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Real Weddings From the Magazine: Caitlin McNabb and Derek Cicheskie

Married May 21, 2011, at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Virginia.

By Kim Forrest

 Slideshow: Caitlin and Derek's wedding

THE DETAILS

Photography: Genevieve Leiper Photography

Florist: Devers Design Group

Hair and Makeup: Victoria Stiles

Catering: Windows Catering

Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie

Reception Music: Kaleidoscope

Ceremony Music: Virginia Virtuosi

Occupations She’s getting her master’s in education; he’s a small-business owner Hometowns She’s from Centreville; he’s from Anaheim, California, and Centreville How They Met At a party First Date Hanging out at the pool and cooking tacos Favorite Restaurant Anita’s in Chantilly Where They Got Engaged Caitlin’s apartment Wedding Theme Alice in Wonderland Wedding Cocktail The “white rabbit” and the “Alicetini” Wedding Flowers Amnesia roses, tulips, gerbera daisies, hydrangeas, and fiddleheads Favorite Wedding Detail “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” dessert tags Wedding Cake Red velvet, chocolate, and vanilla Biggest Surprise of the Wedding The moss topiary “mushrooms” on the head table First Dance “Open My Eyes” by Buckcherry  Four Words That Describe the Wedding Whimsical, elegant, enchanting, exquisite Honeymoon Spot Spot Pensacola and Orlando Where They Currently Live Ashburn

This wedding first appeared in the Winter/Spring 2012 issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom. Click here to reserve your free copy.

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Charlottesville Real Weddings: Hope and Eric

One couple’s fall vineyard wedding is romantic, lush, and elegant—with a few casual touches mixed in.

By Kim Forrest

Eric and Hope attended high school together in Baton Rouge, Louisiana—they dated senior year and even attended prom together. They stopped dating early in their college careers, but reconnected when both moved to DC post-college.

The couple decided to marry on October 1, 2011, at the Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard in North Garden, Virginia, near Charlottesville, where the bride attended the University of Virginia.

“I have a strong affection for Charlottesville, and the budding wine scene felt like the perfect backdrop for us,” says Hope. “We wanted our wedding to have the right mix of classy and elegant with comfort and family, and to embrace our environment.”

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National Arboretum Engagement Shoot + Navy and Yellow Wedding

We do the research so you don’t have to: inspiring real Washington weddings from our favorite blogs.

By Kim Forrest

When you think of the National Arboretum as an engagement shoot spot, you typically think of the trees, blossoms, and general natural beauty of the setting. But we also love the arboretum’s National Capitol Columns as a shoot location—it gives the photos a mysterious, almost gothic feel that’s so edgy and cool. Props to Carmen Wang Photography for these photos.
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Washington Real Weddings: Rachel and Roman

This lively wedding includes a late-night summer street fair—with popcorn, pinwheels, and corn dogs—at an Alexandria hotel.

By Kim Forrest

The newlyweds with a "Just Married" banner. All photographs by Stephen Bobb of Love Life Images

Rachel and Roman, who first met at work, wanted their August 20, 2011, wedding to resemble a “summer fair, colorful, with vintage accents,” says the bride. A computer specialist and freelance designer, she created many of the wedding decor details herself.

“Rachel was all about having a cohesive visual style, which turned into a lot of late-night crafting projects!” says Roman.

The wedding was held at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, a city where the couple often hang out. “Ripple” by the Grateful Dead played as Rachel walked down the aisle, and “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles accompanied the recessional; both were performed by a flute and guitar duo.

The pair wed under a birch-pole chuppah adorned with paper pinwheels the bride created. Guests sipped lemonade to keep cool.

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Real Proposal: Kristine and Kelvin

A Fredericksburg photo shoot turns into a sweet engagement story.

By Kim Forrest

Kristine and Kelvin, pre-proposal. All photographs by Ashley Grace of Little Bird Media

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: There’s nothing sweeter than a proposal caught on camera. And here’s another super-cute one to brighten your day.

Kristine, who lives in Fredericksburg, had mentioned to her photographer friend Ashley Grace of Little Bird Media that she’d like some photos taken.

“My mom had been asking for some updated photos to put up around the house, since the last time I had my picture taken was my senior year of high school,” says Kristine. “In September, Ashley brought up the idea again.”

After a bit of back and forth, they were able to settle on a Saturday shoot in downtown Fredericksburg. As Ashley snapped away, Kristine’s boyfriend of nearly three years, Kelvin, stopped by to watch.

“Every time Ashley would fiddle with her camera and change settings, Kelvin would come over to talk, kiss, hug, or just tease me like he always does, and then Ashley would start taking pictures of it,” says Kristine.

