Soiree Special Events

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hershey's Sweet Treats

We all know about personalized M&Ms, but how about Hershey's Kisses? The famous chocolate company in the Sweetest Place on Earth now makes their famous treats with "Just Married" and "Best Wishes" flags -- perfect for weddings! They'd be great in favor boxes, alongside a piece of wedding cake, as part of a candy buffet, or even in a bowl by the door for a sweet drive home.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

30% off at Eleni's

Daily Candy Deals has a special offer from Eleni's! This custom cookie baker will take 30% off your wedding cookie or I Do tin order, just for entering "DCWEDDING" at checkout.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Congratulations, Robin & Brian!

I'm a little late on this one, but I wanted to send along my congratulations to Robin & Brian! Our February 17th couple got hitched and partied at Whitehall Manor (one of our favorite venues).

We started off the week of the wedding with a massive snowstorm on Wednesday that went all the way through Thursday. By Friday the snow had slowed but their gravel driveway and parking lot at Whitehall were covered! A big kudos goes to Doug at Whitehall, whose staff spent at least two solid days digging out the snow and laying new gravel. Doug even got on top of the roof to shovel the snow out of the skylights so there would be sunlight for the ceremony. Not all reception sites will do that for a bride!

Here are a few photos from the very talented Michael Bonfigli:Other vendors included Rob Hanna from Kirkabee Deejays, Chariots for Hire, Petal's Edge, and Taylor Made Cakes.

We wish them much success and happiness together!

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Congratulations, Ashley & Jason!

Ashley's one of my dear friends from JMU (go dukes!). She and Jason are high school sweethearts! I was so happy to be a small part of their wedding last weekend. Jason's a lucky guy and I know they'll be very happy together.

It'll be a little while before we get the professional photos, but for now here's a glimpse!
Special thanks to Jenna Noel and Falon Corno for letting me steal photos off their Facebook galleries.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Top 10 Romantic Wedding Locations

Using a list from, WeddingMapper created a map of the top 10 most romantic places to get married! You can see the map here. Here's what they came up with:

10. Central Park, NY

9. Dramatic Cave in South Wales, UK
8. Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
7. Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
6. Tandjung Sari Resort, Bali, Indonesia
5. Cathedral Peak Hotel, Drakensberg, South Africa
4. Le Saint Geran, Mauritus, Indian Ocean
3. Le Chateau d'Esclimont, France
2. The Top of a Mountain in New Zealand
1. Grand Hotel, Florence, Italy
Do you have a "dream wedding" location? Tell us about your ideal romantic wedding venue in the comments!


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Update on sparkly things:

In the Cox & Cox post below, I showed a photo of some crystal pieces suspended by clear thread. If you're interested in a DIY project, check out Value Prisms & Chandelier Parts! You can get all kinds of cool sparkly things there, including these:


Free Cone Day!

Visit your local Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop until 8pm tonight for a free ice cream cone! You can spot me and my husband at the Reston location tonight!


Monday, April 09, 2007

Cox & Cox

Looking for some unique ways to spice up your wedding? Check out Cox & Cox! This British company has some great ideas for weddings on both sides of the pond.

These sugar cubes have heart:
String this banner between trees or underneath a tent:
Display crystal drops from your bouquet, along the edge of your cake stand, or dangling from centerpieces:
String up these cute little votives just about anywhere you want:
Jazz up a classic glass votive with some wintry decoration:
Use their cone-holding box for those unruly petal cones
String up these fake butterflies to create a colorful canopy over the cake or dance floor:
Tuck these fortunes and well-wishes into everyone's napkins:


Wedding planning making you go nuts?

Check out this hilarious commercial for Gartner Studios! Sometimes it's okay to let the wedding get to you.....

Also if you enter code A042007 you can get 15% off your total order in April!


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Pernell's YouTube Debut

Pernell owns Blue Square Productions here in the DC area and is one of the best videographers we've worked with! He recently made his YouTube debut and I thought it was hilarious enough to share:

Thanks to Amy & Srinu at Regeti's Photography, who originally posted it on their blog. Thanks guys!

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Nettleton Hollow Branches

Seen photos like these but wondered where to get the materials?

Try Nettleton Hollow! The online retailer sells botanical material, including branches, seed pods, dried flowers, and grasses. These coral bushes would create a perfect platform for hanging votives:
These curly willow branches would make a stunning ceremony altar arrangement or cool buffet piece. If you're crafty, you can even arrange them to make an arch to marry under. The website gives great directions on how to make the semi-straight branches all twisty and crazy!
Pussy Willow branches would be lovely with some springtime linens, a tall vase filled with coffee beans, and some pinspot lighting:


Look - Laura's Famous!

OK, not really famous. But I'm still very excited to be iWED's Featured Pro! Check out the link and the interview here.


Sunday, April 01, 2007

Judd Waddell Trunk Show

Looking for a great gown? Check out the Judd Waddell trunk show at Hitched this weekend! They're featuring the entire spring 2007 collection and are offering 10% off all Judd Waddell gowns purchased at the show.
The show will be on Friday and Saturday, April 6th and 7th. Hitched's website has more information.