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Love has a way of taking your breath away. And at Omni we believe your wedding day should do the same. Whether you dream of a sunset ceremony nestled in Pennsylvania’s picturesque Allegheny Mountains or a first dance in a historic ballroom exuding the urban elegance of Washington D.C., we’re here to make

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CONTENTS

f  ashion 148 playing for keeps mix up your look with edgy silhouettes and whimsical details

157 maid for each other find bridesmaid dresses that are both affordable and fabulous

163 the well-groomed groom a guide to helping your guy look (almost) as good as you

health & beauty 169 beauty awards

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foolproof products to take you from your engagement to wedding day

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style 120 paper trails let your locale inspire your invites

127  petal talk the most asked about wedding flowers

137  the real deal on wedding cakes answers to all your frosting, flavor and topper questions

145 too pretty to eat (well, almost) edible favors that are sure to leave a lasting impression

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chic style and creativity... At Chic Weddings & Events, we are always fascinated by weddings and the moments that your friends and family share on this special occasion. Our expertise is building a personalized, unique love story based on your ideas and details.

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CONTENTS

r  eal weddings 62 kathryn & ryan august 29, st. michaels, md

66 danielle & doug august 7, washington, dc

70 erica & bobby june 6, earlysville, va

74 cassidy & nick may 7, hot springs, va

80 marissa & graham april 2, richmond, va

86 jessica & evan may 28, richmond, va

90 elyse & bryan june 26, rosslyn, va

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94 alexandra & daniel november 7, chevy chase, md

98 samantha & matt

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june 25, stafford, va

102 marina & kosta

eat, drink and be married

september 5, washington, dc

106 casey & griffin july 30, stevensville, md

p   lanning

110 liza & corey july 3, baltimore

181 savvy spending

114 stephanie & jon

194 snap happy

how to manage your budget

october 3, washington, dc

find a photographer that clicks

187 eat, drink and be married

116 jamie & tina

a sit-down dinner isn’t your only reception option

may 14, alexandria, va

118 siri & kyle june 4, virginia beach, va

r  eal wedding budget key $ = $10,000 or less

W   e know your #1 question is “How much does this cost?” so we worked with the couples to tally up their final budgets (sweat and tears not included!). Keep in mind that this total doesn’t reflect the prices of their individual wedding professionals or the quality of their work. Every couple has different priorities— while one might have spent the majority of their budget on a stellar cake, another might have splurged on their photographer or showstopping florals.

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$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

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ON HER Dress, $958, Truly Zac Posen, DavidsBridal.com; earrings, $3,500, EffyJewelry.com; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library ON HIM Suit, $595, socks, $10, Tommy Hilfiger, TommyHilfiger.com; shirt, stylist’s own; tie, $160, Olch.com; wedding band, $1,250, CrownRing.com; shoes, $750, Burberry.com

CAROUSEL CREW Jane’s Carousel, with its vibrant colors and whimsical details, felt like the perfect backdrop for our celebratory fashion shoot in this issue. Here, our whole team (including The Knot cofounder Carley Roney) strikes a group pose in front of the landmark in Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York.

ON HER Top and pants, $4,150, Rosa Clará at Garnish Boutique, GarnishBoutique.com (Towson, MD), Elegance By Roya - Tyson’s Corner, EleganceByRoya.com (Vienna, VA); veil, $120, TwigsandHoney.com; engagement ring, $920, MarsJewelry.com; cocktail ring, $98, KateSpade.com; earrings, $425, OscardelaRenta.com; shoes, Manolo Blahnik, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library

PHOTOGRAPHER: STEPHANIE RAUSSER FASHION STYLING: LAURA PRITCHARD HAIR: ELOISE CHEUNG USING T3MICRO AT KATE RYAN INC. MAKEUP: LEANNE HIRSH USING VAPOR ORGANIC BEAUTY AT SARAH LAIRD & GOOD COMPANY PROP STYLING: SAM COOK AT KATE RYAN INC. FLORALS: TIN CAN STUDIOS LOCATION: JANE’S CAROUSEL, BROOKLYN, NY

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Tracy Everding

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

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SENIOR STYLE EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR PLANNING EDITOR NEWS EDITOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, FASHION & BEAUTY ASSOCIATE EDITOR, REAL WEDDINGS SENIOR COPY EDITOR ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, PLANNING SOCIAL EDITOR SENIOR DESIGNER DESIGNER REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS

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PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Daryl Wills GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Katie Hover, Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Carly Steier PRINT QUALITY ASSURANCE Lois Brunnert Bethune

THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig DIRECTOR, ACTIVATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS Alexis Jonnson PROJECT MANAGER Elizabeth Smith SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland

SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Kristin Savilia, ksavilia@xogrp.com (212) 515-7455 GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Wendy Southers, wsouthers@theknot.com (866) 370-7556 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Kimberley Feys, kfeys@theknot.com (877) 684-7379

REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE JEWELRY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SHOWS & EVENTS SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER STRATEGY SPECIALIST VP, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS

Melissa Arnold, marnold@theknot.com (877) 213-1733 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@theknot.com (888) 332-7815 Tricia Dixon, tdixon@theknot.com (866) 743-2278 Kristy Newquist, knewquist@xogrp.com (877) 927-3070 Nikki Spangler, nspangler@xogrp.com (877) 771-3019 Jill Rothman, jrothman@xogrp.com (855) 753-4100 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 Christina Frauendorfer, christinaf@theknot.com (877) 825-1806 Jennifer Perciballi, pr@xogrp.com Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com

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Browse the top weddings from across America as part of our 50 Weddings, 50 States roundup. Kathryn and Ryan, our Maryland pick, infused their celebration with waterfront flair—including an arch framing the harbor—bourbon-based cocktails and, of course, crab cakes. It’s the ultimate local inspiration. we d d i n g s

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EDITOR’ S LET TER

We’ve tested all of The Knot Beauty Award winners. (p. 169)

All your wedding cake questions answered. (p. 137)

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This painterly invite says “city wedding” in the most elegant way. (p. 120)

—GLORIA STEINEM

You’re getting married! Congratulations. We love filling your head with hundreds of inspiring ideas—like destinationinspired stationery (p. 120)—as well as the practical advice you need to get your planning done. From the most effective beauty products for every wedding-related event (p. 169) to a flower primer you’ll want to tear out and take with you to your first meeting with a florist (p. 127), this issue was created to help with all your to-dos and make you feel confident every step of the way. And when it comes to fashion, we’ve got brides and grooms covered. In “Playing for Keeps” (p. 148), we used a carousel, cotton candy and other playful elements to show how edgy silhouettes, unconventional hues and unique accessories can add a touch of whimsy to your wedding look. For the guys, check out our ultimate guide to looking great, from manscaping to choosing the right menswear (p. 163). In order to make all of your ideas come to life, of course, you’ll need to think about a budget that works for you—and we’ll help with that too (p. 181). Wherever planning takes you, be sure to share your favorite wedding details with us on Instagram (#TheKnot). Now, let the dreaming begin.

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A feathery two-piece frock is perfect for dancing. (p. 148)

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Send me questions at kellie@theknot.com or find me on Instagram @kelliegouldny

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Pink peonies: the ultimate romantic flower, and one of my faves. (p. 127)

“Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

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EXPERT Q& A

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My wedding band and engagement ring are both platinum, but I’m thinking about wearing gold jewelry for my wedding. Will that work?

RUDE REMARKS A friend of ours keeps making comments about our wedding budget, wondering aloud how we’re paying for it—in front of other people. How can we deal with these types of comments? We know it’s easier said than done, but don’t let a guest with a negative or insensitive attitude affect your wedding. You shouldn’t have to defend yourself— plus, your budget is nobody’s business but yours, so don’t get into an argument about how much you are or aren’t spending. Instead, simply thank them for noticing the details of your wedding and let them know how you plan to pay for it is a personal matter between you and your families. Being polite yet direct (not to mention honest) is the best way to get your friend to drop the subject for good.

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MOM ON A MISSION My mom’s taken over our wedding guest list, but the chapel we’ve chosen for the ceremony is pretty tiny. How can we rein in her list without stepping on toes? Parents helping to pay for the wedding should have a say in how their money is spent, but there’s nothing anyone can do about how many people will fit in the chapel you’ve chosen. If your mother keeps expanding her list at the exclusion of those guests most important to you, speak up—but make sure you don’t sound like you’re placing blame. Start with, “I’m worried about the number of people we’re inviting and that the ceremony will be overcrowded. Is there a way we can compromise?” Hopefully she’ll understand the dilemma and rethink the large head count without too much pushback.

REQUESTING CASH How do we let our guests know we want to receive money instead of gifts? Asking for money as a wedding gift may seem taboo, but more couples are going that route instead of a traditional registry. We suggest using an online cash registry website like Tendr, which lets guests gift money gracefully and discreetly with a personal note of congratulations. Or you may decide you’d rather receive money to fund your honeymoon. Create an account on a website like Traveler’s Joy for guests to contribute to. Whatever route you take, post your registry preference and links on your wedding website. But keep in mind that some people still want to give you something personal or material, so give them the option to do so. >>

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PLANNER PAINS I don’t think we can afford a wedding planner, but I’m drowning in details. I can’t even imagine how overwhelmed I’ll be on the actual day. What should I do? It’s no secret: Planning a wedding alone is hard, but hiring a planner can be pretty pricey. The good news? Most pros really can work with any budget. If a full-service planner—who’ll hold your hand through finding a florist to cutting the cake—is out of your price range, hire one either on a freelance basis (they’ll help lay the groundwork for you early on) or just as a day-of coordinator. The latter actually starts at least a few weeks before your wedding and costs a fraction of a full-service planner but is pretty priceless—the last thing you should be doing on your wedding day is worrying.

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of couples hire a professional wedding planner TRIAL AND ERROR Am I being too pushy if I bring photos of styles I like to my hair trial? Not at all. Most stylists actually love when you bring pictures for inspiration— plus, your idea of classic might be totally different from theirs. Same goes if you mention celebrities whose locks you admire. Stars change their looks so often, you might be visualizing a sleek redhead while your stylist sees a tousled blond. In addition to photos of styles you like, bring a picture of your dress along with the jewelry and hair accessories you plan on wearing, including your veil, to ensure everything works flawlessly altogether when it’s time to walk down the aisle.

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ALTAR UPGRADE We’re getting married in a church— what are some ways we can make the space feel special and personal? You don’t need much to dress up your ceremony spot, especially if the venue’s interiors are already beautiful to begin with. And remember: Your wedding party will be “decorating” the scene too. Start by checking with your church as it may have décor restrictions. If your congregation allows it, have your florist create two arrangements to mark the altar, and line the aisle with candles, small arrangements or topiaries. If flowers or candles are a no-go, a simple, personalized aisle runner can be enough to make it feel more you.

what would you do Is it necessary to list the groom’s parents on the invitation if they’re not contributing? Tell us what you think at TheKnot.com/talk ANSWER ANXIETY There are only two weeks left until my wedding and I still haven’t heard from a big portion of my guest list. What should I do? As the date draws nearer, there’s nothing wrong with following up with a quick phone call or email to get a definitive yes or no. If you’ve got a particularly trusted and helpful bridesmaid, relative or friend, ask them to help make the calls. Or have whoever added each guest to your list pitch in—if it’s your friend, it’s up to you to track him or her down; if it’s your mother-in-law’s coworker, she should make the call.

MOCKTAIL HOUR Is it appropriate to have a cocktail hour if we know a good portion of our guests don’t drink alcohol? Absolutely. A cocktail hour is a fun way for guests to pass the time between the ceremony and reception, especially if you’re planning on taking photos. In addition to a signature cocktail, you can also create a custom mocktail, which is always an unexpected and appreciated refreshment for nondrinkers. If you’re just serving beer and wine, make sure you have plenty of soda and bottled water on hand as well. Plus, you’ll definitely want enough tasty hors d’oeuvres for everyone to munch on while they sip and mingle.

76% of couples host a cocktail hour

HONEYMOON HITCH My fiancé and I have completely different ideas on the perfect getaway spot. How can we both get excited about choosing and planning the right trip? Your honeymoon should and will be special, but remember, this isn’t the only trip you’ll ever take together. Sit down and rank your top five honeymoon spots, then see if you have any overlap. Sure, your third choice might be his fifth, but chances are you’d both be happy with the locale. If you want to go rock climbing and he wants to lounge poolside with a good novel, find somewhere that offers both. Or, if you have enough time (and energy!), hop to multiple destinations to satisfy both tastes. Have a question for Carley? Tweet at @carleyroney

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Dress, $198, Allure Bridesmaids at Katherine’s Bridal Boutique, KatherinesBridalBoutique.com (Alexandria, VA), Icon Bridal & Formal, IconBridalFormal .com (Darnestown, MD), I Do I Do Wedding Gowns, IDoIDoWeddingGowns.com (Gaithersburg, MD)

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Crisp Petals invitation, $254 for 100, Petite Alma, WeddingPaperDivas.com

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Ring, $4,250, EffyJewelry.com

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Mandarino Di Amalfi eau de parfum, $225 for 1.7 oz., TomFord.com

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Earrings, $48, BaubleBar.com

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Boho Ikat invitation, $234 for 100, Penelope Poppy, Minted.com

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Dress, $220, Hayley Paige Occasions at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal, RobinsonsBridal.com (Pikesville, MD), Ellie’s Bridal Boutique, ElliesBridal.com (Alexandria, VA), Rosalin’s Bridal Boutique, RosalinsBridal .com (Falls Church, VA)

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luxe touch Clutch, $895, Marchesa, Saks.com

BOUQUET: BR ANDON KIDD PHOTOGR APHY; CAKE: KT MERRY PHOTOGR APHY

Nail lacquer in Red, $28, Dolce & Gabbana, Saks.com

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Espelette invitation, $180 for 100, PaperlessPost.com

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Shoes, $745, Manolo Blahnik, Barneys.com

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Cake by Sugar Flower Cake Shop

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Dress, $192, Wtoo at Wren Bridal, WrenBridal.com (Annapolis, MD), Amanda Ritchey Bridal & Beauty, AmandaRitchey.com (Parkville, MD), The Bridal Room, TheBridalRoom.net (McLean, VA)

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he date is set. Excitement is in the air! Your celebration needs one final touch to make it perfect — a caterer with a taste for perfection. With over 100 unique area sites to create the mood or complement the theme, entertainment services, and the finest food and most hospitable serving staff in the area, Putting on the Ritz Catering will ensure that your wedding becomes the toast of the town! Let Putting on the Ritz Catering handle the important task of treating your guests like visiting dignitaries. Here are just a few of our favorite facilities.

TheGreatRoom at Historic Savage Mill

Also in-house caterer to the following elegant facilities — all located conveniently between Baltimore and Washington

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Ten Oaks Ballroom

Elegant, contemporary ballroom with seating for up to 400 guests. Divides into three separate rooms for your ceremony, cocktail area and reception. Large, hard-wood dance floor, elegant grand Italian crystal chandeliers, lobby with towering barrel ceilings, live fireplace and comfortable seating area, covered entrance for valet drop-off, or tented area.

Savage Mil Manor House ARoom of IntimateGrandeur This beautiful, authentic, historic setting is tucked in an old mill town with a historic train bridge and view of Little Patuxent River. High ceilings, old fashioned 12-foot windows with sky light, seating up to 300 guests with 20 x 40 foot dance floor, private 1500 sq. foot tented deck overlooking the river — private room and bathroom for the bride, chiavari chairs included in room rental — make this location suitable for a perfect memory.

Located conveniently between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in the Historic Savage Mill. For reservations call: 1.800.317.7508 www.puttingontheritz.com

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This Victorian Manor is tucked in an old mill town setting. This intimate, romantic Manor provides free Chiavari chairs for all brides and up to 120 of their guests in a newly renovated ballroom. The wooded, landscaped grounds with gazebo provide a perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony. Conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in Savage, MD.

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Quirk Hotel

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kimpton glover park hotel

loews annapolis hotel

201 West Broad St., Richmond, VA; (804) 340-6040; DestinationHotels.com/quirk-hotel Contemporary art gallery meets posh accommodations at the new Quirk Hotel, full of local flavor in Richmond’s vibrant arts district. From the open-air courtyard to the rooftop bar, the hotel can accommodate as many as 120 guests for weddings. Its on-site restaurant, Maple & Pine, can create a menu focused on seasonal, local ingredients for your dinner. TIP Request a balcony room with direct rooftop access to sneak away privately.

2505 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 337-9700; KimptonHotels.com This new boutique hotel just steps away from Georgetown offers couples an urban oasis, complete with in-room spa treatments and a daily wine hour, for their nuptials. Say “I do” on the terrace (fits 150) then move inside to the contemporary ballroom (holds 200) for dinner catered by James Beard Award–winning chef Michael Schlow and his Italian restaurant, Casolare. Plus, rooms offer views of the National Mall and Potomac River.

126 West St., Annapolis, MD; (410) 263-7777; LoewsHotels.com A quick walk from the waterfront and US Naval Academy, this luxurious lodge embraces its Chesapeake Bay locale with nautical décor and coastal cuisine. With 14 unique event spaces, the Loews wedding team can accommodate small, intimate parties (50) to large, extravagant celebrations (400). Have the in-house pastry chef design a custom tiered wedding cake, and end the party with a farewell brunch at the property’s upscale pub, Baroak. >>

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With beautiful rooms and unique event spaces, these venues are fit for a wedding weekend. BY MARISSA HERMANSON

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Goodman Square

Monticello Marketplace

2018 Coliseum Dr., Hampton, VA 23666 • 757-838-2328

4640-11A Monticello Ave., Williamsburg, VA 23188 • 757-229-5388

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the hay-adams 800 16th St. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 638-6600; HayAdams.com Overlooking the White House, Lafayette Park and St. John’s Church, this historic 1920s hotel promises the quintessential DC experience. Postnuptials, enjoy a cocktail hour in the cozy Hay-Adams Room before moving upstairs to the Top of the Hay for dinner and dancing (200 for a seated dinner or 340 for a cocktailstyle reception). From the balcony, iconic monument views make for the best photos. TIP The hotel offers monogrammed pillowcases for couples to take home as a keepsake to remember the day.

1312 Commerce St., Lynchburg, VA; (434) 455-1500; CraddockTerryHotel.com Housed in a beautifully renovated, historic shoe factory, this downtown Lynchburg venue overlooks the James River. Say “I do” on the terrace and then boogie the night away with 140 guests in the banquet hall, an industrial-chic venue with granite walls and exposed beam ceilings. The on-site restaurant, Shoemakers American Grille, is a convenient and delicious option for rehearsal dinners too.

bolling wilson hotel 170 E. Main St., Wytheville, VA; (276) 223-2333; BollingWilsonHotel.com Ideal for an intimate destination wedding, this southwest Virginia boutique hotel has 30 guest rooms for your family and friends to call home for a weekend. An elegant ballroom, rooftop terrace, covered veranda and courtyard host celebrations for up to 120, while the on-site restaurant serves up Southern comfort food with a twist for rehearsal dinners. Plus, you can host your after-party at the hotel bar.

