Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Great Sandal Giveaway!

Well, you caught us! Sometimes I just don't know where the weeks go! Yes, weeks. There is not enough time in the day and then all of a sudden months are flying by. But anyway, back to the case at hand. Thank you to our brides who posted about the fantastic sandals giveaway from Sandals4Events. Congratulations to Angela, you are our winner! Please contact us so we can send you your fabulous footwear!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hail to the SugaChef!

You may have noticed that we have quite a few blogs devoted to cakes, cupcakes, and various forms of sugar. We're big fans. My assistant, Alison, knows more about cupcakes in the D.C. area than anyone over the age of eight probably should. She can tell you who has the best cake to icing ratio, who has the best red velvet in town and who is out of their mind for serving cold cupcakes. It's both impressive and scary. But at Engaging Affairs not only do we value such knowledge, we embrace it. Which is why I was so thrilled when Padua from SugaChef contacted me about his boutique dessert business.

Padua has created wedding cakes and pastry for one of the area's top caterers so I knew his work very well already (and liked it a lot). But when he brought over a selection of his desserts for me to sample, from cookies to tarts to cheesecake, I was blown away. It's hard to pick a favorite but the bread pudding was surprisingly addictive for something that looked so simple and the apple tart was beautiful and delicious. His cookies were so yummy and the perfect size for an almost guilt-free treat.

We love finding new talent in the event world and Padua is definitely one to watch. He can turn out a fabulous wedding cake and then wow guests with lots of tiny treats (including the ubiquitous cupcake). And since I think hors d'oeuvres and dessert are the best parts of any meal, Padua's amazing confections are right up my alley!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

August Wedding on the Bay

Well, I admit I have fallen quite behind. I had a huge wedding month in August and have yet to share all of the wonderful details with you. So, here goes!

On August 22nd, Annie and Rob treated their guests to Annapolis wedding weekend that would keep the celebrating going for days. I met Annie and Rob in January and there was really only one issue we had to work with. Very good friends of theirs were getting married Sept. 19th so we had to leave some time before or after that date. So, we started looking at places on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Annie and Rob were coming from NYC and wanted something a bit more slow paced than DC, and we decided on an October wedding date. After reevaluating their guest numbers a couple of times, we determined that their ideal setting was going to be a bit too quaint for their numbers and we had to look elsewhere. The couple finally fell in love with the setting of the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club and decided to nab the only date still available, August 22nd!

The humid weekend began with a rehearsal at St. Christopher's Church, a newly opened house of warship in Chester, MD. The wedding party boarded the bus to travel over the Bay Bridge from their hotel in Annapolis. The rain came and went while we were inside practicing, and as the night cleared up, the celebration continued with a dinner at Treaty of Paris and drinking in Annapolis.

The morning of the wedding was a humid one but the bridal party was in great spirits as they got ready and boarded the buses to the ceremony. The rain came later, as guests were arriving at the Beach Club but that certainly wasn't going to start the festivities. The steel drum group, Oasis Trio provided by Bialek's Music, moved themselves inside and the cocktail hour was hopping

Amaryllis and Digital Lightning made the ballroom look beautifully traditional, but the decor didn't take away for the beautiful wall of windows overlooking the Chesapeake and the Bay Bridge. Rentals were brought in from Party Rental LTD to finish the look.

A special thank you to Fancy Cakes by Leslie for the wedding cake and grooms cake, a Loyola Grey Hound, Free Spirit for keeping the party pumping all night long, Linder and Associates for the transportation, Jenny Lehman Video for capturing the emotions of the day and Michael Bennet Kress and Associates for the beautiful Images.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What Makes You Feel Like a Bride?

I got the most interesting phone call yesterday and thought I would share. First, it was from a groom. That isn't completely unheard of but it isn't typical. Most of our calls come from brides or their mothers. Then, he mentioned that his wedding was in two days. That got my attention. Lastly, he told me that he wasn't looking for wedding planning but wanted to know how to make his bride "feel like a bride." Even though I was juggling about a hundred things to do (this is the Fall wedding season, after all), I thought his request was so sweet that I had to help.
Apparently, the groom-to-be and his bride were eloping (second wedding for both) but the bride had told him (with tears in her eyes) that on the wedding day she wanted to feel like a bride. The groom wanted to make her happy but didn't know exactly what it takes to make a woman feel like a bride. After bantering some ideas back and forth (and him rejecting my fantasy of sending her to the Mandarin Spa for the day), we decided that a limo ride around the monuments culminating in a picnic with champagne, flowers and gourmet fare would be perfect for them.
This phone call made me think that we all have different ideas of what it takes to feel like a bride. I'd love to hear what yours is!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wedding Shoes Giveaway!

