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Hanna & Jamison’s Personal, DIY Woodend Sanctuary Wedding in Maryland

You might remember the insanely gorgeous Hanna & Jamison from their AWESOME Union Market engagement session in DC. If not, check it out, or just scroll to begin viewing the insane beauty of their wedding day, capturing PERFECTLY by Porter Watkins Photography. I seriously cannot imagine anyone else capturing this wedding – Porter killed it, and Hanna & Jamison poured themselves into their wedding (its obvious) and the result is breathtaking. Enjoy ever pin-worthy image. I know I already have.

Hanna & Jamison’s Personalized, Gorgeous Woodened Sanctuary Wedding in Maryland

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Photography: Porter Watkins Photography | Wedding Coordinator: The Plannery | Venue: Woodend Sanctuary | Catering: A Main Event | Cake: Room 11 Cake, Katie Ross cake, Parkway Diner cake | Ceremony Music: Randy Barrett Trio | Reception Music: DIY iPod | Florist: H. Bloom | Hair Stylist: Meg at Eastern Confederate

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– When Jamison and I got engaged, we sat in the National Arboretum and contemplated our next steps. Driving straight to Reagan National and flying to Vegas, heading to the DC courthouse then taking off to Paris, having a small ceremony on my parent’s farm, having a big party with our friends and family in our beloved city; these were all appealing options. In about 15 minutes we made the call. The decision was simple, we’d be happy getting married in a courthouse, in our living room, or on a faraway cliff so long as we had the legally binding ceremony and some sweet outfits. But, we reasoned, how many opportunities do we have in our lives to bring our tribes together? When would we next be able to bring my four big families, his close-knit extended family, and our friends from DC and all over the world together? We needed to party with our people.

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That became the core of the entire wedding process and simplified how we made decisions about the day. Instead of using the loaded “W” word, we thought Party. We host parties all of the time and we’ve never given out a welcome bag, hence we did not fret about welcome bags. Music, good food, and alcohol; these are central elements to our kind of party, so that’s where we put our money. Also, we liked the idea of snazzy outfits and I used to operate a small organic gardening business so I wanted a lot of local, seasonal flowers. We wanted the whole day to feel like a beautiful Sunday party in a park with our nearest and dearest.

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Mallory & Hoyt’s Offbeat Hot Pink & Teal Virginia Wedding

Today I get to share that faaaaaaaaabulous hot pink and teal wedding that I sneak peaked on my Facebook page [wait, you aren’t a fan of ours on facebook ~ well why the heck not?!]. Mallory & Hoyt’s wedding is everything I love to feature here on Capitol Romance – unique, personal wedding choices, awesomely offbeat & DIY details, oh and pretty much the coolest honeymoon uncovering I have ever seen [Hoyt planned the whole thing, kept it a surprise and then revealed it to Mallory at the wedding! Just wait until you see how….]

I know you will all love this brightly colored and beautiful Northern Virginia wedding by Julie Napear Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Mallory & Hoyt’s Hot Pink & Teal Wedding at Bristow Manor in Northern Virginia

Hair & Makeup: Best Face Forward
Floral Designer:  Heaven on Earth Wedding Flowers
Reception Venue:  Bristow Manor Golf Club
Transportation:  Reston Limousine

About the couple:

Hoyt had been planning for the very special day with the parents of both families, and Mallory had no idea of what was to come!  In May, Hoyt took Mallory’s Dad, Tim, out to lunch to ask for permission to have her hand in marriage.  Tim shook his hand and welcomed him to the family.  Tim and Hoyt then surprised Mallory’s Mom, Athena, a week later at dinner to tell her the good news.  More importantly, Hoyt wanted to ask Athena to help him design the perfect ring.

The Proposal

The evening began at Faccia Luna, their favorite restaurant in Clarendon followed by yet another trip to the National Mall.  After a great dinner, they headed into DC. It was the 4th of July weekend, so there was already a buzz in the air when they arrived.  They headed up to the memorial and gazed at Honest Abe, read his speeches and even pondered the meaning behind them. They sat down on the steps and took in the beauty of the nation’s capital at night.

Hoyt suggested they walk through the park lit up next to the reflecting pool, and soon they found a nearby bench to sit down.  Hoyt asked, “When was the first time we came here? How long ago was that?”  They added it up, and it came to 2 years and 4 months ago.  He said they have made so many amazing memories over the years, let’s make another one.

He slipped the ring on Mallory’s finger and said, “Will you marry me?” She could barely speak, and couldn’t believe what had just happened! “Of course, Yes!” she said, hugging and kissing Hoyt. He revealed the whole plan behind the proposal and Mallory couldn’t stop the tears.  It had meant so much to her that he had been working with Mallory’s parents. Hoyt was officially part of our family now!

Details on their wedding:

Hoyt and I started planning right away; being a teacher I knew a summer wedding was in order and we needed to book quickly.

The NOVA area has a lot to offer, however I wanted something different. My mom and I spent a day going what seemed like every venue we could find but nothing had the vintage and homey feel I was looking for.

Our last stop of the day was Bristow Manor and when I saw it, I knew it was everything I was looking for. It incorporated both of our personalities, the historic mansion on a golf course. After the venue was set the second most important part was having the personal touches that made the day our own and being able to incorporate who we are into our day.

On the AWESOMESAUCE wedding color palette:

Fuchsia and teal have been my favorite colors and are just so me, so that was a given for our wedding day. I didn’t want the day to be too pink, so the teal became the main color with fuchsia as an accent color.

I don’t know these people … but I love these people. That guys face says it all :)

Click inside for the rest of this awesome, offbeat Northern Virginia wedding ~ with lots more on all their DIY wedding projects!

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