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6 Wedding Cakes for Inspiration

Combing through our photos archive, we found several fondant and buttercream wedding cakes to inspire you. All are different styles, reflecting the style of the overall wedding and the couple. Hungry yet? — Vicky
1. Sweet Ladies Bakery. Photo by Andrew Morrell Photography
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2.Kendall’s Cakes via the Hay Adams Hotel. Photo by Stacey Vaeth Photography
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3. Sticky Fingers Bakery (a Gluten Free wedding cake). Photo by Jayson and Rachael Photography
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4. Fancy Cakes by Leslie. Photo by Vicky Choy
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5. Photo by Lisa Blume Photography (Formerly Sweet Tea Photography)
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6. Alexandria Pastry Shop. Photo by Freed Photography.

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Refined Beach and Boat Party Style Wedding at Lansdowne Resort

It’s rare for us to have event planners as clients but in this case, our bride plans trade shows for a living. With her job’s constant travel demands, she really need a wedding planner to focus on getting her wedding planning tasks done. We had a fun time designing their wedding to reflect their love of boating and for their cats. Carina Herman of LBC Design Co created an wedding logo that depicted a boat anchor with the name of their boat on it, flanked by an illustration of their two cats.  Enjoy! Vicky

Event Partners
Wedding Planner: Event Accomplished, Vicky Choy and Megan Farris
Venue & Catering: Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, VA
Linens & Chairs Rentals: DC Rental
Graphic Design: LBC Design Co.
Officiant: Joan Nelson Phillips
Florist: Studio DBI
Photographer: Stephen Gosling
DJ: Michael Bell, MyDeejay
Cigar Roller: Cortez Cigars
Photobooth: Booth-o-Rama
Hair & Makeup: Nadia Zarkeshian
Lighting: 27 STUDIOS

All photos by Stephen Gosling

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6 Interactive Entertainment Ideas for Weddings

1. Swing dancing lessons. After the short performance by the instructors, guests got to participate in a short lesson in swing dancing. After the lesson, guests practiced their newly acquired dance moves while the instructors walked around and helped. Photo: Amie Otto
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2. Karaoke. For the crowd that likes to perform, have a karaoke set up available towards the end of the wedding reception. Everyone can sing their hearts out! Photo: Documentary Associates.
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3. Photobooth. Everybody loves a fun photobooth with interesting props. Photo: Kate Haus Photography.
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4. Cigar Roller. For the sophisticated crowd, a cigar roller can make cigars to order as guests watch and enjoy one afterwards. Photo: Vicki Grafton
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5. Carnival Games. Young and old can test their skills with a variety of carnival games available during a wedding reception. Photo: Amie Otto

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6. For our Chinese clients, we hired a lion dance troupe to perform. Photo: Jessica Christianchinese-lion-dance-wedding-washington-dc-arlington-va

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An Intimate Winter Wedding in Arlington, VA

All photos by Cynthia Sambro-Rier.

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Event Partners
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Ceremony Venue: Christ Church of Arlington, Arlington, VA
Reception Venue: Lyon Park Community Center, Arlington, VA
Caterer: Lyon Hall
Hair Stylist: Kirsten Eike
Makeup Artist: Leah Margosis
Floral Designer: Alisa Rabinovich of Galleria Florist
Photographer: Cynthia Sambro-Rier
DJ: Belt it Out Productions, Darin Pusker
Cake: Leonora Bakery
Lighting: 27 STUDIOS
Rentals: DC Rental

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6 Wedding Photography Tips: How to Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Day Photos

Here are some tips on how to help your photographer get the best photos from your wedding day. You can affect the outcome by spending some time during your planning process to work through how you want to get the photos you want done. What do you think photographer friends? Do you have other tips?

