Classic & Elegant

Classic & Elegant

Julie and Bryan met at Marymount College. She was a cheerleader and he was a basketball player, natural college sweethearts. They got married May 12th at beautiful St. Dominic Church in SW Washington DC. Their cocktail hour and reception was held at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, VA. They kicked the night off with a Zaffe dance celebration and introduction. The main course of surf and turf duo was delicious followed by Pastries by Randolph Wedding Cake and Baklava served family style. The detailed gold accents highlighted the classic white and green wedding colors. They had a wonderful celebration with 225 of their closest friends and family.

Wedding Planner – Leigh Frigm with Chic Weddings & Events Ceremony – St. Dominic Catholic Church, Washington D.C. Reception – Fairview Park Marriott Wedding Cake – Pastries by Randolph Photographer – Erin Kelleher Photography Florist – Amal’s Touch DJ – Basel Hair/Make up – Make up by Ana B and Shirin Ratner Transportation – Hawa Transportation

MAKE YOUR WEDDING BLOOM WITH THESE FLORAL DO’S AND DON’TS

Make Your Wedding Bloom With These Floral Do's and Don'ts

Make your wedding bloom with beauty using these tips and tricks from floral designer Erik Duran and designer Sandy Yi-Davis of Chic Weddings & Events! These do’s and don’ts will help you design the wedding of your dreams.

DO: Be realistic. We all have that Pinterest board that is full of beautiful pictures of flower bouquets and table arrangements, however it’s important to know your cost before falling in love with pictures. The average cost for flower bouquets are $125 and up, but you can still have that picture perfect flower arrangement by lowering the budget on table settings and centerpieces.

DON’T: Assume that labor and set up is included in the quote. Grab some friends and family and ask for help on your big day. Always ask before your big day if set up is included- never assume it already is.

DO: Ask the professional to utilize flowers that can give you the look you want without the high price and name. It’s okay if your arrangement might not have the exact name as the one you found online, however it’s smart to ask if you can get the look you want without the heavy cost.

DON’T: Assume that your venue allowed set up time for flowers unless you booked. Time is everything, and you don’t want to be running around stressed on your big day. Call your venue and make sure there is time to set up the beautiful flower and table arrangements you dreamed of.

DO: Make sure to send your florist how many of each arrangement you will need. This means your personal flowers, the number of arrangements, the type of flowers for each type of table (long or round), and the arrangements for your ceremony location.

Behind the scenes: Staff photo shoot

Behind the scenes: Staff photo shoot

The polished, glamorous final pictures you see don’t make themselves! There’s a lot of elements to coordinate: Wardrobe choices, makeup and hair styling, appropriate lighting, backgrounds, poses. There’s also the personalities to manage. This shoot took most of a day, so it can be a challenge to keep everyone’s energy high!

How to juggle all these elements and get beautiful photos?

It’s not magic. It’s the result of smart planning and good teamwork. Each individual knows what needs to be done next and pitches in to move the process along.

In many ways, the shoot was like a miniature wedding. As an attendee, it can look like everything comes together by magic. But upon looking closer, you realize how much thought and effort goes into making it all work.

An email the day before reminded everyone what to bring and what their role would be. An assortment of snacks that can sit out for a few hours and be nibbled at without ruining your lipstick. A luggage-sized case full of every possible emergency need—from hair extensions to tampons. A full portrait studio arranged in a room with just the right amount of light spilling in from a side window.

These are the little things that kept the event flowing smoothly, but they’re easy to miss. It’s that subtlety, the appearance that it’s all happening on its own by some internal magic, that makes an event memorable and fun. And it’s impossible to achieve without a team that works together toward a common goal.