Megan & Dave’s Professional Photos

26 11 2008

A few weeks back, I posted about Megan and Dave’s wedding. Click here for Three Lights Photography‘s beautiful photos of the day.

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Professional pictures by Three Lights Photography





August 2009 Fully booked

19 11 2008

In order to maintain a quality level of service, we are no longer accepting bookings for August 2009. At least this year, I won’t have to work on my birthday (because it’s on a week day). Woo hoo! Thank you to all our clients for keeping us busy!





Wedding Planners Get-Together

16 11 2008

It’s like with everything else in life, you don’t get together with the people you should often enough until something prompts you to do it. Liene Stevens from Blue Orchid Designs of Scottsdale/Phoenix, AZ was in town and invited several of the DC area planners from the i-Wed forum for a get-together. i-Wed is an international network of wedding and event designers and has a great forum where we can discuss how to manage our businesses, share ideas, and vent after a bad day. It’s a great sounding board.

It was fun to finally meet all the ladies in real life at America in Union Station over a delicious brunch. Although we had already spent 3 hours there and the staff was ready to kick us out, I think we could have done it for a few more hours. Thanks to Stephanie Aspinwall from Ayr Hill Events for organizing this!

Letetia Nicole (Simply Beautiful Concepts), Laura Auer (Wish Special Events), Stephanie Aspinwall (Ayr Hill Events)

Front Row: Sara Bauleke (Bella Notte), Liene Stevens (Blue Orchid Designs), Andrea Hansborough (A&H Events), Isis Petrie (Posh Events). 2nd Row: me, Kawania Wooten (Howerton+Wooten Events), Maria Cooke (Ritzy Bee), Lakendra Kennedy (Affairs with Elegance) Back Row: Letetia Nicole (Simply Beautiful Concepts), Laura Auer (Wish Special Events), Stephanie Aspinwall (Ayr Hill Events)





Real Wedding: LaShawn & Harold (Part 2)

14 11 2008

Here are some of the photos I managed to take at LaShawn & Harold’s wedding! If you missed my vendor roundup, go back to Part 1. I loved the chocolate brown, red and champagne colors. We worked hard to make the room and mood feel romantic.

Da Vincis Altar Arrangement

Da Vincis Altar Arrangement

Escort Cards by Haute Papier

Escort Cards by Haute Papier

Castle Room at Ft. Belvoir Officers Club

Castle Room at Ft. Belvoir Officers Club

Centerpiece #1 Da Vincis Florist

Centerpiece #1 Da Vincis Florist

Centerpiece #2 Da Vincis Florist

Centerpiece #2 Da Vincis Florist

Centerpiece #3 Da Vincis Florist

Centerpiece #3 Da Vincis Florist

Favors: notice in the picture above the small square box of truffles. Combined with the small bottles of Prosecco below, what’s more romantic than chocolates and champagne?

Prosecco Favors

Prosecco Favors

Cake table at Ft. Belvoir Officers Club

Cake table at Ft. Belvoir Officers Club. Cool, huh? A square table with a piece of glass lifted off and the spacing between the two is filled with petals and red beads. You can see the Potomac River in the back. Photo courtesy of my assistant, Juanice Jenkins.

sweetheart table

Check out the sweetheart table! I just love the brown Azalea linen. Photo courtesy of my assistant, Juanice Jenkins. See the pillar candles along the window ledge? They added such a nice ambiance. If they look familiar, it's because they appeared back in March!





Real Wedding: LaShawn & Harold (Part 1)

12 11 2008
LaShawn and Harold's reception Ft. Belvoir Officers Club

LaShawn and Harold

Ceremony: Bethlehem Baptist Church of Alexandria

Reception Venue: Ft. Belvoir Officers’ Club (Catering Manager, Edwin Villoso).

  • Advantages: Beautiful view of the Potomac River, plentiful parking, rental includes tables, chairs, and tableware
  • Challenges: not Metro accessible, food & beverage are nothing to write home about, affordable, more than one event at the same time

DJ: Vincent Price from Master Production DJs. Great job! People started dancing with the first song and danced until their feet hurt! The dance floor was never empty.