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the hotel roanoke

the ivy hotel

110 Shenandoah Ave. NW, Roanoke, VA; (540) 985-5900; HotelRoanoke.com Formerly a Norfolk Southern railroad property, 135-year-old Hotel Roanoke has retained its turn-of-the-century charm while also handsomely renovating its guest suites. The Tudor-style hotel offers two large ballrooms, garden terraces and smaller indoor venues, giving couples plenty of options to customize their weddings with up to 1,000 guests. TIP Plan for a postreception signature nightcap at the hotel’s Pine Room Pub.

205 E. Biddle St., Baltimore; (410) 514-6500; TheIvyBaltimore.com Historic mansion turned inn, this 18-room hotel is a luxurious home base for an exclusive wedding weekend in Baltimore’s hip Mount Vernon arts district. Focused on making you feel at home, the inn includes little details like individually decorated rooms and complimentary cocktails. The spot keeps celebrations to an intimate 60 guests, so you feel like you’re at a getaway with close friends and family rather than a big, formal affair.

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Customer-focused with a commitment to exceptional service and execution Full-service wedding design, coordination and management Stress-free wedding—do only the fun activities such as tastings, design sessions and dress shopping Customizable packages to suit your individual needs, to include fullplanning services, day-of coordination and management services and everything in between Development of creative ideas and defining your own unique style Personal checklist and timeline creation Budget compilation, management and oversight Venue/vendor scouting, recommendation, selection, contracts negotiation and management “Executive to ALL”—rentals, florals, lighting, catering, entertainment, photo, video, transport, etc. We treat your wedding as if it was our own, and it is the only wedding that matters We will ensure that your guests’ experience is just as phenomenal as yours Your wedding will be the most amazing day of your life that your guests will speak about for years to come!

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Be open from the beginning about your budget and priorities. It’s crucial to work with a cake designer that’s a good fit for your price point. Freezing the top tier is a charming tradition, but wrap it well. Air is the enemy.

now the big question: fondant versus buttercream? I use both. My cakes are draped in a very thin layer of fondant as a versatile canvas that I can paint, sculpt and embellish. Underneath that decoration is the cake and buttercream. You can have your cake and eat it too! where do you find inspiration for those designs beyond what the couple shares with you? I follow fashion obsessively. Right now I’m loving the exquisite lace and translucent organza from Romona Keveza. I’m a solo artist, so we only book a small handful of events. A single design can take me months. any flavor combinations you love? For cooler weather, it’s carrot cake with a cinnamon buttercream and a whisky kick. finally what’s one pro tip you’d like all to-be-weds to know? Shop around and don’t settle. The cake is a focal point—it should be both stunning and tasty. In the DC area, couples are fortunate to have the choice of so many talented designers. F ind more cake designers from your area in our directory on p. 211

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what are the three tips you feel like you dole out the most often? One: The ideal time to purchase a dress is 8 to 10 months before the wedding. Two: Alterations are separate from the cost of the gown. To make the dress fit perfectly, expect alterations to cost between $300 and $600. Three: Bustles depend on the style of the dress, but we always try to show our brides what it will look like during the alterations process. what do you do when a bride wants a dress that’s not flattering on her body? I have them put on the dresses that aren’t flattering. Then, I’ll pull the dresses that will be a great fit. When they see the difference for themselves, I don’t have to say anything. finally, why do you love your job? I get to be part of such a special piece of the planning process, and I have the chance to form relationships with my brides. It’s a bittersweet moment when they leave the shop for the final time. I have the unique opportunity to calm nerves, bring to life their vision and, most importantly, help them feel confident and beautiful on their day.  heck out more local wedding salons C at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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LOCAL DC TREND WE LOVE The Knot editors are traveling the country reporting on the creative wedding ideas brought to life by local wedding pros. Our favorite DC detail—Mexicanthemed signature cocktails—comes from Purple Onion Catering Co. and L&L Events. Guests enjoyed sips like prickly pear margaritas and tequila sunrises, putting everyone in the Cinco de Mayo mood.

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On Easter weekend, Bryan took Alison and their dog on an impromptu road trip through Virginia’s countryside. Although Alison was initially skeptical of the unexpected drive, she let go of all reservations when they popped by her parents’ house in Charlottesville, then headed to nearby King Family Vineyards. While picnicking on the lawn with the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop, Bryan got on one knee. “A bunch of tears followed, mainly from me,” Bryan says. “By the end of my spiel, nearly 100 people were cheering and I was engaged to my dream girl.” The ring: Charleston Alexander >>

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On an early morning visit to the beach in Florida, Michael surprised his college sweetheart, McCayley, with 26 glowing lanterns, one for each month of their courtship. “Attached to each lantern was a letter that highlighted favorite moments and things he loves about me,” she says. After the last lantern, she looked up to see Michael in a suit jacket sitting at a piano, ready to play a song he wrote for her. “After, he got up, pulled the ring out of his pocket and asked me the question most girls wait a long time to hear,” McCayley says. “I kissed him before I could even say ‘yes.’  ” The ring: Helzberg Diamonds >>

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kathryn Jaffe, 28, an attorney and adjunct professor GROOM Ryan Boothe, 32, a business owner and lacrosse coach HOW THEY MET At a lounge in Arlington, Virginia WEDDING STYLE Drawing inspiration from the manicured grounds of their waterfront venue, Kathryn and Ryan celebrated their nuptials with a dreamy garden party including structured boxwood and topiaries, pink floral arrangements and custom watercolor paper designs. —Marissa Hermanson

“The Inn at Perry Cabin was the ideal combination of absolutely gorgeous grounds and an entirely waterfront property,” Kathryn says. “Working with our wedding planner, we also drew a lot of inspiration from the garden at the inn and built the wedding aesthetic around custom botanical designs.”

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Boxwood arrangements and topiaries added a sophisticated touch.

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Three custom-designed tablescapes captured the couple’s garden vision during their tented reception. A plush settee adorned with rose gold pillows created a chic lounge area where guests could relax, while the botanical watercolor motif on the menus and cake offered a hint of romance.

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“Our time together—just the two of us wandering through the garden before the ceremony—was so special, romantic and meaningful,” Kathryn says. “It really helped us be even more present during the ceremony.” After the vows, guests enjoyed a cocktail party in a tree grove before dinner and dancing in a tent.

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Tiffany & Co.

HAIR Hair by Seven

MAKEUP Kristina Menaker

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DRESSES Donna Morgan, Nordstrom MENSWEAR BLACK by Vera Wang,

Men’s Wearhouse

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TRANSPORTATION International Limousine

Service Inc. at Perry Cabin Pottery Barn

ACCOMMODATIONS Inn REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; HONEYMOON Las Ventanas

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Danielle Couick, 34, an event planner and designer GROOM Doug Sandler, 50, a professional speaker and emcee HOW THEY MET At an event WEDDING STYLE Just steps from the White House, the historic Decatur House gave guests a “true DC experience” at Danielle and Doug’s pretty and playful affair. “We’re both in the events industry, so it was important for us to keep our guest list intimate and the feeling of the wedding personal,” she says. —MH

A calligraphy font and emerald-green envelopes added a whimsical touch to the timeless black-and-white invitations, a vibe echoed by the cheeky cake topper, Danielle’s birdcage veil and the bold ceremony platform.

Danielle designed a dramatic ceremony backdrop: a boxwood wall adorned with white flowers at the top and a sea of floating candles glowing at the base.

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A cocktail-style reception included food stations, several of the couple’s favorite cocktails, a dessert bar and late-night snacks. After the ceremony, mirrors featuring quotes from cards the couple had exchanged over the years were hung on the boxwood wall. The mirrors now hang in the couple’s home as a reminder of their wedding day.

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VIDEOGRAPHY Bowen Films

CONSULTANT Magnolia Bluebird Design

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“We really wanted our day to be a reflection of who we are as a couple,” Danielle says. That personalization included a pork barbecue and sauce bar, complete with Southern sides like coleslaw. They even showcased their favorite local treats like Bergers Cookies and Goetze’s caramels in the welcome bags.

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BRIDE Erica, 25, a medievalist GROOM Robert (Bobby), 26, a mathematician HOW THEY MET In high school WEDDING STYLE Erica and Bobby’s alfresco black-tie celebration included panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a decadent spread of Southern food and a fabulous jazz band. “We wanted to create an extremely romantic, elegant setting, complete with champagne, vintage jazz and fireflies,” Erica says. —MH

During the ceremony, mason jars filled with floral arrangements hung from an arch decked out with greenery. A neutral palette of cream and blush added a sophisticated touch and blended seamlessly into the natural beauty of the country backdrop. Guests were given fans to keep cool, along with envelopes of lavender and rosemary to toss as the newlyweds recessed up the aisle.

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The celebration continued with dinner and dancing in a rustic barn. “My favorite design detail was in the barn, which looked absolutely magical, with lanterns hanging from the ceiling,” Erica says. Tables were simply elegant with neutral linens and lush floral arrangements. “Our ring bearers were perfect little gentlemen in their seersucker suits, and they loved running around the farm, trying to catch butterflies with their fedoras,” Erica says.

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“I remember seeing the gorgeous setting of Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains and having a feeling it was the one,” Cassidy says of first visiting their venue.

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With the Allegheny Mountains in the backdrop, Cassidy and Nick kept ceremony decorations minimal. The couple exchanged vows under a birch pergola adorned with spring blooms and greenery. The couple’s hexagon monogram and lace honeycomb pattern on the stationery were nods to the bride’s love of bees. “Bumblebees have always been part of my style,” she says.

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The ring bearer, Nick’s cousin Cole, sported polka dot suspenders to coordinate with the groomsmen. “He had fun running down the aisle with a pendant saying ‘here comes the bride’ on the front (and ‘hooray’ on the back)—especially thanks to the gummy bears stashed in the groom’s pocket,” Cassidy says.

“We wanted a venue where our guests could be in one place,” Cassidy says of the Homestead.

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For the reception in the chandelier-filled ballroom, tables were adorned with dusty-blue linens, romantic lace runners, gold-rimmed chargers and gold candelabras. To honor Nick’s Italian heritage, the couple thanked guests with miniature bottles of limoncello and tags reading “grazie.”

Instead of a grand ceremony exit, the newlyweds, along with their guests, danced to a brass band on the way to the cocktail hour on the property.

CASSIDY & NICK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Omni

Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, VA PHOTOGRAPHY Jodi and Kurt Baier/Jodi

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BRIDE Marissa Hermanson, 28, a journalist GROOM Graham Moomaw, 30, a journalist HOW THEY MET Through Graham’s sister, Mary Ellen WEDDING STYLE Drawing inspiration from the garden venue and Graham’s family’s flower farm, the couple threw a bloomcentric affair featuring vintage furniture, classic Southern bites, a bluegrass band and an “epic Conga line.” —Stephanie Cain

“It was fun playing ‘creative director’ for our wedding,” Marissa says of collaborating with family, her florist and Graham’s sister, Mary Ellen, and a day-of coordinator for her spring nuptials. Flowers from the family farm, including everything from peonies and anemones to dramatic vines, created a whimsical atmosphere heightened by the venue’s blooming tulips and vintageinspired décor. “It was just magical,” she says.

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“She was the comic relief,” Marissa says of flower girl Lola. “Hearing our guests’ laughter at her antics calmed my nerves.”

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The wedding party paired blush bridesmaid dresses with peony bouquets, while groomsmen in navy suits and pink ties sported boutonnieres of ranunculus and jasmine. Fresh, seasonal flowers also topped the four-tier buttercream cake, while the flower girl wore a crown of greenery during the ceremony.

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Tall centerpieces included sculptural dogwood and honeysuckle.

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MARISSA & GRAHAM’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Lewis

Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA During the tented reception, guests dined on quite the Southern feast: Barboursville wines, a Virginia ham spread, fried chicken, apple-cider-braised collard greens and beef brisket. The newlyweds later nightcapped with cigars, Drambuie and gougères. “Guests raved about the food,” Marissa says.

PHOTOGRAPHY Alex C Tenser Photography CONSULTANT Day-of coordinator: Lindsay

Kennedy/LK Events & Design Steelcut Flower Co.

Cox (Graham’s family’s pastor) BHLDN Melani

VEIL Bella Rosa

Seven Hills Studio

HAIR &

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR J.Crew

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GOWN Etoile, SHOES Antonio

WEDDING RINGS Schwarzschild

BRACELET Pierre & Harry

Various

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Rev. Ron

STATIONERY

RENTALS

Paisley

CATERING Meriwether Godsey

CAKE Sweet Fix

MUSIC Ceremony

& cocktail hour: Sturgeon City; dinner & reception: Hunter Omohundro/ Entertainment

Black Tie

TRANSPORTATION James

River Transportation

ACCOMMODATIONS

Courtyard Richmond Downtown; Hilton “It’s a classic, and the cover gave it a modern sound,” Marissa says of their first dance to Arctic Monkeys’ cover of “Baby I’m Yours.”

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May 28 • Richmond, VA

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Jessica donned an ivory lace gown with a sweetheart neckline, and Evan looked dapper sporting a burgundy bespoke tuxedo jacket with black satin lapels.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Jessica Calloway, 30, a program director at Anthem Inc. GROOM Evan Davis, 27, a sourcing specialist at the Federal Reserve System HOW THEY MET In their apartment building’s community room WEDDING STYLE For their rustic-bohemian celebration, the couple complemented the architectural details of their venue with burgundy, blush and gold accents. —MH

“We fell in love with the mission of St. Joseph’s Villa and wanted the money spent on our wedding to go toward making a difference in the community,” Jessica says of their nonprofit venue. Proceeds go to supporting children with special needs.

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CEREMONY SITE St. Joseph’s Villa,

Burgundy ribbons accented Jessica’s romantic bouquet of blush-hued blooms, while an entire tier of the couple’s red velvet cake featured gold icing. Instead of favors, Jessica and Evan donated money to the American Cancer Society in honor of each guest.

Richmond, VA RECEPTION SITE The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing, Richmond, VA

PHOTOGRAPHY Shannon Moffit

Photography “Don’t forget to look up, smell the roses and enjoy,” Evan says.

Bazemore Dean

VIDEOGRAPHY Tristan CONSULTANT Tomeisha

FLOWERS Black Creek Florist

OFFICIANT Bishop Roy L. Foots

GOWN

Casablanca, Sealed With a Kiss Bridal, Glen Allen, VA

SHOES Kate Spade New York

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Jared

the Galleria of Jewelry

HAIR Kadouri Lee

MAKEUP Makeup by Holly

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Monique Lhuillier

MENSWEAR

Groom: Commonwealth Clothiers; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

INVITATIONS

WeddingPaperDivas.com

RENTALS The

Boathouse at Rocketts Landing; Rent My Wedding

CATERING The Boathouse at

Rocketts Landing Creations

CAKE Couture Cake

MUSIC David Lee

American Cancer Society First Class Limo Hotel Macy’s

FAVORS

TRANSPORTATION

ACCOMMODATIONS Quirk

REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; HONEYMOON Fairwind Villa, St. Lucia

GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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June 26 • Rosslyn, VA

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A dessert hour followed the ceremony, where guests noshed on an array of mini pastries including macarons.

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BRIDE Elyse Tou, 30, a certified public accountant GROOM Bryan Chan, 33, an IT consultant HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE Elyse and Bryan honored their Chinese culture with pops of red and a traditional 10-course dinner. They decorated the garden ceremony venue with shades of coral, sage and champagne. —MH

After saying “I do” in an ivory lace gown, Elyse changed into a red-lace, mermaid-style dress with a Chinese collar that she had custom made in China. “Red is the lucky color in our culture,” she says. Bryan switched from his gray suit to a more formal black tux with a silver bow tie to celebrate with their guests.

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The three-tier cake was decorated with rosettes, diagonal designs, blooms and a custom “Mr. & Mrs. Chan” topper.

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CEREMONY SITE Oxon Hill Manor,

Oxon Hill, MD RECEPTION SITE China Garden, Rosslyn, VA To kick off the reception, Elyse and Bryan performed a traditional tea ceremony before digging into a feast of two starters, soup, six entrées and dessert. And to end the night, guests took home chopsticks engraved with the couple’s name and wedding date. “They came in a pair—it was perfect,” she says.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Katelyn James Photography The Herrintons Seng/

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CONSULTANT Natalie

Designed Perfectly Events & Design

FLOWERS BrookHill

Cook Therapy Sottero,

OFFICIANT Emily

GOWN Ceremony: Maggie

Love Couture Bridal, Potomac,

MD; reception: custom

VEIL David’s Bridal

HEADPIECE BrookHill

Mischka

SHOES Badgley

ENGAGEMENT RING Setting:

Quest Fine Jewelry; diamond: BlueNile.com WEDDING RINGS Quest Fine Jewelry JEWELRY David Yurman

HAIR Denita

Brown/Jewel Hair Design MAKEUP Susan Lim Yoo

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny

MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse

RENTALS A2Z Music Factory; DC Rental CATERING China Garden

CAKE Fluffy

Thoughts Cakes DESSERTS Amphora Catering

MUSIC Ceremony: harpist: Melissa

Dvorak; reception: Brian Sadiari/ Life Entertainment

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Residence Inn National Harbor GUESTS 180 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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November 7 • Chevy Chase, MD

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BRIDE Alexandra Mudry, 32, a pastry chef GROOM Daniel Till, 30, a chef HOW THEY MET As students at the Culinary Institute of America WEDDING STYLE From their Southern comfort food dinner to an elaborate dessert spread, this restaurant couple’s food-focused wedding left friends and family well fed. —MH

“We wanted lots of comfort food, great cocktails and a really intimate feel to the whole day,” Alexandra says. A color palette of rich jewel tones—crimson, burgundy, marsala, pomegranate, ruby and bright orange—reflected the fall season, while the couple’s endearing vows added personality. “Writing our own vows was super important to us,” she says. “They were so heartfelt, funny and honest—and so in sync with one another.”

The couple included their favorite love quotes in their handwritten vows.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Woodend

Nature Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD The couple’s friend, calligrapher Laura Hooper, wrote the menu on a long scroll that hung from a shepherd’s hook outside the reception tent. She also created the escort card macarons, displayed on spinning stands. “Our guests loved searching for their names, not to mention eating them!” the bride says.

