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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

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

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!



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


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!


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!


13 September 2013 Ashley & Mark: St. Peter's & Hotel Monaco Alexandria

Coral was a hot color this summer and I love that Ashley & Mark decided to mix in a little silver for their elegant reception at Hotel Monaco in Alexandria. I first met Ashley at the hotel's wedding showcase and instantly knew I wanted to work with her. For starters, she's got an infectious personality, she also used to live in Charleston, and she loves hosting fabulous house parties. What's not to love? Let's not forget about Mark, who is super welcoming and was present and supportive throughout the planning process. He even took dance lessons. I give major props for dance lessons!

Their wedding took place at St. Peter's Church on Capitol Hill and was officiated by an old Hill co-worker-turned-priest friend of Mark's. After the ceremony, they headed to do portraits at the Jefferson Memorial. 2013-09-13_0011.jpg
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We worked with a great vendor team for this wedding. In addition to the always-wonderful staff at the Hotel Monaco, we worked with The Enchanted Floristwho created a lovely mix of high and low centerpieces for the guest and kings tables. Enchancing the tables were custom menus and place cards placed on the champagne glasses which were custom designed by Rachel at Miss Merkle Design. 2013-09-13_0002.jpg

Now that I have a baby girl, I think there's something even more special about Father/Daughter dances. While Kristen and I were setting up for the reception, Ashley's dad, Terry took some time to share with us why he chose their song, “What a Wonderful World”. He recalled that when Ashley and her brother were young, they family was all on the boat, the sun was shining in Ashley's strawberry blonde hair and her freckles had come out and then the song came on the radio.  He took in the lyrics of the song and his beautiful family and made a mental snapshot of that exact moment so he wouldn't forget it.  How sweet! 2013-09-13_0010.jpg

Ashley & Mark, thank you so much for having me be a part of your day! I wish you many more years of love, happiness and pups!


Vendor Team-
Ceremony Location: St. Peter's Catholic Church Capitol Hill
Reception Location, Catering: Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Florist: The Enchanted Florist
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography
Videographer: In Depth Photo & Video
DJ: Josh Rhett, MyDeeJay
Day-of Paper Products: Miss Merkle Design
Transportation: Chariots for Hire
Makeup: Marquia Kinard, Blend
Hair: Stacy Parault
Cake: Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

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Rentals: DC Rental

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