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Jade & Jonah’s DIY, Festival Themed Wedding Outside DC

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Images: Pangtography 

West Virginia might technically fall outside of my regional requirements but once I saw the images from this festival themed wedding and just the whole vibe of the day – I simply fell in love. Plus, the venue was in Shepherdstown, WV which is only about an hour and a half from Washington, DC and 30 minutes from the outer parts of Northern Virginia, so really not THAT far outside my radius. Plus, as the submitters stated, “it’s a great place to come and escape the city … and get more for your dollar”.

Jonah & Jade’s wedding is full of colors, DIY projects, festival-themed details, and SO MUCH LOVE. I’m telling you – I thought this was a styled shoot at first, it’s so gorgeous, but really it was just a total labor of love (the bride and her friends did a lot – and hired the perfect vendors to cap it all off). I know you’re going to love this one!

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Jonah and I met through  mutual friends at a reggae show. I remember whispering to my friend before meeting him, “Look at that tall surfer looking dude with long hair over there.” One day, my sister invited me to come along to go pontooning on the Potomac River with some friends. It was a gorgeous day out, my friends and I were playing our guitars and  singing. Jonah was there and I remember him swinging from tree branches and doing these crazy cool dives in the water.  I nicknamed him, “Tarzan.” Jonah lived on the Shenandoah River so that summer our friends would go on tube floats followed by cookouts at Jonah’s with music and t-ball. Many hikes, reggae shows, cookouts, and floats down the river later, Jonah asked me on a date and the rest is history.

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Five years later, Jonah asked me out to dinner. Before I could get out the door, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes! And the wedding planning began!

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It was very special to have our wedding ceremony at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, where we are both members. Jonah’s father, Randy Tremba, is the church’s minister and officiated our wedding ceremony.

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We are very close to our families, so the bridal party included our brothers, sisters, their wives, husbands, and kids. The wedding ceremony had both traditional and non-traditional elements. There was live music throughout played by several of our musician friends. Than and Mary Anne Hitt opened up the ceremony with “I Can See Clearly Now” by Jimmy Cliff. My father walked me down the aisle to the sound of two mandalins and a guitar strumming “The Wedding March” by George Frederick Handel. I carried a custom hand tied bouquet designed by one of my girlfriends, Westvirjeni. It was huge and colorful, asymmetrical and adorned with pheasant feathers.

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Kayte & Luke’s Brightly Colored, DIY Newton House Mansion Wedding in Maryland

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[Images: Liz Fogarty Photography]

I loved the way you could totally feel this couple’s personality from their wedding images. From the bright orange, pink, and yellow color palette, to all the DIY projects – it was no wonder that this Maryland wedding totally rocked, with the bride being a SUPER talented musician. (Check her out!). The wedding has a slight bohemian meets Rock N Roll vibe and I am pumped to get to share some awesome insight from the couple to go along with their gorgeous wedding images from Liz Fogarty. Enjoy!

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Since we were long distance engaged (I was in MD where we’d be getting married & Luke was in LA), Luke gave me free reign to make a lot of the design choices, although I tried to run things by him whenever I thought he might have a preference :)  We wanted the wedding (which we referred to as ‘the party’) to feel young and colorful and delightful and casual.  We wanted all of our friends and family to have an amazing time. We went with a palate of shades of hot pink, fuchsia and orange for the bridesmaids, navy blue suits on the (12!) groomsmen, and pops of yellow to tie it all together – DIY-ed billy ball bouquets for the girls and (also DIY-ed) boutonnieres for the guys.

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Our invitation photo, which came before all of our wedding design choices, totally encapsulates the feel of the wedding – Luke and I sat on a bench in LA front of a hot pink wall and asked random strangers walking by to snap photos of us with his iPhone.  The very first one was the best and when I was back in Maryland, we designed our invitation together over Skype. When a cousin we’d invited noticed the lack of formal wording and fancy calligraphy on our invitations I was super happy because I knew it felt like “us” … as a couple we’re more “print” than “cursive.”

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The gorgeous grounds and architecture and round reception room with floor to ceiling windows at Newton White Mansion sold us on the venue. I knew the pictures would be gorgeous.  Luckily the rain on our wedding day held off long enough for us to get pictures outside, but by the time the ceremony started it was pouring, so we were glad we decided to move everything into the reception space as our rain plan. Having windows on all sides made us feel like we were outside and in at the same time.

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Kayte’s friend and former band mate Kevin accompanied her on guitar from his seat as she sung to Luke during the ceremony. Luke’s friend Adrian sweet talked a store into opening early and picked up Luke’s tie the morning of the wedding (don’t ask!) and got it to him just in time for the ceremony. Our friend Peter put together amazing playlists of music for before the ceremony, the cocktail hour, eating and dancing.  Luke’s friend Stephen drove all night from Ohio to be at the wedding and pick up the beer in time for the cocktail hour and reception. Our friend Nicole was the crazily organized ring master who was the “Day Of Coordinator” for us.  And our amazing bridal party made sure we had a great time.

