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Early Mountain Vineyards offers natural beauty, warm and inviting facilities, and all the perfect amenities for your dream wedding. Imagine grapes hanging heavy on rows of vines disappearing over the horizon to foothills where an expansive view of the Blue Ridge Mountains stretches out in front of your vineyard wedding. Spacious enough for large groups, yet intimate for private gatherings, Early Mountain Vineyards provides the perfect backdrop for a day you’ll never forget.

VISIT US TO START PLANNING YOUR DREAM WEDDING. 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison, VA 22727 | 540.948.9005 | pinterest.com/earlymountain

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FOREVER DESERVES A

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DESTINATION.

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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

leave you breathless.

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Photograph courtesy of Sky Sight Photography.

sure your special day with us will

O M NI B EDFO R D SP R INGS R ESO RT | P ENNSY LVANIA O M NI SH O R EH AM H OT EL | WASH INGTO N, D.C.

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CONTENTS

contents FALL/WINTER 2017

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist ask carley top picks 8 venues with a view expert advice secrets from real couples haute hues love stories marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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SHAB+COOP PHOTOGRAPHY

R AY ’ S P H O T O G R A P H Y

SHAB+COOP PHOTOGRAPHY

DISCOVER THE BELLEVUE, DMV’S NEWEST AND MOST LUXURIOUS EVENT VENUE. THIS MAGNIFICENT COMPLEX, WITH F O U R I M P R E S S I V E B A L L R O O M S , E X U D E S A N A M B I A N C E O F S T Y L E , E X C L U S I V I T Y A N D R E F I N E D B E A U T Y U N PA R A L L E L E D I N T H E D M V. M I N U T E S F R O M D U L L E S I N T E R N AT I O N A L A I R P O R T, T H E B E L L E V U E I S T H E P E R F E C T W E D D I N G D E S T I N AT I O N .

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CONTENTS

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hot trends to make your own

fashion 146

let the good times roll High-low hems, feathers and fringe make for a fun, flirty bridal look.

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works of art Find the right ring for you.

beauty & wellness 162

foodie beauty

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Healthy foods to keep you gorgeous.

style wedding themes 101 Our glossary has everything you need.

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hot trends to make your own The ideas we’re loving this year.

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wedding cakes by style How to make your cake mirror your vibe and theme.

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works of art

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FROM TOP: VICKI GR AFTON PHOTOGR APHY; YASU + JUNKO

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Introducing Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux Brut Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux Brut, a sparkling wine with an added hint of blueberries, is a delicate wine reserved for memorable celebrations. It offers seductive flavors and fresh aromatic effervescence—vividly pasteled with blueberries. All of this is contained in an impressively sexy bottle with tasteful flair. The fruit for Blanc de Bleu is grown in select vineyards, known for their cool and clear breezes—ideal conditions for the exclusive grapes and soils that accentuate the profoundly flavorful characteristics.

www.BlancdeBleuUSA.com Sparkling grape wine with blueberry flavor and certified color. Drink responsibly. Drive responsibly.

Bronco Wine Co. | www.broncowine.com | 855.874.2394 | ©2017 Blanc de Bleu, Ceres, CA

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CONTENTS

real weddings 64

monica & josh november 12, washington, dc

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taylor & winston november 6, stevenson, md

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allyson & scott october 1, washington, dc

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kate & blake april 23, cockeysville, md

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stephanie & anton september 10, somerset, va

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bridget & kevin october 8, keswick, va

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sheila & russ

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happy campers

sheila & russ

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planning

meghan & jeff june 11, middleburg, va

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liz & wendy

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charo & antoine september 3, washington, dc

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jen & ryan

the big picture Ask your photographer these questions.

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hottest honeymoon destinations Pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime.

13 essential planning tips Advice no to-be-wed should be without.

august 20, leesburg, va

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how to actually pay for your wedding Little things you can save on, big things you can sacrifice and how it all adds up.

jaclyn & marc july 2, baltimore

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Pull off an awesome camp wedding.

november 5, williamsburg, va

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happy campers

cristina & colton september 4, annapolis, md

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samantha & john june 26, norfolk, va

real wedding budget key $ = $10,000 or less

We 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

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

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creatively planned | expertly coordinated | perfectly designed

2017

PHOTOS BY GENEVIEVE LEIPER PHOTOGRAPHY; JALAPENO PHOTOGRAPHY; KATELYN JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY

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get the look

ABOUT THE COVER

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Check out more fashion-forward dresses for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

ON HER

ON HER

ON HER

Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Elegance by Roya, ElegancebyRoya.com (Vienna, VA), Francesca’s Bridal, FrancescasBridal.com (Lutherville, MD); engagement ring, $1,580, MarrowFine.com

Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Carine’s Bridal Atelier, CarinesBridal .com (Washington, DC); headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry .com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com

ON HIM

ON HIM

Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com

Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar.com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com

Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal, RobinsonsBridal.com (Baltimore), Hitched Bridal Couture, HitchedSalon .com (Washington, DC); headpiece, $285, Paris by Deborah Moreland, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; shoes, $110, WHITE by Vera Wang, DavidsBridal.com

EASY RIDER Photographer Paul Costello snaps our models cruising through the French Quarter.

shot on location at Hotel Provincial, HotelProvincial.com

behind the scenes

MODEL BEHAVIOR Design director Tracy Everding and photo assistant Alex Darsey scout locations.

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JAZZ IT UP With its vibrant music scene and colorful architecture, New Orleans was the perfect backdrop for our fun and flirty fashion feature, “Let the Good Times Roll.” After all, what better place to shoot party dresses and statement accessories than a city known for its one-of-a-kind, celebratory vibe?

photography: Paul Costello fashion styling: Audrey Slater hair: Miok for Wella Professionals

at Judy Casey Inc. makeup: Brett Jackson using NARS Cosmetics at Sarah Laird & Good Company florals: Poppy & Mint Floral Company

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Our professionals will turn your inspiring vision into a magnificent once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Westin will create unforgettable experiences for all of your wedding needs including bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, Sunday brunches and guest room blocks. We offer a range of creative menus with sophisticated dĂŠcor to create a celebration that guests will talk about for years to come. Earn free room nights for your honeymoon with one Starpoint for every $1 of your wedding contract, up to 100,000 Starpoints.

Contact Lee Intachai at 571.485.4310 lee.intachai@westinwashingtondulles.com www.westindulles.com

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kellie Gould

MANAGING EDITORS

DEPUTY EDITOR

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman Kellee Kratzer

EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

DESIGN DIRECTOR

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Toby Fox

Tracy Everding

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR DIGITAL EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, REAL WEDDINGS ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, DIGITAL SOCIAL EDITOR SENIOR DESIGNER DESIGNER REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR ASSOCIATE DIGITAL PHOTO EDITOR EDITORIAL & MARKETING COORDINATOR

Esther Lee Shelley Brown Ivy Jacobson Stephanie Cain Rachel Sylvester Maria Bouselli Katie Kortebein Andrea Fowler Farah Prince Maggie Seaver Jessica Molinari Katelyn Baker Katie Ragan Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Sarah Love Barrie Tovar Toni Franchini

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

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THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig DIRECTOR, BRAND EXPERIENCE Alexis Jonnson PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine VIDEO PRODUCER Jose Marmolejos SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher PROJECT MANAGER Elizabeth Smith ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Mary Lou Pernod, mpernod@theknot.com (877) 502-0586

Steve Pironti, spironti@theknot.com (888) 873-5093

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Kimberley Feys, kfeys@theknot.com (240) 341-4100

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 DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS

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COFOUNDER Carley Roney The Knot DC, Maryland & Virginia is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2017 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot DC, Maryland & Virginia are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983 please recycle after wedding

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.com/dc-md-va

Discover new ideas, get answers to your questions and find local wedding pros that fit your style and budget.

GO LOCAL

connect with pros and find tips

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired

Browse top weddings from the region for the ultimate local inspiration. You’ll find amazing venues plus creative style ideas that will show your guests what a true DMV celebration is all about, like Jocelyn and Cecil’s classic wedding at the Katzen Arts Center in DC. Their day included an impressive ceremony altar crafted with dozens of hydrangeas and roses.

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Gather your dream team of wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/stateguides. Your Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, directories have everything you need to know about saying “I do,” from getting your marriage license to seasonal tips. Then, connect with planners, florists, photographers and more by searching by region and price in our local marketplace. Happy planning!

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EDITOR’ S LET TER

Try our savvy tips for saving without sacrificing. (p. 173) A luxe Chile eco-lodge is perfect for honeymooners. (p. 192)

When I got engaged the first thing I started thinking about was my wedding vision—something that proved much harder to settle on than I expected. I had recently vacationed in Italy and thought I wanted a family-style feast with rustic tables covered in majolica platters filled with Tuscan specialties. All of that changed the minute I walked into my dream venue: a stunning, light-filled Manhattan loft space with a glassenclosed roof and wraparound terrace. From there, everything else fell into place. To help you get your planning off to a successful start, we’ve got ideas for 15 different styles to inspire your day (p. 118). Once you’ve nailed your venue and theme, it will be so much easier to pick a gorgeous cake design (p. 140) and all the other details, as well as choose a dress that suits you and your wedding. And whether it’s a fun, flirty or straight-up sexy gown you’re envisioning, turn to “Let the Good Times Roll” (p. 146) for some seriously beautiful fashion inspo. Of course, it will be hard to pull off your day without a plan for how to pay for it. Luckily, we’ve got tips and tricks for ways to save (p. 173). Plus, there’s so much more to explore in this issue, from this year’s hottest trends (p. 130) to where to travel for your honeymoon (p. 192), so get ready to dog-ear pages and let us help you plan a wedding that’s totally you.

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I love the detailing on this Hayley Paige gown. (p. 146)

This cake is a work of art, and one of my faves. (p. 140)

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A dream catcher makes for a beautiful boho ceremony backdrop. (p. 118)

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

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PHOTOS BY TRACEY ATTLEE

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CHECKLIST

get your customized wedding checklist at TheKnot.com/checklist

This checklist will tell you what to do, when, on your way to the altar—but make sure to flip the page for our must-have apps and the online tools that will help you get there.

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Find a stationer and order your savethe-dates. This is really happening!

Plan the ceremony with your officiant and discuss religious requirements such as premarital counseling.

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Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision your wedding— think about the style you want and color palettes you love. Nail down a budget. When and where would you like to get married? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 22). Hire any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner. Start searching for the dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP.

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Propose to your wedding party. Create your website with The Knot. Guests can also access it on the Guest List app (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 22). Book your photographer, florist, musicians and other important pros. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses. Start registering—a super-fun to-do.

MONTHS

Book your honeymoon. Choose the formalwear. Send out your save-the-dates. Order the invitations and thank-you notes. Hire a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner or a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue). Schedule beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists. Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location. >>

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CHECKLIST

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Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher. Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs, linens and so on) with the caterer or rental company. Complete your wedding cake order and order the groom’s cake, if you’re having one. Buy wedding rings. Arrange day-of transportation for yourselves and the wedding party.

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Figure out how to get a local marriage license—you need one to make it official. Finalize your ceremony with your officiant.

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Mail your wedding invitations at the six- to eight-week mark. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Work on your vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves. Go to the first dress fitting— bring shoes and undergarments. Finalize the menu. Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

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our planner app is a must-have!

Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want.

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date: ______ /______ /______

Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager, and finish the seating chart. Pass on requests from your pros, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager. Go to the last dress fitting. Designate point people for day-of tasks. Make sure all beauty appointments are scheduled.

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K wedding planning tools Our apps and online tools for top to-dos in the first months of planning make the process easy. OUR APPS THE KNOT GUEST LIST AND WEDDING WEBSITES MANAGER Create your wedding website and guest list. Guests can access the app to get essential details and share photos. WEDDING LOOKBOOK BY THE KNOT Search for the hottest dresses and rings, and see where you can find them in your area. WEDDING PLANNER BY THE KNOT Consider this your personalized organizer: It includes the Wedding Budget Calculator and The Ultimate Wedding Checklist.

Steam the dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and the reception sites one more time to go over the schedule.

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Give the marriage license to your officiant. Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner. Breathe—and have fun!

OUR ONLINE TOOLS THEKNOT.COM/WEDDINGWEBSITES Build your customized wedding website by choosing from unique design schemes and colors. The best part? It’s free! THEKNOT.COM/REGISTRY Register at your favorite stores and track all of your gifts. Be sure to share your registries on your wedding website. THEKNOT.COM/MARKETPLACE Research, read reviews, directly connect, then book top wedding vendors in your area, in all categories. THEKNOT.COM/CONCIERGE Take our quiz to help you find the perfect venue. Plus, we’ll help you schedule site tours and book for your day.

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Understanding your style and taste... is our business.

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EXPERT Q& A

ask carley Our cofounder answers your questions.

My fiancé is Hindu, and while we’ve chosen not to have a religious ceremony, I want to surprise him with a few personal touches from his heritage. Any suggestions? The best way to do this is subtly. Gold and red, both auspicious colors in Indian tradition, could appear throughout your wedding details. Choose a red stationery suite inked in gold, have your bridesmaids wear red or decorate your tables with gold-plated urns filled with red, pink and yellow blooms. Elephants (to honor the god Ganesh) could also play a role, or include a modern mandap in the ceremony.

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I’m having trouble finding accessories to match my style of dress—how should I start?

SEATING STRESS

One or two accessories can complete any look (and make it your own), but try not to pile on too many pieces or you’ll be headed for a fashion faux pas. But if you want to achieve glamgirl status, feel free to add a big, bold necklace to your embellished dress, plus a crystal clutch. Is modern more your style? Then a sleek column gown with a pair of sexy metallic shoes and a haute headband will do the trick. For a more vintage look, go for lace and heirloom-like details such as gloves and a brooch.

A HAIR AHEAD

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If my bridesmaids are getting their hair and makeup done, do I go before or after them?

It usually takes a pro about two to three hours to do a bride’s hair and makeup. More time may be needed if they have to make lots of adjustments or start over (which hopefully won’t happen, but you should prepare for it anyway). To save time and stress, ask bridesmaids to do their own hair and makeup, and then have your professional touch them up. Or, preferably, hire a separate person for your attendants and mom. If the pro will be working on both you and the others, you should go last so your look is nice and fresh for pictures.

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Who else sits with my fiancé and me at the reception? Do we have to sit with the wedding party?

You can sit with whomever you like. One choice is to have the honor attendants and their spouses or dates seated with the newlyweds. Some couples sit with their whole wedding party, while others choose to sit with their parents. If you go with the latter option, both sets of parents should be at your table to prevent any appearance of favoritism. If your parents are divorced, you may want to skip this and seat each set at a table of their friends and relatives (to prevent any awkwardness). Want to use dinner as a chance to steal a moment for just the two of you? You can decide on the most romantic option: the sweetheart table. >>

let’s talk stats

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THE RIGHT MIX

20% 83% of couples incorporate ethnic elements/traditions

of bridal parties have their hair done for the wedding

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I’m an out-of-state bridesmaid who can’t attend the bachelorette party. Should I still be helping the maid of honor pay for it or any related expenses? Unlike a shower where there’s usually one host responsible for footing the bill, the bachelorette party is slightly different. It’s quite common (and totally acceptable) for the maid of honor (or party organizer) to ask for contributions. Maybe offer to contribute the amount the other bridesmaids will be paying, or at least a portion. If you’re off the hook for those costs, call ahead to one of the spots where the party will be and order a bottle of champagne or some other treat for the group—on you.

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My fiancé and I secretly love the “Macarena,” but will our guests hate us if we make them do it?

One of the reasons people aren’t the biggest fans of organized dances is the song seems to go on forever. If you have your heart set on doing the “Macarena,” play 60 seconds of it, then smoothly transition into 60 seconds of “YMCA” and cap it off with 60 seconds of the electric slide. Switching songs keeps fewer people on the sidelines without slowing down the party. Ask your DJ ahead of time if they can make this dance mix. Plus with you two having so much fun, guests will be happy to join in.

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Could I recruit my wedding party to help me put our favors together, or is that expecting too much from them?

