Think Champagne – A + R’s Real Wedding

October 1, 2014

“‘Champagne is always the answer.’ Not only did this quote grace the cocktail napkins, but set the stage for Annie and Richards’ winter nuptials,” says Danielle Couick of Magnolia Bluebird design & events.

This wedding Wednesday, we are sharing a truly timeless wedding celebration that achieved the bride’s deeply personal vision. The color palette, shimmering table linens, and warmth of the lighting (due to the romantic use of candlelight) were enough to provide a truly elegant atmosphere. But there is always more… Subtle details, such as the cigar trays and mirrored escort card wall, took it to the next level. Their celebration was joyful, warm and perfectly classic. What better way to exemplify these characteristics than by toasting a glass of bubbles in the nation’s capital?!

Our DW favorite goes to the lounge grouping that was created using existing Seasons furniture. We love the transformation + nook that was created.


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Annie Baker & Richard Hoar

January 18, 2014 | Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Michael Moss Photography | Event Planner: Danielle Couick, Magnolia Bluebird Design and Events | Ceremony: St. Peters Church, Capitol Hill | Reception: Seasons at Four Seasons D.C | Floral: Edge Floral Event Designers | Lighting: Frost Lighting | Rentals: DC Rental | Transportation: Diamond Limo | Band: 19th Street Band | Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Makeup: Carl Ray

Finding “The One”

September 30, 2014

and we don’t just mean the man! Shopping for your dream wedding dress can be emotional and stressful. Take a deep breath and go in with an open mind. The right one will come along and we promise you’ll feel more beautiful on your big day than ever imagined. Take into account these few wedding dress shopping tips before heading out on the hunt:

1. Have a Price In Mind; Go into your salon appointments with realistic expectations. Don’t put yourself in a situation to fall in love with a dress you know is too far out of your budget. The right one will come along so stick to your means and keep looking.

2. Listen To the Salon’s Recommendations; Have an open mind! What you had pictured in your head, may not be the best fit for you body type. Listen to your stylist suggestions – they know a little more than you think!

3. Sit, Move and Dance; You have to be comfortable on your wedding day. You are going to be sitting, dancing and a lot of moving around. Make sure you have no restraints in your dress during your fitting. You don’t want to have to worry about being uncomfortable throughout the night, none the less not be able to enjoy the party!

4. Be Selective With Who You Bring Along; Yes, dress fittings are extremely exciting and sometimes we may get caught up in having everyone join in on the action. However, the more people you bring along, the more opinions you are going to have. Be selective in who you ask to join. Invite people you trust and respect. Remember, at the end of the day, you are the only one wearing the gown.

5. Trust Your Instincts; Cliche? Not at all! It’s true – when you know, you know. Trust your instincts. Go with the one that when you put it on, all of your inner little girl wedding dreams come true!



 Photos: {Elizabeth Messina, Intimate Weddings, L’atelier Couture Bridal, Vera Wang}

Dusty Miller Monday

September 29, 2014

Dusty Miller is a unique bulk green that serves as a gorgeous decorative filler. Its velvety, frosted sage green leaves are an eye catching focal point. We are currently crushing on dusty miller and it makes the perfect transition from summer to fall and fall to winter. It just give a certain warmth to the flower arrangements, don’t you agree?

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Hitched Sample Sale

September 26, 2014

Out with the old and in with the new! Which means exciting and money saving opportunities are in store for you. Hitched Bridal Salon is excited to announce their two day sample sale beginning Tuesday, September 30. Known as a premiere, full-service bridal salon, we promise your experience at Hitched will be one to remember. You don’t want to miss out on these designer dresses that are up to 75% off!

Tuesday, September 30th 12pm-8pm {by appointment only}

Wednesday, October 1st 12pm-7pm {by appointment only}

Wednesday, October 1st 7pm-8pm {last call – open house}

please rsvp to



1523 Wisconsin Ave, NW; Washington, DC {202.333.6162}

To view most of their sample sale collection, visit their website - Hitched Salon

The Mrs. Box

September 24, 2014

Color and individuality connect in this unique and limited product. Today, we are sharing the fabulous new Mrs. box, the loveliest collection of ring boxes and a wedding heirloom. The Mrs. Box was born with the love of color and, from there, Summer Watkins Ball decided that it was time to finally replace that boring old ring box. (When did they become so boring?) As the Mrs. Team says “they weren’t always that way, but somewhere down the line these tiny little harbingers of joy were tossed to the wayside and doomed to spend an eternity feeling overweight and dressed in shabby colors. So we decided to change that.”- says, Summer Ball.

Take a look at their unique collection + shop for one of these colorful boxes of joy!


Shop the Mrs. Box 


Photography Credit: Jose Villa


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