Hayley and Dave got married at Doukenie Winery in northern Virginia this summer.

When I started talking to Hayley about her wedding, I could not wait to be a part of bringing her vision to life! Hayley has some seriously talented friends, and they really took DIY to the next level with custom floral arrangements, hysterical MCing, and fantastic handmade decor.

I love DIY weddings. I just do. The personal aspect it brings to the event, the feeling that friends and family have infused their love into your special day through their creative efforts. And if your talented friends and family make it possible to cut costs, even more awesome! Budgets are important, weddings can get expensive and no one wants start their marriage off in debt. But I cannot stress this enough, having a DIY wedding often means a LOT of extra work the day of. No florist? Someone needs to set up your flowers. No DJ? Who’s in charge of your iPod and PA system? Sure, you can assign these duties to a bridesmaid or relative, but wouldn’t you rather they enjoyed this amazing day you have been planning for months? This is what I do!

Even if you need no help planning the event, Emily Katherine Events will come out and make sure the vision you have been working toward is realized, and that your family and friends are able to enjoy their role as guests.

Ok, so check out Hayley and Dave’s beautiful winery wedding, courtesy of Andrés Harris Photography.

And be smart like Hayley… hire a day of coordinator!


lace wedding dress

Lovely lace dress!


bride with her mom

Bride and Mom, not a shot you want to miss!


flower girl in bride's shoes

Adorable photo of flower girl in bride’s shoes!


bride's shoes

Helpful flower girl getting the Bride into her shoes.


Doukenie Winery


handmade guest book

Amazing one of a kind guest book.


wedding date embroidery

Suit detail. Just in case he forgets.


Groom and groomsmen in wine cellar

The guys hanging out in Doukenie’s cellar pre-ceremony.


Bride & bridesmaids on bridge

Different bridesmaids, different dresses, one great look.


Bride with groomsmen


Groom with bridesmaids


wedding bands

Gorgeous wedding bands!


lemonade and tea

Tea and lemonade available for guests before the ceremony.


ceremony programs

DIY ceremony programs.


mason jar flowers

DIY aisle decor


winery wedding


virginia winery wedding


wedding sheet cake

Tasty sheet cake dressed up with flowers and “Love” topper.


lollipop wedding favors

Lollipop favors and table assignments combined into one!


tented reception

Tented reception, navy and coral decor.


BBQ wedding reception

Old Blue BBQ served up some seriously delicious grub!


Evening wedding reception

Doukenie’s gazebo hosted the bar, cake, and guestbook.


Wedding reception dance floor

Group shot on the dance floor!


jewish wedding horah dance



I am so happy to have been a part of Hayley and Dave’s big day!  Thank you so much for allowing Emily Katherine Events to take part in the fun!

And a big thanks to the following vendors, for being amazing and bringing Hayley’s vision to life!

Venue: Doukenie Winery

Caterer: Old Blue BBQ

Photography: Andrés Harris Photography

Cake: Whole Foods

Officiant: Rev. Caryl Jones-Swahn

Stationary: VistaPrint

Makeup: Lena Kerner

Hair: Nicole Cantu, Salon Cielo

Rentals: A Grand Event