Consider your squad before seeking help. Tying dozens of tiny bows might not be everyone’s idea of a good time. But you might have a few friends who are game to help. Use the task as an excuse to get together and sip champagne, or test out your signature cocktails. Everyone will have a better time if you turn ribbon tying into a fun hangout rather than a chore.

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How soon do we have to have our wedding hashtag? It seems couples have them ready to post as soon as they’re engaged— are we late to the game if we don’t?

Couple hashtags are the best way to see all photos relating to your wedding festivities, but you certainly don’t have to be ready with one as soon as the ring is on your finger. While some to-be-weds may have found it fun or amusing to play around with different combinations of their names before they were even engaged (don’t worry—we won’t tell), it’s certainly not for everyone. You don’t even have to have a hashtag—but if you decide you do want one, don’t stress about creating it. Sometimes couples get lucky and have the perfect names for a fun play on words, but you can always use simple phrases like #SarahAndAshleyGetHitched2017 or #AndersonPartyOfTwo. Just check the hashtag before and make sure it doesn’t already have hundreds of photos attached. Tip: Adding the date always helps separate your hashtag from the rest.

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There are so many different ways to play with this tradition, so let your creativity run wild. Second dresses are much more common these days. You can wear your mother’s wedding dress for one half and a new gown for the other. If you would rather include a passed-down dress without actually wearing it, you could use the fabric to make a stunning clutch or chuppah, or place a nostalgic patch under your own skirt. An antique family car can be your getaway transportation, or you could use your parents’ wedding cake knife. And your bouquet can be wrapped in any heirloom fabric, from a close friend’s veil to a piece of a beloved grandmother’s favorite shawl. Or get innovative with your hair accessories. A vintage hairpin can be a nice touch or replicating your mother’s wedding hairstyle would make a lovely tribute.

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201 Waterfront St., National Harbor; (301) 965-4000; Marriott.com Located right on the water, Marriott’s brand-new, contemporary RiverView Ballroom, which is over 16,000 square feet, just opened in summer 2017. It offers up unobstructed 270-degree views of the National Harbor and an elegant waterfront lawn for your ceremony. Plus, newlyweds can take a romantic sunset harbor cruise or VIP gondola ride on the Capital Wheel.

swannanoa palace 497 Swannanoa Lane, Afton, VA; (540) 942-5201; Virginia.org Sitting high atop Afton Mountain, this historic 1912 Italianate marble mansion offers vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountain countryside. The 52-room palace was created as a replica of the Villa Medici in Rome and includes architectural details like elaborate Tiffany stained-glass windows. Say “I do” on the front steps of the stately house with 200 guests looking on. Then have a tented reception in the backyard by the pergola.

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2333 Pharsalia Road, Tyro, VA; (434) 277-5231; PharsaliaEvents.com Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this family-owned flower farm boasts panoramas of the rolling hills. Celebrate with a lawn ceremony and a tented reception for as many as 200 guests. There are plenty of photo ops too, like the apple orchard and vineyard. Crafty couples can even make their own bouquets and arrangements using fresh blooms sourced from the farm—with help the farm’s staff, of course.

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how can couples personalize their paper goods? Custom illustrations, such as of the couple or an important place, are a beautiful way to tell a love story. We’ve also included more subtle details: a paw print icon for their puppy on a wax seal or a floral envelope liner that was a nod to the bride’s maiden name.

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Make the invitations a reflection of you as a couple. Order 5 to 10 extra invitation sets so you don’t have to do a second (and more expensive) printing. Look for a paper stock that’s at least 120 pounds (how it’s measured) for your invitation.

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what are creative ways to embellish invitations and save-the-dates? We’ll take just about any excuse to line an envelope—it adds such a fun pop of color. We also love adding custom maps, especially if the couple expects out-of-town guests. It’s an awesome way to introduce the location. what’s trending in stationery? Hand lettering is one of our favorite details to work on, and it’s having a moment right now. We’ve also been doing a lot of custom maps with watercolor illustrations, and we’re still seeing a metallic trend with foil printing. what do you love most about your job? It’s an honor to introduce love stories, create brands and bring pretty paper to celebrations. Plus, we’re blessed to be doing it together. Discover more tips and trends from your area at TheKnot.com/dc-md-va

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what’s the number one reason couples should hire a videographer? While photography can be beautiful in ways a video cannot, the truth is that photos cannot move or capture audio. When you want to relive the day or show your future children, you’ll want to see and hear the experience. A picture alone won’t suffice. what video services do you offer? We offer a four-minute music highlight video, an eight-minute highlight video with dialogue, and a video of the ceremony and reception edited between multiple cameras. Plus, we offer a same-day edit of a highlight video, ready in time for the reception. tell us—what is a same-day edit? I shoot and edit throughout the day to show a video at the reception, which can often take weeks or months to deliver. For other companies, they often hire a dedicated editor whose sole job is to off-load footage and edit. For us, it’s just myself and my wife—I don’t trust someone else to edit my footage.

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so what makes for an unforgettable wedding video? Emotion, in any form. This could be spectacular vows complete with crying, an amazing speech from a grandmother or just the facial expressions and reactions of family and friends to heartfelt moments.

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Go with the flow. Things will go wrong and get off schedule. Roll with it and remember to have fun. Finish everything by the day before the rehearsal. Then you can relax and de-stress before the craziness begins. Hire a coordinator. You won’t fully realize how much you’re undertaking doing it yourself until it’s too late.

what if a couple is camera shy? I always say I guide people—I don’t direct them. I’m like a fly on the wall and let people act as they normally would. I may just point them to where they need to be, and I’ve been known to crack a joke or two if someone is having a particularly tough time. what is the biggest challenge you face when filming a wedding? Guests jump in the way to try to capture the moment with their iPads and phones. While it’s not done deviously, it can be problematic for videographers and photographers. I encourage my couples to do an “unplugged” ceremony so guests can experience it with their eyes, not their screens. finally, tell us about the funniest moment you’ve shot. During the military tradition the Arch of Swords at a Navy wedding, the bride’s veil got caught on one of the swords. It pulled all the way off as she walked forward. The gentleman holding the sword did his best not to laugh, but everyone else was cracking up, including the bride and groom. Luckily, she had a great sense of humor. Check out more local wedding pros at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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Katelyn White & Katie Watson Hitched Bridal Couture what do you love about what you do? That we get to work together with brides and their families every day. It’s always such an exciting feeling to be a part of someone’s special day. since a bride has likely never been wedding dress shopping before, how should she come prepared for her appointment? At Hitched, we have undergarments, shoes and accessories all in-store so brides don’t need to bring anything—just an open mind and a propensity for fun! what’s the process you take a bride through when she arrives to your salon for her first visit? Brides are welcomed into the salon and paired with their personal bridal consultant, who will work with them for their entire appointment. During this time, they’ll discuss the bride’s vision for her look to start the journey to find her dress.

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Be open minded. Go out of your comfort zone. You never know what you might fall in love with. Celebrate the little victories. Toast with champagne after saying “yes” to the dress. Planning can be fun, but also stressful. Rely on your pros, like us, to do the heavy lifting while you enjoy the moment.

what advice do you typically share with brides on a tight budget? The most important thing to remember about a strict wedding budget is there’s always wiggle room across the categories. Prioritize what’s most important to you: the dress or the band? The canopies or the photographer? A few dollars saved on flowers could be a few dollars added to your dream gown. Also, incorporate priceless keepsakes into your look, such as grandma’s vintage veil or your best friend’s earrings. Special items like these are a great way to use your “something borrowed” to save money. what are the biggest trends you’re seeing right now? There are a lot of clean, classic gowns with an architectural twist: clean materials with intricate seaming or an unexpected button or back detail. Off the shoulder is another current trend, but again with a more modern spin on the traditional look. Find more bridal salons in your area in our directory on p. 211

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While on a weekend getaway to New York City, Tom planned a romantic date at Malatesta Trattoria, a restaurant where the couple had shared one of their favorite meals. “I couldn’t wait to tell her how happy I was about spending our lives together,” Tom says. During dinner, Tom popped the question as the server brought out a bottle of champagne. “I didn’t want anything too dramatic,” Tom says. “I wanted the focus to be on us, the ring symbolizing our commitment and my words of love to her.” The ring: Market Street Diamonds Find more amazing photographers in your area at TheKnot.com/dc-md-va

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Nestled in the heart of Virginia’s wine country and only an hour from DC, East Lynn Farm is an idyllic setting for an authentically rustic countryside celebration. On the farm, you and your guests will find yourself surrounded by panoramic views of the beautiful countryside, animals grazing, historic barns and the sights and sounds of nature. There’s also a myriad of ways to customize your event, from a farm-totable menu to table arrangements made from native flowers handpicked from the gardens and more. Get in touch today to schedule your tour. 19955 AIRMONT ROAD, ROUNDHILL, VA W E D D I N G S @ E A S T LY N N FA R M . C O M E A S T LY N N FA R M . C O M

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Monica Kohli, 33, a strategy consultant GROOM Joshua (Josh) Riley, 35, a lawyer HOW THEY MET At a Washington Nationals baseball game WEDDING STYLE Monica and Josh celebrated with a black-tie soiree decked in lavender, berry, fuchsia and gold with traditional twists to honor their families. —Marissa Hermanson

“We loved that the location was totally DC,” Monica says of their venue, which is located in the heart of the Capitol. “We wanted it to reflect our cultural upbringings, but also that we are both urban, young and stylish.” During the ceremony, Josh greeted guests in Spanish (Monica’s late mother’s native language) and Punjabi (her father’s native language) to make all feel welcome.

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“Winston and I don’t eat cake often so we had no idea what we wanted,” Taylor says of their lightly frosted dessert garnished with blooms. “While we designed the cake, we let our caterer decide the final flavors and let it be a surprise to everyone.”

The couple used Winston’s mother’s wedding broom for the jumping of the broom ritual.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Elizabeth Fogarty FLOWERS Radebaugh

OFFICIANT

Pastor Ken Patterson

GOWN

Casablanca, Mayfair Bridal, San Antonio VEIL Mayfair Bridal

ENGAGEMENT

RING Tiffany & Co. WEDDING RINGS

Bride: Tiffany & Co.; groom: Cartier EARRINGS BHLDN

HAIR &

Audrey Bethards

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Adrianna Papell; BHLDN MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank

Etsy.com

STATIONERY

RENTALS Gala Cloths CAKE Linwoods

CATERING & MUSIC My Deejay

ACCOMMODATIONS

Gramercy Mansion

REGISTRIES

Pottery Barn; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Spain GUESTS 120

The couple’s labradoodle, Reece, acted as ring bearer. “It was such a special moment to see him prance down the aisle,” Taylor says.

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“I wanted something simple and comfortable that I could dance in,” the bride says of her A-line gown that she paired with her mother’s veil.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Allyson Segal, 29, works in finance GROOM Scott Bronner, 32, also works in finance HOW THEY MET Through friends WEDDING STYLE “I dreamed of having a California wedding,” Allyson says of blending a fresh color scheme of white and green with gold accents in a sophisticated and historic DC space. —MH

After tying the knot in a traditional Jewish ceremony officiated by Allyson’s childhood rabbi, the couple celebrated with a feast that included mini lobster rolls and grilled cheese with tomato soup shooters, along with sushi and dim sum stations. “I loved the idea of an alfresco dinner experience,” she says.

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“As soon as the ballroom doors opened, we had a party,” Allyson says. A 12-piece band kicked off the raucous celebration with a playlist including Rihanna’s “We Found Love” (one of Scott’s favorite tunes), while a DJ played music for the newlyweds’ after-party. “It went until 3:45 a.m.!” Allyson says.

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A mix of high and low arrangements dotted dining tables for an “eclectic chic” look.

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The Watergate Hotel, Washington, DC PHOTOGRAPHY David Alexander/

Roey Yohai Photography Tweed Weddings

VIDEOGRAPHY

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FLOWERS Blue

Vanda Designs

GOWN Amsale,

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The couple chose the recently renovated, iconic hotel, since Allyson is from Washington, DC. “The Watergate was new and modern,” Allyson says. “It felt that hosting all the aspects of the party in one place—ceremony, reception and after-party—would make the day more seamless.”

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SHOES Gianvito Rossi

ENGAGEMENT RING T. Gluck &

Company WEDDING RINGS Hammerman Brothers

HAIR Tasha Gaymon

MAKEUP Abigail de Casanova BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Salvatore Ferragamo;

Sandro

STATIONERY Invitations:

Ceci New York; programs: Emily Baird Design; escort cards: Calligraphette & Co.

RENTALS DC Rental; Revolution

Event Design and Production; Select Event Group; White Glove Rentals CATERING &

Hotel

CAKE The Watergate

MUSIC The Source/Elan Artists HONEYMOON Thailand & Laos

GUESTS 260 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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BRIDE Kate Bosley, 30, a corporate recruiter GROOM Blake Smith, 31, a restaurant owner HOW THEY MET At West Virginia University WEDDING STYLE The pair brought their tented backyard party to life with a chic blend of light pink, cream, ivory and beige. —MH

After exchanging vows in a Catholic ceremony, Kate and Blake celebrated with a tented reception at a friend’s private residence that allowed their opulent floral arrangements and gold décor to shine. A few masculine elements—a whiskey and cigar bar, wood tables and faux fur—acted as counterpoints to the romantic and feminine decorative details.

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Guests sipped on The Mountaineer, a whiskey-based signature cocktail named after their alma mater’s mascot.

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Pozniak/tPoz Photography Zinnia Weddings

VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNER Pam Aiello/

Elizabeth Bailey Weddings Vanda Designs

FLOWERS Blue

OFFICIANT Fr. Francis Ouma

GOWN Amsale, Gamberdella, Towson, MD VEIL Gamberdella

Mischka

SHOES Badgley

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Radcliffe Jewelers JEWELRY Earrings:

Radcliffe Jewelers; hair clip: Nordstrom

HAIR

Studio and Co. Salon MAKEUP Studio of Make-Up

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Amsale

MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank

Ruby the Fox

STATIONERY

RENTALS AFR; Loane Brothers;

Party Rentals; Table Toppers & DESSERTS Cunningham’s

Graul’s

CATERING CAKE

MUSIC Mood Swings OTHER

ENTERTAINMENT Cigar & whiskey bar:

Cunningham’s

TRANSPORTATION An

Extraordinar Limousine

ACCOMMODATIONS

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront; Courtyard by Marriott Baltimore Downtown

HONEYMOON

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Virginia’s Premier Wedding Venue

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Located just south of Charlottesville, Virginia on a secluded 5,000-acre sanctuary, Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard is the perfect destination for weddings and private events. Guests have the choice between two distinct venues: The Lodge and The Event Barn. Spectacular scenic vistas, vibrant vineyards, historic homes, private lakes, tree-lined drives, lake or stable-side cocktail parties, and historic plantation accommodations all combine to create the venue of your dreams. 5,000 square foot on-site Tasting Room opening this fall.

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“The landscape felt like the French countryside, which was one of our main inspirations for our day,” Stephanie says.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Stephanie van Sasse van Ysselt, 26, a publicist GROOM Anton Anger, 25, an interior designer HOW THEY MET At Arizona State University WEDDING STYLE The couple outfitted their nature-inspired celebration in a soothing combo of lavender, navy, gray and soft greens. —MH

With Virginia’s picturesque wine country as their backdrop, Stephanie and Anton took notes from the bride’s Dutch and French heritage. “We focused on keeping the look flowy and romantic,” Stephanie says. They set the tone right away with invitations designed by the groom, and on the day, they incorporated lavender, rosemary and sage in their floral arrangements.

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The couple’s two ring bearers carried pillows that Anton’s sister sewed and embroidered with the pair’s initials.

While the four bridesmaids donned pale purple gowns, Stephanie’s maid of honor wore a plum-colored dress to set her apart. “The bridesmaid bouquets were just small bunches of lavender,” Stephanie says. “We focused a lot on the aromas of our florals, and I’ve always loved rosemary and lavender together.”

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50 MASSACHUSETTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20007

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20002

LADUREEUS@LADUREE.COM

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Anton’s father’s vintage white Porsche was “our version of a white horse,” Stephanie says of their getaway car.