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Photo: Andrew Morrell

  1. Talk to you photographer. Every photographer has a different approach and different preferences on how he/she goes about photographing a wedding. Find out their approach. Talk to them about how much time they would like to have for taking photos of just you and your fiance/new spouse and for group photos, and what locations would be best for those. Express to them which photos are important to you and any concerns you may have that your photographer should know about.
  2. Plan it out. Once you’ve had your discussion with your photographer, now figure out how this will all fit within the time frame of your wedding day. Some questions to ask yourselves if doing photos before the ceremony: Can all the people you need to be in the photos arrive early, and how will they get to the location? Do you have access to your photo location prior to the ceremony? If yes, how much time do you have? Have you started your hair and makeup appointments early enough to accommodate photos? If taking photos after the ceremony, are you OK with missing parts or all of your cocktail hour? If your photographer is with you taking portraits, you cannot also have photos during cocktail hour of your guests or do detailed room shots if these are all happening within the same time frame unless he/she has a second photographer.
  3. Don’t forget the transportation. If you are going to another location that is not your ceremony or reception venue for photos, like the Washington, DC monuments, please also consider how you will get to and from that location. Also, don’t underestimate the amount of time you need to travel to and from that location, and getting in and out of your car and walking to the actual photo spot. Often times, you cannot pull the car right up to the exact spot and you will need to do some walking. Also, consider who will be going to the photo op location. Just you and your fiance/husband/wife and/or including the wedding party? Don’t forget your photographer! It is usually best to have your photographer ride in the same car as you.
  4. What about permits? If you want to go to the DC monuments, don’t forget to obtain a photo permit. Your photographer or wedding planner can guide you through that process. You don’t want to be stopped by the Park Police in the middle of your session.
  5. In case of rain. Make sure you have an inclement weather plan for where you might take photos if the weather is not cooperating outdoors.
  6. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Be sure to communicate in advance the time and place you want all those family and friends that will be involved in posed photos

How do you estimate how much time you need for formal wedding photos, you might ask? My two approaches to estimating time for posed photos: 1) you determine the amount of time you can tolerate taking posed photos first and then ask your photographer how many group combinations you can fit within that time frame; or 2) you come up with a list of photos you must have and then determine how much time that would take. My rule of thumb is to allot 3-5 minutes per grouping. The objective here is to strike a balance between getting the formal photos you want and not turning your wedding day into a photo shoot.

If you take away nothing else from this blog post, the one thing to remember is that the worst thing you can do is rush through your wedding day. Allow plenty of time so that you can stay relaxed throughout the day. Enjoy yourselves and have fun! When you do that, you will have great photos.

Do you have more wedding photography planning questions? Reach out to your wedding planner, or feel free to email us or ask your friendly photographer! Vicky

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Named one of best Wedding Planners

I am pleased to announce that Event Accomplished is honored to be selected as one of the top Wedding Planners in the Washington, DC area by Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine! Thank you to all those who voted for us and for all the support our clients and our event partners have provided us in the past 12 years. — Vicky

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100 Wedding Venues in Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia

Happy Wednesday, everyone! One of the first tasks you will tackle is finding a venue to host your wedding. Here is an updated listing of some of the venues in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia where we have either coordinated weddings or have visited since 2008. While this is not a list of all the possible venues in this area, we hope you find this useful as a starting point! — Vicky

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Photo: Kurstin Roe Photography

Virginia

Hendry House, Arlington (real wedding)

Westwood Country Club, Vienna (real wedding)

Sunset Crest Manor, Chantilly (real wedding)

Chrysalis Winery, Middleburg (real wedding)

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner (real event)

Sunset Hills Vineyard, Purcellville (real wedding)

Rust Manor, Leesburg

Trummers on Main, Clifton

The Lorien Hotel, Alexandria

Clarendon Ballroom, Arlington (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4, real wedding 5, real wedding 6, real wedding 7, real wedding 8)

Whitehall Manor, Bluemont (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3)

Washington Golf & Country Club, Arlington (real wedding, real wedding, real wedding)

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Old Town, Alexandria (real wedding)

River Farm, Alexandria (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4, real wedding 5, real wedding 6)

2941 Restaurant, Falls Church (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Fort Belvoir Officers Club, Ft. Belvoir (real wedding)

Hollin Hall, Alexandria (real wedding)

Thomas Birkby House, Leesburg (real wedding)

Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church (real wedding)

Signature Theatre Arlington (Arlington/Shirlington)

West Belmont Place (Lansdowne)

