Images: Jeff Song Photography
When readers submit their own weddings to me for publication it makes me feel validated and like the circle has been complete. I am not entirely sure why, but I guess it’s because they tend to be super like minded to me/this blog’s vibe so they usually make great features. Today we have Lorelie and David’s super DIY, Cherry Blossom themed wedding at Top of the Town in Arlington, VA.
We wanted something very spring, something soft and classic. Because the wedding ceremony was in April at the end of Cherry Blossom season (and at the Jefferson Memorial) we wanted to connect to those colors without distracting from the beauty that we were surrounding ourselves in.
My bridesmaids and I created all of the bouquets as well as all of the boutonnieres and all of the flowers that were part of the centerpieces. I made labels for all of the bridesmaid hangers and mine, as well as label tags for all of the groomsmen tuxes. I handmade the headpiece that I wore, as well as the ones worn by my maids of honor.
We knew that we wanted an outdoor venue for the ceremony and we knew we wanted something representative of the city that we love. Once we knew that you could do ceremonies at the Jefferson Memorial we were sold.
We each wrote four letters to each other: The first to be opened on the day of the wedding, the second to be opened on our one year anniversary, the third to be opened when we have our first child, and the fourth to be opened when our child gets married. We had each of our parents write those same sets of four letters to us. So what you are seeing in those pictures of us on either side of the door is us reading the first letters we wrote to each other and the first letters our parents wrote to us. It was a really nice sort of quiet moment together (without seeing each other) before the ceremony.
This particular ceremony venue definitely has its challenges since you only get a 2-hour time window for everything (including set-up and break-down). It isn’t exactly the easiest memorial to get to either since it isn’t metro accessible, so we had school buses available to take people to the memorial and to the reception afterwards. It is also outdoors in April (hello rain risks and weather concerns) so we had to have back up plans just in case.
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