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Married, now what?

August 14, 2017

Now, that you have tied the knot, you are officially married. Now what?

We have just the check-list for you!

1. Remember to clean and store your gown.
Take care of your dress. This will keep the gown in perfect condition for many years to come, maintaining its color, fabric and beauty over time. Consult with your wedding planner or bridal salon for recommendations on a reliable and experienced. A local favorite is Parkway Cleaners.

2. Home Rules 
Living with your spouse is one of the biggest adjustments you’ll have to make, so it’s important to discuss the rules of your household as early as possible.  Set expectations!

3. Write reviews for your vendors.
A wedding truly takes a village to make it go off without a hitch. Do the people that worked extremely hard for you a favor. Write a review on them/ask them if they are on any outlets and the best way to review them.

4. Get your finances in order.
It is good to go into the marriage knowing how you plan to share financial responsibilities. Now that you are married, make a plan! What funds will go into your savings?

5. Send your thank you notes.
Thank your guests.

6. Order your wedding photos.
The photos of your wedding day will live on forever, so you should definitely take the time to pick the ones you love and order prints sooner rather than later.


  • Rodney Bailey

Sleek Elopement

August 2, 2017

Elizabeth Carberry of egcarberry and Lauren Miller of Lauren Louise Photography designed an urban styled elopement at DC’s first micro hotel, Hotel Hive, located near the George Washington University campus. All inspiration for the shoot originated from the hotel’s truly unique design and architecture; we chose modern, geometric elements to go a long with the non-traditional style of the wedding. The couple’s style is sleek, mature, and Hollywood-esque complete with a refurbished ’62 Jaguar, a custom designed suit from J.Hilburn, along with a ton of other local details. The couple’s non-traditional celebration is a private affair with just the two of them and all their favorite local DC vendors.

The vibe of the elopement is modern, urban and non-traditional. The couple’s style is sleek, mature, movie star-esque, cool, and unorthodox. The couple (the models were hired) is old school and cares about tradition in the sense of their love (they wrote their vows together) but non-traditional in that they want their love and the celebration of their love to be a private affair.

As far as dress, we went with something sleek and simple paired with a leather jacket. The groom (who is also a stylist at J.Hilburn) custom designed his tux specifically for this shoot. As far as a color palette, very basic shades (white and black) with subtle hints of color (red, sage, tan.)


Event Planner and Design: Elizabeth Carberry | Event Catering: &Pizza | Florist: Cedar + Lime Co | Ceremony and Reception Location: Hotel Hive | Photographer: Lauren Louise Photography  | Cake + Desserts: Black Pearl Tart | Hair + Makeup: Gabriela Kim | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Green Tie Studios |



  • Lauren Louise Photography

Rachel and Sean’s Magical Real Wedding

July 26, 2017

Rachel and Sean had a magical day at the beautiful Dumbarton House in DC.  The beautiful weather continued through the ceremony as we witnessed Rachel and Sean unite under the chuppah. So many smiles, so many tears, so much love easily seen between these two throughout the day!

Succulents, wheatgrasses and herbs; such as rosemary were incorporated into all the floral arrangements, giving the wedding a rustic vibe that perfectly complemented the beautiful gardens at Dumbarton. The natural look of the chuppah is a DW favorite! 

Event Planner: Chrishaun Jones of Elegance and Simplicity;  Event Catering: Spilled Milk Catering; | Florist: Elegance and Simplicity | Ceremony & Reception Location: Dumbarton House | Valet + Transportation: Reston Limousine | Photographer: Love Life Images, Elisha Coleman | Cake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts | Hair + Makeup: Colleen the Stylist | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Just Paper and Tea | Entertainment Company: MSE Productions (Ceremony); Scratch Weddings (Reception DJ)


  • Love Life Images

An Unforgettable Simultaneous Jewish and Hindu Marriage

July 19, 2017

Where do you begin? When you have so many significant and important moments throughout the night, you start to list your absolute unforgettable favorites. This bright celebration included draping in coral, salmon, and fuchsia chiffon. The room design was warm with lots of candle light.  Mercury vases with candles lined the aisle and centerpieces for the reception giving the room a golden glow.

Susan Brinch & Milan Thakore explain their wedding as Serendipitous. I had the honor of attending, and I couldn’t agree more! We asked the couple what were their favorites throughout the day and here is what they had to say:

Our first look; the weather was perfect, we were both overjoyed with excitement and love and couldn’t keep it together! There was a lot of nervous chatter and some happy tears.

The reciting & signing of the ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract, in front of our Cantor, Pundit and our families, right before the ceremony began

The Baraat, where Milan’s friends and family accompanied him to the venue in a large procession. There was a drummer, dancing and singing and was a celebration of our pending marriage. Milan arrived with his entourage and was met by my parents & grandparents, who blessed him before entering the venue, signaling the beginning of the ceremony.

Walking down the aisle with my parents, while Iain played Fields of Gold on the electric cello

Our entire ceremony, which was a Jewish Hindu fusion, was magical. We spent a lot of time on the ceremony, incorporating our favorite and most meaningful traditions and wrote our own vows, which we barely got through. The pictures capture our emotions perfectly.


Event Planner: Evoke DC | Design + Florist: Sarah Khan Event Styling | Reception Location: The Westin Annapolis | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Lighting Company: Electric DJVideographer: Bowen Films | Photographer: Carly Romeo & Co | Makeup and Hair- Infinity Artistry | Margaux Pivec Volatile Makeup: Miriam Ault | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Eyeglasses String Music, Iain Forrest | 


  • Carly Romeo & Co

Bloggers deserve vacation, too!

July 11, 2017

We are off and will be back later next week!

Vacation mode is offically on here at the DW headquaters!



  • Inslee

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