The Morning Of

May 27, 2016

You are supposed to do two things the morning of your wedding: relax and savor! A few important reminders will help the day go off without a hitch and ensure you are able to sit back and soak it all in!

  1. Timelines are key – go into hair and makeup with a fixed schedule. You shouldn’t think of your day as being ran by a piece of paper, but it definitely helps. Keep in mind when putting together your hair and makeup schedule – allot 30-45 minutes for each bridesmaid for hair and 30-45 minutes for each bridesmaid for makeup. You will want to give yourself an hour and a half-two hours to complete your own hair and makeup.
  2. Let your dress breathe and fall out! Be sure to hang up your dress (out of the bag) early in the morning. It will give it time for the fabric to settle and let any of those over night wrinkles fall out.
  3. Ensure your getting ready space has a lot of room and natural light. You do not want to feel cluttered or overwhelmed trying to get ready in a small space with a lot of women. Don’t overlook the importance of natural light. Your photographer and makeup artists will greatly appreciate it!



  • K Thompson Photography

Sample Sale at Carine’s Bridal

May 26, 2016

Carine’s Bridal, has a real treat for you….May 23 – 28. Couture gowns will be 50-75 percent off! From Carolina Herrera and Monique Lhuillier to Berta and Mira Zwillinger, stunning dresses from all of our designers will be available but first come, first serve! This is an incredible opportunity for brides to find their dream wedding dress for a fraction of the price.

For appointments call 202.965.4696 or email


 Mira Zwillinger Spring 2017 Collection


Josh and Rachele’s Winter Art Gallery Wedding

May 25, 2016

You are in for a real treat, todays Real Wedding is boutique, detailed and just lovely! Today, we are letting you hear it from the designers themselves, Sweet Root Village… did we mention that the bride is on the amazing creative team?!

“Rachele has worked for us at Sweet Root Village for two years now and not only is she a bundle of light, energy, and humor in the studio during the day-to-day, but she’s also an amazing friend to us and we’ve had the pleasure of watching her relationship with Josh from the very beginning! Josh involved us in his proposal and we got to plan Rach a rocking bridal shower. We were beyond honored to help her pull together an amazing look for her wedding as well as capture the amazing day with her closest friends and family!”

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“Rachele and Josh selected an awesome venue in the heart of their hometown of Warren, Pennsylvania. This was the second wedding to ever take place at the Crary Art Gallery and it was a dream! Rachele and Josh put together so many personal details for their day. Josh is a graphic designer and took care of designing the invitations suite, menu, and other paper goods! Rachele painted the escort display canvas and crafted heaps of details like the cocktail stir sticks for the guests at the bar as well as leather and velvet tassels securing a bundle of honey stick at each place setting. The couple surprised their bridal party with curated gifts and Rachele’s maid of honor, her sister, received a rocking oversized raw crystal ring she found on Etsy! Rachele was immensely in love with ghost chairs and a lot of details for the rest of the day ended up matching perfectly. We included crystal candalabras, lots of clear glass candle elements, crystal cake cutting tools, the acrylic signage, and glass roof of the ceremony space!”

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“For flowers, we got to pack the tables with wintery blush blooms and drape the ceremony space in vines. The greens felt almost as if they were already growing in the space! We used the same vines to accent a lot of other areas like the escort display, bar, and cake bar cart. Rachele wanted a very neutral palette for her wedding but had her heart set on one super bomb blast of bold red in her bouquet! We packed it full of every one of our favorite red flowers, including: amaryllis, garden roses, peonies, orchids, ranunculus, cosmos, tulips, and more! It was a dream to design and one massively heavy armful of goodness. We worked with lots of ferns elements throughout the day in all the centerpieces, the cake, and in the bridesmaid bouquets!”

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“Josh and Rachele’s ceremony was one of the most emotional events we’ve had the opportunity to photograph. We were crying and laughing and singing and smiling so hard throughout the entire time! Josh was an emotional mess as Rachele walked down the aisle. Heck, we were all an emotional mess! There was plenty of fun and high fives and a shower of red roses petals over their first kiss as husband and wife!”

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Rachele’s Favorite Memory from the day: Our first look! Josh looked so handsome and we were so excited to see each other and we really enjoyed spending time together before the guests arrived.

Joshua’s Favorite Memory from the day: After the ceremony was finished, we (Rachele and I) snuck away into our reception room where we enjoyed our first few minutes as a married couple. We were so happy that all we could do was hug each other while crying joyful tears.

 Advice to planning Brides:

Invest in a wedding coordinator even if it’s just for the day of the wedding! There is no better feeling on your wedding day knowing that there is someone keeping everything on track and taking care of the various problems that inevitably arise on a wedding day!

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Joshua and Rachele

Photography & Flowers: Sweet Root Village | Venue: Crary Art Gallery |  Paper Goods: The Groom 

Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal  | Rentals: Special Occasions Rentals and Design | Catering: Catering Plus

Shoes: Betsy Johnson | Jewelry: Passed down from Grandma | Hair: Mailey Shimon (friend of the bride)

Makeup: Sarah Johnson (sister of the bride, maid of honor) | Coordinator: Juli Kreko

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  • Sweet Root Village

Endless Summer

May 24, 2016

We love gorgeous spring and summer blooms – especially a full arrangement or bouquet of original mophead hydrangeas! Meant to beat the summer heat, they are an ideal selection for wedding floral.

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  • Sera Petras

Inside the Catering Minds (Part 2)

May 23, 2016

Happy Monday! We are back here with the pros from Windows Catering, for the second part of their awesome vendor interview!

 Do you see more couples opting for dessert stations vs. wedding cakes?

We are finding that couples are still opting to include a wedding cake in the celebration.  However, a lot of couples are becoming more creative and incorporating a variety of different spongecakes and icing flavors.  Even mixing sweet and savory like olive oil and carrot cake.  We find our couples are choosing different flavors for each tier as an option as well.  Cake designs have trended to the more traditional and even casual like a “ naked” cake with no icing.  We still see a lot of couples complimenting their wedding cake with bite size dessert displays that speak to the personality of the couple.


What are your recommendations when starting the planning process?

Do not be afraid to ask direct questions and have a budget in mind. Caterers need to hear what a couple’s vision is for their special evening. It can be frustrating for a planner and extend the planning process if couples aren’t clear on what they want.   We formulate our menus and design elements around YOU, so tell us what you want!  Also, do not write off a caterer based on budget concerns. Some of our favorite weddings have been intimate weddings at the home for 30 or 40 guests.  Be creative and don’t get caught in a box.  Feel free to challenge the idea of what a wedding “is”. It is what you want it to be!

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Thank you Windows Catering! 



  • Windows Catering

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