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US National Arboretum Engagement Session

With its sandstone Corinthian columns, forestland filled with flowering dogwood and azaleas, and hidden away trellises, the United States National Arboretum may be the most romantic place to have your engagement session. Just take a look at these gorgeous photos from Jacqui Cole Photography for the proof—plus more pretty in the full gallery right here!

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From Jacqui Cole PhotographyI love when my couples choose to have their engagement session in a meaningful location. Sarah Beth and Josh will be hosting their 2016 wedding in the brides’ home town of Tampa, FL at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. However, they both currently live and reside in DC. Since I love to travel for my clients, I was thrilled to be able to capture their engagement in the city where their story begins. We spent most of the morning hours at the US National Arboretum which was the perfect romantic backdrop! I couldn’t be more excited to capture Sarah Beth and Josh’s wedding day next March!

From the Bride-to-be… Josh and I met during our first year of law school in Washington, DC in the Spring of 2011. After graduating and settling into jobs in DC, Josh proposed in March while we were on vacation in London. On the last night of our trip, we went to the Shard for one final toast to a great vacation, and he took me by total surprise when he dropped down on one knee! We had already planned to fly to Tampa (my hometown) the next weekend, and Josh’s parents were also visiting there from the Midwest, so we were so lucky to be able to celebrate with both of our families just a few days later.

We decided to have our wedding where I grew up in Tampa, but DC has become our home, so we wanted to have our engagement photos taken here. On the morning Jacqui came up to DC for our shoot, we woke up early to catch the sunrise and started taking photos on the waterfront near where we currently live. We then drove to the National Arboretum, which is one of our favorite places in DC. Josh first took me there for a surprise picnic a few years ago, and we love visiting whenever we have the chance. We used the old columns from the Capitol building and the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum as a backdrop for our photos. We were a little worried about waking up so early, but it was completely worth it to get the best light and avoid crowds (which is nearly impossible in DC). Now we just can’t wait until next March for our wedding!

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Dress: BCBG | Venue: National Arboretum

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Surprise DC Picnic Proposal

I don’t think I’ve ever met a proposal quite as cute as this one. With Cheers Darling Events at his side to plan every lovely detail, this Groom-to-be was determined to surprise his sweet, beautiful Bride and that he did—picnic style, complete with a couple of calligraphy-adorned bottles of bubbly by Laura Hooper, a cake from Buttercream Bakeshop and of course, Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography there to capture it all. It’s just the dose of love we need to start off another pretty week and it’s all right here in the gallery!

From Cheers Darling EventsChristina is hard to surprise, so when Ryan reached out to organize a perfect proposal, we knew we would have to be really sneaky. Having met while both working in Washington, DC and spending many early mornings running the National Mall together, Ryan knew the Mall would be a perfect spot to propose to Christina. To set the day up, Ryan recruited a friend to take Christina to get her hair and make up down in the afternoon in preparation for what she thought was a friends birthday party. Ryan mentioned to us that Christina loved anything personalized, so we recruited Laura Hooper Calligraphy to pen her favorite F. Scott Fitzgerald quote on a bottle of bubbly and wrapped her favorite flowers in quote covered kraft paper. Playing off the patriotic feel of the National Mall, we created a picnic using pieces of red, white and blue in a subtle way. Ryan arrived at the National Mall with Christina on the pretense they were snapping some photos before meeting their friends at the party. As they made their way down the Mall, the picnic came into view and Christina started to question Ryan and just then, he dropped down on one knee and ask her to marry him! We captured the whole thing thanks to Lisa from Abby Jiu Photography. After some newly engaged photos of the couple, they sat down for a picnic together, soaking up the good news and the beautiful DC sunsets!

Photography: Lisa Ziesing For Abby Jiu Photography | Catering: Ridgewells Catering | Hair And Makeup: Carola Hair And Make Up | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Venue: National Mall | Bride's Outfit: Cusp | Crates: Design Foundry | Desserts: Buttercream Bakeshop | Groom's Jacket, Shirt, And Pocket Square: Hugh And Crye | Planning And Design: Cheers Darling Events | Vases, Lanterns, Serving Ware, Picnic Baskets, Glassware, Flatwa: Mintwood Home / Mintwood Home Registry

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Washington DC Cherry Blossom Elopement Inspiration

No photos capture the glory of cherry blossoms quite as beautifully as these right here. Jenna Henderson snapped away as the pretty petals swirled about, and combined with the intimate romance of an early morning elopement, this shoot is sure to make your heart beat a bit faster. Designs in Paper’s talent and Modern Bridal Studio’s magic are on full display and these are the sorts of pics I’ll never ever tire of.

From Jenna HendersonClassic, timeless, and elegant. These are the words that come to mind for this shoot. The inspiration came from both the beautiful blooming cherry trees of Washington, DC as well as the classy city itself.

Our model wore a stunning BHLDN dress, full of dreamy movement with an heirloom feel. Paired with her groom in a sharp black tux, these images feel like they could have come from any time over the last century. Adding to the timeless feel of this shoot was the film, including some black and white film shot with and old camera belonging to the bride’s mother.

