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Easy yet Elegant affair – Real Wedding of Mike and Madeleine

February 21, 2018

“On a chilly Friday in December, Mike and I met for lunch, but what I didn’t expect was for us to be engaged by the end of it. Mike took me to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, our favorite monument in D.C., where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We spent the rest of the day together, having lunch at the Hay-Adams Hotel, walking through the National Gallery of Art, and ending the day with dinner at our first date spot, Zaytinya. The day couldn’t have been more perfectly planned until I felt familiar hands on my shoulder and turned around to see my mom and dad. Their presence on that special day and the fact that Mike had asked both of them for their blessing before he proposed, meant the world to me”  – Madeleine

Behind the Big Day: On July 2, 2016, we were married at St. Aloysius Church in D.C. with the reception at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, MD. We wanted the day to feel easy – an elegant yet casual affair. We kept the color palette neutral with pops of blue from hygrandeas and delphiniums.

To add to the ease of the day, we had food stations with open seating. I heard so many compliments from our guests on how much they enjoyed the relaxed setup. Our band, Nightsong, had everyone up on their feet the whole night. I don’t think we left the dance floor for more than ten minutes!

At the end of the night, we exited to our friends and family waving jingle bells with red, white and blue ribbons. It was the perfect send-ff and a great tribute to the Fourth of July weekend.

The whole day couldn’t have felt more relaxed and genuine to Mike and I.

Florist: Karen Kallmyer Florals | Reception Location: Columbia Country Club | Ceremony Location: St. Aloysius Church of Gonzaga High School | Videographer: Jeremy Raco | Photographer: Sarah Bradshaw | Hair + Makeup: Hair Stylist: Jessica Kang of Lux Studios | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Nightsong


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Vivid Bridal Boutique

February 15, 2018

Vivid Bridal Boutique was opened with the idea in mind that there is not just one kind of person who gets married. Instead, the diversity of women who look for bridal apparel should have the opportunity to shine in designs perfectly matched to their individual vision.

Vivid Bridal Boutique is here to be a space for women to express their happiness and find a look that expresses them. We are here to celebrate with each of our brides as they enter into a union of joy.

Go visit our friends at VIVID! They carry lines such as: Stella York, Justin Alexander, Theia, Eddy K, Jana Ann Couture and more!



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Alexandria Wedding Showcase

February 12, 2018

The 2nd Annual Alexandria Wedding Showcase

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at The Westin Alexandria

11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Come get to know more than 60 world-class Alexandria wedding vendors, including bakeries, boutiques and caterers; entertainment and music providers; florists; photographers; salons and spas; transportation and other service providers; and hotels and other unique venues

At the same time, you’ll get a chance to discover Alexandria’s historic charm and stunning waterside views, all in one place.

Alexandria Wedding Showcase attendees will also have a chance to win prizes including a grand prize wedding giveaway valued at over $50,000 or a weekend getaway in Alexandria

And don’t forget about their specialty cocktails, champagne bar, live music, expert wedding panel, and fashion show highlighting the latest wedding trends.

You can also feel good about attending since the event benefits Brides Across America, a national nonprofit that provides wedding gowns and entire weddings to both military and first-responder couples nationwide.

Advance tickets to the Alexandria Wedding Showcase can be purchased online for $20 for one or $15 each for two or more. Tickets are $25 per person the day of the event.

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Heartfelt Real Wedding Julia Parnell and Darren Lurie

February 6, 2018

Let the Flowers Do the Talking

The bride and her mother wanted the day to be classic, elegant, and not over the top.

We wanted to showcase the gorgeous gilded ballroom of the Cosmos Club rather than trying to compete with it. So, we worked with the ladies at Sweet Root Village, who designed the perfect ‘elegant-yet-loose and springy’ arrangements with varied shades of pink, ivory and green. The couple wanted to incorporate cherry blossoms, but rather than using them in the floral arrangements, we had the cake decorated with delicate sugar cherry blossoms, and the donut favors were iced with tiny cherry blossom branches.

