How Wedding Planners & Florists Work Together on Event Design

How Wedding Planners & Florists Work Together on Event Design

There are so many elements that go into a wedding and when a couple first begins to navigate the planning process, there will be a lot of new vocabulary terms and understanding of the roles different vendors will play in that process.

In today's blog post, learn how a planner, event designer, or coordinator will work together with a florist to create a cohesive and gorgeous wedding!

How to Work with a Branding Specialist and Stationery Designer

How to Work with a Branding Specialist and Stationery Designer

Branding is a big buzz word these days and for good reason. Branding sets the first impression and creates the feelings around the branded element. This could be a company as  well as your event or wedding. 

Today, I'm sharing with you an interview with Johnna Hetrick who is the owner and designer at Twila & Co, a branding company that focuses on branding events (with invitations, day of details, graphics & more), branding businesses (with logos, website design, collateral & more) and branded paper goods and gift boxes. She says she loves the process of making things match and look pretty!

Couple Rushes to D.C. for a Special Pop Up Wedding

Couple Rushes to D.C. for a Special Pop Up Wedding

In celebration of seven years of same-sex marriage being legal in Washington, D.C., Mervis Diamond Importers has offered one lucky couple a pop up wedding. The contest was opened up to members of the community at the beginning of March, and Jonna Kate and Kimberly Sullivan won the contest just a week before the big day.

Should We Use Seasonal Flowers for Our Wedding?

Should We Use Seasonal Flowers for Our Wedding?

When it comes to wedding flowers and design, brides and grooms can have very specific ideas of what they want. Sometimes they have favorite flowers or sometimes they find pictures on Pinterest of ideas they want to incorporate into their wedding design. Depending on seasonality, these ideas may be easier or more expensive to execute and today our friends Gerry and Rebecca over at Petal's Edge Floral Design are breaking down for our readers what "seasonal flowers" are and how seasonality could affect your floral design.

Check out their advice in today's post!

Why a Men's Personal Stylist Will Help You Rock Your Wedding Suit

Why a Men's Personal Stylist Will Help You Rock Your Wedding Suit

Today I'm pleased to introduce you to my favorite men's personal stylist and custom fit expert, Kerilynn Vigneau of luxury clothier J.Hilburn. 

When thinking about wedding day attire, many of my grooms have the rent or buy debate. I love having Kerilynn come to them to talk shop through these concerns. I've been in consultations with her and I've seen some dapper grooms walk down the aisle in the suit she helped them create and it's impressive from start to finish. 

I asked Kerilynn to sit down with me and tell me a little bit more about J.Hilburn and custom suits. Here's how it went...

How to Kick Ass at Engagement Photos

How to Kick Ass at Engagement Photos

Photographers and planners alike get so many questions from our couples about their engagement photos, and for good reason! Sometimes an engagement photo session is the first time the couple has had professional photos taken together and about 50% of the time, they want to use those photos for either save the date, their wedding website or other wedding gifts/keepsakes.

So this week I'm bringing you a special SPE blog edition from Washington DC based photographer Clarissa Villondo of Karlin Villondo Photography. Clarissa shares with us her most frequently asked questions and some tips so you can kick ass at engagement photos. 

Romantic Plum and Gray Fall Virginia Wedding at Westfields Marriott

Romantic Plum and Gray Fall Virginia Wedding at Westfields Marriott

These college sweethearts were a joy to work with. The couple met at UVA and moved to Northern Virginia together following graduation. Now, they have a new puppy, a new home that they're renovating together (luckily Brian works in construction) and are living their happily ever after following an October wedding at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA. 

Vendor Feature: Teak & Twine

Vendor Feature: Teak & Twine

Today's Vendor Feature: Teak and Twine! They are a boutique gifting company that creates custom gift boxes perfect for any occasion! For every box purchased, Teak and Twine proudly donates to America's Vet Dogs - an organization who has made it their mission to train service dogs for veterans with disabilities. Read more about this mission, wedding gift tips, and heart here...

Virginia Vineyard Wedding With Southern Charm

Virginia Vineyard Wedding With Southern Charm

This couple exudes love, fun and southern charm! Their Virginia vineyard wedding day was full of sentimental details and joy. Not to mention, their dance moves are perfection!

Check out their whole wedding day here...

16 TIPS FOR PREPARING FOR YOUR HONEYMOON

16 TIPS FOR PREPARING FOR YOUR HONEYMOON

You just spent time celebrating the biggest day of your life surrounded by all your loved ones — what better way to kick off the weekend than to jet off to an incredibly romantic location with the love of your life? Here are 15 tips for preparing for that special honeymoon...

2017 Upcoming Wedding Trends

2017 Upcoming Wedding Trends

Planning a 2017 wedding?

Looking for new and beautiful ways to tell your love story? 

Your wedding day should not only be beautiful, but unique to you, as a couple.

So, here are a few upcoming trends we see in 2017 to help you brainstorm for your own special day...

6 Tips + Tricks For The Perfect Venue

6 Tips + Tricks For The Perfect Venue

Looking for a venue is often one of the first things a newly engaged couple dives into. At the same time, it's one of the biggest decisions you'll make in the planning process.

When you start looking for that perfect venue, I encourage you to follow these 5 professional wedding planning tips + tricks.

12 LGBTQ Friendly First Dance Songs

12 LGBTQ Friendly First Dance Songs

There are many times during your wedding day when all eyes truly will be on your and your fiancé. One of those moments is the first dance. It's a special time, as you and your new spouse sway back and forth on the dance floor, as the soundtrack of your relationship plays.

An Intimate Minnesota Lakeside Destination Wedding

An Intimate Minnesota Lakeside Destination Wedding

This wedding is especially close to my heart. Tiffany and Nancy are great friends of mine and it was an absolute privilege to help them plan their wedding day! 

Although the couple lives in Washington, D.C., they planned an intimate destination wedding to take place on the same lake as Nancy's parent's family home in Minnesota.

Winter Wedding Table Settings

Winter Wedding Table Settings

There are several fun elements that you can incorporate into your winter wedding tablescape to make it  memorable and reflect your unique style. Below I've listed a few of my ideas of winter wedding tablescapes for you to explore. 

A Nautical and Navy Themed Wedding

A Nautical and Navy Themed Wedding

I knew Robert, Kathleen and I would be a great fit as soon as we sat down to chat and I learned more about their story as a couple. As a Navy brat myself, I loved hearing that, not only does Robert do the same job my Dad used to do, but that the couple was also recently stationed in Virginia Beach, VA, where I grew up!

You're Engaged! Now What? 5 Reasons You Need to Hire a Wedding Planner ASAP

You're Engaged! Now What? 5 Reasons You Need to Hire a Wedding Planner ASAP

Woo-hoo! Congrats! You've joyfully said "yes" to forever and now you and your beloved are looking to plan the wedding of your dreams. There's a lot to initially think about when you get engaged. What's your date? Do you want to get married soon or wait a little while?  I'm sure there are a hundred questions running through your mind right now.  Guess who will help you navigate all of your questions? Yep, a wedding planner!

What to Wear to a Wedding

Deciding what to wear on a daily basis can be a chore for some of us. Deciding what to wear to a wedding - where you know there will be photos and you really want to do your best - that can be a whole other can of worms! 

We're here, along with some guidance from The Black Tux, to help not just the dapper dudes but the lovely ladies as well.