The location was completely magical, with the cherry trees in peak bloom. We shot just as the sun was coming up, before the crowds came out. A light wind stirred falling blossoms, making them feel like confetti as we wandered around the tidal basin.

This shoot was styled as an elopement, as if this pair were just quietly and intimately married on the firm foundation of the marble steps of our nation’s capitol.

Photography: Jenna Henderson | Floral Design: One Sweet Day in May | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Designs in Paper | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Hair And Make-Up: Modern Bridal Studio

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Bright + Colorful D.C. Bridal Shower

If your idea of the perfect springtime soiree involves sunshine, cocktails and donuts then look no further because Cheers Darling Events has made your dreams a reality. Marrying pink refreshments, blooms, and a pastry fueled brunch, this colorful shower is feminine yet fun. From brightly hued accents to the hand-painted cake a la Buttercream Bakeshop, Megan Chase Photography has it all waiting for you in the gallery!


From Kaitlin Przezdziecki of Cheers Darling EventsLiving in DC, nothing makes us happier than a terrace cocktail as soon as the weather warms up! We drew our inspiration from our “sunshine in our face and champagne brunch” love for a bridal shower styled shoot.

For the colors, we selected bright pinks, greens, oranges and a pop of gold (calligraphy) to celebrate the warm weather and the bride-to-be! Highway to Hill brought the color palette to life with two fluffy arrangements for the table. In contrast to the metallic tables and brick terrace at Iron Gate Restaurant, the flowers brightened the entire space up! We added feminine and cheerful touches to the shower with hand-painted cakes from Buttercream Bakeshop and oversized yellow balloons. We love anything that makes a bright statement and draws attention to our guest of honor.

Our favorite detail? Our “bridal ask”; the bridesmaids lifted their doughnuts to reveal “will you be my bridesmaid”! We love the idea of asking your closest girlfriends to be a part of your day with a sweet treat — and who doesn’t love doughnuts?! Instead of traditional flavors, the ladies snacked on Nutella and Carrot Cake doughnuts from Astro Doughnuts.

As a favor to each bridesmaid, all the ladies left with customized stemless champagne flutes – we love the classic look of each guests name handwritten on the glasses. We had so much fun laughing and styling with Megan Chase Photography (it is so great to have friends who make such beautiful models!)

Photography: Megan Chase Photography | Event Design: Cheers Darling Events | Event Planning: Kaitlin Przezdziecki | Floral Design: Highway To Hill | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Reception Venue: Iron Gate Restaurant | Calligraphy: Wink Letters And Design | Doughnuts: Astro Doughnuts | Linens: Party Rentals Ltd

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Romantic DC Cherry Blossom Engagement Session

After the Winter us East Coasters had, the peak of Cherry Blossoms coming through was sweet relief. And what better way to celebrate than to don your most gorgeous gown and head outside for a stunning engagement session. With images from Megan Chase Photography this shoot is the very epitome of DC loveliness. And there is more right here!

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From Megan Chase Photography From 7th grade to present day, these two have always been by each others side! I am SO lucky to be apart of their journey! Luisianna and Ryan met me before the sun rose. The entire DC tidal basin was peaceful and adorned in cherry blossoms. I couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop to capture their love. Although they are currently stationed in Hawaii, this gorgeous couple came back home for wedding errands. It was great to finally meet them in person as they prepare for their August wedding. They survived the “cold” sunrise session and looked like models the entire time. I think it is safe to say that their big day will be a stunner!

Photography: Megan Chase Photography

Romantic Ballroom Wedding at the Ritz, D.C

Why every wedding doesn’t have a floral chandelier is beyond me. After seeing this masterpiece from Amaryllis Inc., I’m convinced no wedding is complete without one—after all, what could be more romantic than dancing under a halo of romantic roses and delicate orchids? Get ready to fall in love with every detail, including glamorous hair and makeup from Amie Decker Beauty and photo booth fun from Booth-O-Rama, in the gallery captured by Readyluck.

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From Anne at A Trendy WeddingDanielle & Matt’s wedding was the perfect combination of timeless elegance with some fresh modern elements. The soft color palette of cream, soft pink with assorted metallic looked stunning in the Ritz Carlton ballroom. The highlight of the room was the floral wreath suspended over the dance floor and was the perfect wow factor and first things guests laid eyes on when entering the reception. The watercolor design that was carried out in all the paper products and signage kept the look fresh and fun, but still held a very classic feel to it all. We had the larger canvas signs hand painted to mimic the other watercolor design and in the end everything felt very cohesive and connected. The personal elements of the bride’s cuban heritage were also incorporated in the bar details, such as the custom cocktail napkins and specialty drinks, which guests thoroughly enjoyed.

Photography: Readyluck (Shane Carpenter) | Event Planning: ATrendy Wedding (Anne Kelley) | Floral Design: Amaryllis, Inc | Floral Design: Amaryllis, Inc | Invitations: Dandelion Patch | Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC | Hair & Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Chair Rentals: DC Rental | Cocktail Musician: Cherry Blossom Strings | Photo Booth: Booth-a-Rama

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