Planning Tips

An All-American Duo: Real Wedding of T + C

July 3, 2015

It is Independence Day weekend, and we have a wedding to share with you that perfectly celebrates the holiday!

Tanya and Clay knew that America had to be the theme of their wedding – after all, they met as they both worked on Capitol Hill and were engaged on the Speakers’ Balcony at the Capitol! The couple had family and friends from Utah and Colorado travel to D.C. to see the sights of the nation’s capital, which was a highlight of the wedding.

The couple’s save the dates looked like campaign flyers with candidate buttons, and their welcome bags were even complete with mini pocket constitutions and chocolate Capitol Domes! Talk about the most perfect American-themed wedding. Each of their table names at the reception were places in D.C. that were important to them. One table name was “The Jefferson Monument Table”, which represented where Clay first said “I love you” to Tanya. Another table name was “The Capitol Table”, which is where the couple met and Tanya said “yes!” On their exit from the wedding, their guests were given different-sized American flags to wave around.

Tanya commented on a favorite memory, “The favors we gave out were little jars of homemade raspberry jam. My Dad is famous for making jam out of the raspberries he grows in his garden in Colorado, so a few months before the wedding my Dad taught me and my bridesmaids his secret recipe and we made all the jam together!”

Another one of Tanya’s favorite memories to date is dancing with her father to “My Girl” at her wedding. The day was filled with special moments that celebrated the couple’s love for each other and the pride they have in America!


Tanya + Clay

Washington, D.C.

Event Planners: Allison Barker and Domineau Wiley | Design: Allison Barker and Domineau Wiley | Florist: Whitney Johnson | Reception Location: The Sheraton, Pentagon City | Ceremony Location: LDS Mormon Temple | Rentals: Peekaboo Photo Booth | Lighting Company: Family DJ | Photographer: Tessa Barton Photography | Cake + Desserts: Georgetown Cupcake | Hair + Makeup: Stephanie Hoover | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Calligraphy |  Name cards: Mauri Earl | Save the Dates: TypeCase Industries LLC | Invitations: Minted | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Family DJ | Roomblocks | After Party | Brunch Locations + Details: Sheraton, Pentagon City


  • Tessa Barton Photography

Elegance and Independence

July 2, 2015

Marigold & Grey (who was featured yesterday because of their awesome wedding gift advice) has something new to share with us today! They submitted a styled shoot to us and we are in love. Read about some of their inspiration behind the shoot below!

District Weddings: Why is a Fourth of July shoot important to you?

Marigold & Grey: I love weddings held on holiday weekends because of the opportunity to show guests an extended good time, especially when they’re traveling in from out of town. Since 4th of July has FOREVER been my favorite holiday, I thought it would be fun to create an elegant, yet cozy, July 4th welcome dinner.

DW: What is the inspiration behind the setting of the shoot?

M&G: I’ve always been drawn to the hemlock grove at Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase and it ended up being the perfect backdrop for an intimate gathering in the woods. The table was set low to the ground with fluffy pillows for seating. This created a casual vibe while the décor was elegant and sophisticated. Love this contrast!

DW: What was special about the colors?

M&G: I loved the challenge of staying away from the traditional red, white and blue color palette and instead using deeper shades of red and blue along with tons of neutrals.

We love Marigold & Grey (as you can probably tell!) and are so excited that they showed off independence with such elegance.


Florals: Petals and Promises | Catering & Rentals: Heirloom DC | Bakery: Buttercream Bakeshop  | Invitation Suite: Butlers Pantry | Linens: Nuage Designs


  • Marigold & Grey
  • Renee Hollingshead Photography

The Second Most Important Question – Pt. 2

June 9, 2015


This one is for all you grooms out there who have yet to ask your main men to stand next to you on your wedding day! Last week, we discussed on the blog how to ask your ladies to be your bridesmaids (if you missed it, check it out here!). So today, it’s the guys’ turn to think of some creative ways to pop the question.

Guys, we know that the way you go about asking this question is going to be entirely different than the way your bride is going to go about it with her friends. We are fully aware that a spa day with engraved champagne bottles is not exactly the way you plan to ask your guys to be your groomsmen. Although this may not be what you plan on doing, there are still ways that you can ask and make your friends know that they are important, just as this day is important to you.

Tips for asking your guys to be your groomsmen:

1) Just because you’re a guy doesn’t mean that this step of the wedding process should be taken lightly.

Your best friends are rooting for you, and even if they may not squeal and jump up and down when you ask them to be a groomsman, they are still honored to have been asked by you. Show them how much you care by asking them in a way that makes them feel important and essential to your day.

2) There are non-cutesy ways to ask your guys to be a part of your wedding.

Round up your main guys for a bourbon tasting, a golf day, give them tickets to see your favorite sports team play, take them out for burgers and beer…the list is endless when it comes to ways that will be fun and special to ask your friends to be your future groomsmen.

3) Be intentional about the way you ask!

As guys, it is sometimes not as natural to talk about the way you feel about your friends as it may be for your bride to gush about her girls. But when you ask them about being a groomsman, make sure you reiterate to them that the reason you are asking is because you care about them and they are essential to making your wedding day perfect.








Capture Every Moment

May 12, 2015

Other than the memories of your grandma shagging with your new groom on the dance floor – your wedding album is the only remnant leftover from the big day! Be sure to choose a photographer that is going to capture everything and more you hope to have long after the day is over – we have a list of questions you will want to be sure to ask before hiring your wedding photographer.

1. Are you the photographer who will be shooting + will you bring an assistant with you?

2. How long have you been shooting weddings?

3. Do you have a full portfolio of recent weddings you have shot that I can take a look at?

4. Have you ever worked with anyone else on our vendor team + at the ceremony and reception venue?

5. How would you describe your style of photography?

6. How do you like to work the day of the wedding? (Do you like to linger and and shoot naturally or do you like to take charge?)

7. Do you shoot digitally, in film, or both?

8. Can I customize your wedding packages based on my needs?

9. Do you provide retouching and other corrective services?

10. What do you think makes you distinct?

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  • Catherine Hall
  • Alison Conklin
  • Stacey Pentland

Entertaining the Tots While You’re Tying the Knot

April 7, 2015

Searching for ideas to entertain the little ones at your wedding? There are lots of fun, craft inspired activities for them to participate in!

- Kraft Paper Table Cloths: Create a kids table that is covered with Kraft Paper. Include bright crayons and markers and they will channel their inner artist leaving you with what could be a memorable wedding surprise!

- Create a Wedding Scavenger Hunt: Give each kid a disposable camera and put together a list for them to capture images of – a white dress, a kiss, two people holding hands, the list goes on!

- Dessert on a Stick: There’s nothing more exciting to a 6 year old than creating your own delectable dessert! Have anything from a Marshmallow, Cake Pop, or Rice Krispie Bar for them to dip and decorate a delicious treat!

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