Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The fabulous Mariam Karim, director of catering, showed us the ins and outs of the historic bones that once was the Hotel Washington and will soon become the place to see and be seen in. The buildings solid structure and traditional detail will be combined with the modern, chic appeal of the W signature. Think "pinstripes and lace" as we discussed the DC power men and women will now have a place to feel sexy and glamorous. But let's get down to the details. What does it have for us?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 1st from 11 am until 5 pm. The Willard Hotel and Engaged! Magazine will host the bridal event of the season! Featuring style guru Clinton Kelly, the event will also have stylists from Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salons doing consultations on-site and gowns from three top area bridal salons. Everyone fabulous will be there (including us) so be sure to get your tickets by registering online at www.engagedmagazine.com.
Monday, February 16, 2009
The series begins on line today and covers the topics of ring shopping, planning your wedding for the perfect day of weather and finally movie proposals (to be followed up at the end of the week by readers true stories of proposals) A quick note on that. This past Saturday, yes, Valentine's Day, I was with my man at a Maryland Terps basketball game, die hard terps fan that I am, and of course they played the "kiss me" song and showed couples kissing on the jumbo tron. Well, wouldn't you know a couple kissed and the camera stayed put as the nervous sports fan got down on his knee and popped the question to his unsuspecting girlfriend. The crowd went wild and as one sports reported said, "the Terps held up their end of the deal and won the game". All I know is if I were that women, I wouldn't have been able to sit through the second half. Did someone upgrade these two kids to court side?? And just a quick note on planning your wedding with perfect weather in mind. Don't sweat it! And do NOT check the almanac and tell me there has been prefect weather the past 4 years on this date so you are doing it. That is your ticket to ruin. Last year I had a beautiful August day erupt into stormy chaos minutes before a wedding and a cold rainy week in October bloom into an 81 degree November first afternoon. You can't predict it so don't try!!
I leave you with this- Don't forget to check the Post's wedding series on Thursday. Yours truly and the other ladies of Engaging Affairs met at a favorite bridal shop Hitched in Georgetown last Wednesday to play around and talk weddings with one of the reporters. Find out what we had to say about the economy, the environment and fun things to help set your wedding apart from the others. You can find on on line or in print. Enjoy!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Justine and Gary had a perfect day and some of the most gorgeous light I've ever seen. Before the ceremony and reception at Halcyon House in Georgetown, they got ready at The Hotel Helix and did lots of photos at the hotel and around town. Check out the amazing vintage pink convertible they bopped around in! The supremely fabulous photographer, Greg Gibson, shot over 9,000 images of the day. With a couple this gorgeous and cool, can you blame him?
Let me say, first off, that Justine has got fabulous style. Her dress was stunning--very Hollywood glamour. We also loved her birdcage veil and bright red shoes. Even the groom was sporting hightops instead of dress shoes! Her flowers by Janie Medley Flora were sleek and fabulous. We love mini callas and the eggplant ones make such a great statement.
The ceremony was outside Halcyon House at the base of the steps leading up to the house. They were so smart not to worry too much about dressing up an already striking backdrop and simply placed hot pink lanterns up the staircase.
The party was just as hip and fun as the ceremony. Syzygy Events and John Farr Lighting transformed the Halcyon House studio into a sultry nightclub with fuchsia uplighting and cool lounge furniture instead of lots of tables. Black chandeliers were suspended from the ceiling and even the bar was tufted with white fabric. The cake, created by Fancy Cakes by Leslie , was as cool as the setting with modern fuchsia and black designs.
The donuts weren't the only cool touch. Justine and Gary had an old-fashioned photo booth from PhotoBooth Scrapbooks on site. We all had so much fun goofing off and then putting the photo strips in a guest book for them. I love this idea so much more than the traditional guest book. Who reads those other kind anyway?
Justine and Gary definitely had one of the hippest weddings that Washington has seen and that I've been involved with. It was such an honor to be included among the amazing team of wedding vendors they put together. Sara and I had so much fun helping out during the day but we also had a great time actually attending the wedding as guests. For more details about Justine's wedding and her planning, check out her blog, The Unbride.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
The following ceremony designs by Preston Bailey are the ultimate winter wonderlands. I personally love the white lights but the blue is certainly dramatic (it was for Melissa Rivers' wedding so what do you expect?).
We're working on a wedding now with a version of the Preston Bailey winter wonderland trees but for a Labor Day weekend wedding. White is always in season. It should be spectacular!