Happy Anniversary Kirsten and Matt!

posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 7:59 AM.

A big huge “Happy Second Anniversary” to Kirsten and Matt, who had such a fun wedding at Glen Echo Park. And I am super thankful for these pictures from Flutter Photo.

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Thanks to Occasions Caterers, Fabrications, Fluffy Thoughts and John Farr Lighting for all of their help with their gorgeous event.

The Paper Party 2013 in New York City

posted on Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 7:50 AM.

I was so thrilled to help Nole Garey, from Oh So Beautiful Paper, put together her annual Paper Party, held during the National Stationery Show in New York City each May. We were at Hudson Terrace this year, and we had the most amazing group of sponsors come together to help make the event so amazing. Minted provided many items, including these welcome signs. Mohawk sponsored an envelope step and repeat wall.

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Meant To Be Calligraphy created signage for us, and Hello Lucky designed the geometric name tags. After guests picked up their name tag, they also visited the Tattly ladies and indulged in a stylish temporary tattoo.

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We had these great banners created to let guests know about the major sponsors of the event. I think they turned out wonderfully. Hudson Terrace has these awesome built in frames behind the bar and Nole created these folded geometric paper (from Mohawk) and foam core inserts for them. We got bar accessories from Minted and For Your Party. The Paper Party logo design was by Linda & Harriett.

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Soiree Floral created gorgeous arrangements for the little tables all around Hudson Terrace. And Minted partnered with Smilebooth to create a super fun photobooth for all the guests to enjoy throughout the party.

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The first 125 guests received an awesome tote bag screen printed by Fisk & Fern and packed with fantastic stationery from Mohawk Paper, Tattly, Maginating, Anemone Letterpress, Hello! Lucky, Fig. 2 Design Studio, Dear Hancock, Sugar Paper, Egg Press, Kate & Birdie, Katharine Watson, Kelp Designs, Thomas Printers, Old Tom Foolery, Legion Paper, Czar Press, Minted, Paper + Cup Design, Chronicle Books, Pistachio Press, Red Cap Cards, Smudge Ink, Parrott Design Studio, and Envelopments!

Wyatt’s Minecraft Bar Mitzvah Party

posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 7:47 AM.

I so enjoyed working with Wyatt’s mom, Deb Lindsey, on his Minecraft themed bar mitzvah. I love planning parties for kids, and I love theme parties. So I was really on cloud nine, especially since Deb liked most of my goofy ideas and let me run with them. Wyatt had a great service at Washington Hebrew Congregation in the morning, followed by a light kiddush. Later that evening, fifty of Wyatt’s friends gathered at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland. We filled the party with fun Minecraft themed items, mostly sourced on Etsy.

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When the kids arrived, they signed in on a Minecraft calendar by writing their name on their birthday. We had stripe straws on the soda and smoothie bar with Minecraft flags. Finger foods on the buffet had Kreeper toothpicks and the flatware had a Minecraft pattern. Dinner was capped off with a fantastic ice cream sundae bar, enhanced with some “mineral” and “gem” candies. The kids went home with a custom Minecraft sweatshirt, celebrating what a blast Wyatt’s party was.

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A Real Washington DC Wedding

posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 7:52 AM.

Gabby and John had the quintessential Georgetown wedding. They had a Catholic ceremony at Holy Trinity, the church of JFK. And a little bit of rain couldn’t stop them from getting great photos with The Observatory at the OSS and on K Street.Their reception was at the Halcyon  House (which no longer does events).

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Gabby’s father is a renowned artist, and he created this custom set of oil paintings that were installed in the Halcyon House studio, and then later given to  guests as the wedding favor. This is my favorite wedding favor of all time.

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Pop Art and Puzzle Piece Wedding Ideas and DIYs

posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 7:47 AM.

When Kelly from Studio DIY lived in DC, we planned this styled shoot together. Our idea was to use Pop Art themes to incorporate puzzle pieces into wedding design. We wanted to create cool DIY ideas and showcase them in a “non tablescape” way. First up, we have these awesome perforated invitations from Two Brunettes. We adore the colorful palette, the type-heavy design, and the idea of the invitation and RSVP being semi-attached to create a puzzle shape for each. I can’t thank Kurstin Roe enough for all the wonderful photos of this project.

