Happily Hitched

Happily Hitched Planning Weddings with Heart, Growing Marriages in Love. We're passionate about preparing women for lasting marriages! We are marriage bloggers turned full service wedding planners and bridal coach.
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We want to make sure you have the best wedding day possible AND the best marriage. Our planning services and standard bridal coaching sessions will help prepare you for both! Ask us about our boutique collection of rustic event rentals!

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We LOVE a great dessert table! Not only is this an incredible space you can create for your guests, but you guessed it -...
09/10/2020

We LOVE a great dessert table! Not only is this an incredible space you can create for your guests, but you guessed it - we love a good dessert 😉

The best part?! You can really have fun with your flavors! We've seen our clients utilize this space and moment in their celebration to truly infuse their personality.

What's your favorite dessert as a wedding guest?
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✍🏼 by @aishah__hunter
Photographer: @photosbyemilymarie
Venue: @kalero_vineyard
Planner: @happilyhitched
Florals: @ricksflowersllc
Caterer: @thechefstable
Cake and Dessert: @scoutsbakeshop
DJ: @zandientertainment
Calligraphy: @jandm_designs

These looks right here are what we live for. 😍 The morning of your wedding day shouldn't be filled with stress, anxiety ...
09/09/2020

These looks right here are what we live for. 😍 The morning of your wedding day shouldn't be filled with stress, anxiety or worry. You should be laughing, smiling and enjoying whatever drink you have in hand (we promise not to tell what's really in your cup at 9am 😆).

With the help of our team, you can head into your wedding weekend with peace of mind knowing that all the details are handled so you can truly enjoy every moment you have with your closest friends and family.

Double tap if that sounds a heck of a lot better than the thought of running around worrying about setting up decorations the morning of your wedding!
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✍🏼 by Christina⁣
Photographer: @still_blessings
Venue: @briarpatchbandbinn
Coordinator: @happilyhitched
Hair: @lorinansi
Makeup: Lizbeth Molina

Here's us raising a glass to Labor Day!Celebrating the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country - we wish you...
09/07/2020

Here's us raising a glass to Labor Day!

Celebrating the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country - we wish you an incredible day with your family + friends!

And to all those parents on here preparing for the first day of school tomorrow - sending you all the love!
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✍🏼 by @aishah__hunter
Photographer: @elosiniophoto
Venue: @48fields
Planner: @happilyhitched
Mobile Bar Truck: @wateringholetruck

There's nothing like a beautiful wedding venue! Anyone else dreaming of celebrating at a venue near you?One of the best ...
09/05/2020

There's nothing like a beautiful wedding venue!

Anyone else dreaming of celebrating at a venue near you?

One of the best things about being in this industry is the opportunity to work with incredible venue owners and to experience so many different locations to curate incredible events.

What's one location you have on your venue dream list?!
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✍🏼 by @aishah__hunter
Venue: @48fields
Photographer: @hannamorganphoto
Planner: @happilyhitched

Shouting Happy Birthday to this bride!! 🎉 Ali, can't believe your big day was almost one year ago. Crazy how much can ha...
09/04/2020

Shouting Happy Birthday to this bride!! 🎉 Ali, can't believe your big day was almost one year ago. Crazy how much can happen in a year -- and we're especially glad this past year has brought us even closer! Everytime I see pictures from your ceremony I can't help but laugh at the crying mess I was watching you and Jacob make the commitment of a lifetime 💗

We love you lots and dreaming of a Chick-Fil-A date soon! 🙏🏼🙏🏼
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✍🏼 by Christina⁣
Venue: @mtdefiance
Photography:@kristencranham
Coordination: @happilyhitched
DJ and Lighting: @zandientertainment @djromin
Hair Stylist: @traceygarciamua
Makeup Artist: @saraaboo
Desserts: @signaturesweetsbyamanda
Videography: @sageandsils
Catering: @helgascatering
Vintage Rentals: @bellavillashop
Signage and Calligraphy: @jandmdesigns
Paper: @paperdollsdesign
Florals: @ricksflowersllc
Alpaca: @butterfly_hill
Transportation: @chariotslimos
Bridal Gown: @studioidobridals
Tuxedo:@theblacktux

Well, we've made it to 39 weeks! Baby Carter #2 can arrive any day now and it's got me reflecting on what little time we...
09/02/2020

Well, we've made it to 39 weeks! Baby Carter #2 can arrive any day now and it's got me reflecting on what little time we have left with Jayden as the only baby (now my big baby!). Hard to believe it was just last year that we were taking these newborn photos with @elosiniophoto! Going to be spending lots of time loving on this little boy in these final days before he becomes a big brother.

