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Make Your Rentals Uniquely You, with Goodshuffle

July 3, 2017

1.) A Sign of Personality

Perhaps the most obvious way to personalize a rental is to add something. Consider a sign, not only for utility, but also a pop of personality. If you always abbreviate and you’re from the South, change “bubbly bar” to “Champs, Y’all!”

2) A Few of My Favorite Things

Brainstorm a list of your favorite things, individually or as a couple. Obsessed with pineapples? Sneak them into the table arrangements! Met at a used book store? Style your gift table with antique books.

3) Think Outside the Box

When searching through your rental options, consider using items for more than their regular function. A lantern could hold a photo of the two of you. A vase could host golf balls in addition to flowers, for the couple who loves both. Barrels double as great tables.

4) A Pop of Color

Plenty of people add color using a table runner or festive flowers. Get creative! Consider a colorful dinner plate, bright paper lanterns, or a pastel sideboard or buffet.

5) Draw the Eye

You’ve spent so much time planning all the other personal details of your wedding, why not use the rentals to elevate what you already have? Use a special tray or chest of drawers to display your elegant cake. Highlight your grandparents’ wedding photos by displaying on a ladder.

6) Be Playful

Rentals don’t need to be serious business. Rent a vintage bicycle, a goofy movie prop, or even a moon bounce and show off your wild side with pride!

Photographer: Photography by Marirosa 

Rentals: Paisley & Jade via Goodshuffle

Catering: Windows Catering
Sign: Jenn Heller Design Co 
Planning & Design: Sincerely Pete , Designed Perfectly EventsA Beyoutiful Fete 
Florals: Joy & Co  | Florals: Love Blooms
Glassware: DC Rental 
Venue: Breaux Vineyards
Cake: Catherine George Cakes



  • Photography by Marirosa

Inside the Catering Minds!

May 9, 2016

We sat down with Andrew Gerstel of Windows Catering Company to learn more about what they are seeing in the catering kitchen! Have a delicious Monday !

 What food trends are you seeing in upcoming weddings?

Strolling Buffets!

Providing an interactive environment for guests to socialize in is always a great way to enliven an event, and what better way to deliver a culinary experience to your guests than having a moving feast? Build-your-own ceviche carts, rolling dim sum (or sushi) bars, and roving oyster shuckers are just a few ideas that we’re excited to pursue in 2016. And while I’m at it…who would want to belly up to a build-your-own ice cream sundae cart?

Nostalgic Nourishment

What food memories do you have from your childhood? Savory or sweet? Was it your Mom’s favorite casserole, or your favorite Aunt’s Crock Pot creation?  Dad’s spicy chili or his famous barbecue ribs? If you’re like me, Grandma’s banana cream pie is what comes to mind. Look for foods that evoke memories of years gone by to be incorporated into catering menus in 2016. It’s not comfort food, but rather food that brings back experiences in your life you want to recreate.

Oysters Need No Introduction

With cleaner waterways, better farming practices that mean little to no environmental impact, and great value for the cost, oysters have already become a popular addition to our menus – and they don’t intend to give up their popularity anytime soon. Preparation can be simple, and can vary in presentation by using them as a passed hors d’oeuvre or as a buffet item.  One of our favorite recipes uses a petite kusshi oyster from British Columbia with an absinthe vinaigrette…delicious doesn’t do it justice.


What are the Benefits of cocktail style weddings?

Windows wants your wedding to be about YOU and your guests. The debate between a buffet and seated service-style is primarily about the vibe you want to create in the room. Buffet or stations – style service tends to lend itself more to a casual, interactive atmosphere. A served meal is more formal and does not create as much interaction between guests. When choosing between the two options you should also consider the variety of foods you’d like to serve…and of course your budget. Buffets, or stations, provide more flexibility in the types of cuisine you can offer.

Regardless of your choice of service, the menu you create with your caterer is a wonderful way to showcase who you are as a couple. For example, if you’re from the Jersey Shore, and you want Boardwalk Fries at your wedding, it is our job to recreate your desires and not push you into picking something standard. Many people chose off-premise catering for the freedom and creativity it provides. So if you like the variety that comes with buffets, do a buffet! If you desire a more classic duel entree with filet and lobster for each person that’s absolutely fine as well.



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  • Steve Legato Photography
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Fall-ish Tones

October 5, 2015


It sure is Fall here in our Nations Capital. So today, we are sharing Fall-ish details for monumental Monday. We are loving the warm tones + warm details… aren’t you?!
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Elegant Easter

April 3, 2015

When you walk through stores this time of year, you’d think that Easter was a holiday reserved just for kids. Adorable little Easter dresses for the girls and suits for the boys. Brightly-colored baskets with brightly-colored eggs. And, of course, let’s not forget the Easter Bunny.

Today, we are sharing a fabulous shoot that Marigold and Grey pulled together right in time for Easter weekend. As she prepares for the weekend to welcome guests into her room, she wanted to create something elegant and organic, something that would remind her of childhood but, ultimately, would be the the perfect adult Easter…and yes, there would be Cadbury eggs involved!


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Photography: Renee Hollingshead Photography | Styling: Marigold & Grey | Macarons: Sweet Hearts Patisserie | Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy


  • Renee Hollingshead
  • Marigold and Grey

Menus…done the RIGHT way!

January 29, 2015

Allow your menu to make a statement. It is a visual teaser for what is about to come and really can be a true conversation topic at the table. Go outside the box and let your creative juices flow!

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