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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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An Elegant and Understated Wedding with a bit of preppy at Strong Mansion, MD

In honor of Kathleen and Joel’s first anniversary, please enjoy these happy images from their wedding day. Photos by Mary Kate McKenna Photography.

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A lush green setting for the ceremony. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna Photography

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Photogenic couple, captured in great lighting by Mary Kate McKenna

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Soft textures of peonies for the bridal bouquet. Floral Design: En Masse Flowers. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna

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An elegant mix of navy, white and blush pink with gold accents. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna.

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We used the garlands extensively throughout the wedding, including this floor length garland used on all the kings tables. Photo: Vicky Choy/Event Accomplished

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The second table design uses a square table. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna

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Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna

LBC Design wedding stationery

Carina Herman of LBC Design helped us create a consistent look for all the stationery used on wedding day. Photos: Mary Kate McKenna Photography

Wisconsin cheese and meat late night snacks wedding

Since the couple both lived in Wisconsin, they really wanted to serve Wisconsin cheese and sausages as a late night snack. Spilled Milk Catering helped us get the products for guests to enjoy. Photos: Mary Kate McKenna

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I love night shots. It looks like there is a good party under tent. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna


Production Team
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Venue: Strong Mansion, Dickerson, MD
Caterer: Spilled Milk Catering
Photographer: Mary Kate McKenna Photography
Floral Design: Enmasse Florals
Baker: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Ceremony, Cocktail Musicians: Perfect Harmony String Quartet
Band: Bachelor Boys Band
Hair Stylist:  Remona Soleimani, Bridal Hair by Remona
Makeup Artist: Leah Margosis
Rentals: DC Rental
“Day of” Paper Products / Graphic Design: Carina Herman, LBC Design
Invitations: The Dandelion Patch
Rehearsal Dinner: Brewers Alley, Frederick, MD

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Real Wedding: Champagne & Pearls, a Fall Wedding in Arlington (Part 2)

Go back for Part 1 if you missed it. I wanted to share with you a few more great images from this wedding.

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Photo: Renee Cobb

Rehearsal Dinner: Union Street Public House, Alexandria, VA.

Ceremony: Old Post Chapel, Ft. Myer

Reception: Washington Golf and Country Club, Arlington, VA. Molly Jones Radigan (Events Coordinator)

Ceremony Music: Dolce Quartet.

Band: Adrian Duke Project (booked through Sam Hill). Funny story — the band arrives and at some point during the evening, I realized that I knew the saxophone player from somewhere. Well, we both figured out that he was the DJ from one of our weddings in 2007. Very random.

Floral Design, Lighting, Linens: The City Florist. Jim Gray.

Photographer: Renee Cobb Photography.

Wedding Cake: Cakes by Linda.

Groom’s Cake: Sweet Ladies Bakery.

Transportation: ING Limousine

Guest Hotel: Hilton Arlington

I will leave you with this image of the guests dancing the night away! Looked like fun! — Vicky

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Photo: Renee Cobb

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Real Wedding: Champagne & Pearls, a Fall Wedding in Arlington (Part 1)

Remember this sneak peek? The rest of this wedding story …

I’m a true believer in that inspiration for a wedding can come from anywhere. For this wedding, the whole look and feel came from the bridesmaids’ dress. A Priscilla of Boston brocade knee-length dress with empire waist and pleated bodice in a gold and silvery tone.

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Pretty, right? All the bridesmaids looked great in the dress, including the bride’s sister who was very pregnant.

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Photo: Renee Cobb Photography

The whole look followed the champagne and pearls look and feel.

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Photo: Renee Cobb Photography

One thing I love about this wedding was that there were quite a few surprises! Keeping them straight and remembering not to put them on the timeline were a struggle, but very fun in the end. One of the surprises was the groom’s cake, designed to look like a fire truck as the groom is a fire fighter in New York. How cute is this?

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Photo: Renee Cobb Photography. Cake by Sweet Ladies Bakery

More next week — Vicky

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Sneak Peek: Champagne & Pearls, a Fall Wedding in Arlington

Washington Golf Country Club wedding reception

Photo: Vicky Choy

Dear Vicky, Chris and I just wanted to write you an email to thank you for everything that you did for our wedding.  It was truly an amazing day and you were such a wonderful asset to all of it.  I was so reassured having you there, and I was so nervous that I really needed it.  My mom and I will absolutely write a testimonial for you. Bride & Groom

I just loved working with this family. They were so nice to me during the entire planning process. What was so funny with this wedding was that there were so many surprises – the bride had a surprise for the groom; the Mom had a few surprises for her daughter. Too much to keep track! Stay tuned for more from this wedding — Vicky

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Real Wedding: Ina & Cyrus (Part 3)

oxonhillwedding8Go back to Part 1 (the intro) and Part 2 (the pictures).

