We are so ready for spring here in the DC area, so when Lelia Marie sent us this sweet springtime wedding inspirational shoot we fell in love! The refreshing pink and textured greens in the bridal bouquet paired perfectly with the custom reception menus and wedding programs from Staccato Stationary. A favorite detail of ours is the place cards that are perched delicately on a wine glass as each place setting. This adds a personal touch for guests and ties into the overall wedding design. Thank you to Lelia Marie for sharing this beautiful shoot with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to this beautiful spring inspirational shoot:
We know how hard it can be planning each and every small detail for your wedding. Of course, you want everything to be perfect, and that can be time consuming and stressful! One detail brides are constantly asking about is the song that should play when they walk down the aisle. This may seem like a small detail, but it can make a big impact! Whether you want classic or modern, we’ve got you covered! We like to think that a lot of these are great first dance songs, too! And just a tip: don’t like the words, but love the melody? You can easily find a ton of covers done by string quartets, such as Vitamin String Quartet, or other instrumental bands that you might love!
Today’s couple infused her love of all things feminine with his manly motorcycle side to pull off a fabulously eclectic wedding at Maryland’s Frederick Douglas Isaac Meyers Maritime Park. The bride wanted to use a touch of sparkle and romantic pink and yellow tones without completely overshadowing her groom. They worked with their talented planner, Eventi by Diana Venditto to infuse nods to the groom with a cocktail bourbon bar and a motorcycle art escort card display to balance his and her style! During the planning process the couple really had to rely on each other, as Elisabeth underwent back surgery and they did a small stint of long distance romance during 6 weeks apart. Those are the moments that truly build relationships and reinforce what their wedding meant to them! We love the unique details in their wedding and are excited to share another fabulous Maryland wedding venue with our readers! Thank you to Annabelle Dando Photography and Diana Venditto for sharing this eclectic and personal wedding with us!
From the Bride: “The main focus for our event was for it to be a true reflection of who we are as a couple. I’m very much girly, and love pretty things, but not in the typical sense of the word. More of ann understated girly who loves a a good glitter sparkly explosion, and he is a motorcycle riding softy. Our specific vision was neutral and laid back with a splash of extravagance. It was very important to me that the pretty came through via the final touches — from the beautiful rich toned florals and gold rimmed glassware to the touch of glitter in my signature drink. Our planner did an amazing job taking our vision and executing it flawlessly and, honestly, better than the picture in my head!”
” I have an obsession with neon signs, and have always wanted to put one in my home, so our wedding was a perfect opportunity to fulfill that obsession! we had a neon sign custom made for us that said “love”, which was hung in our venue space. Our genius planner then used that idea to create a wedding cake topper that also said “love” in the same font as the sign.”
Congratulations to Elisabeth and Jason! Thank you for sharing your eclectic wedding in Maryland with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Lulu and Kevin were married last year in a sparkle encrusted wedding within the Pavilion room of the Ronald Reagan Building, an iconic DC wedding venue. The couple chose a rich red and champagne color story for their wedding; this was present in the bride’s beautiful diamond studded bridal bouquet and the bridesmaid’s Jim Hjelm gowns. The couple opted for a first look, allowing them to utilize the perfect fall sunset for photos around the city center and the Capitol Building. We loved the bride’s sleek silhouette on her fitted Demetrios wedding gown, and how she opted to have a floral headpiece instead of a traditional veil. Thank you to Carl Elixir Photography for sharing this rich red fall wedding with our readers!
From the Bride: “Our wedding took place in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC. The ceremony and the reception were set up in the Pavillion, which is a gorgeous circular room with a dome ceiling. We fell in love with it at first sight because we wanted something that reflected the city we live in, but also unique and elegant. Our theme was ivory, marsala, and champagne.”
“I wanted an elegant yet intimate feel. We incorporated these colors into the bridal party outfits, the centerpieces, the programs, and various decorative elements around the reception. Our florist did a phenomenal job, and a lot of our decorations actually came from my bridal party. In the end, everything turned out even better than I had imagined.”
Our Mr. & Mrs signs were handmade by my bridesmaid, who is also my sister-in-law. She bought wooden blocks and painted them in champagne gold for us. They looks perfect on our head table. The “welcome to our wedding” sign was also designed and made by one of my bridesmaids.
