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Colva & Jake’s Intimate, Rad Northern Virginia Wedding at Liberty Tavern

Images: Chris Ferenzi Photography

I thought I would be able to finally start running again yesterday, but this cold is STILL hanging around and between the tundra temps & WIND, it just didn’t happen. But I haven’t run in a WEEK now and I need to run 10 miles in a 3 weeks, so it HAS to happen today. So please send me all the motivation you can spare. For today though, we have an ADORABLE intimate wedding that has so many pops of fun, and the most chill engagement story ever. Plus I am in love with the bride’s ink (of course) & the bright colors for the reception. Take it away!

We met on OkCupid, in Spring 2012. We pretty immediately realized that we both worked at Georgetown and lived within a mile of each other. We’ve known each other since April 2012, were together from about May 2013, and really together from March 2014. It happened in stages.

Jake proposed. We were at Chipotle on M St having lunch and discussing the impending nuptials of two of our very good friends. I articulated that I thought it was a good idea for them to get married, as they met all the criteria I find reasonable for determining if a relationship works. Jake asked me what I thought those things were: That the people are adults, not nearly adults, or freshly adults. That they have faced some challenges together, and overcame those. They have lived together and shared a limited space. They have met each others friends and families.

Jake then said that based on these criteria we should get married. He initially wanted to do it that weekend, but I intervened and expressed that what he was really thinking about was engagement.

We then went to Forever21 on M St and bought a pack of 9 fashion rings for $5, and then walked back to campus where Jake got down on one knee in front of the statue of John Carroll (the founder of Georgetown) and asked me to marry him. Students and tour groups cheered, and I’m sure it looked very well planned to everyone who saw it.

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Capitol Wedding: Bethany & Rob’s Silly, Fun & Modern Northern Virginia Wedding

“3 words describe their style … fun, silly, and modern”

Kicking off Tuesday with a super fun & modern Northern Virginia wedding at a new area venue, the Lorton Arts Center. It’s not a surprise that a couple whose relationship was built on photo bombing and playing “chubby bunnies” turned to that same fun and silliness for their wedding.

Wedding party portraits filled with mustaches, a photobooth full of costumes, the hot pink and bright blue color palette and a non-stop dance party reception rounded out Bethany & Rob’s amazing wedding. A special thanks to Michelle VanTine Photography for submitting this awesome, modern VA wedding feature [via Two Bright Lights].

Bethany & Rob’s Silly, Fun & Modern Northern Virginia Wedding


Catering: Main Event Caterers

Venue: Lorton Arts Center

Photography: Michelle VanTine Photography

Photobooths: Bash Booths Photobooths DC

Whoopie Pies: Confections Cupcakery

 About the couple:

Rob and I met at our church’s summer retreat in 2008. I was hanging around a bonfire with my friends, when I saw an opportunity to participate in one of my favorite sports- “photo crashing”. I jumped in the background of a picture that Rob was taking of the crowd.  He caught me crashing his photo and introduced himself. He challenged my friends and I to a game of “chubby bunny” (you stuff as many marshmallows in your mouth as you possibly can and try to say “Chubby Bunny”.I don’t know if it was our mutual love for photo crashing or chubby bunny, but our friendship was solidified that night.

After three years of friendship, we had this genius idea to try dating each other, which was even more fun!

About their wedding:

We wanted our wedding to reflect our love for having fun and our loving for traveling! Rob is an animator, so he created a you tube save the date for us featuring places we had traveled together-.

He also designed our invitations which were cartoon magnets of ourselves. You could dress cartoon versions of us with different accessories- including sunglasses, a mustache, or a scuba mask. Rob also made the programs which folded into airplanes to go with our travel/adventure theme.

From Michelle VanTine Photography:

The wedding was in Lorton, in an festive river-side main street similar to Old Town Alexandria. The reception was really was hoppin’! This is a new-ish reception venue to the DC-area and I’m so happy to maybe be the first to introduce many to it. Workhouse Arts Center is a beautiful space. Large, well lit, decorated with lovely contemporary art, and apparently very well priced.

chaotic & candid + mustaches = my favorite wedding party pictures

the hot pink scarves and shoes totally pop against the periwinkle bridesmaids dresses. MODERN. love it.

Two of our favorite parts of the ceremony was our “cake” and our photobooth. Call us crazy- but Rob and I do not like cake, so we served cookie sandwiches from Confections Cupcakery. They also made us a large whoopee pie for the cake cutting!

Click inside for the rest of this super fun & modern Northern Virginia 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?

Click inside for the rest of this beautiful modern, brightly colored Northern Virginia wedding feature!

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