Here’s the vendor reviews. On days like it was, where it was raining buckets and we had to implement the Rain Plan and everything was just wet and messy, you really value having an exceptional vendor team to make sure everything still goes smoothly.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Oxon Hill Manor. OHM is a beautiful mansion with lush gardens. It’s really a hidden gem. The challenges with this facility are that a) they have 2 events on Saturday; and b) if there is inclement weather and you need to hold a ceremony inside, the largest room holds only about 100 people. The staff is OK. They were flexible in allowing us in a bit earlier. Even though they have several event staffers, they don’t assign you one. So when you call, you never know who you will get and they are likely to not know much about your event.

Catering: R&R Catering (Natalie Seng, event designer). Good job as usual.

Photography: Laura Kay Photography. Love, love, love Laura’s approach to photography – so fresh, whimsical and fun and just a little edgy. The photos speak for themselves. Plus, she’s just a fun person to be around. Go back to Part 2  for the pictures.

Floral design & lounge furniture rental: Davinci’s Florist. At a location like OHM where you have a tight load-in time, Davinci’s was the logical choice to supply the lounge furniture, as opposed to getting a separate rental company. They were already going to be there to set up the flowers so it’s fantastic that they could offer both! The bridesmaids’ bouquets are some of my favorites all year because they were so cheerful!

DJ: Bob Artman, Artman DJs. Bob is so easy to work with and I was so relieved to have him there because I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about him at all. Great music as usual.

Salsa Lesson: Instructor from Dance Factory. Fun for all guests!

Lighting: Blue Ridge Light Forms. I worked with Larry Lustberg during the planning phase and he was fantastic. Always responsive. Our original plan was to have lanterns over the back patio. But because of the rain, the BRLF team went the extra mile to try to make the inside as nice as possible. They did uplighting in the dining room, a soft spot light for the ceremony and then changed it to a cool, rose color wash for the dance floor (in the same room). They were also able to light the outside columns. They also attempted to string some of the lanterns inside but the mansion staff wouldn’t let them. Their team is just awesome!

Hair & Makeup: Chaos Salon.

Bridal Gown: Distinctive Designs Bridal . A Pronovias design. I love Pronovias.

Alterations: Estee Livioco. Ina bought a sample which was many times larger than her dress size so I sent her to the one and only Estee, who also altered my dress. Of course she worked miracles and did a great job basically remaking Ina’s complicated dress. [Ina’s yelp review of Estee]

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Real Wedding: Ina & Cyrus (Part 2)

We introduced you to another one of our lovely couples, Cyrus and Ina in Part 1. Go back if you missed it.

Let’s chat about the elements of this wedding because I had so much fun working with the bride and groom putting it all together.

Wedding Style: Ina and Cyrus wanted a homey, whimsical and relaxed style to their wedding. They chose a buffet for dinner, with a mix of formal seating for their relatives and lounge furniture for their friends.

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The Dining Room with a casually elegant feel. Photo courtesy of Laura Kay Photography

eaTip: We chose walnut folding chairs for this wedding. We considered chivari chairs too but it would have been too formal to use chivari chairs and it would have strayed away from the homey feel the couple wanted. Be consistent in each design element you choose for your wedding.

Oxon Hill Manor wedding with Davinci's Florist lounge furniture

Lounge furniture from Davinci's set up in the foyer in front of the candle lit fireplace.

Wedding Colors: we chose a soft color palette of creams/whites, sage green, a mellow yellow and a touch of brown to ground it all.

Personalization: Cyrus gets full credit for this one! To add some whimsical, personal elements to the wedding, Cyrus came up with the idea of setting textbooks they used (law for Cyrus – the thick one, and education for Ina), board games they liked to play, and music they played/sang (they both sign/play in a church music group) on the coffee tables.

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It all makes sense for a bride who is a teacher: Composition book as a guest book. Chalk board frame. Little lunch-box type box for gift cards.

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What's with the Curious George lunchbox, you ask? Ina had this and I thought we just had to use it somehow. We tied a tag that said "Open Me" and inside the guests discovered school photos of the couple! So fun. Photo courtesy of Laura Kay Photography

Stay tuned for vendor round up!

– Vicky

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Real Wedding: Ina & Cyrus (Part 1)

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One of my favorite from Laura Kay Photography. Look at the lighting on her dress. Photo courtesy of Laura Kay Photography

I’ve always thought that if you have a solid plan for inclement weather, you would never have to use it. On a Saturday in August, for the first time in my career, I had to go to the rain plan for not 1 but 2 weddings! No matter! Plan B was just as awesome as Plan A!