Tip from the Bride : Make sure to confirm with your hotel or the location where you are getting ready that photography is allowed. There’s not a lot of time the day of the wedding, so if you are trying to get some nice shots in before the ceremony starts, make sure the location you picked out is actually feasible!
Advice from the Bride: Don’t sweat the details if they don’t pan out exactly as you imagined! On our wedding day, 3 out of our large centerpieces fell and shattered before our reception even began. We were devastated when it happened. Luckily, our florist had some backup flowers and made make-shift centerpieces for dinner. It was nowhere near as grand as the ones that broke, but none of the guests noticed anything was amiss. The reception space still looked beautiful and elegantly put together even without 3 big centerpieces.
Congratulations to Lulu and Kevin! Thank you for sharing your rich red DC Ronald Reagan Building wedding with us!
Now that “engagement season” has come and gone, we know you have spent some time on sites like Pinterest and Instagram oohing and ahhing over the gorgeous engagement rings that have popped up! We have been too so we can’t blame you… It’s so hard to choose a favorite! Because we couldn’t pick just one, here are a few of the most eye-catching engagement rings we could find!
Rachael and Ryan are co-workers whose friendship turned to romance when Rachael discovered her crush on Ryan was mutual after her friends played matchmakers. Their Maryland engagement session was sent to us from Hill Studios Photography, and captured the post snow storm perfectly with these warm and cozy photos!
We love that the snow lasted long enough for them to capture downtown Frederick and the couple so perfectly. They began with formal images along the charming historic streets, stopping for photos next to evergreens, quaint churches and holly filled bushes until they reached the canals and a breathtakingly detailed metal bridge. After a quick wardrobe change we moved onto Baker Park, also in Frederick, where Rachael and Ryan snuggled together with some homemade Gluhwein, a nod to their German engagement, a cute blanket, and a gorgeous backdrop complete with snow, weeping willows, and European inspired streets. The couple are hosting their wedding in Northern Virginia and we wish them all the best! We love that you can really see a bit of their personalities in the photos and thank you to Hill Studios for allowing to us to share!
Calling all blogging, social media, and wedding loving interns- we are currently accepting applications for our spring and summer 2016 internship! We are looking for up to two interns to join the United with Love team, learning the in’s and out’s of weddings, blogging, and PR. Candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Tabitha(at)unitedwithlove.com, please include why you are interested in our position and your available start date.
The internship will consist of at least two office days a week in our Bristow, Virginia office therefore reliable transportation is a must for the position. This internship is in exchange for school credit and/or resume experience and is an unpaid internship. We will be covering all aspects of weddings from vendors to schedules, along with social media, advertising, and real time blogging.
Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft products including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. WordPress knowledge is a bonus, and social media expertise is expected. We prefer candidates who are familiar with Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We look forward to reviewing resumes; please email us at Tabitha(at)unitedwithlove.com if you have interest in interning at United with Love this spring/summer!
There are so many amazing D.C wedding venues, but not all of them are conducive to great parking or easy accessibility for your guests. This is when hiring a trusted valet can come in handy, and ease the stress of transportation logistics from your guests. Here are a few important questions to determine your valet needs, in hopes of making your wedding transportation logistics easier for the big day.
1. How many guests are you expecting?
This will determine the total number of valet attendants you will need. Every event location is different, so unfortunately there is not a standard formula for determining how many valets that is universal. We typically assume that your guests will arrive in couples, so expect about 50 cars per 100 guests. If the parking deck or lot is close to the venue one to two valet attendants per 50 guests can fit your needs. There are many variables to consider, such as distance to parking, traffic, time of the event and so forth . Many valet companies will send a representative to survey your location at your request if they are unfamiliar with the venue or location to determine your overall guest needs.
2. Will your guests all arrive at once?
Expect everyone to show up at the same time for weddings, and other formal events. Be sure to have enough parking attendants to handle the rush. Let the companies you are requesting bids from know if the ceremony or reception are are separate locations and the timing to determine the arrival expectations of guests.
3. Is there sufficient parking close to your location?
Talk to your venue coordinator to determine the number of parking spaces near your entrance. They have valuable information regarding what has worked in the past, and this will make sure the valet drop off area is close to the entrance of your function. If the parking attendant has to run a block away to retrieve the cars, or if the drive is far from the entrance, expect to hire a few extra staffers for parking.
