Diamond Decisions

November 24, 2014

One of our District Favorites is here today to provide insight into selecting those perfect diamonds. If you want to make a brilliant decision, you will not only visit TJB, but also you can see how they can provide you with insight on the subtle differences within the 4 C’s that have an impact on your budget.

By making an expert decision, you can increase the sparkle of the diamond dramatically, while not having buyers remorse.

 “While it’s important your ring is a reflection of you, it’s not the time to make a daring fashion statement. Trends will change, but you’ll wear your engagement ring for the rest of your life.” – Tiny Jewel Box Team

Today we are sharing with a look inside the 4 C’s + 4 steps to building that dream ring


Did you know that clarity, color and carat are determined by nature?

Carat is the weight of the precious stone

Clarity is determined based on how much light can pass through the diamond

Cut refers to the shape and size of the desired buyer

Color is determined when you purchase your diamond (a colorless diamond is preferable, so more light can pass through)



Prepare a timeline that will give you plenty of time and allow for you to get the ultimate experience at Tiny Jewel Box!

Tiny Jewel box can produce sketches + live wax models from a 3d printer that allow you truly visualize your final design


The Perfect Portion

November 21, 2014

Today’s post will inspire you to become healthier + gather knowledge on how to transform your wellness

 Carlene Thomas is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and the voice behind the lifestyle blog and company Healthfully Ever After LLC. She recently stopped by DW to talk to us about how to prepare a perfectly healthy thanksgiving meal.

For all of our engaged readers, before you say ‘I Do,’ you are probably considering becoming a healthier you. That’s where Carlene can help! She’ll coach you right through that process, while preventing anxiety and providing you with passion + patience, along the way!

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Why did you bring this menu together?

It’s a realistic Thanksgiving menu with a few healthy tweaks!
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Can you explain why these items are much heather than what you would  find on a traditional Thanksgiving buffet table?

These items mirror some of the ones you might find on your table next week, but let’s take a look at their shapes and flavorings. Brussels sprouts may not be appealing to those who know them from their childhood of being little over-cooked cabbages. By choosing shredded sprouts, you see them as something new and fun. Tossing them in a simple vinaigrette turns the flavor up and the calories down.

For the butternut squash, or a sweet potato, it may be tempting to mash them, but that means you’ll need to add butter and cream. By cubing them and tossing in olive oil and spices for a quick roast, you bring out the natural sweetness instead of having to rely on high fat items.

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How do we get started?

Work with the ‘chef’ in your family to brainstorm fun spins on tradition. Sometimes we just keep making things because it’s how they’ve always been done. Please know that everything fits into a healthy lifestyle that is already on your table! It’s about how you enjoy it and how much of it is on your plate.

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Don’t be guilted into eating bad corn pudding by your aunt if you hate it. It’s not worth the calories. Skip it. Fill it half with colorful veggies first and then add in the ‘extras’ like stuffing or rolls.


After all… “It’s all about being healthier and happier, before and beyond ‘I do’.

Nutritionist: Carlene Thomas, Healthyfully Ever After  | Design: Jeannette Tavares, District Weddings | Photography Credit: Abby Jiu Photography | Rentals: DC Rental | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy  | Florals: Holly Chapple Flowers 




Get The Look- Thanksgiving Style

November 20, 2014

In preparation for Thanksgiving, we have just the perfect post today. Want that perfect look for your tablescape that is sophisticated, yet creative? We know just where to get it! Last week with a group of fabulous pros, DW designed the perfect table setting with DC Rental.

We started with a metallic green salad plate that sat on the stunning pheasant antique dinner plate (that could also be used as a charger!) We put cranberries in mini a twig dish which added the perfect amount of color and organic freshness to the table. The hampshire gold flatware provided a perfect balance with the selected linen but also the  gold accents added the perfect amount of glam…after all out with the old and in with the gold!

The linen we selected is new and very stunning, wait till you feel the velvety texture on this stunning thick and heavy linen, it is goes by the name: Alessandra gold damask linen. We brought in two napkin looks- because one isn’t ever enough…We selected the  herringbone natural napkin and the green hemstitch linen napkin, both paired beautifully with the overall look!

The napkin ring is a district favorite selected from a market in downtown Leeseburg, VA.

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 Tomorrow, our vendor expert Carlene Thomas RDN from Healthfully Ever After, Wedding Wellness Nutrition, will be joining us to tell you how to craft the perfect + healthy feast!

Design Team:

Jeannette Tavares, District Weddings

Photography Credit: Abby Jiu Photography

Rentals: DC Rental 

Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy 

Floral accents: Holly Chapple Flowers 

Mr. and Mrs. Bass – K + J’s Real Wedding

November 19, 2014

NYC couple Karen and Jeremy planned a destination wedding for close friends and family at Pippin Hill Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia.  They wanted to keep the wedding relaxed, and even poked fun at wedding traditions along the way — confetti instead of rose petals, donuts instead of dessert. These unique touches outwardly reflected their personality for all to see.

The confetti canons were a personal favorite, which they had their friends launch as K+J walked down the aisle after the ceremony. Beyond this, they added many details incorporating their own style. Programs were printed on popcorn bags, and their custom logo incorporated a bird (for Karen’s last name Segall) and a fish (for Jeremy’s last name Bass) on all sorts of personalized details (cocktail napkins, drink stirrers, etc.).

At the event, guests danced the night away  with an awesome band (a real rock and roll band) The Dexter Lake Club Band, from Brooklyn and their ended on a sweet note, eating K + J’s cake which was brought down from Momofuku in New York.

Kate Headley did such a remarkable job capturing this wedding, we are totally in love!

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District Favorite: Karen’s parents surprised the couple during toasts by tracking down the stool Karen fell off of while their first date!


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Karen and Jeremy

Charlottesville, Virginia


Photography: Kate Headley | Venue + Catering: Pippin Hill Farm + Vineyard | Month of Wedding Coordinator: Maureen McKenna at Just a Little Ditty | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren | Hair and Makeup: Moxie Salon | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Floral: Nature Composed | Band: Dexter Lake Club Band
Videographer: Shaking Hands Productions | Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Lighting: Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting | Invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs | Favors: Carpe Donut Food Truck

The Art of Gift Wrapping

November 18, 2014


There is an art to gift wrapping, but if you want in on the total secret (after all, that’s what “tip Tuesday” is all about!) It isn’t about your talented skills, it is about how beautiful the wrapping paper is! I have just the recommendation for you all!

Haute Papier gift wrap is the perfect way to make your holiday gifts gleam. They offer a variety of styles sold in both sheets and rolls. From shiny foil patterns that pair perfectly with a red velvet bow, to holly patterns and merry messages in cool Christmas tones. While it may be the thought that counts, it’s that perfectly creased corner and lovingly tied bow that any aesthetically obsessed gift-getter will remember!

The best news of all? … you will have to see, later today! We will be posting it on twitter and instagram…only the very best for our readers.

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Haute Papier & District Weddings - October 3rd, 2014

Photography Credit: Jodi Miller Photography 



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