Real Wedding: Springtime Garden Wedding in Alexandria (Part 2)

26 05 2010

Back in Part 1, I showed you a sneak peek of Lesley and Chris’s engagement session with Deb Lindsey. Here are some of Deb’s favorites from the wedding day. When you see them together and interact with each other, you can see why this relationship works. Check out more photos from their wedding day on Deb’s blog and the slideshow on her website.

I have to share with you something about this wedding. April in DC is very unpredictable weather-wise, which makes an outdoor wedding a little dicey. The weather forecast had predicted rain all day on this particular day and in fact, it had rained on and off all morning. I was all ready to move the ceremony under the tent but Chris decided to take a chance and have the ceremony in the gardens anyway. Once you commit to an outdoor ceremony, with chairs all set up and guests all seated, there is no going back. If it starts to rain, you hope it only drizzles or else everyone will make a mad dash towards the tent. I was most worried about the string quartet with their valuable instruments. Luckily, the weather held out and we ended up with only heavy clouds. Thank you Mother Nature but you surely stressed me out! More recap to come  — Vicky

River Farm Alexandria wedding ceremony garden

River Farm Alexandria wedding bride and groom

Celebrating 5 Great Years!

24 05 2010

DC wedding planner Event AccomplishedYesterday, May 23, marked the 5th anniversary of Event Accomplished being in business (it’s the official date on my business license)! It’s been an incredibly rewarding 5 years full of happy memories. We have had wonderful clients and worked with talented and friendly vendors along the way. I am lucky and grateful to have an outstanding team who put their hearts into every wedding.

If you asked me 5 years ago if this is the job I would be done, I would have said no way, but I guess life has a funny way of telling you what you should be doing!

Here is to many more years of Creating Memories and Celebrating Life! — Vicky

wedding champagne toast

Photo by Joseph Allen Photography

An Industrial, Minimalist, Modern Venue: Long View Gallery

19 05 2010

Remember when I visited this place during construction? Long View Gallery has come a long way! If you are looking for an industrial, minimalist, and modern venue for your wedding or event, be sure to check this place out. Within the span of 3 months, I was lucky to have attended 3 events at Long View Gallery, which provided opportunities to see what the space can do. I’ve combined photos from the Grand Opening, the Room Service Holiday Party, and a private corporate holiday party so that you can see how different they can look in the same space.

Long View Gallery Room Service Party Entrance

Front Entrance. Photo by Imijination Photography

Long View Gallery Room Service Party Front Room

Front Room. Photo by Imijination Photography

Long View Gallery Grand Opening Front room

Front room. Photo by Rodney Bailey

Long View Gallery Holiday party Front Room cocktails

Front Room. Photo by Sara Wipfler

Long View Gallery Room Service Party Office

Office. Photo by Imijination Photography

Long View Gallery Grand Opening Office

Office. Photo by Rodney Bailey

Long View Gallery Room Service Party Frame Room

Frame Room. Photo by Imijination Photography

Long View Gallery Grand Opening Frame Room

Frame room. Photo by Rodney Bailey

Long View Gallery Room Service Party Back Room

Back Room. Photo by Imijination Photography

Long View Gallery Holiday Party Dinner

Back Room. Photo by Sara Wipfler

Long View Gallery Room Service Party Back Patio

Back Patio. Photo by Imijination Photography

Long View Gallery Grand Opening Back Patio

Back Patio Photo by Rodney Bailey

Real Wedding: Springtime Garden Wedding in Alexandria (Part 1)

17 05 2010

Before we share with you Lesley and Chris’s wedding photos, here are some teasers from their engagement session. Living in Denver and both being doctors, they had very few trips back to the DC area. Thank goodness for flexible vendors. Deb Lindsey, their incredible photographer, was willing and able to shoot their engagement sessions the week of the wedding.

engagement photos bride groom by Deb Lindsey

engagement photos bride groom by Deb Lindsey

See more of their engagement session at Deb’s blog. Is Lesley gorgeous, or what? Stay tuned for their wedding photos – Vicky

Gift Idea: Weekly Flower Subscription from Petals for the People

12 05 2010

Looking for ideas for a wedding gift or for bridesmaids gift? How about a subscription to high quality flowers?

Petals for the People flower subscription DCMy friend Sarah von Pollaro, of Urban Petals, started a new service called Petals for the People. For $25 a week (or every other week), subscribers get an ever-changing bundle of mixed seasonal flowers and greens, personally selected by Sarah. Each bundle is large enough to make 2-3 arrangements. Subscribers can pick the bundles up at one of their designated  locations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia or they can deliver for an additional $10.50. You can follow Sarah’s step by step “how to” videos on how to arrange your bundles on the Petal Power blog, as well as more information on the flowers you received.

Check out Sarah’s segment on Fox5 Morning News teaching me and her Mom how to make arrangements from a sample bundle on the 2nd and 3rd video. We had so much fun (check out the still photos here too)

When I went home, I practiced the hand tied floral arranging skills Sarah had just taught me.

Practicing my grip.

Check out my practice session photos. Not bad! Now I can make emergency bouquets if necessary! — Vicky

Elan Artists Dance Band Showcase May 12

10 05 2010

Wednesday May 12th, 2010  7:30PM prompt start
Omega Studios – Rockville

Featured bands:  Nation and Raggs & the All-Stars

Elan Artists Bands Recently Featured In Martha Stewart Weddings 15th Anniversary Issue…
Hear your areas top dance bands perform live. Each band performs a cross section of music from classics to contemporary. Hip, sophisticated, and affordable. Our bands personalize each performance and have zero cheese factor. Meet band leaders and musicians directly and get a feeling for style, personality and quality.
Email us to check band availability for your date.

RSVP is strongly requested.
Omega Studios
5609 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20852
888.800.3526 or
Admission Free – RSVP Requested

Preview groups at

Garter Girl

5 05 2010
Garter Girl Julianne Smith purple garter

Photo by A Britton Photography

My dear friend Julianne Smith, aka Garter Girl, recently held a launch party for her 2010 collection. Julianne makes simple and stylish wedding garters. You can choose from her wide selection of styles (Traditional, ModernSomething Blue) or she can custom make one to fit your wedding style, like the wine one below.


The Eco-Friendly collection is made from recycled plastic bottles,  still stylist and colorful.


The couture garters are incredibly creative and luxurious.

velvet necklace garter couture julianne smith

Congratulations Juli! Here is the lady behind the brand with her husband.

Garter girl Julianne Smith

Photo by A Britton Photography

Love this photo of me and Evan Reitmeyer from We looked like we were having fun, right?

vicky choy event accomplished dc wedding planner and evan reitmeyer
Photo by A Britton Photography

– Vicky