Rehearsal Dinner or Welcome Party Spot: CoCo Sala

31 01 2011

Looking for something different? Consider Coco Sala in downtown DC near Metro Center for your rehearsal dinner or welcome party. If you are looking for unique edible wedding favors, check out their boutique. Yummy! — Vicky

Venue: CoCo Sala

Food & Drink: a chocolate lounge and boutique specializing in coffee and chocolate-based dishes and cocktails. Their menu is not limited to sweet items but also have some great savory small-bites dishes as well.

Private Dining Options: Coco Sala has 5 options for private dining. Their sample menus ranged from $38-$98 (data from early 2010) but please contact for Lauren Mulvey for your updated, customized menu. Choices include passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres and their signature artisanal chocolate bites.

Transit & Parking: The restaurant offers valet parking and is within walking distance to Metro Rail Gallery Place-Chinatown and Metro Center stops.

Advantages:

Challenges:

  • Not the most suitable for those looking for a typical, fully plated dinner menu
  • Indoor options limited to up to 40 people
CoCo Sala Gallery Rehearsal Dinner DC

Art Gallery - attached to the restaurant can accommodate up to 50 guests

CoCo Sala Private room Washington DC Rehearsal dinner

Private Room - this is typically the dining room and is separated from the louge and bar area. 32 people seated and 40 people standing. AV equipment available

CoCo Sala Rooftop Washington DC rehearsal dinner

Rooftop - amazing view of downtown DC. Can be tented, up to 300 people

CoCo Sala Lounge Washington DC rehearsal dinner

Lounge & Bar Area - up to 150 people

Coco Sala Patio Washington DC rehearsal dinner

Patio Garden - there is a really cozy outdoor patio behind the restaurant that can accommodate up to 60 people, hidden from the street.

 

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This Sunday: Carla David Design Bridal Open House

27 01 2011

Got questions regarding your wedding stationery? Ask designer extraordinaire Carla David directly this Sunday at her studio. Don’t miss it! — Vicky

Carla David Designs bridal open house





Winner! WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards 2011

26 01 2011

We are thrilled to win the annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 in the Wedding Planner category for the 3rd year in a row! This means Event Accomplished stands among the top 5% of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds.

Thanks to all our clients! — Vicky





Trunk Shows + Wedding Gowns: the 411

24 01 2011

What is a trunk show? Find out in this article and this article by my friend Jessica Fox, who used to own bridal salon, Promise for a Savvy Bride. She also has other insightful articles like ‘what’s the deal with sample sizes.’

When are the trunk shows? Of course, you’ve already subscribed to United With Love, which has a list of trunk shows in the Washington, DC area. The Washingtonian Magazine has a list of wedding gown boutiques also. You should also subscribe to the blogs or become fans of the Facebook pages of the local salons or sign up for their mailing lists. Here are a few to get you started.

You may also want to check out Rizik’s in DC and Chevy Chase Bridal at Mazza Galleria. — Happy Shopping! Vicky





Rehearsal Dinner: Chef Geoff’s Tysons Corner

19 01 2011

Back to our Rehearsal Dinner series …

Chef Geoffs Tysons Corner Rehearsal Dinner

Photo: Chef Geoffs Tysons Corner

 

Venue: Chef Geoff’s Tysons Corner

Food & Drink: Contemporary American Cuisine. There is something for everybody. Their food is consistent and I’ve always had a great experience here. I especially love their  Cinnamon and Sugar Dusted Donuts.

Private Dining Options: The Board Room seating for up to 14 guests (with AV capabilities – good for those slideshows), and a banquet room for seating up to 50 guests. Click here for Private Dining info and menus. The 3-course dinner menus range from $49-$61 per person (excluding tax & gratuities and drinks). There are also lunch and brunch options. Hors d’oeuvres are also available.

Transit & Parking: The restaurant offers valet parking. There is also a self-parking garage behind the restaurant.

Advantages:

  • Ample parking
  • Spacious banquet room that can accommodate a larger group
  • Near many hotels in the Tysons area and a good option if your reception is at Meadowlark Botanical Garden or any of the nearby hotels.
  • Spacious bar area for hanging out with friends after dinner

Challenges:

  • No Metro rail station nearby
  • Tysons Corner traffic can be difficult during Friday rush hour

— Happy Eating! Vicky





Love Couture Bridal Salon

17 01 2011
Love Couture Bridal Potomac Maryland

Photo: Jennifer Lust Portrait Design

For your journey to find the wedding dress you will love, check out the new Love Couture Bridal Boutique in Potomac, Maryland. I had the pleasure of visiting the store last week. Opened in the fall of 2010 by Sandy Ferreira Leone (you might remember her from the 2nd season of The Apprentice), this new boutique is fresh and intimate yet there is a lot of space for the bride and her friends and family to share in the dress shopping experience. There were  several roomy fitting rooms. Look at the beautifully displayed dresses below – they are not crammed together so you can actually appreciate the dress.

Love Couture Bridal Salon Potomac Maryland

Photo: Jennifer Lust Portrait Design

 

Love Couture Wedding Gown DC Potomac

Photo: Jennifer Lust Portrait Design

The boutique carries a mix of well-known and unique gown designers, with dresses starting at $1,000 to custom couture gowns, as well as dresses for bridesmaid, mother of the bride, and flower girls and accessories. I was impressed with one of Sandy’s bridal fashion stylist, who had previously worked for several design houses and seemed very knowledgeable. If that is any indication of the service provided by Love Couture, DC brides will be in great hands! — Happy Shopping, Vicky

Love Couture wedding gown

Photo: Jennifer Lust Portrait Design

All Photos by Jennifer Lust






Real Wedding: A Fall Wedding at the Meridian House (Part 2)

12 01 2011

As stated in Part 1 here are the much-anticipated details of the ceremony and reception for Aubrey and David’s Fall wedding at the Meridian House.

The ceremony was  a coupling of a traditional Persian ceremony and a non-denominational ceremony.  The couple  sat at the traditional Persian ‘Sofreh-ye Aghd’ facing east. It is tradition that by facing east, the direction of sun, the couple faces the Light of God.  The Sofreh-ye Aghd is a traditional Persian spread of flowers, fruit, spices and objects that symbolize things the couple want in their marriage.

persian DC wedding meridian house

Photo: Stacey Veath Photography

After the “I do”, guests were treated to a fantastic garden cocktail hour among the beautifully lantern lit Linden trees.  Aubrey and Dave chose a palette of apple green, bright oranges and shades of pink to decorate their reception.  As a fun surprise for the couple, I had their escort cards placed among three trees and hung with green ribbon.

escort cards green ribbon Meridian House DC wedding cocktail hour

Photo: Stacey Vaeth Photography

Dinner was served at leisure through multiple stations and rooms by  Main Event CaterersWe provided the the table numbers and menu cards through Papeterie.  Aubrey and Dave decided to forgo the traditional wedding cake and served cupcakes, provided by Georgetown Cupcakes,  and other confections for dessert.  All of this was topped off with some fantastic sliders toward the end of the evening.  While all of the delicious food was being devoured, there were just as many people dancing the night away to the DJ, Bryan George.

apple green and orange DC wedding Meridian House

Photo: Stacey Vaeth Photography

As favors they had cupcakes to go, which everyone loved!

Stay tuned for part 3 where I will the vendor team for Aubrey and Dave’s wedding. In the mean time, check out Stacey Vaeth’s blog for more photos.

Cheers! Megan