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Click inside for more of Kayte & Luke’s adorable DIY Maryland wedding!

Anne & Tim’s Bright Pink, Blue & Green River Farm Wedding in Northern Virginia

I am really digging the colors and patterns in this morning’s Northern Virginia wedding feature from Jan Michele Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

The couple chose a really modern palette of pink, blue and green and then incorporated some awesome chevron patterns in the centerpiece displays to really liven up the display. All of their details and color choices really popped against the beautiful background of River Farm in Northern Virginia! Enjoy :)

Anne & Tim’s Brightly Colored, Modern Northern Virginia Wedding at River Farm


Caterer:  R&R Catering
Event Designer: Atrendy Wedding
Floral Designer:  Merrifield Garden Center
Musicians:  Sage String Quartet
Cake Designer:  The Cake Guy
Officiant:  Ed Ingebretsen

how pretty are these mismatched navy blue bridesmaids?

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Denise & LJ’s Offbeat Neon Colored Wedding in Bluemont, Virginia

What happens when a vocalist and a DJ get married?

A wedding with exploding bright, neon colors, DIY details, and CD wedding favors of course! This morning we have Denise & LJ’s techno-music inspired offbeat wedding at the Bluemont Vineyard in Virginia, by Anna Bruce Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Denise & LJ’s Techno-Music Inspired Wedding in Northern Virginia

LJ & Denise also have an extremely touching love story & proposal …

LJ proposed to Denise around the two year anniversary of her mother’s passing. It was a very difficult time for her. Denise was obviously upset and told LJ that she felt so alone.

LJ told Denise that he would be right back with some water and when he returned he got down on one knee and said “I love you and you will never be alone” and he proposed to her.

They got married one year later around the anniversary of her mother’s passing so that it would be a happy time instead of sad.

What a truly touching story ~ and such a reflection of how cyclical life is with its ups and downs, beginnings and ends. Another touching point was that both the engagement ring and wedding band that Denise now has and wears was her mothers.

how gorgeous & unique is Denise [and her mom’s] engagement ring?

just love the pops of color with the hot pink & yellow paper lanterns!

Click inside to see the rest of Denise & LJ’s awesome neon colored, pink & yellow wedding at the Bluemont Vineyard in Northern Virginia!

Josh & Christen’s Offbeat, DIY Travel Themed Wedding in Maryland

I just know you will love today’s real Maryland wedding which comes to us from Washington, DC wedding photographer, Tara Welch Photography (courtesy of Two Bright Lights).  Amazing Brooklyn couple, Josh & Christen, planned an entirely DIY, travel themed wedding (including the Travelocity Gnome!) at the Strong Mansion in Maryland.

Or, as Josh told me, “Christen handled like 99.9% of the wedding, but I was there to err. offer my advice. =)

Tara told me that this couple just loves loves loves to travel and have been traveling over the world for years together! Christen works for Foursquare and Josh works for Tumblr now but worked for Flickr for years so he loves photography. You will all quickly see how this  combination of things, makes for one amazing real wedding!

From Josh:

We started off thinking of a destination wedding in Turkey before coming to the realization that we wanted to be near Christen’s family — but still, we evolved the idea of a Mediterranean summer wedding with the colors of purple and green (figs and grapes/olive) to a classy summer afternoon party (a la Great Gatsby but with a summer fair/carnival feel) where the colors would be pink and green.

A lot of our inspirations came from website searches and we set up a Tumblr blog to document our findings: (if you go to and go to the beginning, you can see how things evolved from Turkey to finding the perfect invitation cards, etc.).

The common theme that runs through our event was our love of traveling and photography and food. We also wanted to be us: casual if you want and upscale if you must.

Get excited people, this real Maryland wedding, full of chucks, bright colors, outdoor games, gnomes, photo booth props, and travel theme decor is about to rock your socks!

The travel themed wedding invites from Minted

More on their travel themed wedding invites & Save the Dates:

For the Save the dates we wanted to do a personal touch, so we asked strangers to take Polaroids of us from our recent travels to S. America, Australia and the West Coast.  We then tied the polaroids to the save the date cards we got from Etsy with a ribbon and a micro card with two cups of coffee.

– Card from Etsy:

– Ribbon:

– Video of all our polaroids that we sent to family and friends:

For the wedding invites we followed up with the travel theme and sent out these wedding invites we found on minted:

Here is the awesome video of all the polaroids from their travels!

More on the venue selection:

We started looking for venues all over Virginia and Maryland – some were too big, some were too far from DC and some just didn’t feel right — before settling on Strong Mansion.  It was perfect.  The space was big enough for guests to stroll around yet intimate enough for our friends and family to group together and have catch ups and conversations.  It was also flexible enough for a lot of personal touches.

Love these shots with the big yellow balloon!

I love these portrait shots with the globe too! Perfect for a world-traveling couple

Click inside for the rest of this awesome, DIY travel-themed real Maryland wedding!

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