Be Our Guest

January 11, 2016

….okay, seriously, just be a guest. Here are a few tips to make sure you aren’t being “THAT GUEST!”

1. Don’t change into casual clothing halfway through the reception. The couple wants gorgeous photos of you in your nice attire. Sorry, if it is hot out, it is just a few hours…you can hang in there!

2. Don’t drink like you’ve never been to an open bar before.
It’s the most important day in the couples life, so far and you should behave appropriately.

3. Don’t steal the microphone if you haven’t been asked to make a formal toast. Share your feelings with the couple, personally.
Oh, and it isn’t a concert hall… If you are musically talented, then wonderful, record them a CD. If they have asked you to sing if they wanted to hear you that night, if not, Don’t.

4. Never assume you are invited to visit the bridal suite on the day of the wedding if you’re not her mom or a member of the wedding party. They are hiding out for a reason, to relax before the madness begins!

5. Do not criticize the décor, food, bridesmaid dresses or anything else about the wedding while you are at the wedding.
There is always someone listening! Everyone has different taste, a different budget and a different vision!

Merry + Married

December 29, 2015

As newlyweds, the holidays can be somewhat of a challenge; they come with making new traditions and letting go of old ones, new routines and of course the uncomfortable situation of having to tell your parents you will be spending Christmas Day with your new in-laws. Don’t fret though! In the end, everyone understands compromises have to be made – here are three basic pieces of advice for deciding how to spend your holidays:

  1. Don’t  Commit Immediately – Some family members may already be asking about your holiday plans for next year! Don’t commit to anything right away. You can pull the, “I need to talk with (spouse) so we can figure out the plan that works best for everyone.”
  2. Openly Discuss Your Priorities – Is Christmas Eve a big deal in your family? Maybe your new mother-in-law takes pride in everyone being together for Christmas brunch. Have an open conversation with your new significant other and who knows, maybe it will help make some decisions for you!
  3. Use This One as a Learning Experience – Relax, it’s your first holiday together and stepping on some toes is a high possibility. Figure out what worked and what didn’t and make some changes the following year. If your families are anything like ours, plans are always changing!



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Southern Charm- Real Wedding of E + P

December 16, 2015

These warm temperatures have us crushing on this Real Wedding!

They were married overlooking the Potomac river and farmland at Riverside by their close family friend, Jim Smalley. Jim created an intimate christian ceremony that surrounded the couple with prayers and special readings while the stood in front of a iron arch adorned with floral arrangements. Guests held cocktail hour and reception in the refurbished barn, where they enjoyed a specialty cocktail of “Chattanoogie” which was a play on a Kentucky Mule. Dessert were delicious local pies and ice cream, and the couple cut a cake created for them by a close friend. Erica and Peters were from Nashville and wanted to bring some of their southern roots and traditions into the wedding, along with a romantic touch with their color story of peach, blush, mint, and gold. While they did bring in some elements such as mason jars that typically have passed in trends, they wanted to be authentic to their own style as they are the type to pass the moonshine and have great home parties that have the same down home feeling!

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Special Moment: They performed the “coup de marriage” which was a family tradition spanning 10 previous weddings where the couple competes to finish a small dual cup of champagne to see who will wear the “pants” in the marriage. The lady ALWAYS wins! All of the previous 10 couples came up to cheer on the couple and it was the first time all 10 were in the same room at the same time.

 Erica Verdin and Peter Mertz

September 20, 2015 | Leesburg, VA

Event Planning: Roberts & Co Events | Design: Roberts & Co. Events | Florist: J. Morris Flowers | Reception Location: Riverside on the Potomac | Ceremony Location: Riverside on the Potomac | Rentals: DC Rentals | Valet + Transportation: Chariots for Hire | Photographer: Lelia Marie Photography  | Cake + Desserts: Colleen Sullivan (family friend Cake), Pies from Savoir Faire Catering | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Etsy Eloquent Paper Shop Invitations/ BettyLou Designs for Day of paper | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: DJ Mike Bell from Mydeejay | Wedding Colors: blush, peach, sage, cream.



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Dazzling Duo! – Real Wedding of M+C

November 18, 2015



Vibrant creative energy meets modern glam! We love their choice of bold colors, especially the pops of pink throughout the reception, oh and the sparkles too. Just though the images you can tell how fun Mateya and Chris must have been. All their dear ones were in one place with exquisite food, wine, and the good times to be remembered and cherished in the many more years to come, especially the breakdancing, that will be unforgettable forever!


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Mateya McCoy and Christopher Curran

 October 4, 2014 | Washington, D.C.


Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company | Catering: Well Dunn Catering | Reception Location: Dumbarton House | Ceremony Location: Dumbarton House | Valet + Transportation: Uber | Photographer: Elisha Coleman, Love Life Images | Cake + Desserts: Well Dunn Catering and Georgetown Cupcakes | Hair + Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Steel Petal Press | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Washington Talent Agency |


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Trumpet & Horn and Claire Pettibone

September 28, 2015

The highly anticipated, first-ever fine jewelry collaboration between Claire Pettibone and Trumpet & Horn jewelry, The Diamond Collection is almost here!

The collection will make it’s official debut on the runway at Claire’s bridal couture show in NYC on October 8th. It is truly a perfect finishing touch for the vintage inspired bride-to-be. We got a first look at the collection and love this gorgeous creation these two dynamic wedding geniuses have created!

Claire Pettibone x Trumpet & Horn wedding rings and bands range from $5,000-$20,000 and will be available starting October 1st at

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