dinner. Photo Credit: Jessica Burke

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  • Liz and Matt hosted an intimate rehearsal dinner and welcome party at local DC favorite restaurant, Hudson, with modern touches throughout! Photo Credit: Deb Lindsey Photography

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  • The ladies over at Little Bit Heart designed this printable (and free!) Washington DC monument bunting. Print, cute and use these to infuse a little DC into your rehearsal dinner décor. Photo Credit: Timmester Photography

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Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.

Multicultural Wedding Rehearsal Dinner in Virginia: Amelia + Paul

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Looking for inspiration for your rehearsal dinner in the Washington DC area? Well, get ready to have your virtual socks knocked off! Amelia and Paul’s rehearsal dinner was a multicultural affair, captured by Deb Lindsey Photography, and it looks oh so lovely! (Remember this cute couple from yesterday? Make sure to check out their traditional wedding ceremony and rustic wedding reception, too!) Set at The Ashby Inn & Restaurant, this duo gathered with their nearest and dearest for cocktails and dinner the night before their wedding. I am especially loving the intricate details of her purple bridal sari, too. Simply stunning!

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From Amelia: For the rehearsal dinner, I wore a sari along with my mom since Paul’s family is from Southern India.

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For the invitations, we printed the text on burlap colored card stock, and painted borders with watercolor that aligned with our colors.

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Thank you so much Amelia and Paul for sharing your wedding rehearsal dinner with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: The Ashby Inn & Restaurant
Photography: Deb Lindsey Photography

For more vendors, please 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.

Photo Credits: Deb Lindsey Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding Reception in Virginia: Amelia + Paul

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Welcome back to the second part of Amelia and Paul’s wedding in Virginia! Their cozy tented wedding was sprinkled with rustic details inspired by Virginia’s horse country. (And make sure you check out their traditional wedding ceremony first!) Deb Lindsey Photography was on hand to capture every sweet moment of their wedding at home with pinks and orange details tucked in throughout. And, as a special treat, tomorrow we are sharing their rehearsal dinner, too!

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From Amelia: I didn’t have a specific vision in mind from the beginning. I just knew I wanted my wedding to be at my grandmother’s house, and to highlight the rustic beauty of horse-country in Virginia. I wanted to share that with all of my family and friends who had never experienced it by throwing a nice party with good food, drinks and dancing!

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We used burlap colored linen and cut squares that would be part of the center piece for the tables. For table numbers, we used years and printed pictures of myself or my husband from that year, and put them on mini easels (which my mom painted white).

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Thank you so much Amelia and Paul for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church
Officiants: Rob Banse and Mark Diters
Reception Venue: Private Residence
Photography: Deb Lindsey Photography
Videography: Dolce Studio Films
Wedding Planner: Amy VanMeter Events
Floral Design: Buttercups Floral Design
Bridal Attire: Lovely Bride
Hair and Makeup: My Mobile Salon
Groom’s Attire: Indochino
DJ: One and Done Events, DJ Mike Weiss
Rentals: Grand Rental Station
Catering: Savoire Fare
Cake: Gateau

For more vendors, please 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.

Photo Credits: Deb Lindsey Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding Ceremony in Virginia: Amelia + Paul

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Full disclosure: there’s a whole lot of pretty wedding inspiration coming your way, so don’t say we didn’t warn you! Amelia and Paul’s wedding in Virginia may have taken place on a sweet spring day, but their rustic décor is perfect inspiration for fall weddings, too! There’s so much loveliness layered into these images from Deb Lindsey Photography, and I just know it’ll have you smiling all morning. This, my lovely readers, is the perfect way to start a Monday! Join us at lunchtime to see more from their tented wedding at home.

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Thank you so much Amelia and Paul for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Be sure to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church
Officiants: Rob Banse and Mark Diters
Reception Venue: Private Residence
Photography: Deb Lindsey Photography
Videography: Dolce Studio Films
Wedding Planner: Amy VanMeter Events
Floral Design: Buttercups Floral Design
Bridal Attire: Lovely Bride
Hair and Makeup: My Mobile Salon
Groom’s Attire: Indochino
DJ: One and Done Events, DJ Mike Weiss
Rentals: Grand Rental Station
Catering: Savoire Fare
Cake: Gateau

For more vendors, please 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.

Photo Credits: Deb Lindsey Photography