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The newlyweds had their first dance to “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes. “The song is about waking up from life after meeting that special someone, which is really how we felt when we met each other,” Stephanie says. “Love at first sight is so incredibly hard to explain, but it captures the emotions.”

The Market at Grelen, Somerset, VA PHOTOGRAPHY Gianny Campos

Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

WhiteFlair Productions

PLANNER &

FLOWERS Amore Events by Cody OFFICIANT Phillip Gates

GOWN

Ivy & Aster, Lovely Bride, New York City VEIL Lovely Bride HEADPIECE BHLDN SHOES Badgley Mischka RINGS Cartier

WEDDING

HAIR Andrew Karp

MAKEUP Annie Ivens/Roots BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo MENSWEAR Purple Label by Ralph

Lauren

STATIONERY DIY

MS Events

RENTALS

CATERING Harvest Moon

CAKE & DESSERTS Cakes by Rachel MUSIC Ceremony: Encore; reception: Dance

Candy

TRANSPORTATION A&A Limousine

REGISTRY Bloomingdale’s

HONEYMOON

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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October 8 • Keswick, VA

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Bridget Fitzgerald, 28, a nurse GROOM Kevin Kelly, 30, a lawyer HOW THEY MET At University of Virginia WEDDING STYLE The couple outfitted their cidery venue with fall florals, rustic accents and romantic lighting. —MH

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“My mom has been collecting stamps for a long time, so she picked out personalized ones for each guest’s invite,” Bridget says.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Jen

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VIDEOGRAPHY Kirby

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PLANNER Meghan

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FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Phil Gates

GOWN Liancarlo, Carine’s Bridal Atelier,

Washington, DC

SHOES Salvatore Ferragamo

ENGAGEMENT RING Marchi WEDDING RINGS Schwarzschild EARRINGS Christ Child

Society Opportunity Shop

HAIR Top Knot

Studio MAKEUP Rouge 9 Makeup Studio BRIDESMAID DRESSES Joanna August MENSWEAR Groom: Wm. Fox & Co.;

groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com

STATIONERY

Sue Corral Ink; escort cards: The Blooming Quill SIGN-IN BOOK Blue Sky Papers

RENTALS

Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting; Festive Fare CATERING & HOT DOG STAND C&O

Restaurant

CAKE & DESSERTS Favorite Cakes

MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Encore

String Quartet; reception: Jump Street Band/ EastCoast Entertainment Albemarle Limousine Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and a cheese table before heading to dinner and dancing with a live band. “They were absolutely amazing,” Bridget says. To honor her father’s request for hot dogs with “all the fixings,” the couple had a cart on hand for snacks throughout the evening.

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Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Offering… B R I DA L

B R I D ES M A I D S ACCES S O R I ES

Potomac, Maryland • www.LoveCoutureBridal.com • 301-610-5683

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Sheila Kumar, 34, a doctor GROOM Russ Davis, 34, a lawyer HOW THEY MET Online WEDDING STYLE The couple decorated with sunny florals and served up an East-meets-West meal that honored both their backgrounds. —MH

Embracing Sheila’s Indian heritage, the couple infused their short-but-sweet Hindu ceremony with rituals like chenda melam drumming and draping the aisle and mandap with marigold garlands. “Russ and I wanted to merge our cultures, as well as our own tastes, so we incorporated elements that were important to each of us,” Sheila says. “We both got what we wanted.”

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SHEILA & RUSS WEDDING INGREDIENTS During the reception, guests enjoyed a mix of traditional Indian dishes like chicken vindaloo and eggplant curry, along with Western dishes including mustard-glazed salmon and tomato and mint salad. “The food was amazing—it was one of my favorite parts of the wedding,” Sheila says. “I ate so much naan!” Late-night snacks included mac and cheese lollipops alongside chicken and waffle sliders.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD PHOTOGRAPHY Rebekah J. Murray

Photography Events

PLANNER Caroline Dutton FLOWERS Imperial Décor

OFFICIANT Venkataraman Sastrigal GOWN Nazranaa, Iselin, NJ

ENGAGEMENT

RING Diamonds Mine, Etsy.com WEDDING RINGS Macy’s JEWELRY Necklace & earrings:

Nazranaa

HAIR &

MAKEUP Amie

Decker Beauty MEHNDI Henna Harmony BRIDESMAID DRESSES Balaramapuram,

Kerala, India

MENSWEAR Indochino

STATIONERY Weldonberry, Etsy.com RENTALS Imperial Décor; Spilled Milk

Catering

CATERING Spilled Milk

Catering DESSERTS Captain Cookie and the Milkman

MUSIC Pike Productions

PHOTO BOOTH Rebekah J. Murray

Photography

TRANSPORTATION

Culdesac Chauffeur Service Zola.com

REGISTRY

HONEYMOON Tasmania

GUESTS 136 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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The couple served blueberry crumble, strawberry-rhubarb and Key lime mini pies, and a three-tier cake adorned with small blooms.

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From paper products to vases, the couple incorporated an elegant navy and white canton floral pattern on their details, including personal welcome notes for attendees. “They were individualized and expressed our sentiments about having each guest with us on this special day,” Meghan says.

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MEGHAN & JEFF “Jeff is a fighter pilot, so we found it amusing to enter the dance floor for our first dance to ‘Danger Zone,’ ” Meghan says.

Asian canton-motif jars in blue and white were used as vases on the escort card display table and bar. Custom calligraphy escort cards incorporated a navy and white canton floral pattern, and dining tables were marked with navy hand-painted globes labeled with locations of importance to the couple.

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MEGHAN & JEFF’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, VA PHOTOGRAPHY Katie Stoops Photography PLANNER Grit & Grace Inc

Amaryllis Floral & Event Design Leora Motley

FLOWERS OFFICIANT

GOWN Cristiano Lucci,

Designer Loft, New York City

VEIL

Sara Gabriel WEDDING RINGS Bride: Pico Jewelry Inc.; groom: Steel’s Jewelry JEWELRY Pico Jewelry Inc.; hair comb: EverythingBride, Etsy.com Veil

HAIR &

MAKEUP Behind the

STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com;

escort cards & menu: Paperzest; calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

RENTALS DC

Rental; Sugarplum Tent Company

CATERING,

CAKE & DESSERTS Salamander Resort

& Spa

MUSIC Love Revival Orchestra

WELCOME GIFTS Marigold & Grey GUESTS 155 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Liz Uehlinger (left), 34, a business manager BRIDE Wendy Hickok, 35, a photographer HOW THEY MET At a wedding where Wendy was the photographer and Liz was the best woman WEDDING STYLE With fall foliage as their backdrop, Liz and Wendy drew upon the woodland theme for their wedding full of autumnal floral arrangements. —MH

For their outdoor ceremony, the couple opted for untraditional music as they each entered with their parents. Liz processed to the string quartet’s version of “Harry in Winter” from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Wendy walked in to “Storybook Love” from the The Princess Bride.

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Guests received copper mugs with cocktail recipes for their favors.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Kirsten Zarek/

Kirsten Marie Photography

PLANNER

Katina Dawson/A Sweet Affair Strawberry Fields & Finds

FLOWERS OFFICIANT

Clare French (friend) ATTIRE Liz: Express; Wendy: Annapolis Formal & Tuxedos, Annapolis

VEIL Wendy: Annapolis

Formal & Tuxedos

SHOES Liz: Cole

Haan; Wendy: Kelly & Katie

ENGAGEMENT

RING BlueNile.com WEDDING RINGS

Zachary’s Jewelers JEWELRY Zachary’s Jewelers the Veil

HAIR &

MAKEUP Behind

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Azazie

FORMALWEAR Macy’s

2hands Studios

STATIONERY

RENTALS 2hands

Studios; Blue Steel Lighting; Nathaniel’s Unique Events Williamsburg

CATERING Colonial

MUSIC MyDeejay OTHER

ENTERTAINMENT George Washington and

Liz and Wendy embraced their historic venue by taking a photo with a few soldiers from Colonial Williamsburg. The newlyweds also had a visit from a George Washington re-enactor at dinner, as he came to toast the couple. “Wendy’s mother surprised us!” Liz says. “It was so unique and fun.”

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WEDDING GOWNS

Featuring Special Order and Consignment Bridal, Bridesmaids, Mothers, Flower Girls, Special Occasion Gowns and Accessories

Bridal by Appointment Gaithersburg, Maryland www.idoidoweddinggowns.com

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BRIDE Charo Kent, 35, a clinical coordinator GROOM Antoine Bates, 34, a captain of the US Marine Corps HOW THEY MET Through work WEDDING STYLE Charo and Antoine’s wedding evoked “old-Hollywood glam” with black, gold and silver details, luxurious florals, glitzy décor and plenty of feathers. —MH

“I love the time when people got extremely dressed up to go to a party—there’s something about putting on a gown, getting your hair and makeup done, and attending an elegant event,” Charo says. “I knew that was something I wanted.”

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From the wedding invitations to the table numbers, the couple incorporated art-decostyle typeface into print materials to further the old-Hollywood theme. For the reception, dining tables were clad in sequined linens and embellished with romantic candles, white roses and ostrich feathers. “The energy of the room needed to say ‘let’s dance all night,’ ” Charo says.

Charo and her father took a sentimental spin. “You may never have another chance to dance with your parents,” she says.

CHARO & ANTOINE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Home

of the Commandants, Washington, DC PHOTOGRAPHY Iris Mannings Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Asua Light

All In Heels

PLANNER

FLOWERS DaVinci Florist

OFFICIANT Chaplin Jason Nobles GOWN Jim Hjelm by Hayley Paige, Ellie’s

Bridal Boutique, Alexandria, VA Veiled Beauty, Etsy.com Blahnik

VEIL

SHOES Manolo

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Helzberg Diamonds JEWELRY

RenttheRunway.com

HAIR Kawana

Brockington; William Calhoun MAKEUP Jeff Enriquez; Marquia Kinard

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES RenttheRunway.com

Men’s Wearhouse

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Invitations:

Atelier Isabey; programs: All In Heels; escort cards: Just Write Studios; menu cards: Yours Truly Invitations

SIGN-IN BOOK Weddingstar

RENTALS Capitol Party Rentals

Zabel Catering

CATERING

CAKE Occasionally Cake

MUSIC DJ Christian Lymus/Municipal

Media Services OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Hot Pink Photo Booth ABC Limo

TRANSPORTATION

HONEYMOON Italy GUESTS 250

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

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BRIDE Jaclyn Chernak, 34, a fourth grade teacher GROOM Marc Sandler, 32, systems administrator HOW THEY MET Through the website Coffee Meets Bagel WEDDING STYLE Navy hues, copper accents and bold florals set the stage for Jaclyn and Marc’s traditional Jewish ceremony and chic dinner reception. —MH

Surrounded by artwork depicting the Bible’s Old Testament, the couple said “I do” under a chuppah adorned in blooms. Traditional Jewish rituals were included in the ceremony, such as the breaking of the glass, which the couple quickly followed up with celebratory high fives.

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Displayed on a navy pegboard made by the groom, copper mugs served a dual purpose as a favor and escort card. For a sweet treat, the white fondant cake featured Picasso calla lilies and LEGO figurines that were personalized with the newlyweds’ faces.

The couple’s art museum venue made for numerous unconventional photo opportunities.

JACLYN & MARC’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & SITE The American Visionary

Art Museum, Baltimore

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Kurstin Roe Photography

PLANNER Janice

Carnevale/Bellwether Events Crimson and Clover Gross DC

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Rabbi Jessy

GOWN Vwidon, Rizik’s, Washington, HEADPIECE Rizik’s

Kelly & Katie

SHOES Alfani;

WEDDING RINGS Boone & Sons

JEWELRY Earrings: Imperial Jewelers; bracelet:

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HAIR Jewel Hair Design

MAKEUP Amie Decker Beauty

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DRESSES LulaKate, Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR Groom: Jos. A. Bank; groomsmen:

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STATIONERY Invitations: By

Invitation; other: Sprites Ink

RENTALS DC

Rental; Event & Media Technologies; La Tavola; New England Country Rentals; Revolution Event Design and Production

CATERING & DESSERTS

Rouge Fine Catering

CAKE Balducci’s

MUSIC Ceremony: Cal Morris; reception: Black

Tie/Bialek’s Music

FAVORS Mac Mannes Inc.

TRANSPORTATION Callaway Transportation VALET Jay’s Valet

ACCOMMODATIONS

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

HONEYMOON

Bali, Indonesia/Andavo Travel GUESTS 165 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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“We wanted to keep it minimal and fresh to mimic our personal style and help bring a sense of crispness to a hot August day,” Jen says.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Jen Kwon, 27, a content strategist GROOM Ryan O’Connell, 30, a sales executive HOW THEY MET Through work WEDDING STYLE Jen and Ryan highlighted their picturesque outdoor venue with refined décor and summery greens and whites. —MH

“We had planned from day one to keep our décor light, fresh and clean,” Jen says of choosing the gardens. The couple’s two friends officiated the ceremony, and friends and family read their favorite poems and songs. The reception felt like a summer party, with live music, barbecue and homemade sweets baked by Ryan’s mother and an almond-flavored buttercream cake. “It was perfect,” Jen says.

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RINGS May Jewelers EARRINGS BHLDN HAIR &

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BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various

MENSWEAR

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Suites by Hilton Dulles-North/Loudoun REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Food52;

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HONEYMOON Croatia

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In the white sailcloth tent, a large installation of white roses from Cristina’s family’s garden and jasmine vine hung above the dance floor.

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“With my family owning a rose company in Guatemala, I wanted to incorporate the roses into my overall florals, including my bouquets,” Cristina says. Additionally, magnolia leaves accented the place settings, and suspended greenery displayed the escort cards. “It was a true representation of classic, clean, romantic and fun,” she says. The couple also threw in a late-night surprise: McDonald’s nuggets and fries.

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BRIDE Cristina Cone, 29, a sourcing manager at Under Armour GROOM Colton Anderson, 27, a product manager at Under Armour HOW THEY MET At their company’s summer party WEDDING STYLE A clean and classic color palette with romantic touches of gold set the stage for the couple’s black-tie affair. —MH

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MAKEUP Amie Decker

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bella MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Invitations & programs:

Whimsy; escort cards: Every Little Letter Calligraphy & Design

RENTALS Classic

Party Rentals; Go! Event Productions; Loane Bros. Inc.; Select Event Group; White Glove Rentals Catering

CATERING Rouge Fine

CAKE Miss Twist Ice Cream

MUSIC EBE Events & Entertainment DANCE LESSONS BlueBallRoom Dance

Studio

TRANSPORTATION An Extraordinar

Limousine Inc.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Loews Annapolis Hotel

REGISTRIES

Bloomingdale’s; Crate & Barrel HONEYMOON Maui & Kauai, HI GUESTS 215 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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A personalized, sparkly gold sign topped off the newlyweds’ twotier red velvet cake that was brushed in gold and surrounded by greenery.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Samantha Fuhrman, 27, an engineer GROOM John Burns, 25, a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer HOW THEY MET On the go-kart racing team at Purdue University WEDDING STYLE Wanting their celebration to feel like a “romantic candlelit walk in the park,” Samantha and John decked out their reception venue with trees, lanterns and lush blooms. —MH

After a traditional Christian ceremony, Samantha and John joined the Battleship Wisconsin along the water for a fun-filled celebration that included arbor-filled décor, tacos (their favorite food) and plenty of military details. “It was a wedding full of military officers, past and present,” Samantha says.