PHOTOGRAPHY Rachel Bridgwood/

Sweet Root Village Darling Events Village

CONSULTANT Cheers FLOWERS Sweet Root

OFFICIANT Keith Grasmann (friend)

GOWN Marisa Bridals, Rosalin’s Bridal

Boutique, Falls Church, VA Etsy.com

SHOES Nina

VEIL BlancaVeils, ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Tacori JEWELRY BHLDN HAIR &

MAKEUP Amie Decker Beauty

BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s Bridal MENSWEAR Combatant Gentleman STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com;

programs: BlissPaperBoutique, Etsy.com; escort cards: Buttercream Bakeshop (bride); Laura Hooper Calligraphy; menu cards: Laura Hooper Calligraphy Rentals Ltd.

RENTALS Party

CATERING Main Event

Caterers

CAKE & DESSERTS Buttercream

Bakeshop

MUSIC Double E-Entertainment

FAVORS Buttercream Bakeshop ACCOMMODATIONS Hilton Garden

Inn Washington DC/Bethesda

REGISTRIES

Bloomingdale’s; Macy’s; Sur La Table GUESTS 98 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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June 25 • Stafford, VA

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Samantha and Matt married at the Washington National Cathedral, where Samantha’s grandparents and several family members had exchanged vows.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Samantha Cooper, 26, a veterinary staff intern at Georgetown University GROOM Matthew (Matt) McIntee, 27, a lieutenant in the United States Navy HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE The couple threw a summer celebration full of pastels, rustic accents and personalized details, like a mini Darth Vader replica to represent Matt’s favorite movie and a table with photos of all the couple’s loved ones who had passed away. —MH

“Family is so important, and to be able to look at pictures of my grandparents’ wedding and compare them to my own, that is a very special feeling,” Samantha says of saying “I do” in the same church as her relatives.

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The couple’s cake was made to look like a tree that had their initials carved into the bark-inspired icing. “Matt has made us carve our initials into a tree on every hike we’ve been on,” the bride says. “He even proposed on a hike!” Other rustic touches included a wood backdrop for the escort cards.

CEREMONY SITE Washington National

Cathedral, Washington, DC RECEPTION SITE Potomac Point Winery, Stafford, VA PHOTOGRAPHY Genevieve Leiper

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SAMANTHA & MATT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

Photography

CONSULTANT Pam Barefoot/

Atrendy Wedding Fleur

FLOWERS Toulies en

OFFICIANT Rev. Beth Humphrey

GOWN Love Marley,

Alexandria, VA

Elegance by Roya,

VEIL Elegance by Roya

SHOES Kate Spade New York

WEDDING

RINGS Kay Jewelers JEWELRY Necklace &

earrings: Tiffany & Co.; bracelet: Kate Spade New York

HAIR Hair by Giselle

Alexandra Giampaolo DRESSES Bari Jay

Jos. A. Bank

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Groomsmen: STATIONERY Invitations,

escort cards & menu cards: Just Write Studios: programs: Washington National “I married Matt because he truly is the most amazing man—honest, moral, funny, kind and intelligent,” Samantha says. “I wanted our wedding to highlight these things.”

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RENTALS

Party Rental Ltd. Point Winery

Paisley & Jade;

CATERING Potomac CAKE Nieceys Sweets

MUSIC Dance Candy/Sam Hill Entertainment TRANSPORTATION Chariots for Hire HONEYMOON Seattle & Yakima, WA GUESTS 170 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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September 5 • Washington, DC

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Marina wore an ivory ball gown with a chapellength train, while her bridesmaids wore all white, a tradition passed down from her grandmother’s village in Sparta, Greece. Marina’s koumbara donned an embellished gown.

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BRIDE Marina Aiken, 24, a restaurant owner GROOM Kosta Dionisopoulos, 28, a wholesale produce company owner and restaurant owner HOW THEY MET Through their Greek Orthodox church WEDDING STYLE Marina and Kosta took inspiration from their historic reception venue for a garden-themed celebration and incorporated lots of florals, gold details and Greek culture. —MH

“The colors and the summergarden-style theme enhanced the beauty and character of St. Francis Hall perfectly,” Marina says. Tables were clad in creamcolored linens and topped with romantic tealights, vintage gold flatware and bottles of Greek olive oil. A mix of high and low centerpieces featured peach Juliet garden roses, cafe au lait dahlias, pink roses and greenery.

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Marina and Kosta took their first spin on the dance floor to Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E.”

MARINA & KOSTA’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS Cathedral, Washington, DC RECEPTION An alfresco-market-themed cocktail hour nodded to the couple’s careers, and included a spread of fresh fruits, vegetables, dried meats, imported cheeses and honeys all sourced by Kosta. To end on a sweet note, the couple served a four-tier strawberry cake with champagne buttercream decorated with metallic gold.

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CEREMONY SITE St. Sophia Greek Orthodox SITE St. Francis Hall, Washington, DC PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah Bradshaw

Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY Video

Express Productions HJ Planners Design

CONSULTANT

FLOWERS Petal’s Edge Floral

OFFICIANT Fr. Michael Eaccarino

GOWN Hayley Paige, Lovely Bride,

Georgetown, Washington, DC Christian Louboutin

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Custom

HAIR &

MAKEUP Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo, Love

Couture Bridal, Potomac, MD

MENSWEAR

M. Stein & Company Tuxedos

STATIONERY

You’re Invited...Invitations by Ange

RENTALS

Party Rental Ltd.; Plants Alive!; Vintage Affairs CATERING Teri Van Goethem

Bakery

CAKE Classic

MUSIC Band: The Golden Flame Band;

DJ: Midnight Sounds Limousines Inc. Capital Hilton

TRANSPORTATION ACCOMMODATIONS

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& Beyond; Bloomingdale’s; Pottery Barn HONEYMOON Turks & Caicos GUESTS 225 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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July 30 • Stevensville, MD

casey &

“We wanted to focus on the amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay behind us,” Casey says of foregoing an elaborate backdrop.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Casey Gillece, 32, a lawyer GROOM Griffin Gordon, 32, an operational executive HOW THEY MET At a bar in Chicago WEDDING STYLE To complement the bay backdrop, Casey and Griffin stuck to a neutral color scheme, white floral arrangements, natural table linens and, for a hint of elegance, a dramatic chandelier. “We wanted something that we could look back on and still love,” Casey says of striving for a timeless aesthetic. —MH

Looking for a venue close to home that still felt like a destination, the pair opted for a waterfront affair at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club.

Friends kept cool in the summer heat thanks to paper fans.

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During the reception with a live band, guests snacked on crab cakes and a spread of desserts, including the couple’s buttercream cake, and took home crab-shaped cookies made by Casey’s family friend as a late-night treat. “Take time to soak it all in,” Casey says of enjoying the day.

CASEY & GRIFFIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Stevensville, MD

PHOTOGRAPHY Elisha Coleman/

Love Life Images Rider Events

Floral Design Inc. (friend)

CONSULTANT Kari

FLOWERS Crimson & Clover OFFICIANT Nina Fulmer

GOWN &

San Francisco

VEIL Amy Kuschel, SHOES Cole Haan

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Chrissy Bertolli Decker Beauty Various

HAIR &

MAKEUP Amie

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Ralph Lauren

STATIONERY Invitations: Alice-Louise

Press; escort cards: Stephanie B. Design RENTALS Eastern Shore Tents and Events;

EventPro Live

CATERING Chesapeake

Bay Beach Club

CAKE Fiona’s Cakes

MUSIC MILLENNIUM/Washington

Talent Agency

FAVORS Kate Colvin

TRANSPORTATION Chesapeake Charter ACCOMMODATIONS Annapolis

Waterfront Hotel; Loews Annapolis Hotel REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond;

Bloomingdale’s; Crate & Barrel; Zola.com HONEYMOON Bora Bora GUESTS 200

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“We’re casual people, so we wanted a place that had simple and natural beauty,” Liza says of their rustic venue.

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Warm hues like brown, green, yellow and light orange, along with wood farm tables and ambient café lights, gave the couple’s celebration a romantic, rustic feel. To keep the mood laid-back, the newlyweds and guests celebrated with a familystyle dinner that included fried chicken, homemade biscuits with peach marmalade and pan-seared tilefish with ratatouille.

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“I was nervous to be lifted in a chair, but it was so fun and definitely a memorable moment,” Liza says of the hora.

LIZA & COREY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Mt. Washington Mill Dye House, Baltimore

PHOTOGRAPHY Kirsten

Zarek/Kirsten Marie Photography CONSULTANT Celebrations LLC FLOWERS Local Color Flowers OFFICIANTS Rabbi Geoff Basik; Rev.

Stewart Lucas BHLDN

GOWN &

SHOES BHLDN

HEADPIECE ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS J. Brown Jewelers HAIR Don Volatile/Village Hair MAKEUP Misha Lewis DRESSES Reformation

Edwards

BRIDESMAID MENSWEAR JS

STATIONERY Anne Clewell;

Tiny Dog Press Event Dynamics Copper Kitchen

RENTALS BD3 Design; CATERING & DESSERTS MUSIC Brad Hunter/

Party Central PHOTO BOOTH A-list Photo Booths

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Admiral Fell Inn

REGISTRIES

Crate & Barrel; West Elm; Zola.com HONEYMOON Belize GUESTS 185 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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October 3 • Washington, DC

stephanie &

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Stephanie Durden, 29, a nonprofit education professional GROOM Jon Barfield, 30, a management consultant HOW THEY MET At a mutual friend’s Fourth of July barbecue WEDDING STYLE After saying “I do” at Stephanie’s childhood church, the couple dined and danced at a classic DC hotel decked out in elegant gold décor and romantic rose arrangements. —MH

After dinner, at tables adorned with dramatic rose and hydrangea centerpieces and floating candles, guests enjoyed a yellow sponge cake then hit the dance floor. “We had a big party where everyone was dancing all night long,” Stephanie says. “Everyone had a blast.”

STEPHANIE & JON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Northminster

Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC RECEPTION SITE The Willard, Washington, DC PHOTOGRAPHY Cengiz Ozelsel/Adagion VIDEOGRAPHY Adagion Studio

CONSULTANT Jeannette Tavares/EVOKE FLOWERS Red Maple Leaf

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OFFICIANTS

Rev. Gail Porter Nelson; Rev. J. Herbert Nelson GOWN Matthew Christopher,

Bridal, Potomac, MD Bridal

Love Couture

VEIL Love Couture

SHOES Benjamin Adams London

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS D.Rao

and Co. JEWELRY Nadri Abigail de Casanova BHLDN

HAIR &

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Groom: Canali, Saks

Fifth Avenue; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Cheree Berry Paper CATERING &

CAKE The Willard

RENTALS DC Rentals; La Tavola Fine

Linens

MUSIC Ceremony: Crystal Strings/

Sterling Artists; cocktail hour & dinner: Wayne Wilentz Trio; reception: DJ Young Rye/RUP Productions

ACCOMMODATIONS Hilton

Garden Inn Downtown; JW Marriott; The Willard

HONEYMOON Hawaii

GUESTS 230 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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May 14 • Alexandria, VA

jamie &

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Flowers were placed in aqua and white vases alongside sea glass and candles.

JAMIE & TINA’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Hank’s PHOTOGRAPHY

Ana Isabel Martinez Chamorro/Ana Isabel Photography

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Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City Badgley Mischka

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Jamie: Dejan Studio Jewelry; Tina: Charleston Alexander WEDDING RINGS Dejan Studio Jewelry JEWELRY Charleston Alexander HAIR Rachel Branger/Aquilano Salon MAKEUP Dawn Newsome DRESSES David’s Bridal

Minted.com

BRIDESMAID STATIONERY

SIGN-IN BOOK Shutterfly.com

RENTALS Occasions Caterers

CATERING

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Jamie Leeds (above, right), 54, a restauranteur BRIDE Tina McDaniel, 40, a communications consultant HOW THEY MET At a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) fundraiser WEDDING STYLE The couple embraced their love of the sea with a cool color palette for their nuptials in Jamie’s newest restaurant. —MH

“We chose the restaurant to christen the space with love, joy and happiness,” Jamie says of their “I dos” at Hank’s Pasta Bar. Planning the wedding at the eatery also played to the couple’s advantage—they had total flexibility to bring in their favorite local vendors, like inviting Jamie’s chef friends to set up food stations instead of a formal, sit-down dinner. “Food was the star of the reception,” she says.

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CAKE &

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Suites Old Town Alexandria

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Romantic gardeninspired arrangements included roses, clematis and greenery.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Siri Kalburgi, 28, a business development project manager GROOM Kyle Wiggins, 30, an account manager HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE The couple embraced Siri’s Indian background with a traditional Hindu ceremony that was followed by a cocktail-style reception filled with plenty of dancing, delicious small plates and gold accents. —MH

“The biggest inspiration to us was family,” Siri says. “We wanted to honor my family’s culture, but make sure everyone there understood the meaning behind each ritual.” Siri’s cousin narrated the ceremony, then guests mixed and mingled at small plate stations instead of sitting down for a long dinner.

For dancing, Siri changed out of her white ceremony sari into an embroidered blush lehenga.

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Jewelers BRACELET The Precious Gem

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MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank

STATIONERY RSVP Stationery; custom

illustrations: Constantly Alexandra Design and Illustration

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CATERING Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club CAKE Kuba Kuba

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carry your invite theme into your wedding day paper! this dinner menu mimics the invite

Getting hitched in the Southwest? Choose a symbol or motif that suits, like this playful cactus illustration. A mix of graphic and elegant typography elevates the suite, making it perfect for any formality, from hacienda to casual ranch party. Cacti wedding invitations, $234 for 100, Cass Loh, Minted.com

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Tying the knot in a field of flowers? Incorporate some flora into your wedding paper. (Bonus points for adding the blooms to your bouquet too.) A monochromatic palette lends subtle sophistication to this illustrated design while a portrait (aka the new monogram) gives it bespoke personalization. Matching inserts coordinate the whole suite. Frankie collection invitations and envelopes, $582 for 100, ColorMeCarla.com

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Celebrating in the big city? Give guests a sneak peek of the party spot and generate excitement with a custom watercolor invitation backer— imagine pulling this out of an envelope. Add a glitzy paper liner, monogrammed reply card and handpicked vintage stamps for a unique invitation. Travis and Mario invitations, $2,850 for 100, RegasStudio.com >>

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Saying "I do" by the sea? Play with pattern. A tropical locale lends itself to a spirited use of color. Mix and match the details for a refined yet casual soiree on the beach—your guests will know to pack their dancing shoes.

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Tulum collection invitations, reply cards and coordinating envelopes, from $2,075 for 100, Courtney Jentzen, BellaFigura.com

opt for a fill-in reply card so guests can pen you a note of excitement

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Making it official in a mountain chalet? Play up your chosen spot in big (hello, maps!) and small ways. A neutral palette is perfect for mixing motifs and typography, while gold foil details add a hint of formality and make each piece of the suite feel extra special. Haynes collection invitations, reply cards and coordinating envelopes, from $1,990 for 100, Amy Graham Stigler, SmockPaper.com

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petal talk You know that big, pink, roselike bloom? What’s that called again? BY ANDREA FOWLER PHOTOGRAPH BY HARRISON STUDIO

Sometimes trying to describe your favorite blooms to a florist is like trying to tell the car repair shop what sound your engine is making. Unless you’ve been around the block a few times, it’s hard to establish an extensive floral vocabulary. So we called on floral expert Jihyen Crowley of Gotham Florist for some help, and she shared the stems she’s asked about most often when it comes to wedding flowers. From anemones to garden roses and sweet pea, we’ve created a cheat sheet of perennial favorites, so you can brush up on the flower speak before meeting with your florist to choose your perfect petals. >>

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anemone This small bloom comes in a range of jewel-toned hues, but white may be the most popular color. It’s a shoo-in for formal black-and-white weddings because it’s one of the only flowers that naturally grows in that color scheme (white petals, black center). SEASON Spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Expectation, protection PAIR IT WITH Anemones look great next to their floral cousin ranunculus. Ranunculus have very compact, layered petals that complement the open shape of anemones.

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The pointy petals sported by this bloom are thanks to its roots in the protea family. We love the shape they add to an arrangement, and you can’t beat the name when it comes to your bouquet. SEASON Summer SYMBOLIC MEANING Courtship PAIR IT WITH Crowley recommends a big flowering bloom with lots of petals, like peonies, and florals with a smaller head, like ranunculus, to fill out the whole arrangement.

Dahlias come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They can grow up to 12 inches in diameter or be as small as a button mum. The petals can expand in a straight, spiky fashion or in a round, tube-like shape, and the colors range from pastels to jewel tones and monochromatic combinations. Basically, options. SEASON Summer SYMBOLIC MEANING Dignity, elegance PAIR IT WITH If your dahlias have large heads, they’ll likely take up more space in an arrangement allowing you to complement with greenery (think: dusty miller or seeded eucalyptus) and a few filler flowers. If you want to supplement with a similar-looking bloom, consider zinnias, which share the same architecture.

lisianthus The ruffled petals are similar to a rose, but the center of lisianthus is what separates it from the pack. The petals appear pulled away from the center, really exposing the pollen. It’s also a hardier flower, which makes it a great choice for warm-weather weddings. SEASON Year-round SYMBOLIC MEANING Flashy, showiness PAIR IT WITH Roses are a great choice since the two blooms look so alike, but for something more edgy and less sweet, include some lisianthus buds in the mix. Before the flowers bloom they have tall, slender buds that give texture to an arrangement. >>

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This sought-after hybrid (also know as a David Austin English rose) adds depth and fragrance to a bouquet. The petals are reminiscent of a peony while the shape maintains its traditional rose demeanor. SEASON Year-round SYMBOLIC MEANING This variety was bred too recently to have a symbolic meaning, but classic roses stand for love, joy and beauty. PAIR IT WITH These stems are universally loved. “They pair well with almost any flower,” Crowley says. “But we use them most often with anemones, tulips, dahlias and orchids.” >>

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lily of the valley Royal brides like Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton have helped make lily of the valley an iconic wedding flower. Its little bellshaped blooms are clustered close together on a vinelike stem, making it the perfect choice to offset big-headed flowers in large bouquets. But, out of season, these tiny buds can really cost you. SEASON Spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Humility, purity, sweetness PAIR IT WITH When peeking out from a cluster of lush peonies, lily of the valley is incredibly glamorous and charming. Stephanotis and tuberose are also good pairings—both sharing the vine structure and small white flowers.

peony Maybe the most requested of all wedding flowers, the peony definitely steals the show. There are hues for any season, like fall maroons or springy hot pinks. BEST SEASON Spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Bashfulness, prosperity, romance PAIR IT WITH Peonies look amazing on their own or when paired with other large-headed blooms like double tulips or roses.