Thankfully I'm still feeling great thanks to an amazing chiropractor I've seen my entire pregnancy, plus tons of hours of sitting on a yoga ball. Excited to share the news once baby arrives! In the meantime, ALL the prayers for a safe and easy delivery would mean the world. 💗
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✍🏼 by Christina⁣
Photo: E. Losinio Photo

Break out the tissues! We LOVE to hear our clients vows!Vows can take on so many different forms and are truly another w...
09/01/2020

Break out the tissues! We LOVE to hear our clients vows!

Vows can take on so many different forms and are truly another way to add a layer of tradition and intentionality into your ceremony.

So what is a vow anyway?!?

A vow as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is a solemn promise.

Let's break that down.

solemn = marked by the observance or invocation of an established religious sanction or form.

promise = a declaration of what one will do

Funny, serious, traditional, or short and sweet, for the married folks in the house - what advice would you give someone before writing their vows?!
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✍🏼 by @aishah__hunter
Venue: @woodlawnandpopeleighey
Photography: @_emilyannphotography_
Planning: @happilyhitched
Florals: @helenoliviaflowers
Video: @harrisonfilms
Hair: @shearstonat @missmelissa_hair
Makeup: @blushawaymakeup
Dress: @kleinfeldbridal by @reemacrawedding
Suits: @enzocustom

One week of marriage in the books!! 🎉🎉 We were supposed to help this beautiful couple tie the knot this October, but as ...
08/29/2020

One week of marriage in the books!! 🎉🎉 We were supposed to help this beautiful couple tie the knot this October, but as we've all learned in 2020, embracing flexibility and being open to new plans during this time has sometimes led to better outcomes and doing what's best for yourself and your family. It's definitely not easy for any couple this year.

Not going to lie and say we weren't heartbroken to learn these two were packing up their lives and their wedding here in Virginia to head south to Charleston, but we are SO happy they were able to focus on what mattered most -- the love they have for each other and just doing the dang thing and getting married!

Katie & Brad -- you have such sweet souls. Congratulations on embarking on newlywed life and doing it in a city that you love. Cheers to you both! 🥂
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✍🏼 by Christina⁣
Photographer: @hosannawilmotphoto
Venue: @pooganscourtyardchs
Planner: @stunningandbrilliantevents @alyssagore_
Florist: @okflorist
Hair & Makeup: @lashesandlacechs
Rentals: @eventworksrentals
Livestream: @charlestonphotoart

Shout out to all the bridesmaids in the house! Who else is craving time with their girlfriends?!We definitely are! Tag y...
08/28/2020

Shout out to all the bridesmaids in the house!
Who else is craving time with their girlfriends?!

We definitely are! Tag your #bridetribe to show them some love today!
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✍🏼 by Aishah
Photo: Bakerture Photo & Video
Makeup: Blushaway Makeup

What a showstopper! 😍😍 Loved these floral arrangements from Michelle and Chris' Carnegie wedding last summer. Elevated a...
08/26/2020

What a showstopper! 😍😍 Loved these floral arrangements from Michelle and Chris' Carnegie wedding last summer. Elevated arrangements can make such a statement and at the same time still allow for easy conversation during dinner.

Have any favorite floral styles you've seen at a reception?!
✍🏼 by Christina⁣
Venue: @carnegieinstitution_events⁣
Photographer: @alicialaceyphoto⁣
Florals: @chicgirlflowers
⁣Planner: @happilyhitched
Caterer: @occasionscaterers
DJ: @mydeejay
Lighting: @prettysimplified

We are back at @sweeneybarnweddings today!! Final walkthrough for Kirstan & Chris' big day in October and so glad to be ...
08/24/2020

We are back at @sweeneybarnweddings today!! Final walkthrough for Kirstan & Chris' big day in October and so glad to be back in action finalizing details with all their vendors!

We've definitely missed this place!
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✍🏼 by Christina⁣
Venue: Sweeney Barn
Photographer: Brandilynn Aines Photography
Planner: Happily Hitched

Guys deserve their moment to shine too! Let's be real, you can easily get caught up in making sure there's enough photo ...
08/23/2020

Guys deserve their moment to shine too! Let's be real, you can easily get caught up in making sure there's enough photo time for the bride and all the girls getting ready, putting on the dress, and snapping other fun details, like putting on jewelry and shoes.

