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For one Washington couple, starting a new chapter took on new meaning with a homey, book-themed wedding. By Kate Bennett
Emily Flynn and John Pappas celebrate their wedding at The Metropolitan Club. Photographs by Alexandra Friendly Photography.

By all accounts, Emily and John met in a very Washington way: at the office. "As the story goes, John fought not to hire me," says Emily Flynn, recalling the process that led to her working side by side with John Pappas at a public affairs firm. "He says it's because I wasn't qualified. I say it's because he thought I was too cute."

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Posted at 04:45 PM/ET, 04/05/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
We do the research so you don’t have to: inspiring real Washington weddings from our favorite blogs. By Kim Forrest

Could this be any cuter? Photograph by Rebekah J. Murray Photography

Earlier this week, we featured the wedding of Vanessa and Jon at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek in Boyds, Maryland. So we were so excited to see another wedding at the same venue featured on Bayside Bride--it's always neat to see how different couples interpret the same venue. Vanessa and Jon used bright, lively colors, while Tiffany and Jimmy (shown above, photographed by Rebekah J. Murray), took a more vintage-inspired approach. And we couldn't be more obsessed with the bride's dress.
--Bayside Bride

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Posted at 02:04 PM/ET, 02/24/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Married September 12, 2009 at Double Dog Farm in Rappahanock County, Va. By Jill Hudson

>> See more photos from Carrie Anne and Barton's wedding

Occupations: She's a graphic designer; he's a chef. Number of wedding attendees: 150. Hometowns: She's from Bangor, Maine; he's from the District. How they met: While dining at Barton's restaurant, she mistakenly ate a dessert with nuts and had an allergic attack. Barton took her to the pharmacy. First date: Dinner and a walk on the National Mall. Favorite restaurant: Dukem Restaurant. Wedding cocktail: Champagne. Wedding flowers: Wildflowers. Favorite wedding detail: Jars of homemade pickled green beans given as favors. Wedding cake: Raspberry and chocolate. Biggest surprise of the wedding: The bride and bridesmaids arriving at the ceremony in a tractor driven by the bride's father. First dance song: "Forever" by Sam Cooke. Wedding theme: Casual farm gathering. Four words that describe the wedding: Comfortable, informal, handmade, and unrehearsed. Honeymoon spot: Southern road-trip by pickup truck. Where they currently live: the District.

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Posted at 06:16 PM/ET, 02/23/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Shift your planning into high gear with one of these events. By Kim Forrest

Gowns by Monique Lhuillier will be featured at a trunk show at Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection next weekend. Photograph courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

Thursday, February 23, through Monday, February 26
Are you a fan of Romona Keveza’s fresh and feminine wedding dresses? Check out her trunk show at Rizik’s in DC, where you can receive 10 percent off her gowns. Call 202-223-4050 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25
Whether you’re scouting for your dream engagement ring or looking for wedding bands for you and your groom, you’ll want to stop by the Ultimate Ring Event at I. Gorman Jewelers in DC, where the creations of 12 world-renowned jewelry designers, including Todd Reed, Etienne Perret, and Alishan, will be featured. You’ll also be able to check out I. Gorman’s selection of loose diamonds to pick out your perfect stone. Visit I. Gorman’s website for more information.

Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25
Stylish and elegant wedding dresses by Alfred Angelo will be featured at a trunk show at I Do I Do Wedding Gowns in Gaithersburg. Call 240-243-0050 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25
The Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture collection is known for impeccable fit and draping. Try on one (or more!) of these wedding gowns at the Hitched trunk show. Call 202-333-6162 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, February 24, through Sunday, February 26
We’re fans of Victoria Nicole’s flattering wedding gowns. Her collection will be featured at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in Baltimore. Call 410-484-4600 to schedule an appointment.

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Posted at 03:12 PM/ET, 02/23/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
A “rustic romantic” fall wedding features a bold red, white, and black color scheme. By Kim Forrest

The newlyweds pose post-ceremony. All photographs by Alexandra Friendly Photography

Silver Spring couple Vanessa and Jon married on November 5, 2011, at the Saint Rose of Lima Historic Chapel in Gaithersburg, with a reception at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek in Boyds, Maryland. The pair, who met at while watching football at a Baltimore bar, wanted to celebrate the fall season and thought the lodge was a perfect rustic site.

“There was something very romantic about a log cabin in the woods,” says Vanessa.

They chose a red, white, and black color scheme, and included lots of candles in the decor.

At the ceremony, the bride, in a San Patrick gown, walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D carrying a bouquet of roses, anemones, hydrangeas, and hypericum berries.

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Posted at 11:12 AM/ET, 02/23/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
A bright and jubilant wedding at a Maryland bird sanctuary—with nods to the groom’s love of comic books. By Kim Forrest

Ginny, a Potomac native, and Chris, who grew up in New York, first met at work. One evening, Chris asked Ginny to get a drink at his favorite bar, and they started dating from there. He proposed on a seemingly average Sunday morning—he made Ginny her favorite breakfast sandwich and popped the question in their living room.

