Friday, January 29, 2010

We have a blog site!!!!!!!

Now that our blogsite is active, we will stop updating here! Make sure to visit us at our new blog location

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We look forward to seeing you there!

Fun and Fabulous Friday - Woman's Suits

Finding wedding attire is so difficult for Lesbian couples. Going into a men's shop and buying a suit is difficult. The woman's body is made differently and many shops are not attuned to fitting women.

So today I am talking to the mature bride, Bride marrying for the second or third time, the lesbian couple, or anyone who does not necessarily want to wear a dress or wedding gown, but wants to maintain a look of soft femininity. A beautiful suit - paired with just a flower gracing the hair, or a fabulous cage veil - creates a very sophisticated and feminine look. I'm going to show a lot of white suits, but the suit doesn't necessarily have to be white.


Suits are from Neimen Marcus, Bon Ton, Dillards, Grand Pointe, Midnight Velvet

Happy Planning!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tantalizing Thursday - a Celebration of Tradition

The Chuppah

The Chuppah or Bridal canopy is the central tradition in most Jewish weddings. Typically, it's made of a cloth covering attached to four poles that are burrowed into the ground, or supported by four honored friends or family members. Always open on all sides, The Chuppah symbolizes the new Jewish home that the couple creates for each other. During the ceremony, the couple, their parents, the Rabbi, and often the Bridal attendants will stand underneath the Chuppah.

Chuppahs are traditionally made. Sometimes people will use their grandparent's Chuppah, or make their own. One of my Brides had a very beautiful Chuppah - which was sewn together from individual squares by members of her immediate family. Chuppahs can also be rented, and adorned with flowers and other decorations.

From top left...

Erika and Matt's wedding in Baltimore - photography by Thomas Graves
An wonderful patchwork Chuppah seen on One Wed
Gorgeous Chuppah rentals through Charm City Chuppahs

Happy Planning!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Luscious Libations - Celebrating with Bubbly

I tell my clients that if you want to cut costs at your reception, the champagne toast should be the first to go. However, if you want to do it, it should be done right. The reason that champagne remains the benchmark for sparkling wines the world over is because no other location can mimic or rival the unique terroir of the French Champagne region.

There are so many different brands - so how do you choose?

You cannot go wrong with Moet and Chandon or Veuve Cliquot. For those of you who like to flash the cash, then Louis Roederer's Cristal is the choice for you.

If you really want to impress, you should serve Salon. This uber expensive fizz - about $500.00 a bottle, will impress even the most discerning palettes. Perhaps you should save this exclusive bubbly for your 10th, 15th or even 20th anniversary - since sightings are as rare as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Pay attention to the label! NV or non-vintage is often the "house champagne" - a mix of many grapes (chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier) without regard to local terrior or vintage. Ostentation aside, "the more expensive the better", is correct when it comes to champagne. The most expensive bottlings from the big champagne houses contain a higher proportion of their best wines from grand cru and premier cru vineyards.

When buying champagne...

Brut is the driest - if you want a great champagne, get Brut
Extra-dry is less dry than Brut
Sec is sweet
Demi-sec is the sweetest - a great accompaniment to dessert

Read more

Happy planning

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Stylish Tuesday - An Evening at the Walters

I had the pleasure of working with a busy couple. I helped them to plan and design their wedding.


Photographs by Rachel Smith

Happy planning!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Eco-Friendly Monday - Eco-Hip Threads

Long gone are the days of eco-ugliness.

Awwww...100% sustainable, these Eco-beauties are made of the some of the finest fabrics - Hemp (grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers), bamboo, 100% organic cotton, and peace silk (silk is harvested only after the moths have emerged).


Dresses from : Natural Bridal, Wai-Ching, Threadhead Creations, and Leanne Marshall

Happy planning!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Video Blog - Historic Whitehall Mansion Tour

We took it to the road this weekend! We toured a beautiful historic mansion located just out of Leesburg, Virginia. It is absolutely gorgeous!

Take a look!

Happy planning!