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DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNER

DC, MARYLAND & VIRGINIA TheKnot.com/dc-md-va

2018

BEST OF WEDDINGS WINNERS Venues, Florists, Photographers

plus MORE COLOR PALETTES BY SEASON THE PERFECT PLACE TO SAY “I DO” BUILD A MEANINGFUL BOUQUET

YOU’RE ENGAGED!

EYE CANDY

GOWNS YOU ’LL LOVE

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DRESS SHOPPING SECRETS

Here’s What to Do Next

9 INSPIRING REAL WEDDINGS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GET TING MARRIED IN

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist painterly party ask the knot squad top picks inside scoop expert advice the wed thread haute hues 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

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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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fashion & beauty 147

the get-real guide to dress shopping Truths you should know before your first bridal salon appointment.

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a matter of time Let the season of your wedding influence your bridal makeup.

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love sweet love

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shades for every season

style 121

shades for every season The prettiest color palettes for any time of year.

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your perfect venue Find the ideal setting for your day with our personality-based guide.

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the language of flowers Put together a meaningful bouquet.

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a matter of time

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FROM LEF T: REBECC A YALE PHOTOGR APHY; KENNETH WILL ARDT/ TRUNK ARCHIVE

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Craving a standout gown? This season’s dresses are fun, flirty and (almost) good enough to eat.

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“From Beginning to End, it starts at the Ren...”

The Renaissance was completed in 1887 as a Masonic Temple and now houses one of Richmond’s Largest Victorian Ballrooms. Even Theodore Roosevelt graced the property in 1905. Your one stop shop for facility & staff, catering & beverages, seating, table settings, and linens. With our convenient downtown location in the new Art’s District, we find it to be the perfect venue and we are sure you will too.

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CONTENTS

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your just engaged to-dos

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your just engaged to-dos Tasks you can do right now.

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real weddings

how to throw a daytime wedding

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Host an afternoon bash that’s just as fun as any evening event.

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ashley & tom

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ronnie & abe

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brittany & alex

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lyndsay & cody

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stephanie & rustin december 2, washington, dc

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august 27, grand lake, co

october 1, purcellville, va

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eve & melissa june 17, baltimore

september 9, washington, dc

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rachel & ben august 19, chestertown, md

may 27, cambridge, md

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danielle & rohan july 22, pembroke, va

december 31, washington, dc

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courtney & john may 7, cancun

brittany & tanner august 5, 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

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

TheGreatRoom at Historic Savage Mill

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

For reservations call

800.213.7427

Serving the area since 1983

Ten Oaks Ballroom

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

Savage Mil Manor House ARoom of IntimateGrandeur

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

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

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

For reservations call: 800.213.7427 Call about our new hall,

Patuxent Grand The Gathering Place

(1-800-213-7427)

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FOREVER DESERVES A

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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 sure your special day will

O m ni H o t e l s . c o m

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leave you breathless.

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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ABOUT THE COVER

2 1 Dress, $2,995, cape, $1,725, Monique Lhuillier at Carine’s Bridal Atelier, CarinesBridal .com (Washington, DC), Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection, RobinsonsBridal.com (Baltimore); earrings, $1,660, Mastoloni.com; ring, $495, VictoriaSix .com; shoes, $1,245, ChristianLouboutin.com

get the look

Check out more fashion-forward dresses for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion. With its colorful interior and enormous selection of candies, Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City felt like the perfect location for our fashion and cover shoot full of fun, confectionary dresses.

3 Dress, $8,990, Carolina Herrera at Carolina Herrera Atelier, CarolinaHerrera.com (Washington, DC), Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection, RobinsonsBridal.com (Baltimore); earrings, $2,300, cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com

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L O V E S W E E T L O V E We pulled an all-nighter to take over the Dylan’s Candy Bar flagship store in New York. Below, a sneak peek at our crazy, candy-fueled shoot.

8:30 PM Call time.

9:40 PM Prop stylist Martha Bernabe knows finding the perfect backdrop sometimes means taking the search to new heights.

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11:10 PM Photographer Ari Michelson regroups with the team before getting down to business.

1:17 AM Our model poses in one of our cover looks.

2:50 AM WE NEED CANDY.

4:35 AM 5:18 AM Digital tech One shot Louise Kahn keeps to go. us awake in the early morning hours by making us laugh.

6:12 AM Ten hours later, and we finally got the last shot. That’s a wrap!

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PHOTOGRAPHY Ari Michelson FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Mark Anthony using Phyto Paris for Exclusive Artists MAKEUP Daniella Shachter using NARS Cosmetics for Workgroup PROP STYLING Martha Bernabe LOCATION Dylan’s Candy Bar Third Avenue Flagship, New York City

2 Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Rizik’s, Riziks.com (Washington, DC); engagement ring, $20,000, wedding ring, $850, ApresJewelry.com; earrings, $190, CZby KennethJayLane.com; bracelet, $36,675, EffyJewelry.com

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

REAL WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR STYLE & PLANNING EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITORS ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR, PHOTO ASSOCIATE DIGITAL EDITOR, PHOTO ASSISTANT EDITORS, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SOCIAL EDITOR, SOCIAL CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS SENIOR VIDEO PRODUCER VIDEO PRODUCER EDITORIAL & MARKETING COORDINATOR

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Becky Murray, Rachel Sylvester Katie Kortebein Rebecca Delman Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Whitney Little Jessica Molinari Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos Toni Franchini

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PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Alexandra Ramey 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 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Kimberley Feys, kfeys@theknot.com (240) 341-4100

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COFOUNDER Carley Roney

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Browse weddings from across the region, including Amy and Ryan’s pink and gray nuptials (inspired by the city’s famed cherry blossoms) at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception at Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, DC. The 19th century venue played up the day’s theme: understated vintage glamour. After what the pair called, “a nonstop dance party,” they rode off in an old-fashioned Rolls-Royce.

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

CANDY GIRL Yes, that’s me cheesing for the camera at our shoot—I couldn’t resist playing with the oversize candy props!

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” Burt Bacharach’s song kept popping into my head as we worked on this issue—especially when we locked ourselves in a candy store overnight to shoot our fashion feature (p. 158). It’s no secret we live in a tough world right now, and at times, it’s hard to see the love—but I’m here to tell you, it’s there and there’s a lot of it. After all, in the 21-year history of The Knot, we’ve helped over 25 million to-be-weds bring together family members and friends to throw epic celebrations of love. And when it’s all said and done, we get to share those moments of laughter, happy tears and pure joy in our magazine, online and on social media to help inspire couples just like you. So thank you for allowing us to guide you on this incredible journey, and for proving that the world is still full of love, sweet love.

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CONGRATULATIONS

you’re engaged!

Here are the big to-dos from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

book a venue Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then, set the date.

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hire your vendors Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP.

gather your crew Ask your besties to stand beside you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

register & create a website Start a wish list and site. Share the link with guests so they’re in on all the details, like hotel room blocks.

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plan the ceremony Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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complete your team Book any outstanding pros like hairstylists, makeup artists, day-of transportation or a photo booth for your reception.

buy the rings Shop for and purchase your wedding rings—don’t forget insurance (now it’s starting to feel really real, right?).

choose a point person If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, task a friend or family member to be the go-to so you can relax and enjoy the day.

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buy the formalwear Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

choose your wedding paper Order invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

finalize other party details Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

go for fittings Attend the final dress fitting and arrange for suit or tux rental pickup.

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get the marriage license Pick up this must-have document at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

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The planning and hard work is behind you—time to celebrate your new status.

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nail down the budget Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

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The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app is the only app that pulls together your vision, pros and guests—and puts planning in the palm of your hand.

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find your wedding style The first thing you’ll do in our app is take an image-based style quiz to help zero in on your wedding vibe (more on that on the next page). Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision that you can easily share with family and local pros with one click. This way, everyone knows exactly what you mean when you say “romantic garden party.” keep organized You’ll find all of your planning to-dos, and when to do them, in the app’s checklist. Best of all, it’s customizable to your celebration. If you’re not hiring an officiant because your uncle is doing the honors, that to-do disappears off your list. Worried about staying on budget? The app’s budgeting tool tells you how much to put toward individual tasks, and tracks overall spending. compile your dream team We’ll take the info you share with the app and provide you with personalized vendor suggestions. You can also browse thousands of awardwinning pros, including planners and photographers, through The Knot Marketplace. manage your registry Keep an eye on your registries straight from the app. Your wedding day isn’t the only time you’ll receive gifts (there’s the engagement party and shower too), so make it easy on guests and keep your wish list full of options. And check out The Knot Newlywed Fund—you can ask for cash to put toward things like a down payment on a home. think of your guests Give guests all the info they’ll need, like hotel details and registry links, in one pretty package with the app’s wedding website feature. We’ll guide you as you design your site. You can also sync it with your phone contacts (to save time address hunting) and use it to stay on top of RSVPs. get your day-of timeline As you check off your to-dos, the app creates a day-of timeline behind the scenes to ensure everything goes off without a hitch on your wedding day. Share it with your vendors, wedding party and parents. This way, everyone will be on the same page—and you can focus on your walk down the aisle and making it the best day ever.

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THE KNOT TOOL S

LE T ’ S G E T STA RT E D ON

Not sure how to define your style and theme? Download The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get a personalized Wedding Vision.

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DISCOVER YOUR ST YLE No couple is just one set style—instead you’ll get a series of words that describe your wedding vibe. Bonus: You can use this lingo when talking with your pros.

CREATE YOUR VISION All that swiping right will leave you with tons of inspo, which you can add to anytime. Plus there’s room for personalized must-haves (think: late-night taco truck, dog-friendly ceremony space or room for a sangeet).

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your vision board to your besties and the people bringing your day to life. A series of images will help to convey your “romantic garden party” style and theme.

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALET TE Check out the colors that best match your wedding style. And the best part—you can always change them up as you plan.

GET PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS We’ll take your quiz answers and match you with vendors based on your location, style and budget—starting with your venue.

SAY “I DO” WITH EASE As you check off your to-dos, we’ll create a personalized day-of timeline to help you pull off the best day ever.

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LOCAL TREND ALERT Virginia’s top trend comes from local pro Lauren Emerson, who organized interactive elements to create a relaxed atmosphere. Early Grove String Band performed bluegrass, while Kyle Edgell sketched a caricature of all the party guests. “It was a great conversation piece, and we all had a lot of laughs,” Emerson says.

THE TEAM VENUE & CATERING Upper Shirley Vineyards PLANNER & FLOWERS Lauren

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ask the knot squad We tapped our experts for answers to your most pressing questions.

CARLEY RONEY Cofounder, The Knot

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MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

BRITTANY LO CEO and founder, Beautini

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

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I’m not ready to commit to invitations, but I want to send out my save-the-dates. Do they have to match? CARLEY RONEY: Not at all. It’s important to think about the big picture, but not if it stresses you out (and takes the fun out of planning). Lots of couples send out extra-fun save-the-dates that speak more to their personalities than set a style statement for what’s to come. Send photo save-the-dates using your engagement pictures, or if you’re having lots of guests from out of town, mail personalized luggage tags with your wedding info. If you have a special furry friend, use this as an opportunity to include them in your wedding with a cute photo or illustration, or even incorporate your proposal. If you said “yes” in front of the Eiffel Tower, have a sweet Parisian twist, or if it was during a quiet game night at home, replicate the board game with the basic info for the wedding day. PLANNING

How can I tell if possible vendors are LGBTQ friendly? BRIT TNY DRYE: No one wants to have that conversation of, “Oh, by the way, I’m a woman marrying a woman, are you cool with that?” To avoid that awkward, and possibly heartbreaking, exchange, there are ways to determine if a wedding pro is equality minded before even sending an initial inquiry email. Do a deep dive into their online presence. Does their website contain same-sex couples? Do they use gender-neutral language? Do their social accounts proclaim excitement for same-sex marriage or have photos of same-sex couples? You can always go back to June 2015 to see if they posted about marriage equality too. And you can also see if they’re a preferred vendor of, or have had work featured on, equality-minded sites like The Knot or Love Inc.

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What are some budget-friendly activities to keep guests entertained at the cocktail hour or reception? MARY CHATMAN: If you’re having an outdoor wedding, include games like ring toss and Jenga. They’re fun and interactive, plus you can keep them for future backyard parties with friends. For the reception, Mad Libs or crossword puzzles at tables can be the perfect icebreaker to get your guests engaged in conversation. Don’t stress too much about providing entertainment during the reception— let your DJ or band take the lead and do what they do best. Remember: Dancing doesn’t cost a thing, and doing something like a soul train line is a great way to get guests on their feet and on the dance floor. You can even come up with your own routine to a specific song and teach your friends and family members as a way to ensure they’ll remember your wedding every time they hear that tune. >>

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I’ve tried on so many different dresses and I’m feeling really overwhelmed—what should my next step be? MARK INGR AM: Relax! Sometimes women put too much pressure on themselves to find “the one.” You already found your perfect person, so finding the dress should be a joyful part of the planning process. Start by recalling the styles you were first drawn to—did you love every cap-sleeve dress you tried on? Focus on this silhouette next time you shop, and plan to go with just one or two people whose opinion you really trust, as too many can confuse you. A lot of brides actually find it easiest to make their final decision while shopping alone. Beyond that, consider your venue and what will work with the location, style and theme you’ve planned. Most importantly, focus on what makes you feel good.

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My fiancé and I come from two different cultural backgrounds and are planning a fusion wedding. What’s the best way to honor traditions from both sides? SHAWNA GOHEL: There are so many ways to combine traditions, so have fun and think outside the box—whether that means choosing fashions from both cultures or choreographing a dance to music from each background. Start by looking at your families’ heritages to see if there’s any overlap between the two. If so, this can be a sweet shared ritual to showcase on your wedding day. Or choose one of your favorite customs from each side. Practice both or combine the two with a modern twist for a unique spin all your own. If you’d rather keep it simple, include a cultural element in traditional “I dos,” like adding Indian kundan jewelry to a classic white gown. Don’t be afraid to break the rules—do what feels right for you both.

I’ve heard a lot about airbrush makeup— should I consider it for my wedding? BRIT TANY LO: Airbrush is a popular option for bridal makeup, but it’s not for everyone. It really depends on your skin type. Consult with your makeup artist during your trial and see if they would recommend it for you. Then use your trial as a way to test the look. How do you feel about it initially? How do you think you look in it? How does it wear throughout the day? Both traditional and airbrush foundation should last all day, so try both to figure out which is best for you. In general, if you have normal to oily skin, airbrush may be a great choice, but if your skin tends to be dry, the makeup could get flaky. Another thing to consider is while airbrush application can be quicker, it can be harder to touch up after all those emotional happy tears. T R AV E L

What’s a US spot for my bachelorette party that isn’t been there, done that? HARMONY WALTON: While the tried-and-true boozy bachelorette weekend is always a hit, for a unique trip, seek out a locale that can pamper your group and offer fun activities a bit different from the typical beach day. For instance, Park City, Utah, and Beaver Creek, Colorado, have summer and winter activities that mix spa treatments and shopping with a bit of adventure. Skiing and snowshoeing will get your heart racing (and make a decadent hot chocolate taste even better), while an afternoon spent rafting and horseback riding is a good reason to enjoy a massage.

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DANIELLE REAL PHOTOGRAPHY

DanielleRealPhotography.com

MIDTOWN JEWELERS

MidtownJewelers.com

BIRDS OF A FEATHER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Airlie.com

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HELGA’S CATERERS

HelgasCatering.com

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON— A WYNDHAM GRAND HOTEL

WyndhamGeorgeWashington.com

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DC, MD, NORTHERN VA

THE EVENT GROUP INTERNATIONAL

MACKLERMEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY

EVENTS BY TRB

MADELEINE COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY

FAB AFFAIRS, LLC

wedding venues AIRLIE Airlie.com “Great venue with everything you need! The beautiful property, accommodating staff and incredible food made our wedding nothing less than perfect.”

