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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 Amazon.com.

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 www.alxweddingshowcase.com 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.

Tickets:

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 www.alxweddingshowcase.com. To purchase tickets, visit tickets.alxweddingshowcase.com.

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  • SARAH MARCELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

Ethereal Real Wedding of Ryan and Alex Steffen

January 31, 2018

 Making their dream wedding a reality

Alex and Ryan wanted an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception, but because of the timing of their engagement and their move up to NYC in August 2017, July was really the only month that would work.  With that in mind, they set out to find a venue that allowed them to bring the outdoors in.
The Westin Georgetown’s Promenade was the perfect canvas to create a garden-inspired fete, complete with air conditioning and hardwood floors!  Alex wanted the overall aesthetic to be soft, romantic and classic; something she could show her daughters in 20 years and not feel like it screamed “2017”.

That special touch…

Being the family-driven, DC locals that they are, Alex and Ryan made a point to incorporate personal details throughout the day.  The pens guests used to sign the guest book were pens Ryan had snagged from NYU at his orientation.
In lieu of favors, the couple made a donation to an organization close to their hearts.  And in a nod to the city of DC, guests were treated to soft pretzels from The Pretzel Bakery as they departed at the end of the night.
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Event Planner: Alexandra Nesterak Events | Event Catering: Westin Georgetown | Florist: Petals Edge |Ceremony & Reception Location: Westin Georgetown | Rentals: Select Event Rentals | Lighting Company: Pike Productions |
Videographer: Reflexion Videography | Photographer: Finn Lively Photo | Cake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts |
Hair + Makeup: Kelly Unthank; Updos for I Do’s | Favors + Special Details: The Pretzel Bakery |
Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Shine Invitations | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: BroadSound | Roomblocks | After Party | Brunch  Locations + Details: Westin Georgetown | Photo Location: Tudor Place

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  • Finn Lively Photo

A Curated Registry – CARTHAGE.CO

January 29, 2018

Who we are…

CARTHAGE.CO brings stoneware to America that is sourced, created, and imported from North Africa. We’re proud to work with local manufacturers that employ and empower their communities with dignity and equity. We believe in sustainable entrepreneurial growth that would rather partner with, than compete against.

Pay it forward

CARTHAGE.CO  started when two friends discovered they shared the same passion for doing business which positively impacts the lives of the creators of products as much as those who buy them.

You can now create a registry!

A free gift for couples

…and to kick off the festivities, CARTHAGE.CO  is sending an exclusive free couples gift! All you have to do is s”share with them more about the big day,”  and they will send you a pair of their La Marsa Dessert Plates.

Simply register online, and a team member will reach out to you shortly.

Plus, complete a $500+ registry with them and they’ll send a free gift to everyone in your bridal party!

Contact: weddings@carthage.co

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Lauren and Matt’s Meridian House Winter Wedding

January 24, 2018

Flawless Winter Wedding

Lauren and Matt’s Meridian House winter wedding was held on a perfectly crisp January day with soft light and warm joy that spread from beginning to end. From the stunning ivory and taupe stationery suite to the ivory and green florals, the elegant tone was set for their guests who traveled from near and far to spend the day celebrating this sweet couple.

Location, Location, Location

The excitement begin at the Willard Hotel; carried over to Union Station for portraits; and later with the wedding festivities at the incredible Meridian House, a former Ambassador’s home constructed in the 1920s. Each room of the Meridian House is full of character and history. Notice the intricate French paintings and antique oriental porcelain adorning the space. Dinner was held in the library room and dining rooms, where heartfelt toasts preceded an amazing first dance in the ballroom.

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Event Planner: Rex & Regina | Event Catering: Well Dunn Catering | Florist: Growing Wild Floral | Ceremony + Reception Location: Meridian House | Photographer: Audra Wrisley | Cake + Desserts: Milk Bar Store | Hair + Makeup: Bridal Artistry | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Jenn Heller | Rentals: Vintage Affairs 

 

Credits

  • Audra Wrisley

Real Wedding of Oliver and Jillian

January 17, 2018

To look, or not to look…

Initially, I did not want to do a first look like most couples, but we realized what a great opportunity for pictures it would be. Most importantly, we realized it would be a moment to come together one-on-one before walking down the aisle. This time is rare and extremely cherished! 

Winter wedding arrangements

We incorporated greens, such as eucalyptus and succulents, into the floral arrangements and softness with hydrangeas and roses to fit in perfectly with our winter wedding. The best part about having succulents in the bridal bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere was that we were able to plant them and have them as a keepsake! 

Treat your guests

The majority of our family and friends are from out-of-town, so we wanted to highlight the beauty and history of the city. We did so by allowing them to experience Washington, D.C, the city we fell in love in! 

National Press Club Wedding by Terri Baskin Photography
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National Press Club Wedding by Terri Baskin Photography
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National Press Club Wedding by Terri Baskin Photography
National Press Club Wedding by Terri Baskin Photography
National Press Club Wedding by Terri Baskin Photography
National Press Club Wedding by Terri Baskin Photography
National Press Club Wedding by Terri Baskin Photography

 

Florist: Love BloomsReception Location: The National Press ClubCeremony Location: Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle Lighting Company: Posh Life Entertainment |  Photographer: Terri Baskin Photography Cake + Desserts: Buttecream Bakeshop (Cake) / Georgetown Cupcakes (Cupcakes) | Hair + Makeup: Christy Strawser (Kindle & Boom Salon-Hair) and Tracey Garcia (StyleMeBar-Make-Up)Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Wedding Paper Divas Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Posh Life Entertainment Roomblocks | After Party | Brunch  Locations + Details: J.W. Marriott Wedding Colors: Enzo Custom Suits

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