Dedicated to the Details
Okay, so some of you may have seen some of these images already. We were so thrilled to have had this wedding published not only on Essence Magazine Bridal Bliss Blog but also on The Bride’s Cafe Blog (click the hyperlink for the features). I realize I’m a slacker when it comes to entries on my own blog, but I still wanted to share my story of working with this adorable couple.
I first met Tammy & Jason at the Not-so-Big Wedding Challenge that we entered a team into in November 2010. At that time, T & J were not yet engaged, but Tammy seemed confident it was on the way. Chatting at the show, Jason mentioned he was a Tarheel and they were also considering North Carolina as a potential wedding location. Tammy was bubbly and seemed so excited about the prospect of planning and Jason was super sweet, not to mention this was pre-engagement and at a bridal show (brownie points just for that!). I hoped they would pick a DC area venue and I hoped they would contact me after their engagement. In January when I heard back, they were engaged and ready to plan a local wedding! Even better, they decided to hire another member of our Not-So-Big Challenge team, Anne Robert, of Anne Robert Photography whom I L-O-V-E working with!
Our venue search took us all over, but they settled on Baltimore for their wedding weekend. Getting ready took place at The Tremont Plaza Hotel. How fun is this Denver by La Sposa Gown that Tammy got from Curvy Girls Bridal?!?
These purple suede shoes went beautifully with our purple and gold color scheme.
I always love when couples opt to do a First Look. Tammy & Jason met in a spot inside the hotel- look at this expression on Tammy’s face!
I love this image- this is so them!
After the hotel, the bridal party loaded up and went to the Washington Monument (the Baltimore version!), followed by some waterfront shots at Fell’s Point. I love the use of the diverse portrait backgrounds around Baltimore.
The beautiful bridesmaids wore long, purple Bari Jay dresses. I always love when the bm’s get to choose their own styles.
After portraits, the bridal party headed to Corpus Christi Church in Baltimore for a Catholic ceremony.
Tammy entering The Walters Art Museum. What a beautiful venue for a wedding!
Since the reception was begin held among such amazing art, we wanted to have fun with the escort card display and gave a little nod to the museum. We took various frames and painted them gold and arranged them on the table among bud vases and votives.
Here’s a look at the table designs, with beautiful designs from Wicked Willow.
Check out the highlight video from Thomas Bowen Films!
Tammy & Jason, I wish you both a lifetime filled with lots of dancing, spicy Haitian food, and the continued love and respect you have already showed each other the last 11 years!
Church: Corpus Christi Church, Baltimore
Venue: The Walters Art Museum
Florist: Wicked Willow
Photographer: Anne Robert Photography
Videography: Thomas Bowen Films
Photobooth: Lovely Day Photo Works
Ceremony Musicians: Meridian Ensemble
Planner: Kelley Cannon, Kelley Cannon Events
Transporation: Chariots for Hire
DJ: Percy Norman
Hey Everyone! Happy President’s Day!
Today I wanted to share a few photos from a recent bridal show that we participated in. Allison Manning, the wonderful Catering Manager for Hotel Monaco Alexandria, invited us to be a part of their 1st Annual Wedding Open House on Saturday, February 11th.
We have two weddings coming up at Hotel Monaco in the next few months- one on March 17th (we’re doing a slight nod to St. Patty’s Day and incorporating green and Irish influences) and one on April 28th (we’re embracing a French theme for this one…the couple is honeymooning in Provence and we’re having the reception in Monaco’s Paris Ballroom). Anyway, we can’t wait for both of them and we’ll be sure to blog the images once we get them back.
Since we’ve been having fun with the French theme and I just love the color of the wallpaper in the Paris Ballroom and how purple looks in that space, I decided to do a purple/French theme for my set-up. I wanted something elegant and understated, but still a little different. Here is a picture of our table and our “From Inspiration…To Reality” board.
