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Kim & Brandon’s DIY, Intimate Maryland Wedding at Woodlawn Manor

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Today’s real Maryland wedding has everything I look for in submissions: a personalized ceremony and reception, a bride in chucks, DIY details made by the bride’s mom, mismatched bridesmaids, and so many fun, original details all based on things that were meaningful to the couple. Kim & Brandon picked a venue, color scheme, and details all based on decisions that were dear to their hearts and personalities. Add all this to the gorgeous weather they had at their completely outdoor wedding (no tent! gutsy.) and you’ll see why I had so much trouble narrowing down today’s wedding feature to under 35 pictures! Thanks to Voula Trip Photography for the images!

Kim & Brandon’s DIY Maryland wedding at Woodlawn Manor

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Vendors:

Photographer:  Voula Trip Photography | Linens and Coverings: Gaithersburg Party Rental | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Officiant: Seneca Creek Community Church | Photo Booth: Silly Shotz | Makeup Artist: Blend Event | Cake Designer: Caked Up | DJ: DJ Tim Dogg | Event Planner: Weddings By Tanzi | Venue: Woodlawn Manor | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How they met:

Kim and Brandon met at a church youth event. Kim was in the kitchen helping with clean-up when she was introduced to Brandon. We didn’t make a big deal of it then but we eventually became friends. It was an accidental “date” for movies and froyo (our friends blew us off because of other plans) that we realized we had something worth exploring further. A few months later, over Pho, Brandon told Kim about his growing feelings for her. We decided to put our all in discovering the potential of our relationship and the rest is history! We quickly discovered each other’s passions, strengths, weaknesses, and faith and quickly become inseparable.

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The proposal:

The day Brandon got the ring, Kim was stopping by his place for dinner. He made a delicious meal and could hardly wait for her to finish it to pop the question! Despite being in the privacy of his home, he was still very nervous. Kim said “yes! of course!”. She really appreciated the moment being just between them two since she’s not a big fan of being the center of attention when sharing intimate moments like this.

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Kim and Brandon were all smiles throughout the whole day. They were so excited to get married to each other that their joy just shines through in their images.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of Kim & Brandon’s intimate, DIY Maryland wedding at Woodlawn Manor.

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Danielle & Braxton’s Offbeat, Bright Green Wedding in Alexandria, VA

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Getting back into the swing of things with a super fun & offbeat Northern Virginia wedding from Rebekah Hoyt Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. Danielle & Braxton decided to infuse their fun personalities into their wedding day in the form of a BRIGHT kelly green color palette and wearing high top chucks. We all know how I love me some brides & bridesmaids in chucks :)

Danielle & Braxton’s wedding was chock full of personal touches, including handmade crocheted clutches for the woman of the wedding,  and the incorporation of their love of wineries and movies into their DIY reception centerpieces.

I have a TON of details from Danielle that I know you all are going to love. Plus, any bride that self-proclaims geekiness & a love of jeans and t-shirts, is my kind of bride.

Danielle & Braxton’s Offbeat, Bright Green & Grey Northern Virginia Wedding

Vendors:

Dress Store: David’s Bridal
Cake Designer:  Chandlers Bakery
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Joseph A. Bank
Bridesmaid Dresses:  Alfred Angelo

How they met:

            The story of how we met can vary anywhere from “with a group of church friends” to “at a bar” based on who we’re talking to.  We did in fact meet at EatBar with a group of friends from church and immediately hit it off.  I am most comfortable in jeans and a geeky tee with my mismatched socks and favorite chucks with mismatched shoelaces, whereas he’s most comfortable in khakis and a polo with his boat shoes.

Somewhere in there are two of the craziest, most awkward, but also most organized people you will ever meet and this is what made planning our wedding equally a blast and, at times, difficult.

How Braxton proposed:

Braxton proposed on December 10th and the following day we had a 7 page Google doc written out with just about everything we could think of that needed to be done.  This helped us out tremendously in that never once were we feeling like we had to rush.  I ended up getting really sick the week before our wedding and while I wanted to be up doing things in all honesty there was very little that needed to be done.

