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Classic Pink Hotel Wedding at Decanter at the St. Regis

Nadia Powell and Joseph Husty included a cookie bar in their June 14, 2014 celebration.

By Caroline Cunningham

There’s something about a classic hotel wedding that just sings of DC, but we absolutely love how Nadia Powell and Joseph Husty kept their nuptials fresh by choosing to host their wedding in St. Regis' Decanter restaurant rather than the ballroom, decorating with bunches of pale pink peonies and an overflowing dessert bar. The minimalist decor allowed the beauty of their romance to shine in these snaps by Bonnie Sen Creative Photography.

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Outdoor Bright Pink Wedding on a Maryland Family Farm

Kennis Hawkins and Andros Zins-Browne wed at the bride's family home on June 21, 2014.

By Kate Bennett

There's an energy that comes from being surrounded by your friends and family and loved ones on one of the biggest days of your life, and that energy is written all over the giant smiles on Kennis Hawkins and Andros Zins-Browne's faces in these photos by Rodney Bailey. The fact that this wedding was set at the bride's family home in Maryland just makes it that much sweeter, creating new memories on the same patches of earth where her family has built a life, spreading joy like rays of sunshine on the lush farmland.

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Shows & Events

To Do This Saturday: Renew Your Vows Before the Capital Pride Parade

Stand up for all love by reaffirming yours!

By Sarah Zlotnick Photo by Maggie Winters Photography

Marriage equality, heck yes we can! And celebrating the commitments of couples both gay and straight, heck yes we can do that, too. Having recently acquired GayWeddings.com, Chevy Chase-based WeddingWire is joining in on the Capital Pride fun in a pretty big way this year—by hosting a gigantic vow renewal right before Saturday's parade. Together with Pop! Wed Co., GayWeddings.com president Kathryn Hamm and WeddingWire will be leading couples from all over the area in reaffirming their love for and commitment to one another at Dupont's Embassy Row Hotel. The event is taking place June 13th on the hotel rooftop between 10 AM and 12 PM, with the vow renewal beginning promptly at 10:45 AM. Couples of all sexual orientations are invited to attend.

From there, you can start staking out a spot for the afternoon parade, which kicks off at 4:30 PM at the intersection of 22nd and P Streets, NW. #WedWeCan and Happy #PrideWeek, everyone!

The Embassy Row Hotel; 2015 Massachusetts Avenue, NW; 855-893-1011.

Related: This DC War Memorial Wedding is Everything That is Wonderful About Getting Married in Washington

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This DC War Memorial Ceremony is Everything We Love About Washington Weddings

Justin Johnson and Simon McNorton wed on May 31, 2014.

By Caroline Cunningham

The DC War Memorial made for the perfect backdrop for Justin Johnson’s and Simon McNorton’s wedding, in which Justin donned his Marine Blues and Simon wore a traditional Indian Sherwani. Of their ceremony, they said, “One of the lucky things about having a ‘non-traditional’ wedding—a same-sex couple, and one of us being non-religious, coming from two very different backgrounds—is that we weren’t fixed down by any particular traditions or cultural norms. We were able to really do whatever we wanted.” And given that this elegant and culturally-rich celebration was designed by Simon himself, all the lovely touches captured by Marisa Guzman-Aloia Photography came together to create a day felt uniquely them.

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Shows & Events

11 Trunk Shows in June to Nab Deals on a Designer Wedding Dress

Don’t miss this month’s lineup of salon-hosted sales.

By Caroline Cunningham Image courtesy Romona Keveza.

It’s one of the most excited shopping trips you’ll take—the one to find “The Dress.” This month local salons are welcoming everything from the classic and always-elegant Carolina Herrera to the edgy, modern Galia Lahav to town, and offering discounts for brides hunting down their dream wedding gown. Make your appointments now, and happy shopping!

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Expert Advice

Got Awkward Wedding Planning Questions? We Can Help With That.

André Wells to the rescue, people.

By Sarah Zlotnick Photo courtesy of André Wells.

