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7 Bridal Bouquets for Every Season

Here are 7 bridal bouquets in various styles and colors covering each season to inspire you as you develop your own style for planning your wedding. I’ve included the types of flowers used (also known as the recipe) within each bridal bouquet so you can become familiar with the names of flowers and the floral designers in the Washington, DC area that designed them.

Floral Designer: Yellow Door Floral Design. Photo by Freed Photography.
Raspberry peonies, vibrant pink and pale pink roses, variegated pink cymbidium orchid blossoms, bright green hypericum berries and rich green gardenia foliage. Spring bouquet

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Floral Designer: Tierra Floral Design. Photo by Kristi Odom.
Gloriosa orchids, hot pink and yellow roses, billy balls, orange spray roses. Summer bouquet
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Floral Designer: Distinctive Floral Designs. Photo by Freed Photography.
trachellium, rose hybrids, orchids, hypericum berry, freesia, fiddlehead ferns. Fall bouquet
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Floral Designer: Davinci Florist. Photo by Love Life Images.
light pink peonies, light pink ranunculus, medium to light pink tulips and lavender lilac. Spring bouquet
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Floral Designer: The Enchanted Florist. Photo by Documentary Associates.
white Roses, white Spray Roses, Dahlias, Anemones with black center. Winter bouquet
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Floral Designer: Yellow Door Floral Design. Photo by Amy Raab.
red and orange hardy Van Dyke tulips, red and orange mokara orchids, orange ranunculus and variegated red gloriosa lilies. Spring bouquet
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Floral Designer: Tierra Floral Design. Photo by Rodney Bailey
Orange roses, mango calla lilies, purple dahlias, green hypericum berries. Fall bouquet
Tierra-Floral-Design-fall-bouquet-orange-roses-mango-calla-lilies-purple-dahlia-hypericumAren’t all of these bridal bouquets beautiful? Check out these other blog posts on wedding designs. – Vicky

 

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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 as you plan your wedding. 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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6 Interactive Entertainment Ideas for Weddings

Are you looking for ways to entertain your guests at your wedding, besides eating, drinking and dancing? Here are just some of the entertainment options we planned for our clients’ weddings here in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

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-vaThese look like fun, don’t they? Besides these, we’ve also hired an artist to paint live and henna artists. We hope you are inspired by these interactive entertainment ideas and consider them for your wedding.

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Wedding Seating Style: the Kings Table

In the past few years, the use of Kings Tables style of seating at weddings has become increasingly popular. Some advantages of using kings tables are:

  • You are seated closer to other guests than if at a round table.
  • Kings tables can be as large as you want them to be.
  • Kings tables fit better if you have a long and narrow reception venue.

The work for wedding styles of every kind, from formal to casual. Check out these photos from where our clients used a kings table, whether it was for the ‘head table’ or for all guest seating. These are just some idea from our wedding vault. Enjoy, Vicky

Top of the Hay at The Hay Adams Hotel. Photo: Stacey Vaeth Photography

An example of a long and narrow room. Top of the Hay at The Hay Adams Hotel. Photo: Stacey Vaeth Photography

Another long and narrow room. Photo: Carrie Holbo Photography

Another long and narrow room. Photo: Carrie Holbo Photography

A Kings Table for the head table. Photo: Event Accomplished

A Kings Table for the head table. Photo: Event Accomplished

at home Indian fusion wedding fuchsia orange tablescape

Photo: Kate Haus Photography

A more casual kings table for guest seating. Photo: Zoeica Images.

A more casual kings table for guest seating. Photo: Zoeica Images.

 

 

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5 Fun Details for Personalizing Your Wedding

Looking for some fun and unique ways to personalize your wedding? Check out these 5 ideas from our wedding archives. Let your lives or your venue help drive your inspiration. Have fun, Vicky

#1 – Library cards escort cards, in honor of the bride who is a teacher.

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Photo: Carrie Holbo Photography

#2 – “Marriage is a work of art” gallery of family photos, which made sense since the reception was held in an art gallery.

Photo: EyeWonder Photography

Photo: EyeWonder Photography

#3 – Pinwheel boutonniere, which was appropriate for a wedding held at Glen Echo Park, a former amusement park.

Photo: Amie Otto Photography

Photo: Amie Otto Photography

#4 – Hokie bird cake topper, for the Virginia Tech alumni couple

Photo: Event Accomplished

Cake: Kendall’s Cake. Photo: Event Accomplished

#5 – Wedding favor bags of dental supplies, for our bride who was a dentist.

Photo: Andrew Morrell Photography

Photo: Andrew Morrell Photography

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Lighting your Wedding

Lighting is something rarely talked about in wedding magazines and blogs but you see it in many photos. A lot of times, people walk into a party and they see that is beautiful but they couldn’t articulate what makes it beautiful. They may say, “the room feels warm and inviting.” The magic is in the lighting. It’s not something concrete like flowers or tablecloths. It’s something in the background but can pull the whole look together.

While I’m not saying that you must have lighting at your wedding, it’s something to consider. It can highlight architectural or design elements that you want to focus on at your reception. It creates depth and contributes to the mood you want to create. In some situations, with good event lighting, you may be able to get away with spending less of your budget on tablescapes. Event lighting can mask the often unflattering, existing overhead lights in a room. The lack of lighting in an area can down play elements you want to hide.

Jennifer Domenick of Love Life Images has an interesting blog post on how event lighting affects photography and Michael Connor of Connor Studios has a great blog post on the difference lighting can add. Trust me, lighting will make your photographer very, very happy! We included some venues below showing with and without additional lighting. I hope this helps. – Vicky

Clarendon Ballroom

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Deb Lindsey

Clarendon Ballroom arlington VA wedding navy teal fuchsia

Perimeter uplighting by John Farr Lighting. Photo: Kate Hauschka

Washington Golf & Country Club

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Photo: Rob Holley

Washington Golf Country Club wedding reception

Perimeter uplighting and pinspotting on floral centerpieces by The City Florist. Photo: Renee Cobb

Meadowlark Botanical Garden

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Photo: Jason Keefer

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Perimeter uplighting, gobo, and landscape tree lighting by DaVincis Florist. Photo: Vicky Choy

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I See Red and it’s Glorious!

My Google Reader is full of blogs about planning weddings, interior design, business and local news. In many of the blogs I read, there is nothing but “Wedding Pretty,” or photos of real weddings, inspiration boards, pictures of couture dresses that nobody can afford on a real salary, progress photos of a bride working on her latest Gocco project. With so many pictures, I get sensory overload. So I scroll on, never really stopping to process what I was seeing, until today. I saw this inspiration board of red on the Wedding Chicks blog and it literally stopped me in my tracks! First, red is my favorite color. Just look at how bold each element is. Red is a great color, depending on which shade of red you use. It can be romantic, sassy, preppy, glamorous and many other adjectives. I just had to share.

a red wedding

So I took a stab at a red inspired collage.

Top left: brides.com. I just love chunky things, including these great candlesticks.

Top right: pinchmysalt.wordpress.com. Love strawberries.

Bottom Left: dkimages.com. Love spicy food.

Bottom Right: Nordstroms.com. I carried a red clutch for my wedding day.

my red inspiration board

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