Waking up in the warmth of the boutique rooms of the Clifton Inn was the perfect beginning to Day Two. Each room on the property is uniquely different and has a history behind that given room. I had the pleasure of staying in the Rivanna Suite. My favorite part of the room was the cushioned window seat, ideally positioned for viewing the gardens and croquet lawn!
After a night among new friends, we woke up and fueled ourselves with some power food for the day. Then we ventured out to a few local wineries along the Monticello Wine Trail.
(It’s never to early to start tasting wine, right?)
Each vineyard gave us a taste of their palatable wines, and each one focused on different varietals that incorporated Virginia grapes, grown right on site. The slight drizzle of they day added a uniquely, cozy element.
After our share of sips and samples, we stopped for a quick lunch break at the well-known restaurant Salt. Salt specializes in sandwiches, cheese + charcuterie, and specialty retail with emphasis on local, seasonal, and small-batch items. Here at DW, we are all about supporting local business. If you’re interested in an wedding or other event in the area, Salt can provide lunches, welcome-bag gift items + any local favors for you and your guests.
Overall, the day was filled with laughter, learning and, of course, new relationships fermented right alongside the wine.
We are so excited to share with you an amazing collaboration with some of the best in the District! In honor of 50 Shades of Grey and Valentine’s day, we decided to step outside the box and get creative with our very own blindfolded tasting dinner.
This unique experience tantalized our dinner guests using Silk and Willow ribbon as blindfolds and taking them on a sensual journey through a 4-course tasting dinner. As each course came out, the ladies could only smell, taste and touch what was in front of them.
What followed was a lively discussion about the individual flavor profiles their acutely aware tastebuds believed they were able to discern. When they felt confident in their guesses, their blindfolds were removed to reveal the immaculate presentations of each course.
Being taken out of your comfort zone truly does heighten ones senses.
The menu for this tasting dinner was designed to allow both of our guests to indulge in the individual characteristics of: salty, sweet, spicy and sour. Our apologies if we arouse your appetite with the menu…
Lobster Champagne Foam & Caviar
Red Winter Lettuces & Beet Crisps
Charred Red Snapper with a Thai Curry Sauce
Rhubarb-Sour Cherry Quark Cheesecake
Talk about palette-tickling courses!
Decor & Design:
When we envisioned the shoot, we wanted to focus on the color grey, but as the course of the design developed, we decided to have fun with the florals and knew that the ladies of Sweet Root Village would be ideal to help us with the design. Can’t you just smell their fun pink ombré centerpiece through your screen? It was the perfect focal point on our simple + elegant tablescape.
It’s all in the Details…
Personalized chargers, calligraphed leather menus + runners, and personalized prints were just some of the alluring details that Laura Hooper teased us with! To add some depth, every item we selected for Laura to write on was textured.
(Pro tip:It is remarkable how much varied textures can add to your tablescape and overall design.)
Flatware and glassware came right out of the home. Remember, when having a small event or dinner party, you can’t always buy all new dishes. Plus, there is something special about using what’s actually yours; just pair it with the right statement pieces to tie it all together!
Planning your wedding in a digital society has more pros than you think. Check out our top-three must download apps that you are sure to find helpful during the planning process!
1. Wedding Party; The #1 app to keep your guests and bridal party up-to-date with all of the wedding wedding events and details. You and your guests can also share photos, creating your very own personal photo album!
2. iDoo; This all in one app allows you to view top-rated vendors in your area, shares creative wedding ideas and even lets you create seating charts right inside the app!
3. Postable; One of our personal favorites, this app allows you to create an address book where all of your friends and family enter their addresses and contact information. It is a must when it comes to save-the-dates, invitations and writing thank you notes.
We are excited to tell you about this years wedding showcase, Unveiled, hosted by Washingtonian Bride and Groom. On Sunday, January 25th at the Fairmont Hotel in DC, more than 250 brides and grooms will have the opportunity to meet with the Districts top event planners, photographers, florists, entertainers, caterers and more! We promise you don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to ask questions, gather ideas and enjoy a glass of bubbly! Use the coupon code below and receive 20% off your ticket at Washingtonian.com.
While you’re there, be sure to check out all of our District Favorites in attendance!
The Dandelion Patch
Edge Floral Event Designers
Élan Artists Entertainment Exchange
We’re not too big on being “trendy”, but nail trends, that’s a different story! As you know, we love the Pantone color of the year, Marsala. It’s no surprise, this color is also hot on your hands. For the spring, we are going to see a lot of watercolor blues. From a bright and bold cerulean to a clean cobalt, these shades will take you seaside. Also, accent sideswipes with natural nail are going to be the design trend of the year. Whichever style it is you prefer, remember your nails can make a statement, so leave a lasting impression!