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From the Archives: Wedding Gowns Fit For a First Lady

As mistress of the manor, our bride dons the gowns of the season with grace and style.

By Kate Bennett

For an ideal Washington wedding gown, there’s nothing more suitable than classic silhouettes and a touch of glamour. In our Winter/Spring 2013 issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, we chose to highlight Washington's bridal fashion in “My First Lady.”

To showcase the dresses, we shot presidential scenarios at the Anderson House in DC. See the rest of our First Lady dress picks below.

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From the Archives: Whimsical Wedding Gown Inspiration

Our bride dons stunning dresses inspired by the beauty of nature.

By Kate Bennett

Take a look at “Bride to Bee,” a Washingtonian Bride & Groom feature that brings a little whimsy to bridal fashion while showcasing traditional accents such as floral taffeta, silk, and lace. This photo shoot took place at the Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland—the perfect backdrop to our nature-inspired shoot. Since Woodend Sanctuary’s landscape wasn’t in full bloom, we turned to Amaryllis Floral + Event Design, which provided fresh floral arrangements for an even lusher look. Keep reading to see all the beautiful gowns, the classic accessories, and the picturesque location. 

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Dreamy Wedding Dress Inspiration

The dreamiest dresses and gowns come to life for a walk down the aisle.

By Kate Bennett

Our latest issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom is dedicated to making your wedding dreams and ideas a reality. A huge part of creating your dream wedding is finding the perfect gown. To help you fantasize over your dream day (and gown), we featured "All Dolled Up." Scroll below to see how we made a few dream gowns magically come to life for our bride.

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Wedding News

Try This Before Changing Your Maiden Name

A new website offers a quiz to help you determine your “ideal” married name.

By Irina Grechko Image via Shutterstock.

If you are still unsure whether to take your soon-to-be spouse’s last name, there’s now a website that allows you to test the waters before you’re faced with having to sign your marriage license. Launched last week by Danielle Tate, the Maryland-based CEO and founder of MissNowMrs.com—a service that simplifies the legal name-change process without countless visits to government offices—MarriedNameGame is a free online game that allows soon-to-be brides to explore all their married name options before committing to one.

After a series of eight short multiple-choice questions, which take into account key life factors, individual preferences, and state of residence, the quiz will suggest to brides-to-be their ideal married name—whether it’s taking your spouse’s name, hyphenating both, or sticking with your maiden name. “There are many intricate life factors that influence a woman’s change of name after marriage,” said Tate in a press release. “Knowing your options makes this decision easier, yet few women know what they can actually do—if I had known that taking my maiden name as a middle name was an option, I would have done so. This is why I created this tool.” Check out the game online, then tell us what you think.

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A Year in the Life of a Bridal Editor (Photos)

A peek behind the scenes with the staff of “Washingtonian Bride & Groom.”

By Irina Grechko

As 2013 draws to a close, there is nothing quite like looking back at everything Washingtonian Bride & Groom has achieved this year. From last year’s Unveiled event (mark your calendars, Unveiled 2014 is January 26!) to some major photo shoots (seemingly all accompanied by pouring rain), to gorgeous jewels from the likes of Graff, Bulgari, and Tiffany & Co., the year was filled with Instagram-worthy moments—all fun and fashionably fabulous. Scroll down for a behind-the-scenes look at our day-to-day lives and see why we love that our job is getting to make this magazine for you.

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1. Atrendy Wedding booth at Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s annual Unveiled event.

2. A backstage look at one of the models before the Unveiled fashion show.

3. Final look at the Unveiled runway.

4. Catching up with Randy to the Rescue’s star Randy Fenoli during the filming of a DC episode.

5. Design Army’s Pum Lefebure straightens the clutch for our Color Theory shoot.

6. Hair guru Ismail Tekin fluffing a model’s veil before the beauty shot.

7. Models playing happy couple on set. The bride is wearing a blush gown by Watters.

8. Even though this pretty mint cake from Charm City Cakes was mostly cardboard for photo shoot purposes, we still had to resist the temptation to eat it.

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