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sweet pea These ruffly, feminine petals are a popular choice because of their sweet aroma and sentimental name. Different colors bloom in different seasons, so if you’re interested in a specific hue, check with your florist about what’s available when. BEST SEASON Fall, spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Blissful pleasure PAIR IT WITH Hydrangeas look incredibly lush and romantic with sweet pea. If you want something more understated, garden roses are equally as fabulous but with a bit less volume. >>

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Happily Ever After Starts Here

Photo credit: Stephanie Messick Photography

Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club is the perfect location for your special day. From grand affairs to intimate gatherings, we have the perfect setting for your storybook event.

Call us today for a tour! 703-743-2005

6901 Arthur Hills Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155 | www.heritagehunt.net | An Associa CMC & Up to Par Managed Property

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ranunculus Though small in size, this petal-filled flower is used in a range of different-styled bouquets. It perfectly completes a round bouquet, or adds a sense of whimsy to a rustic-looking arrangement. And because of its size, it makes the perfect boutonniere bloom. SEASON Winter, spring SYMBOLIC MEANING Charming, radiant PAIR IT WITH Gardenia petals grow in a beautiful spiral, which makes for a striking juxtaposition when placed next to the small heads of ranunculus.

thistle The distinctive shape of this stem (also known as sea holly) makes it a total standout. It has an interesting texture and is one of the few true-blue florals out there. The best part? No petals means no wilting, so it will last through any summer wedding. SEASON Summer, fall SYMBOLIC MEANING Protection, strength PAIR IT WITH Thistle is very rustic, so keep the vibe going with wax flowers, Queen Anne’s lace and seeded eucalyptus. Find your bridal blooms at TheKnot.com/flowers

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You’ve probably seen a lot of scabiosa pods in rustic weddings, but when the flower is in full bloom, it has a different appearance. The seed-dotted center gives the bloom an identifiable architectural element that stands out among other stems. SEASON Spring, fall SYMBOLIC MEANING Admiration PAIR IT WITH For a totally romantic-without-fuss bouquet, clematis and anemones go amazingly well with this easy, breezy bloom.

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Rustic Charm. Modern Elegance.

Exactly1 You1. Designed with your expectations for both comfort and refinement in mind, 1757 offers you and your guests an extraordinary setting for your wedding. Director of Sales, Kelsey Baron, looks forward to sharing more with you about hosting your special day at 1757. 1757golfclub.com kbaron@1757golfclub.com 703.444.0901 x 1717 tel 45120 Waxpool Road | Dulles, VA 20166

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Your Traditions

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WashingtonDCsilverspring.DoubleTree.com 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring MD 20910 301-563-3829 | pamela.lueben@hilton.com

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t  he real deal on wedding cakes We’ve got the answers to all your pressing frosting, flavor and topper questions. >> BY LAUREN KAY CAKE DESIGN BY MAGGIE AUSTIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY PERNILLE LOOF

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do I have to have a wedding cake? Technically no, but we think the tradition is definitely worth keeping. If you decide to forgo a cake, offer your guests some other kind of sweet treat, be it a plated dessert or passed chocolates. If you’re skipping the cake solely to save money, consider scaling back instead. Keep your add-ons and decoration requests simple— the less ornate the design, the less time-consuming (and costly) to make. Avoid exotic fillings, such as fresh guava, and instead order classic flavors that can easily be sourced. If you still need to come down on price, ask your baker about having two cakes. Order a small one- or a two-tier confection you can cut, then supplement with a sheet cake in the kitchen.

Sort of—the cost of a bowl of buttercream is less expensive than rolled fondant. But generally speaking, labor is a big indicator of the price of your cake, no matter what kind of frosting you choose. If you’re asking for a super-detailed design, like a smooth finish with several sugar flower clusters and a patterned motif, plan to pay for the baker’s time. Same goes for shapes—a twisty, stacked style could take up to three days to create and frost. For a less costly option, try a simple design and add a dramatic cake topper or fresh blooms. Besides being a showpiece, your cake should also be delicious. Choose the frosting that tastes best or allows your baker to design your dream cake. >>

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how much cake you’ll need Not sure how many slices are in each tier? Use this cheat sheet.

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do I have to have a vanilla-flavored wedding cake? Remember: In addition to being unique and stunning, your cake has to taste good too. When you meet with prospective bakers, try a lot of flavors. Don’t be afraid to shy away from classics like chocolate or vanilla in favor of something less traditional such as carrot or lemon. And sample the available fillings—sometimes this layer is the most flavorful part of the slice. Many bakers are working with complex pairings like rose, hazelnut or lychee. Some will even whip up something custom for you. Choose the flavor you and your fiancé like best—after all, it’s your wedding cake.

I love the look of fondant, but I heard it tastes terrible—is that true?

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Terrible is a stretch, but it’s not quite as tasty as a buttercream or meringue. The upshot of using fondant is the virtually limitless design possibilities. Want a ribbon that matches your bouquet wrap? No problem. Want a smooth surface that can easily incorporate geometric designs or a ton of gum-paste roses? You got it. If you’re worried about the taste, ask your baker to add a layer of buttercream between the cake and the fondant (most do this anyway) to offset the flavor. Or speak to your cake designer about your vision and see if it can be accomplished or modified to work with a different type of icing.

is a naked cake right for my wedding? It all depends on the kind of celebration you’re planning. Naked cakes are essentially unfrosted confections. These designs tend to have a more natural and organic feel, since they don’t really lend themselves to gum-paste flowers or metallic dust. That doesn’t necessarily mean they should be reserved for casual weddings though. A naked cake garnished with some lavender sprigs would be well suited for a vineyard affair, for example. If you like the naked look, talk with your baker about ways to tailor the design to the formality of your celebration.

are fresh flowers safe to put on a cake, and do they cost less than the sugar variety? Generally speaking, fresh flowers will cost you less than anything made from sugar, mostly because of the time and effort required to create each delicate petal. If you want to use fresh flowers on your cake, speak to your florist in advance. They’ll need to source the requested blooms and make sure they haven’t been sprayed with pesticides. If you have your heart set on a particular bud, check to see if it’s in season. In some cases, it might be less costly to fashion a peony in the kitchen than to source one in February.

my fianc´e and I prefer savory or lightly sweetened desserts—is buttercream teeth-achingly sweet?

will a buttercream cake be fancy enough for my black-tie wedding?

Most buttercreams are made of the ingredients you’d expect: creamed butter and sugar. But they aren’t all created equal. Some are meringue based while others use custard or oils (making them better for fillings or decoration). Talk with your baker about sweetness preference and taste samples. Bottom line: You can achieve a spreadable cream without risking a cavity. You may even want to opt for a cream cheese frosting, which is a mix of savory and sweet that you and your guests will enjoy.

Absolutely—just ask cake icon Sylvia Weinstock, who only frosts with buttercream. This fluffy icing can be applied in a smooth appliqué, giving it a flawless finish similar to that of fondant. An assortment of sugar flowers dresses things up even more. Buttercream’s consistency also allows it to be easily shaped or piped into swags, borders and flowers (perfect decoration for less formal celebrations). The only real downside to buttercream is it’s not ideal for transfers, stencils or embossing. >>

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do we have to have two cakes, including a groom’s cake? One cake is all you need, but if you like the idea of serving a second dessert or getting your groom involved, go for it. The tradition of the groom’s cake has evolved over time—a slice of this second cake used to be given to guests as a favor when they headed home for the evening. The groom’s cake is usually much smaller than the couple’s wedding cake and is decorated to reflect the interests of the groom (think: hobbies, favorite sports team or even a childhood superhero). There are no rules to the flavors and fillings, but, like the design, they typically reflect his favorites.

if I don’t want a traditional cake topper, do I have to have one? You have free rein to top your cake with whatever you’d like— or nothing at all. If you have an heirloom piece, like your grandparents’ vintage topper, work with your baker to add it to your top tier (it can even double as your “something old”). Many wedding cakes are so decorative or colorful that a topper could actually detract from the design.

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I’m planning an outdoor wedding—will a buttercream cake melt? The biggest downside to buttercream is its sensitivity to heat. Most buttercreams will stand at room temperature for hours, developing a pretty iredescent shine, but it’s good to have a designated refrigerator at your venue for storing the cake before the reception begins. If you’re hosting an outdoor party, you can still have a buttercream cake—just take a few extra precautions. Chill the cake leading up to the reception and opt for an early cake cutting, before you sit down to eat. If it’s too hot or humid, the cake can be removed and chilled until it’s time to serve your guests.

cake décor glossary Learn some lingo before meeting with your cake baker.

basket weave

A piping technique that has interwoven vertical and horizontal lines.

beading

A border along the edge of tiers that resembles tiny pearls.

cornelli

An elaborate piping technique that yields a lacelike pattern.

Adds sparkle or sheen to a cake.

piping

Decorative technique created using a pastry bag and various metal tips. Piping details include leaves, borders, basket-weave patterns and flowers.

pulled sugar

Edible colored sugar balls used for decorative purposes.

A technique in which boiled sugar is manipulated and pulled to produce flowers and bows.

ganache

royal icing

dragees

A sweet, rich chocolate, denser than mousse but less dense than fudge, which can be used as icing or filling.

gum paste

This paste of sugar, cornstarch and gelatin is used to mold realisticlooking fruits and flowers to garnish a cake.

latticework meet the expert: maggie austin Former ballet dancer turned cake designer Maggie Austin creates detailed works of (delicious) art. The process of designing a wedding cake can begin a year or more in advance with Austin and the couple discussing elements of the reception in great detail, resulting in a unique design. The cake is typically made and decorated the day before delivery, but she works on sugar flowers and other delicate details well in advance. MaggieAustinCake.com

petal dust

A crisscross piping with an open pattern.

marzipan

A paste made of ground almonds, sugar and egg whites used to mold edible flowers to decorate the cake. Marzipan can also be rolled in sheets, and used as icing.

Made of egg whites and confectioners sugar, this icing is a soft paste piped from a pastry bag to create flowers, beading, bows and latticework.

swiss dot

A piping technique that forms tiny dots in random patterns that resemble a fine dot Swiss fabric.

torte

A dense cake that does not use leavening agents like baking powder or baking soda.

whipped cream Heavy cream beaten to achieve a thick consistency.

Search hundreds of real wedding cakes by color at TheKnot.com/cakes

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Change your name in two easy steps. The wedding took a lot of work. This part should be easy.

NAME CHANGE

Find out how easy it is to change your name at hitchswitch.com/TheKnot

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Couples take note: Edible favors never (okay, rarely) get left behind. And while favors aren’t required, they’re a nice way to show your guests you appreciate their support and attendance. And if they traveled to celebrate, an edible token means instant gratification— no packing something extra in the suitcase for the trek home. Just like your invitation sets the stage for your wedding, your favors leave a lasting impression, so pick something fun that speaks to your wedding theme, the locale or your personality as a couple. Are you two always on the hunt for the best macarons? Or maybe you’re popcorn gurus or cookie connoisseurs? Treat your guests to an indulgence you both love. Whether you’re after something sweet, foodie-approved or ridiculously Instagrammable, we’ve got you covered with nine edible favors that ship nationwide.

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2. whoopie pies These aren’t just any old whoopie pies. With their creative flavors (fig honey goat cheese, anyone?), these treats are fit for a foodie. And if your guests aren’t that adventurous, stick to classics like double chocolate and vanilla Funfetti. $16 FOR 10, BATTERANDCREAM.COM

3. b’day cake truffles Allow us to introduce you to the ultimate truffle: vanilla rainbow cake mixed with vanilla-infused milk, coated with white chocolate and rolled in rainbow cake crumbs. Mind blown.

A bite of cake on a stick is the perfect grab-and-go fix. And with sparkly frosting, these cake pops can double as décor—they can even be styled to look like a mini wedding cake or a bride and groom (perfect for a prewedding celebration too!). Have a bowtie-clad waiter stand by the exit to send guests off with something sweet in a grand way. FROM $39 FOR 12, SHOPNYCAKEPOPS.COM

7. mini tubs of cookie dough Perfectly safe to eat or bake—if you can wait that long—this cookie dough is available in 21 varieties, including confetti, fluffernutter, chocolate dream and signature chocolate chip. Bonus: Most of them can be made vegan or gluten-free. We guarantee there won’t be a single one left behind (maybe to the newlyweds’ dismay).

8. personalized macarons These tasty little treats come in fun flavors, like mint chocolate, chocolate lavender, passion fruit and white chocolate cherry. And you can personalize the cookie with a custom illustration of the two of you or even your wedding date—total win. $5 FOR 2-PIECE FAVOR BOX, BYWOOPS.COM

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5. popcorn tins You’ll be hard-pressed to find a guest who wouldn’t want to take home this iconic popcorn. A delectable combo of caramel and cheese—Garrett’s signature mix—is both a savory treat and a dessert snack in one. $189 FOR EVENT PACK WITH 24 POPCORN BAGS, GARRETTPOPCORN.COM

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9. marshmallow sandwich cookies Not only are these marshmallow cookies totally unique, they’re also made with fair-trade ingredients and zero artificial preservatives. Pick from flavors like raspberry hibiscus, spiked espresso, vanilla and caramel, and peppermint chocolate. Thinking of keeping guests toasty at your winter nuptials with a hot chocolate bar? Station these next to the cocoa for a perfect pairing. Customize the packaging for an ultra-personalized wedding favor. FROM $5 FOR 4, MALVIMALLOW.COM

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Who says you have to stick to conventional hues for your wedding? A dreamy mauve gown and crisp khaki suit are fresh and totally on trend. Dress, $6,000, Hayley Paige at Annalise Bridal Boutique, AnnaliseBridal.com (Richmond, VA), Lovely Bride, LovelyBride.com (Washington, DC), Love Couture Bridal, LoveCoutureBridal.com (Potomac, MD); engagement ring, $995, EffyJewelry.com; earrings, $345, NaeemKhan .com ON HIM Suit, $600, Bar III, Macys.com; shirt, stylist’s own; bow tie, $110, Olch.com; pocket square, $16, SprezzaBox.com; socks, $28, HappySocks .com; shoes, $1,195, ChristianLouboutin.com >>

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A sleek pantsuit with a flouncy top is the best of both worlds: It’s fashion forward but still feels bridal. Add a veil for a look that’s all your own. Pantsuit, $4,150, Rosa Clará at Garnish Boutique, GarnishBoutique.com (Towson, MD), Elegance By Roya Tyson’s Corner, EleganceByRoya .com (Vienna, VA); veil, $120, TwigsandHoney.com; engagement ring, $920, MarsJewelry.com; earrings, $425, OscardelaRenta .com; shoes, Manolo Blahnik, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library

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Turn heads in a dress with a trendy high-low hemline. It’s the perfect opportunity to show off amazing shoes, without sacrificing the drama of a train. Dress, $8,490, Ines Di Santo at Carine’s Bridal Telier, CarinesBridal .com (Washington, DC), Nordstrom Wedding Suite, NordstromWeddings.com (McLean, VA); earrings, $325, Simone Rocha, NewYork .DoverStreetMarket.com; pink tennis bracelet, $65, gold tennis bracelet, $125, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; stacking rings, $3,740, Laurence Bruyninckx, LX-Antwerp.com; shoes, $1,090, OscardelaRenta.com >>

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flirty skirt Lace sleeves and a tutu-inspired skirt make this short frock anything but simple. Dress, $958, Truly Zac Posen, DavidsBridal.com; stacking ring, $6,935, EffyJewelry.com; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti, courtesy of Albright Fashion Library ON HIM Suit, $595, TommyHilfiger.com; shirt, stylist’s own; tie, $160, Olch.com; shoes, $750, Burberry.com

party plumes Planning to change it up for your reception? A feathery cocktail dress is made for dancing the night away. Top, $4,280, skirt, $3,180, LihiHod.com; engagement ring, $2,360 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; wedding band, $1,590, ring, $4,450, HeartsOnFire.com; earrings, $198, LeleSadoughi.com >>

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While pastel florals are classic, a bold, vibrant bouquet instantly adds a celebratory vibe to your wedding. Top, $550, pants, $605, Ivy & Aster at Garnish Boutique, GarnishBoutique.com (Towson, MD); necklace, $245, CZbyKennethJayLane.com

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daring details All minidresses aren’t created equal. Abstract embellishments give this little white dress a dose of avant-garde appeal. Dress, $4,500, Christian Siriano, KleinfeldBridal.com; clutch, $4,995, Judith Leiber, NeimanMarcus.com; earrings, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com; bracelet, $6,750, HeartsOnFire.com; shoes, price upon request, ChristianSiriano.com ON HIM Suit, $595, shoes, $230, TommyHilfiger.com; shirt, stylist’s own; pocket square, $16, SprezzaBox.com; wedding band, $1,250, CrownRing.com

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Chances are, you have a couple of old bridesmaid dresses collecting dust in your own closet. And now that it’s your turn to pick the dress, you might be feeling the pressure to find a style that’s both budget friendly and figure flattering. Think that’s impossible? We promise—it’s actually totally doable. Read up on how to find dresses that won’t cost a fortune but will look gorgeous on all your girls.

let them choose the dress Just hear us out on this one: Letting each bridesmaid choose her own dress proves you want everyone to look their best and shows you trust in their fashion sense. The trick to pulling off the mismatched trend is setting color and fabric guidelines so your whole party still looks cohesive. It’s even okay to create a don’ts list, with requests like no miniskirts or plunging necklines.

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avoid gowns that need alterations Bridesmaid dresses, like wedding gowns, are ordered using the largest measurement as a guide. Chances are, your bridesmaids will end up with dresses that are a size or two larger than what they normally wear. Depending on the dress and on the body types of your bridal party, alterations can cost anywhere from about $30 (for a simple hem) to about $150 (taking in, hemming, adding straps). Suddenly, a small price tag becomes a small fortune. Stick to flowy silhouettes, which will require fewer alterations, or styles your bridesmaids can buy in their regular sizes from department stores to decrease the chance that alterations will be necessary.

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pick up the tab One of the most common gripes you’ll hear about bridesmaid dresses is the price. Even if you’ve been considerate by finding budget-friendly options, the dress still contributes to a long list of expenses (think: travel costs, shower gift, bachelorette party, wedding gift—you get the idea). If you have room in your budget, consider gifting your girls their dresses—it’s a thoughtful way to thank them for being part of your day.

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stick to short styles Choosing a knee-length dress will eliminate the need for at least one alteration: hemming. Sure, your bridesmaids may still need to hit up the tailor for other minor tweaks, but they won’t have to worry about tripping over their dress. A shorter hemline is also a great opportunity to show off killer heels.

don’t dictate the footwear Speaking of heels, insisting bridesmaids purchase a specific pair may feel like the perfect finishing touch to you, but it’s also another expense. And, like the dress, it’s unlikely they’ll want to wear the shoes again. Your friends probably have a pair of black or metallic shoes they’d be thrilled to reuse. Another bonus: Wearing a pair of their own shoes means blister-free dancing.

schedule a shopping trip Our best formula for a seamless shopping spree? Make it a whole day of fun. Your first stop: the beauty salon. Get all of your bridesmaids together for manicures and pedicures (bonus points if you’re treating). Next up: ladies’ lunch. Choose a restaurant with lots of light dishes that won’t leave your friends feeling too full or bloated.

