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Marielba & Also’s Modern, Intimate Purple Virginia Wedding on a Rooftop

I’ve been a terrible blogger lately guys and I apologize. Things should hopefully slow down a little on my end, as this weekend marks the last weekend that I’ve either worked or attended a wedding since May 3rd. That’s almost 2 straight months of wedding weekends. I swear I love this job though ;) For Friday we have a beautiful modern, intimate rooftop wedding in Arlington, Virginia. Marielba’s short wedding dress is to die for and I LOVE all the pops of bright purple. Most of the bride’s family traveled from Venezuela to be here for this wedding.

Thanks to Stephanie Kopf for sharing her images for this Virginia wedding. Have a great weekend Romancers!

Marielba & Aldo’s Mondern, Intimate Rooftop Wedding in Arlington, Virginia

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Photographer:  Stephanie Kopf Photography | Dress: David’s Bridal | Reception Venue: Dorchester Towers | Cake: Hemibry Cakes & Food Services |
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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I don’t think it really hit her until Marielba stood in front of her adoring Mother, Father, and Grandmother, who had traveled all the way from Venezuela for this very moment, to see their beautiful girl in her wedding dress. This was it. It was time. The tearful smiles beaming back at her as she stood in front of them assured her that she looked stunning, and that joyful moment would set the tone for the rest of Marielba and Aldo’s beautiful wedding day.

It meant so much to them to have family come from such a distance for their big day, to laugh together and share both hugs and happy tears in each others’ arms.

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We decided to do our wedding at the Garden Terrace of the Dominion Tower because it’s perfect for a intimate style wedding with such an amazing view of the city, a modern indoor party room and also a gorgeous garden. The venue’s service was great, they were always open to our ideas.

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Maureen & Jess’ Intimate DIY Wedding at Bull Run Winery in Northern Virginia

I’m always in awe of couples that plan their wedding from afar. One of the reasons Andy & I opted to get married in DC (instead of in our hometown of NJ) was that I just couldn’t imagine planning from 4+ hours away. I guess I am too hands-on (and let’s face it, just an absolute control freak) to have been able to do that. But for Maureen & Jess, it worked out perfectly. They planned everything from their home in California, DIYing dozens of fabric flowers for the bouquets, bouts, corsages, and decor, and making their own wedding paper products too. Their ceremony was personalized and I love how they got ready in the house that Maureen grew up in. Thanks to Katie Nesbitt Photography for sharing this one, and thanks to Maureen & Jess for sharing personal details and TONS of wedding advice from their Northern Virgina wedding!

Jess & Maureen’s Intimate, DIY Wedding at Bull Run Winery in Northern Virginia

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Photographer:  Katie Nesbitt Photography | Venue: The Winery at Bull Run | Catering: RSVP Catering | Flowers: DIY, by the bride | Paper Products: DIY, by the bride | Officiant: Family Friend | DJ: Marc Augenbaum DJ Services | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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If you decided to DIY your own paper products (Save The Dates, Invites, RSVP cards, menus, etc), try to figure out whether it would cost you more money and hassle to print at home or to go to Costco or FedEx Office. As it turns out, for all the paper we printed at FedEx Office, we could have bought ourselves a nicer printer and had something to show for it afterward!

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All of the flowers and decorations were DIY’d by us and our families. Making the bouquets was certainly a labor of love that took a lot more time than we had originally anticipated. We never could have finished them had it not been for our amazing bridal party’s help.

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Our favorite part of the day was the First Look, which was on a Civil War-era bridge next door to our wedding venue. I had been nervous since waking up the morning of our wedding day. When I saw Jess I felt an overwhelming sense of calm. It really set the tone for the entire rest of the day.

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Click inside for so much more from Maureen & Jess’ DIY Northern Virginia wedding – including a ton of advice from the couple on DIYing their wedding & their biggest wedding regret!

Jamaal & Cheree’s Purple & Gold Washington, DC Wedding

The Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC has always been one of my favorite “typical” DC wedding venues – the columns, the prestige, the marble floors – and as far as pricing goes, it’s actually pretty reasonable for what you get!