4. What will the weather be like the day of your event?
Plan for the worst if you are planning your event during inclement weather months such as February for snow, or September for rain. In your valet contract, require that the valet attendants have adequate equipment to handle the weather. Umbrellas for rain and snow removal items such as ice scrapers, salt, and snow shovels during the winter events. When planning for guest exits, make sure your guests have a comfortable place to wait for their car to be delivered.
5. How much should you expect to pay for a valet parking service?
Most companies will quote a job by the hour, per attendant and add in insurance, and permit costs. Don’t always go with the lowest cost option, but instead trust in a company that has solid references, and a good reputation. Your guests are trusting one of their most prized possessions, their vehicles in the hands of your valet service and you want to ensure you have a reputable company handling their needs. Always do your research, looking for reviews on wedding sites or ask for referrals from past couples.
Always make sure your guests are properly informed of your transportation options for the event. Welcome bag information sheets, wedding websites, and word of mouth can let them know that valet services are available. Inform them that complimentary valet is being provided, and always give precise driving directions if the front of the venue is logistically tricky or hard to navigate.
We all know that Washington, DC has an iconic landscape so why not use that to your advantage when hosting your wedding festivities? Your guests can appreciate and explore the city sights without ever having to leave your bridal bash. We have compiled a list of the best DC rehearsal dinner and reception venues around, so take a look, and don’t forget to check out our other suggested venues and vendors in our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide.
W Hotel – There are many great rooms at the W Hotel that you can choose for your reception or rehearsal dinner, but we love the Altitude Room and POV, the hotel’s rooftop lounge complete with stylish décor and city views. Take in the Washington Monument from any of the floor to ceiling windows while sipping on a delicious cocktail in this swanky environment.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) – This historic landmark boasts an array of beautiful spaces for a wide variety of events. With its views of the Washington Monument on the portico, and its indoor elegance and character in O’Byrne Gallery, this space makes for a memorable wedding venue. The Connecticut Board Room overlooks the White House Ellipse and would make for a beautifully intimate rehearsal dinner space with its gold-leaf moldings and crystal chandeliers.
101 Constitution – The Terrace at 101 Constitution provides the perfect backdrop for the wedding of your dreams! Enjoy amazing views of the Nation’s Capital in this superb location. The availability of a tent takes the worry out of your wedding day and the views of DC are unforgettable. This space is great for intimate gatherings and can be designed to fit your tastes as a couple.
Newseum – By far one of the most innovative and unique wedding venues, the Newseum has a plethora of options for you to choose from should this be “the one.” Perhaps you’d like to host your nuptials in the Knight Conference Center and terrace, where the breathtaking views of the US Capitol and surrounding city can be explored, or if that’s not enough, you can take over the entirety of the museum for a “top-to-bottom, unforgettable extravaganza.” The Newseum is happy to host Wolfgang Puck Catering, which makes for scrumptious rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions.
Old Ebbitt Grill – This distinctive and impressive location holds a long political history and couldn’t be in a more perfect spot! Two blocks from the White House, the Roof Terrace at Old Ebbitt Grill has incredible panoramic views of DC and its most historic landmarks. While the Atrium and Full Atrium provide enough space for a large reception, the Cabinet Room could be a great spot for a rehearsal dinner or a more intimate affair. Impress your guests with this venue’s background as a popular gathering place for presidents, generals, lobbyists, and theatergoers since 1856.
The Hay-Adams – The crown jewel of The Hay-Adams, Top of the Hay has an unparalleled view of the White House. With its L shaped space and wrap around rooftop deck, your guests will be able to look out over the city of DC at all times. The French doors and windows and trellis-like lattices give this space a romantic and elegant feel.
Potomac View Terrace – Located at the top of the American Pharmacists Association, this venue has a stunning view of the National Mall, including some of your favorite monuments: Lincoln and Washington. With indoor and outdoor space, including a permanently tented area, you cannot go wrong with this venue as your choice. There are tons of options for you to make the various spaces your own for your reception or rehearsal dinner, and if the view and ambiance wasn’t enough, Occasions Caterers will supply the food and they are simply amazing!