Jess & Kim’s Locally DC Sourced, Personalized DIY Wedding at Murray Hill

And we’re back this afternoon with Jess & Kim’s amazing, locally sourced DC area wedding.Their gorgeous, chic barn wedding was one part rustic, one part DIY, and ALL parts personalized, as they depended on a TON of local Washington, DC area vendors to make their wedding day happen. I really loved how they found their vendors mostly through their local U Street Farmers market! The couple explained, “We really love the DC area – having lived here for a combined 12 years – and are committed locavores, so we made a concerted effort to choose local whenever we could. Not only did we get amazing quality for much more affordable prices, but we got to support some of our favorite local businesses.”

Locavores + weddings = my FAVORITE DC wedding features! I know you guys are going to LOVE Jess & Kim’s rustic chic Virginia wedding!

 Jess & Kim’s Locally Sourced, Personalized DIY Wedding at Murray Hill

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Photographer: Jordan Baker Photography | Venue: Murray Hill | Catering: Hill Country (with Turkey’s provided locally by Harvey’s Butchers) | Cake & Pies: Whisked DC | Flowers: Plantmasters | Wine & Spirits: Union Market’s Cordial | Decorations: DIY | Bouquets & Boutonnieres: DIY | Wedding Coordinator: Nikki Rap

On their overall theme and feel of their wedding:

 The wedding elements were picked based around a rustic chic theme, since we love this style and it alludes to our hometowns (Texas for Jess, and growing up across the street from a horse farm for Kim). A lot of our choices were also based on the season we were married in, so there were a lot of oranges and reds and yellows, and all of our flowers were what was fresh at the time like zinnias, mums, and proteas.

LOVE these hand-written designed wedding invitations!

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We tried to make the wedding as personalized as possible. For us, that meant including friends and family whenever we could. Kim’s sister, a graphic designer, made our chalkboard-style invitations, menus, and programs.

We also included the three sets of grandparents who couldn’t join us that day in small ways: the engagement ring was made from an earring Kim’s maternal grandmother brought with her when she fled Saigon after the Vietnam War; the wedding rings were provided by Kim’s paternal grandparents.

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Jess also had a number of family pieces for her attire: she wore pearls that belonged to her paternal grandmother, her mother’s veil, and used extra lace from shortening the veil to make a detachable illusion neckline for her dress.

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We also picked Murray Hill as a venue for this very reason: it’s an estate right on the banks of the Potomac, so our ceremony had the beautiful changing treeline over the river as a backdrop. The barn also really sold us on the venue: a converted llama stable with wonderful high rafters and old chandeliers that we used for our reception.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of this awesome, locally sourced Washington, DC area wedding at Murray Hill in Leesburg!

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Jess & Kim’s How I Met Your Mother, Cherry Blossom Engagement Pictures

Is it too early for a Cherry Blossom engagement feature? I think not! I am SO ready for some warmer temps and this is totally getting me in the mood. Plus, Jess & Kim are also huge How I Met Your Mother Fans (me too!) so that iconic yellow umbrella made an appearance in their adorable engagement pictures at the Jefferson Memorial. I can’t get over how much FUN they seem to be having during the engagement pictures. It’s always so refreshing to see a couple’s personality like this, instead of just a bunch of awkwardly posed photos for engagement features. Thanks to Jordan Baker Photography for the images!

Jess & Kim emailed me their engagement AND wedding – so we’ll be back this afternoon with their awesome, personalized real wedding too!

Jess & Kim’s How I Met Your Mother & Cherry Blossoms Engagement Pictures

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Photographer: Jordan Baker Photography

How they met:

We met at a backyard barbecue on Memorial Day Weekend in 2011. Jess had spent a year and a half living in Zambia where she worked with a girl named Sara, who would go on to sit next to Kim at work. Meanwhile, when Jess came back to the U.S., Sara convinced her to move to D.C. When a few coworkers put together a last minute barbecue, Sara invited Jess to introduce her to some of her friends in D.C. Kim almost blew it when, in an effort to chat her up more, he asked her to be on his team for cornhole… forgetting that that means you stand on opposite sides. Luckily for us, Jess gave him a second chance.

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Click inside for the rest of Jess & Kim’s adorable DC engagement session & proposal story!

Chris & Mandy’s Laid-Back Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Georgetown

We’re back this afternoon for an adorable DC engagement session in Georgetown from Mathy Shoots People. The rain outside is a bit of a downer (though it will be much easier to go for a run tonight in this, than multiple inches of snow…) but between our awesome DIY Scratch-Off Valentines Day cards & tutorial this morning, and now this laid-back engagement session feature, I really can’t complain. Hope you guys had a great weekend – we have LOTS in store this week.

