Real advice most appreciate by my real clients – a video!

I’m taking a break today from the Palm Springs photo shoots to share with you this video, made by Bowen Films, in conjunction with The Dandelion Patch. In it I talk about what my past clients felt was the best advice or tip I shared with them during our time working together. I hope you enjoy the video!

Real Advice Most Appreciated by Real Brides & Grooms | Janice Carnevale of Bellwether Events from Bowen Films on Vimeo.

Local whiskey now available in Loudoun County

I got this press release yesterday, and I’m super excited by the news!

LEESBURG, VA, February 17, 2017Lansdowne Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company are excited to release a private label rye whisky for the resort’s quintessential Virginia tavern, Coton & Rye. This is the first legal batch of alcohol made from grain grown in Loudoun County since Prohibition.

As a part of Coton & Rye’s overall celebration of the land, Coton farm and Virginia lifestyle, Director of Culinary Operations Marcus Repp and his Culinary Team are working closely with local farmers, artisans, vintners and distillers to offer guests the opportunity to connect with the community in simple but meaningful ways while at the resort. To make this connection to the local community deeper, the resort has selected a local batch of rye to produce their own private label rye whisky. The rye was grown at Morven Park through the historic estate’s farming co-op program. Trent Tebbe, Proprietor of Three Monkeys Farm farmed the rye and provided it to Catoctin Creek, which became Barrel 609.

“When we tasted Barrel 609 and learned about the rye’s conception in Loudoun County, it was a natural choice for Lansdowne,” said Michael Stephens, Managing Director, “Our commitment to the local community and staying true to our roots in Loudoun County is unwavering.”

The Catoctin Creek ‘Coton & Rye’ Private Barrel Whisky is only available on the Coton & Rye menu. Feature cocktails on the Coton & Rye menu include Cherry Blossom Julep (Catoctin Creek Rye, Ginger Ale and Tamarind Soda) and The Boulevardier, a cocktail invented during Prohibition (Catoctin Creek Rye Whisky, Aperol, Carpano Sweet Vermouth, and Orange Twist).

“The birthplace of American Whisky was Virginia. People made whisky out of necessity when Great Britain cut off ties with America,” explains Scott Harris, owner of Catoctin Creek, “We are beyond ecstatic to have the first batch of legal alcohol made from grain grown in the county since Prohibition.”

The Catoctin Creek ‘Coton & Rye’ Private Barrel Whisky is slated to make its debut to the public on Thursday, March 23rd at Coton & Rye. The Catoctin Creek Launch Party at Coton & Rye will take place on Thursday, March 23rd and is open to the public. Tickets are $35/each and available for purchase on Eventbrite.com.”

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Well this looks like fun! One stop shopping for all of your engagement ring or wedding band needs! You should check it out!

Palm Springs Inspiration with Rent The Runway: Summer

I am back today with the SUMMER installment from my 4 mini shoots with Rent The Runway. Check out SPRING, if you missed it.  You can also see how one of my favorite wedding blogs, Every Last Detail, covered this inspiration.

When I came to the realization that my 1 flamingo shoot was turning into 4 Palm Springs mini shoots, I had to figure out a way to execute them all, in one day, efficiently and economically. No one tells you this, but planning a photo shoot is really hard. I have to convince people to buy into my vision, give up their time, possibly invest in product (like flowers), find models and source all the little details. For every shoot I’ve done, I’d put out $500 – $1500 from my own pocket. All for the *chance* at press and the *chance* at it leading to a booking. And unfortunately I can’t say that an inspiration shoot that I’ve participated in ever led to a booking. But when you are new, there is so much pressure to put out beautiful content, so you do it.

I love the dresses in this season so much. The pink bride’s look is striped with silver and gold sequins. Interesting while still being formal enough for a bridal look. The bridesmaid is a fantastic shade of teal that screams Palm Springs.

You might have noticed that in SPRING, Holly Chapple only made hairpieces for the models – no bouquets. This was part of my strategy to be economical – not only for the vendor, but also to show brides that they don’t have to have bouquets if they don’t want them or can’t afford them. In SUMMER, the bride carries a killer modern, all tulip bouquet. But for the bridesmaid look, we went again with floral jewelry – this time in the form of a unique wrist corsage.