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON— A WYNDHAM GRAND HOTEL WyndhamGeorgeWashington.com “Hands down the most beautiful venue imaginable! Plus the food, service and amenities are all above and beyond. Exceeded my expectations.” ANTRIM 1844 BIRKBY HOUSE BOWLING GREEN COUNTRY CLUB BRIAR PATCH BED & BREAKFAST INN THE COMUS INN AT SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN EAST LYNN FARM HARBOUR VIEW HERRINGTON ON THE BAY LINWOOD ESTATE MILTON RIDGE THE OSPREY’S AT BELMONT BAY

RASPBERRY PLAIN MANOR RIXEY MANOR RUST MANOR HOUSE

SRS EVENTS

photographers BIRDS OF A FEATHER PHOTOGRAPHY BirdsofaFeatherPhotos.com “The passion for photography is evident. It is not just another job for them—it’s as if they embrace you as family and become part of the experience.”

DANIELLE REAL PHOTOGRAPHY DanielleRealPhotography.com “The hardest working photographer— she didn’t stop moving the entire day. She takes command and has great ideas on how to problem-solve any situation.” A DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY WHIMBOY ANNA LIZ PHOTOGRAPHY

PATTY SCHUCHMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

menswear

PURPLE FERN PHOTOGRAPHY

HEYWOOD & RINGO

REBEKAH EMILY PHOTOGRAPHY ROMAN GRINEV PHOTOGRAPHY SARAH SHELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY THE TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER THE WEDDING MODE PHOTOGRAPHY WEDDINGS BY LEE

COLONIAL JEWELERS

videographers

MERVIS DIAMOND IMPORTERS

SHUTTER AND SOUND FILMS

hair, makeup & wellness

ShutterandSoundDC.com “I wish I could give 10 stars. These guys are THE best in the industry!”

BEAUTIFUL DREAM TEAM

CLEAR VISION VIDEOGRAPHY

BY ASA PHOTOGRAPHY

DAVID SALEBE FILMS

CREATIVE HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGN BY PERRY WARREN OF FRIZZLES

CALYPSO DIGITAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

FEELING WEDDING FILMS

CARL ELIXIR PHOTOGRAPHY CHERYL FINNEGAN PHOTOGRAPHY DANILA MEDNIKOV PHOTOGRAPHY + VIDEO ERIN KELLEHER PHOTOGRAPHY

JEFF SONG PHOTOGRAPHY JEN HARVEY PHOTOGRAPHY JENNA LEIGH PHOTOGRAPHY JENNY B PHOTOGRAPHY

GMS PHOTO AND VIDEO JUST HITCHED WEDDING FILMS KB PHOTOGRAPHY OLEA FILMS WELL SPUN WEDDINGS

photo booths EXCLUSIVELY ENTERTAINMENT WILD SMILES PHOTOBOOTH COMPANY

DC’S BRIDAL HAIR MAKEUP & SPA PARTY DITI DEVI MAKEUP ARTISTRY EYE DO MAKEUP & HAIR LLC HAIR AND MAKEUP UNVEILED MAKEUP AND HAIR BY ALINA KARAMAN METRO ELEGANCE DMV MG HAIR & MAKEUP NATALYA DIAMOND-FREELANCE MAKE UP ARTIST & HAIR STYLIST PRISCILLAM BEAUTY STYLEMEBAR

bridal salons

WAVE HAIR TRENDS

caterers

wedding planners

JESSICA NAZAROVA PHOTOGRAPHY

AVA LAURENNE BRIDE

A. GRIFFIN EVENTS

JOHN BARTENHAGEN PHOTOGRAPHY

THE BRIDAL ROOM

ALLISON BARNES EVENTS

JULIE DICARLO PHOTOGRAPHY

AMELIA LAWRENCE WEDDINGS

JUSTIN KUNIMOTO PHOTOGRAPHY

ARJ PRODUCTIONS

JUSTY PHOTOGRAPHY

CHANCEY CHARM

KENNETH JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

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MidtownJewelers.com “Midtown Jewelers provided excellent customer service, and their products are of superior quality. I will definitely be shopping there for our wedding bands!”

BYDESIGN FILMS DC

IRINA WHITMER PHOTOGRAPHY

EVENT DETAILS BY EDELINA

MIDTOWN JEWELERS

BEE TWO SWEET PHOTOGRAPHY

SWAN POINT YACHT AND COUNTRY CLUB

COVENANT WEDDINGS & OCCASIONS

rings & jewelry

ARISING LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

GMS PHOTO AND VIDEO

CHIC WEDDINGS & EVENTS

ZOYA’S ATELIER

NICHOLE HAUN PHOTOGRAPHY

ALISON HARPER & CO.–ON-SITE HAIR & MAKEUP

STOVER HALL

WHITEHALL ESTATE

ZAKAA BRIDE

BLU COUTURE WEDDING FILMS

ELEE PHOTOGRAPHY

WALDEN HALL

TLC BRIDAL BOUTIQUE INC.

ANNE CANON PHOTOGRAPHY

SHADOW CREEK WEDDINGS & EVENTS

VANDIVER INN

MODERN FRAMES PHOTOGRAPHY

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SIMPLY BREATHE EVENTS

LOVE COUTURE BRIDAL

BHLDN–GEORGETOWN CHERRY BLOSSOM BRIDAL ELEGANCE BY ROYA– OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA ELEGANCE BY ROYA– TYSONS CORNER

HELGA’S CATERERS HelgasCatering.com “They were so beyond incredible to work with, and our wedding wouldn’t have gone so smoothly if not for them!” A LA CARTE CATERING + EVENT DESIGN

LIFE GALLERY PHOTO & VIDEO

FASHION IRINA–CUSTOM WEDDING GOWNS

LIZ STEWART PHOTOGRAPHY

GLOBAL BRIDAL GALLERY

OLD BLUE BBQ

M HARRIS STUDIOS

I DO I DO

PURPLE ONION CATERING CO.

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AJDJ ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES

RESCUE FLATS

AJDJServices.com

wedding cakes & desserts

BELA SONO MUSIC

DANA’S CAKE SHOPPE

THE DAPPER DJS

EDIBLES INCREDIBLE DESSERTS

DJ DAVE ENTERTAINMENT

FLUFFY THOUGHTS

DJ LUCCIO

I WANT PRETTY CAKES,LLC

DJ PAUL ENTERTAINMENT– WEDDING DJ | UPLIGHTING

JUST ASK MO CUSTOM CAKES

BRYAN GEORGE MUSIC

GOOD EARTH FLOWERS AND EVENTS

JEWISH AND INTERFAITH WEDDINGS–CANTOR JIN MARSH

GROWING WILD FLORAL COMPANY

PREMIER WEDDING PASTORS

LE CHATEAU DE CRYSTALE

WEDDING CEREMONIES BY JEFF

NANA FLORAL · EVENT

WEDDING CEREMONIES WITH TIM

TRUE ARTISTRY

SUSSY’S CAKES

DOUBLE-E ENTERTAINMENT & PRODUCTIONS

VINTAGE FLORAL DESIGN

SWEET & SAVORY

IM THE DJ

TYSONS CAKES BAKERY

JJ&T ENTERTAINMENT

invitations

LUXOR DJ/UPLIGHTING SERVICES

J JACKSON DESIGN

bands

MARC AUGENBRAUM DJ SERVICES

BACHELOR BOYS BAND

MUSICAL DJS

EASTCOAST ENTERTAINMENT

PREMIER DJ SERVICES

ROLLEX BAND

SHEW-SICAL ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES

SAM HILL ENTERTAINMENT STEEL TOE STILETTO

djs AJDJ ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES

MODERN ERA

favors RESCUE FLATS

TITUS TOUCH MUSIC PROFESSIONAL DJ SERVICES

ensembles & soloists

CINDEROLLIES | BRIDAL PARTY BALLET FLATS

AJDJServices.com “AJDJ was absolutely amazing. So many people from our wedding commented the music and dancing made the wedding the best they’d been to.”

STEVEN VANCE ELECTRIC VIOLIN & STRINGS GROUPS

EXCLUSIVELY ENTERTAINMENT

AFFORDABLE ARRANGEMENTS

ExclusivelyEntertainment.com “I am still receiving calls from guests about how amazing the music and DJ were, and that they have never danced so much at a wedding before.”

CHIC WEDDINGS & EVENTS

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ULTIMATE FLORAL DESIGN

RescueFlats.com “By far my best detail! Every gal LOVED the Rescue Flats! The quality is awesome. Definitely recommend them—well worth it!”

THE CAPITAL CELTIC TRIO

wedding florists BLOSSOM AND BASKET BOUTIQUE DESIGNS BY OOCHAY FLORAL & EVENT DESIGN FLOWERS BY LISA

REV. DR. BEVERLY WRIGHT

SCENTSATIONAL FLORALS TWINBROOK FLORAL DESIGN

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ShutterandSoundDC.com

DOMINION WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT

LIBERTY BAKING CO.

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RescueFlats.com

PETITE25 STUDIOS

party rentals & service staff AIRPAC–AIR CONDITIONERS & HEATERS FOR TENTS & BARNS

lighting & décor EXCLUSIVELY ENTERTAINMENT MUSICAL DJS AND EVENT LIGHTING

honeymoon & travel ALLÉ TRAVEL PLANNING HONEYMOONS, INC.–ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT SPECIALISTS MODERN DESTINATION WEDDINGS PERFECT HONEYMOONS TRIPGUY TRAVEL

officiants & premarital counseling

gown cleaning & preservation

CEREMONY OFFICIANTS– REV. LAURA CANNON & ASSOCIATES

BEFITTED TAILORING CO.

CONTEMPORARY AND TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC WEDDINGS

wine, champagne & liquor

THE DC MARRIAGE KNOT– EQUALLY WEDDING

LAKEFRONT FINE WINE & SPIRITS

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NOUVELLE WEDDINGS SRS EVENTS

bridal salons

DEAN AND BROWN CATERING ZEFFERT AND GOLD CATERING

BRIDALS BY ELENA

wedding venues ANTRIM 1844 BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY THE BOND

photographers ANNE CANON PHOTOGRAPHY BRITTNEY LIVINGSTON PHOTOGRAPHY

BridalsbyElena.com “I am honestly not sure why you would waste your time going anywhere else! The best bridal shop in Maryland hands down. The customer service was excellent.”

wedding cakes & desserts ARTISTIC DESSERTS THE CAKE STUDIO

CHRISTA RAE PHOTOGRAPHY

CURVACEOUS COUTURE BRIDAL

FOCUS BAY PHOTOGRAPHY

FRANCESCA’S BRIDAL

GMS PHOTO AND VIDEO

JULIET’S BRIDAL COUTURE K & B BRIDALS

bands

HERRINGTON ON THE BAY

HOLLY KRINGER PHOTOGRAPHY

THE LODGES AT GETTYSBURG

JEN HARVEY PHOTOGRAPHY

LOVE COUTURE BRIDAL

BACHELOR BOYS BAND

MILTON RIDGE

JENNA LEIGH PHOTOGRAPHY

WREN BRIDAL

NIGHTLIFE BAND

PINEY BRANCH GOLF CLUB

LAUREN C PHOTOGRAPHY

RIVERDALE MANOR

LAUREN NIEVOD PHOTOGRAPHY

STONE GABLES ESTATE

hair, makeup & wellness

djs

LIFE GALLERY PHOTO & VIDEO

SWAN POINT YACHT AND COUNTRY CLUB

LISA WEBB PHOTOGRAPHY

ALISON HARPER & CO

LIVING RADIANT PHOTOGRAPHY

TABRIZI’S

ELENA LITTLE MAKEUP ARTIST

ROMAN GRINEV PHOTOGRAPHY

EMMEY MAKEUP ARTISTRY

VANDIVER INN

RYAN WETZEL PHOTOGRAPHY

MAKEUP BY POLINA PYSHKINA

THE WATERFALL CATERING AND SPECIAL EVENTS

SARA VARS PHOTOGRAPHY

UP-DO’S FOR I DO’S LLC

THE WATERFRONT HISTORIC KENT MANOR INN

videographers

THE BOOKING HOUSE HARVEST VIEW BARN AT HERSHEY FARMS

WYNDRIDGE FARM

CROW ENTERTAINMENT, LLC

WAVE HAIR TRENDS

A GOLDEN FOX

BIRD OF PARADISE EVENTS

JUST HITCHED WEDDING FILMS

EAST MADE EVENT COMPANY

MOVING MEMORIES VIDEO

ELLE ELLINGHAUS DESIGNS

SIENAR PRODUCTIONS

GMS PHOTO AND VIDEO

CrowEntertainment.com “Brian Crow and his staff are highly professional, reliable and talented. Do yourself a favor and hire Crow Entertainment for your wedding or special event!” C&J ENTERTAINMENT

caterers

COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS

ROUGE FINE CATERING

DISTRICT REMIX

DANCE MASTERS ENTERTAINMENT

RougeCatering.com “We are so happy with our decision to hire Rouge! The tasting was amazing. They accommodated crazy food allergies! I was in awe of how attentive they were!”

DJ JIMMY T ENTERTAINMENT LLC DJ PAUL ENTERTAINMENT

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BYDESIGN FILMS

CAKES BY RACHAEL

LUXOR MUSIC SERVICES MUSICMASTERS

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BridalsbyElena.com

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ROUGE FINE CATERING

RougeCatering.com

EXCLUSIVELY ENTERTAINMENT

ExclusivelyEntertainment.com

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invitations

THE LESNER INN THE MANOR HOUSE AT KINGS CHARTER

BLU COUTURE WEDDING FILMS

BACHELOR BOYS BAND

BYDESIGN FILMS

EASTCOAST ENTERTAINMENT

MONTFAIR RESORT FARM

CLEAR VISION VIDEOGRAPHY

SAM HILL ENTERTAINMENT

ON SUNNY SLOPE FARM

IAN’S CREATIONS

THE RENAISSANCE

KEITH REAGAN FILM & VIDEO

SORELLA FARMS C. 1827

SILVER STREAK WEDDINGS

STOVER HALL

TOAST WEDDING FILMS VIRGINIA

TWICKENHAM HOUSE WISTERIA RIDGE EVENT CENTER

wedding planners ALYSON TAYLOR EVENTS

JO SPICE COMPANY, INC.

BAXTER’S CREATIVE EVENTS

A SACRED MARRIAGE

CHANCEY CHARM

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officiants & premarital counseling ABIDING LOVE WEDDINGS

bands

THE MILL AT FINE CREEK

YOU’RE INVITED BY JAN

favors

videographers

BLUSH EVENTS CCS EVENTS EMILY WEDDINGS INC. EVENTS BY JACKLYN

CEREMONYBYRACHAEL LLC

EVENTS BY TRULY YOURS

ELEGANT CEREMONIES

FAB AFFAIRS, LLC

djs ASTRO ENTERTAINMENT BLACK TIE ENTERTAINMENT DJ HARVELL ENTERTAINMENT

photo booths

DJ WEST ENTERTAINMENT

ALL THE PROPS

THE MASTERS OF THE CEREMONY

BOARDWALK PHOTO BOOTH COMPANY

MUSIC MUSIC AND MORE MUSIC

DJS FOR LOVERS

SCRATCH WEDDINGS SMOOTH MOVES DJS

bridal salons

TITUS TOUCH MUSIC PROFESSIONAL DJ SERVICES

ANNALISE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE ASHLEY GRACE BRIDAL AVA CLARA COUTURE BRIDAL BLISS BRIDAL CONSIGNMENT SHOP

wedding florists FLUTTERING FLOWERS GATHER FLORAL DESIGN

CARYN’S BRIDALS, FORMALS & TUXEDOS

THE PROPER PETAL

MEN IN BLACK WEDDING OFFICIANTS

HANNAH HILDEBRANDT EVENTS

ELLAZ BRIDAL

SWEET PEA FLORAL DESIGN, LLC

HERE & NOW BRIDAL

TALL ELF WEDDINGS!