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PLANNER Lindsey Hocker/Simply Perfect

Events

FLOWERS Isha Foss Design

OFFICIANT Pastor David Penman

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VEIL Pronovias, House of Maya Bridal, Norfolk,

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SHOES Alex Marie

ENGAGEMENT RING

Drummond Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Bride: Zales

HAIR Elizabeth Alfier/Behind the

Veil MAKEUP Faces by Rebecca Wood BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bill Levkoff, House

of Maya Bridal

MENSWEAR Groomsmen:

Men’s Wearhouse Minted.com

STATIONERY Invitations:

RENTALS Blue Steel Lighting;

Waterford Event Rentals

CATERING East Beach

Catering & Event Planning

CAKE & DESSERTS

Just Cupcakes

MUSIC DJ Roger Cruz/Astro

Entertainment

TRANSPORTATION Express

Valet; Truffle Shuttle

ACCOMMODATIONS

Norfolk Waterside Marriott; Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

HONEYMOON New Zealand

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aybe one of the hardest things about wedding planning is getting on the same page with your vendors. You may be explaining your vision of the most perfect rustic soiree, but your planner may be hearing the makings of a bohemian

bash. This could happen with any of your pros—florists, bakers or caterers. Visuals help, of course, but it’s also important to know you’re speaking the same language. Enter our wedding theme dictionary. We broke down every theme, from alternative to whimsical, with descriptions and buzzwords for each—arming you with the basics, so to speak. Remember: Style is totally up for interpretation, so these aren’t rules. Think of them as jumping-off points or guidelines. Once you know what

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Make your wedding all about you—it is your day after all. You want your guests to leave saying, “That was so them!” vintage A typewriter adds instant nostalgia to a classic guest book. art deco Sparkly dresses shout celebration. romantic Hanging florals and ambient lighting ooze romance. nautical An anchor motif paired with sailing rope sets the scene for a seaside affair. alternative A colorful celebration complete with quirky sneakers and a rainbow of blooms is sure to be remembered.

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art deco Evoking the American 1920s, especially art deco architecture (such as the Chrysler building), this wedding theme is all about spunky glitz and glam—after all, they were the roaring twenties. Energetic jazz music was the life of every party, so we highly recommend a live band to get your guests on their feet. BUZZWORDS: flashy, metallic, opulent WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Pluming white ostrich feathers spilling from centerpieces, sequined tablecloths and geometric designs decorate any art deco soiree. Arguably, the most important detail of one of these throwback parties is a champagne tower. VENUE IDEA: historic museum (bonus points for art deco architecture)

bohemian Boho style has this way of looking incredibly chic, with minimal effort. It’s the “I woke up like this” of wedding themes. The décor is humble but eye-catching and the palette is one that can be found living harmoniously in nature. BUZZWORDS: tribal, hipster, nomadic WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Expect mismatched bridesmaid dresses that don’t look too put together and bouquets of wispy and wild florals. The reception would definitely feature a cozy lounge area, complete with tepees and poufs. The finishing touch? A naked cake covered in fresh blooms. VENUE IDEA: open field >>

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Alternative seems to have gotten a bad rap over the years, and we’re here to change that. Having an alternative wedding just means your style is unique and can’t be boxed in with other categories. These themes are often representative of subcultures such as Burning Man, Steampunk, Renaissance or Marvel comics. BUZZWORDS: quirky, creative, unique WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: The bride may wear a traditional white dress, but the bouquet or accessories would be all her own. Or she might opt for something totally different, like a multicolored gown or handmade cocktail dress. There’s definitely a themed cake with a nod to shared interests (think: your favorite Marvel character). Expect lots of quirky touches, from centerpieces to favors. VENUE IDEA: renovated movie theater

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Infuse your theme with details big and small, like a motif on your invitation or the overall vibe of your reception. alternative Let your personalities shine with a nontraditional altar or a barefoot, seaside celebration. art deco Look for a beaded gown with intricate detailing or put a twist on the signature sip with a champagne tower. bohemian Embellish your outdoor ceremony with textural elements, like macramé dream catchers, and opt for unique entertainment, like a bluegrass band.

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This is your day—make the details really reflect who you are as a couple. classic Upgrade elegant table settings with place cards and fresh stems, or choose timeless attire ensembles, like black tuxedos. country Pick a bucolic place to host your celebration (like an old barn) and add pastoral touches. Wildflower bouquets, antique trucks and cowboy boots fit the bill. DIY Create your own bunting using printed fabric in your wedding colors, or add DIY elements to your invitation suite.

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Imagine a venue filled with monochromatic décor, from the linens to the floral arrangements. There may be metallic or pastel accents, but overall the palette is light and airy with different textures thrown in to mix things up. BUZZWORDS: traditional, timeless, elegant WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Classic weddings are usually more on the formal side—they’re clean-cut affairs. That means there may be a champagne cocktail hour, chargers at each place setting and understated (but beautiful) décor like tealight candles or arrangements made up of a single floral variety. VENUE IDEA: ballroom

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Personifying the American West, country weddings are full of flavor and overflowing with charm. This style is all about celebrating your hometown and maybe throwing in some Americana flair for good measure. BUZZWORDS: Western, homespun, rural WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Cowboy boots will definitely make an appearance, and don’t be surprised if camo comes along with them. More traditional items might be swapped for ones with a stronger hometown spin (like pies from your local bakery instead of a tiered wedding cake), and a strong send-off is a must. We love a good vintage car getaway, and an old Ford pickup would be perfect for the job. VENUE IDEA: ranch

diy You can see the personalization in every detail of a DIY wedding. Whether it’s a hand-sewn pennant flag banner, homemade cookies or handwritten escort cards, the couple’s style shines through. BUZZWORDS: handmade, charming, personalized WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Details have a homemade, imperfect quality about them: a customized stamp that prints the couple’s monogram on each invitation, a handcrafted paper flower bouquet or favors packaged with personalized notes of thanks. Have a make-your-own food station (whether it’s in place of or supplementing a sit-down meal) at the reception. Think: sliders with a variety of toppings, a crepe bar or fireside s’mores for dessert. VENUE IDEA: backyard >>

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The ultimate inspiration for a glamorous wedding? The red carpet or awards show after-parties. Jaw-dropping outfits, sweeping hairstyles and old-Hollywood red lips pair with fancy décor for a glittering celebration. BUZZWORDS: dazzling, chic, captivating WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Glamorous weddings probably have a few jaw-dropping details that end up all over Instagram, like a flower wall, elegantly draped fabric linens or exquisitely prepared food. The décor can range from neutral minimalist to over-the-top and extravagant. Metallics are a must. And something unexpected— a live performance or fireworks show—will wow the crowd. VENUE IDEA: luxury estate

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modern A modern wedding is all about exquisite simplicity. City dwellers, urbanites and design lovers gravitate to this wedding style, which skews formal but has enough playful touches to keep it from feeling too stiff or stuffy. BUZZWORDS: graphic, contemporary, cutting edge WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Expect a mix and match of patterns in a playful but incredibly sophisticated fashion, anchored by a streamlined color scheme. The theme is reflected in every detail from the thoughtfully chosen table linens to the specialty cocktail. A modern monogram or cool logo may be used to personalize the menus and the dance floor, while the cake will be simple but extra delicious (think: foodie ingredients and crazy flavors). VENUE IDEA: loft

nautical A celebration by the sea calls for some serious Cape Cod and Nantucket inspiration. A seafood bar, like an oyster shucking station or fresh shrimp cocktails during cocktail hour, is sure to send the right message. BUZZWORDS: preppy, navel, beachy WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Nautical hues play a huge role (everything from navy to sand is free game). Breezy linens, lighthouse décor, sea shell escort cards, fishing line lighting installations and relaxed (but slightly preppy) attire make this theme really come alive. VENUE IDEA: waterfront yacht club >>

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You can have more than two wedding colors—really! Add an accent hue or a zesty pop to any palette. glamorous Go grand with a multi-tier cake covered in pastel sugar flowers, or opt for a more monochromatic palette of white and cream. modern Bright colors mixed with a pattern makes a bold statement, while mid-century furniture is perfect for a lounge. nautical A celebration by the ocean screams maritime, especially if you include rich blue hues and a pop of coral in your color scheme.

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Your fashion sense is a nod to your wedding style, so personalize the details. retro Short dresses in powder blue have a retro vibe, while an old-fashioned car makes for a memorable exit. romantic An elegant gown with a full skirt is ultra-feminine, and sheer heels and dangling diamond earrings complete the look. rustic Forgo bridesmaid bouquets in favor of a greenery-based floral crown—simple but chic. For the reception, cream-colored draping adds a softness to rustic wood tables.

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Romantic weddings are all about celebrating romance with barely there colors, soft lighting and ethereal details like flowing dresses with airy fabrics. Elaborate cakes, candlelight (to set the mood) and tons of florals are usually present too. BUZZWORDS: delicate, feminine, luxurious WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: We love the idea of a preceremony cocktail hour kicking things off, complete with light appetizers and flutes of sparkling rosé. The final detail: A beautifully tiered cake with an elegant cascade of sugar flowers followed by a grand exit in a classic car or a horse and carriage. VENUE IDEA: castle

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rustic Rustic can mean many things, but we like to streamline it with a simple farm-to-table baseline. Textures, especially natural ones like wood and stone, are staples of this theme. BUZZWORDS: local, minimal, raw WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Low, sprawling centerpieces with flowers that look fresh from the field dress up bare wood tables. Mixed glassware styles give a hint of glamour, but the eclectic collection still feels hand-curated. Market lights create ambience while a naked cake with fresh berries tastes as good as it looks. VENUE IDEA: renovated barn >>

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southern This elegant soiree is the epitome of Southern charm. Soft florals, sweet refreshments and amazing bites like tartlets or honey biscuits are the big players in this wedding theme. BUZZWORDS: charming, traditional, enchanting WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: A formal Southern affair calls for pulling out all the stops: bow ties, gloves, craft cocktails, traditional place settings and delicious food. Old-fashioned touches, like all-white flowers, mixed with sweet personalized details, like customized monograms, bring the day to life. VENUE IDEA: plantation

THINK OF A WHIMSICAL WEDDING AS A HYBRID OF RUSTIC AND BOHO, TOPPED WITH A FLOWER CROWN

whimsical Think of a whimsical wedding as a hybrid of rustic and boho, topped with a flower crown. It’s a little more on the storybook side, but in the most tasteful way. BUZZWORDS: fanciful, enchanting, eclectic WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Think: garden party mixed with Alice in Wonderland. The invitations are the best place to introduce this theme—a quirky motif or wordplay can allude to the fun without giving the whole idea away. Day-of details like mismatched bridal party dresses, thrifted china and interactive entertainment (photo booth, anyone?) will make everything feel unique to you. VENUE IDEA: botanical garden Find more wedding themes at TheKnot.com/style

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This “of-another-time” theme is often confused with retro. The biggest differences are in the eras: Retro is more about a specific period in time while vintage alludes more to antiques and Victorian details in the general sense. BUZZWORDS: antique, throwback, heirloom WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Instead of cloths or runners, tables might be draped with delicate layers of lace. Old furniture makes the best statement, so a lounge area with classic armchairs or love seats would create the perfect ambience. A gown with lace sleeves or a three-piece suit is a nice nod to the fashion of the time. VENUE IDEA: historic courthouse

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We’re all about a personalized wedding, but we also really love a good trend. So we’ve rounded up our favorite ideas to steal for an of-the-moment celebration. And yes, a few of these trends could blow your whole budget, but there are infinite ways to pull inspiration from these ideas and spin them to match your style (and wallet).

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Animal lovers take note: The hottest wedding guests have four legs and supersoft coats. From bunnies to donkeys, couples are incorporating more than just their pets into their weddings. This is a trend to try if you’re hosting a rustic soiree or celebrating in a picturesque barn.

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grand getaways Think of this exit as a fresh take on the classic sparkler send-off. Surprise your guests with an unexpected getaway on the back of a motorcycle, in a horse-drawn carriage or by helicopter. For a twist on the trend, have a really memorable entrance instead. Anything goes—and just think of the photo ops.

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COLOR COMEBACK

the gift lounge

color comeback

This deconstructed welcome bag is perfect for destination weddings. Instead of stuffing and delivering a gift for your guests, let them do the work—they’ll be glad you did. Set up a room full of swag (snacks, drinks, local treats) and guests can choose their favorite things. Best of all, you (or your family or wedding party) can greet guests in person when they arrive. If your friends and family are split between a couple of hotels, set up a table of goodies at the exit of your welcome party for a truly memorable party favor.

Neutrals and pastels have paved the way for a total return to color. Expect to see pops of bold shades and bright pairings. Pantone named greenery the Color of the Year—it’s vibrant and earthy, making it perfect for all seasons. This fresh hue is symbolic of “the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. We expect to see this shade of green in everything from floral arrangements to colored linens.

asking for what you really want From cash to mountain bikes and even museum memberships, we love that couples can ask for just about anything under the sun these days—including nothing at all. Charity registries are on the rise along with experiences, like a pottery class or private cocktail session with an expert mixologist. Don’t worry, you can still register for classic wedding gifts like fine china, upgraded cookware and that fancy espresso machine you’ve had your eye on for years. Or do both!

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Classic aisles will always be popular, but couples are adding twists to the traditional ceremony. A circular seating setup or ceremony in the round gives guests a more intimate connection with your vows. Cocktails before your “I dos”? Why not! Couples are mixing up the timeline and kicking things off with a celebratory sip. >>

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In an effort to entertain guests, couples are turning to the tried and true: games. From interactive Mad Lib wedding programs to croquet at outdoor cocktail hours, games are being used as a way to break the ice between guests. This playful detail will get your friends and family mingling.

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Décor trends are going au naturel. If you can’t celebrate under the stars, bring the outside in. Add some oversize potted trees to a ballroom for an instant forest effect. Or incorporate natural elements like wood and stone into your table settings. Greenery (not just the color) continues to trend—it’s easy to manipulate and can give your décor an undone but beautiful look. Bouquets are getting bigger too and some old-school styles, like cascade and pageant, are making a serious comeback.

a movable feast With food trucks and passed multicourse meals, the sit-down dinner is being replaced with more interactive options. Set up stations that feature your favorite eats, like wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier. If you don’t want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cool cocktail hour and serve the main meal family style for a twist on the expected.

fun food presentations Menus are being carefully curated with favorite eats and local specialties. But the presentation is almost upstaging the food. Self-serve bars and food installations, like a hanging acrylic shelf piled high with hors d’oeuvres, are instant wows. These interactive stations will give your friends and family something to do, and talk about long after the wedding has ended. >>

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The latest in lounge seating is swings. This playground classic promises to be a big hit with wedding guests both young and old. And it’s the perfect way to stay in motion when your feet need a break from the dance floor. Seating in general is trending, with couples opting for “king” and “queen” chairs at a sweetheart table, or mix-and-match options for outdoor ceremonies. >>

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image mapping Turn your indoor reception venue into an enchanted forest without uprooting a single tree. Image mapping is a projection technology that allows you to transform a space with lighting and moving pictures. You can change scenes too, giving your ceremony and reception each its own special vibe. On a budget? Use the technology on just your wedding cake.

double-duty escorts Escort cards are like the save-the-dates of your wedding day— they don’t have to match your theme or style. They’re the perfect place to be playful and infuse your celebration with your personalities or favorite things. Create a dramatic display that can double as a photo booth backdrop or cards that are also party favors, like splits of champagne or a boxed edible treat.

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Hanging accents are an instant wow factor, and they always get noticed. Suspend flowers from ceiling beams or string market lights from barn rafters for added ambience. Hanging décor will get guests looking up too, which is handy if you’re trying to downplay the venue’s color-clashing carpet. Towering candelabras and organic centerpieces continue to be popular table décor.

translucent cakes Not quite frosted, not quite bare, the almost-naked cake is a perfect blend of two styles, and ideal for a less formal celebration. These confections are usually packed with flavor, lightly iced in buttercream and topped with fresh flowers or in-season fruits that hint at the flavors of the cake.

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party portraits We’re loving the new twist on the traditional photo booth: portrait studios. Much like a photo booth, there’s a designated space and, in some cases, props. But instead of four rapid-fire shots, there’s a live photographer asking you to “vogue” for the camera. You get beautiful images of your family and friends and they get a stellar classic portrait, perfect for their gallery wall. Vintage-loving duos might opt for an illustrator instead, who can sketch guests in their finest duds. Meanwhile, Geofilters are joining hashtags as the hottest way to be social with photos at weddings (#duh).

