Q&A: Hiring a Wedding Planner

posted by Alex Hamilton

As promised in our first Q&A Session, Staying Within My Wedding Budget, we are continuing to answer some of our reader’s most pertinent questions! We always have readers asking us if hiring a wedding planner is worth it and we always say yes, yes, yes! We are very pro wedding planner and not just because we have some of the best wedding planners in the DC area, but because it can be helpful in so many different aspects.

The biggest takeaway that we received from our wonderful vendors and local planners is that hiring a wedding coordinator/planner can cut down on your own stress levels, which is fantastic, but most importantly, hiring a wedding planner can allow for you and all of your friends and family members to celebrate and have a good time without worrying about a thing. You are able to focus on marrying the love of your life and spending this special time with those who matter most to you. What can be better than that?

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Why Should I Hire a Wedding Planner?

Every veteran wedding planner I’ve known has hired another planner for his/her own wedding day. And these are people who know how to plan events but also know the massive value of hiring someone else to run the day for them. I’ve personally planned and/or coordinated the weddings of many, many wedding wedding planner colleagues and corporate event planners. If this isn’t the strongest endorsement of the profession, I don’t know what is! – Laura, Engaging Affairs

A wedding planner knows where to invest time and money and where you can afford to cut back without sacrificing the quality of your celebration. Additionally, a wedding planner trouble shoots on the wedding day so your family and friends can celebrate with you rather than working. – A. Dominick Events

One of the most common concerns of a couple is “How do you know what you don’t know.” A professional wedding planner will be able to explain all of those wedding planning nuances. In addition to this, a professional wedding planner allows the couple to focus on their friends, families and memories instead of the wedding day logistics and details. – Kay, Howerton+Wooten Events

Wedding planners can help with every stage of the wedding process, from setting a budget to navigating the sea of vendors and they also cover event management on the day. I would say most of my clients hire me because they simply do not have the time to do all of the legwork on their own. Planning a wedding is a full time job with a lot of intricacies and details involved. After the wedding, many clients express their gratitude not only for helping them hire an amazing team of vendors, but also for reducing their stress. Having a wedding planner allows couples to celebrate, worry free, and just focus on each other and their loved ones. – Margo, Bright Occasions

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There are many reasons to hire a wedding planner. One is to help you manage your time. The average bride spends 40 hours on their wedding a week. Who can manage that? Let a wedding planner reduce your research time and save you money by pointing you in the direction of vendors that will work within your budget. Your wedding planner will ensure you can actually enjoy your day and not have all the responsibility on your family and friends for setting up decor and escort cards and programs, etc etc. – Katie, Elegance & Simplicity, Inc.

A wedding planner gives you great, honest, third party advice. This is our profession, not a hobby, and our careers have resulted in a wealth of knowledge that can save you time, money, and most importantly sanity! – Amanda, Engaging Affairs

Wedding planners take the stress out of planning your wedding. They can do as little or as much as you like, but they provide peace of mind that nothing will slip through the cracks either during the planning process or on the day of. Remember, this is their job and experienced planners have done hundreds of weddings — you will be in good hands with an experienced planner! – Teresa, Rex & Regina Events

One reason to hire a planner is the ability to leverage the expertise of a professional – just like the reason to hire a lawyer or a plumber. Another very important reason is to save you time – they can offer tricks of the trade and help you make more informed decisions. A planner will also make sure you are maximizing your budget and prevent you from wasting money. – Vicky, Event Accomplished

Thank you to all of the amazing local wedding pros who answered our reader’s questions! Looking for more planning tips from DC area professionals? Check out our latest budgeting installments, Balancing Your Wedding Flower Budget and Budget Advice: Splurging and Saving!

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Navy and Gold DC Affair: Elena + Andrew

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Elena and Andrew were a couple who knew exactly what they wanted when they began planning their DC wedding ceremony and reception. Having grown up around the beltway, today’s bride wanted to embrace the historic area and host a DC themed wedding at the City Tavern Club. One element that they used that we felt was a genius idea was to find love quotes from former US Presidents and First Lady’s to have displayed around the reception for show. Due to the bride’s Italian American heritage, the couple were married at Holy Rosary Church, which is the Italian American Church in DC at which they attend Mass. With so many personal and DC inspired wedding touches, we really fell in love with their big day told through their photos. Congratulations to the newlyweds and thank you to their lovely photography team at Meagan Chase Photography for sharing it with us today!

