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July 18, 2012

Real Wedding Recap: Paul & Joe

I spent hours agonizing over this blog post. I literally just couldn’t choose which photos to use (thanks a lot to Katie Jett Walls of Red Turtle Photography, for taking so many awesome ones, it was impossible to choose!) This was such a special event to be part of and bring together. Joe and Paul are two of the kindest people, and I was so honored to plan their wedding. It was also the first gay marriage I have been part of, and it was truly a wonderful experience all around ( I seriously miss s our planning meetings!)

Both the ceremony and reception took place at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, just off of Dupont Circle. A short walk from the Tabard Inn, this building with a modern exterior was a welcome change from the typical marble and stone of its neighbors along Massachusetts Avenue.

Da Vinci’s Florist lined the narrow hallway with submerged purple dendrobium orchids topped with floating candles to guide the way.

The grooms escorted their mother and father down the aisle, and each carried a memorial candle to honor their deceased parents. The candles sat in  candleabras that framed the grooms during the ceremony, and continued to burn around the sweetheart table during the reception.

The floor to ceiling draping around the entire space completely transformed the meeting space into an intimate, romantic ceremony space. Simple white uplights bounced off the white draping, adding romance and drama  to the  altar.

The private courtyard in the back, complete with floor to ceiling windows  and sculpture garden made for a perfect backdrop for family photos, and cocktail cocktail hour. The space didn’t need much, just a few cocktail rounds with some submerged florals that echoed the hallway inside, and a stocked bar! As the lights went down, the cocktail area just glowed outside, and it felt like the outside and inside merged. Love!

While guests enjoyed a champagne reception, we were hard at work transforming the ceremony space into a breathtaking reception space. Amber uplighting, eggplant linens, and black accents transformed the room yet again. the stage and ceremony decor was re-purposed to become a sweetheart table.

Wine bottles (labels removed) served as alternatives to a traditional guest book. Guests signed their names and wrote warm wishes to the new Mr. & Mr., who would later display them in their dining room.

2 grooms, 2 cakes. Perfect ratio for me! Design Cuisine created two decadent desserts (not to mention the delicious homemade caramel turtles alongside coffee service). One, a traditional buttercreamy goodness, and the other, a rum cake, in the shape of a traditional rum barrel!

Two long tables of guest seating was dramatic, and had such a romantic, warm, dinner party feel…

… and the vegetable tablescapes turned food into art! In lieu of traditional centerpieces, Krista from Da Vinci’s Florist created a runner down the two tables consisting of turnips, cabbage, asparagus, cauliflower, and more!

Much thought was paid to the materials and the layers of texture on the tables. From the black spandex chair covers that provided a sleek, streamlined chair that not only meshed well with the eggplant crush linens, but the the mix of the organic vegetables, green glassware, and beautiful green and eggplant decorated china, set atop black chargers.

And then, there was the food! Design Cuisine knocked it out of the park with this menu they collaborated on with the Grooms:

Passed Hors d’oeuvres:
Truffle Tentazioni on Mini Polenta
Carrot and Parsnip Pancakes with Ginger-Apple Chutney
Sesame Tuna Tartare Cornet
Jicama Cups with Guacamole
Heirloom Tomato Tartlette

First Course:
Citrus Glazed Black Cod

Second Course:
Mache & Frisee Salad with Ginger-Mango Stilton

Filet of Beef in Red Wine, Shallot, and Honey Essence

In-between courses, there was a brief interlude for a little dinner party game. I’m normally anti-game, but this really turned out super cute. Guests had been given seating “regions” after Paul and Joe’s favorite wines to help them find their seating.

These regions also served as teams for us to easily pair off.  Each team was given a quiz where the answer to each question was either Paul or Joe. It brought a lot of guests together who knew certain questions, and could fill in the blanks for others. It created such a lighthearted feel, there were giggles and laughs coming from all corners of the room.

Afterwards, the next course was served, and the answers were revealed in a musical slide show. just above the sweetheart table.

Dinner, dancing, and a room filled with love. Couldn’t ask for anything more. Amazing night- one that I surely won’t forget anytime soon! Check out the bottom of the post for the rundown on all the amazing vendors that came together to pull off this fabulous wedding!

Congratulations Paul and Joe! I wish you a lifetime of happiness, dinner parties, travel, and lots of good wine!!