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But don’t skip the mimosas—relaxed bridesmaids are more likely to fall in love with your dress choice. And finally: the bridal shop. Pick your preferred styles ahead of time to make the process less overwhelming. Then let your ladies put on a fashion show—it will be a fun way to narrow in on their favorites.

do a test run Here’s the deal: Your bridesmaids don’t want to steal the show, but they do want to look their best. They’ll be standing in front of a room full of friends and family too. The best way to prove you respect their feelings is by trying on the bridesmaid dress. Does it flatter your figure? Is the fabric itchy? If you answer yes, move on. When you find one that you’d love to wear yourself, you’ll have no problem convincing your friends to get on board.

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By letting each bridesmaid select her own jewelry, you’re encouraging her to express her unique personality (that’s the reason you chose her in the first place, right?). Plus, the right jewelry will make any bridesmaid look and feel more like herself.

make sure it’s comfortable We’re aware the term “comfortable” can be somewhat subjective (to your bustier friends, strapless dresses can lack support; to your smaller-chested pals, thick straps seem overwhelming) but who can argue with the idea of slipping into a frock made of itch-free fabric? Or a flowing gown that won’t cling to the midsection? Small details like fabric choice and silhouette can make a world of difference where dress wearability is concerned. Bring on the dancing and the wedding cake! S earch bridesmaid dresses by style at TheKnot.com/bridesmaiddresses

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You come first. Everything else is second nature.

Here are a few things your girls shouldn’t have to worry about on your wedding day.

bouquets You’re expected to pay for your attendants’ flowers, which is something to consider when you’re thinking about how many bridesmaids you want. The bridesmaid bouquets (and the groomsmen boutonnieres) are factored into the floral budget along with your bouquet, centerpieces and other décor.

transportation While you don’t have to order a car service to pick up each and every one of your bridesmaids, you should make sure they have a ride to the wedding and from the ceremony to the reception, especially if your two venues are far apart or in an unfamiliar area. You can

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hire a bus or limo to pick them up from a set location, or you can ask a few local guests to give the out-of-towners a lift.

bridesmaid luncheon Despite the name, this is actually an event thrown by the bride for her bridesmaids as a way to show her appreciation for the many things each girl has done to make her wedding special. This sit-down lunch or brunch is typically held the afternoon of the rehearsal dinner. Think of it as a “thank you” to your girls for their support.

hair and makeup Your bridesmaids are already paying for dresses, the shower and more. If you want them to have their hair and makeup professionally done for the wedding, it’s a nice gesture to offer to pay for these services. Otherwise, trust your girls to do their own hair and makeup.

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It’s no secret that many brides follow strict wedding prep before the wedding day—but what about the guys? These days, groom style is about so much more than just a rented tux. From manicuring his facial hair to choosing just the right accessories to complement his perfectly tailored new threads, here are four easy ways to pamper your groom and give his wedding day style a little extra polish.

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If he’s considering growing or changing his facial hair before your wedding, make sure he has at least a three-month head start. “It’s better to live with the style for a bit prior to the wedding to make sure this is the look you want to have in your photos,” says Troy Harris, a master barber at The Art of Shaving. Once he’s decided whether he’ll be clean-shaven, bearded or mustachioed, consider treating your groom to some must-have products to kick-start his prewedding skin-care regimen. Start by swapping his ordinary bar of soap for an actual facial wash plus a scrub for a smoother shave. If he’s bearded, have him mix facial wash and scrub together. “This helps remove dry skin under the beard hair to keep his skin from feeling dry and itchy,” Harris says. Applying a shave oil (yes, it exists) before shaving is another way to step up his routine—it works wonders at preventing razor burn and scratchy first kisses. Your groom should also have at least one professional shave before your wedding day, according to Harris. If he’s clean-shaven he’ll want to make sure he reacts well to a close shave to prevent irritated skin in your wedding photos. If he’s bearded or in the process of growing a beard, a barber can help shape the lines of his facial hair, taking all of the guesswork out of shaving.

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Your guy may not be into spa days, but that doesn’t mean he can’t indulge in a relaxing professional massage. “As great as weddings are, they’re a high-stress event,” says Tamim Ghilzai, a Zeel massage therapist based in San Francisco. “A massage will help your groom relax and take his mind off any worries.” On-demand massage companies like Zeel deliver professional massages to your door, without the frills of scented candles and cucumber water your groom may not care about. “Men are just more comfortable in their home—they’re in their own environment,” Ghilzai says. “Some feel awkward sitting in the waiting room wearing a fluffy robe and slippers.” Another idea: Because of close-up ring shots on your wedding day, you’ll want your groom to consider what’s recently been coined “handshake maintenance,” or a manicure for men. If your guy doesn’t know his way around an emery board, opt for a professional job to clean up his cuticles and buff his nails to a healthy-looking shine. To maintain his newly manicured nails at home, he should invest in an all-in-one nail file and buffer to smooth out any ragged edges that appear over time. And have him apply a fragrance-free hand cream at night before bed to stave off callouses and keep his hands nice and soft.

update his suit Odds are, your groom is going to wear either a suit or tux—but that doesn’t mean all menswear is created equal. Consider a slim-cut tux or suit to up the style factor. And, this may be surprising, but slimmercut suits actually work for every body type. “Sometimes, guys think a boxier shape will make their body appear slimmer, but it has the opposite effect,” says Andrew Blackmon, cofounder of The Black Tux. >>

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You’ll know a slim-cut (not to be confused with skinny) suit has just the right fit if it meets the following criteria: shoulders that are close to his body but not constricting, sleeves that are long enough to show a quarter- to a half-inch of his shirt while his arms are at his sides, and a jacket length ending at the base of his thumbs.

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Even if your groom is happy overall with the general fit of his suit, don’t skimp on the tailoring—it’s even more important if it’s a rental. After all, you wouldn’t consider skipping your wedding dress alterations. He’ll typically have three fittings: one for chalking, one to try everything on and one to make final adjustments. He should give himself a month or so for alterations to avoid any last-minute fixes.

upgrade his accessories Stand-out accessories are a simple and cost-effective way to give your groom’s look a personal touch. If his groomsmen want in on the action, make sure they don’t match each other perfectly— complementary accessories for the group will still create a cohesive look without being too cookie cutter (think mismatched bridesmaid dresses). Consider adding one or two of the following options for a more unique twist on the standard suit and tie combination.

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pocket square A pocket square gives personality to a formal look without going too over the top. Choose patterns that go together without being matchy-matchy, like a floral-print tie and a gingham pocket square. If you go for a bolder pocket square—say a plaid or paisley—balance it out with a solid color tie. boutonniere While we love florals, they aren’t your guy’s only option. A customized boutonniere, like an antique brooch or lapel pin, is perfect for the edgier groom. “It’s a fun way to add to your look without the formal association a classic boutonniere can bring,” says Allyson Wicha Lewis, vice president of merchandising at The Tie Bar.

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socks A pair of statement socks (think: novelty patterns or bold prints) is an understated way for your groom to inject some personality into his look. “Because only a portion of the sock shows when you’re sitting down, it’s perfect for guys who are generally averse to bright color to wear it subtly,” Wicha Lewis says. To pull off this trend, your guy should stick with socks that are grounded in his pant color, with just a hint of something bold.

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Voluminous waterproof mascara, $11, LorealParisUSA.com Don’t worry about tearing up during your ceremony: This mascara delivers tons of drama without the fear of raccoon eyes.

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Powder blush, $22, MACCosmetics.com The compact is generously sized and the shade selection doesn’t disappoint, with more than 50 options ranging from romantic to bold.

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Eye shadow, $25, BobbiBrown Cosmetics.com These silky powders glide on lids, then stay put without creasing or fading.

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Pop lip colour and primer, $18, Clinique.com Brights for the bachelorette, pinks for the wedding, corals for the honeymoon—this line is packed with shades that last.

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Sculpting eyebrow pencil, $29, Chanel.com Many pencils can look harsh, but not this one. The blendable color appears almost like a powder once it’s on.

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Amazing concealer, $42, Amazing Cosmetics.com It’s thick enough to obliterate dark circles and has enough staying power to keep stubborn zits hidden.

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Relevée lash curler, $30, SurrattBeauty.com Squeeze, hold for a few seconds, then release to get a longlasting curl with zero tugging or pinching.

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Sonia Kashuk brushes, from $11, Target.com These sleek tools may be budget friendly, but trust us: The ultra-soft bristles hold their own against any brand out there.

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Diaphane loose powder, $40, SurrattBeauty.com Dust this translucent powder over skin to set makeup and stave off shine.

tip of this marker-like liner makes it easy to draw an expertlooking swoop.

LIP GLOSS

Color Elixir lip color, $9, Maybelline.com The color payoff, nonsticky feel and pretty shine is on par with highend formulas. >>

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BRONZER

Hoola matte bronzer, $29, BenefitCosmetics.com Sweep this sparkle-free powder across your chin, cheeks and forehead for a subtle, natural glow.

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TALK ABOUT BEAUTY AND BRAINS: A PROFESSOR AT MIT HELPED DEVELOP THIS HAIR CARE LINE

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Have the best hair day ever with locks that are voluminous, shiny and in control.

1 ANTI-FRIZZ SERUM

$ BUDGET PICK

Sleek & Shine antifrizz serum, $6, GarnierUSA.com Even the most humid honeymoon destination is no match for this frizz fighter. Work a few drops through hair to keep the fuzzies at bay for hours.

2 HAIR SPRAY Superfine hair spray, $33, Oribe.com Mighty enough to hold an updo

in place, but still flexible enough for a down ’do, this ultrafine mist is our go-to spray for any hairstyle.

3 SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner, $25 each, LivingProof.com Whatever your hair type, this sulfate-free duo leaves it soft, smooth and full. One of our testers even called it “life changing.” We’re sold.

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4 VOLUMIZER

Luxurious Volume fine to full blowout spray, $10, JohnFrieda.com Want your hair to have Victoria’sSecret-model-level volume? Then this bodifying mist is for you. The fine-haired among us swear by it.

5 STYLING CREAM

Brilliant Glossing crème, $20, Fekkai.com We’re obsessed with this cult favorite’s ability to hydrate,

tame and even add shine to the most unruly hair. Plus, the formula is super effective but won’t weigh down your locks or feel greasy.

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Bb. Curl defining crème, $31, Bumble andBumble.com Curly girls, meet your new BFF. This rich, curl-defining cream will have you falling in love with your natural texture all over again. Just rake through your wet hair and go.

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DRY SHAMPOO

Fresh Start dry shampoo, $5, TRESemme.com One spritz at the roots and this light mist will perk up limp locks without any residue.

HAND CREAM

Shea Butter hand cream, $12, LOccitane.com Prep your hands for all those #ringselfies with this intensely nourishing cream.

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BODY

These genius products help your skin stay soft, smooth and strapless-gown ready. 1

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Almond Coconut Milk scrub, $50, LauraMercier.com This thick scrub sloughs away rough patches and smells like dessert.

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Dry Oil Moisture nourishing body wash, $6, Dove.us The tiny bursts of argan oil in this rich formula leave skin super hydrated, so you won’t need to use lotion afterward.

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Outlast Xtend antiperspirant gel, $5, Secret.com Wedding planning stress is no match for this deodorant. Swipe it on for major odor control.

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Flash bronzer, $42, Lancome-USA.com The bronze-colored lotion lets you see exactly where to apply it, so there’s no danger of streaks.

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Ultra Sheer DryTouch sunscreen SPF 55, $10, Neutrogena.com This fast-absorbing protector won’t leave a ghostly white residue behind. >>

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2 NAIL POLISH REMOVER

Instant nail polish remover, $10, Sephora.com Simply dip your fingertip inside and twist it back and forth. The built-in

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Formula X Shine nail topcoat, $11, Sephora.com Keep your nails photo ready with this clear polish. It delivers a shiny finish that lasts for days.

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All About That Base CC base coat, $20, Deborah Lippmann.com This nifty formula strengthens and primes nails.

5 DRYING DROPS

$ BUDGET PICK

Complete Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops, $8, SallyHansen.com These drops cut drying time dramatically—ideal for a busy bride.

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Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream for Nails, $27, Dior.com Oils can be messy but this cream keeps cuticles soft without a greasy residue. >>

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NAIL POLISH

Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers, $9, Essie.com There’s a reason why this polish is a bridal staple: Its pale pink shade is universally flattering and works in any season.

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FACE

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Anthelios face sunscreen SPF 45, $30, LaRoche-Posay.us Stay safe by wearing SPF every day. This one feels invisible on skin.

Get ready for your close-up. A gorgeous wedding day glow starts with these finds.

2 MOISTURIZER   Hydro Boost gel, $19, Neutrogena.com This airy gel quenches dry skin with a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid.

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Phloretin CF Gel, $163, SkinCeuticals.com With this powerhouse blend of antioxidants, skinharming free radicals don’t have a chance.

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Truth Sugar Glow polishing mask, $42, OleHenriksen.com Loaded with sugar, pomegranate and pumpkin, this scrub sloughs off dead skin like nothing else.

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Acne spot treatment, $18, Murad.com Here, two acne fighters (sulfur and salicylic acid) team up to destroy zits.

THIS SUGARY SCRUB DOESN’T JUST SMELL AMAZING, IT INSTANTLY BRIGHTENS SKIN

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Yes to Cucumbers towelettes, $6, YestoCarrots.com These handy wipes whisk away dirt and makeup faster and more thoroughly than any fancy brand out there. >>

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Black Tea Instant Perfecting mask, $92, Fresh.com When your skin needs some extra TLC (say, after your bachelorette party), call on this hydrating treatment.

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FRAGRANCE Fragrance is a memory trigger, which is why it’s a fun idea to invest in a new scent for your wedding. From sultry to romantic, we’ve found the perfect perfume for every bridal moment.

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Decadence, $95 for 1.7 oz., MarcJacobs.com An exotic combo of plum, saffron and amber, this perfume screams bachelorette party.

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Mediterranean Honeysuckle, $110 for 1.7 oz., AERIN.com This lush, sexy blend of honeysuckle,

bergamot and gardenia feels like a destination wedding in a bottle.

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La Vie Est Belle Intense, $110 for 1.7 oz., Lancome-USA.com Floral notes are wrapped with spicy patchouli and a decadent twist of hazelnut for a warm scent that’s just a little bit mysterious.

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Knot Eau Florale, $125 for 1.7 oz., BottegaVeneta.com This might be the perfect bridal scent. Notes of rose and peony are soft and feminine, mandarin adds freshness, and musk rounds it out with a sultry feel.

5 ROMANTIC $ BUDGET PICK

Embrace, $30 each, VeraWang.com

The fragrances in this trio (two shown) may cost only $30 each, but the combos are sophisticated and totally elegant.

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Lime Basil & Mandarin, $65 for 1 oz., JoMalone.com Lime, basil and thyme make for the crispest scent ever.

READERS’ PICK

CLASSIC

Coco Mademoiselle, $94 for 1.7 oz., Chanel.com This distinct combination of citrus, floral and woodsy notes is luxe and totally unforgettable.

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get a wedding budget system Put your accounting skills to the test by deciding on a budgeting system to track all the money going in and out for your wedding day. The easiest way? The Knot Budget Calculator, which automatically estimates how much you should be spending on everything from music to bridesmaid gifts, and allows you to track all your payments and their due dates. Or you can put all your info in an old-fashioned spreadsheet. Just make sure you record every payment you make and who you owe what.

budget breakdown

“Determine what’s most important to you. Build your budget around those items and compromise on other areas.” —Ebony Sparkes of Sparkling Events & Designs in Washington, DC

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explore hidden wedding costs and extras Knowing all of the costs for your wedding up front will guarantee your budget can actually cover all the details. But remember: There are extras you may not think about until you’re closer to the day. Here’s what you should consider: avoid overtime If the party’s hopping, those extra 45 minutes after your reception was supposed to end may whiz by, but you’ll probably pay dearly in overtime costs for everyone from the photographer and the caterer to the venue manager. If you suspect the wedding may go long, work overtime costs into your budget— if you don’t use it, it’ll be a nice surprise chunk of cash. factor in tips From the sexton who cleans the church to the hotel steward who delivers your welcome bags, even conservative tipping can add hundreds to your wedding cost. Make sure to account for these tips in your initial budget. remember that trials aren’t always free A florist’s demo may be gratis the first time, but if you make repeated changes, you risk being billed. Also, take your trial hairstyle into consideration. It’s going to cost you, so make sure to include it in your hair budget. don’t forget the little stuff Things like stamps for the RSVP cards, ribbons for the favors and marriage license fees seem so small that you can shrug them off, but like any costs, they add up. Going just over budget in a couple categories with a vague plan of making it up somewhere else can push you past your limit. >>

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band equipment An extra-large venue may call for additional (and pricey) speakers.

postage stamps

Oversize and oddly shaped invites can cost a lot more to mail.

coat check

Union rules may dictate the number of people needed to work it as well as their fees.

rental deliveries

Drop-off and pickup fees usually aren’t included in the price for table and chair rentals.

gratuities

The service fee your venue may charge you is in addition to the tips you should be giving banquet managers and service staff.

cake-cutting fee

Your venue’s servers have to cut and plate each slice, which can be an additional cost.

welcome-bag delivery

Some hotels might tack on a fee of several dollars per bag delivery.

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plan to go over your wedding budget If you account for budget overages, then you never actually blow your budget. Try to earmark 5 percent of your budget for unforeseen costs. These are some areas where you might go over: flowers You may have a last-minute realization that something you haven’t considered needs to be decorated, or there may be a request that an additional family member wear a boutonniere or corsage. weather-related expenses It’s best to be prepared for any unforeseeable weather on your day. Have umbrellas for a rainy day, space heaters if it’s unseasonably cool and additional shade if it’s particularly hot or humid outside. small accidents Life happens! Your gown may need a last-minute spot removal, something could break in the days before the ceremony, or your menus might get damp and need to get reprinted. Bottom line: Have wiggle room in your budget for emergencies.

Take advantage of budgeting and money management tricks along the way. Put all your wedding money in one separate account, so you can easily track it without getting it confused with the rest of your day-to-day funds. Pay for as many of your expenses as possible on a credit card that gives you benefits. Make sure everyone making purchases (your fiancé, your mom and so on) are all on the same card system, allowing you to benefit from the rewards and also from the easy tracking of your purchases. Use The Knot Budgeter tool at TheKnot.com/budgeter

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where not to skimp All the places that are worth the splurge.

the photographer

Trust us—you don’t want a wedding album filled with blurry photos. A good professional photographer knows what moments to capture: the rings, the cake, the classic photo of the two of you holding hands. They’ll also be able to work the crowd.

the dress

You don’t need to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a dress to look beautiful on your wedding day, but your gown should fit you like a glove. Find a good tailor to ensure the ideal fit and flaunt all of your best assets.

