Month June 2015

A + C Dupont Circle Wedding

Wedding Wednesday is here! Today on the blog we are sharing the photos from our spring Dupont Circle wedding!

This couple was oh so sweet. I loved working with them and loved executing all of their awesome ideas on their wedding day.

On the big day, you could tell they had a lot of nervous excitement leading up to their first look, which is to be expected. I mean there is always a little, or a lot of nervous excitement, for some of us (me). Sharing that very first moment is special and their’s was perfect in every way. They got to share this moment together outside their apartment before heading to Logan Circle for some photos. And lucky for them, they picked a gorgeous day for some outdoor photos! Following many photos and some fun memories with their bridal party, they tied the knot at the historic St. Matthews Cathedral. Their ceremony was nothing short of beautiful. After the ceremony, the couple headed to Epic Yoga, where they got to share many more memorable moments with their friends and family during the reception.

This couple spent many hours planning all the details and decorations for their unique venue. You could tell every piece of their wedding day was carefully thought out. In the end, the couple got to enjoy their special day and will be able to cherish those memories for years to come.

Wishing this couple many years of happiness!

Check out this gorgeous couples’ photos below! To see more of their photos you can find them on our Facebook page!
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Vendors
hair by Mac at PR at Partners Salon and Spa and Jeanine Jerome | makeup by Emily Marcellino | catering by Main Event Catering | reception venue by Epic Yoga | photography byThe Happy Couple | music by Bruce Pike productions and Nancy Malcun | donuts by Krispy Kreme | ceremony venue by St. Matthews Cathedral | hotel by The Topaz Hotel | flowers by Scentsational Florals | coordinating + design by US!

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Fourth of July Drink Recipes

Fourth of July is right around the corner so what better than to talk drink recipes!?

If your fourth of July plans require outside activities, you are definitely going to want a delicious drink to stay cool. This heat has been crazy! Today’s drink recipes are super easy to make and look oh-so refreshing, you may need to do some taste testing prior to the 4th!

Enjoy!
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Our first drink is the watermelon wine sparkler from the kitchn!
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Second, we have the summer berry sangria by The Everygirl and photo by Well Nesting!
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Next, we have the berry lemonade from Delish!
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Lastly, we have the red, white and blueberry margaritas by Gimme Some Oven!
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Wedding Wednesday | Sneak Peek of This Adorable Couples DIY Wedding

I hope everyone is enjoying their Wedding Wednesday! Today we wanted to share one of our May weddings with you all.

This couple was so excited for their wedding, and in more ways than one. First, the details of this couples’ wedding were pretty freaking awesome! I mean, I just knew they were going to blow the details out of the water and it was nothing short of that. You could tell that they really loved going around looking at all of the details that they created and just had the time of their lives.

I truly enjoyed being a part of this couples’ special day; from making their chosen details come to life to watching them enjoy every moment of their wedding day. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek of their wedding as much as I did! Stay tuned for the full scoop, hopefully sooner rather than later!
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Vendors
Photographer – Paired Images | Venue – Woodend Sanctuary| Hair & Makeup – Lauren Getz | Band – George Mason University Musicians | Caterer – Main Event Caterering

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How to Maintain Your Work Life Balance

If you are an entrepreneur — either trying to start your own company or trying to maintain and grow your current company while managing a life — today’s blog should hopefully give you insight on that balance.

If your reading my blog you are well aware that I created, started, and currently run my own wedding planning business in DC. What you may not know, is that this business went so well that I decided to start another one (with my fabulous business partner, more on her in a second)! My second company is called District Bliss. District Bliss is an event company that throws social happy hours for wedding vendors + engaged couples. If you are a wedding vendor, or another creative in the industry, we actually have a July District Bliss vendor social, which you can find right here. We want to meet you! I know, some may think I am crazy, but I LOVE what I do! I love the interaction with fun, creative, unique, and like-minded vendors that I get to meet every day. I love developing relationships with all of my clients and getting to know the stories behind their connections and why they are getting married. It’s wonderful! It is a breath of fresh air, getting to see a new perspective through someone else’s experiences.

You probably want to know how I manage not one, but two, successful, growing businesses while having a social life and a home life. Well, for starters, let’s discuss how I manage my businesses without going insane. I have helpers with my companies — two lovely interns for Pollyanna Events and a fabulous business partner, Sara (I know, she’s missing an H which is totally weird but other than that, she’s pretty rad!) that helps manage half of District Bliss. Boy does that help! Aside from the help, in my opinion, organization is everything! As a “Type A” personality, I’ve been known to over do it, but trust me, the more organization the better when it comes to controlling the craziness. It’s not rocket science. I have two calendars, one that is electronic and one that is written. I find that the electronic one helps because I’m always on the go, which makes it easy to access, and the written one helps me to physically see and write down all the details. Keep in mind that even being organized, you can still have stressful days. On those days, I try to take a break by doing something fun for a small amount of time, like searching for dessert recipes to try, just enough time to clear my mind. I also find that sticking to a routine helps. Now, if you work from home, and your company is your primary job, this can be difficult. I start my day by freshening up in the morning, working out, making some coffee, and wearing real clothes (because when you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good). This sets my brain so that I know it’s now all about work. If I can’t fit in a workout in the morning, then I often do it mid-afternoon to give myself a break.

Now your probably wondering when I have time for my husband, two yorkie-mixes, making fresh squeezed juice, making homemade meals, doing laundry, taking vacations, and spending time with friends. Well, in having a routine and being organized with your work, you learn what can and can not fit in your work day. I try to make plans with friends, take an extra walk with my dogs, have a movie night with my husband, or make a delicious homemade dinner on my less busy work days. As for vacations, well, that’s not as hard as it seems. For planners, you have wedding season and your fall rush when most people get married. You usually have one month in the summer that is too hot where people do not want to plan their weddings and others where it gets too cold (December through February). Those are the times you take your vacations!

All is possible in my opinion. As long as you are focused and driven, you will find a way to make it all work.
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