Venue: Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics
Wedding Planner: Ribbon Box Events
Red Turtle Photography
Design Cuisine
Floral and Event Design:
Da Vinci’s
String Trio:
St. Charles String Quartet
Jeremy Scarborough for Kirkabee DJs
Edward Ingebretsen-Doud, Your DC Wedding Officiant
Wedding Cakes:
Design Cuisine
Hotel Block and Rehearsal Dinner:
The Tabard Inn
Invitations,programs, and dinner menus:
Wedding Paper Divas
Seating Chart: Perfect Image Printing
Attire/Tuxedos: Their own

March 5, 2012

March 2012 Trunk Show Alert

Welcome to March, and to Spring! Here’s our monthly rundown of sample and trunk sales happening at area bridal salons. Enjoy!


1523 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20007

Hitched Styling Night March 22

Francesca Miranda Trunk Show March 16-24

Amsale Bridesmaid Trunk Show March 22-30

Hitched Sample Sale March 29

Anne Barge Trunk Show March 30-31

Chevy Chase Bridal

5300 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20015

Pattis Trunk Show March 9-11

Mother of the Bride Trunk Show March 16-26

Sample Sale March 23-25


I DO I DO Wedding Gowns
Gaither Center
15932 Luanne Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Email: idoido@idoidoweddinggowns.com
Montage by Mon Cheri Trunk Show March 9-10
Mon Cheri by David Tutera March 23-24
Jeanette’s Bridal
10386 Festival Lane
Manassas, VA 20109-3548

Paloma Blanca Trunk Show March 9-11

Yumi Katsura Trunk Show March 16-18

Simone Carvalli Trunk Show 23-25


Hannelore’s of Olde Town

106 North Lee Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-0387

Romona Keveza Couture Bridal Trunk Show March 22-25

January 9, 2012

Happy New Year!

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I hope all of our loyal readers and those who are newly engaged and just checking out our blog had a fabulous holiday and winter break. I’m feeling refreshed and ready to head into another great year. I’m not much for resolutions, though I did think it’d be fun to kickoff the new year with a first of sorts- sharing with you our first bridal show!

This past weekend Stephanie and I participated in the Landon House Bridal Fair in Urbana, MD. It was fun to get back to my hometown, network with vendors and engaged couples who have begun to plan their 2012 and 2013 nuptials. After a fabulous wedding in October in Frederick (ok, this is a good resolution to have.. get caught up on the real wedding spotlights we have to show you our wonderful couples!)  I am looking forward to expanding my client base and working with additional couples in the Frederick area.

Here’s a look at our very first bridal show booth!

Couples were greeted with a fuschia satin table linen, and a black and white damask. The colors really popped against the neutral walls and wood floors of the Landon House.

Two posters outlined our services:

Our portfolios sat along the black and white damask runner.

Lettering By Lynne provided beautiful dinner menus, which were the perfect addition to our black satin dinner napkins against the bright table linen.

Lastly, we sent folks on their way with a business card and a favor box filled with “Bliss” and “Kisses” chocolates for the soon to be Mr. & Mrs!


July 27, 2011

Love Notes: Christie & Tim

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I’m so humbled and excited to announce we have another perfect 5 star review from WeddingWire! I absolutely love every single event I am fortunate enough to be a part of and work with clients from the ground up, or even just wedding management one month prior to the wedding. No matter the package they have chosen, I have been honored to meet these fabulous couples and call them clients and later, friends. Read on for the complete review below, or head straight to WeddingWire to see the complete review and our others! 

“When we first began planning our wedding, we didn’t think we’d really need a wedding planner. After all, we wanted an easy and fun wedding within our budget; nothing too elaborate. A friend recommended calling Tiffany, so I did just to get an idea of how she would help and for what price. From the end of this first phone call, through to the day after our wedding, I felt completely relieved that we decided to hire Tiffany! She was there for any decisions we were unsure about, but never made us feel obligated to take her advice. When we had trouble getting in contact with some of the vendors, she stepped in and spoke with each about their responsibilities and clarified our requests. There were also several times when we hadn’t even asked for Tiffany’s assistance, but found out later about each of the details she took care of without interrupting us at all. I confidently recommend Tiffany to help with any wedding, no matter the size or budget, because just knowing she had everything under control, made planning our wedding a really fun and easy process for us!”

You can always read reviews from past clients on WeddingWire. Visit our website for additional information and to schedule an initial meeting to discuss your wedding and how we may be of service to you.


June 22, 2011

Love Notes: Mark & Irena

In this edition of Love Notes, I’m happy and humbled to share another review from a recent client. Many thanks to Irena & Mark for a glowing review on Wedding Wire! They were such a wonderful couple (and family!) to work with, I can’t wait to recap their wedding and share photos from m.e.j.  Photography in an upcoming post!

