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.
250 family and friends gathered to celebrate true love on this crisp, spring day! Denise and Devin tied the knot at the beautiful Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in late May.
The bride said: “Although I know I am biased, since almost every bride believes her wedding to be unique and perfect, I found ours to stand out because of how personal it was. I married Devin as he wore his Marine Corps dress blues, and danced our first song as he wore his civilian tuxedo. His exit out of the Marine Corps after 11 years as a fighter pilot took place only a month and a half after our wedding.”
During cocktail hour, they brought their Paris engagement to life by incorporating Parisian details such as: French martinis that were passed to the tunes of Bon Musique, a French jazz band. The couple and amazing design team brought the outdoors in by creating a “Midsummer’s Night Dream” ambiance.
“Our families, friends, and wedding team exceeded our expectations in every way to make our wedding one of the greatest days of our lives, one that we will never forget.” – Denise
A DW Favorite was the gospel choir from the ceremony…The bride says it is still a talking point and memory for them!
“Fairytales can come true. They did for me.” says our bride from our real wedding this week.
From the moment Charles and Brittany met, there was tons of surprises along the way. When Charles proposed, he swept Brittany off her feet, literally, with a surprise helicopter ride. The helicopter landed right on Morais Vineyard in Bealeton, Virginia where she saw Charles waiting down on one knee with a bouquet of roses.
There was no question when it came time to plan the wedding that they wanted their guests to have the same experience – an escape to a beautiful setting, and a celebration full of romance. They selected the place right where Charles made Brittany’s dreams come true- Morais Vineyards, which is filled with sweeping landscapes and european Portuguese architecture.
The color palette was inspired by the Great Gatsby, while incorporating their surroundings of the winery landscapes into the details.
A few of their favorite things…
Bride says: The entirely custom suite of invitations and printed goods, especially the custom monogram.
Groom says: The tented ‘Happily Ever After Party’ and, of course, our helicopter send-off.
“It was a magical day full of love and, we think, memorable, not just to us, but to our family and friends as well. It was everything we could have ever dreamed of and more.”-Brittany and Charles
The Hyatt Experience hosted by the Michael Deltette, director of catering from the Park Hyatt Washington + the fabulous sales and catering team from the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay was the perfect bay-side experience. Situated on 400 acres along the banks of the Choptank River on the Eastern Shores of Maryland, sits a fabulous experience, what we like to call the Hyatt Experience. The Hyatt Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina offers pampering, spa treatments, golf, sailing, fishing, swimming and outstanding dinning…all of which a few of the best planners in D.C. got to experience last week! To take you through the day, I thought the best and most appropriate way would be to provide you with a timeline; just how us planners do it!
9:45am: We arrive to the fabulous Park Hyatt Washington
9:50am: Several of us are puzzled over how the high-tech Nespresso maker works at the Park Hyatt, we resort to asking a kind young man for 6 black coffee’s instead.
10:00am: Greeted by the most remarkable Michael Deltette who does role call and leads us to our car for the day.
10:05am: We depart from Washington, D.C. — Destination: Chesapeake Bay!
[along the way, tons of laughs… cookies and chips for breakfast!]
11:30am: We arrive and are greeted by the warm catering and sales team from Hyatt, Chesapeake Bay.
Fresh lemonade + personalized flip flops with our day schedules are waiting for us in the lobby…We kicked off our D.C. heels and adapted right to resort time.
12:00pm: Tours around the resort + a cocktail hour at the breakwater pavilion. Bloody Mary’s + Oysters two-ways got us adjusted right away!
1:00pm: Next stop, more food, but this time, it was interactive! Georgia, oh the fabulous Georgia was peeling fresh crabs to make crab cakes with her trusted team of chefs. [Trust me when I say, these are the best crab cakes….EVER]
2:00pm: We each head to our selected activities for the afternoon. The Chesapeake Hyatt gave planners the option of experiencing their spa, pool or water activities.
Massages are relaxing our hardworking planners
Jet ski races on the water help our planners create balance
Pool side conversations allow connections to create among each other
4:00pm: We depart back to D.C. with the most remarkable experience!
We can’t thank the team at Chesapeake Hyatt enough for a remarkable day. Check back soon on the DW Blog to see a tour of their property and more about their event spaces!
I leave you with this…WE the planners, can have fun TOO!
“Hyatt Regency did a wonderful job entertaining select planners and friends in the industry. It was a the perfect day for great food, fun company and much needed relaxation.Hyatt can help couples create magical weddings that capture their individual styles by creating custom menus, florals and room designs and meticulous attention to details. From the beginning to end and every aspect of the event, Hyatt is committed to providing a memorable experience for the couple and their guests. It is the personal touches and sincere sense of service that’s sets Hyatt apart.” – Michael Deltette
Today, we are sharing with you at styled shoot at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in the heart of Georgetown in Washington, DC. The True Story Studios and team were inspired by the ornate glamour of the early 20th century. Delicate silver and gold details are woven throughout the shoot, while still incorporating lush garden elements into the table setting and European bouquet. The gowns (“Lisette” by Rivini and “Orange Blossom” by Claire Pettibone) each feature beautiful lace and embroidery. The lovely models in the shoot were also just married!