ROX BEACH WEDDINGS

NOMIROSE EVENTS, LLC

MILK & HONEY BRIDE

RICHMOND BRIDAL CONSULTING

STUDIO I DO BRIDALS AT ALL THE RAGE

dance lessons BEGINNING BALLROOM

SIMPLY PERFECT EVENTS SOIREES BY LAUREN, LLC STAG AND LILY

honeymoon & travel PARTNERS IN TRAVEL TRIPGUY TRAVEL

photographers ALEX MARI PHOTOGRAPHY CORTESE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILM

gown cleaning & preservation

CRYSTAL IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

THE JOY OF SEWING & EMBROIDERY SERVICE

F/ SCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

DAVID CHAMPAGNE PHOTOGRAPHY JUSTIN HANKINS PHOTOGRAPHY LEIGH SKAGGS PHOTOGRAPHY

VIRGINIA

wedding venues

MELISSA DURHAM PHOTOGRAPHY

REV. KEN LANE

URBAN SET BRIDE

menswear CLASSIC TUXEDOS & SUITS

party rentals & service staff PAISLEY & JADE– ECLECTIC & VINTAGE RENTALS

hair, makeup & wellness BRIDEFACE RICHMOND EYE DO MAKEUP & HAIR LLC

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TRANSFORMATIONS ARTISTRY

PHOTOGRAPHIC DREAMS REBECCA KEELING STUDIOS THIRTY-THREE PHOTOGRAPHY

HOLLYFIELD MANOR WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

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Dumbarton House 2715 Q St. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 337-2288; DumbartonHouse.org Stately and charming, this “home” is just right for a pair of history buffs celebrating with up to 70 guests for a seated dinner and dancing. As guests arrive, they can mingle among the period rooms, taking in the replicated federal-style architecture and interiors. After saying “I do” in the North Garden, host your reception in the slate-covered courtyard that connects to the ballroom under a tent or the stars.

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18 E. Chase St., Baltimore, MD; (410) 727-1112; ChaseCourt.com In the ceremony garden, 125 guests can look on as you tie the knot in a wisteriacovered pergola. Stay put for cocktail hour or move inside to the gothic-revival ballroom outfitted with arched glass windows, intricate historic woodwork and soaring ceilings. Consider a first look under the archway entrance that’s covered in roses and pyracantha or under the apricot tree filled with twinkle lights. TIP The site discounts celebrations booked from January through March by 25 to 50 percent.

9155 Pleasant Hill Lane, Rixeyville, VA; (434) 996-4281; RixeyManor.com Thirty acres comprise this private manor that holds up to 250 for a tented wedding (if connected to the ballroom). The property boasts peaceful surroundings and plenty of elegance too: Crystal chandeliers and antiques decorate the estate. All bookings last for the entire weekend, creating an intimate atmosphere. Make use of the rooftop terrace for the rehearsal dinner or cocktail hour and the front lawn overlooking the lake for your ceremony. TIP Lock in your date 12 to 18 months in advance to ensure you get your top pick.

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THEIR STORY After a Valentine’s Day proposal, Ashley Dean (30 and a fitness coach) and Tom Davis (42 and a business owner) looked to another h0liday to cap off their engagement: New Year’s Eve. “We wanted to have a nice event that friends and family could get dressed up for to ring in the new year,” Ashley says. The pair exchanged vows amid abundant pillar-topped arrangements of hydrangeas, garden roses, peonies, phalaenopsis orchids and ranunculus, with Tom’s daughters joining them at the altar. At the reception, exuberant details brought quintessential NYE flair, including Amy’s beaded gown and a champagne pass by servers dressed as “cigar girls.” —Becky Murray

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At dinner, the room’s mirrored ceiling reflected a marble-like design on the tabletops. To mark midnight, Tom surprised Ashley with confetti cannons and a light-up 2017 sign, while guests buzzed party horns and toasted with champagne. The pair then exited in a horse-drawn carriage through sparklers.

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• CAMBRIDGE, MD

ronnie & abe

Ronnie swapped her cathedral-length veil for a flower crown at the reception.

PHOTOGR APHY BY L AUREN FAIR PHOTOGR APHY

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THEIR STORY Veronica “Ronnie” Byron (25 and a manager) and Abram “Abe” Stiffler’s (29 and an electrical engineer) serendipitous meet-cute was at a best friend’s wedding back in 2012. For their own destination celebration over Memorial Day weekend, they decided to embrace DIY with the help of family, friends and even total strangers. The pair cold-called the owners of a private estate on Maryland’s southeastern shore to ask if they could book it as their venue. The answer: Yes. “It had a rustic, outdoorsy feel that represented Abe,” Ronnie says, “But through our style and décor, we were able to incorporate some boho and glamour, which represented me.” —BM

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Ronnie’s maid of honor designed the ombré escort card display and matching place cards, which complemented the bridesmaids’ ensemble. The family-filled day included an original song played and sung by the bride’s sisters at the ceremony, and a handmade quilt from Abe’s mom served as the guest book.

Ronnie’s sister created table numbers to sit atop mauve table runners. Hurricane vases and gold accents added elegance to the rustic scene.

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RONNIE & ABE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Lauren and Tim Fair/Lauren Fair Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Willow Tree Films

“The lodge was stunning on its own,” Ronnie says. “We didn’t have to do much to add to its beauty.” They set the mood with 500 strands of string lights and fabric draping. The two stationed their sweetheart table under an archway and hung a chandelier right above.

FLOWERS Lisa Hackman (family friend)

Hundreds of macarons, baked by Ronnie’s sister, were arranged to resemble a cake. Doughnuts were also on offer.

OFFICIANTS Colin Messer (groom’s

college professor); Ginny Teitt (family friend) GOWN Willowby by Watters, La Jeune HAIR &

Mariee, Columbus, OH DIY

VEIL Etsy.com

Designs

MAKEUP

SHOES Sseko

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Jeff Johnson & Co. EARRINGS

Francesca’s

BRIDESMAID DRESSES BHLDN

MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank

Julie Murphy/Sandpiper & Co

STATIONERY RENTALS

Best Event Rental; Parties Etc.; Pegasus Rental

CATERING Old Salty’s DESSERTS

Doughnuts: Bay Country Bakery; macarons: DIY (sister of the bride)

MUSIC Ceremony: DIY

(sisters of the bride); reception: Right Choice DJs FAVORS Old Bay

ACCOMMODATIONS

Best Western Plus Easton Inn & Suites REGISTRIES Anthropologie; Crate & Barrel;

Target

HONEYMOON Sandals Whitehouse,

Jamaica GUESTS 175 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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Florals: Bella Rose Floral & Designs

Venue: West Manor Estate

Photos: Hope Dalton Photography

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• WASHINGTON, DC

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First worn by her grandmother in 1941 and mom in 1974, Brittany’s dress was updated with a boat neck, deep V-back and large, flowing bow. A birdcage veil completed her retro look.

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THEIR STORY For Washington, DC, natives Brittany Branand (29 and a research scientist) and Alex Malson (30 and an attorney), choosing the Washington National Cathedral for their wedding was a no-brainer. “We have spent countless afternoons wandering the paths and admiring the surroundings, having picnics on the lawn and enjoying each other’s company,” Brittany says. They invited loved ones to parktake in many of those activities for their classic garden party made up of watercolor details, stately notes and a refined blue-on-blue palette. —BM

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In lieu of traditional favors, Brittany and Alex tucked handwritten notes inside calligraphed escort cards as a postwedding memento for guests. Another personal touch: A watercolor illustration depicting the couple in the cathedral’s garden appeared on the save-the-dates and on welcome bags.

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BRITTANY & ALEX’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE The Bishop’s Garden,

Washington National Cathedral, Washington,

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DC RECEPTION SITE Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC

“The Cathedral Nave, especially with its uplighting on the Gothic pillars, was beautiful but a bit imposing,” Brittany says. “We wanted to fill the space with warmth.” Deep pintuck navy linens, gardenia-filled arrangements gold chiavari chairs and compote vases did the trick.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Audra Wrisley Photography

PLANNER

& EVENT DESIGNER Caroline Dutton Events FLOWERS Floral & Bloom

OFFICIANT

The Honorable Harry T. Edwards (Groom’s godfather)

GOWN Heirloom; tailoring:

Green and Blue Studio, Washington, DC HAIR Georgetown Bride

Kazoun Artistry Etsy.com

MAKEUP Nour

VEIL MyJasmineCorner, SHOES Vince Camuto

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Jason

of Beverly Hills JEWELRY Necklace: family heirloom; bracelet & earrings: Jason of Beverly Hills Brothers

MENSWEAR Groom: Brooks STATIONERY Invitations: Just

Ink on Paper; programs: Etsy.com; escort cards & menus: Just Write Studios DC Rental; Pike Productions

RENTALS

CATERING,

CAKE & DESSERTS Spilled Milk Catering MUSIC Ceremony: Sage String Quartet;

The pair sliced a carrot cutting cake, the groom’s favorite flavor, but offered a variety of smaller treats for guests.

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cocktail hour: Sage Jazz; reception: Biz Markie TRANSPORTATION Limousines, Inc. ACCOMMODATIONS The Graham REGISTRY Zola.com

HONEYMOON

Thailand & Cambodia GUESTS 140 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• PURCELLVILLE, VA

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A real deer antler held the bride’s bouquet of roses and dahlias. To honor her late grandparents, Lyndsay attached her grandma’s locket bearing their photo.

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THEIR STORY Not ones to “dress up,” Lyndsay Johnston (27 and a facilities coordinator) and Cody Carlyle (23 and a salesman) set out to plan a wedding that combined country elements with sophistication. “We grew up in rural areas wearing boots, living on farms and embracing a casual lifestyle,” Lyndsay says. “We wanted everyone to feel that.” Deer antlers were a recurring motif for the festivities held at Cody’s family’s venue, Shadow Creek. They worked them into their custom logo, then used that design for invitations, favor decals and signage. For the bride, the lush ceremony arch was best in show. “I just stared at it from my window, taking it all in.” —BM

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LYNDSAY & CODY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Shadow

Creek Weddings & Events, Purcellville, VA

Vines and hanging wood votives decorated a rustic chandelier. The reception’s mixed assortment included oversize lanterns and mock whiskey barrels, plus place settings of mismatched china. “We used many items my mom had been purchasing over time at auctions, sales and online,” the bride says.

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The pair included the family horse, Gus, in a few postceremony pictures.

Alexandra Photographer

VIDEOGRAPHY

White Flair Productions

PLANNER Laura

Dee Events

FLOWERS Blossom & Vine

OFFICIANTS Arlie & Charlie Whitlow GOWN Alvina Valenta, Katherine’s Bridal

Boutique, Alexandria, VA

HAIR Jenny’s

Salon MAKEUP Makeup by Melissa Franklin VEIL Sara Gabriel

SHOES Corral Boots

ENGAGEMENT RING Zales WEDDING RINGS Bride: Zales; groom: Staghead Designs EARRINGS Etsy.com DRESSES David’s Bridal

Mens Wearhouse

BRIDESMAID MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Leah

Letters; programs: DIY, Michaels

RENTALS

Elegant Momentz; Event Studio; Select Event Group

CATERING P.I.G.S

CAKE

& DESSERTS Signature Sweets by Amanda;

cake topper: The Confetti Home

MUSIC

Ceremony & cocktail hour: Olivera Music Entertainment; reception: Zandi Entertainment FAVORS Mason jars: WebstaurantStore.com;

decals: Etsy.com

REGISTRY TheKnot.com

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

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...Needs YOUR Help! We here at Wish Upon a Wedding believe that every couple deserves to celebrate their love. We are a nonprofit organization that grants Wedding Wishes to adults who are facing life-altering circumstances or terminal illness. Their wish is to be married to their partner, but due to their illness, they often don’t have the time, money or resources to plan a wedding or vow renewal. With our incredible team of wedding vendors who donate their services, we are able to give our couples a day truly about them— and not their illness.

If you know an amazing couple whose love we can help celebrate, share their story with us at info@wishuponawedding.org!

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• WASHINGTON, DC

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Wine hues used in the bride’s bouquet of peonies, astilbe, roses, dusty miller, thistle, hydrangeas and scabiosa nodded to the winery venue.

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Wine bottles filled with baby’s breath and other wild flowers made for an on-theme escort display.

THEIR STORY

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First falling for the warm and intimate feeling of Brooklyn Winery years ago, Stephanie Williams (40 and a management company partner) and Rustin Moore (36 and an asset manager) felt certain the sister space, District Winery, wouldn’t disappoint. In fact, the couple booked the venue while the space was still under construction. The pair aimed for a “balance of casual and comfortable tied together with sophistication and class,” Stephanie says. After a ceremony that included gospel songs sung by family friends, guests moved to a jazz-filled cocktail hour, then sat down for a fried chicken dinner. —BM

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STEPHANIE & RUSTIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE District

Winery, Washington, DC Kate Headley

PHOTOGRAPHY

VIDEOGRAPHY Desmond

Touchstone, My Touch Films & EVENT DESIGNERS RJWhyte

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Candlelight and ivory and blush accents set a relaxed, romantic scene. Low arrangements with hydrangeas, scabiosa, Queen Anne’s lace, millet and seeded eucalyptus filled hammered votives and cleared the way for “sightseeing” from the floor-to-ceiling windows. “We were happy to find a venue in the heart of the District with gorgeous city views of the Potomac River and the quintessential DC monuments,” Stephanie says.

The two chose fan favorites for their cake and ice cream flavors: vanilla, boozy eggnog, salted caramel and cookie dough.

PLANNERS FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Reverend

C.W. Andrews

GOWN Romona Keveza,

New York City

HAIR Robin Tittley/RT

Design Suite MAKEUP Makeup by Marcus Miller

VEIL Honeycomb Veils

SHOES Christian Louboutin, Saks Fifth

Avenue

JEWELRY Bracelet: David Yurman;

earrings: heirloom

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

DressthePopulation.com

MENSWEAR Groom:

Rod Redmon; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY Invitations: Just Paper & Tea;

program & menu designer: Liqpix; printing: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Winery; Party Rental Ltd. Winery

RENTALS District CATERING District

CAKE Edibles Incredible Desserts

DESSERTS Ice Cream Jubilee

MUSIC

Ceremony: Crystal Jackson & Kenny Andrews; cocktail hour: Lou + 2 Jazz Trio; reception: LabSounds PHOTO BOOTH Party Favor Photo TRANSPORTATION Atlantic Services

Group

ACCOMMODATIONS Canopy by

Hilton Washington DC The Wharf; Hyatt Place National Mall; Mandarin Oriental REGISTRIES Bloomingdales; Pottery Barn;

Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON French

Polynesian Islands: Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• NORFOLK, VA

brittany & tanner PHOTOGR APHY BY MICHAEL AND CARINA PHOTOGR APHY

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THEIR STORY When Brittany Pilkington (23 and a marketing director) was 10 years old, two fateful events occurred. First, she met the man she’d marry, Tanner Baine (23 and works in sales), at tennis camp, and second, she visited the Chrysler Museum of Art for the first time and decided she had to wed there. More than a decade later, the pair threw a vintage-inspired celebration that harmonized with the museum’s modern details. The couple exchanged vows in front of a dramatic staircase with an arched flower wall as their altar. At cocktail hour, guests sipped old-fashioneds and blueberry mojitos, and later went home with dusty-blue and blush macarons, while the newlyweds rode off in a classic Phantom Rolls-Royce. —BM

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The on-palette dessert combined vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate cake with cookies and cream frosting.

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Virginia is for lovers. And there’s lots to love at Pippin Hill. Especially weddings.

Pippin Hill’s vistas overlooking our lush vineyards and the dreamy Blue Ridge Mountains are complemented by expertly designed event venues. Every detail has been carefully thought through

Jose Villa

to make your wedding seamless. Our Granary is ideal for seated dinners or dancing, and our Veranda is a romantic alfresco option for cocktails. From bridal showers and post-wedding day brunches in the Reserve Room to indoor/outdoor ceremony and reception options, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is an all-season, flexible, fullservice venue for the ultimate in wine country weddings. www.pippinhillfarm.com

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BRIT TANY & TANNER

A floral envelope liner and watercolor illustration of the venue brought charm to the couple’s suite and later inspired their cake. At the reception, dusty-blue linens, blush flowers, and grey and navy accents softened the existing space, while sheer runners and mercury glass vessels added vintage glam.

