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Caitlin and Matthew were married at The Birkby House, Thomas in Leesburg, Va. on May 10. “It had a beautiful courtyard and garden,” Caitlin said. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, pearl necklace, jeweled sash, and a pair of TOMS wedges, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink mix ‘n’ matched chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and stock. “The moment before my Dad was getting ready to walk me down the aisle,” she said. “Even though Matthew and I were technically already married (and had been for over two years), my heart was beating out of my chest with excitement, joy, and insane happiness that Matthew and I were going to celebrate ‘us’ with everyone that we love.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 130 witnessing. Everyone were escorted to their seats via paper airplanes. “The seating chart/ombre paper airplane ‘art piece’ could not have been possible without the assistance of my husband,” Caitlin said. “He helped engineer the whole display, fold more than 100, and drafted his groomsmen the day off to set it up without my supervision. It was amazing!” Inside the tent, draped with fabric, and hung with crystal chandeliers, tables were decorated with white linens, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, books, chalkboard numbers, and mercury glass votive candles. Dinner was buffet style, including a Southern slider station. “I was able to surprise my dad and Matthew with a cigar and whiskey bar,” she said. “It was just a small way I could show how much they both mean to me and that the wedding day is just as much for the groom as it is the bride.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, wooden hearts were signed with well-wishes. Donations were taken in place of favors for Troops Direct and Hope For The Warriors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Spend a little extra for great vendors,” Caitlin said. “If you do, you’ll have the piece of mind that everything will turn out better than you expected. Sometimes that’s even better than just how you planned.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Hawaii.

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Photography: Rachael Foster Photography | Venue: The Birkby House, Thomas | Dress Designer: Justin Alexander from The Wedding Shoppe | Shoes: TOMS | Jewelry: The Pink Pineapple Shop (necklace), J.Crew (earrings), Reeds Jewelers (engagement ring and bride’s wedding band), and Martin and MacArthur (groom’s wedding band) | Hair and Makeup Artists: Brittany Herdt and Rachel Tafolla | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: Bill VandeCastle | Invitations: A Visual Concept Design Studio | Floral Designer: Rick’s Flowers | Caterer/Cake/Rentals: Purple Onion Catering | DJ: DJ Andres Perguachi | Transportation: Virginia Rides    

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Joshua and Christopher were married in a ceremony at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial followed by a reception at Woodend Sanctuary in Washington, D.C. and Chevy Chase, Md. on June 21. “There was no other choice of site,” Joshua said. “Being able to get married in our nation’s capital at our favorite monuement, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, meant the world to us. What really made the venue perfect for us was how the house and surrounding grounds flowed together. The simple and natural feel of it all spoke to us.” The grooms wore different custom-made three-piece suits with floral patterned ties. One wore a navy blue, while the other one wore tan. “We loved them,” he said. “Everything from the beautiful lining to the distinctive buttons and lapel pins made the suits stunning. They fit us perfectly, and we felt like a million bucks.” Guests, approximately 145, sat in white folding padded chairs organized in a half-circle to witness the exchanging of vows before it was official! “Walking down the grand staircase and being announced to our family and friends while they cheered for us was just the most surreal, wonderful moment,” Joshua said. “It felt great to shake off the formalities of the day, greet everyone, and thank them for being there to celebrate with us.” Cocktail hour began on the 40-acre property that dates back to 1699. Fun fact: It was designed by architect, John Russell Pope. “We were just tickled with the food,” he said. “The hors d’oeuvres were so unique and tasty! There were smoked trout puffs, onion tartlets, and sausages wrapped in pastries to name a few. Laura did such a great job of finding Finnish foods.” Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, moss centerpieces and numbers, lanterns, and koozies, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. “There was no specific color scheme,” Joshua said. “We just wanted to have the feel of blues, purples, and pinks of the wildflowers. Our florist, Suzann, embraced our theme when we first spoke with her. Her vision and enthusiasm brought everything into harmony, making it feel as if we were celebrating our midsummer wedding in Finland.” A two-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. In lieu of a traditional guest book, locks were placed onto a wire window panel. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Break in your shoes, but really the best advice that we received and that we want to pass on is to enjoy planning together — every bit of it,” he said. “It took us eight months to plan a wedding that lasted a fleeting three days. We made so many memories getting to know our vendors, exploring ideas, and playing off each others’ strengths to come up with an amazing weekend. Your wedding is just one perfect day, but your time planning is an adventure.”

