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Liz & Gabe’s Intimate, Bohemian Inspired Art Gallery Wedding in Washington DC

Images: Valerie Demo Photography

An intimate elopement at a DC art gallery? Yup – I can’t think of a better post for Valentine’s Day! Gabe & Liz’s modern, intimate DC wedding was all about love, happiness & family! Surrounded by their family and full of both laughs & tears, this couple had the small, family-oriented wedding they wanted, right in their DC neighborhood. Love it – hope you guys all have a great day spreading the love to anyone & everyone in your life!

“We are having a small, family-only wedding at a local art gallery in our neighborhood. We are MOST excited about, well, marrying each other! We believe we are well suited as partners, excited to share families, and truly love each other as individuals, as friends, and as romantic partners. We are also excited to have our ceremony be simple, short and free of the distractions and expectations that large, traditional weddings put on a couple and their families.”

After getting ready with their own families, Liz and Gabe walked to the ceremony. Their wedding was held a few blocks away from their apartments at Gallery NK. It had the BEST light (and who can argue with a wedding surrounded by art). Liz and Gabe DIY’ed their entire wedding arch and set it up in the gallery, hung some twinkle lights and flanked it with bouquets from urbanstems . Liz’s aunt presided over the ceremony which included a ring warming, super emotional personal vows, and each of their parents giving the couple a special gift.

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Tim & Marie’s Washington, DC Tour Bus Wedding

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Images: Jonna Michelle Photography

Happy Friday Romancers!! I’m not going to lie, I don’t hate this cloudy COOL weather day. It feels like FALL and that makes me happy! I have the CUTEST offbeat DC wedding to share today – a literal Tour Bus Wedding, AND I am hosting the We The People DC Instagram handle. I’m also gearing up for the next three weekends of WEDDINGS. I’m working the next two, but a guest at the third. Hello October :)

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The couple only recently moved to D.C. Instead of holding their wedding where they’re from in the Midwest, they rented a tour bus and turned their wedding into a vacation for 55 close friends and family! They then held a reception at Logan Tavern near Logan Circle. The best part? Their two standard poodles came along for the whole thing!

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Zoey and Indy, the poodles, are very important to the bride and groom, which is why you see so many photos of them. There are also photos of the homemade ice cream the groom made as a treat for all of his guests.

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Matt & Sarya’s Laid-Back, Fun Josephine Butler Parks Center Wedding in DC

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Images: Mathy Shoots People

There are some inquiries I get that just stick with me. Some that I can tell from just a few sentences, are MEANT to be clients of ours. Such was the case with Matt & Sarya. Matt & Sarya shared that they wanted a simple, but fun wedding – they initially considered a pop-up wedding with Pop Wed Co! but decided they wanted something a bit larger. Which led them to JBPC and then Kara’s own wedding .. and then a workshop I hosted at the Lemon Bowl earlier this year.

Total universe/stars aligning type stuff. She told me she admired Kara’s wedding during the Sunday drum circles and after she found out Kara was actually #TeamCapRo, she just KNEW they had to work with us.

Well hot damn are we thrilled it worked out this way. Matt & Sarya’s wedding was GORGEOUS and 100% them. Kara kicked it with her coordination skills, and I am so pumped to share their full wedding on the blog today! Here it is.

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After Matt and I got married, we focused on what our marriage would look like and firmly believed that the wedding day was going to be only one day out of many that we’d have together–this meant that we wanted the day to be a reflection of us and the community of love and support we’d need in our lives together. Those anchored our event planning and the rest of the details, wanted to make sure would be as painless as possible!

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When we learned that couples can marry themselves in DC, we went for it. At first we weren’t sure exactly what it would entail. After talking through ceremony ideas, it was natural to have our families play a big role, especially our moms. We deeply respect them and admire the love they modeled in our lives, so for us it made sense that they would stand my our sides and help us along with our wedding vows. Our siblings, their families and children, walked down the aisle before us playing the role of our wedding party.

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Since we adapted traditional Khmer wedding elements (hand tying and umbrella ceremonies) and merged them into the ceremony and reception, we had our dear Khmer American friends take the mic and explain these elements as cultural ambassadors. Another one of our Khmer American friends keep the sister and mother-of-the-bride looking beautiful too.
We also tapped our friends to step in and help out as greeters, guest DJs, and go-to folks who handled anything that popped up during the day. The way everyone pitched in really made the day just right–just like a community would for hard time and for celebration.