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BRITTANY & TANNER’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Chrysler

Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

PHOTOGRAPHY

Michael and Carina Photography

PLANNER

Antonia Christianson Events EVENT DESIGNER &

FLOWERS Isha Foss Design

Reverend Ken Lane

OFFICIANT

GOWN Cristiano Lucci,

Maya Couture, Norfolk, VA

HAIR Stephanie

Boyce MAKEUP Dhalia Edwards Makeup VEIL Maya Couture, Norfolk, VA

Badgley Mischka

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT RING

Custom WEDDING RINGS Diamonds Direct EARRINGS Saks Fifth Avenue DRESSES Adrianna Papell

BRIDESMAID MENSWEAR

Groom: Hart Schaffner Marx; groomsmen: Studio I Do, Virginia Beach, VA PaperDolls Design

STATIONERY

RENTALS Mad Hatter

Vintage; Stage Right Lighting Weddings & Special Events

CATERING Cuisine & Company

CAKE Incredible Edibles Bakery ICE CREAM Cold Stone Creamery

MUSIC Astro

Entertainment OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Snapqube

FAVORS Hummingbird Macarons

TRANSPORTATION Royal Coach Limousine ACCOMMODATIONS Hilton Norfolk

The Main

REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond;

Honeyfund.com; Target

HONEYMOON Europe

cruise GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Authentic South & North Indian Cuisine

FROM INTIMATE GATHERINGS TO WEDDINGS & OTHER TRADITIONAL EVENTS We give you the peace of mind to mingle and make memories while we handle all aspects of food preparation, delivery and display. We have dishes to suit every event, and our food is made to order from the finest and freshest ingredients. For catering or dining in, choose Pepper Club for exceptional quality and exceptional taste.

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

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The couple booked Doe Creek Farm for their multievent celebration because of its sweeping views.

JULY 22

• PEMBROKE, VA

danielle & rohan PHOTOGR APHY BY MEGHANN CHAPMAN PHOTOGR APHY

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The pair had both a Hindu ceremony under a mandap and a Chinese tea ceremony using the bride’s family china.

THEIR STORY In just seven months, Danielle Wang (30 and an attorney) and Rohan Kalyan (35 and a professor) pulled off a two-day affair with three ceremonies and four dresses. “Given that both Indian and Chinese weddings are so lively, we chose bright, bold colors centered around red, which is the heart of the Indian and Chinese wedding palette,” Danielle says. The wedding blended traditions effortessly, as seen with the favors that mixed bottle openers with a double happiness symbol and lucky elephant luggage tags. —BM

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DANIELLE & ROHAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Doe Creek

Farm, Pembroke, VA

PHOTOGRAPHY

Meghann Chapman Photography

PLANNER

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FLOWERS The Moss & Rose

OFFICIANTS

Hindu Ceremony: Gurpreet Singh; Civil Centerpieces with zinnias, lilies and snapdragons brought color to the gold-accented reception. Danielle’s bright qipao honored her own heritage, while mehndi, appiled two days before the wedding, paid tribute to Rohan’s. The groom and his family took part in a baraat with bright balloons in hand.

Ceremony: Todd A. Gray

GOWNS Maggie

Sotterro, Chantilly Lace Bridals, Blacksburg, VA; Deepali Shah, The Mall at Oak Tree, Edison, NJ; ModernQipao.com MAKEUP Makeup by Ravishing

HAIR & VEIL

Chantilly Lace Bridals, Blacksburg, VA SHOES Western: Blue by Betsey Johnson;

Indian: ASOS.com; Chinese: Amazon.com ENGAGEMENT RING Catbird WEDDING RINGS Diamonds Direct JEWELRY Necklace:

Amazon.com; earrings: Avah and Ella; Etsy.com; Genevive.Jewelry; tikka: Ebay.com; bracelets: Kenneth Cole; Ebay.com BRIDESMAID DRESSES JJsHouse.com MENSWEAR Michael Kors, Chantilly

Lace Bridals, Blacksburg, VA Minted.com

STATIONERY

RENTALS Doe Creek Farm

CATERING & ICE CREAM Mikie’s 7th CAKE Our Daily Bread Bakery & Bistro MUSIC Quest Entertainment

FAVORS

Beau-coup; Kate Aspen; Saitec, Amazon.com TRANSPORTATION Tangent Outfitters ACCOMMODATIONS Hyatt Place Blacksburg/

University

HONEYMOON Barcelona, Spain

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

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AUGUST 19

• CHESTERTOWN, MD

rachel & ben PHOTOGR APHY BY

AMELIA JOHNSON PHOTOGR APHY

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THEIR STORY Rachel Gentilucci (29 and a teacher) spent her summers in Bethany Beach and Ben Sammon (30 and a project manager) grew up near Annapolis, so throwing a boho wedding on the Eastern Shore made them feel right at home. The venue’s grounds inspired the day’s natural white, blue and green palette and personal, understated details. A friend designed the pair’s simple invitation suite, while the bride painted a welcome watercolor map. Another pal officiated their waterside ceremony under an arch covered in flowers and sheer draping. —BM

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Tusculum Farm. Helping People Celebrate Life. Tusculum Farm is the premier B&B and events venue, perfectly located between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. The Farm is the ideal setting for gatherings of all sizes and fully customizable to your needs and desires. Nowhere else can you get these luxury accommodations on a true working farm–operating since 1747– not to mention the opportunity to take over the whole place for your entire special weekend (no 5-hour time blocks here!). With over 500 acres of never-ending views, crops, and animals alike, there is no setting like it for your special day. TUSCULUMFARM.COM • @TUSCULUMFARM 1.833.RED.BARN

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R ACHEL & BEN

RACHEL & BEN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Brittland

Manor, Chestertown, MD

PHOTOGRAPHY

Amelia Johnson Photography

PLANNER

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Barefoot Events + Design & Clover Floral Design To stand out from his groomsmen, Ben wore a white tie rather than a sage green one. At the reception, airy linens and greenery created a fresh, lighthearted vibe. Guests dined family style on crab cakes, then enjoyed a semi-naked German buttercream cake that combined red velvet cake with Smith Island yellow cake filled with chocolate fudge and crushed peanut butter cups.

Zametkin (friend)

FLOWERS Crimson OFFICIANT Molly

GOWN Mira Zwillinger,

Carine’s Bridal Atelier, Washington, DC

HAIR

Maggie Carmouze MAKEUP Makeup by Kevan HEADPIECE Keren Wolf

Choo

SHOES Jimmy

ENGAGEMENT RING Tiny Jewel

Box WEDDING RINGS Bride: BlueNile.com; groom: Staghead Designs EARRINGS Nordstrom

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various

MENSWEAR Groom: TheTieBar.com;

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La Tavola; On Your Mark Lighting Design & Equipment Catering

CATERING Rouge Fine

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Entertainment Limousines Manor Zola.com

TRANSPORTATION Prince ACCOMMODATIONS Brittland

REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; HONEYMOON Portugal

GUESTS 210 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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The brides borrowed jewelry from their moms: pearl earrings and a bracelet for Eve and diamond earrings for Melissa.

JUNE 17

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THEIR STORY In Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum, natives Eve Finstein (32 and a project manager) and Melissa Schreibstein (37 and a trainer and leadership coach) found a fit. “We wanted something with character that went beyond a standard ballroom,” Eve says. The artsy backdrop influenced many wedding details. Their invite design resembled painted brush strokes, and the party was splashed with color. The brides’ brothers wore pink yarmulkes and guests drank bright Orange Crush, Baltimore’s signature sip. After a Jewish ceremony, the newlyweds entered the reception to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls).” There, guests found escort cards printed on coasters, an ode to the pair’s love of craft beer. —BM

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“We wanted our wedding to reflect our relaxed, silly nature, yet still have all of the comforts needed to ensure guests had fun,” Eve says. Patterns and pops of pink, blue and green lent a whimsical atmosphere to the day, and garden roses and ranunculus dressed up the confetti cake.

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Visionary Art Museum

PHOTOGRAPHY

Jacqueline Schlossman/Readyluck Photographers VIDEOGRAPHY Bowen Films

Magnolia Bluebird Design & Events Crimson & Clover Floral Design Cantor Jan Morrison HAIR &

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Bride, Washington, DC Keep

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ENGAGEMENT RING Tiffany & Co. WEDDING RINGS BrilliantEarth.com JEWELRY Family

heirlooms

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STATIONERY Inviting LeeLee

RENTALS

Fabrication Events; John Farr Lighting Design; AFR Furniture Rental

CATERING Zeffert

and Gold Catering and Event Planning CAKE Sweets by E

Artists Limousines

MUSIC Chris Stiles/Élan

TRANSPORTATION American ACCOMMODATIONS Baltimore

Marriott Waterfront; Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor

REGISTRY Zola.com

HONEYMOON Costa Rica GUESTS 220 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Rustic Charm. Modern Elegance.

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

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ARDEN & BROCK AUGUST 27 • GRAND LAKE, CO

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The Dallas-based couple chose Grand Lake, Colorado, as a destination because Brock’s family has spent their summers there for five generations. There’s even a waterfall named after his great-great grandfather. With a sunset-pink palette for the ceremony and a nautical-inspired reception, they put together a fun day that never lost its elegance.

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One wedding crasher—a moose!—had to be escorted out by animal control.

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Grand Lake, CO During cocktail hour, an oyster shucker roamed among guests. Later, the couple took their first dance to “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis, a song they both grew up listening to. “The lyrics are silly but also incredibly romantic,” Arden says. “The intimacy of the evening is something I’ll cherish forever.”

PHOTOGRAPHY Rachel

Havel Photography Films

VIDEOGRAPHY ByDesign

PLANNER Emily Clarke Events

FLOWERS Bows and Arrows

Pastor David Heil

GOWN &

OFFICIANT VEIL Monique

Lhuillier, Warren Barrón Bridal, Dallas

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MAKEUP Dana Rae Ashburn/Dana Rae Makeup SHOES Tabitha Simmons

WEDDING RINGS

Dallas Auction Gallery JEWELRY Warren Barrón Bridal

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo

MENSWEAR Groom: Knot Standard; Neiman

Marcus; groomsmen: Gitman Bros; Knot Standard STATIONERY Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper;

programs, escort cards & menus: The Detail Department; calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher

RENTALS Event Rents; Pink

Monkey Solutions; P.O.S.H. Couture Rentals CATERING & DESSERTS Epicurean Group MUSIC The Nation

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TRANSPORTATION Grand Lake ACCOMMODATIONS Airbnb.com

REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s; The Ivy House;

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Begin your life together where the sand meets the sea.

Our luxury weddings can accommodate dreams of all sizes and personalities. Experience your fairy tale oceanfront wedding amidst natural beauty and flawless service at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. To begin your happily ever after, visit ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.

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COURTNEY & JOHN MAY 7 • CANCUN

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Courtney Caplan, 38, an event planner GROOM John Young, 30 HOW THEY MET Through working events—and had to keep their romance a secret from coworkers! WEDDING STYLE Taking inspiration from the natural surroundings, the oceanside affair had shades of taupe, blush, black and mixed metallics. —ER “I’ve been planning weddings for 17 years,” Courtney says. “It was time for me to plan my own.” The bride chose a blush dress accented with peonies, beach waves fit for the venue and her grandmother’s bracelet from 1927. The couple even paraded down the beach alongside fire dancers and a drum line.

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After a ceremony under a floral chuppah, guests visited a “shoe valet” to slip on flip flops for dinner on the beach. Courtney does advise working with local vendors—some of the flowers got held up in airport customs, but having event pros as guests came in handy, and they luckily arrived hours before the wedding.

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YOUR MOMENT. Celebrated in New Orleans’ most gracious setting. 300 Gravier Street | New Orleans, LA 70130 | 504.596.4787 | windsorcourthotel.com/weddings

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Diana M. Lott Photography; SMS The couple’s dogs Roux and Olive joined the ceremony in cake topper form, sitting atop a tres leches cake with traditional Otomi decorations. After dinner, guests were escorted to the pool terrace for dancing, where a band played and fireworks went off over the ocean to Fun’s “We Are Young.”

Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY Cancun

Wedding Video

PLANNER Caplan

Miller Events

FLOWERS Canteiro

Weddings; David Kurio Designs Rabbi David Lyon

OFFICIANT

GOWN Monique

Lhuillier, Casa de Novia, Houston

HAIR

Whitney Paul/Mirror Mirror MAKEUP Mandy Wright/Yellow Pear Caovilla

SHOES Rene

ENGAGEMENT RING Finn Jewelry

WEDDING RINGS Bride: Finn Jewelry;

groom: Piaget JEWELRY Necklace: Tendenza; earrings: Heidi Gibson Capra & Cavelli

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Méldeen

RENTALS Canteiro Weddings; Planner

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CATERING,

Nizuc Resort & Spa

CAKE & DESSERTS MUSIC Ceremony

and reception: Elan Artist Group; reception: DJ Rich Life

FAVORS Gifts for the Good

TRANSPORTATION Maritur DMC

ACCOMMODATIONS Nizuc Resort & Spa;

“Source from local vendors when you can,” Courtney says of planning a destination wedding.

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shades for every season Sunny or crisp, colorful or muted, we’ve got pretty palettes for any time of the year. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

The season when you’re hosting your wedding can determine a lot about the event— your outfits, your location, your vibe and even your color palette. We’ve done part of the planning prep for you, combing through hundreds of color swatches to dream up eight fresh and festive combinations perfectly suited for whenever you hold your celebration. >>

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fall feminine and moody wine, lavender, petal, clover

Saturated burgundy offset with light pink and lavender results in a balanced palette perfect for a romantic and feminine autumn affair. The softer pastel shades keep the fall-favorite wine hue from feeling too dark or dramatic. HOW TO USE IT There’s simply nothing prettier than rich oxblood florals, so bring in the deep shade by working burgundy buds (like fluffy peonies, oversize dahlias or unique scabiosa) into your bridal bouquet, altar display or table arrangements. Your wedding party will look stunning in shades of lavender and petal (dresses for the gals, ties or pocket squares for the gents), while a vibrant clover green can be captured through an outdoor venue’s surroundings. This is the perfect palette for a late-September alfresco affair, where you can still host a fete outdoors but want to bring in color pairings that are a bit more seasonally appropriate. >>

fall fresh and rustic pumpkin, blush, french blue, forest

WHY IT WORKS Think of these hues as a tribute to the season’s prettiest shades. A rustic orange strays from its Halloween counterpart thanks to the addition of cool gray-blue and rich forest green. Add a few touches of soft, understated blush and you have a fall-inspired palette that’s anything but expected. HOW TO USE IT This quartet of colors is so versatile, you can find them a home among virtually any aspect of your wedding day. Team pumpkin and pink florals together in terra-cotta vases for eye-catching centerpieces, or work the rich orange hue in a whiskey-based signature cocktail (cheers to that!). Bridesmaids will be absolute knockouts in über-flattering deep green, but it could also be an unexpected color for a groom’s jacket. Reinforce your chosen hues with scenic outdoor couples portraits to naturally work in these shades with help from the fall foliage.

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Stephanie Messick Photography

Picture Perfect Weddings Birds of a Feather Photography

Stunning settings. Gourmet menu selections. Experienced wedding professionals.

Warrenton, VA • 540-347-1300

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winter dramatic and daring slate, mauve, eggplant, ink

If a glam evening affair is what you and your partner are envisioning, then these picks are for you. Shades of purple and an almost-black blue may not be what first comes to mind when you think of drama and elegance, but trust us when we say this mix of mauve, eggplant and ink will lead to a jawdropping affair. Offset by a slightly industrial slate gray, you won’t need much else to make this posh palette stand out. HOW TO USE IT Up the impact of your stationery suite by pairing dusty mauve and eggplant with delicate gold foil accents (a watercolor motif goes a long way in making it feel modern). Then, carry the shades into your day with details that pack a design punch, like elegant draping in your reception venue, velvet table linens and overflowing centerpieces that feature glam flowers like roses and ranunculus. Guests won’t know what to Instagram first. >>

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winter refined and natural emerald, peacock, tropical green, gold

WHY IT WORKS A mix of green shades lets you bring the vibrancy of the outdoors in, even if it’s the dead of winter. Traditional emerald green comes alive with the addition of party-ready teal and gold, resulting in a fun yet sophisticated palette that will look stunning in your photographs—and in person too. HOW TO USE IT Swap the idea of florals for a greenery-packed wedding (good news—it’s totally in), complete with fern bouquets and a sprawling vine table runner. Play up the festive atmosphere with hits of gold in your tabletop accents (think: a gilded leaf charger, gold-rimmed wine glasses or even gold-plated flatware) and encourage your girls to rock accessories in the shiny metal. An ombré display of emerald, peacock and tropical green escort cards would surely make a statement, as would day-of paper goods, like your dinner menu or program, in the same hues.