Give your guests an evening they won’t soon forget with unparalleled entertainment. Think outside the box with an aerialist, a live painter or a choir belting out your favorite Beyoncé song. An artist can capture the scene and commemorate the day—fun entertainment for your guests and a keepsake for you. Or go the more traditional route with music, but pair it with a performance, like a classical quartet and ballerinas in tutus. If you have a noise ordinance at your outdoor locale, host a silent disco: A DJ spins music, but instead of it blasting from speakers, your guests don a pair of headphones and dance (and sing along) in relative silence. We’re kind of obsessed. DOUBLE-DUTY ESCORTS

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Make the pièce de résistance of your celebration— the cake, of course—mirror your wedding’s overall vibe and theme.

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SUGAR STEMS Nothing says “romance” quite like flowers, especially when they’re handcrafted in sugar and entirely edible.

Add color and panache to a simple round cake with a bevy of blooms. Choose stems found in your bouquet or centerpieces, or flowers that match your wedding palette. A single cascade makes a statement, while multiple floral sprays are a total wow. CAKE BY MADISON LEE’S CAKES

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classic A white cake is the perfect canvas for an eye-catching design. Guarantee yours steals the show by choosing a bold print, like this timeless yet whimsical blue floral motif. Pair with a topper of sugar flowers or your new monogram for an elegant look. CAKE BY BETTY BAKERY

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Love a detail from your stationery or the pattern of your wedding china? Let that inspire your cake.

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glam A mix of patterns, metallics and dimensions create an extravagant confection. Bold pops of color in the base (echoed in the sugar blooms) lend a bit of sophistication. Opt for varying tier heights— it will give your cake depth and a little opulence. A MIDAS TOUCH

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Metallics make anything feel instantly luxe—including cakes. Gold edging, bold brush strokes and a confetti speckled tier create intrigue and texture.

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modern Proof that a simple design can make a big impact, this marble-inspired cake pairs perfectly with any wedding palette. A classic red rose gives the top tier dimension. Add even more drama by having nontraditional layers like hexagons, squares or ovals. CAKE BY BUTTERFLY BAKESHOP

Flecks of gold combine with gray and black in a rolled fondant technique. This motif is equal parts elegant and edgy.

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rustic Not quite naked, not quite frosted, this hybrid look is focused on flavor. Vary the ingredients based on the season, like decadent dulce de leche in the winter or vanilla lemon zest in warmer months. Decorate with fresh blooms or nods to the flavors (think: berries or shaved chocolate). CAKE BY LUCKYBIRD BAKERY

EXTRA FLAVOR A caramel drizzle is a carefree finishing touch to translucent tiers—and another layer of rich flavor.

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Your wedding is a party. Why not dress for the occasion? Whether you go for fringe or feather details, or a flirty silhouette, choose a one-of-a-kind dress that plays up the celebratory vibe of your day.

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Shake Your Feathers A sheer column gown goes from sexy to showstopping with cascading plumes. Dress, $9,800, Christian Siriano, KleinfeldBridal.com; sapphire engagement ring, $50,000, CoastDiamond.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

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Swing It A cocktail-length number embroidered with tiers of silk fringe is perfect for dancing the night away. Dress, $5,995, Naeem Khan, NeimanMarcus.com; engagement ring, $3,915, EfvaAttling .com; earrings, $54, HartHagerty.com; fan, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com MUSICIANS

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Steal the Show Take center stage with a striking combo of intricate allover beading and a curveskimming silhouette. Dress, $3,000, Blush by Hayley Paige at Wren Bridal, WrenBridal .com (Annapolis, MD), Love Couture Bridal, LoveCoutureBridal.com (Potomac, MD), Annalise Bridal Boutique, AnnaliseBridal.com (Richmond, VA); engagement ring, $6,600 (not including center stone), band, $2,500, SayYesWithKarl .com; earrings, $250, Theia Jewelry, KleinfeldBridal .com; shoes, $395, SJP Collection, Amazon.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

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Get Up, Get Down A high-low hemline puts a fashionforward twist on a romantic, floralembellished gown. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Carine’s Bridal Atelier, CarinesBridal.com (Washington, DC); engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry .com; headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel .com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com ON HIM Suit jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar .com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com

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Play It Cool Give a sweet, polka dot ensemble some cool-girl edge with hot pink slides and a studded clutch. Dress, $3,400, Christos Costarellos, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $2,830 (not including center stone), AJaffe .com; cocktail ring, $1,995, EffyJewelry .com; clutch, $65, AldoShoes.com; shoes, $895, Manolo Blahnik, Saks.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

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Dare to Bare A lace-up back, barely there lace panels and off-the-shoulder sleeves make a sexy statement. Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Elegance by Roya, ElegancebyRoya.com (Vienna, VA), Francesca’s Bridal, FrancescasBridal .com (Lutherville, MD) ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

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Romp Around Feeling brave? A romper with a detachable overskirt is equal parts sophisticated and unexpected. Romper with overskirt, $8,150, Mark Zunino, KleinfeldBridal .com; tourmaline engagement ring, $9,390, CoastDiamond .com; opal drop earrings, $110,000, gold huggie earrings, $1,700, EricaCourtney .com; clutch, $350, Moyna, BHLDN .com; shoes, $995, JimmyChoo.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Harry’s Corner

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Add some retroinspired flair to your bridal look with a short A-line dress and birdcage veil. Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal, RobinsonsBridal.com (Baltimore); Hitched Bridal Couture, HitchedSalon.com (Washington, DC); birdcage veil, $227, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe .com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; earrings, $450, PearlCollective.com ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse .com; tie, $230, Brioni, MrPorter.com

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Fancy-hued yellow or pink diamonds (or any other colorful gemstones) will set you apart from the crowd. Price upon request, ChristopherDesigns.com

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softer stones (like opals), and its smooth surface won’t snag on clothing. $2,880 (not including center stone), Danhov.com 4. BAGUETTE Two smaller rectangular stones along the sides of the center diamond. They can also be set horizontally. $59,995, MarkBroumand.com 5. PAVÉ From the Old French word for “to pave,” a band lined (or paved) with tiny round diamonds, resulting in subtle, allover sparkle. $2,640, SimonGJewelry.com >>

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CARAT A unit of weight. One carat is exactly 0.2 grams, or about the same weight as a standard paper clip. COLOR This refers to the colorless to near-colorless variety. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades color based on a range from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow and brown). A colorless diamond will cost you more than a colored stone, unless the color is extremely rare (think: green or red diamonds).

a guide to metals Know your platinum from your palladium? Study up with a rundown of some of the most popular ring metals. PLATINUM Naturally white and one of the purest metals. It won’t change color and is hypoallergenic. YELLOW GOLD Malleable, yet strong. Also available in colors like white and pink. WHITE GOLD Yellow gold plated with rhodium. Less expensive than platinum, but the white coating could wear off over time. ROSE GOLD A mix of yellow gold and copper alloys gives this rosy metal its pretty pink tint. PALLADIUM Similar to platinum but less costly, this lustrous darker gray metal can also be an alloy in white gold. TITANIUM Typically used for men’s bands, a rugged gray metal that’s corrosion resistant and hypoallergenic.

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apple cider vinegar Enzymes in apple cider vinegar not only aid in digestion, they also balance skin and encourage good gut flora. BEAUTY BOOST Create a solution for skin: Mix one part vinegar with four parts water, says Adina Grigore, author of Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin. HEALTH BENEFIT

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ground oats Oats are dense in beta-glucan, a type of dietary fiber proven to lower blood cholesterol. A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast will also keep you feeling full throughout the morning. BEAUTY BOOST Oats can make a gentle exfoliant, perfect for people with sensitive skin, itchiness or rosacea, Grigore says. For your face, mix ground oats with water until it becomes like a paste, then apply to your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse. For your body, just pour oats into a warm bath and soak.

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Pull off an awesome camp wedding, complete with color wars, bonfires and fabulous food. (Just don’t forget the bug spray.) BY MAGGIE SEAVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEREMIAH AND RACHEL PHOTOGRAPHY

There’s something about the fresh outdoors, a relaxed vibe and a nostalgic first look on the dock of your childhood summer camp that makes for an unforgettable wedding. For the ultimate celebration, bring your loved ones together for a few days of camp-inspired activities like capture the flag, canoeing, and arts and crafts. Exchange vows at sunset, then dance the night away amid fireflies and a chorus of crickets. And who doesn’t love a round of s’mores? But before you spear any marshmallows, you’ve got some planning to do. We went to two pros, Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events and Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events, who know all about pulling off a fabulous camp wedding, rain or shine. >>

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do a little research First things first: Make sure the campsite you’re dreaming of is available on your preferred wedding date. A working summer camp will most likely only be available during its off-season, so months like June, July and August could be off-limits. Also keep varying seasonal climates in mind. “Camps can often be in cooler mountainous locations, so their seasons can differ from what you’re used to at home,” Jacobs says. “Often, nights are 10 to 20 degrees cooler than average temperatures at higher elevations.” As gorgeous as your natural camp setting already is, you’ll probably want to add personal wedding touches (especially if you’re hosting a large group for a few days), whether it’s an entire tent, your floral ceremony arch or a photo booth. So when it comes to picking a date and talking with pros, factor in time to set up and break down. Freeman recommends leaving anywhere from two to seven days for setup, and one to two days for cleanup.

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dress accordingly (and tell your guests to do the same) This probably isn’t the venue for a long gown with lots of volume and multiple undergarments, but if you just can’t part with the idea of a dramatic dress, you have a few options. “A great bustle will usually do the trick—just discuss it with your seamstress beforehand,” Jacobs says. “Otherwise, I say stick to shorter trains and get the drama with a removable tulle overskirt paired with a more low-maintenance silhouette. Or just go with the camp theme and opt for a short gown and fun pair of wedges.” Speaking of footwear, you won’t want to deal with stilettos sinking into the grass, so Freeman recommends flats (or at least flat-soled shoes). Just make sure your dress is altered to avoid letting extra fabric drag. >>

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“Stick to shorter trains with a removable tulle overskirt for a more low-maintenance silhouette. Or just go with the camp theme and opt for a short gown and a fun pair of wedges.”

game on Four ways to make your party more playful.

lawn games

Croquet and horseshoes are favorites perfect for a rustic fete. Cornhole is a lawn and beach party staple. Custom sets are available online—even with your wedding date or faces printed on it. Buy (or DIY) these games in your wedding colors.

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cocktail table tic–tac–toe

This is a simple DIY project: Use masking tape to make your cocktail tables into giant tic-tactoe boards. Provide wooden or colored cardboard Xs and Os, and then people can get to know each other over drinks.

word games

Whether it’s a personalized crossword puzzle, a word search on a giant chalkboard or a set of trivia questions about the couple displayed on your cocktail napkins, games that make your guests think could have them thinking your cocktail hour is pretty great.

checkers or chess

You can either set up your cocktail tables as built-in game boards or purchase a life-size set (think: extra-large Jenga), which is fun for board game aficionados of all ages and great for large families attending your wedding.

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have a plan b As with any outdoor wedding, the last thing you want is a rainstorm with no backup plan. Freeman suggests using a tent for outdoor affairs, no matter the weather—even if you land a glorious day, you’re going to want some shade. Freeman’s best recommendation is a clear tent with removable sides. That way, you can adjust the tent setting according to the weather and temperature at a moment’s notice. Otherwise, if you’re set on an open-air wedding, check to see if the camp has an indoor space you’d be able to use in case of bad weather. Other smart extras to have around (depending on the season) are heaters, fans, umbrellas, rain ponchos or blankets. Beyond the ceremony and reception, if you’re having a multiday celebration, Jacobs says to prep rainyday activities just in case. “Basketball games in the gym, pottery and lanyard making in an arts and crafts class, movie nights with a s’mores bar and flannel blankets—it’s all possible, but think these things through before you get to camp.”

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budget for camp extras Since your campsite is most likely not a full-service wedding venue, factor in additional expenses, like party rentals, proper lighting, suitable restrooms and additional lodging (in case the camp can’t sleep everyone or you don’t want your grandparents cramped in bunk beds). If you do block extra rooms nearby, don’t forget transportation to shuttle guests back and forth. “Accessibility is also critical,” Freeman says. “If the location you love for the reception is in the middle of the woods, but trucks can’t get there to load and unload, you could be looking at increased labor costs for rentals and catering.” And something you probably haven’t thought of? Hiring a lifeguard—you’ll definitely want a certified pro on duty during any activities involving water (especially if drinks are being served).

prepare electrical backup A rural or far-removed site means certain amenities, like electricity, aren’t necessarily a given. First, discuss the electrical situation with the campsite director and whether you’ll need extra power from a generator. Then talk to all your pros about their electrical needs. “When you plan things out, make sure you get a generator that has at least two more outlets than you think you’ll need,” Freeman says. “Also, the band may need two power sources, one for the ceremony and another separate spot for reception.” If your camp venue often hosts weddings, it may have a list of preferred vendors it’s worked with before. Finally, make sure there are enough phone chargers, batteries and flashlights on-site, whether it’s something the venue provides or you bring yourselves. >>

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types of tents Celebrate your wedding inside one of these sturdy shelters.

frame tent

Small versions of these tents are typically used on residential patios in the summer. They have no interior support poles that obstruct the view or limit the options for furniture layouts, but the frame tends to be visible from inside the space.

pole tent

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Good for all types of affairs, the roofline on this tent peaks in the middle and supports sloped panels extending from either side. Translucent fabric is a popular option, and side panels are available to help protect guests from inclement weather.

These tents have mountainlike peaks in the center, plus one or two rows of interior poles, creating that lofted shape (something to consider when mapping out tables and the dance floor). They’re often used for formal affairs, and also work well with vibrant ceiling lighting.

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A fancier version of a frame tent, this kind of structure has fabric panels with a scalloped edge that caps each end, creating a formal entryway into the tent.

These structures offer a nice option for outdoor receptions. Although they’re open to the elements, a perimeter of pillars supports overhead crossbeams, and an open lattice creates a feeling of shelter while offering views of the sky and surrounding landscape.

Add a playful décor element to your wedding with these triangular tents, perfect for housing different activity stations (and a fun touch for kids).

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Now for the really fun part: games and activities. These will obviously depend on the size and age range of your party, but you have so many options to choose from. Jacobs loves organized camp activities like color wars, a field day or tug-of-war to get everyone involved and spark some fun competition. It’s also a good idea to have sports gear and arts and crafts materials, and give your guests some time to take a break. You could set the younger ones up with a movie night while the adults enjoy something a little more festive, like a wine and cheese tasting. “You want to strike a balance between organized activities, free play and rest time for your guests,” Jacobs says. Utilize the camp’s facilities to the fullest and don’t let your guests get bored, but don’t micromanage—you don’t want everyone exhausted and crabby for the wedding.

Your friends and family are rock stars for making the trip to the camp, so give them the goodies they deserve (and need). Greet guests with a welcome bag in their rooms filled with local treats, campsite maps, daily itineraries and nearby areas to visit. And seeing as the closest pharmacy might be miles away, this definitely isn’t the time to skimp on necessities. Make sure every room and restroom is stocked with nice soaps, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, bug spray, sunscreen, and allergy and pain reliever medication—better safe than sorry. And don’t forget creams and ointment for any rashes or poison ivy. If you’re in a climate that gets chilly at night, always have cozy blankets and throws at the ready.

keep food simple, relaxed and local Celebrating over a few days? Jacobs likes to cater daily meals through the camp, if possible. Think: buffet breakfasts, deli spreads and barbecues. She suggests recruiting a local caterer to craft a locally sourced and seasonally fresh menu for the main event. “Farm to table is the way to go, and don’t expect to overcomplicate with fussy menu items or things that are hard to temperature control,” Jacobs says. As for serving, Freeman loves food stations. “Guests can play lawn games, dance, or sit and chat on a blanket and grab a bite whenever they’re hungry,” Freeman says.

