Planning Tips

Winter Wonderland

December 16, 2014

There is lots to love about getting married in the winter, but definitely a few details you want to remember to ensure the day goes without a hitch! More couples are getting married in what used to be considered the “off-season” of weddings, December-February. What’s not to love about the snow covered landscape and environment while cozying up beside the fire? While the winter months create a romantic feel, be sure to consider these few tips while planning for your big day!

1. Dress Your Bridal Party Appropriately: There is style to be found in winter wedding attire. Faux fur shaws or cashmere wraps are perfect for your bridesmaids. We love the idea of dressing down your groomsmen with a sweater and bow tie.


2. Don’t Leave Your Guests Out In the Cold: You want to make sure your guests are warm and comfortable. Consider providing everyone with gloves as a wedding favor or keep them warm the old fashioned way – with a bottle of brandy!


3. Plan Your Honeymoon Wisely: While the winter is a perfect time to have fun in the sun in the Caribbean, be careful when booking dates. Price increases are extremely common over the Holidays, so you may opt to wait a few weeks before taking off on your jetsetting adventure!


Photography: Jeff Sampson Photography, Magnolia Photography, Deb Lindsey Photography, Live View Studios

What’s Hot and What’s Not When it Comes to Social Media?

November 10, 2014


1. Creating a wedding hashtag can allow family and friends, both near and far, to follow along on your wedding journey. If you start it right when you get engaged, you can use it the entire time you’re planning and, of course, on the day of! It is a fun, interactive way to get your guests involved!

2. Charging stations at weddings help keep the posting live + the buzz going

3. Letting the world of Facebook know that you recently got engaged

4. Having a phone check at your ceremony.

5. Using snap chat to capture quick moments that you can look back at tomorrow.

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1. Bridesmaids and close friends posting photos of you on their personal Instagram accounts. The groom + groomsmen or family members should never see you on their 4″x2″ screen before they are suppose to.

2. LED screens lite up all over the room. Guests focusing on their phones, when they should be dancing the night away

3. A friend congratulating you on your engagement prior to you posting anything (ruining it for everyone else to find out directly from you + your family.)

4. Someone misspelling your hashtag or creating their own on top of the wedding hashtag, for example: #drinkingthenightaway (now your personal wedding photo has appear in a long stream of photos under that hashtag)

5. Phones and iPads have taken over the aisles at weddings, which makes it difficult for your photographer to take photos.

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Photography Credit: 1, 2, 3 and 4 via Tate Tullier Photography



November 7, 2014

Boy, did the week fly by! Can we believe today is already inspiration Friday? Today we have lined up a fun unique twist of inspiration, featuring: Fire and Ice, Sugar and Spice.


 Serve some deliciously warm beignets in yummy powdered sugar. The classic combination will leave an everlasting memory with your guests. Want to make them authentic? Put them in brown snack bags.

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Everyone always forgets about mole sauce – HOW COULD YOU? It is when your inner chocolate lover meets your other lover…your spicy side! Incorporate this unique element into a homemade, made-to-order taco bar.

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 How about a s’more station for your guests. If possible, allow them to roast over the open fire!

[This shot (image 1) from Christian Oth, is a personal favorite!]

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Try flavored ice cubes infused with fruit, herbs and syrup. These delicious cubes would go great in any signature cocktail or in some fresh sparkling water at your event! This refreshing element would make a fabulous pre-ceremony cocktail for any outdoor wedding!

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Finding “The One”

September 30, 2014

and we don’t just mean the man! Shopping for your dream wedding dress can be emotional and stressful. Take a deep breath and go in with an open mind. The right one will come along and we promise you’ll feel more beautiful on your big day than ever imagined. Take into account these few wedding dress shopping tips before heading out on the hunt:

1. Have a Price In Mind; Go into your salon appointments with realistic expectations. Don’t put yourself in a situation to fall in love with a dress you know is too far out of your budget. The right one will come along so stick to your means and keep looking.

2. Listen To the Salon’s Recommendations; Have an open mind! What you had pictured in your head, may not be the best fit for you body type. Listen to your stylist suggestions – they know a little more than you think!

3. Sit, Move and Dance; You have to be comfortable on your wedding day. You are going to be sitting, dancing and a lot of moving around. Make sure you have no restraints in your dress during your fitting. You don’t want to have to worry about being uncomfortable throughout the night, none the less not be able to enjoy the party!

4. Be Selective With Who You Bring Along; Yes, dress fittings are extremely exciting and sometimes we may get caught up in having everyone join in on the action. However, the more people you bring along, the more opinions you are going to have. Be selective in who you ask to join. Invite people you trust and respect. Remember, at the end of the day, you are the only one wearing the gown.

5. Trust Your Instincts; Cliche? Not at all! It’s true – when you know, you know. Trust your instincts. Go with the one that when you put it on, all of your inner little girl wedding dreams come true!



 Photos: {Elizabeth Messina, Intimate Weddings, L’atelier Couture Bridal, Vera Wang}


September 12, 2014

So, you’ve decided to get hitched in the District? We’re glad you love DC as much as we do! Be inspired by all things local and incorporate a touch of the city into your wedding. By adding this extra flare you help make your out of town guests feel more at home and give everyone a little taste of what this fabulous city has to offer. We bring you a few ideas, but the list goes on!

- Calligraphic transportation map of DC highlighted with all of your “go-to” spots 

- Welcome bags with a few of your local must-haves: Beer from DC Brau, Georgetown Cupcakes, Pie Pops from Pie Sisters and a Metro Card

- DC themed to-go favors at the end of the night; a sweet treat or a savory bite


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