Get to know, A {Associate Editor of District Weddings}

July 28, 2014

Now it’s my turn! You would think as an English minor, writing about myself would come easy, but I think it’s the self-reflection part that throws us off.

What a whirlwind the past seven months have been! I just recently graduated in December from the University of North Carolina Wilmington where I was surrounded by daily indulgences in a small beach town and people who encouraged me to always bring sunshine to everything I do.

Growing up with a mom who was always hosting, I found a passion for entertaining at a very early age. It was my freshman year of college when I met the curly haired, life of the party, who you would know as the fabulous editor of District Weddings, Ms. J.

It was Jeannette who fueled my passion for design and events and encouraged me to pursue my dream to be a successful and contributing asset to the event industry. My first steps came when I had the opportunity to intern at EVOKE, a premiere wedding and event planning company in DC. Grounded by my southern roots, I took the city head on and didn’t look back. I owe countless thank yous to Jodi Moraru and her astounding team who gave me no other choice than to swim in situations where I could have sank. I learned the ins and outs of aesthetic and the facets that add the extra flare to any event.

Now I’m here. Sitting in one of my favorite Arlington gems, Society Fair, where over a glass (or two) of wine, new ideas come to life. As an assistant account executive at Occasions Caterers, where the expected level of service far exceeds standard, I am surrounded by some of the most talented professionals in the industry who challenge me and expand my creativity to measures I only dreamt of.

My passion for blogging and writing was sparked early on in my life from the time I was old enough to read. Even though I’ve never been hesitant to express myself verbally (those who know me, know this to be true), I have always been able to put on paper a different level of verbiage.

Now, as the associate editor of District Weddings, I am able to share my passion with each of you and hopefully delight you in the wonderful world of weddings and events! 

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In the discovery of my dreams, I must thank those that have had an impact, and continue to do so, on my journey:

Mom + Dad – For not creating a passion for me, but igniting the flame that was already there

O’Brian Noble – For being my other half and always reminding me to savor the little joys in life

Jeannette Tavares – For being my light and teaching me that with a bottle of champagne (because there’s always a reason to celebrate), a fresh tube of red lipstick + a killer pair of heels I can take on the world

Jodi, Thy + Kaitlyn – For taking a chance on me and grounding me with the knowledge and confidence I need to take off on this exciting journey!

Danielle Freedman – For providing constant support and being my “go-to-girl” for my multitude of questions

The reason behind my smile: my loud + southern family, my remarkable friends, calligraphy, weddings, hootie + the blowfish, sunday football, kate spade, gold accents, patterns, table settings, paper stores, sweet tea, fresh fruit and the coast

#jetsetwithdw

July 25, 2014

Owner + Editor, Jeannette, is currently jet-setting through beautiful Portugal! We love seeing the world through a different lens and gathering inspiration from other cultures. Be sure to follow all of her adventures with #jetsetwithDW and don’t forget to check in next week for an insight to our fabulous portuguese photo shoot with a must-see team of vendors.

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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. 

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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!

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