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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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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

St Johns Episcopal Church mclean virginia wedding ceremony

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.

wedding cake 2941 restaurant navy ribbons

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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An Aquarium Inspired Wedding at the Strathmore Music Center

I do love it when I meet future clients at a wedding. A few years ago at a wedding in Silver Spring, I met this couple. They reached out to me a year later and the rest is history. The couple’s interests were weaved into the wedding throughout. The overarching inspiration came from their love for aquariums. Enjoy the stunning images by David Hartcorn of Hartcorn Studios. Enjoy – Vicky

strathmore music center concert hall wedding

Loved using the stage at the Music Center at Strathmore for dramatic portraits. Photo: David Hartcorn.

strathmore music center winter wedding ceremony indoor

A chilly fall day required us to have an indoor ceremony, but the streaming sunlight was no less beautiful. Photo: David Hartcorn

strathmore music center wedding thai chinese tea ceremony

The groom, who is Chinese, and the bride, who is Thai, together performed a Chinese tea ceremony honoring their parents and family elders. Photo: David Hartcorn

strathmore music center wedding reception aquarium inspired purple blue green

We wanted the lighting to feel like water. Photo: David Hartcorn

car mold guestbook

Being big car enthusiasts, we used molds of their favorite cars as a guestbook alternative. This one is of a Porsche 911, the bride’s favorite. Photo: David Hartcorn

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A surprised groom’s cake depicts their new home with their two favorite cars in the garage. Photo: David Hartcorn

fancy cakes by leslie wedding cake blue purple green aquarium inspired

For the wedding cake, we were going for a design that felt like waves and the team at Fancy Cakes by Leslie did an outstanding job. Photo: David Hartcorn

strathmore music center wedding navy blue and silver aquarium inspired

Using blue linens with a wavy texture, centerpieces that had the feel of coral and marine plants, and table names of fish names, we really tried to pull the whole aquarium feel together. Photo: Vicky Choy

strathmore music center wedding aquarium inspired blue purple green

For the design of the centerpiece, we wanted the floral elements to feel like marine plant life. Photo: David Hartcorn

reuseable totes fish favors

Love the fish shaped reusable tote bags the bride found online. Photo: David Hartcorn

Production Team
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Venue: Music Center at Strathmore
Catering: Restaurant Associates
Photographer: David Hartcorn, Hartcorn Studios
Floral, Draping & Lighting: Davinci’s Florist
DJ: My Deejay, Anthony Simpson
Harpists: Melissa Tardiff Dvorak
Baker: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Hair & Makeup Artists: Studio Sano (Sannia Malik) and Tiffany Chang
Officiant: Joan Nelson Phillips
Transportation: Alabaster’s Limousines

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Post-Elopement Celebration at the Newseum

Our clients wanted to elope. They also wanted to celebrate a bit with their friends and family. So they did both! We had a blast planning and designing this celebration. We didn’t even call it a wedding.

Our clients wanted a cocktail style reception with no formal seating and not too much structure to the evening in general. With a combination of low cocktail tables, hightops, sofas, bar tables and long kings tables, we were able to provide sufficient seating without using traditional round tables (check out the floorplan below). We also organized an LED screen rental you can see in the picture below for the rolling display of their elopement photos. We had two rooms to work with and so one room became a more relaxing lounge space while the other had a more upbeat feel with the bar and the dance floor.

From a design perspective, our couple wanted a warm feel with elements inspired by nature, mixed with rich jewel tone colors and a splash of Indian inspired motifs to honor the bride’s heritage. Variety was the name of the game when it came to the food and beverage options. At the bar, guests could choose from 4 signature cocktails, 5 craft beers, 2 scotches, in addition to standard beverage options. They served a delicious selection of passed hors d’oeuvres and desserts, as well as savory stations.