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the music

Hiring a DJ simply because he charges less than others or recruiting your friend’s band might not be the best bets for your wedding. Splurging on a great band or DJ who will have you and all your guests dancing throughout the night is truly money well spent.

the food

Serving cafeteria food will make your guests remember your reception for all the wrong reasons. Eliminate a course or offer less expensive options—the food at your wedding should be about quality and not quantity.

the bouquet

Your bouquet is the one floral purchase you shouldn’t hold back on—it will be your most photographed arrangement. Consider it a part of your look, which means that it shouldn’t be a scaled down version of what you really want.

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A sit-down dinner isn’t your only reception option. From cocktail fare to midnight snacks, these chic ideas will satisfy any palate. >> BY KRISTIN KOCH PHOTOGRAPH BY WENDY LAUREL

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raising the (food) bar Live preparation stations are as entertaining as they are delicious.

raw bar

Oysters are shucked and kept on ice. This is an equally appropriate option for a seaside soiree or a formal fête.

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No matter how you’re celebrating, an amazing meal is central to your wedding. But before you choose the menu, you need to know which meal you’re serving. Your options are nearly endless—from a formal, seated dinner or a festive brunch buffet to nothing but a five-tier fondant couture cake.

brunch Brunch can be served buffet style or as a seated meal (or as a combo). The other alternative is a cocktail brunch, where guests enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, like scrambled-egg tartlets and mini French toast sticks, and cocktails, such as mimosas and Bellinis, as they mingle among a mix of lounge furniture and tables. THE PROS

• Y  our liquor costs will be lower than they’d be for an evening affair, and site-rental fees are often less expensive during the day. • Sunrise ceremonies up the romance factor. • It’s a great choice if you’ve invited lots of children. • It’s more conducive if you’ve chosen not to have any alcohol at all at your wedding. • You can leave after the event and start your honeymoon.

crepe table

Cooks flip and fill sweet (from sugar and lemon to dark chocolate) and savory (like smoked ham and swiss or tomato and mozzarella) crepes.

Guests choose their sauce (marinara, vodka, Bolognese) and watch as their pasta is tossed just for them with tasty mix-ins like caramelized onions, roasted vegetables, fresh basil and grated parmesean.

s’mores bar

omelet or waffle stand

cheese table

Dishes are made to order, with chooseyour-own add-ins and toppings from applewood-smoked bacon to fresh berries and whipped cream.

Along with the traditional graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, consider a spread of unexpected additions like farmers market strawberries or creamy Nutella.

Swiss, cheddar and mozzarella are key go-tos, but take your cheese plate up a notch with artisanal flavors too.

sushi station

Chefs slice and assemble fresh maki rolls.

• Fewer people are in the mood to party at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. • Without all the dancing, your wedding may feel like less of a big celebration (but that may be exactly what you’re after). • If you’re not immediately jetting off on a fabulous honeymoon, you might wonder what to do with yourselves for the rest of the day, after your ceremony and brunch are over. >>

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afternoon tea

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Display pretty pastries, finger sandwiches and scones on tiered stands that double as centerpieces. Offer three or four types of tea, plus coffee and sparkling sodas. Background music—anything from a string quartet to a bluegrass band—is a nice touch. You can also use the tea theme to create a whimsical wedding cake. Think: Alice in Wonderland or a royal tea party. Personalize the tea offerings by including a blend of your and your fiancé’s favorites and giving it a unique name that’s personal to you as a couple.

Offer hors d’oeuvres while guests stand and chat. Similar to a cocktail hour, food is either set up in stations or passed by waiters, but a mix of the two will keep everyone mingling and well fed.

THE PROS

• G  uests will be impressed by your mellow sophistication—so much so that no one will realize that tea is far less than a full meal. • You two get the entire evening alone together. • Finger food is always fun, and you can include as many sweet or savory options as you like. THE CONS

• I f you want hours of dancing, a tea reception is probably not the right type of party for you. • The idea of a tea party may be too “precious” for some crowds. • Guests may leave hungry (note “tea reception” on your invites).

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THE PROS

• I t’s a classy but typically lower-stress, more party-friendly option than a sit-down dinner. • It can save you money, depending on what you serve, how long it lasts and the décor. • It’s easier: You don’t have to worry about setting up dozens of tables, complete with centerpieces, chairs, favors and place cards. • You can still have a band and dancing. THE CONS

• The  standing-and-chatting approach may be less comfortable for older guests than a seated meal. If you go this route, make sure to provide plenty of seating. • Cocktail receptions aren’t always a money saver. Guests may drink more than they would at a full meal, so liquor costs could be higher, and to ensure you have enough food, you may order more than you would for a plated dinner when portions are preset. >>

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cake and champagne Cake-and-champagne receptions can take place anywhere from a gorgeous backyard to a chic restaurant or sophisticated loft. In addition to bubbly and cake, consider a dessert spread. THE PROS

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I t’s the most economical and easiest way to go. It’s appropriate at any hour of the day. You’ll have less to prepare and coordinate. It’s great for second marriages or to keep the celebration low-key.

THE CONS

• T  here’s less pomp and circumstance, so you’ll be disappointed if you want everyone to make a fuss over you for hours. • Guests may leave hungry (list “dessert reception” on the invites).

midnight snacks

dinner The most popular wedding meal is, of course, dinner, fitting in perfectly after a sunset ceremony, photos and a festive cocktail hour. It could be set up as a buffet, stations, or a formal or familystyle seated dinner.

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THE PROS

• I t gives you an opportunity to truly treat your nearest and dearest, and you won’t have to worry about anyone leaving hungry. • A full meal lasts the longest (it typically includes a cocktail hour too), so you’ll have plenty of time to mingle. THE CONS

• I f your style is less formal, it may feel stuffy unless you host a family-style feast or buffet. • It tends to be the most expensive option—there’s more to plan and pay for (linens and centerpieces for every table).

If you’re only inviting locals and want something elegant and edgy, have a 9 p.m. ceremony followed by delicious late-night treats. THE PROS

• It’s a unique and festive way to celebrate. • It’s an affordable option on par with a cake-and-champagne reception, but guests are more likely to dance at midnight than they are in the late afternoon or early evening. • You won’t need formal place settings or a full waitstaff. THE CONS

• I f you’re inviting kids or older guests, it’s not the best choice— they won’t make it to the reception. • If you and your guests aren’t night owls, it may be hard to get the party going, and it could fizzle after just an hour or two. Search for caterers near you at TheKnot.com/caterers

serve it up Once you know which meal you’re having, decide on a serving style.

A buffet offers your guests a full meal and the chance to choose exactly which foods and how much of them they want. You might have catering staff creating crepes or pasta dishes while guests watch, or just have food set up in large serving dishes. Be sure to have a variety of offerings, including vegetarian and even gluten-free dishes.

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food stations

It’s like a wedding food festival. Guests are invited to sample foods from various stations in a buffet-like manner. Make each station have a theme and offer a moderate assortment of cuisine. This style works best for cocktail receptions or dessert receptions, but couples often have stations at their cocktail hour, followed by a seated meal.

seated meal

The traditional reception meal is a sit-down, four-course dinner consisting of an appetizer, soup, entrée and dessert, though a threecourse dinner is perfectly acceptable too. Additional courses may include salad, pasta, and fruit and cheese. If you’re a foodie couple and want to make dinner a more luxurious part of your reception, this is the way to go.

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snap happy Hiring the right shutterbug isn’t rocket science, but it does take careful consideration. Follow our lead, and rest assured you’ll find someone who clicks with both of you. PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMBER GRESS PHOTOGRAPHY

Unlike the work that your other wedding vendors produce (music, flower arrangements, the cake), photos aren’t things you can hear, smell, taste or even see at first—you don’t really know what you’re getting until after the fact. That makes it extra-important to train a critical eye on any pro you’re considering, taking into account their experience, artistic style, even their personality. Knowing what to look out for, and which questions to ask, will ensure the memories of your wedding are just as beautiful as the day itself.

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settle on a style First on your to-do list: deciding what style of photography you want. All photographers specialize in a format and style, and knowing up front whether you prefer film to digital, or candid shots to posed ones will go a long way in determining the right person for the job. Before you send that initial introductory email, familiarize yourself with the most common methods.

documentary: Expect spontaneous, in-the-moment pictures of people and décor. Typical shots might include a close-up of your bouquet, your fiancé’s motley crew of cousins tearing up the dance floor or your bridesmaids laughing, champagne in hand. When you hire someone schooled in photojournalism, you’ll rarely see people looking straight at the camera—the photos capture the moments exactly as they happened, and together they tell a story.

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“When it comes to photos, logistics are half the battle and shooting ends up taking twice as long as you think. Cushion time is essential.” —Justin Kunimoto of Justin Kunimoto Photography in DC

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portraiture: If you prefer the kind of posed shots that populate your parents’ 1980s wedding album, go with someone who specializes in portraiture. You’ll get pictures of the two of you and your wedding party, friends and family in front of various backdrops. But that’s not to say there isn’t room for creativity. It’s true that many photographers shoot in expected places (think: the church altar or the lawn of a country club). But just as many push the artistic limits of portraiture, embracing dramatic compositions, like situating the couple on a lounge chair in a hip hotel lobby.

edgy and bold: This style, an offshoot of fine art, is marked by outside-the-box, tilted angles, called Dutch angles, and unconventional framing. So instead of a straight-on shot of the couple saying their vows at the altar, the photo might look a little slanted, with an object like a flower arrangement or candle in the foreground. Or, the photo of the bride having her makeup done might be shot from above, with more of an emphasis on the eye shadow brush rather than on her face. Even a single portrait of a bridesmaid might be framed so her face appears in only the bottom right portion of the photo, with the rest of the space taken up by the wall or whatever else is behind her. Although they might prefer a particular technique over another, many photographers offer a mix of styles, blending portraiture with documentary-type shots, and black and white with color images. But if there’s a specific look you absolutely love, seek out only those pros who practice it.

do your homework fine art: Similar to documentary style, this format allows the shooter greater artistic license to impart their particular point of view—the shots reflect reality, but it’s the photographer’s reality. The results, usually shot on black-and-white film, are dramatic and gorgeous, with a grainier, softer appearance that keeps the subject in focus and the background slightly blurred. That said, with the right gear and lens, a pro can use a digital camera and still capture this style. One note: Not all fine-art photographers take formal portraits, so if that’s important to you, make sure yours does both.

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Once you know what kind of photos you want, start your search: Comb through the local marketplace on TheKnot.com, and read reviews from recent brides and grooms. Go to photographers’ websites and blogs and check out their portfolios of the weddings they’ve shot to get an idea of their style. The design of the website may also clue you in to their personality and sensibility. If available, scope out their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages too. Also consider the feedback from other couples and clients: Is it generally positive? And how does the photographer herself respond to it? >>

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set up interviews This is not a decision that can be made on looks alone—you must meet your potential photographer in person. If you like what you see on their sites—and their fees are in your ballpark range— call to see if they’re available on your wedding date. If they’re already booked, ask if they have an associate or can recommend someone else with a similar style. Schedule in-person meetings with three to five photographers to look at more of their work and to see if your personalities mesh. Then, talk shop: Tell them about your venue, your overall wedding style and what you and your partner have in mind for your photos.

Don’t base your decision solely on what you see on a photographer’s site—that work is essentially a highlights reel, with the photographer promoting only the best shots from a variety of weddings. To get a more complete feel for their style, look through two or three full galleries from weddings they’ve captured start to finish. If you see that the full-gallery shots are just about as good as the ones chosen for their online portfolio—that is, they’re all so good it was impossible for them to choose—then you’ve got a consummate pro on your hands. Finally, ask to see at least one or two complete albums of weddings that are in similar settings to yours. For example, if you’re getting married indoors with dark lighting, don’t just look at weddings that were shot outdoors in natural sunlight. Likewise, if you’re planning to say “I do” on a beach at sunset, you’ll want to see examples of similar setups.

know what to look for Think about the kinds of shots you want for your own wedding, and then scour the photographer’s work to see how, or if, they captured them. For example, did they get photos of the bride and groom when they locked eyes for the first time? Also, look at how they composed the shots and whether the framing works or if there is too much clutter in a picture. Consider how crisp an image appears and what the lighting is like. Beware of washed-out photos where small details are blurred—unless that’s the style you’re after. One last thing to be on the lookout for: how the photographer captures emotions. You want to see people looking relaxed, not like deer caught in headlights. >>

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the portrait list

These are the don’t-miss moments that you’ll want to display forever.

the happy couple

Stunning snaps of the two of you should be the priority. Consider doing a “first look,” where you and your fiancé come together before the ceremony to see each other for the first time in your wedding attire. You’ll be less nervous walking down the aisle and won’t miss cocktail hour.

the wedding party

Your loyal friends and family who have stood by you in life— and in wedding planning— should also take center stage in your wedding album. You’ll want shots of you two with the entire bridal party as well as ones with each individual attendant. Some couples get creative with a mix of fun group shots (jumping, goofing around) and more traditional posed compositions.

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immediate family

You may be eager to get to the reception, but your mom will never let you hear the end of it if you don’t take the time to have at least a few portraits of you with your parents and siblings. You’ll probably also want to get a photo of both families together, which makes for an extra-special framed photo later—after all, it symbolizes the merging of two lives, and isn’t that what this whole thing is about?

guests

If your photographer’s setup allows for it, one huge group photo of you two with all of your guests can really capture the joy and spirit of the day. The default for most couples is to take pics with smaller groups—college and high school friends, cousins, and so on. But a big group shot is a novel reminder of all the special people who took the time to celebrate with you.

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make sure your personalities are a match

confirm who will be there the day of

Don’t underestimate the importance of liking and bonding with your photographer—that part is crucial. Are they excited about your vision for your wedding when you describe it? When they make suggestions, do they present them in a clear and respectful way, or do they come across as timid? Are their mannerisms off-putting to you? The best photographers will ask lots of questions and be good listeners. To get outstanding photos, go with a pro who not only has a firm grasp of social graces but is also bold enough to go on the hunt for great images. Above all, you’re looking for someone who puts you and your fiancé at ease and doesn’t irritate you in any way. Remember: Your photographer will be shadowing your every move on your wedding day, and the more comfortable both of you are, the better all of your photos will turn out. And, obviously, you don’t want the photographer to offend or annoy your guests but to shoot them in their best light in an unobtrusive, subtle way. In a nutshell: Your photographer should be assertive enough to seek out the really great moments, cajoling enough to coax relaxed smiles and natural stances from guests, and calm enough to be a positive force throughout the day.

Many larger photo studios have more than one photographer on staff, and unless you specify it in your contract, the lead photographer may not be the one shooting your day. Since every professional has a different style, technique and personality, double-check that the one you interview and click with will be the same one who works your wedding. Also, include specific stipulations in the contract about who will cover for the photographer should something happen on the actual day. Check whether they will bring any assistants to your wedding, and if so, how many? If you have room in your budget, consider hiring a second shooter. Many top-notch photographers already include this in the contract, but if yours doesn’t, you may want to ask about the possibility. The main benefit to having two photographers, of course, is that you get twice as much coverage. For example, during your formal photo session, one photographer can capture the formal photos, while the second one can get behind-the-scenes, shots, like of guests mingling. If you’re having a large wedding (250 guests or more), you might even ask about using three shooters so the event can be captured from all angles. >>

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compare packages You won’t be able to nail down an exact dollar amount until you’re sure of how many hours of coverage you want and how many albums you need. Packages typically range from $2,500 all the way up to $15,000-plus for a high-profile photographer. Ask about what’s included in the standard package and the price of any extras you may want, like an engagement shoot, for example. In particular, find out exactly how many hours of coverage are included. Ideally, you want your shooter there for the entire day, from when you’re getting ready to after you’ve made your grand exit from the reception. While packages vary, most include about 6 to 12 hours to cover everything from preceremony primping through your final farewell. If you’re on the fence about booking them for a longer period, err on the side of caution and go for it if your budget allows—overtime is usually charged at a higher hourly rate.

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ask about your rights Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all photos taken at the wedding, even the ones of you. In other words, they can use them for promotional purposes. That also means that you can’t just post the digital proofs they send you—most photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images that include their credit. Also, unless you negotiate otherwise, if you want to print the photos yourselves or order an album from another source, you’ll have to buy the image rights.

get the postproduction details It usually takes at least a month, if not two, to get photo proofs back. Why? Your photographer is working with enormous files far bigger than your typical JPEG. Shooting raw files gives your photographer greater ability to correct photos, but it also takes a longer time to upload, process and edit them. It varies, but many photographers estimate an additional 40 hours spent editing images from a single wedding. Here’s what to ask: How many photos should I expect? Will they be high or low resolution? Will I be able to print them myself, or does the photographer retain the rights? Will the proofs I see be the retouched versions, or does that happen after I select the photos I want? Also ask about retouching options and special effects, which can range from light beauty retouching to stylized art effects like super-saturated colors, and the additional cost for both. —Special thanks to Duke Photography, Todd France, Jen Kroll Photography, Salvatore Cincotta Photography and Mel Barlow & Co.

need to know: photo contract checklist Mark these off to make sure your contract is airtight. All addresses, dates and starting times are listed Estimated number of hours to be worked Name of the photographer(s) Name of acceptable substitute(s) N  umber of cameras that will be used and which formats (digital or film) N  umber of photos to be shot (including color and black and white) N  umber of proofs you’ll receive and in what format you’ll receive them Number of prints included O  ther package details: number of completed albums, special-request shots Dates for proof/final package delivery Copyright details Detailed shot list you’ve agreed to Timing for breaks (schedule during dinner to avoid missing dance floor shots) Dress code stipulations (optional) Total cost D eposit amount and date paid Remaining balance and due date Any overtime, refund and cancellation policies

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kimpton mason & rook shinola watch butler service MASONANDROOKHOTEL.COM

Located along DC’s bustling 14th Street corridor, the boutique Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel has partnered with Shinola so guests can sport some serious arm candy—and at no expense. Perfect for the fashionable groom staying at the hotel who is looking for a handsome wedding watch, this service offers timepieces with masculine leather bands or stunning stainless steel link straps. Consider this accessory checked off the list when you book a wedding block at this hotel.