Before you know it, your photography timeline can end up fully consumed by capturing moments of the bride, leaving you puzzled on how to fit in photos of anything else pre-ceremony!

Here are a few words of advice:

1️⃣ As a general rule, we like to draft our timelines with 30 minutes for each different block of photo time. Basically, 30 minutes for guys to get ready, 30 minutes of groom/gromsmen portrait time, etc. This allows for us to account for any delays in the day, like anyone showing up late, and for each part of the day to be captured naturally as each moment unfolds, not rushed or hurried with your photographer constantly staring at the clock to make sure they can fit everything into a tight timeline.

2️⃣ Before locking in time for hair and makeup with your stylists, be sure to check with your photographer on how much time they would recommend setting aside in the day to get the photos you want. Every photographer is different and they know best how long it will take them to get the shots they need. This will affect where and when they'll arrive on the big day, and may mean you need to start hair and makeup earlier in the day than you first thought in order to be ready on time.

3️⃣ If you'll be getting ready off-site before heading to the venue, consider having a second shooter at the beginning of the day. A "second shooter" is another photographer who will work with your primary photographer for the day and can be great for freeing up time in the timeline so the second shooter can, for example, be wherever the guys are getting ready while at the same time the primary photographer can be with the girls.

What other tips would you share?!
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✍🏼 by Christina⁣
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science
Photographer: Alicia Lacey Photography
Florist: Chic Girl Flowers
⁣Planner: Happily Hitched

It felt like moving forward.With each step down the aisle I remember having so much gratitude for moving into a new unde...
08/21/2020

It felt like moving forward.

With each step down the aisle I remember having so much gratitude for moving into a new understanding of the life God was creating for me.

Yet at the same time holding immense gratitude for the men and women in my life who had shaped me into the woman I am today.

May your moment down the aisle be one to honor whomever it is that has helped shape you.

Whether it is your father or another figure in your life (mom, uncle, etc.)- there is no greater honor for that individual to know that you saw them as a covering over your life and that they are meeting you in agreement as you begin your marriage.

Thank them, honor them, and celebrate those that are there with you every step of the way.
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✍🏼 by Aishah
Venue: @carnegieinstitution_events
Photographer: @alicialaceyphoto
Florals: @chicgirlflowers
Caterer: @occasionscaterers
Planner: @happilyhitched
DJ: @mydeejay
Lighting: @prettysimplified
Hair & Makeup Artist: @topstyle.katenoda
Officiant: Rev. Bill Freeman

Think back to your favorite dining experience. Aside from some hopefully amazing food, what made that time for you so en...
08/19/2020

Think back to your favorite dining experience. Aside from some hopefully amazing food, what made that time for you so enjoyable? How about the people that served you and the atmosphere they helped to create?

When I look at this photo, I'm reminded of the wonderful service @designcuisine provided for Cam & Mike's big day last fall.

So much of what we focus on and what we look for in working with our vendor partners is providing great service and hospitality, not only for you as a couple as we work together to plan your wedding, but also extending that service to all your family and friends on the wedding day as well! Making sure your guests feel comfortable and well taken care of can make all the difference in the guest experience. Showing up with our best attitudes on display is definitely part of our day-of toolkit! We'll make sure mom and dad have their favorite drinks from the bar, and grandma gets her piece of cake!

The art of service is that extra little something that can really create a lasting and memorable experience for all involved, and
if lacking, can really dampen the vibe of your day. We'd invite you to visit the link in our bio to learn more about us by watching our video and reading some reviews of what our past couples have had to say!
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✍🏼 by Christina
Photo: @_emilyannphotography_
Venue: @woodlawnandpopeleighey
Catering: @designcuisine
Planning: @happilyhitched

It's Monday and we're dreaming of beautiful gowns and gorgeous florals 😍😍Anyone else daydreaming of their weekend?What's...
08/17/2020

It's Monday and we're dreaming of beautiful gowns and gorgeous florals 😍😍

Anyone else daydreaming of their weekend?

What's one thing you did this weekend that made you feel dreamy?!
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✍🏼 by Aishah
Venue: @carnegiescience
Photographer: @alicialaceyphotography
Florals: @chicgirlflowers
Planner: @happilyhitchedweddings

I can’t even lie - I’ve been looking at engagement rings ever since my 1st job at a family owned jewelry store in high s...
08/14/2020

I can’t even lie - I’ve been looking at engagement rings ever since my 1st job at a family owned jewelry store in high school and I still fangirl over my own rings almost every day (we’re talking almost 7 years later people). So how do you let your fingers crossed soon-to-be fiance know what kind of ring you like?

