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Fall Countryside Wedding – Real Wedding of Abby and Russell

December 5, 2017

Abby + Russell’s fall garden wedding in the countryside of Northern Virginia epitomized everything sweet and charming. They diverged from the typical fall palettes of bold and deep colors and instead  chose to focus their design elements on pale pinks, gold, thistle blue, and navy. Abby and Russ honored both their preppy D.C. roots and the beautiful, natural surroundings of their venue. They stuck with classic design elements in their invitations and cake but brought in natural, organic, and romantic touches with their beautiful textured table linens, just-a-tad-rustic florals, and the gorgeous, intricate back of Abby’s Maggie Sottero ballgown.  They treated their guests to hot apple cider before their afternoon garden ceremony on the property of the historic Raspberry Plain Manor, then celebrated the night away with dinner, drinks, and dancing.

Event Catering: Purple Onion Catering | Florist: Rick’s Flowers | Ceremony + Reception Location: Raspberry Plain |Photographer: Anna + Mateo |  Cake + Desserts: Edibles Incredibles | Hair + Makeup: Lauren Gherig | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Wedding Paper Divas | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: DJ + String Quartet: MSE Productions |


  • Anna + Mateo

Meredith and Nick’s Pippin Hill Wedding

August 10, 2016

Meredith & Nick tied the knot at Pippin Hill on a gorgeous Sunday in September.  Pippin Hill is one of the top venues in the nation and being just a short drive from Washington, DC (where the couple resides) Charlottesville, VA. It was the perfect place for Meredith & Nick to bring their guests for a fun weekend getaway celebration.     Bride Meredith incorporated the pattern of the lace from her mother’s wedding gown into the invitation suite.  The blind letterpress technique was subtle yet provided high impact. This design was also incorporated into the table numbers, menus, and programs.  Apples and Peaches were incorporated into the design as a small nod to each of the couples home states (Nick from New York and Meredith from Georgia.)

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Venue & Catering- Pippin Hill, Charlottesville, VA | Event Planning & Design – Karson Butler Events | Photography – Ethan Yang Photography | Videography – Monachetti | Hair & Make Up – Amie Decker Beauty | Dress – Monique Lihuillier from Carine’s Bridal Atelier | Band – Black Tie via Washington Talent | Lighting – Blue Ridge A/V & Lighting | Cake – Mahlia Creations | Flowers – Nature Composed | Food Truck – Carpe Donut | Invitations & Paper Goods – Taylor Street Paper | Placecards – DeLovely Details| Calligraphy – Laura Hooper Calligraphy


  • Ethan Yang Photography

Whimsical Garden

March 4, 2016

March is here and the DW team could not be more excited for warmer weather, gorgeous blooms and all the thought of all the beautiful weddings ahead of us this Spring. We are feeling inspired today by this whimsical garden photo shoot we styled while jetsetting through Portugal. How amazing is this wildflower bouquet?!

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  • Dream and Star

Assigned Love – Real Wedding of C+A

February 24, 2016


Can you imagine meeting your forever in law school, on the first day? Well this lucky couple had assigned seats next to each other starting with their first class of the day in law school…you could say, the rest was history, but first:

What was the bride’s first impression? “Nice voice, well-dressed. Why is he always late to class?”

What was the groom’s first impression? “Beautiful smile, and very attentive in class.”

…then the rest was history, after their first official date at Square restaurant in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA

6 years later, they were engaged!

Alex tricked Candice into flying back to Cambridge for another event and pretended they were meeting a friend at Upstairs on the Square, their first date spot.  Suddenly, Alex was on one knee and the bartenders were pouring champagne!

A mix of spring greens, soft blush and creamy white florals made this day glorious. The bride’s bouquet was a mix of garden roses, hydrangea and freesia while the guest tables included some ranunculus, sweet pea and peonies, almost every brides dream flower line-up?! Right!

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Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: DIY bookmarks with each guest’s name — they did double duty as place cards and wedding favors, and fit the reception’s library setting!

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Biggest Surprise of the Wedding:

(1) The wedding coinciding with the peak of cherry blossom season.

(2) How good a dancer Candice’s father was!  ajp-477 ajp-539

Event Planner + Designer: Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events |Florist: Sidra Forman Flowers | Reception + Ceremony Location: DAR | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Photographer: Abby Jiu Photography | Cake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker | Officiant: Justice O’ Connor | Speciality Food: Seven Seas | DJ: Bialek’s Music



  • Abby Jiu 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.



  • Lelia Marie Photography

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