Here’s his (from the groom) review- you can also check out Wedding Wire for the original review, learn more about our services, and read other client reviews!


Image by m.e.j. Photography & Fine Art

Absolutely amazing! Tiffany was beyond professional and exceptional at her job and certainly made our lives much easier during the last couple of months of the wedding planning period. Great personality and VERY easy to work with. Thank you so much. Highly recommended!!!! (PS – this says “provide feedback that future brides would find helpful – this is the groom typing all of this!)

May 26, 2011

Happy Anniversary Melissa & Alex!

Hard to believe it was a year ago that I had the pleasure of meeting and working with this vibrant and fun loving couple. Alex & Melissa wed at the Carnegie Institution of Science over Memorial Day weekend. Here’s a little slideshow to relive the day (beautiful images courtesy of the lovely and talented Jessi Ringer of 5 Rings Photo!

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Click here for the original post and all the wonderful details that made this an amazing wedding!


March 11, 2011

Tip from the Ribbon Box

Why do I love ribbon so much? Read below for one of the many reasons!

Exhibit A

Simple? yes

Elegant? yes

Expected? yes

A bit…boring? perhaps

Exhibit B


Simple? yes

Elegant? yes

Expected? nope!

A bit…boring? no way! For less than two dollars, we just took this centerpiece to another level- while maintaining a modern, elegant look!

March 10, 2011

Inspiration: Distinctive Farewells and Exits..Part I

If you’re looking for one last fun photo op before the end of your wedding night, look no further! Welcome to a the first in a series of posts filled with inspiration of wedding departures, sendoffs, and farewells!  Read below for some fun ideas and things to consider with each option.

Freeze Dried Rose Petals

  • Eco friendly
  • Freeze dried; will not stain dress/apparel
  • Over 105 colors
  • Flyboy Naturals http://www.flyboynaturals.com/ – Visit their website and order samples before you decide- see for yourself- they are so fun (I also LOVE these for table and event decor)

Flyboy Naturals


Eco Friendly Confetti!

  • http://www.ecoparti.com/toec.html
  • Ecofetti™ is the new safe and accepted wedding toss with no cleanup worries.
  • Water-soluble and completely biodegradable confetti – either hose it away or let nature help with the cleanup…
  • No slipping or staining, and ecofetti flutters easily to the ground
  • Ecofetti™ is packaged with a scoop: Packages contain enough for each guest to have 1 rounded Tablespoon for the toss.
  • Keep in mind, if using a basket for guests to help themselves, you may want to increase the amount ordered – some enthusiastic guests can take 2 to 3 times that amount…




Finger Streamers

•Less messy than traditional confetti and streamers!
•Nice way to combine your wedding colors for some visual interest
•Fun and safe for all ages
I love these from Etsy seller Extravagant Exits


Etsy Seller: Extravagant Exits

Etsy Seller: Extravagant Exits

Ribbon Wands

•1, 2 or 3 colros of ribbon per streamer 
•I LOVE these from Etsy Seller Romancing Juliet
  • check with your venue to find out if they are permitted
  • Buy the extra long variety, becuase it takes a little time to get everyone lined up, and light them!
  • Stop halfway through the line, and kiss for at least ten seconds- great photo op for the photographers, especially given the low/no light!
  • Don’t forget buckets filled halfway with sand for guests to discard them into  (oh the reasons to hire a planner, just one of  a thousand!)

Pereda Photography


Jeremy for Anne Lord Photography


Silver Streamers

  • This is a fun choice for daytime weddings
  • Fun look, safe for all ages
  • Very budget friendly; Party City sells them for $19.99 for a set of 14
  • Be sure to check to see if your venue allows them- or arrange for cleanup- they leave a mess!

Image from the Knot


Stay tuned for more inspired exits next week!


March 9, 2011

Mardi Gras Bat Mitzvah

I thought it a timely opportunity to revisit Meredieth’s Mardi Gras themed Bat Mitzvah from 2009!

The festivities were held at The Legacy in Rockville, MD. While dinner was held inside the restaurant, the dance, Adult lounge, and ice cream sundae & candy bar were held in the Meeting Centre, which can accommodate up to 275 guests for a seated dinner reception. Unique Dreams DJ’s kept one hundred middle schoolers going strong with a plethora of activities.

The DJ, MC and Dancers kept the energy high and led dances. Guests were greeted with mardi gras beads at the door, pop music flowing from the speakers. Casino games were available on one side of the dance floor. In the lobby, a photo booth let friends pose for photos, have them printed and put into their choice of fun frames to keep as a souvenir. At 9pm the ice cream sundae bar rolled out which gave everyone a sugar rush and kept the kids dancing for another few hours!