DC Rental provided the rental items, which included the natural-colored linens, grey hemstitch napkins as well as these French Cane Back chairs I’ve been wanting to use! I also partnered with the amazing ladies at The Enchanted Florist to do the centerpiece and florals for my table. On my last trip to Charleston, I picked up a wire cloche, seen below. It was interesting getting that thing back on the plane, but I loved it and liked the textural element it brought to the table. Enchanted then designed a floral piece that we placed under the cloche and then finished off with some ivy.
I also was thrilled to find these little wire votive holders from World Market, so I picked some of those up, too.
The Enchanted Florist also provided all the little bud vases for our side back table which housed our marketing material and favors.
We had Marianna Du Bosq from Marianna’s Macarons do the favors which we placed on the table as place cards, but we also gave them away to all the visitors at our table. I am especially proud of Marianna and all she has done with her business. You may remember Marianna and Todd as featured on our blog (they are past clients of ours!) and the mention that they made their own STUNNING wedding cake. Marianna has since continued her pastry passion and started a macaron company. She sells at several of the local Farmer’s markets as well as accepts custom orders. I had her make ours for the show in white and two different shades of purple as well as a variety of flavors. My favorite were the Almond which were amazing!!
My wonderful graphic designer, Rachel Merkle of Miss Merkle Design designed the favor tags for me as well as a new marketing flyer which we also gave to prospective clients we got to chat with that day.
The beautiful calligraphy on the place cards, the table number, the Inspiration pin board (and a banner, not shown) was done by Michele from Meant to be Calligraphy. She is truly an artist! I love the white ink on the gray cards.
We are always so fortunate when photographers send us images. For this show, we were lucky enough to get images from two awesome photographers- Allison & Chris Britton Photography and Sweet Tea Photography by Lisa Marie and those images are all above.
Lisa also caught this one of Lindsey & I at our table. We had a great day chatting with engaged couples and can’t wait to see what comes from it!
We were so thrilled when we found out that Susan & Stefan’s wedding was selected to be published in The Knot DC/MD/VA Spring/Summer 2012 Issue! I loved working with this couple on their wedding. Upon first meeting, you could tell after just a few minutes the love, admiration and respect they had for each other, which made me really want to work with them to plan their wedding!
Susan and Stefan had a gorgeous color pallette of pewter & coral which were incorporated throughout the day in many different ways. The girls wore pewter dresses in different styles and had coral colored shoes which really popped with their flowers, provided by the ever-amazing Holly Chapple Flowers!
Susan & Stefan are also big soccer fans and play together in co-ed leagues (they would often take off straight from vendor appointments to make a late evening game) so the guys also doned custom Adidas that were pewter with coral stripes.I love that they decided to bring a soccer ball for some fun shots before the ceremony.
The ceremony was at the beautiful St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Arlington.
I’m in love with this picture of S & S outside of the St. Mary’s red front door.
After the ceremony, guests moved to the Dumbarton House in Georgetown for cocktails and the reception. The escort card display was made from a vintage card catalogue and calligrapher extrordinaire, Michele Hatty Fritz from Meant to be Calligraphy, wrote the guests names on vintage card catalogue cards that Susan purchased on Etsy.
The reception decor featured textured beige linens, clusters of florals in white milk glass and a beautiful coral patterned china.
Speaking of flowers, take a look at this bouquet- it was such a stunner (just like our bride)!!
I loved this cake from Edibles Incredible…very simple, but textured and elegant, just like the rest of the wedding!
Another highlight of the evening were the dances. Susan & Stefan had a beautiful choreographed first dance to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Callet that really got everyone in the room totally feeling the love!
Stefan also had an amazing upbeat dance with his mom- there was no slow dance swaying there! So much fun!
I could go on and on about how much I loved this wedding, this couple and the amazing vendor team (listed below), but I’ll end with a few more of my favorite images from the day. A huge thank you to the amazing Michelle Lindsay Photography for these gorgeous images!
