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21 August 2014 Welcome Meredith, the newest member of Kelley Cannon Events

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!)

–Kelley

25 February 2014 Hotel Monaco Bridal Showcase 2014

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!

–Kelley

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5 February 2014 A Little Something Warm: Olivia & Zach’s Salamander Resort Wedding

I’m dreaming of sunnier times on this dreary February day. It brings to mind the beautiful and warm Salamander Resort wedding of Olivia & Zach in early October 2013. It was truly an honor to work with them, they’re two of the most genuinely wonderful people I’ve ever met. They exude immense love and appreciation not only to one another, but to everyone they touch. As one of the original weddings at the resort, we had a great time working to achieve their wedding dreams while ensuring the day flowed beautifully. From the ceremony on the Great Lawn to cocktails in the Culinary Garden and a hopping reception in the Middleburg Ballroom, every space provided a beautiful backdrop for the days celebrations. Holly Chapple worked her magic to adorn every part of the day with lush and colorful arrangements, and guests were treated to a fun array of musical performances at each turn. Here are a few snippets from their day… Enjoy, and stay warm DC!

~Lindsey

 

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Vendor Team-
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Salamander Resort
Florist: Holly Chapple Flowers
Photographer: John Shinkle, Freed Photography
Ceremony Musicians: Hamilton Trio
Cocktail Hour Musicians: Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie
Band: Jump Street, EastCoast Entertainment
Hair: Jenny Grafton, Jenny’s Hair Salon
Makeup: Kimberly Steele
Cake & Grooms Cake: Salamander Resort
Rentals: DC Rental & Chicka

10 January 2014 Throwback Thursday: Lee & Karl's Winter Wedding at Airlie Center

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Brrr….The Polar Vortex and the cold weather this week definitely has me longing for warmer days, but it also reminded me of Lee & Karl's lovely winter wedding that's a throwback to January 2012.

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Lee & Karl are avid snow boarders and wanted a wedding in an outdoor retreat close to home. Since we were looking in the winter months, the couple wanted a venue with windows to give the illusion of being outdoors. The Pavilion at Airlie was perfect for the ceremony and cocktail hour and dinner and dancing followed in the Dining Room. The day before the wedding, the best thing happened- it snowed! The snow was enough to provide the perfect backdrop for this winter wedding (but thankfully it wasn't enough to make the drive into Warrenton a bear for their guests.) I still keep up with Lee & Karl and they recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world. Happy Throwback Thursday!

–Kelley

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Vendor Team-
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Airlie Center
Photographer: Timmester Photography
DJ: Derek Romanoff via Bialek's Music
Officiant: Bill Cochran, Say I Do Your Way
Hair: Julie Jackson, Hair by Jewels
Makeup: Ryan Krasney, Blend
Cake: Edibles Incredible
Calligraphy: Pretty Mail Calligraphy
Ceremony/cocktail hour musicians: St. Charles String Quartet via Bialek's Music
Florist: Debbie Bussard

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15 September 2013 Casey & Joey: Happy First Anniversary!

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.

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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.

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Casey & Joey… Happy first anniversary! I wish you many more years of love, happiness, and Kiawah Island vacations together!

–Lindsey

Vendor Team:
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

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We were thrilled to have Casey & Joey's wedding featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs as well!

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