Top of the Town, Arlington (real wedding, real wedding)

Middleburg Community Center, Middleburg (summer wedding and fall wedding)

George Washington Masonic Memorial Alexandria (real wedding)

International Country Club, Fairfax (real wedding)

Foxchase Manor Manassas (real wedding)

Mount Vernon Inn Alexandria (real wedding)

Khimaira Farm Luray

Westfields Marriott, Chantilly (real Indian wedding)

Army Navy Country Club (Arlington, VA)

Artisphere, Arlington, VA

Lyon Hall, Arlington (real wedding)

Salamander Resort, Middleburg, VA (real wedding)

Riverside on the Potomac, Leesburg, VA (real wedding)

The Boars Head Inn, Charlottesville

Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel, Herndon, VA

Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast, Middleburg, VA

Bull Run Golf Club, Haymarket, VA (real wedding)

Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, VA (real wedding coming soon)

Sheraton Tysons Hotel, McLean, VA (real wedding coming soon)

Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA (real wedding coming soon)

The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA (real wedding coming soon)

Lyon Park Community Center, Arlington, VA (real wedding)

Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, VA (real wedding coming soon)

Maryland

Strong Mansion, Dickerson (real wedding)

Gaylord National, National Harbor (real wedding)

Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring (real wedding)

Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase

Marriott Bethesda North, Rockville (real Indian wedding)

Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Cumberland

Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville

Oxon Hill Manor, Oxon Hill (real wedding)

Glenview Mansion, Rockville (real wedding)

Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts “VisArts”, Rockville

Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown

Rockwood Manor, Potomac (real wedding)

Volt Restaurant, Frederick (real wedding)

Strathmore Music Center, North Potomac (real wedding)

Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons (real wedding)

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, Cambridge, MD

Celebrations at the Bay, Pasadena, MD (real wedding)

Washington, DC

The Hay Adams

Josephine Butler Park Center (real wedding)

Newseum (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Ronald Reagan International Trade Center (real wedding, real wedding)

Whittemore House

101 Constitution (real wedding)

The City Tavern Club (real wedding)

American Museum of Women in the Arts (real wedding)

Mandarin Oriental

Long View Gallery

Omni Shoreham Hotel (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4)

Sequoia Restaurant (real wedding)

Westin City Center

The Fairfax at Embassy Row

Mexican Cultural Institute

Harman Center for the Arts

Sewall-Belmont House

Meridian House (real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding)

Fairmont Hotel (real wedding)

Coco Sala Restaurant

Tregaron/Washington International School (real wedding)

Park Hyatt Hotel (real wedding)

Georgetown Marriott (real wedding)

Equality Center

American News Womens Club (real wedding)

Decatur House (real wedding)

Hotel Monaco (real wedding, real wedding)

Carnegie Library (real wedding)

Dumbarton House

The Hamilton Live

Mayflower Hotel (real wedding coming soon)

Carnegie Institute of Science  (real wedding, real wedding)

National Press Club (real wedding)

Eastern Market North Hall (real wedding)

Four Seasons Georgetown

Daughters of the American Revolution

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Categories: Real Wedding, Venue

New Year & Newly Engaged

Happy New Year!

Did you get engaged over the holidays? Congratulations! Ready for new adventures in wedding planning? Feeling overwhelmed? Let us share these helpful, locally-driven wedding resources that you can find here on our blog.

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Photo: Erin Tetterton Photography

  • Start here: our 4 part “Newly Engaged Starter Guide” series. Part 1 (Words of Wisdom),  Part 2 (the Big Picture), Part 3 (Money), and Part 4 (Keys to Success).
  • Looking for a venue in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia or Maryland? We updated our list of ceremony and reception venues, which we will share with you next week. In the mean time, check out last year’s list. To give you an idea how your wedding might look at these locations, we included links to Real Weddings held at these locations where possible. Our friends at United with Love is also a great resource.
  • Need wedding planning tips on topics like budgeting, seating arrangements, invitations? Check out our TIPS blog posts.
  • Have a question regarding etiquette, trends, logistics, or how to handle sensitive issues? Email us and we will attempt to answer them on this blog! You are probably not the only one thinking about the same issue.

