February 04,2014

A Naval Academy Love Story {Emily + Nick}

As a daughter of two Naval Academy graduates, I could not have been more happy to have this September wedding at the chapel and in Annapolis.  Military service members obviously hold a special place in my heart and Nick and Emily just added more joy to it!  

The weather for this September wedding could not have been more spectacular!  We started off in the suite with make up by Pattie Martin and Hair by Jewels! 

The Naval Academy grounds and chapel are just amazing and Andrea from the Observatory got some stunning shots in this historic venue!  We then moved on to to a brand new venue located about 20 minutes outside Annapolis right on the water.  We had a wine tasting during cocktail hour and then re-purposed the area for a cigar lounge!

Loved my sweet and sassy bride!

Relysh delighted guests with their interesting cuisine and Doctor’s Orders kept the dance floor packed all night long!

Love to Emily and Nick, the Lenharts and Rausas, and BEAT ARMY!! 🙂

My wonderful team that made the day so successful:

Ceremony Venue: United States Naval Academy
Reception Venue: Shorehouse Gardens
Hair and Make up: Hair by Jewels and makeup by Pattie Martin
Flowers: Intrigue Design
Caterer: Relysh Catering
Music: Bialek’s/Doctors Orders
Cigar:  The Cigar Box
Rentals: DC Rental
Signage: Just Write Studios and Michelle’s Memos
Photographer: Andrea Jacobson/The Observatory
Favors: Artisan Confections

January 31,2014

Flashback Friday {Museum Inspiration}

busts (Style Me Pretty), flowers (Martha Stewart Weddings), cake (Snippet &

Ink), couple kissing (Brides.com), framed escort cards (In Style Weddings), live event painter (Wedding Bee), tablescape (Brides.com), bride (Favors in the City)

We love planning weddings in museums and here is a little art-inspired eye candy. Happy Friday!

January 29,2014

Bring on the Baraats!

Engaging Affairs has been fortunate to plan many South Asian weddings over the years. We love so many things about these events but one of our favorite parts is the Baraat. This is the arrival of the groom and his friends and family at the ceremony and it is done with great fanfare and celebration. Traditionally, the groom rides on a horse or even an elephant while friends and family dance around led by energetic dholi drumming. The enthusiasm of this procession is contagious and usually stops traffic in D.C.!

                                     Image by Christian Oth

Image by Greg Gibson

 The wedding party really gets into the dancing!

 Image by Regeti’s

 Image by Regeti’s

 Image by Regeti’s

                                     Image by Regeti’s

Images by Kelsey Thompson

 Not all grooms choose to arrive riding an animal, though. We have had guests in open convertible sports cars and even on foot.

Once the groom reaches the entry to the ceremony, the bride’s family greets him. The mother marks his forehead and he steps on pottery and breaks it into shards then proceeds into the ceremony.

 Images by Robert Isacson

Thanks to all our fabulous couples who have had such wonderful baraats and let us be a part of the fun (watching and coordinating, of course). We have loved every joyful moment!!

January 28,2014

A Modern Romance {Beth + Susan}

This fabulous wedding was so filled with love and joy (not to mention incredibly cool decor and details)! Beth and Susan celebrated their 20-year love affair with an unforgettable ceremony and swanky reception. From the Save-the-Dates to the invitations to the wedding cake, this wedding was unique and so personal.

 Beth and Susan started the day getting ready at The Omni Shoreham. The garden and gazebo were such a lovely backdrop for photos!

Then it was off to the hip and modern Longview Gallery for the beautiful Jewish ceremony.

Their nephews carried in the chuppah, which was custom-made for the couple to reflect their love of bike riding.  

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a fabulous reception and celebrated with the happy couple! Jeff from Blue Vanda created the bold decor with purple blooms, plenty of glass and pops of silver. John Farr Lighting created the perfect ambiance for the space. Absolutely gorgeous!

Lovely (and colorful!) calligraphy by Michele at Meant To Be Calligraphy. Different colors on the escort cards reflected the guests’ meal selection. 

Occasions created a mouth-watering dessert display for guests to enjoy after dinner.

 Maggie Austin designed the stunning impressionistic wedding cake! The cake colors and design reflected the couple’s love of the fall.

Congratulations to Beth and Susan! It was such a pleasure working with you and being a part of your incredible day!