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check local sound and alcohol ordinances You may be secluded in the woods, on a lake or in the mountains, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any rules. You might have to work with a 10 p.m. noise curfew or need to obtain a permit that allows your band to play later into the night. Same goes for alcohol—do a little research and find out what the deal is with serving cocktails, beer or wine on camp premises. Your campsite staff can generally point you in the right direction, especially if they’re accustomed to holding events. Get more planning tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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Your wedding is probably the priciest party you’ll ever throw in your life. It’s easy to say you’ll stick to a budget, or have tons of fabulous DIY details, but at the end of the day, your venue and catering bill could amount to way more than you imagined. It’s important to understand how your budget will be broken down. Saving up for the wedding isn’t an insurmountable task—we promise. Here’s how to save up and pay for your wedding by spending smartly and cutting back a little along the way. >>

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use this simple math equation If you have a big budget goal that seems daunting, divide it into smaller chunks that are easier to digest. The simple math trick that makes it all work? Take the sum of your desired budget and divide it by the number of months you have to save up. Getting married in a year with a budget of $20,000? Divide $20,000 by 12 (which equals about $1,700 per month). If that amount seems like too much per month, add more time or try cutting back on a few of your big-ticket monthly expenses to help you save. “That’s literally how simple planning [financially] for a wedding can be,” says David Bach, founder and chairman of FinishRich Media and author of Smart Couples Finish Rich, about this relatively simple math. Where should this money go? Into a newly created “wedding account,” of course. Throughout your life, having a savings account dedicated to something more exciting than a retirement plan, like travel, a wedding or another big event, is a good idea and will help make saving more fun. Obviously, the amount of time you’ll need to save up for a wedding depends on your current income and expenses. For example, if you can only save $800 a month, but your dream wedding looks like it will cost somewhere in the $50,000 range, you’ll be saving for more than five years. When you’re thinking of your budget, work within realistic parameters and don’t set unattainable goals. For some couples, more drastic sacrifices will be required, while other to-be-weds will be splitting the cost with relatives to help lighten the load. Think about what’s best for you and your partner and what makes the sense. Be practical about your limits. The amount of time it takes you to save will depend entirely on your own circumstances.

cut back on monthly expenses Do you belong to a gym, club or subscription service that takes a monthly sum out of your account? Cutting back on these types of expenses can have some of the quickest effects on your account balance. Turning off your cable could save you $100 a month, and ending a gym membership could put an extra $75 in your account each month. You’re not going to give up your cell phone, but you might be able to change the data plans or forgo on-demand movies for a year. You should make a habit of reaching out to your cell phone and cable companies annually and negotiating a better deal. Sometimes, just by asking, you can get a price cut on your bills. Even $20 off a monthly bill can save you $240 over the course of a year. Nowadays, it’s so expensive for a company to acquire a new customer that most will lower their fees just to keep you around. And if your attempts at negotiation fail, consider cutting out nonessential monthly costs. We’re not talking about your health plan or your life insurance—those things are non-negotiable.

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family finances

Discuss with your families about who’ll be paying for what. Some couple’s families will still pick up the entire tab, but now, 10 percent of couples are covering the cost themselves.

But for things like cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Birchbox and Spotify—anything that debits you on a monthly basis—the time has come to really consider if these are must-haves you truly need, or if you can sacrifice them for a bit in favor of a larger wedding budget—and that fancy cake you have your eye on.

stop little spending habits that add up Scale down your shopping during the months you’re saving or only buy lunch out one day a week. You’ll begin to see a little wiggle room for your wedding account in no time. “I call this ‘the latte factor’—the way we spend money on a lot of little things without thinking about it,” Bach says. “It could be your coffee, bottled water, eating out for lunch and dinner, or having drinks. It could even be taking a cab instead of taking the subway, or parking your car closer to your office and therefore paying a higher parking fee.” A dollar here, three dollars there—it adds up over days and weeks. Cutting back on a few (or a lot) of these expenditures can result in saving up to $10, maybe $20, per day—that’s $300 to $600 per month. But don’t worry—cutting out these expenses isn’t going to change your whole life for the next year. Trust us, time flies when you’re wedding planning. >>

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make bigger sacrifices, if you’re willing Looking for any possible way to cut costs or find extra money to help pay for your wedding? There are some more drastic measures you can take as well. You could move in with your parents to save on rent for the year (or move in together if you haven’t already). If you both own a car, consider selling one of them—that itself could save you more than $5,000 in expenses like gas, tune-ups and insurance. “The expenses from that car could pay for a third of the wedding,” Bach says.

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use your credit cards—realistically If you’re in the process of saving up for the wedding while you’re making deposits to reserve your venue and other vendors, you’re likely going to have to use credit cards. That shouldn’t worry you as long as you’re using them correctly (read: paying them off in full in a timely manner). Credit cards can actually protect you from fraud and make transactions easier, so we don’t suggest avoiding them entirely as long as you’ve saved up enough, or will have saved up enough to pay them off before interest sets in. But one big thing to keep in mind: Don’t start your marriage off in debt—it’s never a good idea—and don’t consider paying for things with money you don’t have and won’t have for a long time. You also shouldn’t take out a loan to cover costs. “Going into marriage with debt for a one-day party is a huge mistake,” Bach says. “People start their lives in these huge financial holes and it’s just a shame. It’s smart to create a specific wedding account to put money into and then simply reverse the math to come up with your savings plan.” Bottom line: Don’t spend more than you can afford.

think of creative ways to make more cash Have you considered selling items you don’t need anymore online? What about starting an Etsy shop or doing freelance work? This can be a great way to supplement your wedding fund. Once you have a plan in place, start a budget with The Knot Budget Calculator. There are lots of additional ways to save too, like looking into expensive wedding dates to avoid and checking out planning advice to get a handle on the whole process.

what about investing to pay for the wedding? Investing in stocks is more of a long-term process, and probably not the best idea as a way to pay for the wedding. But if your parents are planning to pay, it’s something they might have already considered years before you even met your partner. Set your budget at TheKnot.com/budget

where not to skimp All the places that are worth splurging for your wedding day.

the photographer

Trust us—you don’t want a wedding album full of blurry photos to realize a pro is worth it. Your friend who took up photography last year might take great photos of his dog running on the beach, but that doesn’t mean he’s a cheap alternative for your wedding day. A professional photographer knows what to capture—the rings, the cake, the details and candid moments. They’ll also be able to work the crowd and direct you and your new spouse in order to get the best shots.

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the dress

You don’t need to spend a ton on a dress to look beautiful on your day, but you do need to have it fitted by a good tailor.

the music

Hiring a DJ simply because he charges only $40 an hour or recruiting your friend’s garage band might not be the best bets for your wedding. Splurging on a great band or DJ who will have you and your guests dancing all night is truly money well spent.

the bouquet

Your bouquet is the one floral purchase you shouldn’t hold back on. Consider that as a part of your overall look—it’ll be photographed like crazy. Opt for more expensive blooms for your bunch and scale back on centerpieces.

the food

Serving unappetizing food will make your guests remember your reception for all the wrong reasons. Eliminate a course or offer less expensive options, but maintain the quality.

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put guests first Settle on the approximate number of guests you’ll invite before selecting a venue. This will ensure there’s ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it’s not if you count the space you’ll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor.

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listen to mother nature Heed the weather and other potential annoyances. Guests have been known to skip out early from hotter-than-hot summer weddings and improperly heated winter receptions. Be prepared. Bugs also swarm during certain seasons. Consider including bug repellent in restroom amenities.

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pay it forward Listen to your pros and one vendor can lead you to another. Your wedding photographer can tell you which florist’s blooms really pop, and your planner should know which band will pack the dance floor.

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make a meal plan Another unforeseen expense? Feeding your wedding pros. Before you sign contracts, make sure you’re not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead.

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get organized Compile all your correspondence with vendors, notes from meetings and photos you want them to see. Set up a special email address dedicated to your wedding. For on-the-go planning, download the Wedding Planner by The Knot app.

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manage the mail Of course you want the perfect stamps for your wedding invitations, but not all stamps are widely available at every post office. Save time by ordering them online at USPS.com. Weigh your invitation with all the additional paper products before you send them so you can attach the right amount of postage. Ask your stationer about the need for additional postage for oddly shaped envelopes—and don’t forget to stamp the RSVP envelopes.

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prepare for rejection Generally about 20 percent of the people you invite won’t attend your wedding. It all depends on the location (destination weddings are harder to attend), how many out-of-towners are on your list and the timing of the event.

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tend to your bar Typically, you need one bartender per 50 guests to keep the lines short. But if you’re serving a signature sip that can’t be mixed ahead of time, consider adding an extra server. Your guests will thank you.

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release rooms As soon as you’ve picked a date, start looking for hotels that will allow you to reserve rooms for guests under a special reduced rate. You can then release any unbooked rooms a month prior to your wedding. If the hotels insist upon drawing up contracts with cancellation penalties, just say no—you don’t want to be responsible for rooms you can’t fill. >>

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learn about marriage licenses You can check your state’s license requirements online, but confirm with a call to the county clerk’s office to see when they’re open. Even if it’s from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., it may issue marriage licenses only during slower times. Give a copy of your marriage license to your officiant or honor attendant (just in case you lose yours during the final days before your wedding).

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keep a paper trail Get any nonstandard changes to your agreements in writing, or send the vendor a confirmation email saying, “Hello, just confirming that you’ll keep the venue open until 2 a.m. versus midnight.” Don’t just assume everything’s all set. Sometimes, by the time the actual day rolls around, your contact for a vendor may no longer be working there to vouch for you.

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help guests pay attention Make sure your guests can both see and hear from their seats. If people are seated farther than 15 rows back from your ceremony altar, consider renting a mic or riser. You’ll need to coordinate the delivery and setup with your ceremony space too, so put your wedding planner or a wedding party member in charge of this task.

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be realistic with your time When it comes down to the last month of your planning (and when you’re particularly stressed), look at your to-do list and cut three things. Yes, three things. Not crucial things that you just don’t feel like doing, such as picking a processional song or confirming final details with all of your vendors. Eliminate over-the-top tasks like hand-painting “Just Married” signs, or baking cookies for all of the welcome bags. Get more planning advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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7 tips to stay on track Keep all your to-dos in order with this cheat sheet.

1. quick start Definitely celebrate, but basking in the glow of your engagement for too long may mean your dream pros will get snapped up quickly.

2. buy a datebook Love penning to-do lists? Create deadlines for each wedding task and write them down so you won’t forget— it’s easy to ignore e-reminders.

3. discuss details Make sure you and your partner are on the same page to avoid redoing things.

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6. put together a binder Keep all receipts, contracts and emails in one folder or binder for easy access. Check out our very own The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer.

7. do your research Find out your state’s legal requirements for a marriage license at least a month before your wedding.

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Boulder Ridge Lodge Alpine Lodge The New Highland Lodge Fairway Springs *Coming soon! libertymountainresort.com • 717-642-8282 Located just north of the Maryland border and 8 miles south of historic Gettysburg in Carroll Valley, PA.

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NCE UPON A TIME, along a winding

country road, a fair princess and her dashing young prince discovered an enchanting waterside inn. They came under the spell of its magical cove, and knew in their hearts that The Oaks would become the setting for chapter one‌in a life lived happily ever after.

Storybook Weddings at The Oaks 25876 Royal Oak Road, Royal Oak, Maryland One hour from Annapolis, minutes from St. Michaels

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the big picture

Before you book your shooter, quiz possible pros on these important points. >> PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOBEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Once you’ve narrowed down your list to two or three potential photographers, meet with each in person to see if you feel comfortable with them. We can’t stress enough how important this is—almost as crucial as their camera skills. Aside from your gut instinct, ask these questions before signing a contract.

style and background What photography style(s) do you specialize in? Are there any styles you don’t do? Most shooters use a blend of several, but make sure they shoot portraits, for example, if they’re important to you. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You wouldn’t ask Monet to paint a Picasso, right? Going with the style a photographer likes to shoot (and has the most experience shooting) will give you the best results.

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Will the photos be retouched and color balanced? Is that done before I see the proofs? These are the techniques that professionals use to digitally enhance your photographs and make them look perfect. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Some photographers will polish up all your photos before you see them for the first time, while others will show you unretouched proofs of the images and work their magic only on the ones you order. How many weddings have you shot in your career, and about how many do you do in a year? Your photographer should do this for a living and edit photos in a timely manner. Don’t pick a friend who takes pictures as a hobby. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You have one chance to get amazing photos, so you’ll want a pro who can take them under pressure.

Do you shoot both digital and film? Which do you prefer? While digital is more common today, film has had a resurgence. If you want the latter, be sure your photographer has the relevant experience and technical skills required to execute this format. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you’re obsessed with the quality of film, go with a pro in this medium. And let him know how many photos you want taken with film—all of them or just the ceremony. Do you usually shoot film in both color and black and white? What percentage of each do you recommend? Digital photos can be changed from color to black and white with just a click, but film needs to be specified before shooting. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW These days, most shooters will do a mix of both color and black-and-white photography. You’ll get a sense of their style and how your album might look by asking what balance they prefer. >>

find your wedding photography style Brush up on your photography terms.

artistic

The photographer’s original take allows for a different perspective (like the couple not looking at the camera, for example). If you want something unique, go with a pro who’s eager to use a little artistic freedom.

dramatic

Lighting, especially using an off-camera flash, is a key component of dramatic photography. If the sun isn’t cooperating, the photographer will use specialized lighting equipment to capture the same gorgeous effect.

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lifestyle

This take on wedding photography is mostly candid with some direction and style—the end result is beautiful but relaxed. A good photographer will look for moments but also help direct the scene.

classic

Like the ones in your parents’ wedding album, these are the images that stand the test of time— striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. Classic photos portray reality, but they’re infused with the shooter’s artistic license too.

documentary

Rather than posed shots, documentary photography captures candid or spontaneous pictures of people, décor and action in the moment. These shots feel intimate and “real,” the opposite of classic style.

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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-a-kind event that will leave a lasting impression. Swan Point Yacht & Country Club, where we specialize in extraordinary events. Visit us at swanpointgolf.com or call (301) 259-0047 to explore our newly renovated venue. 11550 Swan Point Boulevard, Swan Point, Maryland 20645

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Whether you’re dreaming of a wedding on the Chesapeake waterfront, a country chic setting, a traditional ceremony with historic undertones, one with a modern flair, or some other style all your own, look no further than Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay.

PLAN YOUR DAY www.WeddingsInAnnapolis.com

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shooters Will you be my actual photographer, or will one of your associates shoot my wedding? Don’t assume Taylor of Taylor Photography will be taking your photos. Make sure the actual photographer is specified. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Taylor’s partner Stacey may be just as good (or even better!), but you’ll want to meet with her and see her photos so you know exactly what you’ll be getting. Do you have backup photographers who will shoot the wedding if you’re sick? You have a contingency plan in case of rain, right? Well, you’ll need one in case your photographer comes down with the flu as well. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you’re going with a larger company that employs a team of photographers, you’ll have a built-in backup shooter. But if you’re going with a solo photographer, ask if she has colleagues on call in case of an emergency.

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fees What exactly is included in your packages? When comparing fees, check whether prints, albums, proofs and extra coverage (such as engagement shoots) are covered. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW These differences can alter the costs significantly. It’s not necessarily a bad thing if, say, your album isn’t included—you can always buy it à la carte—but you want to be sure you’re comparing apples to apples to get the best value. If you’re having your shooter use film, ask about cost and processing fees. How many hours of coverage do we get? What’s the charge for overtime in case we need you longer? While photographers almost always charge by the day, the number of hours that gets you will vary. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you have six hours of coverage but your photographer charges a huge hourly rate for overtime, you might have them leave after you cut the cake instead of after the last dance. Or you may opt for a longer package to pay a little more up front (and avoid the larger hourly overtime rate later). What’s the deposit and total fee? You’ll owe a percentage up front and the balance at a later date. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW In addition to these numbers, you should also ask when all the payments are due.

