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4 venues that are hidden gems in the DC area

4 venues that are hidden gems in the DC area

The Manor at Airmont Set among the rolling hills of Virginia wine country, the Manor at Airmont opened its doors in 2018 and has been making a splash.  Amidst the abundance of barn venues and wineries, the manor is something different.  Upon entering the space, you’ll immediately notice the striking dark beams and dramatic chandeliers, a definite […]

Elevate Your Table with a Gorgeous Napkin Fold

Elevate Your Table with a Gorgeous Napkin Fold

  Imagine this. It’s almost time for your reception celebration to begin.  Guests are filtering in from your cocktail hour, drinks in hand and ready to relax with their friends and significant others at their seats.   As they locate their table, one of the first things that will catch their eyes is your carefully […]

Mount Vernon Wedding, Alexandria, Virginia | Amber & John

Mount Vernon Wedding, Alexandria, Virginia | Amber & John

 For their design, Amber and John envisioned a sparkling, celebratory evening inspired by the fun of New Years, and a feel of Old Town Alexandria at night.  The photos definitely express that wintry magic.  And with shades of copper and gold, and a pop of red it was a stunning start to the new year. […]

Eastern Market Wedding | Washington, D.C. | Molly & Joe

Eastern Market Wedding | Washington, D.C. | Molly & Joe

Little did we know that their celebration would be one of the last gatherings the guests would enjoy for quite some time. The memories are made even sweeter that family and friends gathered from across the country, California, New Hampshire and many states in between. This was a true DC wedding.  Though the couple are […]

3 Questions to Ask When Selecting Your Vendor Team

3 Questions to Ask When Selecting Your Vendor Team

Choosing your vendors is a huge part of the planning process.  While the get-to-know-you coffee date (or video chat) should absolutely feel relaxed and fun, it’s also a chance to interview the prospective professional. You deserve to be confident in your vendor team and know that each of them are a great fit for you […]

A Look Back at 2019

A Look Back at 2019

One of my favorite sayings is “The Days are long, but the years are short.” Every year that I grow older  more mature, how much I realize the endless potential each year holds.  In this industry, all of our success comes from the amazing couples we get to work with and the relationships of others […]

Why I’m Forgoing Resolutions this year, and what I’m doing instead

Why I’m Forgoing Resolutions this year, and what I’m doing instead

I’ve always disliked the idea of New Year’s resolutions.  There’s this paralyzing sense for me that it is to be a sweeping change, and for lack of better words, something un-fun.  Like “getting in shape” or “losing weight”.  So, while I love the idea of self-improvement and am a self-proclaimed go-getter, I’ve never vibed with […]

On hosting & entertaining this Thanksgiving

On hosting & entertaining this Thanksgiving

  Early November ushers in true fall temperatures, shorter days, and seems to cue a transition into a whole new phase of the year.  But before winter is upon us, we first celebrate what is in my opinion the best holiday of the year: Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving to me, centers around gathering loved ones around the […]