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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

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

One Effortlessly Elegant Real Wedding

August 19, 2015

With its natural stone work and beautiful gardens, Glenview Mansion was the perfect backdrop for this summer wedding. Simplistic elegance like this allowed the wedding details to truly shine. It certainly didn’t hurt that the gorgeous gardens were in full bloom when Ola and Mark tied the knot on June 7, 2014.

In addition to this natural beauty, bright floral arrangements with hints of pink and gold provided an accentuated pop of color! Overall, DW loves the effortlessly elegant look, while maintaining a unique sense of playfulness.

As for the couple’s favorite moment, well, there’s no doubt it was their first dance. In Ola’s own words, “We had taken some lessons and did multiple practice runs on the day of the wedding, but were still a bit nervous; however, once the music started, it felt very effortless and I could not stop smiling.”


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Photographer: Sarah Culver  | Coordinator: Pam Barefoot, Atrendy | Venue: Glenview Mansion | Officiant: With This Ring I Thee Wed | Caterer: Spilled Milk Catering | Flowers: Jill from Touiles en Fleur | Videographer: I DO Weddings | DJ: Scientific Beats | Photo Booth: Booth Love | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Crystal Strings (Sterling Artist) | Tent: Capital Party Rentals | Makeup: Liz Wegrzyn of Faces by Liz | Hair: Roshaunda Jenkins, Beautiful Becomings |Invitations and Save the Dates: Printerette Press


  • Sarah Culver

Vineyard Nuptials – R+T’s Real Wedding

November 12, 2014

While their guests slept in, Rebecca and Turner broke tradition and stole away for breakfast together. Taking it all in over a cup of coffee and watching the rest of the world wake up and get their day started, R&T cherished every moment of their wedding day.  A sunny day turned stormy offered a grey skied backdrop to their vineyard nuptials, saying their I-do’s in front of a little more than 100 of their closest friends and family and fur-baby/Best Man- Max.  A graphic designer for the DC World Trade Center, the bride designed all of the fabulous details of their day, letterpressing, watercoloring, die cutting, laser cutting,  assembling and tying  each save the date, invitation, thank you note, liner, ceremony program, cocktail pick and bar sign. The menu cards, escort cards and table numbers were each custom burned using her designs and carried the custom “Max in the Vineyard” and honeycomb motif throughout their wedding. The wedding exemplifies a rustic yet charming celebration. The color palate of blush, aubergine, sage green and linen were the perfect fit and truly tied all of the wedding elements together. The ring bearers, the brides nephews, rocked green chucks with their tan three piece suits and the best “man” (at least man’s best friend”) Max rocked a sage green bow tie. After dancing, guests noshed on made-to-order apple cider donuts and ice cream from Carpe Donut and sent our couple off in sparkling’ style!

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Their favorite moment:

“The actual morning of the wedding Turner and I snuck out to have breakfast just the two of us.  I was at first torn about doing this as I can be a bit of a traditionalist.  But I decided to throw tradition out the window as it had been a crazy few weeks for us before the wedding and we hadn’t had any quality time together.  Looking back I’m so glad we did.  It felt like we had this little secret that it was our wedding day as we sat in the coffee shop eating breakfast amongst strangers going about their regular Saturday morning.  Walking back to the hotel after breakfast we stumbled upon a vintage store with old class rings for 50 cents each.  Turner purchased them for his groomsmen as a funny gift and we confided in the three old women running the shop that it was our wedding day.  Overall it was a nice, quiet and calm moment to have together before the day actually began.”
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Rebecca & Turner
August 31, 2013
Afton, Virginia

Photography: Hannah Colclazier Hudson| Design & Coordination: Danielle Couick, Magnolia Bluebird design & events | Venue/ Food & Beverage/Lighting/Lounge: Veritas Vineyard; Afton, Virginia| Donuts: Carpe Donut | Floral: Nature Composed | Band: Sam Hill Entertainment | Ceremony Musician: Sam Hill Entertainment; Peter Richardson | Print & Invitations: Design District DC | Table Numbers, Menu Cards & Escort Cards: Magnolia Bluebird | Hair & Make Up: Alison Harper & Co. | Sound : The AV Company | Officiant: Rev. Claire Goodman |

Be Ripe

May 16, 2014

Although it is rainy here in the district, just think what it will do for your tomato plants…

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