Jenn & Dan’s Quirky & Intimate Wedding

Not really into the big, extravagant wedding vibe, Jenn and Dan did their own thing and got married in the patio of an inn in Washington, DC. The result? A super-casual soiree for 48 guests that’s intimate and quirky. (Look how happy everyone is! So. much. joy.)

[From the Bride] Dan and I are a pretty laid back pair, so we decided early on to have a small wedding. Much easier said than done! But somehow we navigated those waters and ended up with 48 guests at the beautiful and quirky Tabard Inn. The outdoor patio has a fantastic secret garden-esque feel. And best of all, no decorating required. We wrote our own vows- Dan’s were characteristically goofy and sweet at the same time. Let’s just say there was lots of laughing/crying all around. The service was followed by cocktail hour and dinner upstairs in the private dining rooms. We added some personal touches to our vegeterian dinner, including photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day for guests to see. We also made chocolate truffles as favors using my late grandmother’s secret recipe.The following day, in a desire to include everyone we loved in our celebration, we hosted a laid-back house party in Mt. Pleasant. We found a lovely couple, Leslie and Joe, who agreed to rent out their entire B&B for the event. Their beautiful backyard and spacious wrap-around porch worked perfectly, and some of our friends were even able to stay in the rooms upstairs! We decorated with wildflowers from LoCoFlo scattered around in old vases and jars. Vintage furniture and string lights gave the backyard a party atmosphere, and our awesome bluegrass band from Virginia, Dry Mill Road, played all night long. My mother-in-law spent hours making candied nuts (a family favorite) for favors, and my mom and I wrapped them in jars with homemade gift tags. We had cornhole and great beer and all of our favorite people together in one place. And that’s all we wanted.



The Tabard Inn, District of Columbia
Event Date: May, 2013

Photographer:  Michelle VanTine Photography//Equipment Rentals: Something Vintage//Event Designer: Taylor and Hov LLC//Reception Venue: The Tabard Inn// Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Jessie & David’s Engagement Session

From photographer Kristine Marie Photography:

Funny how you find love in unexpected places. Funny how a family friend becomes a fiance. Funny how there are so few people who can coax the carefree in each of us and can make us laugh and dance freely like no one is watching. David does that for Jessie. “He is the only person on this planet that can get me to step out of my comfort zone. He is the only person who can get me to get up and dance,” Jessie said. It was really sweet to see their affection for each other during our La Jolla Shores beach engagement. The water was cold and the waves lapped up at our feet. David takes Jessie’s hand and leads her closer to the ocean. She protests, while still laughing. He holds her close and they dance until the next big wave came. Within a year of working together, feelings grew. Jessie and Dave have been dating for about three years, and last summer, David proposed to Jessie right here along La Jolla Shores beach. She was so surprised that all she could utter was, “Really? Really?” Jessie said that she remembers David standing there, holding open a box with the most beautiful ring that she has ever seen. Jessie loves how David is so caring and always makes her feel like a lady. One of her favorite moments with David is during one of their romantic dates at Bertrand at Mister A’s in San Diego. While enjoying dessert, she remembers feeling like the luckiest girl as they watched the planes take off and land from the twelfth floor… Special note: The bride, Jessie is wearing a handmade flower crown with red roses. She made it herself, especially for our beach engagement photoshoot. She wanted a bohemian, hippie look.

La Jolla Shores Beach, California
Event Date: Jan, 2014

Photographer:  Kristine Marie Photography//Other Location:La Jolla Shores Beach//Makeup Artist:Sparrow Artistry//

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