Anyway, Love Life Images [via Two Bright Lights] submitted this beautiful purple & gold wedding at the Carnegie Institute, and I just couldn’t resist. Jamaal & Cheree just had that electric “star power” and it was a bit of a change from the weddings I had been featuring as of late.

 Jamaal & Cheree’s Purple & Gold DC Wedding at the Carnegie Institution for Science



About their wedding:

We chose Carnegie Institution of Washington as the location of our wedding because of its’ architectural design and detail similar to that of Union Station DC, for example the outside columns, marble floors, and grand staircase.

 The color combination of purple (the bride’s favorite color) and gold were chosen to portray the couple’s regal and royal theme. The color combination was woven throughout the wedding from the purple invitations, programs, seat covers, table linens, bridesmaid dresses, and flowers to the coordinating gold bridesmaid’s jewelry and shoes, gold flatware, gold rimmed china, gold chargers, and gold chivari chairs. And finally not to mention the bride’s purple shoes.

Thoughts on the wedding planning:

Jamaal and I took on the responsibility of planning the wedding ourselves allowing our personalities to be displayed throughout our wedding day. However, family and friends all came together to make our wedding day special with their presence.

We really wanted them to sit, relax, and enjoy the day with us. The bridesmaids and hostesses worked together to put the final touches of the wedding together from pouring sand in vases for the sand covenant, placing wafers for holy communion, and setting up the favor table.


There were many cultural expressions showcased throughout the wedding including the jumping of the broom, which was a hand crafted straw broom elaborately decorated with faux ivory roses and ribbon.

The jumping of the broom is a Southern African American tradition of sweeping away the past and the couple entering their future together and the remembrance of slaves who were not allowed to marry.

Click inside for the rest of Jamaal & Cheree’s Washington, DC wedding by Love Life Images!

Jess & Tyler’s Modern Purple Washington, DC Wedding

Keeping things chic today with this modern purple wedding from Travis Curry Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. I’m not always down with the Georgetown weddings [they don’t often fit the bill of offbeat/budget-friendly] but this one felt a bit different.

The couple are high school sweethearts [we know I have a soft spot for those] and the couple kept a lot of personalized touches and traditions in their wedding that reflected their personalities – so I thought it still fit into a “capitol romance” worthy wedding feature. Oh also – I don’t think I will ever stop loving purple weddings. It’s just such a good color on everyone and everything!

Jess & Tyler’s Modern Purple Washington, DC Wedding at the Fairmont


Floral Designer:  Black Eyed Susan Florist
Reception Venue:  The Fairmont Washington DC
Makeup Artist:  BEHIND THE VEIL, LLC
Officiant:  Creative Ceremony

About the couple:

Jess and Tyler are high school sweethearts, their wedding was not just a union of them, but of their family and friends who’ve supported and watched their love grow and flourish over the years.

i really love this creative ring shot in crayons!


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Victoria & Curtis’ Offbeat, Rock & Roll Northern Virginia Wedding

The bride wore a purple, ombre wedding dress.

Do I really need to tell you anything else about this wedding?! I nearly DIED when Kate Triano Photography submitted this bad-boy to me via Two Bright Lights. I guess this is just what happens when a fashion blogger gets married – she pulls out all the stops with her purple wedding.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of details to share from this wedding, but the pictures really do speak for themselves. The wedding is so unique & offbeat, and Kate’s photography skills are crazy good. Plus, if all else fails, just keep staring at that purple ombre wedding dress. I know I am.

Victoria & Curtis’ Offbeat Purple Northern Virginia Wedding at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

About the couple:

Vyque is the Director for New Media for the USO  and runs the fashion blog, fasshonaburu. Curtis works for Carosel30 as a web designer.

On the stunning, custom purple ombre wedding dress:

The dress is the bride’s own design,  in collaboration with a local seamstress, Angie Caballero.  It was inspired by ombré fabric she happened to find during a trip to fashion week,  combined with visions of Gwen Stefani’s pink ombre wedding dress.

The ceremony was held at Meadowlark Gardens and the couple’s friend, local magician Brian Curry, was the officiant.

Click inside for the rest of Victoria & Curtis’ offbeat, purple ombre wedding at the Meadowlark Gardens in Northern Virginia.

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