LOVE the fabric flower bouquets!

More on the awesome fabric flowers:

I really enjoy finding ways to try and be crafty so almost everything was handmade by ourselves.  While discussing our initial thoughts on flowers we concluded two things.  There should probably be some.  And they should have petals.  From there I ended up scouring the internet for alternatives/cheap flowers for the bouquets and boutonnieres as we knew those were the only flowers we cared about.

I ended up coming across a tutorial for making ribbon roses and from there the decision was made, all of the bouquets and boutonnieres would be ribbon roses.

Why they chose bright kelly green & slate grey as their color palette:

            We picked Kelly Green and Slate Grey as our colors mostly because we couldn’t decide and didn’t really care.  I happened to be wearing a Kelly Green shirt that day which we both decided we really liked and it’s actually ended up becoming one of my favorite colors.  From there we wanted something to tone it down and picked the Grey.

While most would have used the Green as an accent to pop against the Grey I fell in love the Green so much I tried to use it for the most part.

Click inside for the rest of Danielle & Braxton’s kelly green & grey Northern Virginia wedding by Rebekah Hoyt Photography!

Corrie & Tim’s Shakespeare Themed, Leesburg Virginia Wedding

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So remember when I went out to Leesburg, VA a few weekends ago to not only witness the beaautiful nuptials of Corrie & Tim, but live-tweet their wedding too!? Well, in case you didn’t catch the live-tweet, fret not, today’s real Virginia wedding feature is going to be chocked full of tidbits from our live-tweet, along with a TON of Corrie’s personal details and stories from the day. All this, masterfully captured by one of my favorite, Washington DC area wedding photographers, Luke Eshleman.

[yes, Corrie is a bride in chucks & yes i am losing my shiz over it]

Corrie & Tim’s fabulous Leesburg, VA wedding at the Thomas Birkby House, was truly unique and 100% them. From the music selections (Mumford & Sons, Dropkick Murphys, Say Anything (!!!!!)), to the Shakespearean theme (“Much Ado About Nothing“), and the social-media elements woven throughout the day, Corrie & Tim put their hearts, soul, and personality into their wedding, and it’s plain as day to see. They also happen to be two of the NICEST people I have ever met, so I cannot wait to share their beautiful home-grown Virginia wedding with you.

*Warning*: between the details from Corrie, some of my own Tweets & Twitpics from the day, and all the gorgeous pics from Luke, it was just impossible to scale this down, so I had to make it a two-parter. However, I don’t think you will mind in the least...

Corrie explains how her and Tim ended up at the Thomas Birkby House in Leesburg, VA for their wedding venue:

  When I started planning the wedding, I initially wanted a rural barn wedding in the fall with DIY touches and a casual feel, but that was nixed by logistical concerns: like bathrooms, travel distance, hotel accommodations, degree of difficulty for the elderly, etc. I started looking at venues and eventually looked at what must have been every location ever that had a semblance of outdoor space. January of this year rolled around and venues were starting to be booked up for the fall. Eventually I gave in to some parental pressure and went with the Birkby House over a phone call and agreed to the only open date – July 23rd – in an effort to get the whole stressful thing over and done with.

My shot of the Thomas Birkby House

CapitolRomance 23 July, 4:07pm: Walkin’ down Loudoun Street in Historic Leesburg! http://yfrog.com/h246omzj

Corrie’s beautiful dress from Moni’s Bridal Boutique 

This shot inside the old house of Tim getting ready is SO cool. I love the angle.

I just couldnt get behind the idea of spending $1000 on flowers that would wilt and die, so I had my bridesmaids carry white parasols instead of bouquets (useful in the July heat) and my mom ran over to Wegman‘s the morning of the wedding and picked up a pre-made natural looking flower bundle and wrapped it with ribbon for my bouquet (I wanted something to toss!).

A seriously sensible bride – I love it. Happy to find someone that felt like I did about flowers!

Click inside for the rest of this amazing, real Leesburg, VA wedding at the Thomas Birkby House!

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