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Real Weddings From the Magazine: Robynn Scott-Clayton & Jerome Nichols

Married July 2, 2011, at Sidwell Friends School’s Quaker Meeting House

By Jill Hudson

 Slideshow: Robynn and Jerome's wedding

THE DETAILS

Photography: Eli Turner Studios

Reception Venue: The Liaison Capitol Hill

Hair and Makeup: Monae Artistry/Brides Made Up

Event Planner: Invited Special Events

Cake: Just Cakes

Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company

Entertainment: SoundNation

Occupations She’s a second-grade teacher; he’s a real estate development project manager Hometowns She’s from Silver Spring; he’s from Takoma Park How They Met In high school at Sidwell Friends First Date Chevy’s Restaurant in Greenbelt Favorite Restaurant Acqua al 2 in Southeast DC Where They Got Engaged In Philadelphia Wedding Cocktail Champagne, cherry juice, St. Germain, and vodka Wedding Flowers Peonies, roses, lisianthus, dusty miller, baptista Favorite Wedding Detail The band was amazing! Wedding Cake Vanilla with peach mousse, and chocolate with chocolate mousse Biggest Surprise of the Wedding Jerome’s father singing “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye First Dance “U Smile” by Justin Bieber Wedding Theme Classic elegance Four Words That Describe the Wedding Fun, exciting, intimate, memorable Honeymoon Spot St. Lucia Where They Currently Live Washington, DC

This wedding first appeared in the Winter/Spring 2012 issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom. Click here to reserve your free copy.

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Washington Real Engagement: Jenn and Ryan

One couple chose their favorite hiking spots for their relaxed portrait session.

By Kim Forrest

Arlington couple Jenn and Ryan, who have been together for two years, love going to Gravelly Point in Arlington to watch planes take off and land, and hiking on Theodore Roosevelt Island (on the Potomac, between Arlington and DC), which is where Ryan proposed. So when it came time for their engagement photos, shot by Sarah Culver Photography, the couple decided those two locations would provide the perfect backdrops.

“I’ve seen quite a number of engagement shoots that seem to have no backstory to them,” says Jenn. “I’m a writer, and I care about stories, so while I initially decided we’d take pictures ‘somewhere pretty,’ it kept bothering me that there was nothing personal about the places. But then I remembered Theodore Roosevelt Island, where we got engaged and still hike, and that turned into a memory of us watching the planes take off and land at Gravelly Point. These places had some sort of story behind then, a connection, and I thought it would make the pictures more meaningful—which it did.”

Jenn and Ryan will marry in October 2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the bride’s hometown. Check out more photos from their engagement session after the jump.

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California Chic in Charlottesville + Relaxed in Virginia

We do the research so you don’t have to: inspiring real Washington weddings from our favorite blogs.

By Kim Forrest

Think this looks like a California wedding? Think again! Photograph by Korie Lynn Photography

When we first looked at this real wedding, photographed by Korie Lynn Photography, we thought the venue had to be in California—it had that sunkissed feel we all swoon over. And then we noticed that it actually took place in Charlottesville, at Keswick Vineyards. Such a lively pink-and-aqua color scheme (we’re hoping this palette really takes off around here), and that sweets station is just so, well, sweet.
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Real Weddings From the Magazine: Marguerite Dorment & Kyle McNickle

Married January 22, 2011, at Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart

By Kim Forrest

 Slideshow: Margo and Kyle's wedding

THE DETAILS

Photography: Lynne Brubaker Photography

Bride's Gown: Oscar de la Renta

Groom's Tux: Jos. A. Bank

Event Planner: Allison Jackson of Pineapple Productions

Makeup: Leah McKay

Florist: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design

Entertainment: The Dexter Lake Club Band

Occupations She’s a graduate student; he’s an investment banker Hometowns She’s from Washington, DC; he’s from Rockville How They Met At Holy Cross College First Date The movie Runaway Jury Favorite Restaurant Kefi in Manhattan Where They Got Engaged On the beach in East Hampton, NY Wedding Cocktail Elderberry Royale Wedding Flowers Baby’s breath, amaryllis, cymbidium orchids, and brunia berries Favorite Wedding Detail Mini milkshakes passed around at the end of the night Wedding Cake Chocolate with raspberry filling Biggest Surprise of the Wedding It didn’t snow! First Dance “Just What I Needed” by the Cars Wedding Theme Classic elegance and retro glamour Four Words That Describe the Wedding Timeless, personal, magical, festive Honeymoon Spot St. Lucia Where They Currently Live New York City

This wedding first appeared in the Winter/Spring 2012 issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom. Click here to reserve your free copy.

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Washington Real Weddings: Sara and Dustin

A traditional-meets-modern wedding at a DC hotel.

By Kim Forrest

The happy newlyweds. All photographs by The Observatory

Sara and Dustin first met while playing on the same kickball team. The couple eventually moved to Woodley Park, and Dustin proposed while they were taking their black Lab for a walk on a seemingly typical Saturday morning.

“It was perfect because it was meaningful, intimate, and surprising,” says Sara. “I was not expecting it when I was in pajamas and without makeup!”

The couple married at St. John’s Church in Lafayette Square, with a reception at the W hotel.

“We chose St. John’s and the W because we were going for a wedding that was traditional with a modern twist,” explains Sara. “St. John’s is a historical DC spot, and we love the traditional elements of the ceremony. The W was perfect because it is in the old Hotel Washington, but we love its modern design.”

The couple chose a bold color scheme of their favorite hues: blue (Dustin’s) and yellow (Sara’s).

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