(Closed) Where are all the DMV Brides?? (D.C./Maryland/VA)

posted 10 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Im not getting married in Bmore, but my fiancee and I met in college in Bmore and we love the Walters. What a gorgeous place to get married!! Congrats!!

Post # 4
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Mr. LK and I were married in Easton, MD (MD Eastern Shore) this past October. All of our vendors were amazing and i would do business again with them in a heartbeat. Here’s a link to some teasers from our photographer, for reference.


Ceremony and reception venue: Inn at 202 Dover (Easton, MD)

Florist: Petals (St. Michaels, MD)

Photographer: Raye Gillette-Whaley of Gillette Portrait Arts (Snow Hill, MD)

DOC: Phebe of MakingMe Event Planning Firm (Boston, MA , but her family is here in MD and her travel rates are ridiculously low)

Invitations: Paper Source (Annapolis, MD)

On-site Make-up: Make-Up Memories (Annapolis, MD)

On-site Hair: Courtney Shampaine (Annapolis, MD)

Dress: Ian Stuart via Curvaceous Couture (Columbia, MD)

Custom Shrug: EmpressBride via Etsy

Jewelry: KDBridal via Etsy

Custom Haircomb: OhFaro via Etsy

Custom Embroidered Hankies: Elegant Monograms via Etsy (Frederick, MD)

Tuxes: Mens Warehouse

Post # 6
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hi!!! I see you’re from Columbia, me too!!! Your venue looks so fantastic too. I’m getting married June 9, 2012 at Newton White Mansion. 

One vendor you should talk to is Absolutely Perfect Catering. OMG their food is SO good. They have open houses in Jan, Feb, and March where you can try all the food/drink for free. You have to be “invited” so I would contact them in advance. It’s worth it!

I have most of my vendors if you are curious about more! Also, I went to the Bridal Boutique off Snowden River Pwky for my dress, not sure if you are still looking for one. 

Happy planning!!!

Post # 7
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@MrsDiddles: No, the invites were definitely not DIY. That would have been way too much pressure for me! Paper Source has their own line, as well as lines from Crane, Vera Wang, and others. The staff there were super friendly and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back again. We chose a text-focused invitation suite and had it letterpressed.

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@acebride: Be careful with that bridal shop. My hair stylist went there and had an awful experience. And their Wedding Wire reviews are often pretty bad. They have a reputation for screwing up orders and alterations.


Speaking of alterations, Sheryl Kelm Designs in Pasadena is wonderful. her work is fantastic and her rates are loads cheaper than you will find in any bridal shop. Plus, she’s just a genuinely nice person.

And I forgot my caligrapher. Oh My Word Caligraphy in Columbia, MD. Collette did a wonderful job on our envelopes and our placecards.

Post # 8
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@lovekiss: ooo thanks for the heads up! I got my dress from there and everything went fine (my consultant was actually awesome). 

I am SUPER worried about alterations though. It seems most of their bad reviews are in the alterations dept. I dont think I’ll need a ton of alterations, but I do want to do a unique bustle (all under so it looks like there is no train, a Bee did it on here, I just dont remember who). 

Have any advice for who to go to for alterations?

Post # 9
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@acebride: Sheryl Kelm is great for alterations.

[email protected]


I also need to correct myself. My stylist had a good experience at Columbia Bridal Boutique. It was another salon that she disliked. So yeah, i don’t want to give them bad press unless they deserved it. LOL

Post # 10
35 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

Okay… so for me… 


Date:  March 31, 2012

Ceremony & Reception:  Hilton of Rockville in Rockville, MD

Dress:  Sottero and Midgley – Lucianna

Shoes:  Badgley Mischka Lacie in White Satin 

Bridal Shop:  Betsy Robinsons

Flowers:  Da Vinci’s Flowers in Silver Spring, MD

Officiant:  John Cha from Open Door Presbyterian Church

Photographer:  Sam Hurd Photography

Bridesmaids Gifts:  Swarovski jewelry

Groomsmen Gifts:  wireless sport car computer mouse

Groom and Groomsmen wear:  Jos. A Bank

Cake:  Creative Cakes

DJ:  Dj Asu Rock 🙂

Ceremony Music:  Harpist, Alice Conway 

Hair:  Personal Friend… CELOVESHAIR  http://celoveshair.tumblr.com

Make Up:  Personal Friend… Christyna Kay (freelance makeup artist)

Invitations:  Dandelion Patch

Jewelry:  Personal Jewler @ 4 Seasons Jewelry and Helzburg Diamonds (Scott Kay)

Post # 11
1096 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Hi ::waving::

We live in DC but are getting married at Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, MD.  I think I posted pics in another post.  Your venue is GORGEOUS!  Our DOC is Tabitha Roberts of Roberts and Co Events.  Her reviews are fantastic and her prices are reasonable. 

As for a DJ and photographer, we haven’t booked them yet!  Yes, we are slacking!!  ugh!  But can we get a pass??  We just moved into our first home last week!  Tongue out

Good luck to all of you with your planning!

Post # 12
9 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012


Can I join! The knot is too quiet, I think this one would be more active!

We are getting married September 22, 2012!

These are all we got so far,

St Matthew’s Cathradal

Willard Intercontinental

Tate Tullier Photography (he is an out of town friend but is a great deal for his quality vs DMV photograghers, including travel costs – no I dont’ get a discount)

Hair – my stylist who works out of her home.

We’re not sure if we will go with DJ Marc Wilner or DJ Carroll Higgins.

That’s all I got so far…. not much!

I am curious of who your florists are, that’s my last big vendor I need to figure out.


Post # 13
7 posts

@lovekiss:EEk, I got my dress off the rack from The Bridal Boutique. I am going for my first fitting soon. This is making me nervous.

Post # 14
7 posts


Ceremony & Reception:  The Hotel at Arundel Preserve (Brand new, just opened in August, 11)

Dress:  Sottero and Midgley – Katherine

Shoes:  We’ll see after Black Friday or Cyber Monday

Bridal Shop:  The Bridal Boutique in Columbia

Flowers:  undecided

Officiant: undecided

Photographer:  Brian Ray of Brian Ray Studios

Bridesmaids Gifts:  undecided

Groomsmen Gifts:  undecided

Groom and Groomsmen wear:  undecided (I think there is one that Fiance hasn’t even asked yet. *sigh*)

Cake:  Friend

DJ:  A. Mims

Hair and Makeup:  Jen Miles (Rodney Laws Studio in Annapolis)

Post # 15
2360 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We live in NYC, but I am from MD, and we’re getting married in Annapolis, at the Governor Calvery House. We still have a lot more to plan though. I don’t have a dress, officiant, music, favors, hair and makeup or cake! Agghh, I have a lot to do after the holidays.

Post # 16
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@redheadem: The Governor Calvert House is such a nice venue! Good choice. For make-up you should definitely contact Amber at Make-Up Memories. She is based in Annapolis and is amazing to work with. Her make-up skills are top notch, and she is so much fun to be around. She will make you feel like the most gorgeous woman on earth!

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