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From brand-new venues to unique vendors, these are the latest and greatest offerings for couples in the DMV. BY MARISSA HERMANSON

church & company

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Baltimore’s Church & Company has lovingly transformed an 1875 church into a wedding venue perfect for creative and quirky couples. Decorated in a Gothic Revival style with restored wood paneling, original stained glass windows and period antiques, the church can accommodate a party of 130 for ceremonies and receptions.

With breathtaking views of the James River and our country’s oldest settlements just a grape’s throw away, this new Virginia venue is a picturesque place to say “I do.” Exchange vows along the riverbank, then dine and dance either indoors in the beautiful banquet hall or outdoors on the waterfront lawn. Plus, the winery has expansive covered verandas for an outdoor ceremony even in inclement weather.

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trump international hotel

Tucked in Virginia’s southwest corner, the much-anticipated The Sessions Hotel, a restored candy factory, is slated to open late 2017, with 70 industrial-chic guest suites, spa, rooftop bar, music venue and two restaurants by southern chef Travis Milton which will cater on-site weddings.

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The newly opened Trump International Hotel in DC’s Old Post Office building features the District’s largest luxury ballroom with a private entrance, columnfree space, opulent crystal chandeliers and room for 1,200 seated guests.

Crafted from luxe European crepe paper, Richmond, Virginia–based Carrie Walters fashions floral arrangements that will last year-round. Peonies, daisies, zinnias and even succulents in an array of bold colors are potted in fun containers. These small tabletop arrangements are perfect for bridal showers or thankyou gifts for bridesmaids. Walters plans to expand Paper Rose’s floral line and create bridal bouquets, flower crowns and boutonnieres.

early mountain vineyards EARLYMOUNTAIN.COM

Nestled along Central Virginia’s bucolic Blue Ridge Mountains just north of Charlottesville, Early Mountain Vineyards is now offering catering for cocktail-style receptions and seated dinners. Chef Ryan Collins, formerly with José Andrés restaurants in DC, sources fresh, seasonal ingredients from neighboring farms. Think: lobster beurre blanc paired with ham, white beans and citrus, and classic coq au vin with bacon, leeks and seasonal veggies, complemented with wines straight from the vineyard.

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Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, Marriage License Requirements

GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Maryland, Northern Virginia and DC, the legal age for marriage is 18. Applicants under 18 must have

parental consent or may have to be present in some courts. Residency is not required. In Maryland, either the bride or groom can apply for a marriage license, but in Northern Virginia and DC, both the bride and groom must be present to apply for and sign the license. In Maryland, the couple must marry within the county where they register, and there is a two-day waiting period to obtain the license. In DC, there is a three-day waiting period. In Virginia, there is no waiting period, but the license is valid for 60 days. The fee for a marriage license ranges from $30 to $85, and methods of payment vary from county to county. All offices are open Monday through Friday. Identification and paperwork requirements vary by county, so call ahead to get all of the details.

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Anne Arundel County 7 Church Cir. Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 222-1397 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. City of Baltimore 100 N. Calvert St., Rm. 628 Baltimore, MD 21202 (410) 333-3780 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Baltimore County County Clerk 401 Bosley Ave., Fl. 2 Towson, MD 21204 (410) 887-2607 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Calvert County 175 Main St. Prince Frederick, MD 20678 (410) 535-1600 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Carroll County 55 N. Court St., Rm. G8 Westminster, MD 21157 (410) 386-2026 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Charles County 200 Charles St. La Plata, MD 20646 (301) 932-3308 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Frederick County 100 W. Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21701 (301) 694-1964 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Harford County 20 W. Courtland St. Bel Air, MD 21014 (410) 638-4866 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Howard County 9250 Bendix Rd. Columbia, MD 21045 (410) 313-5850 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Montgomery County 50 Maryland Ave., Rm. 111 Rockville, MD 20850 (240) 777-9460 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Prince George’s County 14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Rm. L-15 Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 (301) 952-3288 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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City of Alexandria Circuit Court Clerk 520 King St., Rm. 307 Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 838-4044 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Arlington County 1425 N. Courthouse Rd., Ste. 6700 Arlington, VA 22201 (703) 228-4510 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. City of Chesapeake Circuit Court Clerk 307 Albemarle Dr., Ste. 300A Chesapeake, VA 23322 (757) 382-3000 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chesterfield County Circuit Court Clerk 9500 Courthouse Rd. Chesterfield, VA 23832 (804) 748-1241 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fairfax County 4110 Chain Bridge Rd., Rm. 116 Fairfax, VA 22030 (703) 246-2911 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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City of Hampton Circuit Court Clerk 101 Kings Way Hampton, VA 23669 (757) 727-6105 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Henrico County Circuit Court Clerk 4301 Parham Rd., Rm. 240 Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 501-5055 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Loudoun County Circuit Court Clerk 18 E. Market St., Fl. 3 Leesburg, VA 20176 (703) 777-0270 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. City of Newport News Circuit Court Clerk 2500 Washington Ave. Newport News, VA 23607 (757) 926-8580 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. City of Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk 100 St. Paul’s Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23510 (757) 664-4580 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Prince William County Clerk of Circuit Court 9311 Lee Ave. Rm. 305 Manassas, VA 20110 (703) 792-6040 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. City of Richmond Circuit Court Clerk 400 N. 9th St., Rm. 101 Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 646-6767 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Richmond County Circuit Court Clerk 101 Court Cir. Warsaw, VA 22572 (804) 333-3781 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. City of Roanoke Circuit Court Clerk 315 Church Ave. SW, Fl. 3 Roanoke, VA 24016 (540) 853-6702 8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Roanoke County Circuit Court Clerk 305 E. Main St., Rm. 200 Salem, VA 24153 (540) 387-6205 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

City of Salem Circuit Court Clerk 2 E. Calhoun St. Salem, VA 24153 (540) 375-3067 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Stafford County 1300 Courthouse Rd. Stafford, VA 22554 (540) 658-8750 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. City of Virginia Beach Circuit Court Clerk 2425 Nimmo Pkwy. Bldg. 10B Virginia Beach, VA 23456 (757) 385-8827 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Washington Marriage Bureau 500 Indiana Ave. NW, Rm. 4485 Washington, DC 20001 (202) 879-4840 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@theknot.com.

Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, Publications

GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the announcement; however, instant photos or color copies are not acceptable. In some instances, photographs may be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the announcement. Call to get all of the details before submitting. GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

PUBLICATION

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TIME CONSTRAINTS

The Annapolis Capital

(410) 268-7000 Attn: Classified Advertising–Celebrations PO Box 911 Annapolis, MD 21401

Must submit info within 3 months of the wedding date. Published on a spaceavailable basis.

Form: Optional; available online.

The cost is $110 for local residents.

The Baltimore Sun

(410) 539-7700 501 N. Calvert St. Baltimore, MD 21278

Must submit info and photo Monday at 3 p.m. prior to the desired Sunday publication date.

Form: No; photo and announcement should be submitted together to celebrations@baltsun.com.

Packages start at $90. Must be paid online.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch

(804) 649-6825 Attn: Celebrations Office PO Box 85333 Richmond, VA 23293

Must submit info by Monday at 5 p.m. three weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Optional, available online.

Package prices range from $49 to $707.

The Virginian-Pilot

(757) 446-2909 Attn: Celebrations Editor 150 W. Brambleton Ave. Norfolk, VA 23510

Must submit info by noon on the Monday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Package prices start at $64.60

The Washington Post

(202) 334-5736 Attn: Wedding Desk 1150 15th St. NW, Fl. 4 Washington, DC 20071

Must submit info and photo the Tuesday before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Optional The newspaper reserves the right to edit submissions. Please send to weddings@washpost.com.

The cost is $50 per column, and photos are included.

The Washington Times

(202) 636-3000 Attn: Weddings 3600 New York Ave. NE Washington, DC 20002

Must submit info one week prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Please call for pricing.

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available within the Mansion, in the formal gardens and in The Glass Pavilion. A complimentary bridal suite is included with all wedding packages.

this elegance with a reception at Carlyle House. The museum’s tented Magnolia Terrace is available for afternoon and evening rentals seasonally.

capacity 250 | price $$$

atlantic marina resort 1757 golf club

45120 Waxpool Road, Dulles, VA (703) 444-0901 1757GolfClub.com Just minutes from Dulles International Airport, 1757 Golf Club boasts an elaborate 16,000-square-foot clubhouse designed with guests’ expectations for both comfort and refinement in mind. Our elegant ballroom and expansive outdoor terrace space overlooking the 18th green provide the perfect setting! capacity 200 | price $$$

airlie

(540) 341-3288 weddings@airlie.com Airlie.com A secluded 1,200-acre setting, distinguished event facilities, creative cuisine and personalized service combine to make Airlie the ideal location for your wedding or special event. Just an hour’s drive from downtown Washington, DC, Airlie offers the perfect venue to celebrate a special occasion.

2010 Knollview Dr., Pasadena, MD (410) 437-5711 info@cateringbyuptown.com CateringByUptown.com Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, the setting provided by the Atlantic Marina Resort is the perfect backdrop for any event. Along with up to 100 guests, you will enjoy the serene, natural feel that can only be accomplished when the tide rolls in and the salted air tickles your nose.

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7617 Water Oak Point Rd., Pasadena, MD (410) 437-5711 info@cateringbyuptown.com CateringByUptown.com Beautiful waterfront site with outdoor ceremony location off of the Patapsco River on Rock Creek. Indoor back-ups available as well. Delightful, family-run catering business provides elegance, simplicity and nearly limitless choices within an all-inclusive package. capacity 200 | price $$

annapolis and the chesapeake bay

(410) 280-0445 WeddingsInAnnapolis.com Dreaming of a Chesapeake Bay destination wedding? Experience a charming, historic city or a lush countryside for a waterfront wedding, or fulfill your dream of a being married on a boat on the Bay. Call our team to “Create Your Moment” for a truly memorable wedding experience by the Bay.

antrim 1844

30 Trevanion Rd., Taneytown, MD (410) 756-6812 | info@antrim1844.com Antrim1844.com Imagine the romantic wedding of your dreams in our lavishly appointed 40-room country house hotel. Beautiful settings for your ceremony and reception are

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Keswick, VA (434) 964-7629 events@castlehillcider.com CastleHillCider.com Castle Hill Cider has the perfect setting for your wedding and reception. Create your ceremony as a grand affair or an intimate gathering on the terrace, by the lake or in the Linden Grove, then celebrate the day all night long in the magical cider barn. capacity 200 | price $$$$

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the bellevue conference & event center

43350 John Mosby Highway, Chantilly, VA (703) 825-9526 info@thebellevueva.com TheBellevueVA.com Discover The Bellevue, DMV’s newest and most luxurious event venue. This magnificent complex, with four impressive ballrooms, exudes an ambiance of style, exclusivity and refined beauty unparalleled in the DMV. Minutes from Dulles International Airport, The Bellevue is the perfect wedding destination. capacity 2,485 | price $$$$

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big cork vineyards

4236 Main Street, Rohrersville, MD (301) 302-8032 BigCorkVineyards.com From our panoramic views of the vineyards and mountains to our intimate production room lined with wine barrels, there is something for everyone at Big Cork. capacity 250 | price $$$

briar patch bed & breakfast inn

23130 Briar Patch Lane, Middleburg, VA (703) 327-5911 info@briarpatchbandb.com BriarPatchBandB.com With 47 rolling acres, beautiful grounds, historic lodging, great mountain views and event building for up to 200 guests, we are an ideal venue for your wedding, located in the heart of horse and wine country—about 20 minutes from Dulles Airport and an hour from Washington, DC. capacity 200 | price $$

carlyle house historic park

121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA (703) 549-2997 carlyle@NVRPA.org NVRPA.org/parks/carlylehouse/index.php Carlyle House offers a unique historic ambience. When merchant John Carlyle built his home in 1753, it was the grandest mansion in Alexandria. Recapture

catoctin hall at musket ridge

West of Frederick, MD (301) 293-9930 EXT. 116 MusketRidge.com Traditional wooden bridges. Rolling meadows alongside a lush golf course. Enchanting mountain vistas. The perfect backdrop for your wedding day is at Catoctin Hall. Create memories to cherish forever at the nation’s first zero food waste venue. Newly expanded to accommodate up to 250 guests. capacity 250 | price $$

celebrations at the bay

2042 Knollview Avenue, Pasadena, MD (410) 437-6004 | (202) 483-2058 robgoyena@cateringbyuptown.com CateringByUptown.com Located directly on the Chesapeake Bay, Celebrations has a view that stretches for miles and miles. CateringByUptown.com shows the two fabulous ballrooms and an outdoor area for ceremony and cocktails. CateringByUptown.com also has fabulous menus and planning help for you. capacity 300 | price $$$

chesapeake beach resort & spa

4165 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach, MD (866) 312-5596 banquets@cbresortspa.com CBResortSpa.com Beneath sunny skies or moonlit nights, Maryland’s favorite resort in Chesapeake Beach is a perfect setting to begin your happily ever after. With views of Chesapeake Bay, our Bayfront ballrooms, Wedding Dome and new beachfront ceremony site offer settings for an elegant event and waterfront photos. capacity 250 | price $$

the clubs at quantico

3017 Russell Road, Quantico, VA (703) 784-4264 dejesusai@usmc-mccs.org Quantico.USMC-MCCS.org The Clubs at Quantico and Crossroads Events Center will create a custom, worry-free event that will exceed expectations. Premium banquet and reception space

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is located on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Our professional, experienced staff offers unparalleled service, ensuring no detail is overlooked. capacity 300 | price $$$

clyde’s restaurant group

DC, VA & MD (202) 552-5000 events@clydes.com ClydesRestaurantGroup.com From the bridal shower or rehearsal dinner to the reception and morning-after brunch, choose from a variety of elegant spaces and menu options to bring your event to life.

columbus club of arlington

Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA (703) 536-9656 EXT. 310 gm@columbusclubevents.com ColumbusClubEvents.com This magnificent estate boasts two beautiful venues on 10 acres of a park-like setting. From our beautiful Main Ballroom that seats up to 350 to our smaller Paradise Ballroom seating up to 120, one of these locations is perfect for your wedding, rehearsal dinner or other special event. capacity 350 | price $$$

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23900 Old Hundred Road, Dickerson, MD (301) 349-5100 directorofevents@thecomusinn.com TheComusInn.com Our restaurant dates to 1862 and is a registered historic property available for weddings, corporate events and private parties. Our beautifully appointed Grand Room, featuring a hand crafted mahogany bar, opens onto our tented fountained terrace with a magnificent view of rolling hills and Sugarloaf Mountain.

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early mountain vineyards

6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison, VA (540) 948-9005 EarlyMountain.com Early Mountain Vineyards offers beauty, stately modern facilities and luxurious amenities perfect for your ceremony. Imagine your winery wedding with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge foothills, followed by an intimate sit-down dinner on the lawn. Visit us and we’re sure you will find your inspiration! capacity 200 | price $$

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east lynn farm

19955 Airmont Road, Round Hill, VA weddings@eastlynnfarm.com EastLynnFarm.com You will love being surrounded by panoramic views of the beautiful countryside, animals grazing, historic barns and the sights and sounds of nature. To incorporate our country setting with a farm-fresh

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the Bull Run Mountains. The Marsh Mansion provides the perfect venue for your rustic or vintage themed wedding with botanical gardens and ceremony site. capacity 330 | price $$

the elkridge furnace inn

5745 Furnace Avenue, Elkridge, MD (410) 379-9336 weddings@elkridgefurnaceinn.com ElkridgeFurnaceInn.com For a romantic wedding, visit the historic Elkridge Furnace Inn. The colonial architecture, magnificent bridal suite, gardens and climate-controlled tent make the perfect setting for weddings in any season. Enjoy any cuisine you desire with a custom-designed menu. capacity 250 | price $$

the founders inn and spa

5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA (757) 366-5814 FoundersInn.com The Founders Inn and Spa’s romantic, colonial English gardens are the perfect setting for brides and grooms to begin their life together. Our highly trained catering and banquet staff, with exceptional food prepared by our award-winning culinary team, will ensure you have the wedding of your dreams!

herrington on the bay

(410) 741-5101 | info@herringtononthebay.com HerringtonontheBay.com A waterfront wedding on the Chesapeake Bay! The waterfront bridal lawns and ceremony sites feature an extraordinary blend of natural and exotic landscaping, emphasizing the expansive water views. Guests enjoy relaxing, elegant surroundings and celebrations at a world-class, eco-lifestyle resort! capacity 400 | price $$

hilton alexandria mark center

5000 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA (703) 845-2622 | sales@hiltonalexandriamc.com Hilton.com The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center has a long history of helping couples and their loved ones arrange this important day and would love the opportunity to share with you how we can create the perfect beginning to your many years of joy and happiness. capacity 400 | price $$

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603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD (240) 314-8660 glenview@rockvillemd.gov RockvilleMD.gov/glenview Glenview Mansion presents 1920s grandeur with 21st century elegance. The grounds include beautiful formal gardens for outdoor ceremonies and tented events. There are furnished rooms for casual or formal seating, a conservatory for dancing or indoor ceremonies, an art gallery and dressing rooms. capacity 200 | price $$

the great room at historic savage mill

Serving DC Metro (800) 213-7427 info@puttingontheritz.com PuttingontheRitz.com This beautiful, authentic, historic setting is tucked in an old mill town. High ceilings, 12-foot windows, seating for up to 300 guests. The wooded, landscaped grounds provide a perfect setting for any outdoor ceremony. Conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington, DC. capacity 300 | price $$$

heritage hunt country club

6901 Arthur Hills Drive, Gainesville, VA (703) 743-2005 HeritageHunt.net Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club facilities accommodate up to 330 guests. The Clubhouse ballroom features a built-in dance floor, while the outdoor verandas and formal lawn provide views of

