Soiree Special Events

Friday, September 15, 2006

Congratulations Erin & Geoff!

Erin & Geoff were married on the beautiful lawn of Collingwood Library, overlooking the Potomac River. Collingwood, located in Alexandria near River Farm, is an exceptional historic library that's maintained by the National Sojourners. The mansion, circa 1785, is just as gorgeous as you can imagine -- pristine white plaster against the dark forest that surrounds it.

Their ceremony included a 200-yard walk (yes, that's 2 football fields), but it made for quite a processional for the bride! The tricky part was getting the bridesmaids down the steep hill in their heels while holding bouquets and their skirts. Luckily all of them made it :) Erin & Geoff exchanged vows in front of the river, incorporating a reading by the groom's sister and a solo sung by the bride's aunt. They then recessed back up the hill to their tent, where they held a lovely reception.

The reception was magnificently catered by R&R Catering. Guests enjoyed a DJ from Black Tie DJs and a cake from the Upper Crust Wedding Cakes. I honestly do eat a lot of leftover wedding cake, but I have to admit that Elizabeth's cakes are among the best I've had! Quite moist, flavorful, and the frosting was not sugary sweet at all. Just how I like it. If you're still looking for a cake, check out her website.

Our only snag unfortunately came with Alexandria's DASH bus which was supposed to shuttle guests back and forth from the hotel. Despite our confirmations the week of the wedding, the bus unfortunately pulled up 45 minutes late and the bride and groom had the sparkler sendoff they had been waiting for. As always, R&R Catering is simply awesome -- they kept the bar open the whole time!

Overall, the wedding went just as planned. The bride and groom were happy the entire night, the mother of the bride was able to relax and enjoy the evening, and the guests had a great time between the bar and the dancefloor. Happy people make for a great wedding, and that's just what Erin & Geoff got on their special day!

It was a pleasure working with this fantastic couple and we're glad we were able to be a part of their wedding!

Photos compliments of the fab Deb Lindsey:



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Friday, September 08, 2006

Need a gown??

Brides Against Breast Cancer is coming to Arlington! This annual show will be stopping by the Doubletree Crystal City at the end of the month!

Who: The Making Memories Foundation
What: Brides Agaist Breast Cancer Gown Sale
When: Friday, 10/27, 10am-8pm. Saturday, 10/28, 10am-6pm.
Where: Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA
Why: To raise money and grant wishes for those with terminal breast cancer
How much: FREE!

Check out new and gently used designer gowns donated by dress shops, manufacturers, and even past brides! Of course all at a HUGE discount. Gowns will be selling from $89.00-799.00!

Admission is FREE and there will tons of raffle prizes! Bring all your girlfriends to this fun event and find the gown of your dreams at an amazing price.

The Soiree team is volunteering by helping brides find and try on dresses! Come visit us all day Saturday and on Friday evening.

The foundation is still looking for volunteers, gown donations, and raffle items -- see Making Memories for more info.