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From the Bride: We both knew we wanted to get married in the fall and since we met and fell in love in DC (and I grew up in the suburbs in Silver Spring), we knew we wanted a DC theme. We didn’t want it to be over the top, but also wanted to keep it elegant. We started out by picking City Tavern Club as our reception venue. We loved how we would have access to the whole house and that our guests would be able to explore and view historic photos, documents and furniture throughout the night.. We had cocktail hour in the Bliss Room, dinner in the Great Hall and then moved back upstairs to the Bliss Room for dancing. We used the Long Room for dessert and as a place for guests to take a break from dancing and relax. We used an image of the DC skyline throughout our stationary and kept with a navy and gold color palette that reflected the elegance of the house and added a touch of romance.

When we first met, we worked about three blocks from each other near Union Station. We spent many lunch breaks walking the Capitol grounds and through Senate Park getting to know each other. Despite the Capitol dome restoration, we knew we wanted our portraits to be taken in the parks surrounding the building and we are so happy we did. ”

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The food was very important to us. We wanted our guests to have a delicious meal and not a piece of rubbery chicken. The chef at City Tavern Club really came through. The steaks were cooked perfectly, the fish was perfectly flaky and the Butternut Squash Soup…my mouth waters just thinking about it!
Our other priority was a great DJ. Andrew and I love nothing more then a great dance party and we wanted our guests to feel comfortable letting loose on the dance floor. We interviewed several potential DJ’s and ultimately went with DJ Evan Reitmeyer. We immediately felt comfortable with him and he was so concerned with helping create the perfect vibe. From soft music during cocktail hour to getting the older guests out on the dance floor with classics and keeping everyone out on the floor late into the night, he made sure everyone was having an amazing time.

Flowers were not extremely important to us so we didn’t want to spend a ton of money on them. We worked with a florist at Whole Foods-Tenleytown and the end result was simple, elegant bouquets and centerpieces that enhanced the beauty of the historic dining room in City Tavern Club. A big wedding cake was also not very important to us.We wanted a small one to cut (for photos) and to eat on our one year anniversary. We also didn’t want to take away time from dancing so instead of serving a seated dessert, we had a dessert bar across from the dance floor. This gave our guests the opportunity to digest their meal, dance a bit and then refuel with some bite sized treats! The dessert bar featured bite size apple pies (Andrew’s favorite) and bite sized cheesecake (my favorite).”

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I wanted to give my bridesmaids something personal to thank them for being by my side. My mom makes jewelry as a hobby and I asked her to design and make earrings and a matching bracelet. Both pieces were so simple and delicate and it meant so much to have my mom make them, as opposed to buying them from a random store.

About a month before the wedding, we were putting final touches on decorations. I really wanted a romantic feel throughout the house so we focused on lots of candles, but I felt like something was missing. In order to tie in the Washington DC theme, I found a bunch of love quotes from Presidents to their wives/significant others. Lacoya, from Hello Love Events, took the quotes and framed them and then displayed them throughout the house. It was a simple (and cheap!) way to add some decoration and romance to the different rooms where they were placed. ”

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Favorite Moment of the Day: (Bride) Right before the doors of the church were opened, my knees were literally knocking together from nerves. The stress of the day, the torrential downpour outside, and all of the other elements at play had my nerves on edge. As soon as the ushers opened the doors and I started walking down the aisle, totally focused on Andrew at the other end, a calm went from my head to my toes. I’ve never experienced such a feeling of complete calm as I did the moment I saw him and I’ll remember that feeling for the rest of my life.

Groom: I don’t know that I can pin down one just single moment from that day but I think something I will always remember was our first dance. Having that special moment where the world faded away and it was just us was incredibly special to me. For that moment, it was just us dancing like we have so many times before but now it had that added realization that this amazing woman was my dance partner for the rest of our lives.