A Piece of Cake…

The gorgeous (and delicious) cake by Catherine George was definitely a showpiece of the wedding. The white on white, three tier cake featured fondant symbols of the places around the world that are special to their families – Big Ben from London, “foo dogs” from Hong Kong, and of course the Washington Monument and the Capitol to symbolize DC. The finishing touch were the delicate sugar cherry blossoms crowning the cake.



Event Planner: Joyce Ozturk; Bash | Reception Location + Event Catering: Cosmos Club | Design: Bash | Florist: Sweet Root Village | Videographer: Bowen Films | Photographer: Stephen Bobb Photography | Cake + Desserts: Catherine George Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Bridal Hair by Remona; Leah Margosis Makeup | Favors + Special Details: Astro Doughnuts | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Bialek’s Music – String Along Quartet; DJ D-Mac & Associates – DJ Rhome Anderson

Alexandria Wedding Showcase

February 1, 2018

Need help planning the perfect wedding? We have just the tip for you!

Join in at the 2nd Annual Alexandria Wedding Showcase happening Saturday, February 18, 2018 at The Westin Alexandria from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. This year’s event is bigger than ever with more than 60 vendors, amazing giveaways, live music, demonstrations, fashion show and destination experts ready to lend their expertise, all at an event benefiting Brides Across America.

Couples planning to tie the knot in the D.C. region are invited to take the hassle out of wedding planning as they discover Alexandria’s historic charm, stunning waterside views and wide selection of world-class vendors, all in one place.

Did you know? Alexandria was named the third most romantic city in the U.S. in 2017 by

At the showcase, couples, their families and friends can visit with more than 60 world-class Alexandria wedding vendors, including bakeries, boutiques and caterers; entertainment and music providers; florists; photographers; salons and spas; transportation and other service providers; and hotels and other unique venues.

Attendees will also enjoy specialty cocktails, a champagne bar, live entertainment from EastCoast Entertainment, an expert wedding panel and fashion show highlighting the latest wedding trends.

Can’t-Miss Prizes

Attendees will have the chance to win numerous prizes, including:

  • Grand Prize – Win a Wedding at The Westin Alexandria

Attendees have the chance to win the grand prize, a wedding at The Westin Alexandria for up to 100 guests. The Westin Alexandria will provide the ceremony space, reception space in the Edison Ballroom, a one hour pre-dinner cocktail reception, a plated dinner, lighting and draping throughout the reception space and two complimentary nights in the Presidential Suite. The grand prize package also includes linens, chairs, chargers and flatware provided by Select Event Group, photography by Sarah Marcella Creative, floral centerpieces by Velvet Moss Floral for up to 10 tables plus a bridal bouquet or two boutonnieres, and a wedding cake by Alexandria Pastry Shop for up to 100 guests. All attendees are eligible to be entered to win. Visit for complete rules and restrictions.

  • Weekend Getaway in Alexandria

Take a break from wedding planning and have a mini moon before the wedding in Alexandria. The winner of this prize will receive a complimentary two-night stay with breakfast at Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa, lunch for two at Virtue Feed & Grain, dinner for two at Columbia Firehouse, dinner for two at Magnolia’s on King and a $100 Visa gift card to use while shopping at Alexandria’s many independent boutiques.

  • LOVE Letters Giveaway

Virginia Tourism Corporation’s iconic LOVE letters make the perfect backdrop for pictures and attendees will be entered for a chance to win a free rental of the white six feet tall white LOVE letters.

  • Scout Bag Giveaway

The first 500 attendees will receive a large Scout tote bag from the Georgetown-based store.


Advance tickets to the Alexandria Wedding Showcase can be purchased online for $20 for one or $15 each for two or more. Tickets are $25 per person the day of the event. For more information visit To purchase tickets, visit

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