New Series: Rehearsal Dinners & Welcome Parties

29 11 2010

rehearsal dinner invitation weddingpaperdivasStarting this week, we are starting a new blog series on rehearsal dinners and welcome parties in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Norther Virginia area.

Since the rehearsal dinners are usually planned by the groom’s family, it can often be challenging because the groom’s family may not live in the DC area and may not know the options available here. Many of the guests of our clients do not live locally and our clients want to spend more time with their guests by hosting a welcome party, since they usually cannot invite everyone to a rehearsal dinner.

We are going to try and provide some useful information over the next few weeks to help you through this party of your celebration! We hope you like it! Email us if there is anything you want us to cover. — Vicky





Sneak Peek: Champagne & Pearls, a Fall Wedding in Arlington

22 11 2010
Washington Golf Country Club wedding reception

Photo: Vicky Choy

Dear Vicky, Chris and I just wanted to write you an email to thank you for everything that you did for our wedding.  It was truly an amazing day and you were such a wonderful asset to all of it.  I was so reassured having you there, and I was so nervous that I really needed it.  My mom and I will absolutely write a testimonial for you. Bride & Groom

I just loved working with this family. They were so nice to me during the entire planning process. What was so funny with this wedding was that there were so many surprises – the bride had a surprise for the groom; the Mom had a few surprises for her daughter. Too much to keep track! Stay tuned for more from this wedding — Vicky





United with Love: new DC-Focused Wedding Blog

17 11 2010

For couples planning a wedding in the DC area, check out the new blog United With Love. It will spotlight real wed­dings of all kinds, and share  tips and advice from wed­ding pro­fes­sion­als in our area.

Brought to you by Julianne Smith, the Garter Girl, and Nole Garey from Oh So Beautiful Paper, the blog is bound to add another great resource for DC couples.

I contributed to an article on “Making Your Marriage Official in DC, MD and VA”. Check it out! — Vicky





In Search of the Perfect Event Shoes

15 11 2010

I am constantly in search of the perfect shoes appropriate to wear at a wedding. Given that I regular stand non-stop for 12 straight hours, no shoes have provided the support I need. I usually wear a comfortable pair of shoes like flip flops or sneakers for set up and then switch over to heels once guests arrive. Unfortunately, I rarely have the time to make the shoe switch. The other day, I stumbled upon this pair of cute Calvin Klein’s at DSW. From the top, the patent leather bow and trim give the black shoes a bit of pizazz, while the sneaker like bottom give me decent support. While I don’t love the white part of the sole, it’s not usually that noticeable.

What do you think?

So far so good after 4 weddings. While not perfect, at least I can walk without much pain the next day! — Vicky

 





Sneak Peek: European Elegance, a Fall wedding at Meridian House

11 11 2010
Meridian House wedding reception gold European elegance fall DC

Photo: Vicky Choy

… Sunday was just the cherry on a wonderful wedding cake of a weekend.  From Thursday evening through to the end, our celebration could not have been more perfect and you were a tremendous help in making that happen.  Given all that was on my plate … and Claire’s full schedule, we just could not have done it without you.  Your gift is not simply to get the job done, but to manage it all with great calmness and grace and efficiency  (even when folks don’t follow directions! ).  That is special … Finally, it was a splendid wedding, wasn’t it? Bottom line, Vicky, you’re great!  Thank you again. Fondly,
Kathleen. Mother of the Bride

I’m so luck to have several weekends in a row of beautiful fall weather in DC, giving our clients the opportunity for some gorgeous outdoor photos. I will share this wedding with you very soon — Vicky





Sneak Peek: Food & Fun, Fall Wedding at Newton White Mansion

8 11 2010
Newton White Manor jewish wedding ceremony

Photo: Vicky Choy

I can’t even begin to tell you how PERFECT everything was last night. Thank you so much for your expertise, patience, voice of reason and kindness. Mother of the bride

Keep reading this blog to find out more about this wedding — Vicky





Sneak Peek: Backyard Indian-Inspired Fusion Wedding in Great Falls Virginia

3 11 2010
Great Falls backyard wedding ceremony Indian fusion

Photo: Vicky Choy

With backyard weddings, I really get to know my clients and their families as I spend so much time there at all hours of the day. I really feel like I become part of the family, at least temporarily. During the week of the wedding, I was there 3 days in a row! After working about 16 hours on the wedding day, this lovely note from the Mother of the Bride was all that I needed to make it all worth while!

You did a really tremendous job.  There was so much involved and so much not covered by our “caterer” and I really appreciate all of your help.  All the best, Marilyn

Stay tuned for a full recap of this emotional wedding! — Vicky