We simply can not believe summer is past us and we are gearing up for fall weddings, pumpkin spice everything, and sweater weather! We are taking the day off today to soak up that last dip in the pool but come back tomorrow for great DC wedding inspiration!
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Heather and Andrew are tying the knot in a New Years Eve wedding, and they used their fun wedding as inspiration for their Maryland engagement session with Lauren Myers Photography. They spent the afternoon in historic Frederick with their adorable pup Charlie, making sure to infuse their photo session with New Years Eve inspired props to tie back into the big day. We love their sleek black tie engagement photo attire, and can not thank Lauren Myers Photography for sharing their photos with us! Congratulations to the couple and best wishes on your New Years Eve wedding!
Lauren and Shaun were married in the spring at the iconic DC wedding venue Carnegie Institution for Science. The bride loved growing up surrounded by her family gardens and with such a special tie to flowers, she knew she wanted something unique and memorable for their wedding day. Creating an ombre color story in shades of purple, DC florist designer Highway 2 Hill delivered quite the impressive wildflower bouquet and reception centerpiece arrangements that we just swoon over! We really enjoyed the unique family photos seating chart and place card combo with individual name base plates on the tables scripted by Just Write Studios, which created a fun touch to the reception! The groom was honored with a soccer jersey groom’s cake by Fluffy Thoughts followed by a whiskey and cigar bar for late night treats. Thank you to Duhon Photography and Roberts & Co. Events for sharing this fun ombre wedding with us today!
Congratulations to Lauren and Shaun! Thank you for sharing your ombre Carnegie Institution wedding in Washington DC with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
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Today we are talking wedding favors and gifts – but not just any favors and gifts; we are talking about something that your guests won’t leave on the dinner tables and your bridesmaids will devour in a minute! We’re talking chocolate! I mean, come on. Who doesn’t love chocolate? We can’t think of a more universally loved sweet, making it the perfect treat to share with the ones you love on your big day.
Bridal Shower Treats – These fun and colorful truffles not only are a decadent dessert, but are also perfect for the bubbly excitement that comes with a bridal shower! We love the many amazing flavors that fit every guest’s palate from Tiramisu to Red Velvet Cake, Crème Brulee to Chocolate Soufflé. Honestly, who can resist a cookie dough truffle?! I sure can’t! You’ll have to momentarily forget the wedding diet… Hey, we all deserve a cheat day and these chocolates are the best way to do so – trust us, we’ve done the (not so!) tough leg work.
Bridesmaid’s Gifts – These ladies have been by your side through it all! They probably watched your love blossom with your soon to be spouse and will be standing up there with you when you say “I do.” These GODIVA chocolate boxes make for an amazing thank you gift for your girls; you can even personalize the boxes with their names and the date, or even a quick “Thanks!” to show your besties how much you appreciate everything they have done for you.
Escort Cards– This option is one of our favorites! With a personalized ribbon, a chocolate box would be the absolutely perfect favor to place at each guest’s seat. We love the idea that these chocolate boxes will not only be the perfect takeaway from the big day, but could also serve as a place card. By personalizing it with the wedding color scheme along with the guest’s name and table number, you can place these on the escort card table or at individual seats. Your friends and family will appreciate your creativity and your generosity! Worried about the amount of money you might end up spending on such an amazing favor? Don’t be! GODIVA offers of volume discount of 15% off $200+.
Groomsmen Gifts – Don’t worry guys, we haven’t forgotten about you and neither has GODIVA! These solid milk chocolate cigars are made just for you. Groomsmen typically don’t need a lot of fuss and fanfare on your big day, but it is always nice to show your gratitude for their friendship! Grab some of your guys’ favorite whiskey and some of these delicious chocolates and you are sure to have some happy men.
If you are interested in seeing some other favor options, check out some of our past posts about wedding day favors! If general wedding inspiration is what you’re looking for, we have stunning local DC area real weddings and tips & tricks posted every week.
I don’t think you can find a more perfect backdrop for a patriotic inspired wedding ceremony than a four story tall American flag, as seen in today’s Maryland wedding by Evelyn Alas Photography. Samantha and Tim were married at the historic Star Spangled Banner House in the spring, and we loved the mix of modern pops of copper against the deep red hues of the bridal party. The couple first met while working together at Nordstrom and while their love took a little time to bloom, it was not long before Tim was proposing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to his lady love. The couple paired modern mixes of succulents, that the brides mother grew with copper terrariums, against the patriotic feel of the venue with red and blue linen accents. The groom even had a special whiskey bar for his guests at the end of the reception that was a huge hit. Thank you to Evelyn Alas Photography for sharing this fun spring Baltimore wedding ceremony and reception with us today!