Here are some hints I dropped.

First - we openly talked about engagement including rings.

Why?! Because I’m a firm believer that it’s important to communicate what you like and don’t like - that way no one's feelings get hurt. Plus I’m going to wear this forever - I wanted to make sure I would LOVE looking at my ring - a reminder of my commitment to this marriage.

Second - Options are always for the win.

I didn’t want my future hubs to be locked into a specific ring so instead we looked at a variety of styles so he could still choose what best expressed his love while also honoring my unique style.

Third - When in doubt, enlist the help of a friend.

In more traditional relationships, discussing your ring preferences may not be possible. But, the bestie, the sister, and your mama can always be a phone call away to help your beau be sure to pick the right ring for you. Just make sure it's someone that they have a good relationship with and that will know how to be helpful - no pressure needed, preparing for the ask is enough.

How did you help your fiance with the ring?!
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✍🏼 by Aishah
Photography: Emily Ann Photography
Rings: Brilliant Earth Marrow Fine Jewelry
Stationery: Artisan Matchmaker
Planning: Happily Hitched
Hotel: The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection

"Working with Aishah was such a gift. When I began talking with her I was stretched to the max and feeling burned out. S...
08/13/2020

"Working with Aishah was such a gift. When I began talking with her I was stretched to the max and feeling burned out. She created a safe space for me to talk through my limiting beliefs and fears and work through each one of them. She has an intuitiveness that allowed her to ask the tough but necessary questions and always supported me as I worked through them. I am a much more confident mother and spouse and am seeing the results of that now paying off in business. I am so grateful!” - A. Young

This is one smooth kid! 😎 We are huge fans of having little ones involved in the big day. Love seeing how excited they g...
08/12/2020

This is one smooth kid! 😎 We are huge fans of having little ones involved in the big day. Love seeing how excited they get to dress up and strut their stuff for that big moment walking down the aisle.

It's also hilarious waiting to see what they might do during the ceremony, oftentimes giving everyone a good laugh! And these kids were no exception! This little flower girl decided her basket could be better utilized as a purse, and boy did she work it! 💁🏽‍♀️

What's the funniest thing you've seen kids do at a wedding?! We know you've got some good stories! 😆
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✍🏼 by Christina
Venue: Riverside on the Potomac
Photo: Bakerture Photo & Video
Planner: Happily Hitched

"We can't always choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it"What a fitting saying for the ...
08/11/2020

"We can't always choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it"

What a fitting saying for the times. How are you dancing through this moment -- whatever life looks like for you right now? Don't know about you, but we're patting ourselves on the back for making it to Tuesday. It was one heck of a Monday 😂😅

Let this be your friendly reminder to give yourself grace each day. Let loose, take a breath, and dance! 💕
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✍🏼 by Christina
Photo: Alicia Lacey Photography
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science
DJ: MyDeejay
Florals: Chic Girl Flowers
Planner: Happily Hitched

Some crowns 👑 require a caution 🚫 label.Have you ever asked yourself which crown you are wearing?My desire is to always ...
08/10/2020

Some crowns 👑 require a caution 🚫 label.

Have you ever asked yourself which crown you are wearing?

My desire is to always wear the crown of wisdom, but I’ll admit that isn’t the crown I wear all the time.

Sure it can lead to a highly spontaneous life but in marriage I’d advise caution as results may vary 😂

One of my favorite ways to define Wisdom is:
the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

Truth be told a sound action comes from a sound mind and I’m so grateful to be growing in this area.

Here are 3 ways I focus on keeping a sound mind:

1️⃣ Make Space for alone time - it’s hard - but it’s necessary. I’m a better wife + mom when I prioritize me even if it’s only 30 mins after everyone’s asleep, before they are awake or just being honest and saying I need a minute. It helps me be a better me.

2️⃣ Bringing awareness to what routines help refuel me. Whether that’s reading my devotional each morning or actually following my skincare routine- this is part of what helps me keep on track and I notice a totally different experience when I don’t follow these.

3️⃣ Sharpening my tools. Listen relationships are hard work. Reading my Bible helps me gain wisdom to be a better me. Nothing we go through is new - the Bible can meet you wherever you are!

What’s one area you desire to grow in wisdom?
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by Aishah
Photo: Emily Ann Photography
Flower Crowns: Helen Olivia Flowers

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