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Boutique Wedding with S+D

August 17, 2016

Stephanie and Dion got engaged while on a trip to Charleston, South Carolina – the couple were bike riding near the water when Dion popped the question.

In planning their wedding, Stephanie and Dion incorporated a bunch of DIY and personal details, including a hand-calligraphied chalkboard seating chart and a shadowbox “guest book” in which the guests were asked to pin words to the bride and groom.   Stephanie’s sorority sisters performed a song and dance for her during the reception, which got the party started!

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Coordination and Chalkboard Signs – Hello Love Weddings | Florals – Saivita | Venue and Catering – Trummer’s On Main |



  • Lissa Ryan Photography

Josh and Rachele’s Winter Art Gallery Wedding

May 25, 2016

You are in for a real treat, todays Real Wedding is boutique, detailed and just lovely! Today, we are letting you hear it from the designers themselves, Sweet Root Village… did we mention that the bride is on the amazing creative team?!

“Rachele has worked for us at Sweet Root Village for two years now and not only is she a bundle of light, energy, and humor in the studio during the day-to-day, but she’s also an amazing friend to us and we’ve had the pleasure of watching her relationship with Josh from the very beginning! Josh involved us in his proposal and we got to plan Rach a rocking bridal shower. We were beyond honored to help her pull together an amazing look for her wedding as well as capture the amazing day with her closest friends and family!”

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“Rachele and Josh selected an awesome venue in the heart of their hometown of Warren, Pennsylvania. This was the second wedding to ever take place at the Crary Art Gallery and it was a dream! Rachele and Josh put together so many personal details for their day. Josh is a graphic designer and took care of designing the invitations suite, menu, and other paper goods! Rachele painted the escort display canvas and crafted heaps of details like the cocktail stir sticks for the guests at the bar as well as leather and velvet tassels securing a bundle of honey stick at each place setting. The couple surprised their bridal party with curated gifts and Rachele’s maid of honor, her sister, received a rocking oversized raw crystal ring she found on Etsy! Rachele was immensely in love with ghost chairs and a lot of details for the rest of the day ended up matching perfectly. We included crystal candalabras, lots of clear glass candle elements, crystal cake cutting tools, the acrylic signage, and glass roof of the ceremony space!”

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“For flowers, we got to pack the tables with wintery blush blooms and drape the ceremony space in vines. The greens felt almost as if they were already growing in the space! We used the same vines to accent a lot of other areas like the escort display, bar, and cake bar cart. Rachele wanted a very neutral palette for her wedding but had her heart set on one super bomb blast of bold red in her bouquet! We packed it full of every one of our favorite red flowers, including: amaryllis, garden roses, peonies, orchids, ranunculus, cosmos, tulips, and more! It was a dream to design and one massively heavy armful of goodness. We worked with lots of ferns elements throughout the day in all the centerpieces, the cake, and in the bridesmaid bouquets!”

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“Josh and Rachele’s ceremony was one of the most emotional events we’ve had the opportunity to photograph. We were crying and laughing and singing and smiling so hard throughout the entire time! Josh was an emotional mess as Rachele walked down the aisle. Heck, we were all an emotional mess! There was plenty of fun and high fives and a shower of red roses petals over their first kiss as husband and wife!”

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Rachele’s Favorite Memory from the day: Our first look! Josh looked so handsome and we were so excited to see each other and we really enjoyed spending time together before the guests arrived.

Joshua’s Favorite Memory from the day: After the ceremony was finished, we (Rachele and I) snuck away into our reception room where we enjoyed our first few minutes as a married couple. We were so happy that all we could do was hug each other while crying joyful tears.

 Advice to planning Brides:

Invest in a wedding coordinator even if it’s just for the day of the wedding! There is no better feeling on your wedding day knowing that there is someone keeping everything on track and taking care of the various problems that inevitably arise on a wedding day!

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Photography & Flowers: Sweet Root Village | Venue: Crary Art Gallery |  Paper Goods: The Groom 

Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal  | Rentals: Special Occasions Rentals and Design | Catering: Catering Plus

Shoes: Betsy Johnson | Jewelry: Passed down from Grandma | Hair: Mailey Shimon (friend of the bride)

Makeup: Sarah Johnson (sister of the bride, maid of honor) | Coordinator: Juli Kreko

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  • Sweet Root Village

Something Special – Real Wedding of A+J

March 2, 2016

Anjuli and John met nine years ago in the summer of 2006. They were both working for then-U.S. Senator Clinton of New York. Anjuli was a health care case worker in Clinton’s New York Senate office, and John worked at Clinton’s Political Action Committee in Washington. John needed help joining the 9/11 health program (he had worked for FEMA at Ground Zero after September 11th), someone suggested he talk to Anjuli, and the two started a conversation that continues to this day.

