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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

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

A Perfect Blend – The Real Wedding of D + J

April 15, 2015

When this wedding first crossed my path, the first thing I did was ‘ooh and aah’ over the gorgeously unexpected color combo. It became even more exciting for me when I found out that the DW team knew the couple personally. After that, it was hard not to fall in love with everything about it!

In the most basic of definitions, marriage is all about compromise. In our opinion, a wedding should be a symbol of that for the couple’s family and friends; a blending of what’s important to each of you to create a fresh, new life that represents why you are who you are.

By incorporating both of their home states, North Carolina and Virginia, they each had the perfect amount of details involved {We crushed on the hidden dogwood flower in her bouquet!} that defined them both separately and together!

When it was all said and done, the affair was filled with love, laughter and cherished memories, and it all started when she walked down the aisle to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” recreated by a classical music trio.

The abundance of blooms and the complete air of romance in Oak Ridge Estate’s garden setting only served to highlight the liveliness of this couple’s relationship, and the proof is on your screens today!

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Favorite Detail: “As a way to save on our budget, we had a bouquet-making party with my bridesmaids the day prior. We had a great time putting together the bouquets and sipping on mimosas! When we were done, each girl had a beautiful and unique bouquet for the ceremony.”

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Cocktail hour consisted of appetizers such as VA ham biscuits and fried green tomatoes as well as NC boiled peanuts and VA roasted peanuts. Jes, the groom was a craft beer love, so instead of a traditional “signature” drink, he chose to have a beer tasting for the guests to sample his favorite VA & NC beers before choosing their own favorite!

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 John Edmund Snyder IV (Jes) and Dena Kathryn Stanley

June 6, 2014 | Charlottesville, VA


Photographer: Sera Petras of Sera Petras Photography  | Event Planner:  Cody Grannis of Amore Events | Florist: Cody Grannis | Reception and Ceremony Location: Oak Ridge Estate | Rentals: MS Events | Valet + Transportation: A&A Limo | Catering: Barbecue Exchange | Hair + Makeup: Charlottesville Makeup Artist | Entertainment: Linden Trio (Ceremony Music), Bent Mountain Trio (cocktail hour band), Nathan King of King Studios (DJ)


  • Sera Petras Photography

Down Right Fun – Real Wedding of K + C

February 4, 2015

When looking at these photos, we actually felt like we were guests at Katie and Chris’s wedding. The moments captured are truly remarkable! Pippin Hill Farm is one of those venues that many fall in love with from afar, but actually setting foot on it is breathtakingly surreal, trust us + this couple.

Their wedding exemplified organic elegance with the pops of colors in the floral bouquets and the warm bistro lighting that guests danced the night away under! It looked like it was a down right fun wedding with endless celebrating! 
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“The ceremony overlooked gorgeous rolling hills with lush green landscape and a cloud painted sky.  It was the picture perfect backdrop to how effortlessly beautiful Katie looked in her gown.” – The groom

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Photography: Steven & Lily Photography | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Event Coordinator: As You Wish Events | Officiant: Rev Claire Goodman | Band: Attraction | Ceremony Musicians: Plum Blossom String Quartet | Florist: Couture Design | Lighting: Blue Ridge Lighting | Cake: Pearl’s Bake Shoppe | Transportation: Albemarle Limo |



  • Steve & Lily Photography
  • As You Wish Events
    Event Coordinator

Ornate Glamour

July 16, 2014

Today, we are sharing with you at styled shoot at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in the heart of Georgetown in Washington, DC. The True Story Studios and team were inspired by the ornate glamour of the early 20th century. Delicate silver and gold details are woven throughout the shoot, while still incorporating lush garden elements into the table setting and European bouquet. The gowns (“Lisette” by Rivini and “Orange Blossom” by Claire Pettibone) each feature beautiful lace and embroidery. The lovely models in the shoot were also just married!

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Photography Credit: True Story Studios

Styling Team:

Event Planning & Styling: Elegantly Chic Events | Venue: Tudor Place | Bridal Attire: Hannelore’s of Old Town | Groom Attire: Matt’s Tailor and Tuxedo | Flowers: Wedding Muse | Cake: Gateau | Stationary: Jennifer Borkowski | Hair:- Claire Liscouski at Maude Hair | Makeup: Samantha McDonald


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