Together: We hosted an after party at Pinstripes, around the corner from City Tavern Club. We were the last two people to leave the bar and since we were spending the night at The Graham Hotel, we walked the few blocks down M Street to the hotel. We walked down M Street holding hands, me in my wedding dress and Andrew in his tux, passed packed bars and restaurants, reminiscing about the day. It seemed so surreal that the day was over and we were finally married. We were so lucky to have such a beautiful day, surrounded by all of our family and friends. ”

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Congratulations to Elena and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your Washington DC Navy and Gold wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photographer: Megan Chase Photography
Wedding Coordinator & Calligraphy: Hello Love Events
Stationer: Fay Street Studio
Floral Designer: Whole Foods Market
Hair and Makeup Team: JKW Beauty
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Jenny Yoo
Bridal Salon: Love Couture Bridal / Gown: Pronovias
Bridal Veil: Beccas Bridal Boutique
Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom / Canali / Groomsmen Attire: Menguin
Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Church
Reception Venue & Cake: City Tavern Club
Rentals: Linen Table Cloth
Ceremony Music: Maria Marigliano
Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade
DJ: DJ Evan Reitmeyer

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: Megan Chase Photography

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DC Picturesque Engagement Session: Emma + Haleigh

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The glow that comes with newly engaged couples is something that we never tire of here at United with Love. Emma and Haleigh’s Georgetown engagement session just radiates with sheer love and happiness and we can’t wait to share it with you! Haleigh picked out a stunning engagement ring that she knew fit Emma’s taste perfectly, and took it home to wait for the perfect moment to pop the question. One evening while laying in bed Emma jokingly said to Haleigh “When are we getting married?” so Haleigh jumped at the moment and after grabbing the ring she dropped to one knee and proposed. The intimacy of getting engaged in the warmth of their home, surrounded by their three furbabies, was the perfect setting for the happy couple. They met with their photographer Krysta, with Norman Photo + Paper, to stroll the waterfront in Georgetown for their DC engagement session and we are excited to share their sweet photos! Thank you to the newly engaged pair for sharing them with us today and best wishes in your upcoming wedding!

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How To: Pick the Perfect Engagement Ring

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This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. Thank you Jared the Galleria of Jewelry for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Jared, all content and opinions expressed here are UWL’s own.

Today we are bringing a little sparkle into your life by giving you tips & advice on one of the most exciting parts of getting married – picking the ring! The first thing everyone wants to hear about the moment you announce your engagement is, of course, the bling! The perfect engagement ring can come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles, and is a highly personal item; it can be one of the most important pieces of jewelry that someone will receive in their lifetime. Choosing the ring kicks off the whole wedding planning process, and Jared has everything you need to make your future spouse’s dreams come true. From custom designs to recommendations and style advice to an amazing selection from the world’s top jewelry designers, Jared is the place to find the ring that will begin your life together.

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We absolutely love the fact that at Jared’s you not only have an exceptional selection of designer rings but also have the ability to create a custom design that fits your sweetie’s personality perfectly! If you’re not sure quite where to start, or even if a custom design is the right choice for you, we’ve got you covered! Jared and UWL are here to help you begin your journey with tips on choosing the ideal engagement ring.

Start with Style – You don’t want to push the boundaries too much with the engagement ring because it will be a piece that will be worn each and every day. Pay attention to the pieces that your loved one wears every day and what can be found in their jewelry box. Do these pieces tend toward classic? Bold and glamorous? Modern? Vintage? Once you have determined the overall style, you are one step closer to the perfect ring! Check out Jared’s ring style guide to see which one fits your honey’s aesthetic.

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Shape and Setting – Picking the perfect diamond can be hard! In addition to paying attention to the four C’s – cut, color, clarity, and carat – the stone shape and setting are very important. There are so many different shapes to choose from, including some of the classics – round and princess – and some of the more unique shapes – pear, heart, marquise, and more. Choosing a metal will then be your next step. Do you think that your partner wears a lot of gold? White gold? Platinum? This can easily be determined when you pay attention to the everyday jewelry worn.

Establish Your Budget – Just as with the overall planning of your wedding, managing your budget is key when choosing an engagement ring. Make sure you know what you want to pay when you begin shopping so you don’t get too overwhelmed and fall in love with something that is out of your price range.

Take Your Time – Since this is a once-in-a-lifetime decision, we think that not rushing the process is super important. Really think about your partner’s personal design aesthetic and what you think will light up their face when you open that box! You won’t be disappointed.