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Photography: Amanda Hedgepeth Photography | Ceremony Venue: Thomas Jefferson Memorial | Reception Venue: Woodend Sanctuary | Event Planner: Glow Weddings and Events | Jewelry: The Nugget Jewelers | Hair Stylist: PR at Partners | Grooms’ Attire: Dash’s of Old Town | Officiant: Brett Bearce | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Suzann Stotlemyer | Caterer: Corcoran Caterers | Cake: Silva’s Patisserie | DJ: Black Tie Entertainment | Transportation: Sarakel Limousine Service 

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Angelyn and Patrick were married in a traditional church ceremony followed by a reception at The Park Savoy in Florham Park, N.J. on October 27. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, faux fur bolero, and a pair of jeweled Badgley Mischka peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, calla lilies, lisianthus, and bupleurums, but flower girls carried pomanders. The surprise gifts? Customized tumblers with their monograms. Only close family and friends sat in wooden pews to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! “The weather was perfect and sunglight was gorgeous for some Park Savoy wedding photos with incredible fall colors,” Vanessa Adams of Vanessa Joy Photography wrote on her blog. Meanwhile cocktail hour began on the veranda overlooking scenic views of the gardens. The reception took place inside the grand ballroom, featuring vaulted ceilings hung with crystal chandeliers, a marble fireplace, and French doors. Tables were decorated with white linens, ivory napkins, tall centerpieces filled with marbles, candleabras, and boxes of Ghirardelli chocolates, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, surrounded by handcrafted, upholstered chairs. After dinner, a four-tiered fondant cake was cut and served for dessert. Dancing took place on the floor with the band taking center stage. At the end of the night, the newlyweds jetted off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Vanessa Joy Photography | Reception Venue: The Park Savoy | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Hair Stylist: Katie Belafamine | Makeup Artist: Julie Haddad | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo World of Wykcoff | Invitations: Avenue Printing | Floral Designer: Floral Gallery & Events on Main | Band: The Benjamins

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Elizabeth and Andrew were married in a traditional church ceremony at Westinster Presbyterian followed by a reception at Legare Waring House in Charleston, S.C. on January 4. The bride wore a v-neck lace a-line wedding gown with long-sleeves, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of glitter Jimmy Choo peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids (all 17 of them!) wore long neutral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, tulips, Queen Anne’s lace, and ferns. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. It took place at four o’clock surrounded by family and friends witnessing. Even the Christmas tree was still lit! Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Guests were greeted to the historic home though an avenue of moss-draped oak trees. The reception took place in a clear frame tent surrounded by almost 80 acres of gardens. Tables were decorated with white linens, pillar candle centerpieces atop gold charger plates, and folding padded chairs. Did you notice the black and white checkered dance floor they performed dances on? And not to mention the string lights hanging from the ceiling! Following a buffet dinner, the four-tiered square cake was cut and served. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of petals.

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Photography: Riverland Studios | Ceremony Venue: Westminster Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Legare Waring House | Event Planner: Red Letter Events | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Hair and Makeup Artist: Ash & Co. | Caterer: Hamby Catering | Cake: Ashley Bakery | Band: Quiana Parker and Friends

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Tori and Wade were married at The Duncan House in Tavares, Fla. on March 2. “We were looking for a venue that would do most of the talking for us,” Tori said. “The Duncan House, a 1920’s home, situated on Lake Dora, with it’s towering old oaks, made us feel transported to a different time. We took a weekend trip to Tavares and stayed the night there 18 months before our wedding. We knew immediately that it was the kind of place we wnated to share with our family and friends. The kind of place we wanted preserved in our memories forever.” The bride wore a ruched fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her short hair down in loose curls and a floor-length veil, while the groom wore black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long satin coral dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, ferns, and seeded eucalyptus. “A cold front came through the weekend of our outdoor wedding, dropping the temperatures down to a record 30 degrees,” she said. “The entire bridal party walked a couple of blocks to this nearby train station for photos, but it was so cold and windy, we just huddled together on the tracks to keep warm! We were like, this isn’t what we planned at all, but it sure is fun.” Before the ceremony, there was a grand entrace. “My dad has a 1926 Model T, and he drove me right up to the aisle,” Tori said. “Rather than have the bridesmaids escorted by a groomsmen, we asked each of our attendants to be walked down by their families or significant other. Wade even walked in carrying our, then 7-month old daughter, Juliet.” The reception followed afterwards in the backyard. Tables were decorated with white linens, navy blue chevron runners, gold charger plates, and candelabras. If dinner wasn’t enough, dessert was for sure! “Wade and I are HUGE doughnut fans,” she said. “When we first visited, we stopped at a little place on Hwy. 27 called Donut King. We knew that we had to have a donut tower at the wedding. It was a big hit.” Dancing was performed on wooden checkered floor underneath string lights and for extra entertainment, they played the shoe game too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Get started early, prioritize, and hire a wedding planner, if you can budget it,” Tori said. “Being in the industry, myself for many years, I thought I could handle it all, but thank goodness for Kehrin at Jet Set Wed. There were so many details the day-of the wedding that I could not have possibly done myself or assigned a family member to do. Knowing that I had a professional doing it all for me allowed me to relax (a little).”

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Photography: Matt Steeves Photography | Venue: The Duncan House | Event Planner: Jet Set Wed | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaid Dresses: For The Bride | Jewelry: Dunkin’s Diamonds | Hair and Makeup Artist: Kristy Alonzo | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Tuxedos | Officiant: Kim Hart | Ceremony Musician: Richard Blasich | Invitations: Violet Vetter | Floral Designer: Patty’s Floral Shop | Rentals: Grand Central Station Party Plus | Vintage Furniture: Sweet Southern Charm | Caterer: Levan’s Catering | Cake: Incredible Edible Cakes | DJ: Sean Corey Entertainment, LLC | Transportation: Model T Chauffeur Services

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