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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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Tarynn & Petar’s Lavender & Serbian Infused Wedding at Chantilly Country Club

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Images: melbeephotography LLC

Country club weddings aren’t usually my thing, but when I saw a flower crown on BOTH the bride and the groom’s heads during the ceremony, I thought this one deserved a second look. Turns out it was full of really cool details, mostly surrounding the groom’s Serbian heritage. The family traveled from overseas to be with the newlyweds and the ceremony included Serbian touches like plum whiskey (I’ve had this before – it’s STRONG), a crowning ceremony, and readings that were translated into Serbian!

Check out the full wedding and some insight from the Bride on the blog today.

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When we were planning our wedding, my husband and I knew we wanted to create a timeless feel with a number of personalized details to make the day extra special. We are still shocked by how amazing everything came together.

The lavender floral arrangements exceeded my expectations, the music was upbeat and had everyone on the dance floor, and the food was absolutely fantastic.

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In addition, we were able to incorporate a number of Serbian traditions into our ceremony to reflect my husband’s culture and upbringing. We were so lucky to have family and friends that contributed their talents to our wedding.

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Angie & Chris’ Intimate, Rustic Virginia Wedding at Virtue Feed & Grain

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Images: Daisy Saulls Photography via Two Bright Lights

An intimate brunch wedding at my new favorite spot in Alexandria, Virginia, Virtue Feed & Grain! Angie & Chris’ wedding was simple, but beautiful and it was a perfect match to their beautiful love story. Brunch weddings are totally my favorite (breakfast food is the BEST, just ask Leslie Knope) and their ceremony in a park in Alexandria was so gorgeous! Check out all the details below!

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From the photographer: They were friends first, but Chris knew he loved Angie from the very beginning. Through time, he won his girl’s heart and they celebrated the start of their new life as husband and wife at an intimate gathering in Alexandria, Virginia. Chris walked his precious little girls down the aisle as they showed off their stunning floral crowns. He waited with anticipation as Angie made her way from the left side of the gardens, past their elated guests, to catch the first glimpse of her best friend and husband-to-be.

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From the Bride:

I wanted a neutral color palette that would fit our rustic theme. In essence we didn’t really have many colors we used since we had no wedding party. the colors we chose were romantic and soft and added a nice touch to our garden rustic wedding.

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Chris’s childhood friend Eric acted as our officiant. We didn’t want to use someone we didn’t know and had no real affiliation with a church. Having Eric as our officiant made it even more special since Chris officiated Eric’s wedding just a few months before.

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CLICK INSIDE FOR THE REST OF ANGIE & CHRIS’ VIRGINIA WEDDING!

Helene & Josh’s Orange & Blue Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

I wanted to accept today’s Virginia wedding at first because of the awesome bright orange and blue color palette (a totally nontraditional and not often seen, choice of colors for a wedding). But once I found out WHY the couple chose the colors, well then, it was a given. Helene shared, “We chose colors that represented our alma maters.  Orange for Clemson, Josh’s college, and blue for Penn State, my college.  We used the two colors throughout the wedding and I loved the playful feel of the two colors.”

I could agree more! Thanks to Documentary Associates for submitting this one our way, via Two Bright Lights.

Helene & Josh’s Orange & Blue Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

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Vendors:

Photographer:  Documentary Associates | Ceremony Venue: The Textile Museum | Reception Venue: Top of the Town | Catering: R&R Catering | Flowers: Flowers by Cheryl Ann | Bride’s Dress: Watters | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Groomsmen: Black by Vera Wang | Transportation: Diamond Limousine | Invitations: The American Wedding | DJ: DJ R to Da Izza | Cupcakes/cake: Family friend | Makeup Artist: Shaune with Bridal Artistry | Hair Stylist: Sonia with Bridal Artistry | Musician: Harpist, Nadia Pessoa |   Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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We choose our photographer, because we had seen him work the previous year at our friend, Shannon’s wedding. We loved his photos and realized we barely noticed him at their wedding. We liked that it didn’t feel intrusive, but that we got really great photographs.  At our wedding, he got a shot of Josh retrieving the garter from over my shoulder, neither of us remember him even being there at that point!

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I wanted a more intimate setting for the ceremony.  I’d grown up loving gardens and appreciating the outdoors.  We searched for weeks to find a venue that could accommodate the large number of guests we had AND could feel romantic.  We found the Textile Museum, it was everything we had hoped, beautiful gardens, interesting architecture and only a few miles from our reception venue.

We made our programs by downloading fonts that matched our invitations.  We printed the grams and attached them to popsicle sticks.  Honestly, that process was much more tedious than I thought!

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Christine & Phillip’s Spring DIY Wedding at Top of the Town in Arlington, VA

This Spring Northern Virginia wedding at Top of the Town is REALLY getting me in the mood for pastel colors and sunshine. I LOVE the mix of teal and pink in their color design and the couple kept things eclectic with a mix of understated vintage details. Plus they did their first dance to a Red Hot Chili Peppers song – how awesome is that? Check out Christine & Phillip’s DIY Spring Wedding feature. Thanks to Kirsten Marie Photography for submitting this one to us – a perfect Spring wedding to celebrate the first day of Spring!

Christine & Phillip’s DIY Spring Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

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Photographer:  Kirsten Marie Photography | Cake Designer: Dama Pastry | Invitation Designer: Mayla Studios | Floral Designer: MelleFleur | Reception Venue: Top of the Town | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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We included pastel colors everywhere to deliver a vintage kaleidoscope effect , an eclectic mix of glassware for the fingers to touch, which we’ve also recently noticed to be popular in trendy speakeasies, and pink up lighting that bridged classic ambiance with views of a global city.

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