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Jared knows diamonds—and they know that no two are quite the same which is why they are introducing Chosen. Chosen by Jared is a new loose diamond program that we think is super unique!   Rough stones are cut and polished in Jared’s own diamond cutting facility and then can be put into any setting that your heart desires! We love that Chosen allows for some serious creativity and customization.  Specially designed packaging holds the ring and a specialized book telling the diamond’s story with additional space available to store treasured mementos of the couples’ time together.  We love how this new experience is personalized each and every step of the way.

We completely understand that you might need a little more personalized attention when it comes to determining the items above, and Jared is there to help you out! There are many DC area Jared locations, so stop by today!

If you want to see a little more bling bling before you begin your journey with Jared, check out some of our engagement ring inspiration and see all of the stunning designs chosen by UWL’s local couples through some of our stunning engagement photo sessions!

Photo Credit: Jared, The Galleria of Jewelry

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Charlottesville Keswick Vineyard Wedding: Meaghan + Eric

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When you’re inspired by Virginia wine country because you share a love of wine-tasting, there could be no other place to get married than at a winery! And that’s exactly what Meaghan and Eric did at Keswick Vineyards outside of Charlottesville. Between the beauty of the timeless Virginia vineyard venue and the elegant colorful floral décor, not even a torrential rainstorm could dampen their tented wedding reception celebration. We love that the skies cleared and they were gifted with a gorgeous rainbow and special portrait moment after the storm. For their reception, the couple opted to bring vintage furniture from Paisley and Jade arranged in cozy clusters to give guests a fun place to hang out when not on the dance floor. When working with a open area tented reception, breaking up the space with rental furniture, specialty bars, or cocktails tables is always a great idea! Thank you to Don Mears Photography for sharing this beautiful Virginia wedding with us today and congrats to the happy couple!

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Congratulations to Meaghan and Eric! Thank you for sharing your Charlottesville Keswick Vineyard wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photographer: Don Mears Photography
Catering & Cake: Gooving Gourmets
Floral Designer: Verde Natural Florals
Hair and Makeup Team: Lou Stevens glam squad
Bridal Salon: Lovely Bride DC / Watters Gown
Invitations: Minted
Wedding Bands: Market Street Diamonds
Ceremony musicians: The Madison Trio
Reception Venue: Keswick Vineyards
DJ: Sound Enforcement DJ
Lounge Furniture: Paisley and Jade
Transportation: Albemarle Limousine

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: Don Mears Photography

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Elegant meets Rustic Virginia Wedding: Sara + Brian

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Brian and Sara met for a simple drinks date, which turned into a long night of talking and a whirlwind romance that neither saw coming! After dating for about a year, Brian decided to propose by hanging a ring on their dog Sophie’s collar. He used Sara’s late mother’s diamond to create a one of a kind heirloom engagement ring. And well, it’s no surprise, Sara said yes!

The planning of their Loudoun County wedding then went into full force. Brian wanted a large affair in a rural setting surrounded by nature, whereas Sara wanted a small wedding at an elegant setting such as a country club. The couple chose Riverside on the Potomac in Northern Virginia and they began mixing rustic and elegant in the design plans to create the perfect pairing. Both the bride and groom had lost their mothers, so they created a variety of sentimental pieces to add to the day, some of which included a table filled with special quotes and pictures and a mother son dance that honored all the “mothers” who have helped raise them. Sara’s good friends made mini desserts for all the guests to enjoy and the band played for hours while every single guest danced. Thank you to Designed Perfectly Events and Timmester Photography for sharing this beautiful Virginia wedding with us today!

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“We skipped a cake and a first dance. I’m not one for the “traditional” wedding formalities or all attention on me (a hard one when it comes to weddings 🙂 )! A friend of ours made hundreds of bite sized desserts for us to share with our guests–talk about amazing friends! We splurged on the band, the food and the flowers. Good music and good food makes a good party.

