New 2015 Awards!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

We are excited to announce that we have received the 2015 Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award, as well as Virginia Living Magazine’s 2015 Top Wedding Vendors Award. We could not have done it without the amazing vendors that we work with and of course, our wonderful KCE couples!

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Ericka & Courtney’s NYE wedding at Hotel Monaco

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

We can hardly believe that 2014 has come to an end.   You know what they say- time flies when you’re having fun and we’ve had a so many great moments this year!   Our amazing couples and fantastic vendor partners make our jobs such a joy!  We can’t wait to see all that 2015 is going to bring (including a new website and look coming in January that we’re so excited about!)

Since we are ringing in the new year tonight, we decided to throw back to our New Year’s Eve wedding from last year celebrating the marriage of Ericka & Courtney (who by the way just welcomed a new baby boy who is completely adorable!!!)  Ericka wanted to incorporate black, red and gold into her palette and I loved how rich and romantic it was being a late evening wedding with tons of candlelight.   Barbara Von Elm from Growing Wild gilded leaves and hydrangea in the floral arrangements for an extra touch of gold and I loved Ericka’s red peony bouquet.  We worked with Rachel from Miss Merkle Design to do custom invitation as well all of the day-of paper products. How fun are the New Year’s Resolution table numbers she made and these circular menu cards which were customized by Meant to Be Calligraphy.

Another detail I loved from this wedding was the dessert table.  Fresh Bakes made us a gorgeous gilded cutting cake as well as other desserts including mini key lime tarts and red velvet macarons.  To make it pop, I created a custom backdrop for them out of paper pinwheels (have I mentioned I love crafting things like this?)

Ericka & Courtney, we wish you a many, many more years of midnight New Year’s kisses!

–Kelley

Vendor team-
Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company
Photographer: Soulfully Speaking Photography
Cake & Desesrts: Fresh Bakes
Invitations & Day-of Paper: Miss Merkle Design
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Makeup: Marquia Kinard, Blend
Photobooth & Uplighting: Bialek’s Music
Linens, napkins, chargers, chairs: DC Rental
DJ: Jeff Ross, 850-766-3855
Officiant: Maureen Burke Ceremonies

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Join us for “Tips on Tuesdays” at The Dandelion Patch

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

With the holidays being just around the corner, we know that soon there will be many people flashing their new bling and celebrating their engagement! Can you say ‘best holiday gift ever?!’

After the celebrating, it’s time to start the planning, but many couples can get easily overwhelmed with where to begin. Luckily, our friends at The Dandelion Patch are hosting some wonderful events throughout the months of January, February and March to help you on your way.

On January 20th, our very own Kelley Cannon will be speaking with fellow DC planner Janice Carnevale from Bellwether Events from 6-8pm  at the Dandelion Patch in Vienna, VA.  This workshop called “New Year, New Ring, Now What?” focuses on the newly engaged couples and guides you with topics such as where to begin with booking vendors, tips on creating a budget and much, much more. Spots are filling up quickly so follow the instructions on the flyer to RSVP with the Dandelion Patch.

It’s going to be a great night- We hope to see you there!

–Meredith

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Trend We Love: Father/Daughter First Looks

Monday, November 24, 2014

Your wedding day has finally arrived and you are getting into your gown when it starts to hit you that you are going to be marrying the love of your life today. However, before your soon-to-be husband was in the picture, there was your first love; your Dad. The man who helped raise you, love you, and show you how a man should treat you. On your wedding day, he gives you to another man who will love you and cherish you all the days of your life.
It is a huge day for him, too, which is why we can’t help but share some of these heartfelt first look moments between a few of our beautiful brides and their fathers.   Just look at the emotion after their dads see them for the first time in their wedding gown!

–Meredith
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Patty, her father and mother photographed by Paige Elizabeth Photography
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Sarah, her father and mother photographed by Rebekah J Murray Photography 
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Cristina and her father photographed by Abby Grace Photography

If this is something you are interested in doing at your wedding, just make sure to discuss it with your planner and photographer (and your parents, of course!) to ensure it all flows perfectly on the day!


Real Wedding: Jessica & Matt’s Fall-inspired wedding in Old Town Alexandria

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Well, it’s officially Fall here in the DMV and as the leaves begin to change and we pull out our boots and scarves, we thought it might be fun to look back on the sweet September wedding of Jessica Sacksteder & Matt Pfeiffer.  I can hardly believe it’s been over a year already, but Jessica and Matt just celebrated their first anniversary last month!   They are such an awesome couple, and a real pleasure to have worked with.  As I look back on their day and all the planning we did in the year leading up to it, I remember how much fun we had putting it all together.  From the mini pumpkin escort cards, to the apple cider station, to Jessica’s gorgeous orange flats, their wedding was adorned with touches of fall all around.  Even their adorable dog Tippy took part in the festivities and rocked an oh-so-cute orange bowtie!   Here are a few fun shots from their day…Enjoy!

~Lindsey
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Ceremony Venue// Carlyle House

Reception// Hotel Monaco Alexandria

Photography// Genevieve Leiper

DJ// Dan Goldman with Bialek’s Music

Florist// Enchanted

Pies// Pie Sisters

Officiant// Timothy O’Connell with Wedding Works

Hair & Make-Up// Updo’s for I Do’s