Your Calligraphy is the Best Part of My Day

July 31, 2014

I am beyond excited for todays vendor interview. This little lady is creative, talented and scripts details all across the US. For over 12 years, Laura Hooper Calligraphy has been working with countless couples to create the most elegant calligraphy for their invitations and wedding stationery. She also designs custom hand drawn maps, unique place cards and other chic items for the most discerning of clients. Laura has worked with several high profile celebrities and companies for their personal and corporate events, and has been published in numerous magazines, including The Knot, Inside Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings and Town & Country Weddings, among others.

We knew that we had to work with the very best, so the DW team reached out to Laura to help create our new look and we are totally in love with it!

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More recently Laura has been offering stationery and party items for all of your home entertaining which can all be found in her Etsy shop. Laura’s items can make the perfect gift for any couple, wedding attendant, and creative soul!

{TRUST us, we want to buy everything in the shop!}

Shop with Laura Hooper Calligraphy 

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Once your shopping bag is full, head over to Laura’s Etsy shop and sign up for a personal class, so you too can learn how to script the details. If a class isn’t the thing for you, Laura has created a starter kit to help you teach yourself + get started right in your home.

Start at home with Laura Hooper Calligraphy Learn from the Pro! 

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For more information please visit Laura online at www.lhcalligraphy.com or via email at hello@lhcalligraphy.com.

 

Glitz + Glam {Real Wedding – Alexis + Harrison}

July 30, 2014

I’ve always adored the Cosmos Club for formal Washington, DC weddings. It’s a stunning ballroom with a distinct European feel. It’s as if you’ve stepped into a ballroom in Paris,” said photographer, Jennifer Domenick, with Love Life Images.

For Alexis and Harrison, the Cosmos Club did just that. This stunning venue provided the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening. It was the ideal location for their simple and intimate ceremony followed by a beautiful reception. The reception lavished in golds and glitter, creating a boutique environment for all those in attendance. Surrounded by loved ones and with the help of an amazing vendor team, Alexis and Harrison were overwhelmed with joy throughout their big day.

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 all thanks to:

 Bride + Groom: Alexis and Harrison – March 22, 2014 

Photography: Jennifer Domenick – Love Life Images | Bridal Shop: Hitched Salon | Venue + Catering: Cosmos Club | Floral: Amaryllis | Event Coordinator: Claire Matthews – SoCo Events |Band: Black Tie Band | Ceremony Music: Bialek’s Music | Hair: Peggy – Karma Beauty Lounge by Erwin Gomez | Makeup: Erwin Gomez – Lounge by Erwin Gomez | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake |Invitations: William Arthur by Crane – Creative Parties |

Summer Sips

July 29, 2014

It’s time to heat things up with these bold and refreshing cocktails! We guarantee your guests will rave over these delicious sips at your next summer soiree. Signature cocktails are the perfect way to add flare and personal touch to your event. Be creative and give your libation a lavish name!

Mango Jalapeño Margarita

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elements:

2 ounces grand marnier, 1 1/2 ounces jalapeño tequila, 2 ounces lime juice, 2 1/2 ounces mango simple syrup, 1/2 mango peeled and chopped, 2 jalapeño peppers sliced, salt for the rim, lime wedges

concoct:

for jalapeño tequila: add 2 sliced jalapeños to a large container and cover with 1 1/2 cups of tequila, let sit for 24 hours then strain before using

for mango simple syrup: combine 1 cup sugar and water, bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve, turn off heat and let cool completely, combine 1 cup simple syrup + 1/2 mango (peeled and cubed) in a blender and blend until combined.

for the margaritas: rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in margarita salt and fill the glass with ice, in a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, simple syrup and lime juice shake for about 30 seconds, pour over ice and squeeze in lime slices

Bourbon + Peach Smash

Ginger peach whiskey cocktail with mint

elements:

2 slices of fresh peach, handful fresh mint, 1 slice fresh ginger, 1 ounce simple syrup, 1 1/2 ounce fine bourbon, a splash of punt e mes, topped with ginger ale

concoct:

mix ingredients in a glass and muddle, add bourbon and punt e mes, fill with large chunks of ice, top with ginger ale, add mint sprig and ginger slice for garnish

 

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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