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Overhills Mansion

Placed gently atop a rise in the lush Patapsco Valley, this historic mansion and our one-of-a-kind event and catering staff will help make your vision a reality.

410.744.0400 - OVERHILLSMANSION.COM

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spring sweet and sophisticated plum, violet, orchid, haze

Pantone named Ultra Violet its “it” color in fashion and design for 2018, so think of this palette as our wedding-ready take on that saturated shade. Slightly toned-down purple picks like plum, violet and orchid team together for a monochromatic look that certainly isn’t boring or bland. HOW TO USE IT Everywhere! Quiet colors like these will feel formal and intentional when sprinkled throughout your event, so try to work them into a bit of everything. Fresh lavender pairs with a variety of menu options, like an infused honey for the cheese platter or pale lavender-colored (and flavored) macaron favors. When it comes to your ceremony and reception, look for slightly more structured ways to work in these shades to keep it from skewing too sweet. Shapely florals, like orchids, or crinkle taffeta tablecloths add just the right amount of visual interest. >>

spring pretty and preppy sand, buttercup, blossom, breeze

WHY IT WORKS Quintessentially spring in appearance, these stunning selects go together as naturally as you and your soon-to-be spouse. A barely there blue and grounding neutral taupe successfully balance out saccharine butter yellow and pale pink for a just right palette that practically screams romance. HOW TO USE IT Pastels are inherently sweet, so don’t try to fight that feeling. Instead, play up the fluff factor with over-the-top accents like a rose-covered ceremony backdrop and aisle runner arrangements. You’ll easily find florals you love in soft yellow and pink, so use décor accessories to bring in the breezy blue and sandy cream. Sky-tinted glassware and charger plates work as a pretty tabletop addition, while a combination of sand and breeze would make for a seriously beautiful wedding party look (your bridesmaids can even double as your “something blue”).

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SPECIAL DAY Make the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant your wedding destination. Located just footsteps from George Washington’s historic estate, the Mount Vernon Inn is an ideal location for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and much more.

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These picks are so adaptable, it doesn’t matter where you’re hosting your wedding day—they’ll feel just as at home against a tropical Floridian backdrop as they will in the lush forests of Maine. Keeping the saturation level of the greens more muted ensures the combination isn’t too in-your-face or overwhelming. HOW TO USE IT Sticking within a single color range is all about playing with textures, so incorporate a variety of them throughout your day. When it comes to a wedding day backdrop, the great outdoors is your friend, so opt for simple accents that serve to reinforce, not disguise, the organic vibe it creates. Greenery-centric floral displays (coupled with white blooms) and a focus on farm-to-table food helps hammer home the one-with-nature theme. For a final touch, have your bridesmaids add sprigs of a hearty green, like rosemary, to their updos.

summer fiery and fresh poppy, lipstick, coral, persimmon

WHY IT WORKS Bright, bold shades will bring the energy, so if you and your partner want to throw a party-til-you-drop bash where guests barely leave the dance floor, these hues are the perfect picks. Lipstick pink feels way less juvenile when matched with a punchy poppy, juicy persimmon and vivacious coral. Basically, fun is pretty much a given when these shades show up. HOW TO USE IT Don’t be afraid to combine all four of these personality-packed colors onto one item—the bolder, the better. Try asking your baker for painterly frosting brushstrokes on your cake, or work with your stationer to combine the hues on an attention-grabbing invitation suite. Bridesmaids will also look fab in a mix of the pigments. Tie the whole look together by having each of them carry a bouquet filled to the brim with lush and colorful florals like coral charm peonies, poppies and tulips.

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The most memorable weddings are ones that truly reflect the couple throwing them, and incorporate thoughtful details and special touches that really speak to who they are. When it comes to planning your dream day, you’ll want to make each decision with an ultra-personalized mind-set. This includes, selecting the menu, choosing the favors and deciding on the venue where you’ll host all your loved ones. To help, we’ve narrowed in on the top locations for your personality type to ensure you and your partner throw a bash that’s totally you. >>

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YOU ARE COASTAL COOL A relaxed, effortless duo who loves all things sun, sand and surf. Your ideal wedding day is a no-frills affair with good old Mother Nature lending most of the décor. YOUR SPOT A BEACH When seeking out your ideal wedding venue, look to the water. A beach bash will give that effortless vibe you and your partner crave, and guests will love toasting your union among swaying palm trees and a salt-strewn breeze. Host just your vows directly on the shore for added ease, then move onto a beachfront pavilion or club for the reception. If you prefer the whole party take place on the coastline, book the stretch of sand ahead of time with the city and check local ordinances to get the lowdown on what is (and isn’t) allowed when it comes to catering, alcohol, rentals, noise and more.

Soon-to-be spouses who seek elegance at every turn. Your dream wedding is heavy on the shine, glitz and glam, and would probably give the royal wedding a run for its money. YOUR SPOT A BALLROOM Get everything you want in one pretty package with a chic ballroom wedding. Nearly every formal party space is outfitted with luxe chandeliers and glam accents like crown molding or a mirrored dance floor, so your need for sparkle will be more than met. Add some overflowing vessels of high-end blooms (garden roses or peonies) and metallic accents (chiavari dining chairs and gold charger plates) to pack in the drama. To ensure your guests have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, tee up some jaw-dropping moments for them, like flame-throwing mixologists or roaming ballerinas toting dessert bites. When it comes to an event this over-the-top, the sky’s truly the limit.

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YOU ARE FUN FOODIES A couple whose love for food and entertaining is eclipsed only by your affection for one another. Your aim: to throw a boisterous, delicious and memorable affair where the wine is flowing and the food is unforgettable. YOUR SPOT A VINEYARD Look into hosting your family and friends at a nearby vineyard for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever. The bucolic setting will deliver big on the ambience, so you’ll likely have to bring little in the way of décor (a few strings of bistro lights to make the wine cask room glow). Most vineyards are well versed in hosting weddings, but inquire about their harvest season when booking your date—a late August wedding may be your dream day, but if that’s when the team at the vineyard harvests their grapes (as many do), then you’re in for a lot of added commotion on the grounds. Past that, bottle the charm of your venue (literally) by including special vineyard-themed add-ons to your reception, like a “wine flight” cocktail hour or special pairing menu for dinner. >>

go green The bucolic setting of a vineyard will deliver big on ambience, so you’ll likely have to bring in little décor (a few strings of bistro lights to make the cask room glow).

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As a twosome unafraid of making a statement, you eschew tradition in place of unexpected aesthetic choices that are all your own. You want a wedding that’s anything but the traditional “I dos” and reception. YOUR SPOT A LOFT Surprise and delight guests by transforming an industrial loft into a totally cool event space. While this bare-bones venue isn’t for the faint of heart (there’s a lot of planning that needs to happen to make it suitable for guests), it promises big payoff in the cool department, thanks to exposed brick walls and factory-like piping and windows. Make sure any venue you choose has the modern comforts necessary to host an event, like electricity, plumbing and bathrooms. Play up the edgy vibe with moody accents like black flatware and industrial furniture. Want to really wow? A statement-making extra, like a neon sign or marquee lights in your initials, will really push the envelope. YOU ARE NATURE NUTS

An adventure-loving team always on the hunt for the next fun weekend activity. Your dream day (make that weekend) involves treating your loved ones to a few of the heartthumping adventures that had you falling in love in the first place. YOUR SPOT A CAMP Steal away to summer camp for your event. Often a whole weekend affair, a wedding on the grounds of a summer camp (or a spot dedicated to adults-only weekends) means

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one thing for your guests: fun. Traditional wedding events are replaced with childhood favorites, like a capture-the-flag welcome party, a wedding day spent on the lake or a morning-after kickball game. When it comes to throwing a successful camp wedding, communication with your guests is key. Your choice of venue may mean modifications in attire (heels and mulch don’t mix) or accommodations (Aunt Sue is going to want to know if she’s sleeping in a tent, so she can look for nearby hotels) are necessary, so be clear from the start regarding what the weekend entails. >>

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5 questions to ask before booking your venue These must-asks leave nothing to chance. What’s the driving distance from your ceremony space? If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure guests won’t be stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour.

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2 As you plan, going above and beyond to ensure guests’ comfort is paramount—just because you’re hanging in the woods doesn’t mean everyone wants to rough it. Trust us—no one will feel their party best if you forget the bug spray or they haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep in three days. YOU ARE POSH PREPS A classy pair who appreciates the finer things in life. You imagine your day having a refined elegance and ageless appeal that will be just as “in” 10 or 20 years from now. YOUR SPOT A COUNTRY CLUB Book a country club locale to bottle a preppy meets timeless vibe. From immaculately maintained greens to tailored interiors, a country club is a posh and practical choice. Not only will you have a beautiful blank slate to work with aesthetically, but country clubs often have the added perk of having everything you need for your wedding day already included (an in-house catering team, tabletop rentals, bar setup, dance floor and so on), so you can dedicate less time to planning the nitty-gritty (must-have) details of your day and more time concentrating on the fun stuff, like coming up with signature sips and fun signs, or ways for you to work in your family’s tartan. You can reinforce the country club feel by hiring an artist to draw up your own couples’ “crest” and put the insignia on everything from cocktail napkins to your dance floor (and use it throughout your home postwedding).

Is the venue near any hotels? This could impact your decision to book if guests have to drive a long way to get from their hotel to the venue and back, especially if transportation isn’t provided. Usually, anything over 30 minutes is a big ask.

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When choosing the flowers for your wedding bouquet and centerpieces, you’ll want to pay attention to what’s in budget, in palette and in season. But why not add an additional layer of significance to the blooms you surround yourself with on your wedding day? We’ve chosen some of the prettiest picks out there, all with touching meanings that are just made for weddings. They’ll be the perfect addition to your bouquet and centerpieces on one of the most important days of your life. >>

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Known to symbolize lasting affection and daily remembrance, zinnias are a natural favorite for weddings thanks to the variety of available colors, sizes and shapes.

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prim and proper A tight, round bundle of blooms in an ombré of blush shades is perfect for the traditional bride. Romantic peonies go well in style and meaning with equally chic ranunculus, which symbolize radiant charm.

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peony Brides love peonies for their lush, fluffy petals. They stand for love and a happy marriage, the perfect sentiment for the most romantic day ever.

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Admired by gardeners and professional florists alike, hydrangeas represent “heartfelt emotions.”

rich and saturated While hydrangeas are well known for their use in preppy affairs, they’re very versatile blooms. For a moody, autumn-inspired bouquet, combine an antique plum hue with dahlias.

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orchid The symbol for beauty, refinement and fertility, orchids are both a delicate and eye-catching choice.

refined and elegant A standout bouquet of pure white orchids becomes even more graceful when arranged in a traditional cascading shape. The sweeping style was made famous in part by Princess Diana, who carried a 42-inch long cascading bouquet of white orchids, roses and myrtle on her wedding day. >>

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playful and pretty Use accessible (and inexpensive) dusty miller leaves to add softness and a touch of sage green to any bouquet. Here, they offset a colorful display of pink spray roses, white ranunculus and scabiosa.

Representing happiness and delicacy, dusty miller is a well-loved filler thanks to its sage hue and velvety soft leaves.

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garden rose singular and sweet Gorgeously delicate and available in a range of pretty pink and burgundy shades, astilbe is a great (and inexpensive) stand-alone flower for your bridesmaids to tote down the aisle.

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Roses are an iconic wedding bloom for good reason. As a symbol of love, honor and beauty, they’re right at home on a day of celebration.

The great thing about the large variety of roses available nearly year-round is mixing and matching a few types to get exactly the look you want. Pair your rose picks with equally glam ranunculus and stock flowers for a truly unforgettable arrangement.

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A perennial favorite thanks to their stunning shape and range of hues, dahlias are packed with a variety of meanings, including strength and grace under pressure.

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For a combo that’s so you, try an everyday pick, like sunflowers, with an “out there” variety, like orange pincushions or a king protea. Bonus: The spiky tropical stem stands for change and transformation— kind of like going from Miss to Mrs.

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sunflower Standing for adoration and dedication, a bouquet filled with cheery yellow sunflowers practically says your vows for you.

local spotlight: the proper petal The Virginia florists share what trends are inspiring them, plus advice for to-be-weds. ABOUT THE EXPERTS

SHARE YOUR VISION

GO OUTSIDE THE BOX

GO BIG AND BOLD

CONSIDER YOUR BUDS

Kristen and Sarah are the partners behind The Proper Petal. They bring their personal tastes, style and skills to the table to create something amazing for their clients—no two events are the same.

The venue, color choices for the wedding party, linens and other personal details all come into play when creating our floral vision. We aim for our designs to reflect our clients’ personalities.

We’re noticing an emphasis on less traditional shapes for things like arbors. Creating circles, triangles or other geometric shapes is a great opportunity to mix it up and be creative.

We love doing unique installations. Investing in a couple of “wow” pieces instead of trying to do flowers everywhere is a great way to maximize your dollars while still having that design impact.

Be open to less traditional flower selections like carnations or mums—you may not necessarily pin them as “bridal” but they come in amazing shapes and colors, and are a great way to stay on budget.

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the get-real guide to dress shopping There are some things you just don’t find out until you’re in the dressing room of a bridal salon. Here, truths you should know before your first gown shopping appointment. BY L AUREN K AY PHOTOGR APHY BY MONICA WANG PHOTO

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Eat breakfast Feeling “hangry” is no way to begin your dress search. You probably don’t need to wolf down a short stack of pancakes moments before you try on gowns, but make sure you have a meal with some protein before you head to the salon. Trying on gowns can be draining (you’d be surprised by how much some dresses weigh) and you’ll be on your feet for a while, so definitely fuel up.

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Choose your companions wisely Most bridal salons are happy to welcome you and a few guests—but not your entire entourage. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to join your dress shopping journey. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many opinions.

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Wear makeup Buying your wedding dress is not an everyday occurrence— it’s going to be a tricky decision. Not to mention the potentially unflattering lighting typical of most fitting rooms. Do yourself a favor and wear a touch more makeup than your usual look (we’re talking blush, black eyeliner and a pop of color on your lips) to your appointment. You’ll look more like you will on your wedding day, which will ultimately make it easier to pull the trigger on a gown.

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Prepare to strip down Full disclosure: A stranger may catch glimpses of you naked. Most consultants will give you some privacy, but since gowns can be unwieldy, they’ll need to help you in and out of at least a few of them. Wear undergarments you won’t mind seeing the light of day (we recommend nude underwear and a strapless bra).

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Trust your consultant They may be older than your mom or young and single, but that doesn’t mean they’re not qualified—would they be doing this if they weren’t? Your consultant knows the dresses and sees hundreds of brides with varying body shapes try them on every day. Make sure you share your wants (think: lace, ball gown silhouette, off-the-shoulder sleeves) but also be open to their suggestions. You may end up loving something completely different from the dress you originally envisioned, and that’s totally okay. >>

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local spotlight: rizik’s Wedding gown guru Ama Obirimainoo shares her dress shopping tips. ABOUT THE EXPERT

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Ama Obirimainoo is the bridal manager of Rizik’s, a bridal shop in DC. The salon carries a variety of designers like Reem Acra, Marchesa, Christian Siriano and Elizabeth Fillmore.

Don’t go into your first appointment with lots of limitations. More often than not, a bride ends up loving a gown they initially thought they would never want to wear—and that’s totally okay.

Wear nude, seamless underwear or shapewear and a strapless bra to your appointment. As far as shoes are concerned, bring ones that are a similar height to the pair you plan to wear at your wedding.

