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Perfect Spring Day Wedding at Bull Run Golf Club in Haymarket Virginia

For our associate coordinator, Jen Briley, this could not have been a better client for her very first wedding as a lead coordinator. Our couple was kind and fun and the day could not have gone better. Our bride had the biggest smile on her face the entire day. Congratulations, Jen! All photos by Brett Ludeke unless otherwise stated.

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Photo of cocktail napkins above by Vicky Choy/Event Accomplished.

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Venue: Bull Run Golf Club, Haymarket, VA
Wedding Coordinator: Jen Briley, Event Accomplished
Officiant: Phillip J. Campbell
Florist: JP Flowers, Jenny Park
Photographer: Brett Ludeke
Caterer: R & R Catering
Cake: Sweet Creations Cakes
Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper & Co
DJ: Chris Valentin for DJ Philpz
Transportation: Dulles Limo

What a gorgeous spring day in Virginia! Find out more information on how you can enjoy your wedding day as much as this couple did with our wedding coordination services. Vicky

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A Summer Gujarati Indian Wedding at Sheraton Tysons in Virginia

With every wedding, we learn something new. Even though we have been planning Indian weddings in the Washington, DC area for years, last summer we learned that Gujarati Indians tend to be more conservative from our clients who got married in Virginia. While the wedding itself was no less spectacular, it meant that we had minimal dancing. I wanted to share with you the highlights from their wedding day.

All photos by Mariel Hannah

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indian-wedding-virginia-sheraton-tysons-hotel-baraat-dancingLove it when the groom and his guests get into the baraat with a lot of dancing.

indian-wedding-virginia-sheraton-tysons-hotel-sarah-khan-mandap-pink-mauve-ivoryA Gujarati wedding ceremony under a mavue, pinks, and white mandap by Sarah Khan Styling.

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The bride’s family sends her off to be with her new husband in the vidaai after the ceremony, although I’m sure they did not travel in the Mustang back in the day.

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Event Partners
Venue: Sheraton Tysons Hotel, Vienna, VA
Wedding Coordination: Event Accomplished, Vicky Choy
Indian Caterer: Bombay Tandoor
Hair: Anna Fazio
Makeup: La’Sara Makeup Artistry
Decorator: Sarah Khan Event Styling
Cake: Custom Cake Design
Photographer: Mariel Hannah
DJ / Lighting / Mobile Music: SVP DJ
Chiavari Chairs: Sammy Rental
Garba Venue: Julia Bindeman Suburban Center

I hope you enjoyed the recap from this wedding. Check out our blog posts on Indian weddings.

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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 at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia 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. All photos by Stephen Gosling

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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

Doesn’t these wedding photographs make you want to go out on a boat or to the beach? Find out more on how we can help you design your wedding.

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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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An Intimate Winter Wedding in Arlington, VA

I love when a client has everything for the wedding close by. Our client’s church and wedding reception venue were 2 blocks from each other; and both of those were only 3 block from their home. Most of our major event partners were in Arlington, Virginia or very close by. 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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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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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 this wedding in Alexandria, Virginia. 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

josephine butler park center winter wedding

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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A Cheerful Virginia Summer Solstice Wedding at 2941 Restaurant

Happy Anniversary to M & D for their summer solstice wedding! More photos can be seen on Deb Lindsey’s blog.

Production Team
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Church: St John’s Episcopal Church, McLean, VA
Venue: 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, VA
Photographer: Deb Lindsey
Floral Designer: Yellow Door Floral Designs, John Duffy
Band: Six Stylez via Sam Hill Entertainment
Guitarist: Josh Walker via Levine School of Music
Graphic Design: LBC Design, Carina Herman
Linens: DC Rental
Chocolate Fountain: Chocolate Chick
Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party
Transportation: Reston Limo and Limos Inc

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Photo: Deb Lindsey

yellow door floral design bridal bouquet white coral pink yellow

Beautiful bouquet with lots of variety from John Duffy of Yellow Door Floral Design. M carried a bouquet of creamy white miniature calla lilies, pale pink peonies, pale yellow stock blossoms, coral miniature calla lilies, pink veronica, blushing bride protea, white scabiosa, maiden hair fern, green hypericum berries, and accents of small peach and pink variegated femma roses. PHOTO: Deb Lindsey

yellow door floral design bouquet coral peonies

Love the vibrant colors of this bridesmaids’ bouquet of coral peonies, coral miniature calla lilies, peach stock, and hypericum berries, maidenhair fern, and accents of deep coral roses. Florals: Yellow Door. Photo: Deb Lindsey.

2941 Restaurant summer wedding reception blue coral gold

Colors used for this wedding were blue, coral and gold. Photo: Deb Lindsey.

baseball inspired table numbers names

Tables were named after baseball stadiums, a sport the couple loved, using fonts that were reminiscent of those found on jerseys. The tables were dressed in a gold-dots linens with a splash of blue provided by the napkins. Graphic Design: Carina Herman, LBC Design Co. Photo: Deb Lindsey

ForYourParty custom cocktail napkins timeline

The groom asked for only 2 things: a chocolate fountain and a way to let guests know the schedule of the day. We picked a cocktail napkin to serve that purpose. Napkins: For Your Party. Photo: Deb Lindsey.

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Photo: Deb Lindsey

Cascade Floral Sapphire tablecloth DC Rental escort cards

I loved this linen and how it looked with the floral arrangement and the escort cards. Linen: DC Rental’s Cascade Floral Sapphire. Photo: Event Accomplished (since Deb didn’t take this photo, you’ll have to excuse the poor quality)

2941 Restaurant summer wedding reception

Photo: Deb Lindsey

cats bobblehead

Since their beloved cats could not be at the wedding, we had the next best thing – their bobble heads! They watched over the escort card table. Photo: Deb Lindsey

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Fun yet Polished Spring Wedding at Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, DC

Happy Anniversary to fun couple! I always enjoy it when our clients plan events for a living. We just ‘get’ each other. Enjoy! Photos by Freed.
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Professional Team
Venue: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
Wedding Coordinator: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Photographer & Videographer: Freed
Band: Six Stylez, Sam Hill Entertainment
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Makeup: Kelley Woods
Hair Stylist: O’Hair
Florist: Davinci’s Florist
Ceremony Musicians: Kinship Music Studios
Officiant: Rev. Jim Burch

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