All photos by Amber Wilkie unless otherwise stated. Enjoy! Vicky

Newseum 7th floor wedding reception cocktail style

In one room, we created an intimate lounge with comfortable leather sofas and wood coffee tables from AFR, below the slideshow of photo from the couple’s elopement. I also loved the lighting gobo the lighting designer at the Newseum found for us to inject a bit of an Indian flavor. Photo: Vicky Choy

AFR event furniture rental Newseum rustic jewel tones leather

In a larger adjacent room, we continued with the same leather sofas from AFR around the white dance floor. Photo: Amber Wilkie

Newseum 7th floor wedding reception organic wood barnwood grey bar

My favorite bar design to-date! We situated the square, gray barnwood bar in the center of the room. On the left and right sides of the bar are tables where guests can sit in pub height chairs and “belly up” to the bar.” I also loved the ceiling treatment Studio DBI designed for us. Bar: Perfect Settings. Photo: Amber Wilkie

For another shot of that awesome bar, click here.

Newseum Washington DC Wolfgang Puck Catering wedding bar scotch

Our clients were into their beer and scotch and those were highlighted in the choices for their guests. Photo: Amber Wilkie

AFR Vermont table Newseum wedding

We used two of AFR’s Vermont tables for communal seating, especially for elderly guests. Studio DBI designed the floral arrangements and runners to coordinate with the rest of the decor. Photo: Vicky Choy

Studio DBI Newseum Wedding

Loved the textural arrangements from Studio DBI paired with rattan linens from Party Rental. Photo: Amber Wilkie

Bhavna Naik henna artist Washington DC Newseum party

For fun entertainment, we hired a henna artist to paint henna designs for guests of all ages! Henna Artist: Bhavna Naik. Photo: Amber Wilkie

dholi mastana dc wedding reception Newseum

Our dhol player not only greeted guests as they arrived at the reception but also played during dancing. Dholi: Dholi Mastana. Photo: Amber Wilkie.

Newseum wedding fun cocktail napkins

Fun facts about the couple were printed on cocktail napkins from Photo: Amber Wilkie

Newseum Wolfgang Puck Catering textured buttercream cake

A simple textured buttercream cake from Wolfgang Puck Catering pastry chef. Photo: Amber Wilkie

Little Bird Creative wedding advice book guestbook

Another fabulous design from Little Bird Creative. Carina designed a booklet with pages where guests could write a tip for the couple on things like what they should name their first puppy, where they should travel to, what they should do for their first anniversary. Photo: Vicky Choy

Production Team
Wedding Planner: Event Accomplished, Vicky Choy
Venue and Catering: Newseum / Wolfgang Puck Catering
Floral & Event Design Partner: Liza Bourkard, Studio DBI
Graphic Designer: Little Bird Creative, Carina Herman
Photographer: Amber Wilkie & Julia Devine
DJ: DJ D-MAC & Associates
Transportation: Reston Limo
Hair Stylist & Makeup artist: Mandy Hollinger
Dhol Player: Dave Gupta, Dholi Mastana
Henna Artist: Bhavna  Naik
Furniture Rental: AFR and Perfect Settings
Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party
Linens & Other Equipment: Party Rental

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Details from an Epic 50th Birthday Party at the Newseum

To pull off a surprise 50th birthday party for her husband was no easy feat. Our client came up with a semi fictitious event for the two of them to attend. The birthday boy had no clue and his reaction upon seeing his family and high school and college friends from afar was priceless and is why I love my job!

As a guy who loves fishing and beer, we incorporated these interests into various components of the party. Little Bird Creative helped up design a logo for the party and my favorite item were the custom growler labels we used in the centerpieces (yes I actually already owned all the growlers in the centerpieces.) We designed a menu that was reflective of his life: a “Taste of Cape Cod” station reminiscent of their summer vacations, a “Pan Asian” station because he loves Asian food, and a “Beer and Brats” cart. Each station had a beer pairing. During cocktail hour, guests nibbled on charcuterie boards.