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Will there be a second shooter or any assistants? If the answer is yes, you’ll want to ask about any additional fees. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Second shooters can give you two perspectives on big moments (for instance, one can photograph you two exchanging vows while the other can simultaneously capture your parents’ teary reactions). But this may cost you extra.

logistics How long after the wedding day does it take for us to see all of the photos? Most photographers will offer a sneak peek a couple of days or weeks after the wedding, but the rest will take a few months. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You’ll want to see photos ASAP and the wait can be agonizing, so it’s good to manage expectations. How do you coordinate with my videographer? If you haven’t hired a videographer yet, ask the photographer you’re interviewing for suggestions. There’s a good chance they’ve worked with certain videographers at events in the past. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW This pair will need to coordinate and stay out of each other’s way—easier to do if they have a good rapport. How many weddings do you shoot a weekend? It isn’t uncommon for photographers to work multiple events on the same day, especially during high wedding season. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW For instance, if your photographer is shooting an afternoon wedding before your evening affair, you’ll need to work out a plan if the first event runs over. >>

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Have you ever shot at my venue(s) before? If they haven’t photographed a wedding or other event in your venue, they should be willing to check it out beforehand. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Your shooter should be aware of any lighting needs or issues specific to the space ahead of time. Will you be following a shot list? Or do you prefer to have free rein to capture the festivities how you see fit? If they have a standard shot list, take a look at it ahead of time and add any must-haves that aren’t included. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You want to make sure you get the special pics you need. But keep in mind that you’re hiring the photographer for their eye as well as their experience creating amazing albums. Try not to overwhelm them with requests.

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“A dark and moody photographer won’t deliver light and airy images, so make sure you hire someone whose style you want!” —Brett Denfeld of Brett Denfeld Photography in Northern VA

What type of paper will you use for the prints and album? You want these photos to last for generations to come, without worrying about fading and any other problems. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW The answer should be acid-free, archival-quality paper, which will stand the test of time. Will we own the copyright to our photos? In other words, are there restrictions for sharing photos online, having photos printed or an album put together by another source? WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all of the photos, which restricts you from posting them without permission—even on social media. Do you bring your own lighting? Your venue’s lighting may not be the best, even if it’s hosted weddings. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You may need to supply additional lighting or special features (to give a dimly lit room an extra boost)—and check that the equipment won’t be too obtrusive. Get more photo tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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look amazing in your wedding photos Be ready for your close-up—instantly.

practice smiling

Taking selfies for Snapchat isn’t the only way to practice your best smile. Got a favorite photo of yourself? Tape it to your mirror and perfect the expression.

get your look down pat

Book hair and makeup trials, and take practice photos to see how different looks translate into pictures.

close your eyes

Quickly closing your eyes, and then opening them slowly when you hear “Say ‘cheese’” will help you look relaxed and natural—and prevent you from blinking.

keep your chin down

strike a red-carpet pose

Here’s a secret straight from Hollywood: Looking thin on camera isn’t only due to diet and exercise. Angle your body three-quarters of the way toward the camera, with one foot in front of the other and your weight on your back foot.

stand up straight

We know—we sound like your mother. But standing up straight with your belly button tucked in and your shoulders back will help you look tall and relaxed.

loosen your arms Leaving a little space between your torso and your arms make both look smaller.

Want instantly larger eyes? Tip your chin down slightly and look up at the lens for immediate enlargement.

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Premier Venues • Private Weekend Rental • Choose Your Own Vendors In beautiful Chestertown, MD • Centrally located between Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia airports.

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Torres del Paine, Chile

AROUND THE WORLD From beautiful beaches to grand adventures and off-the-beaten-path escapes into the wilderness, pick a region of the world and pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime. >> BY JEN MURPHY

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NINGALOO COAST

BONDI BEACH, sydney

WHY GO The Great

WHY GO One of

Barrier Reef gets all the hype, but the Ningaloo Reef on the northwest coast is equally spectacular. WHEN TO GO April to September is prime time. Whale shark swim experiences are available April to July and humpback whale swims from August to October. WHERE TO STAY The Outback-meets-reef setting of Sal Salis in Cape Range National Park puts you steps from UNESCO World Heritage–listed coral. Stay in the honeymoon tent (from $710 per person, including meals; SalSalis.com.au), which features ocean views and a double hammock for stargazing. BEST FOR Adventurous couples looking to disconnect, and reconnect with nature WORTH THE SPLURGE If you love being on the water, book the sail and snorkel package (from $3,600 per person). It includes three nights at the camp and three nights aboard the 51-foot catamaran.

Pretty Beach House, Sydney

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the world’s most dynamic cities, Sydney will fill your culture quota with museums, restaurants, opera and architecture while also checking your chill box with its beachside cafés and surfer style. WHEN TO GO September through November and March to May offer comfortable temps and fewer tourists. WHERE TO STAY The hip, new QT Bondi (from $215; QTHotelsandResorts .com/bondi-beach) has a vibrant SoCal vibe, retro furnishings and a location just off legendary Bondi Beach. There isn’t a restaurant, but each room has a kitchenette, and every Saturday, the Bondi Farmers Market sets up across the street. BEST FOR Cool seekers who want culture mixed with seaside R & R WORTH THE SPLURGE Get an aerial view of the Opera House during a seaplane ride to Pretty Beach House. This four-pavilion retreat is all about indulgence (from $1,500 per night, two-night minimum; round-trip seaplane flight from $495; PrettyBeachHouse.com).

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia

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AFRICA

MAKGADIKGADI PANS & THE KALAHARI DESERT, botswana

WHY GO Deemed the Serengeti of the South, the lunarlike Makgadikgadi Pans is one of the largest salt flats in the world. During wet season, the area boasts southern Africa’s last surviving zebra and wildebeest migration—a must-see. WHEN TO GO Wet season, November through March, brings high rainfall but also zebras, wildebeests and flamingos. April to May is dry and warm, while June to August is dry but chillier. WHERE TO STAY Jack’s Camp feels like a mirage set in the desert. Ten en suite canvas tents are decked out in lavish, 1940s exploration style complete with Persian rugs and rich mahogany furnishings (from $1,225; UnchartedAfrica.com). The guides at Jack’s are a rare mix of wise scholars and old-school bushman adventurers. BEST FOR Couples nostalgic for Hemingway-esque safari luxury; couples who want culture and wildlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Enjoy a drink on the salt pans as the sun goes down—just two chairs, a few beverages and you and your new spouse. Once the sun has set, the most amazing star-filled night sky appears, as there’s absolutely zero air pollution.

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SKELETON COAST,

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Bali in favor of Raja Ampat. Nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, you’ll find some of the best diving in the world. WHEN TO GO October through April is the dry season, and it also brings an abundance of manta rays. WHERE TO STAY Misool Eco Resort is surrounded by the protected 300,000-acre Misool Marine Park, teeming with ocean life. Spend days snorkeling, at the spa or touring local villages (from $2,400 per person for a seven-night stay, all-inclusive; MisoolEcoResort.com). BEST FOR Diving enthusiasts INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Don your snorkels and swim with baby black tip reef sharks in the waters just off the resort.

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WHY GO One of the world’s most dramatic stretches of coast is home to ancient valleys, dune fields and shipwrecks. Despite the extreme landscape, it’s also startlingly full of life and offers a really unique safari experience. WHEN TO GO Namibia is a true year-round destination. December through March is hot, but also green with lots of wildlife. WHERE TO STAY Conservation-minded outfitter Wilderness Safaris boasts some of the top guides in Africa and operates the eight-tent, fly-in, fly-out Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (from $595, allinclusive; Wilderness-Safaris.com). Each tent features an en suite bedroom with an outdoor deck. You may be blissfully isolated from civilization, but the camp still provides top-shelf gin and tonics around the campfire, cashmere slips under the duvets and a delicious springbok fillet for dinner. BEST FOR Couples who have already been to Africa or who are looking for a fresh take on the classic safari INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT The Big Five are overrated. Instead, take home game drive shots of Namibia’s desertadapted wildlife, like brown hyena, giraffe and desert elephants. WORTH THE SPLURGE On a three-night stay or more with Wilderness Safaris, guests have the opportunity to experience a flying excursion over the coast, which provides a magnificent perspective of the other-worldly landscape (think: moonlike), plus great photo ops of seal colonies.

WHY GO Bypass

WHY GO The gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap offers authentic Khmer restaurants, and access to the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. WHEN TO GO December and January are assuredly sunny, but can also be crowded. While June is in the rainy season, the days are cooler and the temples don’t overflow with tourists quite like “summer” months. WHERE TO STAY Located only a 20-minute drive from Angkor Wat, Phum Baitang is the hotel of choice for celebrities. The resort has the feel of a traditional Khmer village, with 45 stilted villas and a bar and restaurant housed in a century-old Cambodian farmhouse (from $375; PhumBaitang.com). The Spa Temple offers seven treatment rooms, or choose to unwind at the cigar and cocktail lounge. BEST FOR Culture lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Skip the typical sunrise temple posts. Get your guide to snap a photo of you riding a buffalo cart through Khmer villages. ROMANTIC MOMENT At Cuisine Wat Damnak, chef Joannès Rivière updates Cambodia’s golden age dishes like Mekong langoustine with pumpkin and lemon basil. The six-course menu is a steal, and the garden patio is the perfect spot for a special meal (CuisineWatDamnak.com). >>

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resort city of Nha Trang is known for its beaches, dive sites and vibrant nightlife. Off the coast, you have your choice of quiet island paradise. WHEN TO GO Sunny days abound from February through August. WHERE TO STAY The new 105-villa Anam raises the bar for over-the-top service. In addition to a private beach, you have your choice of three swimming pools (from $200; TheAnam.com). BEST FOR Beach lovers; architecture nerds; service snobs; couples seeking nightlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Spend an afternoon being totally pampered with body scrubs and massages at the Balinese-inspired Sri Mara Spa at The Anam, then have a private lunch with your own waitstaff right on the beach.

MALAYSIA WHY GO Malaysia offers a unique blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, plus wild rain forests, untouched beaches and some of Southeast Asia’s most delicious cuisine. WHEN TO GO Avoid monsoon season and visit between March and September. WHERE TO STAY Indulge your private island fantasies at Pangkor Laut Resort (from $193; PangkorLautResort.com). Just off the west coast of Malaysia, the resort is surrounded by jungles and turquoise sea and has its own spa village. Of the seven restaurants, Uncle Lim’s Kitchen stands out for its Chinese-style home cooking. BEST FOR Spa junkies; romantics; foodies INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Let a resident naturalist lead you on a rain forest trek in search of monkeys, reptiles and more.

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NORTH AMERICA Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui

MAUI, hawaii WHY GO Maui is the best of all worlds:

You’ll find a carefree surfer vibe on the North Shore, amazing resorts and a place that makes you feel like you’re in another era in Hana. WHEN TO GO During shoulder seasons— April through May and September through November—you’ll find more affordable rates, fewer crowds and idyllic weather. WHERE TO STAY Skip the tourist-filled big resorts of Maui’s South Coast and experience the island like a local on the North Shore. The Inn at Mama’s is set on a secluded beach shaded by coconut palms and puts you steps from the island’s celebrated restaurant Mama’s Fish House and a five-minute drive from the hippie-chic town of Paia (from $275; InnatMamas.com). BEST FOR Free-spirited beach lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT A photo tour with Daniel Sullivan, owner of Paia’s Indigo Gallery, will take you off the beaten path along the wildly popular Hana Highway (three-hour tours from $560; DanielSullivan.PhotoShelter.com). Just don’t give up the location of the remote spots when you post.

KAUAI WHY GO People

get hooked on Kauai because of its Jurassic Park–esque waterways and the postcard-perfect sunsets of Hanalei Bay. WHEN TO GO Mid-April to mid-June and September to December are best. WHERE TO STAY The St. Regis Princeville Resort has a heavenly setting overlooking Hanalei Bay and a “your wish is our command” philosophy (from $1,575; StRegisPrinceville.com). Don’t fall victim to the resort’s 5,000-square-foot infinity pool. You can easily laze away a week under a pool lounger, but the natural attractions should not be missed. BEST FOR Couples seeking wild natural beauty but super-luxe digs WORTH THE SPLURGE Dine by candlelight while a private waitstaff attends to your every whim during a secluded, four-course, alfresco dinner at the St. Regis (from $1,290 per couple). >>

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Elegant and Distinctive Dining and Catering Since 1979

Weddings Rehearsals Receptions

Harry Browne’s 66 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401

www.harrybrownes.com

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Showers Private Rooms On-Off Site

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SOUTH AMERICA argentina

WHY GO El Calafate

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WHY GO Rugged coastlines, wild beaches and animals like whales, eagles and bears make you feel like you’re truly in the wild, but the quirky town of Homer— with its hippie cafés, fun bars and funky shops—is just a 25-minute boat ride away. WHEN TO GO June to August is the warmest, but shoulder months May and September can be cheaper. WHERE TO STAY Tutka Bay Lodge’s remote setting on a seven-mile fjord at the southern end of Kachemak Bay feels worlds away (from $4,860 per person for a three-night, all-inclusive stay; WithintheWild.com). The six-cabin wilderness retreat perfectly combines adventures with indulgences including a sauna, wine tastings, massages and multicourse meals. BEST FOR Wannabe chefs; outdoorsy types INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Bring your zoom lens to snap a photo of a brown bear at Katmai National Park and Preserve. ROMANTIC MOMENT The staff can arrange everything from a picnic for two on top of Grewingk Glacier to a sunset cruise through Kachemak Bay followed by a private dinner on your cabin’s deck. They’ll even prepare oysters you’ve scouted at a nearby farm.

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is the gateway to the ever-shifting icy landscape of Los Glaciares National Park. WHEN TO GO Visit from November to mid-December or March through April. WHERE TO STAY Set within a nearly 10,000-acre estate, Eolo was inspired by ancient Patagonian ranches and exudes old-world gaucho elegance. Rooms offer views of the Lago Argentino and La Anita Valley (from $770; EOLO.com.ar). The in-house guides are all locals and have exceptional knowledge. But don’t expect gaucho cuisine—the fine dining restaurant has earned Eolo Relais & Chateaux status. BEST FOR Food and wine connoisseurs; nature lovers; hikers; wannabe gauchos ROMANTIC MOMENT The staff can arrange a horseback ride to a private picnic with a bottle of malbec. EcoCamp, Chile

TORRES DEL PAINE, chile WHY GO Unparalleled trekking through a changing landscape of glacial lakes and jagged mountains is just outside your door. WHEN TO GO November through March is best, but shoulder months April, September and October have lower rates. WHERE TO STAY EcoCamp offers sustainable digs in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park (from $1,395 for a five-day wildlife safari; EcoCamp.travel). Guests sleep in geodesic dome-shaped structures modeled after ancient Kaweskar tribe dwellings. Ceiling windows let you fall asleep while stargazing, and private terraces offer a romantic spot to watch the sunset. Guests gather for meals in an enormous dining dome. Request one with heat unless you prefer to snuggle. BEST FOR Eco-conscious travelers; glampers; hikers; yogis; outdoor lovers WORTH THE SPLURGE Visit one of Patagonia’s largest ranches and spend a day horseback riding with local baqueanos (cowboys). You’ll ride past small villages, spot condor nests and hear about the region’s legendary stories over a picnic lunch (from $461; Cascada.travel). >>

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Central Virginia’s Premier Floral Designer

TOURTERELLE photo by Kristin Gardner

floral design

434.973.1211 tourterellefloral.com charlottesville virginia

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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.

