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Finding a Florist

June 5, 2017

The flowers – an imperative detail of your wedding, one that is going to appear in almost all of your photographs and stand out to your guest more so than a lot of the other expenses you debate about. The important thing to remember when hiring your florist is you want to book someone who gets “you.” There are a number of wonderful and talented florist to choose from, but each have their own style and approach. Here are a few thoughts to remember before signing that contract!

  1. Meet with at least 2-3 florists to compare styles, prices and better understand their specific role
  2. In order to present you with accurate pricing and specific ideas, they will need to know your budget, your numbers and your style. It is great to go in ahead of time with an estimated guest count, rough number of tables and number of personal flowers you will need; including bridesmaids, groomsmen, mothers and grandmothers.
  3. What to bring to your meeting: your idea album. Visual aids always help, especially when it comes to floral design. Also bring a swatch of your bridesmaids dress or any other color you hope to use as an accent. There are so many shaded of blush, it’s best for them to have a tangible swatch to compare to.

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Credits

  • Audra Wrisley Photography

I Scream for Ice Cream

May 1, 2017

What is more fun than sundae bars, ice cream trucks and boozy milkshakes? Incorporating them into your wedding, of course! Everyone will be pleasantly surprised (and guiltily satisfied) by this sweet indulgence. Give your guests the freedom to create their own ice cream sundae with an ice cream station. From cherries and whip cream to sour gummies and sprinkles, there are toppings for everyone to create their own delicacy. Ice cream trucks are also a fun and interactive treat. Have one stop by for a refreshing “cool-down” during dancing. Don’t forget one of our favorites, boozy milkshakes. They are the perfect late-night surprise to pass through the party and can easily be made kid-friendly.

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Photography: Paige Jones + Ruth Eileen

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Photography: Marianne Taylor Photography

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Traditional Country Club Wedding – Real Wedding of Sara + Skip

April 5, 2017

Sara and Skip’s first date was to a Michael Buble concert at the Verizon Center, after being introduced through a mutual friend who was actually one of Sara’s bridesmaids. Months later, Skip surprised her with an engagement celebration over 4th of July weekend. Just like their first months together, their wedding was also remarkable. Skip’s favorite moment of the night was seeing Sara walk down the aisle with a big smile on her face. Sara’s favorite moment was dancing to”Stand by Me” with her Dad.
The wedding colors were lilac and gold and the wedding decor incorporated the bride and groom’s personalities: romantic, classic, modern, and fun. On the day of the rehearsal, Sara enjoyed taking her bridesmaids to Yoga and then Color Bar to make and design their own earrings to wear with the bridesmaids dresses they had all picked out. It was incredible to see how their different earring designs matched their fun and unique personalities. Although the couple contemplated a destination wedding, they were happy to have decided on Congressional Country Club because it is a meaningful place to them in which they will continue to create and share special memories as a married couple.
Ceremony Location: Annunciation Catholic Church | Reception Location: Congressional Country Club | Planning + Coordination: Kaitlin, Cheers Darling Events | Florist: Edge Floral Design | Band: Jump Street, East Coast Entertainment | Catering/Cake: Congressional Country Club | Paper Goods: Paperzest | Linens: Select Event Group | Hair: Bridal Artistry | Make Up: Leah Margosis | Transportation: Limos Inc.

Credits

  • Photographer
    Anna Marie Akins Photography

Elegant Wedding at the Park Hyatt

March 15, 2017

Arielle and Casey’s top priorities for the wedding day were fun and food. Food plays a big role in their life (Arielle is a trained pastry chef and her dad is an amateur chef extraordinaire) so the dinner menu was carefully curated by the couple – they wanted guests to feel as if they were eating something special and unlike anything they had seen at a wedding before. Her father created signature chocolates as the favor for guests to take home. The band, from Philly, kept everyone on the dance floor all night. For design, Arielle wanted something sassy with a classic look without a color in sight. We worked with Paperzest to create a gray scale invitation suite, each piece adorned with a different patterned backer. The amazing team at Edge took our ideas of silvers, grays and whites and created a fun floral design for the ballroom. – Kaitlin Przezdziecki, Wedding Planner

Design & Planning : Cheers Darling Events | Florist : Edge Event Floral Design | Videographer: Rimas Videography | Rentals: DC Rental | Venue / Catering : Park Hyatt DC | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Hair: Blo Dry Bar | Music: Love Jones Band | Make Up: Blend Make Up Artistry | Paper Goods: Paperzest | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Chocolate Favors: Father of the Bride

Credits

  • Lisa Zeising
    Photographer

Warm and Romantic Affair

March 9, 2017

This stylish NYC based couple Becky & Harry planned a warm wedding filled to the brim with elegance at the glamorous venue, The Fairmont, which is surrounded by all the breathtaking architecture Washington D.C. has to offer. Becky is a Bethesda native and Harry is a southern-born Doctor. The two met at a bar in NYC and instantly became the perfect couple.Their elegant Spring wedding included a color palette of peach, navy, white, silver and rose gold accents.
Becky wore an off the shoulder lace sheath dress by Lela Rose and fashion forward Jimmy Choo heels. Her bridesmaids selected any navy chiffon dress of their desire from Jenny Yoo. Harry wore a classic navy suit, and opted for a succulent boutonniere. They served classic Manhattan’s as a specialty cocktail and had a friend create the cutest signage to personalize their event and tie in their beloved fur-baby.
The huge crowd pleaser at this wedding was the excellently executed chuppah decor. With light and airy drapery that paired beautifully with hanging peach, green, and white blooms. Rose gold and peach accents on the table cards were a perfect compliment to the white linens and silver chargers. They incorporated three types of centerpieces, low and lush, tall arrangements and tables that were set with candles and rose petals. All worked together to create a warm romantic glow throughout the room. For dessert, the infamous and impossibly delicious cupcakes from Baked and Wired were served.
Design & Coordination: Margo Fischer, The Bright Occasions | Venue: The Fairmont Washington D.C. | Wedding Cupcakes: Baked and Wired | Officiant: Rabbi Laila Haas | Florist: Yellow Door | Ceremony and Reception Band: Marquise Band | Piano: Steve Long | Hair Stylist: Kayla Dreesen, Jewel Hair Design | Make-up Artist: Rachelle Glorioso, Blend Event | Transportation: Sunny Limo | Rentals: DC Rental and La Tavola Fine Linen | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose, Hitched | Suit: Calvin Klein | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Rings: Baron Jewelry | Invitations and Day-Of Paper: Minted

Credits

  • Deb Lindsey Photography
    Photographer

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