Buy your gown once you lock down a venue. Depending on the designer, it will take about three to six months for your dress to arrive in-store, not including time for alterations.

Three dress fittings is average. The kind of alterations you’ll need and the time it will take to complete them depends on a few things: the style of gown, the fabrication and the seamstress.

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Bridal sizes are different Don’t panic—wedding gowns typically run one to two sizes smaller than street clothes. If you wear an 8 in your favorite summer dress, there’s a good chance you’ll be wearing a 10 or 12 down the aisle. Play it safe and order the size that fits your body— don’t plan on losing drastic amounts of weight in order to squeeze into a smaller gown. Focus on how you awesome you feel in the dress and how it fits your body shape, not the number on the tag.

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Experiment a little Even if you have your heart set on a satin mermaid-style gown, or think you can’t wear silk, try on a variety of dresses. You’re only going to do this once, and you may surprise yourself by choosing something completely different than the pins on your inspiration board. And try the dress that your mother (or grandmother or mother-in-law-to-be) is just sure is “the one”—she’s been looking forward to this day too. She’ll either see you were right about the skirt swallowing you whole, or you may shock yourself by actually liking the dress—we call that a win-win.

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You might have to share “your” dress Let’s get real: You’re not the only bride planning a classic ballroom wedding, so it’s entirely possible someone else will be trying on your dream dress. Or, you may see someone wearing a gorgeous illusion-back gown you hadn’t considered and want to try it on immediately. Be courteous and play nice with other brides— share the mirrors, pedestals and even the gowns.

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Make moves Sure, there will be moments when you’re standing still at your wedding (like when you pose for photos and say your vows). But you’ll also be sitting, mingling and getting down on the dance floor. If you think the dress is a serious contender, take a walk around the salon, sit down and practice your dance floor moves. You may feel a little silly in the moment, but you’ll be glad you gave the gown a test-drive when you’re comfortable on your day.

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You may not cry (and that’s okay) Maybe emotion will overcome you when you decide on your dress. Maybe your mom will get choked up too. But it’s totally fine if no one cries. It doesn’t mean you picked the wrong gown. Every bride is different, so don’t put pressure on yourself to react a certain way once you choose the dress. Also, your consultant may not pop a bottle of champagne (some can’t due to liquor laws) like you see on TV. If that’s the case, take your shopping companions out for a celebratory drink instead—you all deserve it!

ways to customize your dress Wedding dresses certainly aren’t one style fits all. On a day when all eyes are on you, let your personality shine in a gown as unique as you are.

1. Add sleeves

Fell in love with a strapless dress but looking for more coverage or support? Ask your stylist about adding sleeves or straps. Bonus: They’re on trend. Most gowns can be customized with cap sleeves or straps, and many silhouettes can even be altered with long sleeves. Or if you’re looking for a less permanent option that you can switch out between ceremony and reception, consider a jacket, capelet or dress topper. Some are even designed to look like part of your dress.

2. Customize your bustle

Every dress with a train needs a bustle, but not many brides know that each bustle is custommade to suit her gown and preferences. These tricky systems of hooks, buttons and ties are designed to pull your train off the floor so you can dance all night, and they need to be carefully planned and sewn in a pattern that works with each individual silhouette.

3. Modify embellishments

Depending on your personal style, you might feel like your dress could use a little more, or even a little less, embellishment. The easiest way to up the wow factor is to add a sash. See how much control you have over the existing details on your dress—can you add more to or remove from certain areas?

4. Lace it up

Swapping out a zipper for a corset closure adds a romantic touch for brides looking for a dramatic back, and they can be added to most silhouettes. But a corset-style closure isn’t only for looks. If you feel like you might need a little extra breathing room, a lace-up back gives you some leeway in the bodice.

5. Make it personal

There are also sentimental details you can add to make your wedding dress extra meaningful. Find a creative way to add your “something blue,” or sew a charm with a special meaning into the hem of your dress.

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Between Instagram and Pinterest—and a wealth of websites catering to beauty—there’s no lack of makeup inspo out there to inform your wedding day look, but where should you start? Instead of focusing on trends like heavy contour or overdrawn lips, try something more general, like the time of year you’re getting married. (Pro tip: This will also keep your makeup from being dated down the line.) With the help of beauty expert and celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert (who’s worked with A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Catherine Zeta-Jones), we’ll show you how to use your wedding season as a base for your bridal beauty look.

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Fall Fall is a transitional time—not as bright and cheerful as summer, but also not as glam as winter. “Darker days mean your makeup will require more definition and color,” Ahnert says. “Start wearing bolder eyeliner and more dramatic mascara, fill in your brows (they probably lightened up over the summer) and add a fullcoverage foundation back into your beauty routine.” The eyes are the perfect canvas for playing with colors and textures in this season. For a simple way to add drama and dimension, start with a matte base in a neutral hue and add just a touch of gold glitter at the inner corners of your eyes—it’s glam but also works for daytime nuptials. For a fun evening look, swap out shimmery black shadow for an unexpected pop of cobalt blue or dark green. To take it up a notch, smudge a dark green, blue or chocolate liner along your waterline. If you opt for darker hues, Ahnert advises to keep the rest of your look minimal—think: fluttery lashes and soft washes of color on the lips and cheeks. You can also build your makeup around an array of colors in the same color family—like monochromatic with shades of red, orange or copper—for an end result that’s both autumnal and subtle. Fall skin concerns mirror wintertime woes (low humidity plus lower temperatures mean drier skin), but you shouldn’t break out the heavy formulas just yet. Stick to a more personalized approach and switch your products

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based on individual concerns, like an illuminating eye cream for dark circles, an exfoliating toner for dull skin or a luxurious night cream for dry spots. HUES TO CHOOSE Gold, rose gold, copper, camel, chocolate, rust, apple red, hunter green, cobalt, navy, wine

Winter The festive nature of winter sets the perfect backdrop for an über-romantic wedding and makeup with a particularly luxe feel. Frosty temperatures and festive holidays mean this season lends itself to deeper colors. “Your makeup should adjust to stand up to the darker décor colors common during this time of year,” Ahnert says. Swap bright reds and pinks for their richer counterparts, like cranberry and raspberry, and switch out neutral eye shadows for smokier hues. You can determine whether warmer or cooler tones work for you by looking at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If your veins are blue, cool tones are more flattering; green ones mean warmer tones will work best for you. Lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows in richer hues tend to have matte finishes because they contain more pigment. For this reason, it’s important to use a light touch while applying them— you don’t want to end up looking overdone. For instance, if you’re considering an intense smoky eye, create balance by sticking to lighter colors on your lips and cheeks. If you want to rock a vampy lip, keep the size and shape of your lips in mind, as darker colors can actually make them appear smaller. If you have a more petite pout, try a berry-hued lipstick with a glossy consistency over a super-dark, matte one. As color palettes shift, the types of products you choose should change with the season as well. “Winter skin is usually paler, so switch to a heavier foundation or powder that will even out your complexion,” Ahnert says. To combat the dry winter air and ensure your beauty look lasts the entire day without flaking off, focus on prepping your skin prewedding for a smooth makeup application. “Prepare for your day with a series of hydrating treatments like oxygen facials,” Ahnert says. “Using a mask suited to your skin type the night before your wedding will give your skin a boost, which will help your makeup look even better.” HUES TO CHOOSE Brick, ruby, raspberry, eggplant, indigo, emerald, forest green, midnight blue, charcoal, silver >>

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a sheer highlighter is perfect for spring

Spring Spring is a time of renewal, when flowers start to bloom and temperatures gradually heat up, so your makeup palette should get lighter and brighter. Use nature to complement your look, like floral-inspired washes of pastels or earthy hues. To put a weddingworthy spin on this more muted array of colors, start with a classic makeup trend, like a dramatic cat eye, and soften it with a light brown liner, or make a smoky eye less severe by pairing nudes with warmer, golden tones. But don’t be afraid of more vibrant colors either. “Teal and plum eyeliner and bronze or coral lip gloss are fun alternatives for spring,” Ahnert says. Bolder liners are best when paired with neutral makeup everywhere else (think: liquid highlighter over heavy blush). Warmer temperatures mean you won’t need a heavy foundation, so switch to a tinted moisturizer and sheer setting powder for a dewy finish. Prep your complexion for the lighter spring air with products aimed to slough away dull skin and clogged pores. Follow up a chemical or physical exfoliator with a hydrating mask to replenish any lost moisture.

The key to pulling off more vivid colors is to focus on one or two shades at a time, in varying intensities. For example, if you’re rocking a cherry-red lipstick, your eyes and cheeks should have a lighter wash of nude or bronze.

Summer Sunny weather makes summer the best time to experiment with more color, especially since weddings during this season tend to incorporate brighter hues too, like bold bridesmaid dresses or tropical florals. The key to wearing more vivid colors is to focus on one or two shades at a time in varying intensities. For example, if you’re rocking a cherry-red lipstick, your lids and cheeks should have a lighter wash of nude or bronze. Brighter shades work beautifully with a glowing complexion (as opposed to a matte one), so swap heavier creams for lighter gel formulas. Warmer temperatures also mean you should take extra precautions to make sure your makeup stays put. “Summer brides may need more touch-ups depending on the climate, since high humidity will make skin absorb makeup more quickly,” Ahnert says. “To get the most out of your look, use a foundation primer, eye shadow primer and setting spray, and stick to waterresistant mascara.” This balmy season is also the perfect time to switch to cream bronzers, blush and highlighters that won’t cake or crease when mixed with a little perspiration. HUES TO CHOOSE Bronze, peach, tangerine, cherry red, scarlet, bubblegum, fuchsia, turquoise, lapis, cocoa, granite

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HUES TO CHOOSE Pale pink, coral, magenta, mauve, periwinkle, plum, champagne, nude, chestnut, dove gray, navy, teal

power couples Give your skin care an extra boost by mixing products that bring out the best in each other.

Amp up your protection from the sun by applying an antioxidant-rich moisturizer or serum before your sunscreen. Antioxidants protect your skin from cellular damage caused by sun exposure, while sunscreen blocks UV light from penetrating the skin. We call that a skin care double whammy.

Facial oil + night cream

Skin feeling exceptionally dry? Mix a couple drops of your favorite facial oil into a cream-based moisturizer (silicon-based ones will break down) for an ultra-hydrating effect. Stick to using this skin care cocktail at night, as it could cause your makeup to crease during the day.

Hydrating mask + clay mask

If your complexion tends to get oily around your T-zone but is dry everywhere else, cater to all of your skin’s needs by multimasking, or using two face masks at once. A hydrating mask will soothe irritated skin, while a clay mask will absorb excess oil and purify any clogged pores.

Vitamin C + retinol

Boost your retinol’s antiaging properties with the addition of a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C helps to stabilize retinol, extending its effectiveness. To ensure your skin doesn’t get irritated by the combination of these strong ingredients, look for a serum with a lower concentration of vitamin C.

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sugar-coated style A glaze of allover beading gives a classic tea-length dress a glam update. Dress, price upon request, Naeem Khan, MarkIngramAtelier .com; engagement ring, $2,750 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; earrings, $5,873, tanzanite bracelet, $855, EffyJewelry.com; tennis bracelet, $125, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; shoes, $945, Paul Andrew, MatchesFashion.com

couture confection opposite Indulge your inner fashionista by opting for a statement ball gown with a tiered skirt. Dress, $8,990, Carolina Herrera at Carolina Herrera Atelier, CarolinaHerrera.com (Washington, DC), Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection, RobinsonsBridal.com (Baltimore); engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; earrings, $1,990, cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com

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cotton candy crush Pastel embroidery plus a two-piece silhouette is both dreamy and totally on trend. Dress, price upon request, MiraZwillinger at Carine’s Bridal Atelier, CarinesBridal.com (Washington, DC); engagement ring, $65,000, MarisaPerry.com; earrings, $2,310, Anabela Chan.com; cocktail ring, $68,000, EricaCourtney.com; pouf seats, $99 each, DylansCandyBar.com

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opposite A cape and killer heels lend a sophisticated touch to a playful polka dot number. Dress, $2,995, cape, $1,725, Monique Lhuillier at Carine’s Bridal Atelier, CarinesBridal .com (Washington, DC), Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection, RobinsonsBridal.com (Baltimore); earrings, $1,660, Mastoloni.com; pearl ring, $495, Victoria Six.com; shoes, $1,245, ChristianLouboutin.com

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marshmallow dream Cascading layers of tulle put a fantastical spin on a traditional ball gown. Dress, $4,290, Hayley Paige at Lovely Bride, LovelyBride.com (Washington, DC), Garnish Boutique, GarnishBoutique.com (Baltimore), Annalise Bridal Boutique, AnnaliseBridal .com (Richmond, VA); engagement ring, $2,310 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; earrings, $188, KennethJay Lane.com; cocktail ring, $4,400, DovesJewelry.com

fabulous frosting opposite An off-theshoulder ruffle adds whimsical flavor to a simple sheath. Dress, $2,495, Watters at Love Couture Bridal, LoveCoutureBridal .com (Potomac, MD), Katherine’s Bridal Boutique, KatherinesBridalBoutique .com (Alexandria, VA), Wren Bridal, WrenBridal .com (Annapolis, MD); engagement ring, $7,990 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $390, Oscar delaRenta.com; bracelet, $5,738, EffyJewelry.com

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conversation hearts Get people talking in a frothy dress embellished with giant hearts. Dress, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; morganite engagement ring, $1,610, ApresJewelry.com; earrings, $125 each, JenniferFisherJewelry.com; cocktail ring, $1,540, SheBee, Swoonery.com

delicious details opposite Bows are a bridal staple, but oversize ones feel fresh. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Rizik’s, Riziks.com (Washington, DC); engagement ring, $20,000, wedding ring, $850, ApresJewelry.com; earrings, $190, CZby KennethJayLane.com; bracelet, $36,675, EffyJewelry.com

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There’s nothing more exciting than the first few weeks post-engagement. You’ve got that to-be-wed glow, something sparkly on your finger, and you and your partner are dreaming up all the ways to make your wedding day one to remember. Start your planning journey with these items and you’ll be ready for “I do” in no time.

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No matter how careful you are, you’ll want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your engagement ring is protected, so look into insuring it as soon as possible. There are two basic ways to go about it. The first, you can add it as an extension of your renter’s or homeowner’s policy, which will reimburse you for a set amount of cash in relation to its worth should anything happen to it. The second option is to seek out a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, like Jewelers Mutual, which can offer customizable policies or provide more coverage than a homeowner’s one.

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Download The Knot All-InOne Wedding Planner app Our app is an essential ingredient in making these next few months as stress free as possible. You’ll start by taking an image-based style quiz to help you zero in on your wedding vibe and give you a personalized inspo board you can share with vendors, like your florist or planner. From there, we’ll help you stay organized with our step-by-step checklist, land your dream team with custom vendor suggestions based on your budget and location, manage your registry, keep tabs on your guest list and RSVPs, and, finally, construct a foolproof day-of timeline that will keep everything running smoothly. It’s the pocket-size planner you simply can’t head to the altar without. >>

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Map out your budget

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While it’s not the most fun conversation to have, a budget talk is important. Sit down with your partner (and families, if they’re contributing to the wedding) and figure out how much you’re comfortable spending. It’s helpful to have a general idea of where you’d like to get married and what time of year, so you’ll be able to easily picture how far your budget will go. Once you’ve landed on a number, talk through your day-of priorities to clarify where you envision most of your money going (like you’re willing to splurge on a pricier photographer but sacrifice a bit on your paper goods or linens to make up the difference). The more on top of your finances you are before you start planning, the less likely you’ll end up over budget as your day gets closer.

Book your venue Your venue is the key to all other weddingrelated to-dos, so it should be one of the very first things you research and book. Where you decide to host your wedding will likely determine other heavy-hitter decisions, like your exact guest list head count, catering menu and even the vibe of your flowers and décor. To ensure you get the look, price and date you want, start browsing The Knot Marketplace or our in-app suggestions at least a year to nine months ahead of your anticipated wedding date (but possibly even earlier, depending on your location, desired date and the venue’s popularity). As you review your options, keep an eye out for sneaky budget busters, like a spot that doesn’t include furniture or tabletop rentals, or rules that could possibly become an issue later on, like an especially early noise ordinance that will end the reception early, or a preferred vendor list that doesn’t permit you to bring in your dream catering company. >>

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engagement party planning 101 You don’t need an excuse for a bash—you’re engaged! Get party ready with these tips.