Ina and Cyrus are such a darling couple. You can see why they work as a couple: she the more laid back, personable one; he the more cerebral one. Ina did much of the planning herself while Cyrus finished law school in Boston, where both would be moving to after the wedding. Like many modern couples, they relied on Skype. She always sought his input, even though he wasn’t physically there. A sign of a good marriage – communication!

So back to the rain. This was the weekend Hurricane Bill had passed by our area. It was a torrential downpour. I have to tell you a secret though – I think Plan B turned out to be more magical and more intimate than the original plan! Ina and Cyrus had a great time, smiling all day long. Here’s to remembering what this day is all about!

Visit the Laura Kay Photography blog for more photos.

Stay tuned for an overview of their wedding design and vendor round up!

– Vicky

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Real Wedding: Marix & Arjay (Part 3)

Go back for Part 1 and Part 2 (vendor round up).

Finally, here are some of the day’s photos. These are clearly my pics. Go to Rick Martin’s blog for more professional photos.

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We used a mix of square & round tables. The 2 tall floral arrangements made a 2nd appearance. They were the altar arrangements.

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You can see the custom overlay the bride brought from the Philippines underneath the modern, red floral centerpiece from Heaven on Earth flowers.

2941 Restaurant wedding cake

Is this cake gorgeous or what?! It was made by the restaurant's in-house pastry chef.

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At the end of the evening, Marix and Arjay sent off several sky lanterns. You light the bottom of the lantern, once it heats the air in the lantern, it flies off like a hot air balloon. Yeah, I freaked out a bit with the fire but i was really cool!

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Real Wedding: Marix & Arjay (Part 2)

2941 Restaurant weddingGo back to Part 1.

We get a lot of clients who live in another state but rarely do we get clients who live in another country. Because they live and work in the Philippines, Marix and Arjay hired us to help them plan there wedding here in Virginia, acting as their eyes and ears on the ground. With technology these days, it is pretty easy to accomplish much of the planning process on-line. We provide our clients with a group website, where we can share photos, documents and calendars with each other with ease. When they visited over Christmas, we crammed in all the vendor interviews and they were able to select the ones they liked.

Ceremony: Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Arlington, VA. Welcomed non-members.

Reception, Catering & Cake: 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, VA (Director of Special Events Michelle Marquez). If you are looking for an intimate space for your wedding, I highly recommend this restaurant. The Waterfall Room, where the reception was held, can hold up to 80 people. The Koi Room can hold up to 60, the Tasting Room 30, and the entire restaurant can also be bought out. The outdoor terrace is beautiful for either a ceremony or a cocktail hour in our case. Being one of the best restaurants in the DC area, the food of course is outstanding. They have also recently began offering wedding cakes and let me tell you, the cake was spectacular – beautiful to look at and incredibly flavorful and moist! Michelle is super easy to work with, is very professional and takes really good care of her clients.

Photography: Rick Martin Photography. When in doubt, you turn to reliable vendors and Rick is definitely reliable. Arjay and Marix just loved the images from Rick’s website and their instincts were confirmed when they met him in person. Rick brought along his good friend Bruce to shoot, so we were lucky to have double the talent that day. We featured Rick earlier in the year.

Videography: A&E Productions, Eric Nicholas. If you are looking for a documentary style videographer, Eric is your man. He doesn’t do any fancy editing, just shoots your day as it happened and is an excellent value. While Eric is a camera man for a TV station during the week, he shoots weddings on the weekends. It’s great to have him on hand because he’s pretty savvy with AV equipment in general.

Floral Design: Linda Merritt, Heaven on Earth Wedding Flowers.

DJ: DJ Mike Valenti. I just love Mikey V, whom I met at the very first wedding I ever coordinator and whom has remained on top of my list for years. Everybody had a fabulous time dancing their hearts out, including an all-out sing along for the last song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (one of my favs).

Transportation: Regal Limousine Rolls Royce.

Beauty: (Hair) Le Salon, Tysons Corner Center and (Makeup) Suzanne Minskey, Faces by SAM. One of those last minute things, I had to find some good value vendors for Marix’s beauty team. One of my former clients years ago had gone to Le Salon in Tysons and her hair turned out really nice. That was one I kept in the Rolodex. $65 for a fun updo is a pretty good deal! As a last minute booking, I was able to score Suzanne Minskey whom I had not worked with before. She’s just super nice and calming, and having worked with models, has gotten her used to doing make up very quickly. Marix said her hair and makeup looked good well into 3am!

More to come in Part 3! Vicky

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