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Vista Verde Ranch pt. 1

March 27, 2017

Wedding or Honeymoon Spotlight: Mornings You’ll Never Forget

It was one of those trips where I was left with nothing and everything to say, all at the same time; a trip that changes your perspective on vacations, past and future.

It’s been a month since my husband and I visited Vista Verde Ranch in Clark, Colorado (45 mins from Ski Town USA, Steamboat Springs), and I still find myself peering through our bedroom blinds each morning, wondering if the snow-blanketed fields, speckled with spirited horses, will magically reappear. Because, from our Farwell cabin, invitingly-scented with the woodsy smell of our cozy evening fires, that’s exactly what the two of us woke up to, each and every morning.

If you’ve never been to the Rocky Mountains, I’m not sure how to describe the feeling of walking out that door each morning, into the crisp, aspen-y air that’s never heard of a thing called pollution. Talk about a wake-up call. Coupled with the taste of the best bacon I’ve ever tasted still occupying my memory, the stroll through the fresh snowbanks, hand-in-hand, never got old.

To put it simply, our mornings haven’t felt the same since. Nor do I ever expect to replicate that feeling…until we revisit the Ranch at some point in the future. Where else do you get to truly enjoy your morning coffee when your aptly-named “rush hour” looks like this?

As great as this all may sound, it’s only the tip of our experience’s icicle. So, stay tuned for future posts where I’ll detail the extensive list of activities on offer, a staff (that immediately felt like family) unlike any other and our day trip to Steamboat Springs.

Bright and Beautiful – Real Wedding of Raquel & Brian

March 22, 2017

Raquel and Brian are the ultimate couple. They met in September 2010 as Americorps volunteers and maintained a long-distance relationship while Brian went to medical school in Boston and Raquel went to law school in New York. They moved to DC together in 2015 and are now your typical doctor-law DC power couple. Their wedding was nothing short of perfection! 

The design was inspired by my Mexican heritage, and I made a conscious effort to mix old with new. I wanted to use traditional design elements like wooden tables, lace, and talavera tiles to bring warmth to the industrial reception space. At the same time, I wanted the flowers to feel young and colorful, rather than going with a more traditional design.”

“My favorite part of the day was the first dance. Brian and I moved from friendship to dating in part because we took a salsa class together, so we wanted our first dance to be salsa. We invested in lessons before the wedding to refresh our moves, and would practice at home. Brian especially worked really hard to become a strong dance leader. It was so fun and rewarding to surprise our family and friends with the dance! It’s also something that we can continue to do to relive a little bit of the magic from that day.”

Event Planner: Gingerwood Creative  | Event Catering: Well Dunn CateringFlorist: Crimson and Clover |  Reception Location: Longview GalleryCeremony Location: Cathedral of St Matthew the ApostleRentals: Big Top Entertainment  + Vintage Affairs  + Plants AliveLighting Company: John Farr Lighting DesignCake + Desserts: Sweets by E Hair + Makeup: Bridal Artistry DCFavors + Special Details: Poptarts – Ted’s BulletinInvitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: JP StationaryEntertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Marquee Artists + Bobby Jae


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Spring Cocktails

March 20, 2017

Happy Spring, we have refreshing cocktail on our mind! Here are some recommendations for those amazing signature cocktail that will have guests coming back for more!

Up Up and Away – Real Wedding of Jeff and Bernadette

March 1, 2017

Jeff told her that they were meeting someone here at 6:00am. Bernadette began to ask if every person that pulled into the Dunkin Donuts was the person they were waiting for. Finally a big truck with a basket in the back of it pulled in and Jeff said “they are here!” There was a big hot air balloon on the side of the truck and Bernadette asked “Are we going on a hot air balloon ride?!” Jeff smiled and said “Yes!”

They rode over to the launch site where they got to help set up the balloon. Unfolding it and holding the sides open as two large fans filled it with air. Jeff helped tip the basket over as the balloon pilot lit the fire. As the balloon filled they hopped in and quickly started to rise off the ground. The balloon quickly rose up above the trees, cows, and farmland below. As the sun rose above the mountains they could see the morning fog still hanging above the trees to the North. It was a breathtaking! Ten minutes into the flight Jeff handed his phone to the pilot and asked if he would take a picture of them. He got down on one knee and asked Bernadette to marry him! She was overjoyed and said “Yes, of course!” They spent the rest of the hour flight filled with joy as they took in the beautiful view and the peaceful moment they had alone.

Then came their amazing wedding day, a little rain the first half of the day just couldn’t stop the momentum of these two love birds! A DW favorite was this… “She was handed a  gift, a shoe box, she looked a bit confused until she opened it…and there it was…EVERYTHING.  Jeff had saved every receipt, game ticket, trinket…their entire dating history.” He knew from the beginning that she was the one.”

The reception and details didn’t go unnoticed. We loved the blush pink detailing throughout the entire design.

The incredible reception was full of fun, family, friends and laughter and the LED balloon sendoff was the perfect way to end the evening…just as their engagement began, with bright balloons.

Venue: Rixey Manor | Florals: Shelley’s Floral Enterprise | Wedding Dress: Stell York from Amy’s Bridal Boutique | Bride’s Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Combatant Gentlemen and Tie Obsessed on Etsy  | Catering and Servers: A Taste of Elegance  | Hair: Lauren Meisel | Make Up: Lorna Basse | DJ: Deon from Black Tie entertainment  | Cake: Gateau | Cookie Bar:  Mariann Mooney


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    Michelle Lieb

Wedding Savvy Summit

February 28, 2017

Planning a wedding? We know, it’s not easy, and there are so many decisions to be made! From photographers to flowers to venue to catering and just general logistics, you’ve got one shot to get it all right. We’ve found an event with a unique approach to helping you plan – The Wedding Savvy Summit. 

It’s a consumer focused educational summit designed specifically for engaged couples and their families by top area wedding planner Raquel Shutt. The event is taking place Saturday March 11 from 8am – 4pm at The Tower Club in Tysons, VA.  

“This is not your run-of-the-mill bridal show,” said Raquel Shutt, summit producer and owner of Wedding Savvy, Inc. “We’re bringing together top wedding professionals, ready to teach you everything you need to learn about planning your wedding. You’ll learn how to properly vet a vendor, which questions to ask, and how to save thousands.”

Wedding Savvy Summit

March 11th at the Tower Club in Tyson’s Corner

 8000 Towers Crescent Dr #1700, Vienna, VA 22182

8am – 4pm.

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