Take time to breathe An impromptu gathering the weekend after your partner has proposed is the perfect time to break out the bubbly, but don’t schedule an all-out affair during the first month of your engagement. Revel in your new status and plan to have an engagement party two to four months after the question was popped.

Figure out your guest list Everyone invited to the engagement party should be on the wedding guest list. Otherwise, guests may wonder what they did at the engagement party to insult you. If you decide to keep your

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wedding guest list small but want to throw a large engagement party, go for it. Just let people know the main event will be intimate so no feelings are hurt.

Register for gifts beforehand Guest aren’t required to bring presents

Hire your priority vendors

Set up your wedding website

If you can’t imagine your first dance without the acoustics of a certain local band, or you love the portfolio of a hard-to-get photographer, do yourself a favor and act now. Many top vendors are hired more than a year in advance and once they’re booked, you’re out of luck. Figure out what your biggest vendor priorities are and find out their availability when you have a date and venue locked in. That way, you can relax and enjoy the rest of the planning process knowing key members of your dream team are already on board. A bonus to booking early: Your primary vendors can recommend other A+ pros they enjoy working with, so ask them for direction on any outstanding hires. They may have key insight into the perfect calligrapher for your day-of signage or the florist that will really make your venue come to life.

You’ve nailed down all the basic details, so now’s the time to get started on your (free) personalized wedding website on TheKnot.com. It’s the ideal place to house need-to-know info for your guests, like directions to your venue, a schedule for the weekend, recommended dress code, registry links and hotel suggestions. In addition to these practical details, consider adding a few charming customizations to give guests insight into your event (and you as a couple). Provide background on yourself and your soon-to-be spouse, like how you met, the details on your proposal or why your reception locale is special to you. Engagement photos or a who’s who of the wedding party can’t hurt either.

pop the question Once you and your partner have settled on who you’d like to include in your wedding, think of a creative or meaningful way to ask.

to an engagement party, but there’s always the chance someone will want to. Register for gifts in the low to middle range and save the bigger ticket items for closer to the shower and wedding. If some guests arrive bearing gifts, unwrap them after the party, so people who came empty-handed won’t feel bad.

Don’t upstage the main event Try to create a different mood for your engagement party while maintaining a style that’s true to you and your partner. You won’t want to force a casual cookout if you (and your guests) favor formal parties, and vice versa.

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Choose your wedding party Now it’s your turn to propose. Once you and your partner have settled on who you’d like to include in your wedding party, think of a meaningful way to ask. A little thought goes a long way here—you’re asking these people to spend their time and money celebrating the two of you, so treat them to a night out, trip to the spa or home-cooked meal before you pop the question. A perk: The sooner you ask your pals, the sooner you can rally the troops to help with any lingering to-dos or planning projects.

Create your wedding registry If you’re worried you’ll look greedy or inconsiderate if you set up your registry too early, don’t. With all the parties and well-wishing relatives in your near future, guests will appreciate your foresight. Have a registry started before the first big wedding event (like an engagement party) or at least before your save-the-dates go out. Register for more gifts than there are guests on your invite list, and make sure they fall within a variety of price points —after all, a $500 cappuccino machine is not your typical present. Aim for a mix of the practical (a stainless steel cookware set), the pretty (a gorgeous throw for your bedroom) and a few off-beat items (like bikes and a picnic basket to enjoy on the weekend or a Newlywed Fund cash registry for your first house). Share the links on your wedding website, and don’t forget to check back in on the registries periodically to make sure your items haven’t been discontinued. G E T A L L YO U R T O - D O S O N The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app

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YOUR LOVE STORY IS SPECIAL ...your wedding venue should be just as extraordinary. West Belmont Place delivers a storybook setting for your big day and honors the traditions of your culture. Celebrate with a luxe ballroom reception for up to 1,000 or an intimate outdoor ceremony surrounded by your closest friends and family—all right here in your backyard.

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

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Whether you’re looking to save a little bit on your budget or just really love the views at your reception spot and want to give guests more time to appreciate them, a sun-filled morning or afternoon event may be something for you to consider. And before you worry that “daytime wedding” is synonymous with “boring,” “bland” or even “brunch,” think again. Like everything else, a daytime wedding is all what you make of it—and we’re here to help you make it awesome.

Analyze your timeline While exact timing may depend on your venue, daytime wedding receptions usually take place somewhere between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., with your ceremony happening beforehand. When sketching out your timeline for the day, there are a few important factors to consider. First, inquire with all your vendors what an early start may mean for their costs. If your florist needs several hours to set up and your ceremony starts at 10 a.m., they’ll likely have to get up early to prep or set up the night before, which can cause you to accrue additional costs (same goes for vendors like your caterer, furniture rentals or even your photographer). Past that, try and ensure your early start is reasonable for most guests—the ceremony should begin no earlier than 10 a.m. to give your loved ones who are traveling in a chance to get there on time without waking up at the crack of dawn. Keep in mind, you, your partner and members of your wedding party will also need to set an early alarm in order to get ready in time for a morning ceremony.

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Choose the right venue A daytime wedding has its own unique feel, so when searching for a venue, seek out spots that fit that vibe. A bright greenhouse, refined topiary garden or beachside patio that boasts a seaside view can all feel more properly suited to a sunlit affair than, say, a ballroom. That being said, no space is off-limits, so if you do fall in love with a traditionally evening venue, work with vendors like your florist and planner to bring in decorative touches that make it feel a bit more daytime appropriate.

light-filled locale A daytime wedding has its own unique feel, so seek out a venue that fits a playful, vibrant vibe. A bright greenhouse, refined topiary garden or beachside patio are all suited to a sunlit affair.

Inquire about pricing breaks If budget is the reason you’re considering a midday celebration, ask about any available pricing breaks as you negotiate your contracts. Many venues may abide by a lower minimum head count or offer a daytime pricing model. You can also save on things like rentals or catering fees depending on what you serve guests. >>

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Go as formal (or as casual) as you’d like Just because you’re not hosting an after-dark affair doesn’t mean you can’t opt for a formal dress code and aesthetic if that’s the vibe you and your partner prefer. You don’t have to completely forgo any of the more traditional evening wedding additions—just rethink them a bit. If a multicourse sit-down dinner or true cocktail hour is what you’re envisioning, go for it, but make the meal a dynamic lunch feast or brighten up the cocktails with freshly squeezed juices. Hoping to have live music for your guests? A typical 10-piece band and rowdy dance floor may not feel totally right, but a suave jazz quartet, bluegrass crew or playful doo-wop group will be charming and equally as entertaining. When it comes to your colors, vibrant daylight hours call for an equally energetic palette, so play around with adding some saturated hues into your scheme. Bright pinks, blues, yellows and greens feel right during the day— no matter the time of year. >>

Here’s where to save costs on your wedding.

Decide your priorities

Pick your top three areas of importance (like your gown, catering, and flowers) and allocate a little extra money toward them. Likewise, choose the three things that come lowest on your priority list, and budget accordingly.

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Reduce costs by choosing flowers that are in season, and pick from locally grown varieties rather than buds that need to be flown in from afar. For example, if you exchange Black Magic roses for deeply colored dahlias in all your bouquets and table arrangements, you could save about $4 a stem.

Simplify your dinner menu

Reduce the number of overall dinner courses (making three fabulous courses costs less than serving five individual courses) and keep your menu simple. Stick with the specialties of the season and region.

Pare down the extras

There are plenty of ways to cut corners that won’t even be noticed by your guests. Have the caterers bring out the fancy Dom Pérignon for the toast, but pour a less expensive champagne the rest of the day— no one will ever see the bottle or know the difference. Likewise, you can order a small, fabulous cake that’s exactly what you want, and have several sheet cakes in the kitchen of the same flavor, cut and plated for your guests.

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Begin your journey together at Rockland. Historic Rockland is a distinguished Virginia estate in the bucolic countryside of Loudoun County. Rockland’s resplendent Southern architecture, sweeping meadow views of grazing cattle, canopies of mature oaks and the lure of pools and garden paths make this venue a magical and picturesque setting for weddings and important celebrations. All of this is less than an hour from Washington, D.C. One visit and you’ll dream of this backdrop as the starting point of your journey together.

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a special wedding and event venue

www.historicrockland.com 16306 Rockland Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176 contact@historicrockland.com | 908-310-9891

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Rethink the after-party

If the first thing that comes to mind when we say “daytime wedding” is a steamy buffet of pancakes, eggs and bacon, you’re not alone. It makes sense that a bounty of breakfast foods have become the go-to menu items for an early event, but don’t feel like you’re stuck with all things sweet and syrupy if you’re hosting a daytime wedding of your own. You’ll still want to stray from anything too heavy, as guests typically don’t want to stuff themselves just hours after waking up, but meat carving stations, freshly made pasta, savory flatbreads and veggie-packed frittatas are all great dishes to add to the menu to mix things up a bit. If a traditional brunch is what you’re really craving, look to upgrade some of the classics so they feel a bit more wedding worthy and special. A do-it-yourself waffle station can be a fun (and interactive) addition, while a breakfast sandwich or yogurt parfait bar will also be big hits. And, before you even ask: Yes, you can definitely still serve a cake—trust us, it goes with everything.

With your main event ending in the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time for partying postreception. Instead of a traditional after-party, plan something unusual for guests, like a poolside cabana bash back at the hotel, a casual barbecue or a bar crawl. If you’d rather spend the evening just you and your new spouse (a night of room service does sound pretty amazing), give guests a few suggestions of what to do after your event on your wedding website, the detail card in your invitation suite or your ceremony programs.

Take advantage of the extra sunlight One of the biggest benefits to a daytime wedding is the extra daylight hours. Work activities into your day that encourage guests to soak up the sun, like a variety of outdoor lawn games. Another perk? Gorgeous light means you’ll luck out with your photos too. Ask your photographer to stick around for a few “golden hour” couples portraits once festivities wrap up.

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Julie Vieira is the cofounder and planning director of Kruse and Vieira Events, a full-service event planning and design firm, focused on creating bespoke events.

Always ask what typical wedding budget price range a prospective planner works with, as their suggestions for vendors, advice and design ideas may skew toward a certain price point.

We love when couples nod to their family heritage, like with a Portuguesemeets-Polish menu or a watercolor pattern of the bride’s grandmother’s china used throughout the design for the day.

Ignore trends and really focus on what speaks to you as a couple. Above all, remember that your wedding is just the first day of your marriage, and all you really need is the two of you saying “I do.”

It’s a very powerful feeling to make a commitment to the person you love and be surrounded by friends and family. Take a few minutes with your new spouse during the event to absorb it and watch your guests.

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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. WHERE TO APPLY

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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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6 pastures farm

300 New Six Pastures Lane, Winchester, VA info@6pastures.com | 6Pastures.com Located on Ridge Road, the farm was first settled by a contingent of Quakers who migrated to this area of Frederick County in the early 1700s. Between its timeless beauty and the sweet fresh air, this venue embodies a legacy of nature and community more than a century in the making. capacity 250+ | price $$

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 $$$

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(540) 341-3288 | sales@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. capacity 200 | price $$

anchor inn

7617 Water Oak Point Rd., Pasadena, MD (410) 437-5711 | info@cateringbyuptown.com AnchorInnMD.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.

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antrim 1844

30 Trevanion Rd., Taneytown, MD (410) 756-6812 | info@antrim1844.com Antrim1844.com Imagine the romantic wedding of your dreams in our lavishly appointed 40-room country house hotel. Beautiful settings for your ceremony and reception are available within the Mansion, in the formal gardens and in The Glass Pavilion. A complimentary bridal suite is included with all wedding packages. capacity 250 | price $$$

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

the bayfront club

7439 Bay Front Road, Edgemere, MD info@cateringbyuptown.com BayfrontWedding.com The Bayfront Club is a hidden gem just off the Key Bridge, with a magical view of the Bay and a 250-foot pier to match its 250+ person capacity. High ceilings, an expansive deck, beautiful landscaping and water-view pictures will enhance your day. capacity 250+ | 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. capacity 2,485 | price $$$$

bohemia river overlook

88 Rivers Edge Road, North East, MD (443) 877-6313 BohemiaOverlook.com Overlooking the spectacular Bohemia River, this venue is nestled on the shores of the Elk River. With beautiful water’s edge views and three unique site locations, this breathtaking estate is available for fortunate couples to say their “I dos.” capacity 200 | price $$$

bowling green country club

838 Bowling Green Road, Front Royal, VA (540) 635-2922 | pplew@bowlinggreencc.com BowlingGreenCountryClub.net Nestled in the northern neck of the Shenandoah Valley and only minutes from the famed Skyline Drive. Your

guests will be transported back in time to old Virginia. The contemporary flair of our menu is deftly blended with the taste of authentic colonial American cuisine. capacity 350 | price $$

briar patch bed & breakfast inn

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

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 $$$

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 info@cateringbyuptown.com CelebrationsAtTheBay.com Located directly on the Chesapeake Bay, Celebrations has a view that stretches for miles and miles. CateringByUptown.com shows the two fabulous ballrooms and an outdoor area for ceremony and cocktails. CateringByUptown.com also has fabulous menus and planning help for you. capacity 300 | price $$$

chesapeake beach resort & spa

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

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city winery dc

1350 Okie St. NE, Washington, DC chendricks@citywinery.com CityWinery.com/washingtondc Discover City Winery as the perfect venue for the modern-day couple, providing a truly unique nuptial experience and accommodating wedding sizes from 50-400. With a full-service, friendly and knowledgeable staff, we will create an experience you and your guests will long remember. capacity 400 | 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.

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.

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the crowne plaza dulles airport

2200 Centreville Road, Herndon, VA (703) 674-0451 CPDulles.com Let’s celebrate your special day at The Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport, one of Washington DC’s premier event settings. Located five minutes from Washington’s Dulles International Airport, it’s fresh off its recent $15 million makeover. capacity 300 | price $$

district winery

385 Water Street SE, Washington, DC DistrictWinery.com/weddings Say “I do” at DC’s first winery! District Winery is an urban-chic wedding venue located along the Anacostia River. Floor-to-ceiling windows and our wraparound terrace offer sweeping river views. Our full-service private events include in-house catering, seasoned service staff and wines made on-site. capacity 200 | price $$$

the dupont circle

1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC (202) 483-6000 dupont@doylecollection.com DoyleCollection.com/dupontcircle With a thrilling location on Dupont Circle in one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, the hotel—a

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early mountain vineyards

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

entwined events

EntwinedEvents.com Entwined Events’ family of venues and services has every option you need to make your wedding as unique as you! From three incredible venues and experienced wedding planners to custom floral design, full-service catering and luxury transportation, we take care of all the details so you can enjoy your day.

