The Soul to be FIT!

September 8, 2016

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to ride with Natalia Millan, an amazing bride-to-be and instructor at Soul Cycle and BOY are we sore today! We sat down with Natalia to learn a bit more about her current planning state + her secret to success. I can sure say after chatting with her and experiencing her class, she sure has the soul to be fit! We wish her the very best in the coming months before she walks down the aisle. We hope her tips help each of you, as you prepare for the big day too!

1. Can you explain to our readers your sense of balance?

Do you feel it is important to work out every single day, just because you are walking down the aisle in a dress?

For me balance is a little different because I workout for a living! I am a firm believer that you should feel and look good even if you are not getting married. That’s where I find my balance; making my workouts and “diet” part of my ongoing routine. I have however modified my workout and diet a little to give me an extra kick for my short engagement.

2. When you do work-out and plan your work-outs, what are you focusing on?

Tightening everything!! Teaching at SoulCycle I have the great fortune that I get all my cardio in while at work ;) So I look for more toning workouts that focus on smaller muscles to cross train. But, I am working extra hard on my arms as dress is sleeveless – a little more definition can’t hurt, right?

3. Do you feel that working out, give you a sense of calmness and takes you away from “wedding planning stress?”

I do!!! I think anytime I’m stressed its the perfect fuel to push more. I feel like my classes are harder when I’m stressed, it almost drives me to be more in the moment, and forget the long list of to-do’s I have waiting at home.

4. Tell us what you are most excited for when it comes to the actual wedding day?

I am really excited for the moment when we will say “I do” surrounded by our families and close friends. And I cannot wait to see Matt’s face when I start walking down the aisle.

5. And of course… what [about the wedding] are you most nervous about?

I am nervous about something going wrong. Like a vendor not showing up, or delivering the wrong items! But I try not to spend too much time thinking about that!

6. Can you give us a quick 5 tips on your go-to exercises/go-to classes in the district, that help you stay and be a fit bride?

I have to say SoulCycle, because it is what I owe my physique to. It’s a fantastic full body workout with a large dose of cardio! For cross training, I incorporate workouts that focus on strengthening and stretching. I’ll throw in a mix of barre, pilates reformer and yoga classes.

If you are looking for the ultimate workout (and stress reliever,) we say look no further. Soul Cycle has tons of locations and amazing instructors just like Natalia that can help you everyday, especially when preparing for your big day! 

See you on the bike! 




UrbanExec Socks

August 22, 2016


Founded upon the style needs of the modern professional, UrbanExec Socks provide men with sure-footing on their ascent up the corporate ladder.

As men opt for the clean lines of designer suits, and office culture ditches the daily necktie, there are few ways to accessorize without being over-the-top. UrbanExec Socks decided there was an important element missing from today’s businessman attire: stylish, comfortable, premium dress socks.

Whether heading into a client meeting, grabbing drinks after work, or catching an early tee time, the naturally wicking nylon microfibers keep on-trend colors vibrant with a beautiful sheen; while the luxury Performance Skin™ ultra comfort fit and innovative fiber blend keep the mid-calf fit snug all day without any crouching or folding. UrbanExec Socks is proud to be made in the USA. Take it from the pros at District Weddings, they are amazing. Our DW grooms can’t stop raving, including my very own groom!


Grooms be Grooms

July 25, 2016

You know the line…boys will always be boys, well, it’s also true about grooms!

As a bride/groom, it is important for you to not get frustrated with this new news, but instead be proactive.

Well how do you do this? It’s easy, follow our steps!


  1. The groom has officially asked his groomsmen, now you jump in!

Send an email to the entire groomsmen party, giving them as much information as possible about the wedding planning. Lay out the “ground rules.”

Will you be providing them attire? Do they need to start saving for your wedding? What do they need to do? When do they need to arrive in-town? What wedding activities are they in-charge of / need to plan for?

2. Speeches? Is the best-man the only one speaking? or are there more? Is it a group speech?

Get all that information prior, so you aren’t surprised/upset on your big day. I recommend sending them tips for speeches and giving them a time limit. Did you know the average attention span is 8 second…yes, you must keep guests on their toes to keep them listening!

3.  Attire? Get it done early on! From personal experience, I used the black tux and LOVED it.  Talk about organization and professionalism. It is online and makes it easy for those boys coming from all different parts of the world for your big day!

4. Drinking? Yes, you need to tell them in advance to not over drink on your big day. I recommend sending them an email directly from you (leaving off the groom) explaining to them that this is a super important day in your life and would appreciate if they didn’t drink until cocktail hour. Today isn’t the day for bottomless brunch…

5. Let them have fun, you can’t change them. You forget how nervous they are! Let them enjoy the experience too. It’s the hands-on/hands-off experience. You will know, how much to do and how little do it, once you are in this role!




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Good Lookin’ Grooms

July 7, 2016

Needing a little style inspiration to get the men on your big day looking their sharpest?  We are fascinated by the street-style looks coming from the recent menswear trade show in Florence, Italy!  Pitti Uomo is a staple in men’s fashion that brings together icons and newcomers alike from all around the world.

Our favorite part?  The “Pitti Peacocks”!  These fashionable men can be seen strutting through the city squares hoping to show off their feathers and get in on the action.  Known for their bold styles, the Pitti Peacocks are the perfect inspiration for all you fashionista brides to ensure that your groom and his boys will be looking as tailored as ever!  Check out some of our favorite looks from the week! 





Photos by Enrico Labriola for Pitti Immagine

Photos by Enrico Labriola for Pitti Immagine


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From Arlington to NYC!

June 20, 2016

We met at a holiday party in Arlington, VA in December of 2012- We were introduced by Andrew’s best friends. While we “just knew” at the part when we met that there as something special about our connection, life got in the way and we didn’t start dating until we reconnected in July 2013. We were both living in Arlington at the time – our apartments were literally down the street from one another- and our first date was a dog walk with Andrew’s dog Riley. He makes an appearance in some of the engagement pictures! We fell in love pretty much right after that first dog walk and have been together ever since! 

Just a few months after we started dating however, Andrew was offered a great job in Manhattan and we both knew he needed to take it! So we did two years of long distance between DC and NYC starting in October 2013. Every other weekend we took the train and vamoose bus back and forth until I found a position at a hospital in NYC in October of 2015.
Now we work and live on the Upper East Side, near Central park (which Riley loves!). During the two years of  our long distance romance Andrew would walk Riley through Central park in the evenings and we would talk on the phone about how our days went and how we couldn’t wait to be together someday. That is why the park is particularly special for us and we wanted our pictures taken there- together!… after so two long years of waiting!
They will be married in DC….
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