February 7, 2016
February 5, 2016
We see every day, the same style of engagement shoots among many couples, and there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s timeless and the pictures are beautiful, but we love coming across a couple that dares to be different! Gather some fun engagement shoot ideas from these bold duos.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
FULL OF CONFETTI
SWEET AS SUGAR
February 4, 2016
The Gilded Age, from about 1870 to 1900 was a time of expansion and wealth centered in New York as the city was becoming the epicenter of society and culture in the United States. So many amazing estates were built, parties thrown, and opulence ruled the day. As always, my aesthetic is never flashy or overdone, but I found great inspiration in this era of extravagance, and created a collection using elements of metallic embroidery, delicate beading, and embellishment that would be right at home with society¹s finest, and yet, remain true to my romantic sensibility.
I was creating my first fine jewelry collection with Trumpet and Horn while designing these dresses, so the idea of rose gold, aquamarine, and pearls found their way into the gowns as well. Some of my favorite pieces include the metallic thread embroideries. An alternative to white or ivory, these textiles shimmer and impart a beautiful glow to the bride.
The hair and make-up inspiration was a nod to the Gibson Girl who became so popular during this era, but whenever I refer to history, I always try to offer it in a modern way, so that it doesn¹t come off as a costume, but as inspiration for a bride. Vivianna Martin, for Kevyn Aucoin and the Oscar Blandi teams did an amazing job bringing the look to life. Voluminous up-dos, rosy cheeks, and gold accented eyes gave the models a timeless beauty.
Emmy London shoes were a perfect match. Emmy and I chatted about colors and general inspiration months before, and so it all made for beautiful pairings on the runway. And of course the Trumpet & Horn jewels, with touches of Edwardian and Victorian inspiration made a sparkling finishing touch.
Hope you enjoy the video with some behind-the-scenes of our day, as we photographed our 2016 ad campaign with Emily Soto and held our New York runway show that evening.
– Claire Pettibone
Styling: Type A Society | Make-up: Viviana Martin for Kevyn Aucoin | Hair: Oscar Blandi | Campaign Photographer: Emily Soto | Campaign Hair & Make-up: Alyssa Lorraine | Gowns: Claire Pettibone | Jewelry: Claire Pettibone for Trumpet & Horn | Shoes:Emmy London
February 3, 2016
“Steve and I met during our senior year at William & Mary. We were introduced by our best friends, who happened to be dating at the time. They wanted to set us up, but we just became friends. We talked more and more, and I often sought his advice with other guys I was seeing. Finally he had enough of his advisory role and we started to date! We both lived in DC for a few years before Steve proposed. I’ll never forget the weather that Saturday — it was a beautiful sunny day, but more importantly, earlier in the week Steve said he checked the 5 day forecast and saw great weekend weather that meant we should go out for brunch and a long walk. Ever the suspicious one, I obviously assumed that him checking the weather in advance meant he was planning to propose (and so I painted my nails, asap). Sure enough, after a yummy meal at Hank’s Oyster Bar, we walked down to Dupont Circle and Steve dropped to one knee! What I didn’t see coming was the proposal afterparty – we went to Bar Dupont for a quick celebratory drink only to find 20 of our closest friends already there, popping bottles and taking our picture! After having such a great start to our engagement in Dupont Circle, having our wedding at the elegant Fairfax on Embassy Row Hotel right around the corner was only fitting. We were married on November 7, surrounded by the best friends and family a couple could ask for!”
Special Moments: Getting ready with my best friends, finally seeing each other for our first look, Steve’s vows that made everyone cry, and having our first dance to Beyonce’s Love on Top!
Kara Starr & Steve Roney
November 7, 2015 | Washington, DC
Photographer: Abby Grace Photography | Florist: Emily Harmon of Love Blooms | Ceremony and Reception Location: The Fairfax on Embassy Row | Cake + Desserts: Cakes by Megan | Hair + Makeup: Dry Bar and Modern Bridal Studio | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Caitlin Creative Works | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Bobby Jae via Marquee Artists |
Wedding Colors: Black, Antique Gold, Blush
Abby Grace Photography
February 2, 2016
Picking your venue is one of the first steps in the planning process and to some, may be an obvious choice, but to others it can come as a frustrating and stressful decision. We hope some of our picking your wedding venue tips will help the endeavor run a little smoother!
- Choose your Geographical Location First: You know your guests best – it is important to decide as a couple a location that is special to your relationship while considering your guests travel requirements and overall experience.
- Consider the Style of Your Wedding: Are you going for rustic chic or do you love the idea of having a Cinderella ballroom wedding? Either way, by determining your style and important list of musts, it will help you narrow down your choices.
- Guest Count: This may not be an obvious factor, but is extremely important when selecting your venue. If you plan to have a seated dinner for 300 people, you need to be sure to choose a venue that can comfortably hold that many people.
- One-stop shop? Of course, budget is to be considered when planning a wedding. Be sure to learn all of the additional necessities that come along with hosting your event at a certain location. For example, if an outdoor venue does not have existing lighting, that is an extra required expense.
- Consider the Weather: Unfortunately, the weather is one of the few aspects we do not have control over on the big day. If your hope is to have an outdoor ceremony, know that a rain plan is a must, also adding an extra expense onto the big day.
Venue: Potomac View Terrace
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