It's the giveaway you have been waiting for! About a month ago I blogged about a great pair of footwear one of my spring brides sported. Now, it's your turn to win a pair for yourself! Sandals4events are custom personalized sandals great for weddings, bridal and bachelorette events, the honeymoon and then every day use! No more spending tons of money on shoes you will only wear once and will want to take off after the pre ceremony pictures. Flip flops are great for every day, but the pair you wear at your wedding should be a little more special!

So, just send us a comment with you name and be sure to check back on Monday when we announce the winner!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Romantic Proposal at The Inn at Little Washington

So how romantic is this? We wanted to share a picture of our very own Amy as Clark is proposing to her at The Inn at Little Washington. Not only did he set her up with some beauty treatments and plan a day at Virginia wineries together, he invited their families and friends to join them (and surprise her) at The Inn after the proposal. We think Amy is a lucky duck (and we can't wait for her to start blogging about her wedding plans)! Congratulations and lots of love from all the Engaging Affairs ladies!


Monday, September 14, 2009

Veil Giveaway!

Hello lovely ladies! The Unbride is back. The funky blog site started by the chic photographer Justine Ungaro is back with great new stuff and a birdcage veil giveaway! You can win one just like the lovely Katherine Heigl wore when she wed singer Josh Kelly. Check out the link and let me know if you win!


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Engaging Affairs is getting Hitched Again!

Congratulations to yet another member of the Engaging Affairs Team. Amy Lorraine, we love you and can't wait to start planning your big day!


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Meridian House Romance {Suzanne +Colin}

August 29th held a special meaning for Suzanne and Colin. Not only was it the day they would say “I Do” but it was also the exact day, 40 years ago, that the bride’s parents said their “I Do’s”. The newlyweds honored the bride’s parents with a beautiful introduction to their 40th anniversary dance that took place later in the evening.

The couple, who met in high school but didn’t start dating until much later, chose to hold their ceremony and reception at the historic Meridian House, located in Washington, DC. The wedding weekend began with an intimate, family style rehearsal dinner at the trendy Darlington House, located in Dupont Circle.
All week the family and I had watched the pending storms tease us with the threat of showers on their special day. But, luckily, their day arrived and so did the blue skies. The bride and bridal party began the day getting made up by the talented make-up artist, Carl Ray.

The ceremony took place in the side garden with the ceremony being led by the sister of the groom. After the ceremony, the guests were moved to the rear garden for cocktails. Lighted, white lanterns hung among the trees while the drinks flowed and Celebrated Strings played. After cocktails, guests moved inside to enjoy their meal and the night’s entertainment.

Kiley of the Catering Company of Washington worked with the family to design a tasty menu for the guests to enjoy that included fun hors d’oeuvres such as pig in a blanket, curry crepes, and jalapeno shrimp. The couple had not only a beautiful, but tasty, cake designed by Lara of Fluffy Thoughts. Everyone danced and partied all night to the tunes of Night Song from Entertainment Exchange. While the party was in full swing, guests were treated to a “crazy” photo booth where they could take pictures of themselves using crazy props. These and all of the wonderful memories of this special day were captured by Kurstin Roe of Kurstin Roe Photography.

Congratulations to Suzanne and Colin!


Thursday, September 3, 2009

True Love {Francessca + Jimmy}

I am so excited to share a glimmer of Francessca and Jimmy's wedding day with you all! They were the most wonderful couple to work with and all their family + friends couldn't have been happier for them. Garrett Hubbard Photography was awesome to work with and obviously captured some incredible moments during the day.

The entire day took place at the Westfields Marriott Hotel in Chantilly, VA. The staff there was great to work with and the Chef really out did himself. Dan Goldman from Bialek's Music took care of all our music needs including ceremony, dinner and dancing. As you will see in the photos below, he definitely had his work cut out for him as the guests showed up to have a good time on the dance floor!

And it may have taken me all morning but I have finally figured out how to do my own Inspiration Board on the Style Me Pretty site! I am loving it!! Check out my first board below... a fabulous montage of wedding day photos!



Amy Lorraine

Spencer Vasquez Wedding

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Two Designers. Two Dates. Too Fabulous To Miss.

Hitched Bridal Salon in Georgetown is throwing their Fall Trunk Show and anyone who's anyone knows a trunk show equals fabulous perks not seen otherwise. Carin + Julia, Hitched Owners, are good friends of ours and definitely make the gown buying process an enjoyable one.

Where: Hitched Bridal Salon 1523 Wisconsin Ave NW
When: Modern Trousseau (for bridal gowns and mother of the occasion- bonus!) on September 11th & 12th!
Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija on September 25th & 26th!
How: Book early by calling 202-333-6162 or email the Hitched crew at