To Susan & Stefan, I wish you both many happy years filled with amazing dances together!
The wonderful Vendor Team for this wedding:
Photography: Michelle Lindsay Photography
Florist: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers
Catering: Occasions, Jayne Havens
Cake: Edibles Incredible
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Reception Venue: Dumbarton House
Valet Parking: MarcParc
Tent: SugarPlum Tents
Hair: Salon Revive
Makeup: Blend, Ryan Krasney
Gown: Monique Llullier from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Bridesmaids dresses: Lynn Lugo from Bella Bridesmaid
We just wanted to share that Sara & Bill’s wedding that Karla coordinated at the Lee-Fendall House is featured on Washingtonian’s Bridal Party Blog today! Karla will be doing a post with these pictures on our blog soon, but in the meantime, we wanted to share the link so you could check it out:
I hope you’re all having a great week!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with the people you love. We had a little bit of downtime over the holiday which was a great opportunity to chat with some clients about their latest finds, which took us to the wonderful world of shoes! I never have an issue talking about bridal footwear, so it inspired a post!
When thinking about the shoe you will wear on your wedding day, there are several factors to consider:
1) How tall do you want to be? Some grooms (my husband included) is not much taller than me in heels, so one of his few requests for our wedding was that I wear a small to mid heel.
2) What type of surfaces will you be walking on? Will you be outside in grass, on tile/wood/carpet in a church or venue, going down any stairs to make your grand entrance? For instance, a wedge can be a great choice for an outdoor, tented affair where you will be on grass all day.
3) What color do you want your shoes to be? Will you do traditional white or ivory shoes to compliment your gown or do you want to incorporate your wedding colors instead? Many brides are now opting to go with fun colors or patterns for themselves and their bridesmaids.
4) Whatever shoe you choose, will you be able to wear it all night or will you need to change into something else along the way? Many of my brides choose amazing sky high stilletos, but if you’re not used to wearing heels like that, you might want to opt for a change-out at some point so you can dance the night away.
For more and more brides, the answers to a lot of these questions leads them to opt for flats on their wedding day. This past week, one of my April brides and I were passing ideas back and forth for details for her wedding and she happened to send me these stunners below- blue, crystal-embellished Tory Burch flats. She doesn’t want or need the extra height on her wedding day and she wants to comfortable. This can also be her something blue if necessary and it coordinates perferctly with her wedding colors of navy blue and purple. Seeing these inspired me to do a post on fabulous flats that I think would be perfect for a wedding!
Here are my bride’s:
What about these gold, sparkly Cole Haans (my personal shoe brand fave…The Nike Air is soooo comfortable!):
Sparkly bridal TOMS give you some shine while doing good for the world (and your feet!):
This patent pink style from KORS Michael Kors would be awesome for a summer wedding with bright flowers:
Don’t these Lanvin beauties just scream “Bride”:
I’m digging the peep toe on these Vera Wang Lavender flats:
For someone getting married at a vineyard, here’s a different twist on cork:
And for a nautical bride, it doesn’t get more classic than rockin’ a pair of Sperry’s:
Whatever shoe you end up choosing- heel, flat or something else, just remember to wear them around the house first to get your feet used to them. Add inserts if necessary (I also keep these in my wedding emergency kit, just in case) and scuff up the bottoms to allow for additional traction. Happy shoe shopping!
1) Tory Burch via Net-a-Porter; 2) Cole Haan Air Bacara Flats in Gold via Cole Haan; 3) Images via TOMS website – Wedding Collection; 4) Lanvin crystal-embellished satin ballet flats via Net-a-Porter; 5) KORS Michael Kors Odette flat via Bloomindale’s; 6) Vera Wang Lavender Label Livvy via 6pm.com; 7) Joan & David Elia embellished cork flats via Bloomingdale’s; 8) Sperry Top Siders via Bloomingdale’s
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