Chris & Mandy’s Laid-Back Washington DC Engagement Pictures in Georgetown

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Photographer: Mathy Shoots People | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 How they met:

We met in 2009 in a Communications class at Christopher Newport University. We both had significant others at the time so we were friends for over a year before we began dating. Chris and I both believe that our fabulous relationship today is the result of our strong foundation as best friends.

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The proposal story:

Chris and I got engaged on December 29th 2012 on a cruise to the Caribbean. We were taking a New Years cruise with my family, and my best friend and MOH Katie, her boyfriend and her family. We flew to Miami the day before and Chris almost exposed the ring during a security check at the airport but I was oblivious to this (of course!). Chris proposed the  second night of the cruise in our cabin with just the two of us. It was a beautiful, intimate moment. Everyone we were with knew he was going to propose sometime on the cruise but they didn’t know when. Actually, even he didn’t know when exactly he was going to ask but said that moment that night felt right. I was so excited and thankful he didn’t propose in front of a trillion people (I’m easily embarrassed!)

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Happy Monday Romancers! Thanks again to Mathy Shoots People & Two Bright Lights for sharing Chris & Mandy’s adorable DC engagement session. Have a great week!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make DIY Scratch Off Valentines Day Cards

Kicking off the week with an awesome DIY tutorial from Ribbons & Bluebirds that is just PERFECT for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday! Introducing: Scratch Off Valentines! These adorable, easy to make cards are a fun little way to show your loved ones you care with a homemade card. The scratch-off is simple and quick and can obviously be used for fun Save the Dates or RSVP cards in your wedding invitations too! Take it away Ribbons & Bluebirds!

DIY Tutorial: How To Make DIY Scratch-Off Valentines Day Cards

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Supplies you will need:

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  • White cardstock, 8.5×11 (letter) size sheets
  • Coloured cardstock, any colour
  • Paper trimmer (or utility knife + ruler)
  • Printer
  • Clear contact paper OR clear packing tape
  • Paint – I used Martha Stewart Metallic Craft Paint (in Rose Gold)
  • Liquid soap
  • Small dish for paint + art paintbrush
  • Glue tape or similar (I used Scotch GlueDots)
  • A2 size envelopes (optional)

Step by Step Directions:

Step 1. Download the card template available at Ribbons & Bluebird’s blog.

Step 2. Print your cards! The templates are laid out on 8.5×11 sheets, ready for your printer, and include crop marks. Make sure you have the print set to Do Not Scale, otherwise your printer may try and reduce the size of the cards. The front and the back of the card will print on the same sheet.

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 Step 3. Next, trim the cards and the backer paper. The crop marks on the cards show you where to cut, but the finished size should be 5.25” wide by 4” tall (in case you trim off the crop marks by cutting across the sheet.) Next, cut a rectangle out of your coloured cardstock that is 5.5” wide by 4.25” tall.

Step 4. Mount the front and back onto the coloured backer paper using the glue tape. Center the card before pressing down, and remember when you mount the back to check and make sure the same side is “up” on both front and back ☺

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Step 5. Now it’s time for the fun part! Cut a rectangle of contact paper tall enough to cover the center icons, and wide enough to span from one side of the “slots” to the other. Close is close enough here! Peel the backing off the contact paper, and stick it down over the center icons.

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Click inside for the rest of our step by step, DIY tutorial for Scratch-off Valentines Day Cards from Ribbons & Bluebirds!

Pantone Violet Tulip Color Wedding Inspiration Board

Sending you all off on the weekend with a dreamy wedding color palette inspiration board designed by LoveBuggs Weddings, based on Pantone’s Violet Tulip. Much like our Pantone Placid Blue Wedding Inspiration Board, Violet Tulip is a PERFECT springtime wedding color and design palette! Check out some of the gorgeous ideas Divinity pulled together if you are thinking of using this spring color for your wedding!

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Image Credits:

Bridesmaids Dresses – image by Deirdre Lynn Photography | Lilac & Glasses Tablescape – image by KT Merry Photography via Dreamy Whites Blog | Boutonniere – image by Paige & Blake Green via Wedding ChicksDIY Ombre Favor Bags – image by Kelli Murray via 100 Layer Cake | InvitationWedding Paper Divas | MacaroonsLove Chocolate & Weddings

 Want more Wedding Inspiration? Check out all of our inspired wedding posts here!

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