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Classic Washington DC Military Wedding

When it comes to classic, nothing melts my heart more than a traditional military wedding. And this one from Jana Williams? It’s a doozy. Karson Butler Events left every inch dripping in the sweetest kind of romance, from the dusty pink palette to the ruffled cake from Maggie Austin and everything in between. You can find the whole thing over here. Oh, and the film from Simple Flare is a must-see, so don’t be shy, press play below.

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Summer
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride…Ten years ago, our story began in the picturesque German city of Heidelberg. An invitation was given to me as the “new girl” in high school to join the crowd in the gardens of the Heidelberg Castle for the legendary summer gathering. My dad was in the Army and we just arrived in Germany, so I was curious. An old friend, who was one of my bridesmaids, guided me up the 315 steps to the castle overlooking the city. While sitting on a bench, just yards from where my dad proposed to my mom twenty-two years before, a handsome young man approached me. Will sat next to me on that warm summer night and our story began!

The next two years in Germany were filled with love and laughter and adventures all over Europe.

The college years arrived and we followed the call to Aggieland in College Station, Texas. Will joined the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and I lived down the road with a lively group of Fightin’ Texas Aggie Cheerleaders. Will quickly learned how to “Mug Down” (that is, kiss your date whenever the football team scored) with me, his high school sweetheart. We made the best college memories together. I can’t think of a memory that doesn’t involve the two of us.

Will followed the call to serve as a Soldier in the US Army. After finishing my degree, I needed a trip to be with Will and flew to Hawaii where he is stationed. Will wasted no time; he took me up the mountain, past the waterfall, and back down again to an isolated beach where he proposed! It took my breath away.

Our magical day was filled with overflowing love from our closest family and friends. Will and I wanted our day to reflect who we are and the love that we share.

Photography: Jana Williams | Videographer: Simple Flare | Event Planner: Karson Butler Events | Florist: Dragonfly Events | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Cake: Maggie Austin | Invitations: Smock Via The Dandelion Patch | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair: Julie Jackson Stylists | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Linens: I Do Linens

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Washington DC Flag Themed Wedding

In a continued salute to our fearless Vets, we’re sharing a flag-inspired wedding that redefines “theme” weddings for the better. It’s what happens when an American girl falls for an English boy, and they plan a wedding celebrating both their great nations. It’s a red, white and blue lovefest that Megan Chase Photography is giving us more than enough reasons to love.

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From Megan Chase PhotographyI am thrilled to share this glamorous DC flag themed wedding! It is your classic love story of an American girl and an English boy. They met at a work training and years later, made the commitment of forever when Chris moved across the pond for Joanna. They celebrated their love with an intimate affair at DAR Constitution Hall next door to the White House. There wasn’t a dry eye in the grand ballroom during speeches. The entire day was decorated with red, white and blue touches to signify the marriage of two countries. Flag bunting adorned the space along with tons of DIY details. My favorite touch was the cherry pie cutting! There is so much to fall head over heels for like the flirty Kate Spade bridesmaids dresses, the perfectly sweet arrangements of roses and lilies and, of course, incredibly personal touches that will tug at your heart strings.

Photography: Megan Chase Photography | Floral Design: Whole Foods, Tenley Town | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Invitations: Storkie | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Of St. Matthew The Apostle | Reception Venue: DAR Continental Memorial Hall | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Kate Spade | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Make-up: Real Doll Makeup | Hair: Hair By Jewels:Shana Dee | Men's Attire: Charles Tyrwhitt Morning Dress

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DC Military Wedding at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

Wedding planning can be stressful, but trying to do it when the groom is in Afghanistan seems like a whole other feat. As I went through this elegant affair, I not only was in awe of SoCo Events, but also of the adoration shown by this couple in every stunning photo by Justine Ungaro. As we honor our veterans today, I’m also recognizing the love shared with this celebration and soaking up every bit of it.

From SoCo Events… Classic and sparkle were the theme for this elegant DC wedding. The groom was doing a tour in Afghanistan when the wedding planning began and it was so important for the bride to include him in as much of the planning process as possible. When she saw the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in all its grandness, she just knew that Clay would love it. Tradition was important to the bride and groom, so the decor kept to a theme of classic ivory and gold, but with hints of sparkle to represent the bride’s love of all things shiny!

The Bride’s favorite wedding detail was champagne sequin tablecloths- they made the whole room sparkle! The Groom’s favorite wedding detail was the balcony that overlooked the entire venue where he and Regina had a few quiet moments together watching their wedding from above.

Their biggest surprise of the wedding was when the priest had asked them several questions via email regarding marriage, what they love about each other and why they want to be married and told them not to share our answers. During the ceremony the priest read exerts from each of their answers which was a huge surprise to both of them. It was as though they wrote their own vows but didn’t know it and didn’t have to say them themselves.

Some wedding favors and special décor details that standout were five white Jordan almonds wrapped in a tulle bag and tied with a ribbon and a tag explaining that the five almonds represent five wishes for the new couple: health, wealth, happiness, children and a long life.

Photography: Justine Ungaro Photography | Event Planning: SoCo Events | Floral Design: Amaryllis Event Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Dress: The Bridal Salon At Saks Jandel | Invitations: Bella Figura | Reception Venue: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Lighting: Digital Lightning | Cocktail Music: Pop Culture Strings | Music: Marquis Band

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