The Mardi Gras theme flowed throughout each of the rooms- from balloons and oversized masks in the kids party room, to low, sophisticated centerpieces in the Adult Lounge, to the bright and vibrant centerpieces on the cocktail rounds and guest tables. Green, purple and gold linens were used intermittently and layered onto one another to create a rich color explosion in the room. Oversized masks and artwork on the walls personalized the space enhanced the overall decor of the room.

Even Meredith’s candle lighting ceremony had a hint of Mardi Gras- we put taper candles inside different heights of glasses filled with some special beads she caught while on her service trip to New Orleans.

Mazal tov, Meredith!


February 10, 2011

Real Wedding Recap: Amanda & Dan

From the moment I sat down with my black and white damask clipboard and began chatting with Amanda and her mother Pam, about her wedding plans, I knew this would be an amazing family to work with, and an eye catching design schematic. From a few planning sessions at the family home, visits to the ceremony and reception venues, and some follow up e-mails, a magnificent team of vendors came together to create a stunning wedding day for Dan, Amanda, and their friends and family.

Special thanks to Dave Kauffman for use of his images! Not only is Dave a terrific photographer, he’s a close friend of the family, and has shot another wedding for the family! Those of our blog readers in Boston- lucky you- that’s his base of operations- check him out! Fortunately for us, he travels to the DC/VA area for weddings as well, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with him!

The day began with Amanda and her bridesmaids getting ready at the family home in Virginia.

In the kitchen, the lovely and talented Updo Specialist, Devon Baltimore, got started on everyone’s hair in the kitchen. (Get to know Devon more in our vendor spotlight post here)

Finally, it was time to head to the church! A Touch of Class Limousine whisked the ladies away to the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer.

The sounds of Sage String Quartet filled the air as family and friends entered and seating began.

Twinbrook Florist created beautiful florals for the altar- bringing some sunshine and greenery in from the unseasonably warm and beautiful November day we were having outside.

Dan was the epitome of calm, cool and collected (he knew his bride was a catch, no way was he nervous about spending the rest of his life with her!)

After a few finishing touches….

It was time to head down the aisle! Sage String Quartet made the chapel feel cozy with their strings serenading everyone down the aisle.

The Old Post Chapel holds a special place in the hearts of Amanda’s family. Not only did her parents walk down that very same aisle for their own wedding, but her grandparents did as well!

In what can only be described as a magical moment, at the crescendo of “Make Us One”, we opened the doors and Amanda walked down the aisle, escorted by her father. It was absolutely beautiful- a breathtaking bride, and the sun shining in, lighting up the aisle!

A carefully crafted color palette of black and white damask, with accents of avocado green made for a classic, dramatic, and elegant wedding. From the clean and crisp white florals, with just a touch of red (Amanda’s bouquet and Dan’s boutiounner, the wedding oozes with elegance and will forever be timeless!

After a few formal photos at the altar, it was time to head over to the Springfield Golf & Country Club for festivities!

While the newlyweds and their wedding party explored the beautiful vistas greens of the Springfield Golf & Country Club for a photo session, guests enjoyed cocktails on the veranda overlooking the 18th green of the club.

In the meantime, there was time for little fun on the greens…

The ballroom was a feast for your eyes-  white linens, black Chivari chairs and black satin cushions, and touches of damask.  Twinbrook Florist created stunning mixtures of high and low centerpieces- the tall ones had submersible gel l.e.d. lights inside the vases.. GORGEOUS.. and created a glow inside the room as the sun went down.

Damask print gave some visual interest, and every so often, there were hints of avocado green…

in the sign that directed guests…

to the table numbers…

to the cardbox..

to the cake

Amanda and Dan sat at a sweetheart table, complete with a custom damask runner and complimenting damask chair sashes that popped against the black chivari chairs and black bengaline cushions. Amanda’s red bouquet served as a centerpiece that really made the table POP!

M&M’s were sweet treats for guests, nested in favor boxes atop simple black napkins.

while a few carefully placed damask votives brought the design together…

and the final product was a stunning reception!

DJ Kirkabee did a fabulous job and kept the dancefloor packed!

After a sparkler farewell…


..we bid the newlyweds farwell!

Amanda and Dan (and Pam, Wayne, Sarah and JP), we really enjoyed getting to know you and working with you on this amazing event. Warmest congratulations and I hope you enjoy starting your lives together in Hawaii! Aloha!


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