Thank you to Stephen Gosling for capturing my work! All photos are by Stephen unless otherwise state. — Vicky

50th birthday party Newseum Washington DC fishing theme

For some interest, we used wood pub height tables from Vintage Affairs for seating, mixed with standard rounds. Photo: Vicky Choy

50th birthday Cake trout fishing Fluffy Thoughts

I think every guest took a photo with this incredible cake from Fluffy Thoughts, depicting the birthday boy trout fishing and his favorite canoe. Photo: Stephen Gosling

50th birthday party fishing theme cocktail napkins

Beer and fishing napkins from For Your Party. Photo: Stephen Gosling

50th birthday beer growler guestbook Grain to Glass Designs

A custom growler used as a guestbook from Grain to Glass Designs (etsy). Photo: Stephen Gosling

50th birthday favor cookie beer bottle Sugar Pixie Sweets

Cookie favors inspired by the birthday boy’s favorite beer from Sugar Pixie Sweets. Photo: Stephen Gosling

50th Birthday Surprise Party centerpieces beer theme Newseum

Using growlers filled with wheat and hops, the centerpieces we created also including funny sayings about turning 50. Graphic Design: Little Bird Creative. Photo: Stephen Gosling

50th birthday party fishing beer theme graphic design

Love the custom growler labels, event logo, food station signs. We hung the food station signs from fishing rods in keeping with the style. Graphic Design: Little Bird Creative. Photo: Stephen Gosling

50th birthday party Newseum beer and brats cart

Sorry for the terrible photo but my favorite food service element was the Beer and Brats cart. So fun! Photo: Vicky Choy

Production Team
Event Planner: Event Accomplished, Vicky Choy
Venue & Catering: Newseum (Wolfgang Puck Catering)
Furniture Rental: AFR and Vintage Affairs
Photographer: Stephen Gosling
Graphic Designer: Little Bird Creative, Carina Herman
Cookie Favors: Sugar Pixie Sweets
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Event Landscaping: Twigz Studios
Custom Napkins: For Your Party
Growler: Grain to Glass Designs (Etsy)

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A Backyard-Style Picnic at Arlington’s Hendry House

We shared a sneak peek photo of this casual Hendry House wedding last week. Here is the rest of the recap. After I first met with this couple and found out their wedding was to be held at Hendry House, I set out to secretly plan an all-Arlington wedding. Being an Arlington based business ourselves, I believe it supporting local small businesses. However, I didn’t want my desire to influence my client’s decisions. Ultimately, I thought we did pretty well and were able use quite a few professionals from Arlington. Enjoy all the bright and cheerful colors of this wedding! — Vicky

Photos by Jay Premack (unless where noted).

colorful bride bouquet Devers Design Group arlington

Bouquet designed by Devers Design Group. Photo: Jay Premack

Arlington wedding ceremony Hendry House

Love the wisteria arbor so lush. It’s the perfect backdrop for a ceremony. Photo: Vicky Choy

vintage map wedding guestbook

To reflect the couple’s love of travel, we used a vintage map as a “guestbook.” Photo: Jay Premack

wedding pies arlington livin the pie life

Nothing says a ‘backyard picnic’ wedding like pies. Heather Sheire of Livin the Pie Life in Arlington baked these goodies. Not one crumb was leftover! Photo: Jay Premack

travel theme table names wedding centerpiece

The bride sketched out various city skylines that were meaningful to her and her groom and used the airport codes as table numbers. Loved the vibrant, cluster centerpiece design by Devers Design Group. Photo: Jay Premack


Photo: Jay Premack

Production Team
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished, Arlington, VA
Venue: Hendry House, Arlington, VA
Tent: L&A Tent Rentals
Officiant: Mary Ellen Stanton, Norther Virginia Ethical Society
Floral Design: Michael Corrado, Devers Design Group, Arlington, VA
Photographer: Jay Premack
DJ: Bob Artman
Caterer: Mindy’s Catering, Erin White
Pies: Livin’ the Pie Life, Heather Sheire, Arlington, VA
Rehearsal Dinner: Willow Restaurant, Arlington, VA
Guest Hotel: Hilton Arlington