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hilton arlington

950 N. Stafford St., Arlington, VA (703) 812-5103 www3.Hilton.com/en/events/weddings/index.html On your wedding day, you should focus on your guests without ever considering a need or a want. The atmosphere is stunning, the food exquisite, the service efficient and seamless. Don’t give the details another thought. Just enjoy your day of bliss, and we’ll do all the rest. capacity 250 | price $$

historic waverly mansion

2300 Waverly Mansion Dr., Marriottsville, MD (410) 437-5711 | info@cateringbyuptown.com CateringByUptown.com Waverly Mansion is a historic mansion associated with many of the founding families of Maryland. From head to toe, Waverly is dressed with period style! With its 18th century architecture, perfectly restored rooms and beautifully landscaped gardens, Waverly Mansion is like none other in the area! capacity 180 | price $$

hyatt regency fairfax

12777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, VA (703) 653-6050 | tiffany.francis@hyatt.com Fairfax.Regency.Hyatt.com/wedding Whether you envision a family reception or an elaborate celebration for hundreds, our team ensures everything is just as you wish. From beautifully arranged reception sites to remarkable cuisine, your dedicated wedding specialist sees to every detail, freeing you to celebrate with your guests. capacity 300

king family vineyards

Crozet, Virginia (434) 823-7800 KingFamilyVineyards.com King Family Vineyards, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the ideal setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners and engagement parties. With panoramic mountain views, a charming Carriage House and award-winning wines, we can make your special day extraordinary. capacity 200 | price $$$

liberty mountain resort

78 Country Club Trail, Carroll Valley, PA (717) 642-8282 sales@libertymountainresort.com LibertyMountainResort.com Our beautiful mountain setting located in the Catoctin Mountains is the perfect backdrop for your special day. With three ceremony locations and three reception venues to choose from, we have one to fit your style. capacity 300 | price $$$

the market at grelen

(540) 672-7268 ssargent@themarketatgrelen.com TheMarketatGrelen.com EventsatGrelen.com This magical venue has 360-degree views and includes a stone terrace, a greenhouse and a berry field complete with a furnished 4,500-square-foot clear tent. All these areas were lovingly designed to capture the natural beauty of the surrounding tree nursery while maintaining a simple yet elegant aesthetic. capacity 300 | price $$$

meadowlark botanical gardens

9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA (703) 255-3631 atrium@nvrpa.org AtriumatMeadowlark.com The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is resplendent with lush foliage, flowers, fountains and a meandering stream that brings garden beauty indoors, providing a unique setting for your event year round. An event set in the beauty of the Atrium is sure to be remembered. capacity 200 | price $$$

military aviation museum

(757) 721-7767 events2@aviationmuseum.us MilitaryAviationMuseum.com The Military Aviation Museum combines the love of flight with the love of your life for a wedding day your guests will talk about for years to come.

mount ida farm

5931 & 6903 Blenheim Road, Charlottesville, VA (434) 566-5562 info@mountidafarm.com MountIdaFarm.com

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Step back in time to the largest private estate in Virginia. capacity 300 | price $$$

the oaks waterfront inn & events

25876 Royal Oak Road, PO Box 187, Royal Oak, MD (410) 745-5053 info@the-oaks.com The-Oaks.com A charming inn located in a secluded setting on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, The Oaks is just a short drive from Washington, Baltimore or Philadelphia, minutes from St. Michaels and Easton. Our enchanting waterfront setting is the magical backdrop for the portrait of your perfect wedding. capacity 275 | price $$$

Our beautiful, historic mansion provides an elegant setting for 50-200 guests. Fully air conditioned and backed by 30 acres of scenic woodlands; this venue is ideal for both indoor & outdoor ceremonies. Your guests will be delighted by our farm-totable fine dining cuisine, made from scratch and locally sourced to provide a one of a kind catering experience. Located in Catonsville, Minutes from Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington D.C. & B.W.I. Airport

old house vineyards

18351 Corkys Lane, Culpeper, VA (540) 423-1032 | info@oldhousevineyards.com OldHouseVineyards.com Old House Vineyards offers a beautiful, pastoral setting that sets the stage for an unforgettable wedding. Nestled on 75 private acres, the vineyard is a quiet and relaxing retreat with two spectacular locations for your wedding ceremony and reception.

410.744.0040 officestaff@overhillsmansion.com

www.OverhillsMansion.com

capacity 200 | price $$$

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2138 Business 220, Bedford, PA (814) 624-5616 OmniHotels.com/hotels/bedford Centuries of traditional grace meet contemporary style and sophistication to create a timelessly elegant atmosphere. Whether an intimate or grand affair, sumptuous world-class cuisine, luxurious surroundings and personalized attention to detail make weddings at Omni Bedford Springs Resort unforgettable.

outer banks wedding association

hello@obxwa.com | OBXWA.com The Outer Banks Wedding Association is the premier resource for couples seeking a destination wedding on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. With over 300 members strong, our wedding professionals can cater to any wedding style through their unparalleled local knowledge and expertise.

overhills mansion, circa 1897

Catonsville (410) 744-0040 | officestaff@overhillsmansion.com OverhillsMansion.com An elegant setting for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies for 50 to 200 guests—landscaped grounds in a park-like setting, a fully air conditioned venue. On site catering by Whitehouse Caterers who provide made-from-scratch, locally sourced cuisine. Celebrating 32 years of excellence. capacity 200 | price $$$

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pinstripes

1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC (202) 625-2800 dcinfo@pinstripes.com Pinstripes.com Pinstripes can accommodate groups from 20 to 600 and offers a unique venue that can be tailored to your specific needs. Whether your passion is bowling, bocce or terrific Italian/American cuisine, we offer a memorable and winning combination for any social or corporate event. capacity 400+ | price $$

presqu’isle

8183 Fox Groves Road, Remington, VA (540) 272-1071 PresquIsle.com Situated on 130 private acres, just 60 miles from Washington DC, Presqu’Isle is a gracious 19th-century country estate with a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, best suited for up to 200 guests. The exemplary service and simple elegance of Presqu’Isle will make your affair truly unforgettable. capacity 200 | price $$$$

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95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA (540) 604-9085 RSC-Events.com Our passion is to ensure the ideal environment for the most important day of your life. Riverside Center offers the perfect setting, creative menus and attention to detail that will create the ultimate event for you and your guests. capacity 350 | price $$

rust manor house

(703) 669-0755 rust@nvrpa.org RustManor.com Rust Manor House is set amid 68 acres of woods and meadows on the western edge of Leesburg. The reception venues at Rust Sanctuary can host 60 to 65 people inside the Manor House and up to 200 in the included tented event facility. capacity 200 | price $$

shenandoah lodge & athletic club

180 Bald Eagle Drive, Lake Frederick, VA (540) 699-3228 events@shenandoahclubva.com LakeFrederickWeddings.com Where mountains meet water at the gateway to the Skyline Drive, the Shenandoah Club is among the best venues in the Shenandoah Valley. Its farm-to-table restaurant, contemporary farmhouse architecture and spectacular vistas of Lake Frederick make it a couple’s and photographer’s dream. capacity 200 | price $$$

janet@svgcgolf.com ShenandoahValleyGolfClub.com An hour’s drive from Washington, DC, magical celebrations happen in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether it’s a ceremony in colorful Fairview Courtyard or a grand festivity in Fairview Ballroom against panoramic mountain views, on-site professionals and in-house chefs master the details. capacity 300 | price $$

stone tower winery

19925 Hogback Mountain Road, Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2797 events@stonetowerwinery.com StoneTowerWinery.com Providing a perfect balance of rustic charm and natural elegance, Stone Tower Winery serves as a breathtaking backdrop for wedding ceremonies, receptions and private events. Located only 45 minutes from DC and 10 minutes from historic downtown Leesburg.

stonewall golf club

15601 Turtle Point Drive, Gainesville, VA (703) 753-6156 | (703) 753-5101 jhilton@stonewallgolfclub.com StonewallGolfClub.com The Magnolia Room can accommodate up to 160 guests and features 11 floor-to-ceiling windows, providing grand panoramic views of Lake Manassas, and French doors leading to the expansive terrace. The Brass Cannon and private dining room are perfect for smaller events. capacity 200 | price $$

(410) 247-5100 info@cateringbyuptown.com CateringByUptown.com Now housing two exquisite rooms from which to choose for hosting your event, Catering by Uptown’s Town & Country offers all the grace and grandeur one would expect from a venue just outside of Baltimore proper. capacity 300 | price $

turf valley resort

2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, MD (410) 465-1200 | TurfValley.com Located between Baltimore and Washington, Turf Valley Resort is the premier destination for weddings and special occasions. Our venue has many spectacular golf views and ballrooms for groups up to 600, and we have over 50 years of catering experience. Our staff will ensure your day is picture perfect. capacity 400+ | price $$$

university of maryland memorial chapel

1101 Memorial Chapel, College Park, MD (301) 314-9866 chapel@umd.edu Weddings.UMD.edu Whether you’re planning a large celebration or intimate affair, we’re thrilled that you’re considering the Memorial Chapel. Our experienced, dedicated staff handles more than 100 weddings a year and is available to assist you every step of the way from your initial reservation to “I do.” capacity 300+ | price $$$

sunset hills vineyard & 50west vineyards

38295 Fremont Overlook Lane, Purcellville, VA 39060 John Mosby Highway, Middleburg, VA (540) 882-4560 SunsetHillsVineyard.com 50WestVineyards.com Sunset Hills is an elegant, restored 1870 Amish farm with stunning sunsets. 50West’s contemporary stable and clubhouse sit on a bluff in Middleburg’s historic horse country. Both venues offer 100% handcrafted award-winning wine and stunning mountain/vineyard views, perfect for rehearsals and weddings. capacity 150 | price $$

swan point yacht & country club

11550 Swan Point Boulevard, Swan Point, MD (301) 259-0042 SwanPointGolf.com Southern charm and natural elegance await you on the banks of the Potomac River, where guests can delight in stunning views, delicious cuisine and a one-of-akind event that will leave a lasting impression. Swan Point Yacht & Country Club, where we specialize in extraordinary events.

the villa

Serving the Washington Metro Area (301) 572-7744 ray@cateringbyuptown.com CateringByUptown.com The Villa brings a touch of the Mediterranean to your wedding. Ceremonies and receptions can be held in the luxurious Grand Ballroom, with its Austrian Crystal chandeliers, or in the Renaissance Suite, which offers indoor, outdoor and tented options. capacity 300 | price $$

w washington dc hotel

515 15th St. NW, Washington, DC (202) 661-2400 wdcevents@whotels.com WWashingtonDC.com From the perfect proposal to a postwedding brunch, W Washington DC offers a brilliant backdrop to any wedding or commitment ceremony. Sensationally styled spaces are just the beginning. When you wed with us, you’ll enjoy a dedicated planner, exclusive Whatever/ Whenever® service and world-class cuisine. capacity 400 | price $$$

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shenandoah valley golf club 134 Golf Club Circle, Front Royal, VA (540) 635-3588 EXT. 14

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town & country

2319 Hammonds Ferry Rd., Baltimore, MD

the westin virginia beach town center

4535 Commerce St., Virginia Beach, VA

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(757) 557-0550 ashley.loffredo@westinvabeach.com WestVirginiaBeach.com Make your wedding magical. Whether an intimate affair for 10 or a gala for 600, The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center delivers a level of service that is truly above all else. capacity 600 | price $$$

the westin washington dulles airport

2520 Wasser Terrace, Herndon, VA (571) 485-4310 erin.markey@westinwashingtondulles.com WestinDulles.com Let the specialists at The Westin Washington Dulles Airport create a wedding experience that’s tailored to your personal style, and earn Starpoints® which can be used immediately to plan your honeymoon. capacity 300 | price $$

woodlands at algonkian

47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling, VA (703) 450-4655 algonkian@nvrpa.org TheWoodlandsWeddings.com Featuring three rooms accommodating from 25-200 people, the Algonkian Regional Park’s Conference Center provides local and out-of-town guests ceremony and party space for weddings, including an outdoor gazebo along the picturesque shores of the Potomac River. capacity 200 | price $$$

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catering by uptown

Serving the Washington DC Area (301) 572-7744 | (800) 795-TOWN robgoyena@cateringbyuptown.com CateringByUptown.com Uptown is a full-service caterer and can assist you in all aspects of your wedding plans. The menus, locations and tips we offer are just a small sample of the things we can do for you, including personalized menus, access to over 50 other locations, and general eventplanning services.

chef jess catering & events

(202) 753-2622 | info@chef-jess.com Chef-Jess.com Chef Jess Catering is a full-service catering and event planning service. Chef Jess provides an eclectic, healthy twist on traditional and gourmet cuisine. We specialize in accommodating specific dietary requirements such as gluten-free, vegan, diabetic- and allergy-friendly.

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to your taste catering

(202) 486-4082 cc@toyourtastecatering.com ToYourTasteCatering.com Our mission is to provide exceptional food with the freshest ingredients and to make events effortless for our clients.

QuestJewelers.com Quest Fine Jewelers is your destination for all bridal jewelry. We offer complete fine jewelry lines by Verragio, Gabriel & Co., Coast Diamond, A.JAFFE, Benchmark and Novell Design Studio. Let us give your wedding the personal attention it deserves.

smyth jewelers

flowers & décor

tourterelle floral design

Charlottesville, VA (434) 973-1211 TourterelleFloral.com With attention to all of the details, the Tourterelle Floral Design team brings to you breathtaking and memorable wedding arrangements for your wedding day. We will deliver to you what you have always dreamed of for your special day and exceed your expectations.

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goodman & sons jewelers

Hampton and Williamsburg, VA GoodmanandSons.com Goodman & Sons Jewelers wants to help you celebrate every moment of your life. From Hearts On Fire, Forevermark and LENA to custom pieces, we can help you find the perfect ring. Shop where the hospitality is as generous as our selection, and shopping is seen as fun.

midtown jewelers

11990 Market Street, Suite D, Reston, VA (703) 707-9663 info@midtownjewelers.com MidtownJewelers.com/bridal Come explore Reston’s hidden gem. Midtown Jewelers is a family operated bridal boutique. We carefully select all our designers and handpick all loose stones for our customers. We also offer the finest selection of fashion jewelry, from beautiful diamond studs to vibrant color stone styles.

quest fine jewelers

8430 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA (703) 204-0111 info@questjewelers.com

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2020 York Road, Timonium, MD (410) 252-6666 | rac@smythjewelers.com SmythJewelers.com No pushy salespeople—all associates are noncommissioned. No regrets—you and your fiancé must be absolutely thrilled with your purchase, or return it within 30 days for a full refund. We have the largest selection of engagement rings, bridal sets and loose diamonds on the entire East Coast!

bridal fashion & beauty

perry warren of frizzles

6733 Commerce St., Springfield, VA (703) 823-4197 | Backcombu.com The last thing any bride needs on her wedding day is a trip to the salon. With over two decades in the fashion and beauty industry, I strongly believe that on-site hair and makeup preparation for your big day is the only way to go.

serendipity bridal & events

10665 Stanhaven Place, Suite #101, White Plains, MD (301) 632-5440 janice@serendipitybridalandevents.com SerendipityBridalAndEvents.com We are a full-service bridal and events boutique. We provide a complete wedding party wardrobe, from your stunning wedding gown to every member of your party. Serendipity is a seasoned event design company, ready to assist you. Visit today, where you will be served as every Serendipity bride deserves!

studio i do bridals

Virginia Beach (757) 491-1418 Roanoke (540) 904-5088 StudioIDo.com Say “yes” to the perfect dress at one of Virginia’s premier bridal studios!

fabulous frocks

1901B Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA (703) 683-2306 fabulousfrocksofalexandria@gmail.com FabulousFrocksBridal.com Fabulous Frocks offers designer sample gowns curated for the sophisticated, effortless bride. Shop our amazing selection of discounted, off-the-rack gowns in a relaxing atmosphere. Schedule your one-on-one appointment today with one of our fabulous stylists and create your head-to-toe look!

green & blue studio

1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC (202) 223-6644 style@greenandbluestyle.com GreenandBlueDCWeddings.com Green & Blue Wedding Studio offers custom gowns, veils and other accessories for you, and custom bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride and flower girl dresses for your bridal party. Bring your existing gown and we will alter it to fit like a glove.

that’s my dress bridal & prom

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trousseau

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wedding consultants

love couture bridal

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CAKES & CATERERS

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1757 Golf Club

135

Catering by Uptown

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Airlie Center

139

Chef Jess

193

Annapolis & The Chesapeake Bay

191

Ladurée

77

Antrim 1844

158

Little Apple Pastry Shop, Inc.

203

Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Cover, 203

Purple Onion Catering Company

143

Big Cork Vineyards

211

To Your Taste Catering

203

Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn

141

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Castle Hill Cider

35

Tourterelle Floral Design

179

Catoctin Hall at Musket Ridge Golf Club

201

Ultimate Floral Designs

203

Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa

109

The Clubs at Quantico

180

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Clyde’s Restaurant Group

47

Fabulous Frocks

53

Colonial Williamsburg

10

Green & Blue Studio

126

Columbus Club

59

I Do I Do Wedding Gowns

26

The Comus Inn at Sugarloaf Mountain

5

Love Couture Bridal

37

DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Silver Spring

136

Perry Warren of Frizzles

197

Early Mountain Vineyards

1

Serendipity Bridal & Events

97

East Lynn Farm

23

Studio I Do Bridals

93

The Elkridge Furnace Inn

165

That’s My Dress

79

The Founders Inn and Spa

15

Trousseau

51

Glenview Mansion

211

Great Blue Heron Catering

Cover

The Great Room at Historic Savage Mill

31, 203

Harbour View

159

Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club

133

Herrington on the Bay

85

White Swan Bridal Boutique

17

JEWELRY

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Goodman & Sons Jewelers

39

Midtown Jewelers

56

Quest Fine Jewelry

19

Smyth Jewelers

29

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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207

Chic Weddings & Events

7

Hyatt Regency Fairfax

185

Designed Perfectly Events, LLC

186

King Family Vineyards

179

The Event Group International

41

Liberty Mountain Resort & Conference Center

162

Giving Tree Weddings

199

The Market at Grelen

177

L&L Events

101

Military Aviation Museum

177

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Mount Ida Farm

49

By Asa Photography

61

The Oaks Waterfront Inn & Events

175

Clean Slate Digital Media

131

Old House Vineyards

161

GMS Photo & Video

209

Omni Hotels & Resorts

2

White Sails Photography

203

Outer Banks Wedding Association

83

Overhills Mansion

209

Pinstripes

ENTERTAINMENT

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175

AJDJ Services

189

BSquare Productions

199

Presqu’Isle

167

The Dapper DJs

113

Rust Manor House

Cover, 203

DJ Easy AL

203

Shenandoah Lodge & Athletic Club

129

Shenandoah Valley Golf Club

33

Stone Tower Winery

189

Stonewall Golf Club at Lake Manassas Sunset Hills Vineyard & 50West Vineyards

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Lettering by Lynne

183

197

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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164

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

9, 55

Swan Point Yacht & Country Club

183

Boogie’s Boutique

201

Turf Valley Resort

147

First Home Mortgage

180

213

Fleet Transportation

186

Upper Shirley Vineyards

25

Perfect Honeymoons

193

W Hotel Washington DC

89

Reston Limousine

207

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

160

Select Event Group

191

The Westin Washington Dulles Airport

13

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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The Woodlands at Algonkian

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Relish Decor

21

University of Maryland Memorial Chapel

215

166

Hilton Arlington

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Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

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thu & prashanth ROCKVILLE, MD “Our wedding was a cultural hodgepodge,” Thu says of blending her Vietnamese-American and Prashanth’s Hindu-Indian traditions with their roles as diplomats during their historic mansion celebration. “Between the families and friends from the world over and the ethnic outfit changes, it was a crazy montage of color, cultures and people.”

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