Redefining Grooms Attire

July 24, 2014

From grooms to groomsmen and everyone in between, Alton Lane can receive the highest quality custom suiting for a fraction of the cost. Customizing every detail imaginable from adding monograms with wedding dates to having button threads, piping and lining in coordinating colors.

Alton Lane showrooms offer a one-of-a-kind experience through a relaxed and comfortable environment. Step into the 3D body scanner for a precise measurement while the on hand style expert fixes you a drink and puts on your favorite show or sporting event.

By Alton Lane redefining the wedding suit buying experience by allowing the groom to have a say in his big day, grooms all over are starting to look truly priceless. 





Bold + Beautiful – Real Wedding Lauren and Mark

July 23, 2014

Lauren and Mark met in Greece while studying in college, Mark went back to his roots in deciding to study abroad in Greece and Lauren made a visit to Europe to visit a close friend who was in the same program. Lauren made the first move, making fun of a sweater that Mark had on at a party and the rest is history. After a few years of long distance dating, they ended up engaged and living in Washington, DC. To start true to the reason they met and Mark’s family, they decided to marry in a traditional Greek Ceremony at St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral followed by dinner and dancing at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Lauren’s vision was not clear at first, but with her excellent taste and background in interior design, the wedding ended up with a vintage, bold look with a mix of blues, oranges and golds. The night ended with late night bites and cocktails at POV Lounge at the W Hotel.

Eight years, three states, two cities and one dog later, they married on May 3, 2014.  They were so delighted to be surrounded by people they love, and wanted to not only celebrate their relationship together, but also their relationships with family and friends over the years. The vision for their wedding was carried out by Alex Pare and her team at Cherry Blossom Events. Together they created a romantic and cosmopolitan setting with elements of Art Deco and a little sparkle.













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Date: Lauren & Mark, May 3rd 2014

Ceremony: St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Reception : National Museum of Women in the Arts

Event Planner: Cherry Blossom Events, Alex Pare

Photographer : Erin Scott Photography

Florist/Bar: Amaryllis

Rentals {Linens, Tableware}: Party Rentals

Rentals {Furniture}: AFR Event Furnishings

Cake: Maggie Austin

Paper Goods : Paper Source

DJ : E2 Events


Capturing the Moment

July 22, 2014

Our favorite wedding moments, are those captured when no one is expecting it. The unforgettable pictures are the ones that unforgettable moments created. Today we bring you some of our favorite snapshots of when a photographer caught a moment in lens that will now last a lifetime. Photographers have a large responsibility on a wedding day. We recommend hiring a second photographer or making sure yours brings along an assistant, so that the “must-haves” will be caught on film and  all the little moments in between. If you’re really up for some spontaneous shots, enlist the little ones for photography duty, and provide them with disposable cameras!





A look inside J {editor + owner of District Weddings}

July 21, 2014

Good Morning DW Readers!

It is always important to know the people behind the inspiration + content that you read on a daily basis, so today we are giving you your first look inside DW, starting with owner + editor: Jeannette Tavares.

[eeeek, writing about myself, is probably the most challenging thing ever!]

As I sit here in a cafe in Porto, Portugal, I reflect back to how my journey all started, which was really here, in this very country. It started way before any schooling ever happened, living with my parents – two fabulous individuals who were constantly hosting friends and family.

[mom] used to work for the Kennedy family and cater their events back in the day.

[dad] came to America with pretty much nothing and started working in a bakery, and yes, he found himself rolling fondant on wedding cakes!

A lot has changed since then, but all-in-all, I feel like events, design and my love for well-crafted food started at a very young age.

My first steps: Graduating as a first generation college student from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, I needed to decide what my next step would be…PR? Marketing? Events? Design?


My first inkling as to which door I would choose came to me while interning right on Wisconsin Avenue at the amazing wedding boutique, Hitched. I’m sure many of you are already familiar with this oasis of bridal couture. I couldn’t have been more grateful for Julia and Carin, who were more than willing to show me the ropes of the wedding market.

One day, a bright and bubbly redhead walked into the door [little did I know, she would eventually be my mentor, boss + best friend]. Enter the unmistakable, Mrs. Jodi Moraru.

I had heard the girls at Hitched mention that she was the best event planner in town, and from that moment on, I became Jodi’s best and worst nightmare. I stalked Jodi + her team with the endless amount of phone calls + emails. [I actually am surprised they didn't block my phone number.]

While jetsetting in Europe during the summer of 2010, I finally landed that interview + knew that I couldn’t disappoint. As I tend to do, I over prepared – something you were bound to learn about me. Thankfully, the EVOKE DC ladies appreciated + understood my efforts.That’s just their style well…Full effort in pursuit of your passion.

As a part of the EVOKE team, I have had myriad unforgettable clients, opportunities + productions of which I was fortunate to be a part. The best part about it all is that each one taught me a lesson or two that have made each successive decision that much more diverse and successful.

Continuing to expand my palette of experience, I joined the events team at Washingtonian Magazine for a year, spanning 2013 and 2014. As many of you brides know, that beautiful magazine is a true inspiration to many of you + features many of our amazing vendors, too!

After that year, I decided to that focusing on my wedding clients + the wedding market was the proper next step on my timeline. This choice brought me back to the fabulous EVOKE team full-time

The evolution of my passion for blogging

Shortly after I first joined EVOKE, Jodi decided it was time to refresh our look with a rebrand. What a remarkable experience this was! Doing my part, I helped the entire team start the EVOKE DC blog, established its social media presence + initiated our search engine optimization strategy…All things that I truly adore.

In college, I wrote my thesis on how social media would affect the growth of communities and businesses in the future. [I love seeing it all play out today.]

All of this helped me prepare for something I never expected. This winter, I found myself standing in the kitchen at an event at the Building Museum telling Danielle Freedman how much I loved blogging; that it allowed me to display my creativity via an outlet other than event planning. I view it as my way to express myself + to provide knowledge in a techy savvy way to the bridal community.This is where our friendship truly began to blossom. Over the next few months – filled with many chats over large + delicious coffees – she finally decided where the DW blog needed to go.

So, here we are. I am beyond excited to share with each of you that I am the owner + editor of the DW blog. Along with planning events for my unforgettable clients, I get the opportunity to delve into the entire industry like never before, providing you with an insider’s look into the wedding industry, introducing you to some fabulous vendors and, of course, providing you with endless, event eye candy!

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Now that you know the basics, I want to briefly thank those that have been most impactful in helping me arrive at where I am today:

 It was:

Jodi Moraru [who pushed me, challenged me + gave me the faith that I could do anything]

Michael Kress [who told me, that if I wanted to, I could take over the world]

Thy Parra [who is irreplaceable + has been my true confidant]

Taylor Muckerman [who can finish my sentences in life and on paper; my rock]

Abby Jiu [who is always there to capture the moments, with her camera and her smile]

Alex Noble [my sounding board + "breath of fresh air" – p.s. just wait ‘til you meet Alex next Monday on the DW BLOG]

 If I’m smiling, it’s usually because of:

Portugal; Sevilla; culinary delights while restaurant hopping in whatever city I find myself; yellow; stationary; blogging; the wedding industry; linen swatches; stylish clothing; friends + family; my goddaughter + niece – Lilly;

and, last but certainly not least, the tannin vehicle that is Pinot Noir


Fishing for Inspiration

July 18, 2014

DW is going coastal! With summer in full swing, take advantage of the sun and the sand and go inspiration seeking. There is so much beauty to be found by the water. Grab a cocktail, your favorite read and your best floppy hat and get lost in the wonders of the sea.

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