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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

Love at First Sight – Real Wedding of A + R

September 16, 2015

Amanda really wanted a romantic destination wedding, so she incorporated poplin swag, hanging lanterns, rifle paper table numbers with each country they had visited, postcard escort cards and amazing floral garlands. Their love for traveling, was truly evident as they decided to incorporate as many traveling memories and fun details into their big day.

In November 2008, Amanda and Rob met at a crowded bus station in the middle of Istanbul. They were both en route to an expat Thanksgiving gathering with mutual friends. Rob had only just moved to the city from North Africa a few days earlier, but he knew from the moment he saw her maroon galoshes that he was smitten. The years that followed saw them enjoy some of the best parts of expatriate life, as they traveled across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

In June 2013, Rob proposed to Amanda alongside the Bosphorus. Later that summer, they moved to Washington, D.C. where Amanda began her nursing career, and where they found themselves beginning a very different adventure: adjusting to life in their native country, after a combined decade of life abroad.

Before they knew it, they were tying the knot + celebrating from friends and family from all around the world!

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Special Moments included: “Walking into cosmic love by Florence and the Machine, First look in the Shenadoah Gardens, and speaking about our travels abroad.”

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Amanda + Robert  | 05/23/2015

Bluemont Vineyard | Virginia

Event Coordination: Pop The Cork Designs | Florist: Petals and Promises | Reception Location: Bluemont Vineyard | Ceremony Location: First Presberytian Church | Rentals and Lighting: Revolution Event Design and Production | Photographer: Sam Hurd Photography | Cake + Desserts: The Cake Boutique | Hair + Makeup: Sass Salon | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: BP Invites Caligraphy | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Beat 2 Beat DJ |


  • Sam Hurd Photography

The Perfect Blend-Real Wedding of J + A

January 28, 2015


This wine loving couple tied the knot at The Stables at Bluemont Vineyard which served as the beautiful scenic backdrop for their nuptials. The vineyard was lit up with lanterns, candles and tons of details that the bride made to make the day just perfect. The day was exactly how they envisioned: beautiful weather, remarkable vistas and a true celebration surrounded by family and friends!

“Alan and I have always shared a love for wine. Our first trip we took together was to Napa, which was an amazing experience. I think that trip set the theme for our engagement and wedding reception. We got engaged at a vineyard with a picnic lunch and our dog, Apollo, at our side. We then searched for the perfect reception venue. We wanted something rustic for our family and friends to enjoy good food and drinks and of course wine.”

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11/16/13 | Virginia

Photography: Documentary Associates | Church: St. Catherine of Sienna | Reception:  Bluemont Vineyard | Event Planner: SOCO Events | Flowers: J. Morris Flowers | Dress: Allure Bridal

Mr. and Mrs. Bass – K + J’s Real Wedding

November 19, 2014

NYC couple Karen and Jeremy planned a destination wedding for close friends and family at Pippin Hill Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia.  They wanted to keep the wedding relaxed, and even poked fun at wedding traditions along the way — confetti instead of rose petals, donuts instead of dessert. These unique touches outwardly reflected their personality for all to see.

The confetti canons were a personal favorite, which they had their friends launch as K+J walked down the aisle after the ceremony. Beyond this, they added many details incorporating their own style. Programs were printed on popcorn bags, and their custom logo incorporated a bird (for Karen’s last name Segall) and a fish (for Jeremy’s last name Bass) on all sorts of personalized details (cocktail napkins, drink stirrers, etc.).

At the event, guests danced the night away  with an awesome band (a real rock and roll band) The Dexter Lake Club Band, from Brooklyn and their ended on a sweet note, eating K + J’s cake which was brought down from Momofuku in New York.

Kate Headley did such a remarkable job capturing this wedding, we are totally in love!

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District Favorite: Karen’s parents surprised the couple during toasts by tracking down the stool Karen fell off of while their first date!


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Karen and Jeremy

Charlottesville, Virginia


Photography: Kate Headley | Venue + Catering: Pippin Hill Farm + Vineyard | Month of Wedding Coordinator: Maureen McKenna at Just a Little Ditty | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren | Hair and Makeup: Moxie Salon | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Floral: Nature Composed | Band: Dexter Lake Club Band
Videographer: Shaking Hands Productions | Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Lighting: Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting | Invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs | Favors: Carpe Donut Food Truck

A Classic Affair- K + K’s Real Wedding

September 17, 2014

From bridal lace to a string quartet, a classic Southern wedding with all the fixings is always a timeless affair. With Katie and Kevin’s wedding, the Mason-Dixon traditions met with modern elements, which took the swoon level to new heights. With cathedral “I do’s” and a country club chic celebration, Katie and Kevin’s nuptials joined everything there is to love about the summer season.





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A light color palette of blush and sage was the only cool complement to this warm June wedding in Washington D.C. Inspired by a tone of modest elegance, Katie had designed the sophisticated ballroom with minimal petite floral décor details. Pops of vibrant pink not only accentuated the bridesmaids’ bouquets, but takes center stage in many of the reception arrangements. Wedding guests were welcomed to cocktail hour by a seemingly traditional string quartet, that quickly surprised (and delighted!) everyone by playing everything from pop rock to The Game of Thrones theme song.

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Playing on their vineyard engagement, Katie and Kevin personalized wine bottles for guests, who then granted them congratulatory wishes as their guestbook. After a sit down dinner, decadent chocolate Oreo buttercream and s’more cupcakes were served as the savory wedding cake and guests kicked off their heels to dance into the night. An ultra romantic vibe reigned throughout the evening to make this Katie and Kevin’s wedding a simple, elegant and memorable occasion



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Katie and Kevin

June 7, 2014 | Arlington, VA

Photographer: Stephanie Yonce Photography | Venue + Catering: Army Navy Country Club | Event Planners: HJ Planners | Florals: Edge Flowers | Dress Designer: Paloma Blanc | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew | Hair + Makeup Artist: Melissa Schwartz Jones | Groom’s Attire: Allure and Vineyard Vines | Ceremony Location: St. Mary Catholic Church | Entertainment: Bialek’s Music – Palm Strings Quartet + DJ Dan Goldman | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Rentals: Party Rentals, Ltd |

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