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Continued the Pop Art and puzzle theme, we created a fun escort card display that doubles as a hands on guest book idea. Each guest will get a puzzle piece with their escort card. When they get to their table, all the puzzle pieces will fit together to create a photo of the marrying couple. Those individual puzzles will combine to create a “photo mat” style guest book for guests to sign. We made everything magnetized to achieve this look.

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No inspiration shoot would be complete without a fun cake and an equally fin cake topper. Thanks to Kendall’s Cakes for the dessert, and Blue Butterfly Design for the topper. The yellow cake stand is from Crate & Barrel.

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Photo booths are still all the rage at weddings, but not everyone can afford the price tag, so we decided to create a DIY Pop Art photo booth. This feature is built into the Mac laptop, and we just created some awesome props and set it all up on a table with a solid backdrop. Most of these props were homemade, or picked up from Target.

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A Woodend Mansion Real Wedding

posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 7:34 AM.

Sarah and Mikey had a lovely luncheon wedding at Woodend Mansion in May. Deb Lindsey brings us these pretty photos of their interfaith celebration. Guests had a great time all day, because once they departed Woodend, they had an all night after party in Bethesda. That is my kind of wedding!

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A Real Wedding at the Strathmore Music Center

posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 7:19 AM.

Jennifer and Brian had a December wedding at the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda. It was a bright, crisp day. They did a first look, as you will soon see, and these photos are a perfect example as to why having 2 photographers at your wedding. Mary Kate McKenna and her second shooter killed it on this wedding. The ceremony was on the 3rd floor balcony, and the reception was in the main lobby area. I loved their silver and purple hues for a winter wedding. Atmosphere did an incredible job lighting the venue, don’t you think?

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A Real Wedding at Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Virginia

posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 7:56 AM.

Katie and Josh had an absolutely delightful Jewish ceremony and reception at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria. The hotel being pet friendly, their pup Hercules was able to participate in the ceremony as well. Freed took fantastic photos. It was a chilly, late October day, so we offered guests hot drinks and blankets for the outdoor ceremony. But the dance floor was packed all night, so guests enjoyed a sweet break with the hotel’s gelato bar.

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A Real Wedding at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 at 7:56 AM.

Isn’t Melissa just stunning and happy? I adore this photo beyond words. Thanks to Paired Images for their pictures, and Judy Rusk for her work on hair and make up. Melissa and Jeff had their first look and wedding party portraits in Annapolis before heading over the bridge to Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, where they got married and celebrated with their friends and family.

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Katie Martin from Elegance & Simplicity knocked it out of the park with the gorgeous florals for the day. Melissa and Jeff also contributed some very creative items for their wedding, including an awesome ceremony booklet with their personal story and custom games.

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  Food and drink was very important to Melissa and Jeff, so starting with the pre-ceremony drinks, through cocktail hour complete with a beer tasting and pairing, a fantastic surf and turf dinner, followed up with some serious desserts and then late night soft pretzels, one could not make the case that Melissa and Jeff skimped on the meal!

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Melissa and Jeff are seriously into their desserts. They had both a gorgeous hand painted wedding cake and a custom groom’s cake in the shape of their beagle, Link. Sugar Bakers created these works of art for us. And the Lego cake topper has to bring a smile to your face.

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I told you that they were serious about dessert. This was by far the biggest candy bar I’ve ever done, in terms of pure volume. There was twice as much as in the photo under the table in bins for refills. I would estimate that Melissa and Jeff went home with about 30 pounds of left over candy, which they were really excited about.

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A Real Wedding at the Omni Shoreham in Washington DC

posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 7:02 AM.

Deb and Drew had a November wedding at the Omni Shoreham in Washington DC, and the weather was positively perfect. Deb Lindsey got to do their first look and wedding party portraits outside on the fabulous terrace.

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Deb and Drew had four completely adorable flower girls in their wedding party. And they caused quite an adorable commotion during the ceremony. But the bride and groom took it all in stride. And the photo ops were plentiful.

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After a gorgeous interfaith ceremony in the Diplomat ballroom, and cocktail hour in the Birdcage Walk, we had a fabulous reception in the Palladian ballroom. Frost did great lighting for us, and Prime Time kept the dance floor packed all night.

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