October 31, 2014

Had the pleasure of designing a styled shoot with Dream and Star who is on their USA tour from Portugal. We packed our bags with Intrigue Designs and went deep into the woods during witching hour [magic hour] to create this spellbinding shoot. We hope it lurks in your memory and puts you in a spell.

Happy Halloween!

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Design: Jeannette Tavares, District Weddings

Photography Credit: Dream and Star

Florist: Intrique Designs

Quite The Road Trip with T + A

October 30, 2014

Today post is a bit different and fun! I couldn’t be more excited to share some awesome engagement photos from Michael Kress Photography, our very own District Favorite. The stunning lady pictured is Tarina Szemzo, who I actually have the pleasure of working with in the event industry. She is standing with her future groom Andrew Fremming. We love this unique engagement photos + their story!
[seriously, I squealed over excitement, when opening the file.]
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We had to learn more about these two…
How did you and Andrew meet?
This is where it gets interesting…
We first met in elementary school, Babies taking the same walk to school every morning. My mother even remember’s his little rat tail (which clearly he has not lost his affinity for).We re-met in High School because although he attended private school and I was in public, we still had many groups of friends in common. Our paths would only cross every so often.
One day, when I was a Sophomore and he a Junior, as Im waiting for the bus (yes, pre-drivers license) he kindly stopped and offered me a ride in his baby blue Caprice (obsessed with cars, can you tell?) Nothing ever came of this meeting in HS but we joke of this often…Our third and final time meeting–in April 2010–when I came home (to Takoma Park MD)  from NYC where I lived for 6 years. I was performing with my band and pursuing a career in music up there. Andrew invited people over to his house as they were in town for the wedding, and that was when we both felt like we were “struck by lightning.” We both remember that he told his friend I was going to be his wife one day.
We dated long distance for a year and a half before I decided to move back to the area permanently. We both believed we were destined to be in each others lives and were “soul mates.” We thought it interesting that from a very early age we were always close to one another in proximity. Even while I was attending college in DC, he lived in the same neighborhood but we didn’t know it! Andrew is a barber, owns his business in Takoma Park. We also live just down the street from the neighborhood we grew up in. We’d say its come full circle.
Tell us your inspiration behind the shoot?
We wanted to find a fun way to capture our love for traveling and our free-spirited mentality of living life. We both definitely wanted to be close to nature, incorporating the sun, water and greenery. Andrew also loves cars and we both love a vintage-style feel, so luckily we were able to have a glam car! This shoot symbolizes travel, growth, liveliness and the modern meets bohemian elements we love. I guess you could call the shoot “new fashioned”. We tried to express the constants in life shown in an avant-garde kind of way, that was genuinely US.
Thank you so much to Tarina + Andrew for sharing, we truly love it and wish you the best in planning your wedding!
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The More The Merrier – E+M’s Real Wedding

October 29, 2014

After 9 years, this groom decided to pop the question at the Chelsea Piers Park by the Hudson river with their dog along side; a truly special moment that led to a romantic wedding celebration shortly after! It was only appropriate to post this month in celebration of their 1 year anniversary! Elyse was inspired by vintage china sets, lace, soft colors and mismatch prints. We love the timeless look and romantic affair.

E + M’s favorite parts were saying their own vows to each other and dancing the night away! The most memorable moment to Elyse, was walking down the aisle!

Lately, we have been asking our real wedding couples what the hardest part in the planning period was so real couples can relate, and I JUST LOVED this answer:

“Choosing the cake was the truly so hard, I wanted every single flavor… I learned quickly, that isn’t possible!”

E+M, danced the night away and celebrated with their 230 merry guests on a night they will never forget!

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Elyse + Matt

October 19, 2013

Cosomos Club | Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Abby Jiu Photography | Ceremony: Cosmos Club | Reception: Fairfax Hotel
Floral/Event design and Planning: Elegance and Simplicity | Print + Paper: Smock | Videography: Toybox Productions | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Linens: Something Vintage | Band: Nightsong via Entertainment Exchange | Bridesmaids dresses: Twobirds | Wedding dress: Anne Barge | Headpiece: BHLDN | Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Boos, Booze or Both!

October 28, 2014

It’s time to bring out the ghouls, witches and “booze!” We are loving these Halloween spirits that are perfect for your upcoming parties this weekend! From cotton candy boozie milkshakes to spiced apple cider, enjoy a treat even better than your favorite Halloween candy.

Witches Brewed Apple Cider

1 apple
2 teaspoons whole cloves
1 orange, thinly sliced
2 quarts apple cider
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon allspice
pinch grated nutmeg
1 cup dark rum

Stud the apple with the cloves. In a medium pot, combine the studded apple and remaining ingredients except the rum. Slowly bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the rum. Discard the apple. Ladle into irish coffee mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon swizzle stick

yields 8 servings






Peak-A-Boo- The First Look

October 27, 2014

Peak-A-Boo… allow yourself to see your special one before the ceremony. We believe it leads to a more calm and cohesive night with less jitters. Make that moment between you two private and absolutely picture perfect.

Here are the top 5 reasons why we think you should do a first look:

1. Time alone {The day is always overwhelming, so allow some relaxing alone time with the one that balances you, it will allow for the day to be way more relaxed!}

2. Scheduling {It will allow for you to have more time with family and friends who have traveled long and far to be with you on your special day.}

3. Significant bridal portraits {Want to capture those special moments and get stress-free bridal portraits, here is your opportunity!}

4. Less time being taken from your reception {The day is about celebrating, so make time to dance the night away!}

5. Calms overall nerves {Seeing each other on your own time and in your element, will remind you how excited you are for the day ahead and why there is no need to be nervous.}

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Photography Credit: 1 + 2 via Rabiah Khwa Jagoha Photography, 3 via FineArt Studio, 4 via Tate Tullier Photography

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