Time For A Cool Down

April 17, 2015

Finalizing last minute details for a summer wedding? Don’t forget a sweet cool-down treat to pass as guests are getting their boogie on! The light and refreshing late night snack is the perfect way to end the night. Some of our favorites are cocktail ice creams or passed mini root beer floats!

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  • Braedon Flynn Photography
  • Jason Tey Photography

A Perfect Blend – The Real Wedding of D + J

April 15, 2015

When this wedding first crossed my path, the first thing I did was ‘ooh and aah’ over the gorgeously unexpected color combo. It became even more exciting for me when I found out that the DW team knew the couple personally. After that, it was hard not to fall in love with everything about it!

In the most basic of definitions, marriage is all about compromise. In our opinion, a wedding should be a symbol of that for the couple’s family and friends; a blending of what’s important to each of you to create a fresh, new life that represents why you are who you are.

By incorporating both of their home states, North Carolina and Virginia, they each had the perfect amount of details involved {We crushed on the hidden dogwood flower in her bouquet!} that defined them both separately and together!

When it was all said and done, the affair was filled with love, laughter and cherished memories, and it all started when she walked down the aisle to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” recreated by a classical music trio.

The abundance of blooms and the complete air of romance in Oak Ridge Estate’s garden setting only served to highlight the liveliness of this couple’s relationship, and the proof is on your screens today!

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Favorite Detail: “As a way to save on our budget, we had a bouquet-making party with my bridesmaids the day prior. We had a great time putting together the bouquets and sipping on mimosas! When we were done, each girl had a beautiful and unique bouquet for the ceremony.”

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Cocktail hour consisted of appetizers such as VA ham biscuits and fried green tomatoes as well as NC boiled peanuts and VA roasted peanuts. Jes, the groom was a craft beer love, so instead of a traditional “signature” drink, he chose to have a beer tasting for the guests to sample his favorite VA & NC beers before choosing their own favorite!

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 John Edmund Snyder IV (Jes) and Dena Kathryn Stanley

June 6, 2014 | Charlottesville, VA


Photographer: Sera Petras of Sera Petras Photography  | Event Planner:  Cody Grannis of Amore Events | Florist: Cody Grannis | Reception and Ceremony Location: Oak Ridge Estate | Rentals: MS Events | Valet + Transportation: A&A Limo | Catering: Barbecue Exchange | Hair + Makeup: Charlottesville Makeup Artist | Entertainment: Linden Trio (Ceremony Music), Bent Mountain Trio (cocktail hour band), Nathan King of King Studios (DJ)


  • Sera Petras Photography

Every Penny Counts

April 14, 2015

Tax Day tomorrow calls for one thing…wedding budget reminders!

During a time where we are always looking for tips and tricks to cut back financially, we bring you a few pointers on ways to cut wedding costs.

1. Book your venue for a Friday or Sunday afternoon. Often times, site costs are 10-20% cheaper on those days, compared to a Saturday. You should also consider saying your I-Do’s during the off-season. Venues will typically have a lower rate December-March.

2. Carnations aren’t as bad as you think and one of the most cost-effective flowers available! Yes, your initial thought is, “no to carnations at your wedding.” However, when used in monochromatic designs, they can have a full and beautiful impact!

3. Find local bands that haven’t made it big yet. Convinced on having a band over a DJ, but hoping to find one at a DJ’s cost? Research local bands and go check them out for yourself! You never know, you may come across a fab 5 that is everything you’re looking for!

4. A champagne toast isn’t always necessary. In the world of weddings today, we find guests are going to drink what they like to drink. If your best friend is a wine-o, she’s most likely going to want to drink wine throughout the night – even for the toasts! We find pouring champagne for a toast can be wasteful. Unless its’s important to you, don’t worry about filling flutes with a little bubbly.

5. Have an honest conversation with your caterer. Depending on your vision for food and hopes for flow of the evening, a buffet dinner can be cheaper than a plated dinner or vice versa. Both inquire different expenses and it’s important to have an open talk with your caterer to decide which is the best for you!

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  • Lovebird Photography
  • Tatiana Valerie

Cherry Blossom Mini Sessions 

April 12, 2015

The D.C. area is blooming and we can’t help but share with you some amazing pop up deals with some great photographers! Want to frocklic in this blooming beauty? Then claim your spot today!


Amanda Marie Portraits

$250 // 20 minute session // 20 edited images
Saturday, April 18th
Email: amanda@amandamarieportraits.com to book your spot!


Sweet Tea Photography

$550 // 1 hour session
Wednesday, March 15 2015
Email: LisaMarie@SweetTeaPhotographybyLisaMarie.com to book your spot!

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Cherry Blossoms

April 10, 2015

Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries. It also is the most beautiful time in the District. The perfect shade of pink overtakes the tidal basin and the streets of D.C and the DW blog!

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