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Latin Infused Modern Wedding in Silver Spring, Maryland

I know the Sneak Peek was eons ago so forgive me. To personalize their wedding, Natalie and Peter incorporated their interests throughout but particularly in the food and in the music for the evening. Enjoy! — Vicky

Silver Spring maryland wedding civic building

Photo: Kristi Odom

Design. Natalie is a pharmacist so she designed these prescription pads for guests to write down their secrets to marriage. Pill bottles of M&Ms served as escort cards and favors. All of these popped against a vibrate and modern palette of fuchsia and blue.

tierra floral design mdoern centerpiece

Photo: Kristi Odom. Flowers: Tierra Floral Design

wedding prescription bottles escort cards

Photo: Kristi Odom

prescription pad notes wedding

Photo: Kristi Odom

Music. Peter and Natalie know how to Salsa so that’s what they did for their first dance to the tune of Fuerza de Voluntad by Lesly Daily. Other songs played during the evening included Stand by Me (Spanish version by Prince Royce) and Quando Quando Quando by Michael Buble & Nelly Furtado. So much fun to see and hear songs that just make you want to dance yourself!

Food. Main Event Caterers designed a mouth-watering Latin inspired menu.  For hors d’oeuvres, guests sampled Chicken Tamale Fritters, Yucca Beignets, Grilled Tiger Prawn and Papaya, Honey Roasted Lamb and Peruvian Ceviche. For the buffet, also reflected latin flavors with Lomo Saltado (Peruvian style beef tenderloin), Tequila Braised Chicken Thighs, Salmon Escabeche, Quinoa Cakes, Calabacitas, and Grilled Brazilian Flatbreads with a rustic salsa verde. To finish, the dessert featured Graham Crusted Lime Curd, Pastel de Tres Leches, Cafe Dulce, and Flan.

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Sneak Peek: Latin Infused Modern Wedding in Maryland

salsa dancing maryland wedding

Photo: Kristi Odom

When you are honed in on who you are and stay true to that, magic happens at your wedding. I know it’s going to be a unique wedding when the First Dance song is the salsa tune, Fuerza de Voluntad by Lesly Daily. More to come on this Latin infused modern wedding. Happy Weekend! Vicky

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Cheerful Details from Washington DC Winter Wedding

Who said winter weddings have to be in darker colors or in winter whites and tones? One of our couples from last winter chose sunny orange along with a medium blue mixed in with some lime green and a pop of creamy white for their color scheme. So refreshing and I hope it brightens this rainy day! — Vicky

Hotel Monaco DC wedding ceremony

A sunny February day for a ceremony in the Paris Ballroom of Hotel Monaco Washington DC. Loved the bright orange and green arrangements by Petals Edge that flanked the wedding party. Photo: Jay Moore

Custom wedding dress Sheryl Kelm Designs

The bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses were custom made by Sheryl Kelm. Photo: Jay Moore

Hotel Monaco DC wedding orange bouquets Petals Edge

Loved the bright and cheerful bouquets by Petals Edge. They complimented the navy blue bridesmaids dresses nicely. Photo: Jay Moore.

blue escort cards wedding Hotel Monaco DC

I loved the poster size Save the Date, which was framed for display on the escort card table. Photo: Jay Moore.

Venue: Hotel Monaco Washington DC

Photographer: Jay Moore

Floral Design: Petals Edge Floral Design

Music: MyDeejay. Evan Reitmeyer.

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts

Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: Custom design by Sheryl Kelm

Coordination: Event Accomplished, Vicky Choy

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Sneak Peek: Food & Fun, Fall Wedding at Newton White Mansion

Newton White Manor jewish wedding ceremony

Photo: Vicky Choy

I can’t even begin to tell you how PERFECT everything was last night. Thank you so much for your expertise, patience, voice of reason and kindness. Mother of the bride

Keep reading this blog to find out more about this wedding — Vicky


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