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24 November 2014 Trend We Love: Father/Daughter First Looks

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!


Patty, her father and mother photographed by Paige Elizabeth Photography

Sarah, her father and mother photographed by Rebekah J Murray Photography 

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!

21 October 2014 Real Wedding: Jessica & Matt’s Fall-inspired wedding in Old Town Alexandria

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!



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 

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!)


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!




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!



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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

united with love