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Both well traveled, well-versed in several languages and coming from colorful cultural backgrounds, Aika and Loic were destined for each other. They met at UVA while Loic was studying abroad in America. While sparks flew, they both knew he would have to cross the pond and end up back in his home country of France. Distance could not break them, and Aika ended up studying in the Czech Republic, where Loic frequently visited her.

While distance was still keeping them apart for the following months of Aika’s return to America, their bond would not be broken. Loic’s work abroad ended and they were together at last in the states. At each others side, they were both ignited to begin their life together. They both knew for sure they never wanted to part ways again.

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Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s attire: Custom-made by Raj Kriangsaksakul from Macways Custom Tailors
Bridesmaids dresses: Love Lane  from Bella Bridesmaids
DJ: Gavin Holland
Wedding Coordinator: Michael Haymaker
Make-up artist & hair stylist:  KLH Makeup Artistry
Second Photographer: Michael Waidmann
DIY projects included:
Lawn games (Cornhole and ladder golf) and the photo booth aka “The Selfie Machine” by Loic
Seating chart & table symbols and Invitations & programs by my brother, Erden Zikibay (http://zikibay.com)
Guest favors from Kazakhstan
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Carrot Soup with Honey & Sriracha-glazed Pumpkin SeedsMmm carrot soup… I have to say this is one of my favorite summertime staples. I’ve already made it a handful of times this summer and it’s so great to have a few batches in my fridge for when I need a boost. And boy does it boost… it’s like eating a Red Bull that actually makes you feel good.  Hot or cold, you cannot go wrong with this one.

On that note, I wanted to also point out that this is a great meal for “feeding your chakras.” The more I learn about them, the more fascinated I become. Each chakra lines up with your body and represents certain aspects that balance a person out. From the root or red chakra, which are associated with your most primal self, all the way to your crown or violet chakra, which addresses your spiritual self and helps you gain insight to your self-knowledge and desire to express how you feel.

So this meal, being primarily and naturally orange and also incorporates seeds, helps to feed your sacral chakra. This chakra is associated with your reproductive organs and bowel movements, and affects your happiness, creativity, and sexuality.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do! xo

Carrot Soup | © Carly Arnwine Photography

Carrot Soup with Honey & Sriracha-glazed Pumpkin Seeds

1/2 red onion

1/2 yellow onion

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

3 cloves garlic

1 lbs. carrots

1 squash (I had one leftover from the garden, it isn’t necessary–but it is yummy!)

1 sweet potato (if available)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 cups vegetable broth

1 star anise (these are a rare find in a cupboard, but if you have them, they’re a treat!)

Immersion Blender (great investment.. get one!!)

Directions

STEP 1 : Chop up onions and garlic and drizzle some olive oil on them at medium heat on the stove for about 5 minutes or until soft.

STEP 2 : In the meantime, dice up carrots and squash and sweet potato and add to the stove once onions are soft.

STEP 3 : Add vanilla, star anise (if available) and broth and heat on high until it begins to boil. Then put on lid and simmer on low for 15 minutes.

STEP 4 : Add ginger and vinegar.

STEP 5 : Once veggies are nice and soft, take out the star anise and then blend away!

For the Seeds:

leftover squash seeds (if available)

handful of raw pumpkin seeds

Dash of cumin, salt & pepper

1 tbsp of honey

few dashes of Sriracha

Roast in 300 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until brown

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Kenmore Inn Wedding | Carling and Stephen | © Carly Arnwine Photography

I knew I would love getting to know this couple simply by our first interaction. He had an English accent, and she was just.. so cool. Yes, Carling and Stephen certainly set themselves apart, which is how I know their love is the real deal.

They met through mutual friends at a house party, that Carling was initially hesitant to go to. She was feeling under the weather, but at the last minute thought ‘why not’ — she was always the kind of person who was up for meeting new friends. She met Stephen and immediately swooned — being a self-proclaimed “anglophile” (I had to look this up, obviously.. but it means “one who admires England, it’s culture, and it’s people.”) Very fitting! They bonded over ski trips and meetings with their mutual friends, and the rest is history! Congrats to Carling and Stephen, I wish you both the very best! -C

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Wedding Dress: Impression Bridal from Jeanette’s Bride ‘N Boutique

Brides Shoes: Irregular Choice

Grooms Attire: Mens Wearhouse

Grooms Shoes: Mens Wearhouse

Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Kenmore Inn, Fredericksburg VA

Catering: The Kenmore Inn, Fredericksburg VA

DJ: DJ Greyhound

Floral Design: Jane Guerin, Fredericksburg VA

Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist: Dixie’s Hair Salon, Fredericksburg, VA

Music: Emily Mason, harpist

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Eduarda + Charles | Congressional Country Club | Bethesda, Maryland Wedding | © Carly Arnwine PhotographyEduarda + Charles | Congressional Country Club | Bethesda, Maryland Wedding | © Carly Arnwine Photography

“I wonder if they would adopt me.”

A sentiment I kept overhearing as I wandered around the tables at Eduarda and Charles’ reception. The gentleman was of course, referring to Eduarda’s fathers’ speech, which then broke into an extravagant performance from family members standing at their tables and singing “all you need is LOVE.” Cue the happy tears!

Love is of course, pretty obvious at every wedding, but this one was special. Love permeated from every being, every gesture, every glance. It was evident in Charles’ decision to pin a sweet note in his tux to commemorate his father. It was in all of the guests and loved ones who had traveled from as far as Brazil to be a part of their big day. It was in the speeches and well-wishes from people who loved these two so much. I feel so honored to have been a part of this special day, and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness – C

 

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Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Carine’s Bridal

Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo  

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff

Grooms Attire: Custom-made

Grooms Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Congressional Country Club

Catering: Congressional Country Club

DJ: Spinser Tracy

Invitations: GildedElephant on Etsy

Floral Design: Flowers by Angels

Videographer: Toy Box Productions

Makeup Artist: Allison Barlow

Hair Stylist: Nicole McConnell with Hair and Makeup Unveiled

Music: Cara Fleck, harpist

Ring Bearer Pillow: Handmade by Bride’s grandmother

Broach on bouquet: Borrowed from Bride’s grandmother

Robes: JustCottons on Etsy

Additional Photographers: Kacie Nolan & Michael Waidmann

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