I worked with Fig. 2 Design to create a stationery suite that would work with any of the 4 inspirations – don’t forget that green can often be considered a neutral addition to your color palette! I decided to include them in this post because I couldn’t wait any longer to show them off! I love this mid-century-modern inspired invitation set. Also, how gorgeous is this vintage Vespa? I was so thrilled to be able to include it as a potential get-away vehicle. It would be a crime to have a mid-century-modern photo shoot without a Vespa, I think.

Endless thanks to Katie Stoops for these gorgeous photos and Carola Myers for working so hard with very little time to make these models look beautiful and different in each of the seasons!

Palms Springs Inspiration with Rent The Runway: Spring

When I first learned about Rent The Runway, I was so excited. I am not someone who wants to buy a bunch of pretty and pretty expensive clothes that I can only wear 1 – 2 times a year. I’m just a bit of a minimalist. And I’m also pretty cheap, so there’s that. I immediately realized RTR had great potential for weddings. Both for guests and bridesmaids but also for certain brides, Rent The Runway has a huge range of options! I was so inspired, I reached out to RTR to see if they would partner in an inspirational photo shoot aimed at promoting their dresses for brides and their maids. They said yes! Yay!

Originally I just wanted to do a flamingo-themed photo shoot. But as the scope of the photo shoot grew, so did the inspiration – into an overarching Palm Springs/mid century modern theme. I guess that means I still need to do a flamingo-inspired photo shoot. As I started to flush out my ideas, and comb through their incredible inventory, I realized that I couldn’t limit myself to just one photo shoot – I had to do four! As I found the dresses I loved, I paired them up as bride/maid, and sorted them into the four seasons. But how could I swing such a massive idea? Instead of full-blown concepts, I shrunk them to mini-shoots without tablescapes or a lot of accessories. This would allow us to do it all in one day. Most importantly, I had the best vendor partners a designer could ask for: Katie Stoops Photography, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Carola Myers MUAH, and Fig. 2 Design.

I was so excited to find these two models for this project. They were so great to work with. We put them through the ringer – 4 outfits, 4 hair styles, 4 make up looks in the span of about 10 hours. I mean, look at me, making them hold popsicles, without eating them! But seriously, they were so great, all day. I hope you enjoy what we came up with, I’ll be sharing it over the next 4 posts.

Welcome to SPRING! I picked dresses with two similar styles which incorporated fun prints and would be perfect for a flowy, outdoor wedding! RTR also provided these killer statement necklaces that raise the level of the look. In lieu of bouquets, we went with tropical floral hair pieces.

We borrowed great glassware from Liquorary and Fig. 2 made some fun escort cards that looked great on that retro astroturf.

Pink Bridal Brunch Inspiration

I’m back with a second inspiration shoot – a bridal brunch – at Graffiato in Washington, DC. Since we were there for the day, it only made sense to design and document two different looks! You can see my rehearsal dinner inspiration here. Typically a bridal shower or bridal brunch will be a smaller group of ladies, so you have a lot of venue options available to you. It will just take a little bit of effort to make a restaurant table look special and thoughtful.

We started with a pink table runner as our base, and set a garland on top of it, nestling in small floral arrangements from Elegance & Simplicity. I used an assortment of garlands and banners to dress up the wall behind the table. I’m super grateful to Jess Latos for these great photos.

If the restaurant will permit, set up a welcoming sign to let your guests know that they are in the right place. Meant To Be Calligraphy made this sign for us!

We partnered with Carrie Ink again for this gorgeous bridal shower stationery set. Who wouldn’t love to receive this gorgeous pink box in the mail? More vintage postage from Verde Studio, along with a box liner and custom tag, and an RSVP card with an lined envelope.

I love being able to take something commonplace and put a twist on it to make it even more useful, and surprise your guests. We made the bridal brunch place cards large enough so that on the other side it was the menu card. Two birds, one stone!

Another easy way to spiff up your bridal shower tablescape is with a few accent rental pieces. DC Rental provided these pink napkins, gold rimmed charger plates and pink goblets for our inspiration here. This would probably cost you about $1 per piece, and you are allowed to pick up and return to their warehouse in Shirlington, eliminating the delivery fees.