Floral Designer: Da Vinci’s Florist. Good job and good value. They also had a great idea for the cake table. See Part 2 for photos.

Photographer: Kuhn’s Photography. Responsive during the planning process. Easy going during the event. Let’s wait and see what the photos look like.

Videographer: Ethan Yang from VisualSketch. Easy to work with during the event. Awaiting to see video for further comments. Ethan also works on movies so I’m curious to see how the edited video will turn out.

Invitations, Programs, Gift Tags, Escort Cards: Haute Papier. Sarah Meyer Walsh always does a great job with her paper products and this was no exception. See Part 2 for photos.

Linen Rentals: Select Event Rentals.





Real Wedding: Stephanie & Matt (Part 2)

10 11 2008

For Part 1 of Stephanie and Matt’s wedding, click here for the vendor round up. Here are some photos I took from their wedding. Stephanie and Matt went for a fall style with lots of design elements that evoked everything fall!

Hollin Hall Boxwood Gardens

Hollin Hall Boxwood Gardens. Note the pumpkins holding the two floral arrangements.

Hollin Hall Fireplace Room
Hollin Hall Fireplace Room (above) and Dining Room (below). Note the brown satin linens and the pumpkin filled centerpieces. The couple named the tables after presidential homes. What a great idea!
Hollin Hall Dining Room
Cider and Chocolate Favors

Favors: For the adults, Mt. Vernon cider and for the kids, Historic Chocolates of Hollin Hall.

Edibles Incredible Cake

Edibles Incredible Cake

Mulled Apple Cider

Mulled Apple Cider





Real Wedding: Stephanie & Matt (Part 1)

8 11 2008
Hollin Hall Boxwood Garden Wedding Ceremony

Hollin Hall Boxwood Garden Wedding Ceremony

When it gets to October, an incredibly busy month for most wedding planners in the DC area, it’s nice to have an easy wedding! Stephanie and Matt chose a lunch time celebration for their wedding and we had just beautiful weather for such an occasion. I personally love lunch time weddings because they tend to be more relaxed, although no less fun than an evening wedding!

Vendor Round Up

Venue: Hollin Hall Mansion. This is a beautiful venue in Alexandria. Associated with the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church, the Mansion is not only a charming house but the garden surrounding it is perfect for outdoor events. Although the Mansion itself is not the best alternative for a rain site for a ceremony, the Meeting House Chapel is a great alternative. Stephanie and Matt had about 80 guests and I thought it was the perfect number for a buffet lunch. You could probably fit another 30 people if you were doing a sit-down dinner with no dance floor.

Photography: Ed Fraser from A Candid Image. I had worked with Ed before when he was shooting for another photography shop. Easy going guy.

Floral Designer: The Flower Market. Very creative arrangements using pumpkins. See Part 2 for photos.

Caterer: R&R Catering (Laura Eaton). R&R is one of the recommended caterers for Hollin Hall and Laura is almost always the supervisor for this venue. Another outstanding luncheon. My favorite was the sweet potato mash and mulled cider. Perfect for fall!

Music: Celebrated String Quartet. One of my go-to string ensembles. Bridgette is excellent to work with in the planning stages. Usually, I hire them just for the ceremony or ceremony and cocktail hour and you don’t really get to hear how talented these artists are. This time, because of the event being over lunch with no dancing, Stephanie and Matt chose to hire them to play during the entire reception. It was wonderful! They played classical, swings, standards, rock, and just a huge variety of music. I even got to sit down for a few minutes to soak in the music. Ah … my private little concert! What a treat!

Cake: Edibles Incredible. Alan did a wonderful job and the cake was pretty good! One layer was pumpkin and the other was apple. I liked the pumpkin a lot – had to have a few slices to make sure! What I loved was the sugar fall leaves on the cake. Just beautiful work. See Part 2 for photos.