Congratulations to Samantha + Tim! Thank you for sharing your Baltimore historical patriotic wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
When Amanda and Josh began planning their July DC wedding reception, instead of fearing the warm sweltering temperature chance, they embraced it instead. The bride described her vision as a sort of dripping hot, southern Gothic inspired affair. They matched the ornate opulence of the landmark Anderson House with tropical foliage and sleek lines to create a truly unique wedding design. When the couple hired their floral team at Petals Edge Floral Design they proclaimed that they wanted to merge the party scenes from the movie Sabrina with those in The Shining, which I think they achieved with flair! Our favorite part of today’s unique wedding is that they really utilized a wedding design that did not have traditional flowers but instead tropical greens. This daring yet bold look really can transform a wedding into a theme without being too overpowering or harsh. Lastly, when choosing photos for publication we love seeing life and laughter more than any details! You can feel Amanda’s laughter in the genuine moments of life through Ash Imagery‘s photos! Congratulations to the newlyweds and thank you to Petals Edge Floral Design for sharing this moody yet lively wedding with us today!
Congratulations to Amanda and Josh! Thank you for sharing your Gothic meets Classic DC wedding with us!
I’m very excited to be able to share today’s fashion meets cherry blossom spring DC engagement session by Lisa Boggs Photography. Nicole and Michael are sportscasters who met and fell in love with DC, so it was no surprise when they requested a quintessential DC engagement session with our famous spring cherry blossom trees. They began the day bright and early during the golden hour of sunset at the Lincoln Memorial. And while the blossoms had grown quite a crowd by sunrise, the couple managed to get some beautiful images at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial as if they were the only people in the area! They could not end the day without having their bassett hound Josie join in on the fun. The group moved to the historic Naylor Court in Shaw, where Josie stole the show with those adorable ears. We love everything about their fun session, and wish them the best on their wedding next year! Thank you Lisa Boggs Photography for sharing adorable session with us today!
We recently fell in love with the new Northern Virginia wedding venue Historic Rocklands when doing site tours a few weeks ago. The historic property sits on acres of lush green gardens, and has a show stopping refurbished chandelier on the portico, making the perfect backdrop for a ceremony or photo session. So when DC wedding photographer Dawn Gardner shared a Victorian inspired styled shoot with us, we could not wait to share with our readers. We know it can be frustrating to couples getting married when they look at blogs and see stylized shoots and don’t know how to relate that to their wedding but today we are breaking down some of the trends in this lovely session in the hopes that it would be easy to replicate or use for your own big day! Thank you to DG Photography for sharing today’s Historic Rockland’s Inspiration session with us!
Chair adornments such as sashes, caps, and covers are an up and coming luxury trend that adds a layer of texture and glam to the wedding décor. For those couples on a budget, the use of special seating arrangements (such as a kings table) with chair adornments will amplify the special nature of the table, be a focal point for photos, and also be cost conscious. The sashes in today’s inspiration session are layered vertically on the chiavari chairs and are held together with a jeweled tie on.
The dessert or cake table should never be an after thought. Just like in these photos, the addition of a decorated cake stand and a few loose florals around the base can elevate the table to the next level. Cake stands do not have to break the bank; most cake bakers rent decorative stands out, and Homegoods is already a wonderful place to find metallic and decorative options! Ask your florist to add a few fresh sprigs of greenery or flowers to your order to nestle into the stand and you have created a unique look for guests to oooh an ahhh over!
Julia and Hunter met back when they were teenagers summering at the Outer Banks. They knew their love was special and it lasted long distance when Hunter went back home to Southern Virginia and Julia went back to Maryland. Over time their relationship blossomed further and went an even greater distance when Hunter enlisted in the army and served our country overseas. When Hunter returned stateside, he set to proposing to his waiting love and they began planning their Maryland wedding ceremony and reception immediately. Since Hunter was a veteran and their wedding was taking place Memorial Day weekend, they wanted to include an homage to the United States without being cheesy. We love their light use of a red, white, and navy color scheme which was reflected in the bridal party attire, as well as their décor. The couple shared that during a moment of silence for all those who served that was held during dinner, you could feel the love and pride in everyone’s hearts. To pay homage to the start of their love story, votive candles from OBX acted as their wedding favors and their respective home states on the corn hole boards. We love such small personal touches in a wedding story, and thank you to their planning team at Rose Gold Events for sharing their special Woodlawn Manor wedding with us today!
Congratulations to Julia and Hunter! Thank you for sharing your Maryland Memorial Day weekend wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding: