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Up Up and Away – Real Wedding of Jeff and Bernadette

March 1, 2017

Jeff told her that they were meeting someone here at 6:00am. Bernadette began to ask if every person that pulled into the Dunkin Donuts was the person they were waiting for. Finally a big truck with a basket in the back of it pulled in and Jeff said “they are here!” There was a big hot air balloon on the side of the truck and Bernadette asked “Are we going on a hot air balloon ride?!” Jeff smiled and said “Yes!”

They rode over to the launch site where they got to help set up the balloon. Unfolding it and holding the sides open as two large fans filled it with air. Jeff helped tip the basket over as the balloon pilot lit the fire. As the balloon filled they hopped in and quickly started to rise off the ground. The balloon quickly rose up above the trees, cows, and farmland below. As the sun rose above the mountains they could see the morning fog still hanging above the trees to the North. It was a breathtaking! Ten minutes into the flight Jeff handed his phone to the pilot and asked if he would take a picture of them. He got down on one knee and asked Bernadette to marry him! She was overjoyed and said “Yes, of course!” They spent the rest of the hour flight filled with joy as they took in the beautiful view and the peaceful moment they had alone.

Then came their amazing wedding day, a little rain the first half of the day just couldn’t stop the momentum of these two love birds! A DW favorite was this… “She was handed a  gift, a shoe box, she looked a bit confused until she opened it…and there it was…EVERYTHING.  Jeff had saved every receipt, game ticket, trinket…their entire dating history.” He knew from the beginning that she was the one.”

The reception and details didn’t go unnoticed. We loved the blush pink detailing throughout the entire design.

The incredible reception was full of fun, family, friends and laughter and the LED balloon sendoff was the perfect way to end the evening…just as their engagement began, with bright balloons.

Venue: Rixey Manor | Florals: Shelley’s Floral Enterprise | Wedding Dress: Stell York from Amy’s Bridal Boutique | Bride’s Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Combatant Gentlemen and Tie Obsessed on Etsy  | Catering and Servers: A Taste of Elegance  | Hair: Lauren Meisel | Make Up: Lorna Basse | DJ: Deon from Black Tie entertainment  | Cake: Gateau | Cookie Bar:  Mariann Mooney

Credits

  • Lieb Photographic
    Michelle Lieb

Love Notes – Real Wedding of M + Z

April 6, 2016

Both music teachers, Zach and Marie incorporated music in the most enchanting ways for their big day. For their first look, Zach surprised Marie with a private performance of John Lennon’s “Grow Old With Me” on guitar on the campus of Georgetown University. During the ceremony, the couple arranged a choir to perform the beautiful piece “This Marriage” by Eric Whitacre during the lighting of their unity candle. The musicians consisted of the bride and groom’s closest friends, and to make things even more special, Marie’s brother Brian officiated the ceremony. Zach’s dad even grabbed his guitar and joined the band onstage at the reception for a show stopper! The gorgeous July day could not have been memorable and perfect for the couple.

From the bride’s lace gown to the garden rose bouquet to the DC details at their Georgetown wedding – everything at this wedding breathed romance. Zach and Marie grew up locally and share a great love for the capital city, so they knew they had to incorporate the district’s amorous elements into their wedding. Their love for the city was seen through the table numbers as DC neighborhood names and the favors as cherry blossom seeds. Don’t forget the Georgetown Cupcakes and monument-themed cookies and chocolates for dessert!

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Zachary Tilkens and Marie Crenwelge Tilkens

Florist: Petals by Emmanuel  | Reception Location: Pinstripes DC, Georgetown, DC | Ceremony Location: Saint Mary Mother of God, Chinatown, DC | Cake + Desserts: Georgetown Cupcake and House of Crumbs | Hair + Makeup: Lori Nansi | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Mitchel Wynnyk – Custom Designer, Basecamp – Printer | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: The Bachelor Boys Band |

 

Credits

  • Brittany Custer Photography

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

Credits

  • A Muse Photography

Southern Charm- Real Wedding of E + P

December 16, 2015

These warm temperatures have us crushing on this Real Wedding!

They were married overlooking the Potomac river and farmland at Riverside by their close family friend, Jim Smalley. Jim created an intimate christian ceremony that surrounded the couple with prayers and special readings while the stood in front of a iron arch adorned with floral arrangements. Guests held cocktail hour and reception in the refurbished barn, where they enjoyed a specialty cocktail of “Chattanoogie” which was a play on a Kentucky Mule. Dessert were delicious local pies and ice cream, and the couple cut a cake created for them by a close friend. Erica and Peters were from Nashville and wanted to bring some of their southern roots and traditions into the wedding, along with a romantic touch with their color story of peach, blush, mint, and gold. While they did bring in some elements such as mason jars that typically have passed in trends, they wanted to be authentic to their own style as they are the type to pass the moonshine and have great home parties that have the same down home feeling!

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Special Moment: They performed the “coup de marriage” which was a family tradition spanning 10 previous weddings where the couple competes to finish a small dual cup of champagne to see who will wear the “pants” in the marriage. The lady ALWAYS wins! All of the previous 10 couples came up to cheer on the couple and it was the first time all 10 were in the same room at the same time.

 Erica Verdin and Peter Mertz

September 20, 2015 | Leesburg, VA

Event Planning: Roberts & Co Events | Design: Roberts & Co. Events | Florist: J. Morris Flowers | Reception Location: Riverside on the Potomac | Ceremony Location: Riverside on the Potomac | Rentals: DC Rentals | Valet + Transportation: Chariots for Hire | Photographer: Lelia Marie Photography  | Cake + Desserts: Colleen Sullivan (family friend Cake), Pies from Savoir Faire Catering | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Etsy Eloquent Paper Shop Invitations/ BettyLou Designs for Day of paper | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: DJ Mike Bell from Mydeejay | Wedding Colors: blush, peach, sage, cream.

 

Credits

  • Lelia Marie 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 |

Credits

  • Carrie Holbo Photography

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