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Gillian & Mark’s Personalized & Fun, Washington DC Wedding at Arena Stage

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Images: Anne Simone

Happy Thursday Romancers. I’ve been trying my hardest to get back into a more regular blogging groove and so far I think I’ve been doing pretty good this week (but let’s not talk about the July newsletter which still hasn’t been created … never enough time!). Coming back from vacation has been a bit harder than I thought it would be, but this adorable Maryland & sports-infused wedding certainly helps. Check out Mark & Gillian’s Arena Stage wedding, details & love story below!

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Mark and I met while I was interning at DC United. I had moved to the area for that internship and Mark helping out the Operations team there on game days. After a few months we realized that we lived close to each other in Maryland and decided to start seeing each other outside of RFK Stadium.

Our love of music and going to see live shows played greatly into the proposal. We had discovered Bears Den, a band from the UK, when they opened for Mumford & Sons and I quickly fell in love with them. Through some connections Mark was able to reach out to the band and plan a secret proposal when they were going to be in town for a show. It was a normal Wednesday afternoon and Mark had asked me to stop by his parents house to help out with some things before we were going to head into DC to see Bears Den perform that evening. When I stepped into his parents living room, there was my favorite band playing my favorite song and Mark with a big smile on his face. After many heartfelt words and getting down on one knee I of course said YES! To make the day even better he had my mom fly out from Ohio for the day to be there and be a part of the celebration. We then went into DC where he had organized a big happy hour with all of our friends before the show!

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We got engaged in November and then took a few months off planning and started the process in January. It took about a month and we got all of our big vendors nailed down. With the wedding in October I knew that we wanted to be able to enjoy the summer before having to buckle down and get all the last minute details done closer to the big day. The biggest help was having a wedding coordinator for the last 6 weeks. It took a lot of the decisions and hard work off my shoulders and I was able to be more excited rather than stressed.

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The colors for the wedding were something that came very easy for me. I love a mostly neutral color palette and we threw in some fun colors here and there. Mark and his groomsmen had custom suits made with amazing liners that showed off their personalities. Mark is an alumni of the University of Maryland and currently works there, so the Maryland flag made perfect sense for him.

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We chose Arena Stage as our venue as we wanted something different than a normal hotel or wedding hall. We love going to shows and live performances and our story started in DC, so Arena Stage was a perfect fit. The building is absolutely beautiful and the space that we were able to utilize could not have been better. We held both the ceremony and the reception in the Molly Smith Study while cocktail hour was outside on the rooftop terrace. The building was modern and elegant which also set the perfect background for all of our photos.

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How to Plan the BEST DC Wedding Ever with Pop! Wed Co & Yours Truly

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Guys! I am SUPER STOKED to be collaborating with one of my favs in the industry, Pop! Wed Co (another round of PopUpRomance if you will), and hitting one of our 2016 biz goals – to really establish ourselves as the go-to for wedding & relationships in DC. So we’re hitting the pavement and getting OUT THERE to speaking engagements and workshops to make this happen.

And we’re kicking it off big, at The Lemon Bowl, to host a super awesome wedding planning workshop!

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Image: Mathy Shoots People

How to Plan the BEST DC Wedding Ever | Sunday, March 6th | 1pm – 2:30pm | The Lemon Bowl DC

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Planning a wedding in DC can be overwhelming. But whether you’re just starting out or deep in the planning process, we’re here to help! Bree and Maggie are alternative wedding planners in DC who specialize in ignoring all the traditional wedding “rules” and helping couples plan authentic celebrations that are creative, affordable, and bucketloads of fun.

Together, they’ve come up with ten ways to hack your DC wedding — helping you spend less, enjoy the process more, and go local all the way! Join them for a chat and open Q&A. Then, hit the confetti bar on the way out!

That’s right. Confetti. Bar.

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We so hope you’ll join Maggie and I for a fun afternoon of talking wedding planning shop, giving you guys some insider secrets on how to plan not only an affordable wedding in DC, but one with wayyyyy less stress, AND be available to answer ALL and ANY questions you might have for us!

If all else fails, come for the confetti bar. Hope to see you there!

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