Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Bridal Show Tabletop Update
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Giveaway from The Paper Cafe
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Monday, October 29, 2007
25% Off @ Only Hearts
Venue Spotlight: Sheraton Reston
The grand ballroom seats about 275 with a dance floor for a wedding:
They had a great martini bar. Look closely down in front...there are two bottles inside an ice sculpture with lemons in the ice:There was a Japanese station with sushi:And a Starbucks station with all the fixins:
This guy was grilling at the Mediterranean station and it smelled SO good:
I naturally indulged in the mashed potato bar:And the dessert buffet:
We toured the guest rooms:
They are now building a sister property, a Westin, right across the parking lot! It'll be open in May, 2008. While it won't have a lot of banquet space for wedding receptions, it'll be perfect for guest room blocks. The best part is that they'll operate through the same sales office so you only have to work with one sales person!
Labels: DC Vendors
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Etsy Find: Custom Map
Friday, October 26, 2007
$50 Gift Card from Reston Limousine
Congratulations, Miranda & Jerry!
Foxchase Manor at night:
The 'foyer' area of Foxchase Manor. This is where they held cocktails:The ceremony room. Sorry for the photo quality...the reverend did not allow anyone to use flash during the ceremony and those big velvet curtains block out all the sunlight:Pumpkin place cards!The reception room, nearly set up. The ceremony is happening on the other side of the curtain to the far left:The beautiful (and yummy) wedding cake was made by Cakes by Linda. She even piped on their custom monogram around the tiers and made those beautiful sugar flowers:
Favors were these adorable little bottles of maple syrup:
Barbara at Growing Wild never disappoints:R&R Catering is always a joy to work with:
I loved these beautiful centerpieces, made from ostrich feathers! Barbara has these for rent now, if you like the idea too:Jeff from MyDeejay.com set up quickly, efficiently, and was a pleasure to work with. He kept people on the dance floor, too!
Labels: Real Weddings
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Since it's hard to read, the cartoon says, "The word 'slave' is so degrading. Why don't we call you 'intern.'"
I promise I don't have palm leaf fans around the office!
Labels: Soiree News
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
20% Off at PiperLime.com
Here are some great shoes I found that would be perfect under a wedding dress:They have a 20% sale right now on select styles but you can also use coupon code S1ZZX3L38203 by November 20th to get 20% off your entire order!
Venue Spotlight: Old Ebbitt Grill
The Atrium operates as a building lobby during the day (the restaurant's booth-style seating isn't ideal for weddings):
The fountain is gorgeous and perfect for displaying votive candles:Their standard setup for a wedding:The skylight lets in beautiful natural light:
It's prime location near the White House at 15th & E is so central to everything. Here's a photo from Wikipedia. The "8"-shaped building is the Dept. of the Treasury and the red-roofed buildings are the Dept. of Commerce:
That pink arrow is pointing to their rooftop deck, which was recently reopened to private events. You can also see the windows of the skylight on the top of the building! Here's what that deck looks like. Imagine cocktail hour here:
And the view from the rooftop deck! You can also see the White House but I liked this shot better:
Jeanine and Gina are the ladies to see at Old Ebbitt and the service is fantastic. If you're considering a venue for your DC wedding, don't forget about this treasure!
Labels: Real Weddings
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Yesterday I spoke to a class of James Madison University event planning students on what it's like to work in the wedding and special events industry as well as to start and operate a small business as a young female. It was phenomenal to hear about what these students are accomplishing in their classes and I really enjoyed my time there. It was great timing too -- there was BEAUTIFUL foliage on the drive down! I always forget how much I love the Shenandoah Valley. Here's what the trees looked like outside of Showker Hall, the business building on JMU's campus:Today I was invited to share some inspiration to nearly 100 high school DECA students at a district leadership conference. The event took place at the USA Today headquarters building in Tyson's Corner (which is VERY cool, by the way) where the students rotated from seminar to seminar learning how to be leaders in their local school chapters. I was a member of DECA only in my senior year of high school but the experience was unforgettable and I am continually touched by the effort the DECA teachers put forth to help their students succeed.Whether you're volunteering time or making a financial or in-kind donation, giving back to community organizations is such an important aspect of running a business as well as being a decent human being. As the holidays approach, take some time to think of how you can be beneficial to your own local community.
Labels: Soiree News