Special thanks to the always fantastic team that helped me make this day look amazing and run so smoothly! A big shout out to Greg Gibson for sharing his beautiful images with us!

Venue: Longview Gallery
Photographer: Greg Gibson
Caterer: Occasions
Lighting: John Farr Lighting
Calligraphy: Meant to be Calligraphy
Valet: Marc Parc
Cake: Maggie Austin
Florist: Blue Vanda
Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Company

January 24,2014

Sample Sale at Hitched!

What: Hitched Sample Sale (by appointment mostly**)

When: Tuesday, January 28th & Wednesday, January 29th
(appointments go fast so schedule now!)

Why: To find the dress of your dreams at a steal! Couture weddings gowns [Anna Maier, Amsale, Christos, Lela Rose, and more] will be up to 75% off, and once purchased, are yours to take home that evening.

RSVP: Please RSVP to info@hitchedsalon.com or 202.333.6162 and let them know if you’d like a private appointment or if you will be attending the open house.

**The Little Details: If you aren’t one of the lucky ones to get a private sample sale appointment then join them for the Last Call Open House Sample Sale from 7-8pm on Wednesday, January 29th (no appointment necessary – just RSVP)

Please note that all sample sale gowns are final sale, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The prices range from $500-$2,000. Because sample sale gowns are stored off-site, the sample sale event is the only time they allow sample gown trials. To inquire about purchasing a sample sale gown over the phone, please contact Hitched.

The sample sale gowns are pictured on their website, so check it out to take a sneak peek…then join Hitched to have some fun and find “the one!”.

January 23,2014

An Indian-American Love Story {Lianne + Vishal}

We love planning “fusion” weddings! The blending of two cultures into one day (or several) of celebrations always creates twice the beautiful moments and truly gives couples the best of both worlds. We loved the vivid colors and joyful music of Lianne and Vishal’s Hindu ceremony and then the romantic sweetness of their Western ceremony PLUS they were held at two stunning D.C. venues (both of them Engaging Affairs favorites).

First, the bride got ready at The Willard for the Hindu ceremony.

And then the groom arrived on horseback. The Barat is one of our favorite parts of Indian weddings!

The ceremony took place in The Willard’s Crystal Room. What a gorgeous setting!

Then Michael Connor from Connor Studios did some beautiful portraits of the couple. Amazingly, these outdoor photos are in downtown D.C.!

Then it was off to get ready for the second part of the day at The Meridian House with hair by the lovely Remona and make-up by the fabulous Nikki Fraser!

The gardens at The Meridian House are such a breathtaking backdrop for a ceremony!

Then portraits in the historic house . . .

And gardens . . .

And on to the reception where guests found their names written by Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy on a window panes hanging between the trees!

Lush flowers by the supremely talented Holly Chapple topped the guest tables along with vintage-style china.

What a gorgeous ruffled cake by Maggie Austin!

After a romantic first dance, DJ Jag from Event EQ (an Engaging Affairs favorite!) kept the dance floor packed!

Thank you to my fabulous team of vendors who made this day amazing! Michael Connor, as always, captured such spectacular images and was a dream to work with. 

Hindu Ceremony Venue – Willard
Western Ceremony and Reception: Meridian House
Florist: Holly Chapple
Window Pane Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy
Caterer: Occasions
Cake: Maggie Austin
DJ: Jag, Event EQ
Ceremony Musicians (for western ceremony): Sage Strings
Photographer: Connor Studios
Videographer: Belvedere Films
Hair: Bridal Hair by Remona
Makeup: Nikki Fraser
Henna Artist: Mala Amin

And a huge congratulations to the beautiful couple. It was such an honor to be a part of their day!


January 21,2014

Lovely Lounges and After-Parties!

Image by Regeti’s

We love lounges at weddings. Whether they are part of the set-up inside the ballroom or in a separate room or even as a separate after-party, lounge furniture gives a wonderful vibe to a wedding. They can be sultry and sexy with great mood lighting or sleek and simple with natural light.

Image by Holland Photo Arts
Draping can create wonderful “rooms’ for lounges.

 Images by Justine Ungaro

Tents are perfect for lounges!

Image by Juan Carlos Briceno

Bold accent pillows and intense pink lighting make this lounge so fun!

Image by Justine Ungaro

Paper lamps and candlelight create a wonderful setting for an after-party!

Image by Greg Gibson

Happy lounging!