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 glenview@rockvillemd.gov RockvilleMD.gov/glenview Glenview Mansion presents 1920s grandeur with 21stcentury elegance. Enjoy the beautiful formal gardens for outdoor ceremonies and tented events. Indoors, dance all night in the conservatory and discover the art gallery upstairs. Every rental includes customized setups to support your unique event! capacity 200 | price $$

great marsh estate

Fauquier County, VA (703) 665-3828 | info@greatmarshestate.com GreatMarshWeddings.com From the moment you arrive along the beautiful tree-lined driveway, you’ll know Great Marsh Estate is the perfect Virginia setting for your wedding day. Our renowned Georgian mansion is set in over 121 acres of lawn and woodland, close to the town of Warrenton and only an hour drive to Washington, DC. 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 $$$

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 $$

harry browne’s

66 State Circle, Annapolis, MD (410) 263-4332 | harrybrownescatering@yahoo.com 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 $$$

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 $$

hermitage museum & gardens

7637 North Shore Road, Norfolk, VA (757) 423-2052 TheHermitageMuseum.org The grounds of the Hermitage are sure to enchant guests on your special day! Featuring breathtaking gardens and stunning waterfront views, your occasion will be truly extraordinary! Choose from the intimate Rose Garden, the waterfront, the grotto or under the beautiful setting of trees by the river. capacity 300 | price $$

hilton alexandria mark center

5000 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA (703) 845-2622 | sales@hiltonalexandriamc.com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. 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 $$

historic rockland

16306 Rockland Lane, Leesburg, VA (908) 310-9891 HistoricRockland.com Rockland is still owned by descendants of the Rusts and abounds with historic charm. Whether it’s cocktails beside the pool, a stroll through the wildflower gardens or watching the cows graze in the bluegrass field, you and your guests will have a lot to take in during your event. capacity 250 | price $$$

historic waverly mansion

2300 Waverly Mansion Dr., Marriottsville, MD (410) 437-5711 | info@cateringbyuptown.com HistoricWaverlyMansion.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 $$

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kamran center

15316 Barnesville Road, Boyds, MD (443) 906-3356 | kdmrental@gmail.com ZAMWI.org/kamran-dar-e-mehr The Kamran Center is a new reception venue with over 6,000 square feet of space and 20-foot-high ceilings with crystal chandeliers. Its outdoor garden is a perfect setting for a ceremony or cocktail hour and ideal for all occasions! capacity 200 | price $$

ladew topiary gardens

3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD (443) 519-5062 LadewGardens.com These award-winning 22 acres of formal gardens in the rolling countryside are available for your special day. The Portico Garden, the Wildflower Meadow Terrace and the charming Cafe Courtyard are glorious settings for your ceremony and reception, with the historical Manor House as a striking backdrop.

liberty mountain resort

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

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mount ida farm & vineyard at mount ida reserve

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 a 5,000-square-foot Tasting Room & Taphouse. capacity 300 | price $$$

mount vernon inn restaurant

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA (703) 780-0011 MountVernon.org/inn Make the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant your wedding destination. Located just footsteps from George Washington’s historic estate, the Mount Vernon Inn is an ideal location for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and much more. capacity 220 | price $$

the oaks waterfront inn & events

25876 Royal Oak Road, PO Box 187, Royal Oak, MD (410) 745-5053 | info@the-oaks.com The-Oaks.com A charming inn located in a secluded setting on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, The Oaks is just a short drive from Washington, Baltimore or Philadelphia, minutes from St. Michaels and Easton. Our enchanting waterfront setting is the magical backdrop for the portrait of your perfect wedding. capacity 250 | 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.

outer banks wedding association

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

overhills mansion, circa 1897

Catonsville (410) 744-0040 | officestaff@overhillsmansion.com OverhillsMansion.com An elegant setting for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies for 50 to 200 guests—landscaped grounds in a park-like setting, a fully air conditioned venue.

On site catering by Whitehouse Caterers who provide made-from-scratch, locally sourced cuisine. Celebrating 32 years of excellence. capacity 200 | price $$$

pinstripes

1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC (202) 625-2800 | dc-events@pinstripes.com Pinstripes.com/events Pinstripes can accommodate groups from 20 to 250+ and offers a unique venue that can be tailored to your specific needs. Whether your passion is bowling, bocce or terrific Italian/American cuisine, we offer a memorable and winning combination for any social or corporate event. capacity 250+ | price $$

the renaissance

107 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA (804) 649-3373 RenaissanceVA.com Coined as Richmond’s best-kept secret, The Renaissance is one of its largest Victorian ballrooms, offering a true one-stop shop wedding experience. With our downtown location, parking is convenient and plentiful, and we are close to most downtown hotel rooms, making it easy for guests to stay close by. capacity 300 | price $$

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the river view at occoquan

9751 Ox Road, Lorton, VA (571) 477-3874 riverview@nvrpa.org RiverViewOccoquan.com Within Occoquan Regional Park, The River View is a multimillion-dollar events venue with stunning views of the Occoquan River. The River View, adjoining 1608 foyer and outdoor ceremony green are perfect for your waterside wedding of up to 300 guests. We’re also available for morning brunch rentals! capacity 300 | price $$$

rixey manor

9155 Pleasant Hill Lane, Rixeyville, VA (434) 996-4281 | rixeymanor@gmail.com RixeyManor.com Rixey Manor was built circa 1801 and remodeled in 2014 into an exclusive-use venue with a rooftop terrace and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rich in Civil War history, with many of the original features and a custom built ballroom, it is a spectacular, multipleaward-winning venue. capacity 150 | 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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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (717) 902-9791 StoneGablesEstate.com Ironstone Ranch features a renovated 1860s barn and farmhouse, orchard and trails. Or, discover pristine artistry in neighboring The Star Barn Village. This 1877 authentic grand dame of history was meticulously moved and resurrected. Both world-class sites offer incredible options and amenities. 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. capacity 200+ | price $$$$

stonewall golf club

15601 Turtle Point Drive, Gainesville, VA (703) 753-6156 | (703) 753-5101 jolson@stonewallgolfclub.com StonewallGolfClub.com The Magnolia Room can accommodate up to 150 guests. It features 11 floor-to-ceiling windows providing grand panoramic views of Lake Manassas. Two sets of French doors lead to the expansive terrace. The Brass Cannon and private dining room are perfect for smaller events.

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swan point yacht & country club

11550 Swan Point Boulevard, Issue, MD (301) 259-0047 EXT. 15 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 180 | price $

sweeney barn

9310 Discovery Blvd., Manassas, VA (703) 945-2725 | noel@sweeneybarn.com SweeneyBarn.com Newly restored as a ceremony and reception venue, our barn’s rich history and rustic setting create the perfect experience for you and your guests. Stunning original architecture meets state-of-the-art design and technology to give your wedding a unique elegance captured only at Sweeney Barn. capacity 300 | price $$$

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, DC, Turf Valley is the premier wedding destination. Say your vows in our picturesque outdoor garden, then celebrate in one of our seven elegant indoor venues with beautiful golf course views. We promise to make your wedding day truly extraordinary! capacity 400+ | price $$$

tusculum farm

(833) RED-BARN (733-2276) TusculumFarm.com Be one of the firsts to host your wedding at this historic 500-plus-acre estate with neverending spectacular views. All weddings that take place at Tusculum Farm also include accommodations for your family and bridal party, as well as full access to all amenities. Schedule your visit today!

university of maryland memorial chapel

1101 Memorial Chapel, College Park, MD (301) 314-9866 | chapel@umd.edu Weddings.UMD.edu Whether it’s a large or intimate celebration, we’d love to be your ceremony site. Anyone can be married at Memorial Chapel regardless of their affiliation to the University, their culture or faith! Ceremonies of all sizes and traditions are welcome in the majestic Main Chapel or quaint Garden Chapel. capacity 300+ | price $$$

the villa

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

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west belmont place

18980 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg, VA (703) 724-5111 | WestBelmontPlace.com West Belmont Place delivers a storybook setting for your big day and honors the traditions of your culture. Celebrate with a luxe ballroom reception for up to 1,000 or an intimate outdoor ceremony surrounded by your closest friends and family—all right here in your backyard. capacity 1,000

the westin washington dulles airport

2520 Wasser Terrace, Herndon, VA (571) 485-4316 grace.radfar@westinwashingtondulles.com WestinDulles.com Let the specialists at The Westin Washington Dulles Airport create a wedding experience that’s tailored to your personal style, and earn Starpoints® which can be used immediately to plan your honeymoon. capacity 300 | price $$

woodlands at algonkian

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

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visit loudoun

VisitLoudoun.org/weddings Discover why so many couples are tying the knot in the heart of DC’s Wine Country®. With an array of settings that range from gorgeous wineries and rustic barns to historic estates, magnificent resorts and country clubs, Loudoun is the perfect place to get married and create lifetime memories.

town & country

2319 Hammonds Ferry Rd., Baltimore, MD (410) 247-5100 | info@cateringbyuptown.com Town-CountryCaterers.com Now housing two exquisite rooms from which to choose for hosting your event, Catering by Uptown’s Town &

authentic 18th-century log cabin and a barn overlooking a pond with a beautiful carriage house, pavilion and tent site, accommodating up to 250 guests. A large stone fireplace centers this beautiful pavilion. Two large tent sites are also available.

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walnut hill events

309 Broad Run Road, Browntown, VA (703) 868-2598 | judith.albarelli@gmail.com Venues include a 19th-century four-bedroom home, an

cakes by happy eatery

9685 Liberia Ave., Unit 107, Manassas, VA (703) 530-8898 | CakesbyHappyEatery.com As a full-service bakery, we offer an exciting array of beautifully designed and delicious wedding cakes and desserts. We use fresh, all-natural ingredients and can cater to vegan, eggless, non-dairy, gluten-free or diabetic diets. We’re open daily: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. info@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 event-planning services.

classic bakery

9204 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg, MD (301) 948-0449 | info@classicbakery.com ClassicBakery.com By combining the best ingredients from all over the world with the expertise of our elite wedding cake decorators, we are a proven choice among the most discriminating cake buyers—the premier custom wedding cake source in the DC metro area with over 50 years experience.

pepper club fine indian cuisine

5639 Stone Road, Centreville, VA (703) 543-7171 | info@pepperclubva.com PepperClubVA.com Pepper Club Fine Indian Cuisine is a restaurant and fullservice catering company proudly serving DC, Maryland and Virginia. We cater authentic South and North Indian cuisine for intimate gatherings, weddings and other traditional events. Contact us today to discuss your personalized catering menu!

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(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.

wedding consultants

perry warren of frizzles

6733 Commerce St., Springfield, VA (703) 626-9638 | CHMD-by-PerryWarren.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.

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!

zoya’s atelier

260 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, VA (703) 533-9600 | info@zoyasatelier.com ZoyasAtelier.com Zoya’s Atelier is a one-stop shop for special events and offers bridal, eveningwear and professional alterations. Located in the heart of the DC metro area, the Atelier showcases unique gowns, extensive choice regardless of size, shape and budget, and top-class service.

srs events—special event & wedding planning

(631) 827-3359 stephanie@srs.events SRS.events SRS Events, The Knot Best of Weddings Pick, provides coordination and full and partial wedding planning and design for brides and grooms throughout Washington, DC, northern Virginia and Maryland. We love wedding planning and look forward to sharing how we can ensure you have the day of your dreams!

weddings romantique

(443) 283-1434 WeddingsRomantique.com We are your destination wedding services company, specializing in glamorous and stylish traditional and multicultural weddings in the Caribbean and Mexico. We love creating luxury destination weddings and weekend events full of color, texture and imagination that both tell your story and make a statement!

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Fairfax, VA, Washington, DC, VA, MD, NYC (216) 417-9109 | CarlaPressley.com Highly sought-after makeup artist and hairstylist Carla Pressley delivers picture-perfect looks for all skin tones and hair textures. Her natural and timeless looks are great for your big event whether you are a man or woman. The beauty expert welcomes all walks of life and believes in love equality.

green & blue studio

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

love couture bridal

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goodman & sons jewelers

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

khoury bros./crisscut

Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, McLean, VA (703) 442-0111 | KhouryBros.com Why online do same weight, color, clarity and cut GIA diamond listings have up to a 40 percent price difference? Get answers directly from a diamond cutter with 40 years of experience. Quality for quality, expect 4 to 11 percent lower prices than other sources and hundreds of unusual, best-price bridal rings.

(517) 775-2815 | info@bachelorboysband.com BachelorBoysBand.com The Bachelor Boys is a premium, customizable 3- to 14-piece band at a sensible price. They host live local showcases so couples can preview the band before booking. Their talented and professional musicians bring energy and fun to every event they perform and pride themselves on filling dance floors!

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

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invitations & details

mlc designs

(410) 952-0020 | MLCDesigns.net There will never be an event like yours—and it begins with your invitations. Our purpose is to provide you and your guests with an unforgettable first impression. We consider our clients collaborative partners in the design process. Each invitation we create is original and unique to you.

photography & video

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(240) 461-4603 | info@gonzalezj.com GonzalezJ.com Jonathan and Ruth are a Washington, DC, wedding photography team dedicated to capturing couples’ romance, joy and beauty with a creative and vibrant style. Specializing in luxury weddings, they focus on romantic portraits, emotional moments and showcasing all the details of your day.

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(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.

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john bartenhagen

(703) 209-5997 | jb3photo@gmail.com JohnBartenhagen.com Your satisfaction is my utmost priority. Since I only accept a limited number of clients each month, this allows me to give you my full attention—to plan for and capture your most precious memories of your wedding celebrations!

nichole haun photography

(703) 965-3527 info@nicholehaunphotography.com NicholeHaunPhotography.com We photograph the love and emotion of your wedding day with a documentary/creative style.

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Memorial Chapel

Whether you are planning a large celebration or intimate affair, we would love to be your ceremony site. Anyone can be married at Memorial Chapel regardless of their affiliation to the University, their culture or faith! Ceremonies of all sizes and traditions are welcome and can be accommodated in the majestic Main Chapel or quaint Garden Chapel.

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specialty services

blanc de bleu cuvée 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.

blue ribbon restroom trailers

5524 Wellington Road, Gainesville, VA (888) 498-6982 quotes@blueribbonrestrooms.com BlueRibbonRestrooms.com We have climate-controlled luxury restroom trailers to fit all of your needs.

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(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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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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Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club

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6 Pastures Farm

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Hermitage Museum & Gardens

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1757 Golf Club

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Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

168

Airlie Center

123

Historic Rockland

179

Annapolis & The Chesapeake Bay

184

Kamran Center

84

Antrim 1844

67

Ladew Topiary Gardens

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Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Liberty Mountain Resort

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The Bellevue Conference & Event Center

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Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard

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Bohemia River Overlook

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Mount Vernon Inn

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Bowling Green Country Club

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The Oaks Waterfront Inn & Events

130

Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn

101

Omni Hotels & Resorts

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Brittland Estates

189

Outer Banks Wedding Association

119

Castle Hill Cider

45

Overhills Mansion, Circa 1897

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Catering by Uptown

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Pinstripes

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Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa

15

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

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City Winery Washington DC

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The Renaissance

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Clyde’s Restaurant Group

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The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

113

Columbus Club of Arlington

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The River View at Occoquan

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The Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport

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Rixey Manor

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District Winery

155

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

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The Dupont Circle

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Rust Manor House

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Early Mountain Vineyards

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Stone Gables Estate

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Entwined Events

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Stone Tower Winery

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The Founders Inn and Spa

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Stonewall Golf Club at Lake Manassas

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Glenview Mansion

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Swan Point Yacht & Country Club

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Great Marsh Estate

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Sweeney Barn

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The Great Room at Historic Savage Mill

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Turf Valley Resort

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Harbour View

149

Tusculum Farm

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Harry Browne’s

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University of Maryland Memorial Chapel

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SRS Events - Wedding Production

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Walnut Hill

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Weddings Romantique

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West Belmont Place

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The Westin Washington Dulles Airport

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PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Windsor Court Hotel

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The Woodlands at Algonkian

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John Bartenhagen Photography

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Nichole Haun Photography

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Bachelor Boys Band

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BSquare Productions

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The Dapper DJs

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INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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MLC Designs

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Cakes by Happy Eatery

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Catering by Uptown

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Classic Bakery

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Pepper Club Fine Indian Cuisine

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Putting on the Ritz

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BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Carla Pressley Hair & Make Up

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Green & Blue Studio

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Love Couture Bridal

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Perry Warren of Frizzles

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Trousseau

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SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Zoya’s Atelier

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Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailers

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Fleet Transportation

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Reston Limousine

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Wish Upon a Wedding

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CAKES & CATERERS

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Goodman & Sons Jewelers

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Khoury Bros./Crisscut

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Midtown Jewelers

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WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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Lauren Emerson

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Relish Décor

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Rebecca & Rudy Charlottesville, VA

As pilots in the US Air Force, Rebecca and Rudy took their ‘love is in the air’ nuptials theme to new heights. “We wanted a unique experience that highlighted our love of flying,” Rebecca says of boarding a hot air balloon during cocktail hour. “Our guests gathered in a nearby field and waved as we went up—it was truly a priceless moment.”

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