Finally, want more helpful wedding planning tips, inspiration and the inside scoop on Washington DC area wedding professionals? Follow us everywhere, anywhere.

Twitter: @EAParties
Instagram: @eventaccomplished
Facebook: @Event Accomplished

Cheers! Vicky, Juanice, Megan, Jen

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Fall Bohemian Garden Wedding at River Farm

I loved how warm and friendly both families were. I loved the pops of color and interesting textures used throughout the wedding. This all helped to warm up what otherwise was the first cold day in October. Photos by Stephanie Dee Photography.

River Farm fall wedding jewel tones asymmetrical bridal bouquet

One of my favorite bouquets thanks to the talent of Blair from Sweet Blossoms, with an asymmetrical, varied texture and loose arrangement of eucalyptus, dahlias, thistles, anemones, freesia, garden roses, craspedia, german chamomile, scabiosa, succulents and hypericum berries. Photo: Stephanie Dee Photography

cold fall outdoor wedding blankets

Guests were happy to have these warm blankets during the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. Photo: Stephanie Dee Photography

River Farm fall wedding jewel tones tent

With a family-style dinner service, we couldn’t have large centerpieces because of large platters. The Green Tic Tac napkins from DC Rental and the bright colors of the flowers popped against the neutral tablecloth. Photo: Stephanie Dee Photography

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Vegan wedding cake from the Happy Tart. It was delicious! Photo: Stephanie Dee Photography

Root and Stem Catering

LEFT: I love this Frou Frou Poppy linen from DC Rental RIGHT: A warm corn soup shooter for cocktail hour was perfect for this chilly day. Photo: Stephanie Dee Photography

Production Team
Venue: River Farm, Alexandria, VA
Wedding Coordinator: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Caterer: Root & Stem Catering
Photographer: Stephanie Dee Photography
Officiant: Maureen Burke Ceremonies
Floral Designer: Blair Roberts, Sweet Blossoms
DJ: Sean Johnson, MyDeejay
Guitarist: Rafael Scarfullery
Cake: The Happy Tart
Hair & Makeup: Bridal Artistry
Buses: Fleet Transportation

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A Starry Night Wedding at Josephine Butler Park Center

Inspiration can come from anywhere. A conversation under a starry night sky provided the style inspiration for our client’s December wedding, using midnight blue and accents of gold and silver providing some sparkle. Spilled Milk Catering did a wonderful job designing an almost all-vegan menu. All photos by Stephen Gosling

olive and archer constellation design

This constellation design by Archer and Olive appeared on the couple’s invitations and we used it again to provide our guests with a run down of the evening’s activities. Photo: Stephen Gosling

hydrangea babys breath silver brunia

We wanted affordable floral options that still reminded us of the starry night sky so we actually chose to use baby’s breath and silver brunia. The baby’s breath looked like little stars. Photo: Stephen Gosling

josephine butler park center cocktail style reception wedding

A warm glow of amber uplighting in the Ballroom provided a beautiful backdrop for a cocktail style dinner reception. Photo: Stephen Gosling

navy sequin gold sequin tablecloth

Love the mix of gold and midnight blue linens we used. For gold, we used the Festivale Gold from DC Rental and a gold sequin from Davinci. For the midnight blue, we used Blue Night Ruse from DC Rental and a blue sequin from Davinci. All photos: Stephen Gosling

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Love the multiple fireplaces at Josephine Butler Park Center – perfect for a December wedding. Photo: Stephen Gosling

Sticky Fingers vegan wedding cake cupcakes

Sticky Fingers is a go-to for vegan desserts. Photo: Stephen Gosling

Production Team
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Venue: Josephine Butler Park Center
Caterer: Spilled Milk Catering
Photographer: Stephen Gosling
Floral: Davincis
DJ & Lighting: Bryan George
Cake: Sticky Fingers
Pianist: Jeanne Calderon via Bialek’s Music
Invitation and Wedding Day Stationery: Archer and Olive
Linens: DC Rental and Davincis
Hair & Makeup Stylist: Andrea of Salon Rouge

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