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Caribbean’s most elite island has 22 white-sand beaches, extraordinary restaurants and hot nightclubs. WHEN TO GO May through June has great weather and a chill vibe. December is peak season and prime for celebrity sightings. WHERE TO STAY Nestled on Baie de St. Jean, arguably St. Bart’s sexiest beach, Le Tom Beach Hotel (from $342; TomBeach.com) is in walking distance to island hot spots like Nikki Beach and Eden Rock. Rooms are secluded by gardens. BEST FOR Sun seekers; couples who want nightlife; celeb junkies ROMANTIC MOMENT Stop at a local grocery for a picnic lunch and hike to quiet Anse du Grande Colombier, one of the world’s prettiest beaches.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WHY GO A quick

flight from major East Coast hubs, the Dominican Republic is a mix of party beach towns and elite and exclusive compounds. WHEN TO GO Skip crowds and hurricane season and visit March through May. WHERE TO STAY With just nine colorful bungalows, Playa Grande Beach Club is an intimate departure from the DR’s all-inclusive mega-resorts (from $800; PlayaGrandeBeachClub.com). The North Coast retreat is set on a mile-long beach, but guests can also sunbathe in a cabana by the property’s lap pool. BEST FOR Beach bums ROMANTIC MOMENT Playa Grande can arrange sunset horseback rides for all levels ($66 per person for two hours).

restaurants and gorgeous beaches make this one of the Caribbean’s hot spots. WHEN TO GO May through August are the best months to visit. WHERE TO STAY An 18-month remodel by Auberge Resorts brought the famed Malliouhana hotel back to its 1950s glamour: The rooms, suites and a cliffside restaurant were redone and a 15,000-square-foot spa was added (from $525; Malliouhana.AubergeResorts.com). Perched atop a bluff above three of the island’s top beaches—Meads Bay, Bobbing Cove and Turtle Cove—the hotel is ideally situated for snorkeling and sunsets. BEST FOR Food lovers; sun seekers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Every honeymoon requires the quintessential sunset photo, and the Sunset Bar at Malliouhana is the precise place to snap it—with mojitos in hand, of course. ROMANTIC MOMENT Book a candlelit, private dinner with a dedicated waiter and guitarist under one of the recently refreshed pool cabanas overlooking the ocean. Then, indulge in gourmet s’mores around the fire pit for dessert accompanied by an aged rum tasting. Cap your night off with a late-night dip in the two-tier pool. >>

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DUBROVNIK, croatia WHY GO One of the world’s most magnificent walled cities, Dubrovnik charms visitors with its pedestrian-only Old Town, Baroque churches and fortified beauty. Add its stunning beaches and laidback eateries serving top-notch seafood and excellent Croatian wine to the mix, and you have a recipe for paradise. WHEN TO GO Avoid the cruise passengers and visit September through November. WHERE TO STAY Built into a cliff above the Adriatic, the newly renovated Villa Dubrovnik makes you feel like royalty perched above the Adriatic and Old City (from $490; Villa-Dubrovnik.hr). The exclusive setting means guests must arrive from the Old Town via a 10-minute Vaporetto speedboat ride. Some of its 56 rooms and suites offer sea-view balconies, and the roof is home to a wine bar. BEST FOR Couples who have already explored classic Europe; history buffs; über romantics; urbanites INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Re-create a scene from a vintage Adriatic postcard and pose in your swimsuits on the hotel’s private rocky beach. At the shoreline, concrete platforms extend out from the sandstone, creating a natural backdrop from another era.

SALINA, the aeolian islands WHY GO Salina is the greenest of seven of the inhabited islands in the UNESCO World Heritage–status Aeolian archipelago. Hikers can climb Monte Fossa delle Felci, the highest peak. WHEN TO GO The busy season is from mid-July through August when sun seekers descend. Late May and September are the sweet spots—great weather, fewer crowds. WHERE TO STAY The family behind Tasca d’Almerita, one of Sicily’s most important wine producers, owns the 20-room Capofaro hotel, which overlooks some of the vineyards (from $296; Capofaro .it). Food and wine are taken seriously here, but don’t expect fussy eats—the philosophy is simple and delicious. BEST FOR Wine lovers looking for a fresh experience; foodies; island junkies WORTH THE SPLURGE Have the hotel arrange a day cruise aboard the yacht Don Felipe and explore coves, bays and caves that are otherwise unreachable by land.

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SERIFOS, greece WHY GO Don’t follow the masses to Santorini, Mykonos or Paros. Instead, explore Serifos. Active travelers can keep busy hiking, biking and diving. Plus, you’re just a three-hour ferry ride from Athens. WHEN TO GO April to June and September to mid-October are the best bets. WHERE TO STAY In a previous life, CocoMat Eco Residences housed local miners. Today, the beachfront hotel has a seaside lounge bar and a friendly staff who can arrange a romantic breakfast in bed (from $231; Serifos.Coco-Mat-Hotels.com). BEST FOR Eco-minded, active couples ROMANTIC MOMENT Coco-Mat’s staff can help you rent scooters for a perfect island beach crawl.

PUGLIA WHY GO Puglia has

always had amazing beaches, beautiful architecture and ancient ruins. But the recently booming food scene on this remote heel of Italy’s boot has the region primed to be the next Tuscany. WHEN TO GO A temperate climate makes Puglia a year-round destination. WHERE TO STAY Masseria Le Carrube, a working farmhouse in the town of Ostuni, has been transformed into a sister property of Puglia’s top hotel Borgo Egnazia (from $155; MasseriaLeCarrubeOstuni.it). Don’t miss a meal at its vegetarian restaurant. BEST FOR Food and wine nerds; beach lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Explore Valle D’Itria and the village’s cylindrical houses with beehive-shaped roofs. Plan your perfect adventure at TheKnot.com/honeymoons

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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

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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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will enjoy the serene, natural feel that can only be accomplished when the tide rolls in and the salted air tickles your nose.

and attentive staff will keep the celebration energetic and fun. Now that’s amoré! capacity 300 | price $$

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the atrium at meadowlark gardens 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.

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anchor inn

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.

atlantic marina resort

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

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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 $$$

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.

castle hill cider

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 $$$$

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 $$$

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chesapeake beach resort & spa 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 $$

brittland estates

205 Cannon Street, Suite 1, Chestertown, MD (443) 282-0860 | (410) 490-2291 nturner@brittlandestates.com BrittlandEstates.com Historic mansions, river vistas and forever fields, the world of Brittland personifies elegance in a rural setting. Embracing a collection of properties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Brittland Estates gives the discerning couple a series of settings and moods to create their distinctive celebration. capacity 350 | price $$$

buca di beppo

(877) 955-2822 groupreservations@bucainc.com BucaWeddings.com We’re perfect for rehearsal dinners and wedding events, featuring authentic Italian cuisine served family style. Catering and delivery is available, plus banquet and bar packages to suit any budget. Our festive dining rooms

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 mccsquantico.clubs@usmc-mccs.org QuanticoCatering.com The Clubs at Quantico and Crossroads Events Center will create a custom, worry-free, tax-free event that will exceed expectations. Premium banquet and reception space is located on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Our professional, experienced staff offers unparalleled service, ensuring no detail is overlooked. capacity 225 | price $$$

clyde’s restaurant group

DC, VA & MD (202) 552-5000 | events@clydes.com Clydes.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.

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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 $$$

doubletree by hilton hotel washington dc - silver spring

8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD WashingtonDCSilverSpring.Hilton.com Whether it is a wedding reception or rehearsal dinner, let us make your special day even more memorable. Our 20,000-square-foot ballroom can accommodate more than 200 people, and our internationally trained chefs will prepare gourmet dishes to delight your guests!

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 $$$

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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!

harbour view

13200 Marina Way, Woodbridge, VA (703) 910-4273 | info@harbourviewevents.com HarbourViewEvents.com Harbour View is the unique waterfront venue you’ve been dreaming of, with gorgeous natural surroundings, contemporary neutral décor and tasteful accents. This charming space offers ceremonies on the openair veranda, ballrooms flooded in natural light and balconies to take in the river breezes. capacity 320 | 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 theme, table arrangements can be made from native flowers handpicked from our own gardens.

harry browne’s

66 State Circle, Annapolis, MD (410) 263-4332 HarryBrownes.com Harry Browne’s invites you to celebrate in the Main Dining Room or on our Sidewalk Café (available seasonally). The Gallery, Capitol View Room, State Circle Grill Room and Wine Cellar are available exclusively for private functions. Off-premise catering is available as well! capacity 100 | price $$$

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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! capacity 300+ | price $$$

glenview mansion

603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD (240) 314-8660

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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 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 $$

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 $$

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 location for your special

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day. With four ceremony locations and four 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 $$$

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.

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.

Located in Catonsville, Minutes from Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington D.C. & B.W.I. Airport 410.744.0040 officestaff@overhillsmansion.com

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mount ida farm

5931 & 6903 Blenheim Road, Charlottesville, VA (434) 566-5562 | info@mountidafarm.com MountIdaFarm.com Virginia’s premier wedding venue offers weekend accommodations and destination packages boasting scenic vistas, vibrant vineyards, private lakes, tree-lined drives, lake- or stable-side cocktail parties, historic homes and, opening this fall, our 5,000-square-foot Tasting Room at Mount Ida Reserve. capacity 300 | price $$$

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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 $$$

omni bedford springs resort

2138 Business 220, Bedford, PA (814) 624-5616 | OmniHotels.com/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.

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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

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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 $$$

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 $$

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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 $$$

shenandoah valley golf club

134 Golf Club Circle, Front Royal, VA (540) 635-3588 EXT. 14 | 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.

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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 $$

swan point yacht & country club

11550 Swan Point Boulevard, Swan Point, MD (301) 259-0047 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. capacity 200 | price $

town & country

2319 Hammonds Ferry Rd., Baltimore, MD (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 $$$

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 $$

the westin virginia beach town center

4535 Commerce St., Virginia Beach, VA (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 lee.intachai@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 $$$

cakes & caterers

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 $$$

the villa

Serving the Washington Metro Area (301) 572-7744 | ray@cateringbyuptown.com CateringByUptown.com

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.

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s&p events, llc

(571) 733-6838 | stacy.king@sandpevents.com SandPEvents.com This innovative, luxury event production and design company serves the metropolitan Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia areas. Setting a precedent of affordable luxury, S&P Events offers event planning, multi-event weddings, event and floral design, and venue transformation.

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.

bridal fashion & beauty

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love couture bridal

12500-B Park Potomac Ave., Potomac, MD (301) 610-5683 sandy@lovecouturebridal.com LoveCoutureBridal.com Our vast selection of wedding gowns offers brides moderate price points all the way up to custom haute couture. Our intimate boutique provides a charming setting to allow you to feel like you have stepped away from all of the pressures of wedding planning.

perry warren of frizzles

6733 Commerce St., Springfield, VA (703) 626-9638 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.

studio i do bridals

Virginia Beach (757) 491-1418

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1101 Memorial Chapel, College Park, MD 20742 www.weddings.umd.edu | 301.314.9866 | chapel@umd.edu

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that’s my dress bridal & prom

1 Towne Centre Blvd., Ste. 1900, Fredericksburg, VA (540) 370-8574 ThatsMyDressBridalandProm.com That’s My Dress prides itself on having professional style consultants who know how important you are! We understand how stressful it is to find the perfect dress and plan the perfect day. That’s My Dress will help alleviate some of the stress by finding you the dress of your dreams!

trousseau

306 Maple Avenue West, Vienna, VA (703) 255-3300 TrousseauLtd.com Trousseau is dedicated to the art of romance. Visit Trousseau, the area’s leading bra fit specialty store featuring over 160 sizes. Let us help you find the perfect wedding day undergarments, beautiful lingerie, veils, jewelry, bridal accessories and so much more!

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Benchmark and Novell Design Studio. Let us give your wedding the personal attention it deserves.

wedding consultants

TheDapperDJs.com Experience vintage-inspired entertainment for a soiree like no other.

photography & video

chic weddings & events

(202) 656-2594 info@chic-weddings.com Chic-Weddings.com At Chic Weddings & Events, we are always fascinated by weddings and the moments that the friends and family share on this special occasion. Our expertise is building a personalized, unique love story based on your ideas and details.

designed perfectly events, llc

(703) 867-7384 natalie@designed-perfectly.com Designed-Perfectly.com We offer full and partial planning, design and wedding day management. With over 12 years of hands-on experience, we specialize in classic weddings with bold personalities for the DMV area and beyond. Creatively planned. Expertly coordinated. Perfectly designed.

by asa photography

(202) 596-2051 byasaphotography@gmail.com ByAsaPhotography.com I take a unique approach to each wedding I photograph, taking into account the personality and style of each couple, and adjusting my approach to best fit your needs. My goal is to create beautiful images of your wedding day in a way you will cherish and that honors who you are.

invitations & details

entertainment 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 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,

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ajdj services

(301) 520-7678 ajdjservicesmobile@gmail.com AJDJservices.com We are a husband-and-wife team that loves working together to make your important day be special and unique! We offer DJ and MC services, professional lighting, photo booth and much more!

(703) 548-5427 invite@letteringbylynne.com LetteringByLynne.com Find the perfect invitation and all its accessories. See, feel and touch actual samples before you order. Find one-stop shopping, beautiful envelope addressing, table cards, table stands and ceremony programs.

bridal registries

bsquare productions

(331) 223-4635 | BSquarePro.com I have extraordinary passion for what I do and the talent and technology to match it. I built my capability with an uncompromising determination to have unmatched quality and professionalism. I want to be where you need me and do what needs to be done to facilitate the best night of your lives.

the dapper djs (301) 992-1378

relish decor

(301) 698-7360 RelishDecor.com Relish Decor is a lifestyle boutique known for a stylish collection of tabletop housewares, kitchen furnishings and unique gifts. Our goal is to provide a curated selection of merchandise for your registry that is not commonly found in the mainstream retail market.

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specialty services

blanc de bleu cuv´ee mousseux

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine with a hint of blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

fleet transportation, llc

950 B South Pickett Street, Alexandria, VA (866) 933-2600 | (703) 933-2600 info@fleettransportation.com FleetTransportation.com Fleet Transportation, LLC is a premier provider of luxury sedan, limousine, Mercedes sprinters, luxury mini buses, SUVs, coaches and event transportation services. It’s been ranked one of the top transportation companies by the Washington Business Journal, 2015.

(703) 478-0500 RestonLimo.com Reston Limousine will keep the magic glowing from ceremony to reception and reception to hotel. We can also add a touch of elegance to any event before and after, such as bachelor/ette parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, airport transfers, and wine and DC tours for out-of-town guests.

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Military Aviation Museum

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1757 Golf Club

107

Milton Ridge

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Airlie Center

57

Mount Ida Farm

81

Annapolis & The Chesapeake Bay

187

The Oaks Waterfront Inn & Events

184

Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Omni Hotels & Resorts

2

The Bellevue Conference & Event Center

5

Outer Banks Wedding Association

33

Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn

137

Overhills Mansion, Circa 1897

209

Brittland Estates

191

The River View at Occoquan

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Buca di Beppo

45

Rust Manor House

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Castle Hill Cider

27

Shenandoah Lodge & Athletic Club

61

Catering by Uptown

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Shenandoah Valley Golf Club

41

Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa

37

Stone Tower Winery

197

The Clubs at Quantico

189

Stonewall Golf Club at Lake Manassas

207

Clyde’s Restaurant Group

161

Swan Point Yacht & Country Club

187

Colonial Williamsburg

10

Turf Valley Resort

133

Columbus Club of Arlington

19

University of Maryland Memorial Chapel

211

DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Silver Spring

163

Upper Shirley Vineyards

15

Early Mountain Vineyards

1

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

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East Lynn Farm

63

The Westin Washington Dulles Airport

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The Founders Inn and Spa

52 The Woodlands at Algonkian

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Glenview Mansion

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Great Blue Heron Catering

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The Great Room at Historic Savage Mill

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CAKES & CATERERS

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Harbour View

43

Catering by Uptown

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Harry Browne’s

197

Ladurée

85

Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club

175

Purple Onion Catering Company

23

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

180

Putting on the Ritz Catering

171

Hilton Arlington

209

Hyatt Regency Fairfax

207

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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King Family Vineyards

199

Edge Floral Event Designers

95

Liberty Mountain Resort

183

S&P Events, LLC

25

The Market at Grelen

189

Tourterelle Floral Design

199

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Green & Blue Studio

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I Do I Do Wedding Gowns

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Love Couture Bridal

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Perry Warren of Frizzles

184

Studio I Do Bridals

51

That’s My Dress

139

Trousseau

111

White Swan Bridal Boutique

135

JEWELRY

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Goodman & Sons Jewelers

58

Midtown Jewelers

79

Quest Fine Jewelry

31

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Chic Weddings & Events

55

Designed Perfectly Events & Design

9

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AJDJ Services

191

BSquare Productions

203

The Dapper DJs

35

Élan Artists

99

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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The Dandelion Patch

87

Lettering by Lynne

201

Things Remembered

21

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Fleet Transportation

203

Lovely Nuptials

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Reston Limousine

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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By Asa Photography

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BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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Clean Slate Wedding Photography by Heather & Rob

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Relish Decor

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suzanne & justin WASHINGTON, DC “I’ve never felt more beautiful,” Suzanne says of this intimate moment she shared with Justin among the cherry blossoms. “The beauty I felt was inside too. I was radiating warmth from having the person I was about to share my life with look at me and kiss me like this.”

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