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First Look Favorites

September 13, 2017

Here are just a few of our favorite first looks captured in our District from soon-to-be featured Real Weddings + Past Real Weddings!

Alicia Lacey Photography

Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

 Charlotte Jenks Lewis 

Stacy Bauer Photography


Real Wedding of Brett and Matt

September 6, 2017

Brett + Matt were married on a warm mid-August day at Clarendon Ballroom in Arlington, Virginia. They began their day in DC at neighboring hotels The Willard and the JW Marriott before joining together for photos at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Their ceremony at the Clarendon Ballroom was transformed into a modern affair with tall white, pink and luscious green arrangements from Love Blooms.  Their guests snacked on fun apps such as individual Chinese carryout out boxes filled with Red Chill Chicken and Fried Mac N’ Cheese bites, while sipping on the couple’s Signature Drinks: Brett’s Sparking Bride and Matt’s Old Fashioned. Guests were then invited back into the Ballroom for a complete room flip. A mixtures of rounds and a 28 person King’s Table in the center were covered in lush arrangements (high & low) and candles galore. The night ended with tunes from Bialek Music, a late night cookie bar, and a bubble send-off to end the night.


Event Planner: Simply Breathe Events | Event Catering: Clarendon Ballroom | Florist: Love Blooms | Reception Location: Clarendon Ballroom | Lighting Company: Bialek Music  | Valet + Transportation: Wedding Party (Fleet Transportation), Guests (Limousine Inc.)| Photographer: Birds of a Feather Photography | Cake + Desserts: Clarendon Ballroom | Hair + Makeup: Behind the Veil LLC | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Day-of Stationery: Sarah Labadie | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Ceremony Music (Mason Music Productions) | Roomblocks | After Party | Brunch  Locations + Details: Roomblocks (The Willard + JW Marriott), Welcome Reception (1331 Bar + Lounge), Rehearsal Dinner (Woodward Table)




  • Birds of a Feather Photography

Ines Di Santo Trunk Show & Personal Appearance – Carine’s Bridal Atelier

September 4, 2017

Ines Di Santo Trunk Show & Personal Appearance – Carine’s Bridal Atelier
September 7 – 9, 2017
Carine’s Bridal Atelier
1623 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Thursday, 11AM – 7PM
Friday, 11AM – 7PM
Saturday, 11AM – 6PM
Calling all D.C. brides!!
Beginning Thursday, September 7th through Saturday, September 9th Carine’s Bridal Atelier is hosting an Ines Di Santo trunk show for brides to come check out the newest Ines Di Santo collection, featuring wedding gowns made of beautiful laces, rich beading and amazing craftsmanship — and additionally have a chance to meet personally with Ines.
Schedule your appointment today to come see her newest collection! To book your appointment today:
Call 202.965.4696 

Fall Bites

September 1, 2017

Finding the Perfect Wedding Entertainment: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

August 28, 2017

Ask any seasoned event pro and they will quickly tell you that music can either make or break an event.  Those are high stakes – especially when the event is your wedding. The good news is there are tons of great entertainment options out there. The often challenging part is determining which options are a perfect fit for your event. We sat downs with the pros at ECE (formerly EastCoast Entertainment) who shared with us five questions you should ask yourself as you begin your perfect wedding entertainment search.



  1. What kind of vibe do we want for our reception?

How do you envision your wedding? Think about the overall experience you wish for you and your guests. Are you aiming for a glam, high-energy party or a reception that is more low-key and relaxed?

The entertainment is a key factor in determining the ambience of your reception.  A 12-piece party band that only plays the latest Top 40 hits will set a much different tone than a classic Motown band or 4-piece jazz ensemble.


  1. Who will be attending our reception?

Think about your guests and the type of music that gets them on the dance floor. If your crowd is a mix of young and old, choosing a band that can play a variety of songs from various decades will be surefire hit. Likewise, if you know that you will have a predominately young crowd who will want to party hard, look for a band who can slay today’s chart-topping hits.


  1. Where will the reception take place?

Does your venue have space constraints? If your reception is in a particularly smaller space, it may be necessary to consider a top-notch DJ or bands with 5 or less pieces. Along those same lines, if your venue is cavernous, you will want to book a larger band to fill the space.


  1. Do I need entertainment for events outside of the reception?

Wedding Weekends are now the norm. With guests traveling from both near and far, couples want their guests to mix, mingle and have a blast the entire weekend.  Welcome parties are popular since this is typically the first fête that brings everyone together and sets the tone for the entire weekend. Different from the rehearsal dinner, welcome parties typically involve all guests or, at least, all out-of-town guests and the wedding party. You want the entertainment to be amazing, but different from what you have in store for your reception. Instead of a variety band, use the welcome party as an opportunity to hone in on a particular type of music that you and your fiancé love such as Americana, bluegrass, Yacht Rock, country, or decade specific.


Other considerations should include any musicians you may want for the ceremony, cocktail hour, or events on Sunday (Hello, jazzy Sunday brunch!).  One benefit of working with a large entertainment agency like ECE is that it can be a one-stop shop for all of your entertainment needs.


  1. What is my budget?

Be honest with yourself about your budget and know that great entertainment options are available at every price point – especially if you book far enough in advance of your date before availability becomes an issue.  It is true that you can often score a deal if your wedding  is occurs in January, February or March simply because the demand is less during the first quarter of the year and more artists are available.

Photography Credits (in order of appearance)

Shaun Menary Photography // Alex C Tenser Photography //  (Once Like a Spark) Photography // CHARD Photo

ECE (formerly EastCoast Entertainment)


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