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“Brian and I lost our moms several years ago so it was important to us to somehow incorporate them into the wedding. At the ceremony we had our fathers come up to each light a candle in honor of our mothers while the song “the prayer” played in the background. At the cocktail hour, we had a table set with pictures of our mothers plus other close family members who had passed. I found meaningful quotes and my friend helped me to print them on rustic materials (such as an old wooden crate) to display amongst the pictures. My favorite quote was, “we didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” At the reception we did a special mother son dance where we called up all the women in our lives who have helped to fill the roll of mom since our mothers have passed. Each got to dance briefly with Brian while the song “never alone” played in the background. It was a fun and touching way to remember our mothers while also recognizing those who have been so good to us.
As for cultural touches, Brian is catholic an I’m Jewish so we decided to have both a Rabbi and a Priest at the ceremony. They worked great together and we got a ton of compliments from each side saying how they learned so much about the others faith.

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Advice from the couple: Just remember to have fun throughout the evening. There is always something that will not be just as you expected, but try to concentrate on the stuff that goes right. And…hire a good wedding planner. Mine was amazing and I never even knew what was going wrong at the time.

Also, a piece of advice I got before the wedding–‘at some point in the night, just stand back and look at all the people, love and fun in the room.’ It really was amazing to step away for a minute and see the joy of the day. ”

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Congratulations to Sara and Brian! Thank you for sharing your Riverside on the Potomac wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photographer: Timmester Photography
Wedding Planner: Designed Perfectly Events
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Floral Designer: Kallmyer Custom Florals
Hair and Makeup Team: Blushin Beauty
Pergola Rental: Sammys Rental
Bridal Salon: Betsy Robinson Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Wedding Venue: Riverside on the Potomac
Lighting & Draping: a2z Music Factory
Ceremony Music: Tryos Ensemble
Band: Doug Segree Band
Laser Cut Signage: The Virginia Artisans
Invitations: InterPRINTations
DC Rentals: DC Rental

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Photo Credits: Timmester Photography

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Romantic Potomac MD Wedding: Lindsay + Evan

posted by Tabitha

Happy Monday to all of our favorite DC wedding friends, we hope you had a wonderful weekend! I can’t believe we are already into August, with only a month of summer left! Today we are sharing a special spring Maryland wedding from Connor Studios. Evan and Lindsay were married in April in a romantic Jewish wedding ceremony, under the prettiest floral adorned chuppah by Edge Flowers. They strove to create a wedding that would be classic and elegant. They knew that when they looked back on their special day, they wanted it to feel timeless and true to their style as a couple. Pairing the faintest of blush flower accents with navy and gray bridal party attire they created a simple sweet design story that we love. Thank you to Connor Studios for sharing this lovely Maryland wedding with us today, and congrats to the newlyweds!

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From the Bride: We both had the idea of writing a note on the bottom of our partner’s shoe, without the other knowing. We had no idea we both had the same idea. The Matron of Honor worked out details with the Best Man for the bride, and the Best Man was working out the details with the Matron of Honor on behalf of the groom – again, we both had no idea the other came up with the same idea, but the Matron of Honor and Best Man did. It was a special moment when we each saw the bottom of our shoe as we were getting readyPotomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (28) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (18) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (38)Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (41) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (42) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (43) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (12) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (15) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (11) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (14) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (13) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (17) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (9) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (45) Potomac at Avenel Farms DC wedding- Connor Studios (64)

From the Bride: We had selfie sticks at each table with a hashtag for the wedding weekend (#fryfeldmanforever). That seemed to have been a hit! We also had fun with our kippot (it was a Jewish wedding) and instead of the typical personalization on the inside with our names and date, we chose to do something a little different and had a cute instruction note inside.”

Some of the other personalizations that we had were things we did for the wedding party. Such as personalized champagne glasses provided to the ladies on the day of dress shopping; the men had personalized/branded boxes with their initials and a personalized flask inside with their pink tie and pocket square; the ladies were also given a personalized tote bag with their gift inside. ”

 

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Your photographer is key! It is extremely important to have someone that knows what they are doing and are able to hold your hand throughout the process. The entire wedding planning you are forced to make decisions and do an intense amount of research. When it comes to the photos you need and want someone to tell you what looks good. The photographer will help dictate the day to make sure these are memories that last a lifetime.

We decided to change our photography team after our initial engagement session, when we felt that they were not our best fit for the wedding. It was the best for us to be comfortable, and I encourage people to have a ‘trial’ (such as an engagement session) with their photographer. If you do not feel comfortable, find someone else! The photos and how you will remember this day should be the last thing YOU need to worry about – let someone else. A good photographer will be that someone.”

