Real wedding: Rose + Michael


This DC wedding is definitely making me wish for slightly warmer weather.  Loving her dress (doesn’t she look so comfortable??) and all the details to follow.

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From the photographer:

Michael and Rose met through mutual friends at church, and hit it off immediately. Though different in personality and backgrounds, their shared love of good food, engaging conversation, entertaining friends, and adventure made it easy for love to quickly flourish.

Michael’s Christmas gift to Rose that year was a series of original artwork, each piece showing a place around DC that held significance to them as a couple. Rose was so excited to such lovely artwork, and since the gift was followed by a casual dinner, she didn’t suspect anything more. But during a walk, Michael said he had one more piece of artwork for her, and handed her a sketch of the piece still to be made— the gazebo on the water where they were currently standing. He then dropped to one knee, pulled out a ring, and asked her to marry him.

Michael and Rose planned their wedding at one of those significant locations— The Yard’s Park, along the waterfront in Washington, DC. They wanted to give their guests an authentic DC experience, while still reflecting their own style. Michael was in the process of renovating their house, so they brought in some industrial elements to reflect that important interest of his, and Rose loves modern DIY projects that reflect her California upbringing, so much of their wedding had these elements. And being self-proclaimed Foodies, they had DC food trucks cater their wedding to provide an authentic DC experience to their out-of-town guests. So many people collaborated to make the day perfect, and Michael & Rose did much of the decor themselves (including dip-dying all of the silverware, crafting the table numbers, and creating the perfect invitation suite). And since Rose loves deserts and popcorn, they had a color-coordinated sweets bar for the guests to enjoy.

They ended the night by dancing under café lights and stars, surrounded by those who love them most.


Photographer:  Sarah Bradshaw Photography
Event Planner: Type A Society
Makeup Artist: Behind The Veil LLC
Caterer: CapMac, Feelin Crabby and Far East Taco
Equipment Rentals: Classic Party Rentals of VA
Bakery: Dangerously Delicious Pies, Fluffy Thoughts Bakery, The Sweet Lobby
Cake Designer: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: j crew
Bridesmaid Dresses: j crew
Dress Store: Nordstrom
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Nordstrom
Specialty Foods: Popped! Republic
Hair Stylist: Sadielike
Design and Decor: Type A Society

[images from Sarah Bradshaw Photography]

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Gift Guide 2014 | Black + White edition

giftguide - black and white

Looking back at my archives, it seems that I do gift guides every 2 years for some reason!  This year I thought I’d do it a little differently and rather than finding gifts for specific people like the ladies or gents, I focused on themes, like color and material.  So to start off 2014’s gift guides, I’m starting with my favorite finds in black and white…I definitely wouldn’t mind finding a few of these in my stocking this year!

1. Leather tassels by Building Block | 2. Porcelain ornament from Ferm Living | 3. & 4. Quilted tote and catchall from Clare Vivier | 5. Semicircle cutting board by Ferm Living | 6. Arrowhead dopp kit from Izola | 7. Stocking from Ferm Living | 8. Sugarloaf candles from PELLE Designs | 9. Double sided notebook via Poketo | 10. FashionABLE scarf designed by Erin Loechner

Lots more ideas over at our Pinterest board!

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Art for Your New Home Together


Art is a super powerful way of describing your personality as a couple. Let these pieces of art inspire you for your wedding and carry on with you to your new home.

Having been married for over 4 years, I wish that I had more art to display at our home.  Here are some of my favorites and hopefully they can inspire you all (including myself) to add more art to your new home together after your wedding planning and events.

  1. Floral Abstract Found on
  2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
  3. Bella Foster
  4. Velwin Vossy 
  5. Alexandra Levasseur
  6. artwork by François Henri Galland
  7. Yolanda Sanchez – ‘Looking East’ – Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

by Brittany from The House that Lars Built

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