The couple decided to marry at Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase on September 10, 2011.

“My main hope for the wedding was just for it to be fun,” says Ginny. “I wanted everyone, including myself and Chris, to be relaxed, feel at home, and have a great time.”

The pair chose bright colors—yellow, orange, and turquoise—to play up the lively vibe they hoped to convey.

The ceremony was held on the lawn at Woodend. Ginny’s uncle officiated, and her aunt performed a reading called “He Never Leaves the Toilet Seat Up.” The bride walked down the aisle to the Vitamin String Quartet’s version of “Falling Slowly,” carrying a bouquet of dahlias, zinnias, craspedia, and yarrow.

The ceremony programs had a humorous touch that tied in with Chris’s love of comic books. “Instead of doing a traditional program, we listed each of our attendants and a super power that we felt fit them,” says Ginny.

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Posted at 12:34 PM/ET, 02/22/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
A bright and joyous wedding on the Chesapeake Bay. By Kim Forrest

The newlyweds take a stroll by the bay. All photographs by The Happy Couple Photography

Ashley and Matt first met as seniors at the University of Richmond—he and a friend helped her move a couch into her apartment. After three years of dating, Matt proposed in their apartment in DC with Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, a ring—and a stack of bridal magazines.

“He knew I would want to start planning right away,” says Ashley.

The couple married on October 21, 2011, at Celebrations by the Bay in Pasadena, Maryland, near the bride’s hometown of Annapolis.

“We wanted a venue that would allow us to get married outside on the water,” says Ashley.

At the 4:30 PM ceremony, the bride carried a lush bouquet of hydrangeas, dahlias, garden roses, berzillia berries, orchids, and dusty miller wrapped with lace from her mother’s wedding gown. Pomanders of yellow button mums served as aisle markers. The newly married couple recessed to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles.

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Posted at 10:36 AM/ET, 02/22/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
We do the research so you don’t have to: inspiring real Washington weddings from our favorite blogs. By Kim Forrest

In case you're curious, these amazingly cute red bridesmaid dresses are by Ciarla. Photograph by Adam Barnes

Valentine’s Day was this week, and we’re hoping a few of you received a little something sparkly along with your heart-shaped boxes of candy. We also got into the V-Day spirit, meaning not only that we ate everything in sight that contained sugar, but we also got to enjoy this fabulous Virginia Valentine’s Day wedding photographed by Adam Barnes, featured on, count ’em, two wedding blogs—very exciting. A red color scheme can be tough to pull off, but it’s so well done and pretty darn inspiring here.
Grey Likes Weddings and Southern Weddings

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Posted at 02:28 PM/ET, 02/17/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
One couple’s wedding mixes DC history with Southern charm. By Kim Forrest

Jessica, a native of South Carolina, and Chris, who grew up in Bethesda, first met at a mutual friend’s party and were friends for a year before they started dating. Chris proposed while the two were on a trip to Victoria, British Columbia.

“We were walking through the rose gardens of the Empress Hotel when Chris turned to me and said, ‘There’s something I want to ask you,’” recalls Jessica. “He then pulled an engagement ring out of his pocket. I was completely surprised.”

The couple decided on a theme of “Southern preppy elegance” to combine Jessica’s background with Chris’s DC roots.

“I wanted to bring a piece of South Carolina to Washington, DC, where we currently live,” says Jessica. “We wanted the event to feel like an elegant dinner party and to include a bit of Southern charm, elegance and grace.”

The wedding was held on June 18, 2011, with a ceremony at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral and a reception at Dumbarton House in Georgetown, which Jessica fell in love with for its homey Southern vibe.

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Posted at 10:21 AM/ET, 02/16/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
A pair of Alexandria natives host a sweet, lively celebration in their hometown, featuring cute puppies, Patrón, and a gnome cake (we’ll get to that later). By Kim Forrest

Maura and Patrick made sure to pose with their two golden retrievers, Rumpelstiltskin (held by Patrick) and Riley, after the ceremony. All photographs by Deb Lindsey Photography.

Maura and Patrick both grew up in Alexandria, and attended grade school together. But they didn’t actually meet until a friend brought Maura to Patrick’s 30th birthday party.

“I bought the birthday boy a shot of Patrón—even though I hate tequila—and we’ve been together ever since,” recalls Maura.

After a Christmas Eve 2010 proposal, the couple planned their wedding for August 20, 2011, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where both the bride and the groom attended grade school, with a reception following at the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria.

“We really wanted to have a hometown wedding where everything was close by,” says Maura. “The ballroom at Belle Haven is gorgeous and five minutes from our house. And when we found out they would let the guys play golf on Friday, our search for the perfect venue was over.”

The couple wanted a wedding that was “pretty and elegant, but above all, fun.” They chose a bright color scheme of royal blue, kelly green, and white.

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Posted at 10:03 AM/ET, 02/16/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()