When Anji said she was moving to Washington to attend Georgetown Medical School, John offered to buy her a drink and show her around town. They met, hit it off, and became dear friends but nothing romantic developed. They developed a strong foundation in friendship, they both journeyed through jobs, graduate school, and life events.

In summer 2013, John was living in Bologna, Italy finishing his dissertation while Anjuli was in Washington serving as pediatrics chief resident at Georgetown. When John came to Washington for a visit, the two met for another drink, and this time dinner, and admitted their feelings for each other. Neither of us remembers exactly who said what first, but we both knew it was the start of something special.

When Anjuli visited John in Italy that fall (our fourth date!), the two shared many adventures – an emergency room visit, a trip to Tuscany, a car breakdown, and great laughs and conversation through them all and over many delicious meals. After Anjuli whirlwind visit to Italy, John sailed home at Christmas intent on life with Anji.

On their first New Year’s Day together, John and Anji took a walk downtown, shared black-eyed peas for good luck, and reflected on their year. We built a life together, supporting each other through the completion of our respective residency and dissertation. We got to know each other’s friends and families. We traveled to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Italy again, and New Jersey.

On their second New Year’s Day together, John suggested taking that same walk as part of a new tradition – he proposed to Anjuli on Memorial Bridge in Washington D.C….the rest is history!

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Anjuli Srivastava and John Gans, Jr.

September 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Event Planner: Tabitha Roberts, Roberts+Co Events | Florist: Shelly Bagdasian, B Floral and Event Design | Reception Location: Potomac View Terrace, American Pharmacist’s Association Building | Ceremony Location: St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church | Catering Company: Occasions Caterers | Photographer: Jennifer Domenick, Love Life Images | Cake + Desserts: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Hair + Makeup: Carola Myers | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Brewed Engravers | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Washington Virtuosi for the ceremony; Miles Stiebel, MSE Productions for the reception | Wedding Colors: Navy and Purples | Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier from Hitched Salon | Invitations + Day of Print: The Dandelion Patch 


  • Love Life Images

Love From A Distance – Real Wedding of B+B

February 10, 2016

“Distance means so little when someone means so much.” This has been our motto from the beginning of our relationship. Our first date was on Cinco de Mayo 2010. Two days later, we went skydiving before I began a deployment to the Middle East. This deployment would stretch through a significant portion of our relationship for the next two years. The eight hour time difference, sparse internet and Skype connections, and the stress of war put more strain on our relationship than we could have ever expected. Throughout my deployment, we relied on each other for support and grew in love, respect, and a trust that we had never known. We knew that if we could make it through the long distance, there was nothing we couldn’t handle as a couple. Brian proposed to me while we were on vacation during my final R&R. I had to go back to Iraq for another month so we set the date and began planning while I was 7,000 miles away!” The DW team couldn’t think of a more loving and perfect Real Wedding for this valentines day, we loved B+B’s wedding!

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 Brittney Papke and Brian Frick

September | Syria, VA

Event Planner/Floral Designer: Amore Events by Cody | Reception Location: Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA | Ceremony Location: Hebron Lutheran Church, Madison, VA | Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Lighting Company: MS Events, Charlottesville, VA |Hair + Makeup: Rouge9 Makeup Studio, Charlottesville, VA | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Minted | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Dennis Payne DJ | Wedding Colors: Grey and Peach


  • A Muse Photography

A Rustic Affair – Real Wedding of J + P

September 23, 2015

The couple wanted to create a cozy, rustic, relaxed atmosphere that would make all their guests feel like family. Pulling the event together was a group effort, the family helped with the flowers for the decor.  They created dozens of loose, romantic arrangements in mason jars, pitchers, and vintage milk bottles to be scattered throughout the venue.

Patrick and Jennifer’s courtship was a whirlwind — just three weeks after meeting, they started hinting at marriage, and six weeks later, they stumbled upon The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards in Hamilton, VA, and knew it was perfect for their wedding, which was held just nine and a half months after they met.

In lieu of cake, the couple, who love cooking together and have many fellow food-loving friends, asked some of their guests to contribute to a homemade pie bar. The result was a decadent buffet including cheesecake, a chocolate pudding cream tart, cranberry chess pie, concord grape pie, pumpkin pie, and of course, apple pie, among others (accompanied by a gigantic bowl of whipped cream!)

We knew this wedding would be the perfect feature for the first day of Fall!

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District Favorite: The arriving guests sipped of hot cider served from a vintage pottery dispenser. The kraft paper sleeves on the cups were stamped with the couples’ custom wedding day design!

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Jennifer Brickman + Patrick Rasche

The Barns at Hamilton Station | Virginia

Photographer: Carrie Holbo Photography | Videographer: Michael Horn |Venue: The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, Hamilton, VA |Event Coordinator: Laura Harrison, Evie Lou Events | Catering: Northwest Fresh | Invitations & Programs: Beth Elzer, graphic designer | Floral Design: Whitney Johnston | Band: Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society |


  • Carrie Holbo Photography

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