Hey everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the summer as much as I am. We’ve had amazing weather, some beautiful weddings and had an opportunity to travel a bit and spend time with family. In addition, we opened up a new studio space in Old Town in July (pics and blog post coming soon) AND beginning in August, we took on a new member of our team. (Ps- did I mention August celebrates our 5 year anniversary in business!! I’m so thankful to all our clients, vendors friends and families who have supported us along the way!)
I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce you all to Meredith King! Born and raised in Chevy Chase, Meredith decided she wanted to head down South where things are a little sweeter (her words and I couldn’t agree more!), so she landed in Charleston, SC where she spent her collegiate days at the College of Charleston.
Meredith received her degree in Communications & Hospitality and Tourism Management and really flourished in a city that has such a rich culture and hospitality industry. After learning about some of the opportunities with events and catering through her coursework, Meredith then did a series of wedding/event industry-related internships with Bella Bridesmaid, Sweetgrass Social Event and Design and YOJ Events. These internships taught Meredith so much and sparked a passion to create a career in the events industry, specifically with weddings.
At KCE, Meredith will be helping to service clients requests, assist on wedding days, help us dream up amazing design ideas, and be our main blogger and social media guru, among many other things. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her as a part of our team and are so excited to see what she helps us do next!
Q & A on a few of Meredith’s favorite things:
Favorite Food: Mexican & Thai (I really can’t pick one). However, I will try pretty much anything!
Favorite Color: Anything gold, gray, and purple.
Favorite Animal: Dog (my pups Mila and Mandy are my blogging-day buddies!)
Favorite Current Musician: Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith
Favorite Place: Charleston, SC will always have a place in my heart and my money when I go and visit frequently (oops!)
Hobbies & Favorite Things: I love hiking, cooking, crafting new cocktails, farmer’s markets, brunching, summer camp (Shout out to Valley Mill Camp), and shopping
(Thank you to Michelle Lindsay Photography for the lovely headshot of Meredith!)
This past Sunday we participated in Hotel Monaco Alexandria‘s 3rd Annual Bridal Showcase. We love weddings at the Monaco and it was a great opportunity for us to meet with new couples getting married there and those still looking for their perfect venue.
We have used a coral palette in the past at the Monaco and think it looks so great in that space, so we were inspired to use corals and peaches in our tablescape for the show. We enlisted the lovely Jill Medawar from Toulies en Fleur to create some loose and textured arrangements for us in mercury glass vessels which we paired with this new linen from DC Rental we are loving (Kendal Beige- which also comes in white and grey!) Thanks Lisa Marie from Sweet Tea Photography for the photos!
A year ago today the weather was just as perfect for the celebration of Casey Freeman & Joey Cushman's wedding. The ceremony and reception were held at the beautiful Merriweather Manor in Leesburg, VA where their closest family and friends gathered to eat, drink, and celebrate Casey & Joey's nuptials. Since today is their one-year anniversary I thought it fun to take a stroll down memory lane and reflect on all the love and excitement that was had on this day last year.
The landscape of vineyards and farmland created a stunning backdrop for their rustic day, and Tracy Timmester captured it all beautifully.
While the ladies were getting ready, the groom & groomsmen dug up this tasty bottle of bourbon that Casey & Joey buried one month prior to their wedding — an old tradition meant to prevent rain on your wedding day. It worked!
One of my favorite parts of planning with Casey & Joey was learning that they are childhood friends-turned-sweethearts, and their families have vacationed together for years. It was wonderful to see how much they all enjoy spending time together and how clearly thrilled they were to celebrate such a perfect union. Getting to know each and every one of them was a blessing I won't soon forget.
The details and personal touches Casey brought to the wedding day were endless, and the beautiful arrangements by Holly Chapple Flowers added eye-catching pops of color to the warm and inviting setting. Enhancing everything from the programs to the tree stumps was a custom heart-shaped wedding design created for the couple by Miss Merkle Design.
Casey & Joey… Happy first anniversary! I wish you many more years of love, happiness, and Kiawah Island vacations together!
Ceremony & Reception Location: Merriweather Manor
Catering: Main Event Caterers
Ceremony Musicians: Palm Strings, Bialek's
DJ: David Grimm, Bialek's
Florist: Holly Chapple Flowers
Photography: Tracy Timmester Photography
Day-of Paper Products: Miss Merkle Design
Hair & Makeup: Earth Diva Designs
Cake: Edibles Incredible
We were thrilled to have Casey & Joey's wedding featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs as well!