Garnish Galore

December 19, 2014

We are inspired by these winter garnishes! Perfect for cocktails, escort cards, center pieces and even late night snacks. Edible sugared cranberries are the perfect sweet accent to a sour cocktail, or our personal favorite, mini doughnuts! Herbs also make for a fresh and elegant garnish. During the winter, opt for rosemary, sage, or thyme.




Photography: Kate Ann Photography

A Yearly Round-Up

December 18, 2014

365 days of pure effort, passion and creativity is what keeps these industry professionals working to accomplish their goals, while hoping for growth + and unforgettable events!

We are going to be covering some of our District Favorites in the next few days!

Today we have: Karson Butler Events + EVOKE + Washington Talent + Abby Jiu Photography + Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Karson Butler Events

“2014 was a remarkable year for Karson Butler Events with highlights including opening a second office on the west coast and an appearance on The TODAY Show!”

Amber and Emily


“EVOKE was selected to be part of the Bridal Circle and take part in the Inner Circle Experience, which honors and teaches luxury event planners. Jodi attended the conference in August at St. Regis, Bal Harbor Resort.”


Washington Talent

“The launch of Washington Talent’s charitable program, #projectparty, kicked off in 2014, giving Event Professionals and other guests a chance to celebrate a good cause and highlight local charities at this annual event. The next #projectparty will be held Jan 16th, 2015 at The Winery at Bull Run.”


Abby Jiu Photography

“Abby Jiu was named a top photographer by Martha Stewart Magazine and has now added hundreds of more stunning weddings to her portfolio including several abroad projects.”


Laura Hooper Calligraphy

“It has long been a goal of ours to teach the beautiful art of calligraphy, and we accomplished that this year on February 1 with our first Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop that took place at the Karson Butler Events studio on Capitol Hill! This weekend we will complete our 43rd workshop of the year, and we are looking forward to continuing classes into 2015.”


A Par-Tay for S + Q’s Real Wedding

December 17, 2014

Everyone wants their wedding to be a blast. But Sarah and Quinn especially wanted a par-tay, and that’s just what they got. Before their lively reception, a ceremony rich in scripture and friendship took place in the outdoor corridor of Rose Hill Manor. Luckily, of the three scenarios they planned for, the ‘no-rain’ one played out. Quinn, a detail-oriented bartender, made sure the libations were set up to perfection so everyone was guaranteed a good time. Their rich and colorful flowers were dispersed throughout the event to create a beautiful fall backdrop. Guests enjoyed dancing the night away, heartfelt toasts the remarkable pie bar and of course a super epic  “Ice, Ice Baby” karaoke performance. This couple radiates fun + passion, take a look!

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Sarah + Quinn Wallis

October, 2014 | Leesburg, Virginia

Venue: Rose Hill Manor, Leesburg, Virginia | Photographer: Bonnie Sen Creative Photography | Event Planner: Ashley Tolub | Floral: J.Morris Flowers | Catering: Gala Cuisine | Pies: Mom’s Apple Pies | Cake: Lola’s Cookies and Treats | Videographer: Blue Sky Films | DJ: Above and Beyond DJs | Hair: Rita Sayegh | Make-up: Pattie Martin

Winter Wonderland

December 16, 2014

There is lots to love about getting married in the winter, but definitely a few details you want to remember to ensure the day goes without a hitch! More couples are getting married in what used to be considered the “off-season” of weddings, December-February. What’s not to love about the snow covered landscape and environment while cozying up beside the fire? While the winter months create a romantic feel, be sure to consider these few tips while planning for your big day!

1. Dress Your Bridal Party Appropriately: There is style to be found in winter wedding attire. Faux fur shaws or cashmere wraps are perfect for your bridesmaids. We love the idea of dressing down your groomsmen with a sweater and bow tie.


2. Don’t Leave Your Guests Out In the Cold: You want to make sure your guests are warm and comfortable. Consider providing everyone with gloves as a wedding favor or keep them warm the old fashioned way – with a bottle of brandy!


3. Plan Your Honeymoon Wisely: While the winter is a perfect time to have fun in the sun in the Caribbean, be careful when booking dates. Price increases are extremely common over the Holidays, so you may opt to wait a few weeks before taking off on your jetsetting adventure!


Photography: Jeff Sampson Photography, Magnolia Photography, Deb Lindsey Photography, Live View Studios

Gold, Gold and More Gold

December 15, 2014

One thing is for sure, gold never goes out of style! Our favorite color and the perfect accent for any occasion. Add gold accents to your wedding cake, escort cards or favors for a pop of glam. From understated to elaborate details, we promise the color gold is sure to make a statement.

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Photography: Coco Tran Photography, Angie Wilson Photography, Max Wanger Photography

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