Monday, January 11, 2010

New Insider Blog: Dimitra Designs

Check out a new blog that has lots of fun info on everything from how to find a mother of the bride dress to how to select bridesmaids' gowns. Dimitra Designs knows their stuff because they actually have a retail bridal shop in South Carolina. So, if you're in Greenville, pop on by. If you're nowhere near Greenville, check out their blog for insider tips.

The Winners! {Photo Contest by Garrett Hubbard}

Oh, what FUN! The final contest winners were selected last night and you can check out the picture here on Garrett's blog!

Gotta love a contest involving cute couples in LOVE!

Amy Lorraine

More and More Fabulous D.C. Wedding Venues!

Photo by in Meridian House courtyard by Kurston Roe

Here are some of my favorites, an eclectic group that ranges from European mansion to modern studio to elegant hotel.

The Meridian House

This venue is a hidden gem in DC, located on a side street between Adams Morgan and 16th Street. The side garden is perfect for intimate weddings. The back garden is my favorite part of the house. Lined with linden trees, I have had brides line the trees with everything from string lights to paper lanterns, creating a unique magical feel…great for pics. The inside of the house has a historic feel that is great for dinner, dancing and I have even seen some brides use it for their ceremony.

Photo by Kurston Roe

The Fairmont Hotel

When I think of the Fairmont, I think of the total package. From their garden themed Colonnade room to their outside courtyard to the grand ballroom, The Fairmont has something everyone is looking for. I cannot say enough about the staff who go out of their way to make sure everything runs perfectly. It is located just a few steps away from Georgetown which boasts amazing shopping, restaurants and nightlife that your guests will be sure to enjoy if visiting from out of town.

The Halcyon House

Located in historic Georgetown, the Halcyon House is great for brides who want something a little different but still want to showcase Washington, DC. The back of house has an amazing view of the Potomac River and Key Bridge. This is a perfect setting for a ceremony or cocktail reception. You can also use the upstairs of the house for cocktail receptions or smaller ceremonies. The downstairs area is what really stands out for me. The dramatic staircase, flanked with the owner’s/artist’s own designs, leads to the white cement studio that is awesome for smaller receptions. The space is a blank canvas so if you want to stick with a minimalist look or create your own masterpiece, this venue allows for either option. Valet parking is recommended since Georgetown parking can be a little difficult especially on a Saturday or Sunday.

Photo by Greg Gibson

Photo by Greg Gibson

Hope this gives you some inspiration!