It's a good thing getting married is a grown-up activity, because wedding planning can come with a whole host of sticky grown-up issues to tackle. For every fun decision you make (Blue or pink for the cocktail napkins?), there's an equally uncomfortable one (Can I leave my bridesmaid's terrible boyfriend off the invite list?), and figuring out what to do isn't always clear-cut.

We know you have questions (Seriously, who are the people that don't have questions?), and we want to help you find the answers. Which is precisely why we've tapped André Wells of Events by André Wells as our new go-to guru of wedding etiquette. With 4,000 special events under his belt, Wells is one of the top events specialist in the DC area, and as a full-service wedding planner he has helped couples tackle everything from policing the guest list to designing the perfect peace-keeping seating chart. His client list also includes Vanessa Redgrave, Patti Labelle, and Aretha Franklin, so you know he's handled bigger divas than your new mother-in-law.

So what things wedding are keeping you up at night? Is it deciding which co-workers to invite? Or perhaps figuring out how to keep your mom from dominating every decor element when she's the one funding the day? No situation is too big or too small to discuss. Let us know your troubles in the comments below, or find us on Twitter, shoot us a Facebook message, inbox us on Instagram, or send an email to realweddings@washingtonian.com. We'll round up the questions, and Wells will provide the counsel. You'll see his insights here on the B&G blog in a helpful new feature called "Ask Andre", in which he'll weigh in on everything from dealing with overbearing family members to keeping unruly groomsmen in check. He is a seasoned siphon of real deal advice, and we can't wait to pick his brain with you.

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Submit Your Wedding to Washingtonian Bride & Groom

We also accept styled shoots, proposals, bridal showers, and other wedding-related events.

By Washingtonian Staff Photo by Astrid Photography

Whether you’re a photographer, a wedding planner, or a couple, we’re so thrilled (and honored!) that you’re interested in sharing your special event with Washingtonian Bride & Groom. Here’s all the details you need to know about publishing with us:

What We’re Looking For
Anything and everything! There’s a million and one ways to get married in Washington, and we aim to show each and every one of them off. There’s no specific “style” of wedding we’re looking for, and weddings that took place in Maryland, Washington, DC, Northern Virginia through Charlottesville, and close-by parts of West Virginia are all eligible for publishing. We also accept styled shoots, bridal showers, engagement sessions, proposals, vow renewals, rehearsal dinners, and other wedding-related events.

How to Submit
We accept submissions via Two Bright Lights, and you also can submit your wedding or event by emailing realweddings@washingtonian.com. Submit one wedding per email, and each submission should include the couple’s names, location and date, vendors, a short paragraph or two describing the day, and a link to a gallery where high-resolution images may be downloaded. Please do not include images directly in the email. If the wedding has been featured on another blog or in another magazine, please include that information as well.

When submitting photos, please include 75 - 150 photos. Photos should be in color, and there should be a mixture of details and people, candid and posed portraits, and horizontal and vertical images.

Submitting for the Print Magazine
Washingtonian Bride & Groom publishes a print edition two times a year: once in June and once in December. We accept submissions for the print magazine on Two Bright Lights and via realweddings@washingtonian.com. We accept submissions for the print magazine on a rolling basis, but the best times to submit are March and September, when we are particularly focused on rounding out the real wedding section for the upcoming issue.

Print features are exclusive to Washingtonian Bride & Groom—the wedding cannot have run with any other media outlet in order to run in the print magazine.

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Rustic Pink Wedding at a Virginia's Bluemont Vineyard

Aileen Legg and Lloyd Bayliss celebrated with their loved ones on September 7, 2014.

By Caroline Cunningham

We love a good Virginia vineyard as much as the next bridal editor, but the way Aileen Legg and Lloyd Bayliss decked out the Bluemont Vineyard with pale pink and all the rustic goodness in the form of wood hand-painted signs and baby’s breath, and we knew these shots by Hay Alexandra Photography were a must-see for Washington brides who want to be inspired for their countryside celebrations.

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