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We absolutely loved the music. We did something a little unconventional and had, what typically would be, dueling pianos. Daniel Korzelius, based out of Wilmington, NC, the main musician and planner, was fabulous. He turned a 3 person dueling piano experience into what felt like an 8 person band. We also could not have been happier with the venue. Having a beautiful venue with a professional staff (professional every step of the way) put our minds at ease. It showed to our guests.

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Advice from the Bride: Hire a planner for the process, longer than just a weekend coordinator. There are little details that aren’t fun, such as the wording of the invitation, that would be so helpful if someone just handled it for you. I can think of a ton of little examples like this that if only I had someone taking the lead on it, I probably would’ve been a little less stressed!!”

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Congratulations to Lindsay and Evan!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful Potomac Maryland Club wedding with us!

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

Photography: Connor Studios
Coordinator: Nancy Misler
Makeup: Michanna Murphy
Bridal Salon: Betsy Robinson
Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade
Grooms Attire: J. Hilburn
Floral Designer: Edge Flowers
Invitations: Minted
Wedding Venue: TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm
Officiant: Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig
Band: Daniel Korzelius
Cake: Custom Cake Design
Transportation: Reston Limo

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Photo Credits: Connor Studios

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Happy Weekend!

posted by Alex Hamilton

Hoping you had an amazing week full of fun wedding planning! I know we have got a lot of great posts chocked full of advice, inspiration, and other prettiness so make sure to check out a wrap up of our wedding week below!

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National Mall Engagement Session: Boris + Ashley

posted by Tabitha

Having met in Washington D.C., Ashley and Boris, without any question, knew their engagement session would be in our nation’s capital. With Mike B Photography capturing it all, the newly engaged pair went to different locations that reflected their interests and personalities as they roamed through the heart of DC. We also love the Groom’s adorable Annapolis wedding proposal story leading up to their DC engagement photos and just had to share!

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I am a typical guy. A “bro” you might say. Like most guys I’m not very keen on planning and I’m still trying to make sense of this whole “feelings” thing. However, proposing to a very worthy girl is not to be taken lightly. I arranged a clandestine meeting with Ashley’s Dad to ask for his permission and get some additional pointers on Ashley and marriage in general. I then spent about 7 weeks getting the diamond. Once procured, the ring went into a sock drawer because that’s where all grown-ups keep their important things. Now onto the final step: The actual proposal.

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{A quick but important Author’s aside here to paint the mood: They say that your mind is like a muscle; through training you can build both its strength and endurance. At age 30 I came to realize that one’s ability to plan things follows the same paradigm. My planning muscle is weak as a kitten. So by the time step 3 (planning the actual proposal) rolled around, I was spent.}

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“I had the foresight to discuss with some married folks their best practices and advice for proposing. They advised that I have other people with me to take pictures, pop champagne, celebrate with afterwards, et cetera. Armed with this advice, I planned three different proposal scenarios in which I would propose to Ashley. The first one was rebuffed, so onto plan B. Plan B was shot down with a vengeance…. Next up, Plan C: a friend’s boat. Timing and distance were an issue and our trip to “see Shane’s boat in Annapolis” kept getting postponed. Finally, in early September, a breakthrough. My poor little planning muscle was on life support at this point but it received one last dose of smelling salts and sprung to action.
I brought a few of my friends as the support crew, and we ventured to Annapolis. The ring was in my backpack along with all our other valuables. Note to the audience that after Ashley repeatedly chastised me for not putting the backpack inside the boat “where our stuff would be safe” my planning muscle quit in protest. In his absence, Captain Clumsy took over and conducted a Mickey Mouse operation. All in all, the idea was to lure Ashley to the front of the boat, have a friend put her favorite song on the music player, pull the ring out of my backpack, and propose. I went down to the boat’s cabin to discuss the actual game plan with Shane. Unfortunately, while Shane and I could barely hear each other over the music, our moronic yelling was projecting up to the rest of the crew like an opera singer’s voice in an amphitheater. Ashley, and apparently half of Annapolis, had caught on to my plan. Oh well, all is well that ends well and she said yes!”

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Congratulations to Ashley and Boris and we hope you have an amazing wedding and years of happiness! Thank you to Mike B Photography for sharing their DC Engagement Photos with us today!

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