Ribbon Box Events Blog

August 31, 2010

My Chemical Romance: Melissa & Alex

In a perfect blend of love & science, Alex & Melissa were married on May 30, 2010 at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.  In a reflection of their careers and venue- they embraced a science filled soiree with customized details that made it personal and truly one-of-a-kind!

Photos courtesy of the fabulous Jessi Ringer of 5 Rings Photo!

The ceremony was held in the rotunda, and we took advantage of the shape of the room by seating in the round.  The result was an intimate feeling and contributed to the beautiful, emotional ceremony!

Another unique element was the warming of the rings during the ceremony.  Before they exchanged vows and rings, both Alex & Melissa’s rings were passed around so that each guest could hold or “warm” them.  Some held them silently, while others said a quiet prayer over them.  A few married couples joined them in their hands and had a quiet moment.  Meanwhile, the sounds of Sage String Quartet resounded through the marble floor and columns.

And then there was the guest book!  A photo book of their engagement photos.  The title?  I’ll let you read it for yourself!

Guests found their way via test tubes as escort cards….

…. stunning fuschia and gunmetal tables…..

named after years, with a corresponding science fact!

Their signature drink was a big hit amongst guests.  The “Hou- jito”, a raspberry mojito gave homage to the groom’s last name.

After an amazing dinner thanks to Main Event Caterers..

it was time to party!

Their first dance was “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra- rather perfect, given their engagement fell on the anniversary of the lunar landing!

A groom’s cake made up of donuts sat beside the wedding cake; a beautiful and delicious mousse cake!!

A loved one made them a custom plate for their first slice of cake and presented it to them at the rehearsal.

Congratulations Alex & Melissa! It was great working on your wedding, and I wish you both all the best!


The details..  

Wedding Coordination: Ribbon Box Events

Venue: Carnegie Institution of Science

Photography: 5 Rings Photo

Catering & Rentals: Main Event Caterers

DJ: Dream DJ’s, Jake Ritchie

Ceremony Musicians: Sage String Quartet

Florals: Janet Flowers

Wedding Cake:  Pastries by Randolph

August 30, 2010

Word of the Week: Crinoline

Filed under: Word of the Week — by digitalcrinoline @ 10:05 am

Crinoline Noun

  1. A skirt stiffened with hoops
  2. A full stiff petticoat made of crinoline fabric
  3. A stiff coarse fabric used to stiffen hats or clothing

Vintage Crinoline

A large slip, often lined with tulle, worn under a gown to give it shape and substance. The crinoline makes it easier to walk without tripping over excess fabric in the front on a long gown, and keeps it looking full and wrinkle-free.

Modern Crinoline, image from David's Bridal

Crinolines are close to my heart, since I call myself Digital Crinoline! The idea is that a crinoline is a petticoat or underskirt which holds up your wedding gown and makes you look your best- it’s never seen, but it gives you the oomph you need to make it through the day. My aim is to provide the same service for your wedding planning! By giving you the information you need, I can help build up your wedding plans and your confidence so on your wedding day you look your best and feel comfortable knowing everything is in place and ready.

Digital Crinoline

August 27, 2010

RibbonBox Flashback: Laura & Joe

Wishing a Happy Anniversary to Laura & Joe!  Just one year ago, we were honored to offer Day of Coordination services for the happy couple at the Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax! Laura and Joe were a dream couple to work with- Laura had a clear vision, right down to the details – from the hand made wine cork escort card holders to the signature mojitos at cocktail hour- and we were so honored she trusted us to execute their wedding!

Here’s a look back at the beautiful day!

Special thanks to Liz & Rob of Pereda Photography for the beautiful images, Catherine Calvin and her fabulous staff at the Hilton Garden Inn, Maryam Flowers, Wanda’s Cake Decorating, and Kirk of Kirkabee Deejays for keeping the dancefloor packed!

Wishing Joe & Laura a very happy 1st anniversary- and their newest edition, Clemson, the pup!!


August 26, 2010

Badgley Mischka Trunk Show!

Filed under: Sale! — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 8:09 am
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Fall 2010 collection, Photo credit:  Martha Stewart Weddings

In case you hadn’t heard, Chevy Chase Bridal is holding a Badgley Mischka trunk show this weekend, August 27-29.  Shoppers can take advantage of a 10% discount on all orders placed. Conveniently located on the second floor of the Mazza Gallerie, Chevy Chase Bridal is steps from the Friendship Heights Metro station, and nearby parking is available.

In addition to Badgley Mischka, Chevy Chase Bridals carries the following designers:

  • D’Amour
  • Justin Alexander
  • Mark & James
  • Romona Keveza
  • Rosa Clara
  • Two by Rosa Clara
  • Simone Carvalli
  • Stephen Yearick

You’ll also find an array of  Bridesmaid, Mother of the Bride and eveningwear collections!

To make an appointment, call  202-363-9301 or visit their website for additional information



August 25, 2010

Welcome to our World!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 11:18 am

Welcome to our new blog! We’ve had a little facelift- and we’re so excited to unveil our new blog and website to the world! There’s something about a new look- whether it’s a haircut, or a new outfit, that just makes you feel refreshed and energized… that’s exactly how we feel, and we love our new logo thanks to Christie Stadiuhar of Take it Personally by Christine!

My name is Tiffany Parry, and I’m the founder and lead event planner of Ribbon Box Events!  Launched in 2009, Ribbon Box Events, LLC is a boutique wedding and special event firm catering to the Washington, DC and greater metropolitan area. Though you can’t be with us at each and every event we produce, our aim is for the blog to be an conversational and educational forum for brides and grooms, and a source of inspiration to make your wedding unique and memorable. On top of that, of course I will highlight our events and show you how we create personal, meaningful moments for each and every client.

Also blogging with me is Jennifer, aka DigitalCrinoline, who is excited and ready to help with all your wedding research questions.  Simply reply or comment on one of her posts, and she’s ready to do the research and answer your wedding-related queries! 

Together, we’ll serve up education, inspiration, and fun! From weekly wedding vocabulary, real wedding recaps, and design inspiration to simple tablescapes, we’re here for you! DC/Metro brides:  we’ll keep you posted about sales and bridal events in our region, as well as taking  you on a tour of the city to show you some great venues you may not have found at first glance!  Not sure if you should tackle a DIY project or leave it to the pros? Check out our DIY days where we show you what it really takes and give you the real scoop before you buy stock in the craft store and jump in!  Whether you’re a bride or groom to be, or just a fan of style and looking to spice up your at-home entertaining, I hope you’ll join us!

A few housekeeping notes: 

*DigitalCrinoline will be taking wedding-related questions and research! Simply post your question as a comment on one of her posts! 

*Ribbon Box Events reserves the right to remove comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks or seek to promote a product or service unrelated to the post.