Northern Viriginia Wedding Planner | Kate and Lev Married at Cabell’s Mill

I love it when I get a call from a potential client and it’s like it was just meant to be. That’s how it was when I first heard from Kate and Lev back in August. As they were describing their perfect wedding celebration on our initial call, they really seemed to want an authentic, meaningful, fun celebration that was truly them… which are my favorite weddings to help plan. Furthermore, as we were talking, it turns out they’re both east-coasters originally, but now live in the San Francisco Bay Area, just 10 or 15 minutes from where Tom and I used to live! Small world!

They actually tied the knot in San Francisco last year, but hadn’t yet had the chance to celebrate with both of their families in one room, so they were excited for this chance to spend time with those they love most! They selected Cabell’s Mill in Centerville, Virginia as their perfect backdrop.

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As a former Californian, I could definitely appreciate their top priorities: delicious food, fabulous drinks, and a genuine and personal atmosphere. As always, Well Dunn Catering delivered on the fabulous, fresh, food and drink.

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My favorite part of my job is figuring out the sweet stories that make a couple unique, and incorporating that into their wedding design. For Kate and Lev, we used playing cards as escort cards, since they met over a game of poker at a bar!

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We also brought in local Bay Area honey as their favors, so their family could enjoy a little taste of where they now call home.

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Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your day, Kate and Lev! What fun it was!

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Photographer: Nicole Ballard Photography
Venue:  Cabell’s Mill
Catering: Well Dunn Catering
Party Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
Grooms Suit: The Black Tux
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes
Planning, Design, Florals, and Signage: A Charming Affair

Northern Virginia Event Planner | A Bridal Shower in Leesburg, Virginia

When your oldest friend is getting married, and you’re her matron-of-honor, you definitely want to throw her a lovely bridal shower! The bride-to-be, Emily, and I have been friends literally since birth. She was my maid of honor when I got married, and hosted a lovely shower for me before my wedding, so I was so happy to be able to return the favor.

I tried drawing on inspiration from her life for the design. I ultimately landed on a “seaside” theme, since she and her fiance met while they were living in Seattle and their first date was on a boat that he built (yes he BUILT it!)!

We all know a bridal shower isn’t complete without mimosas, so we did a nice mimosa bar. My aunt (mother of the bride-to-be) brought the most fabulous organic juices to mix and we had fresh fruit to add as well. I hung this cute “Mimosa Bar” sign by Barn Hill Wedding Decor, from some italian ruscus garland I had made.

Seaside Inspired Bridal Shower Mimosa Bar

Each champagne flute had a piece of sea glass with the guest’s name on it, which meant the ladies could put down their glass, and it wouldn’t accidentally be swept up by somebody else.

Seaside Inspired Bridal Shower Mimosa

I used this super soft dusty blue sanded satin fabric down the center of the tables and accented this with some whimsy coastal blooms, driftwood, and of course pillar candles, and we tied each napkin with nautical rope.

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I had big hopes of hosting this event outside on our back patio, but given the time of year (October 1), you can never really be sure what kind of weather you’re going to get. It ended up being rainy and frigid, despite my pleading with the universe, but we had a backup plan and held her shower in my living room, which worked out well, but yep– those are my couches in the background (c’est la vie!)!

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Like mimosas, no bridal shower is complete without a game either. We played a few, one of which was called “Who am I?”. Each guest had to write down a memory or a favorite thing about the bride-to-be, and the bride-to-be had to guess who wrote it. If she didn’t guess correctly, the writer won a prize!

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And as Julia Child says, “a party without cake it just a meeting”, my aunt brought the most delicious carrot cake from South Street Under.

Seaside Inspired Bridal Shower Cake

As a guestbook, I asked each guest to bring a copy of their favorite recipe and provided paper, washi tape, glue, and pens for each person to decorate a page in a recipe book that the bride-to-be got to take home afterwards. It was a really fun party, and it was such a treat to be able to host it.

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I also have to send a big shout-out to my aunt, Donna, for the help in planning and coordinating everything! And thanks to Kir Tuben of Kir2Ben Photography for the photos!!

Photographer: Kir2Ben Photography
Venue:  Private Residence
Catering: South Street Under
Cake: South Street Under
Party Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Burlap Mimosa Bar Pendant:Barn Hill Wedding Decor
Planning, Design, Florals, and Signage: A Charming Affair

Northern Virginia Event Planner | End of Summer Girl’s Evening Party

I know, I know. Everybody is getting excited about their pumpkin spice lattes and I’m still over here trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer…

My client wanted to host an “end of summer” / “back to school” celebration for her girlfriends, many of whom have kiddo’s returning to school this week. As a final hurrah to Summer 2016, we put together this party. The vibe we were going for was relaxed, feminine, and summery. A big thanks to Camille Catherine Photography for capturing the details!

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My client wanted to host the event at her home, which was perfect, because she has a BEAUTIFUL home and a stunning pool area! The space was a perfect setting for a summer themed party. We floated giant oversized balloons in the pool, which looked really neat.

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She already had a perfect bar space near the pool, so we just added a few things here and there. Like this amazing custom”cheers” sign by 43 Layers! The signature cocktail, a cucumber lemon chiller crafted by Well Dunn Catering, was the perfect summery touch.

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I am pretty obsessed with these brand new low tables from Paisley & Jade! They also provided these fabulous vintage rugs and assorted pillows for the guests to sit on right on the pool deck!

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And the Tuscany linens from La Tavola always add something! Their lux texture and color is prefect!
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The chargers, china, flatware, glassware, and other rentals came from Party Rental Ltd. and were lovely!

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We also did some fun custom signage to help guests find their way around. And Well Dunn Catering knocked it out of the park with the food!

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Thanks to the team of vendors that made this event possible!

Photographer: Camille Catherine Photography
Catering: Well Dunn Catering
Dinner Tables, Rugs, and Assorted Pillows: Paisley & Jade
Table Linens, Napkins, and Assorted Pillows: La Tavola
Party Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
“Cheers” Sign: 43 Layers
Jazz Trio: Olivera Music Entertainment
Planning, Design, Florals, and Wooden Signage: A Charming Affair