January 17,2014
Friday

Win Free Wedding Photography! {Giveaways}

We’ve worked with Garrett Hubbard on multiple occasions and his studios is all about telling and sharing great stories. GH Studios has heard some great engagement stories from their clients over the years and they want to hear more! Share your story with them and the couple with the best one will win the grand prize – a FREE engagement session and a $2,000 wedding photography credit.

GH Studios will be accepting entries for the next few weeks and then voting will begin on Facebook. The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day. Enter the contest here. Good luck!!

January 16,2014
Thursday

Zola Registry {Fabulous Finds}

One often frustrating part of the wedding process is the registry. Not that it isn’t great to receive gifts but having to register at multiples stores to cover all your bases can be tiresome. And let’s not forget those couples who have everything they need and would rather have a great honeymoon.

Well, now there is a great new single site registry that covers all of that! Zola is the only site that allows couples to register online for products, experiences, services, cash funds, and anything else from any store. They take care of all transactions on their site, which means your loved ones won’t find themselves bounced to outside sites, and you won’t receive duplicates of third-party items. So long to ten sets of candlesticks!

What we loved is the variety of gifts from unique experiences (Love Art, anyone?) to practical services (house cleaning–woo hoo!) to the tried and true china and flatware. And if you really don’t want any kind of gifts (even the cool honeymoons), they have the option of a cash fund.

And it is super-easy to get started building a registry with Zola’s Starter Collections like the “Top 10 Kitchen Items” and “Build Your Bar.” Props to Zola for making the process simple and fun and for having so many cool options. Happy registering!

January 15,2014
Wednesday

Love Couture Bridal {Vendor Love}

You may have noticed that our own stunning Christine Godsey got married this past weekend down in Puerto Rico. And you may have seen photos of her in her amazing wedding gown. That amazing gown came from the fabulous bridal salon, Love Couture Bridal, in Potomac.

We have adored Love Couture since the day it opened! We adore Sandy Leone, the owner, and all of her wonderful staff (below: Sandy, Laura and Amanda).

 We adore the selection of stunning designer gowns for brides, moms and maids plus shoes and one-of-a-kind styling details like belts and baubles. Such an amazing array of bridal eye candy!!

 We adore the spacious dressing rooms and the beautiful salon decor, as well!

We adore the easy-to-get-to location right off the beltway and all of the free parking (woo-hoo!). But what cements Love Couture as an Engaging Affairs favorite is their customer service and how well they treat each bride. We have had so many happy brides get gowns at Love Couture! If you’re looking for a gorgeous gown and want the full “bride experience” be sure to make an appointment at Love Couture!

Happy dress shopping and lots of love to our friends at Love Couture!
xoxo
Laura, Christine and Amanda

January 13,2014
Monday

Red Hot Romance at The Four Seasons {Morgan+ Jonathan}

I don’t even know where to begin with how much I love this bride!  During our very first meeting, she informed me that she wasn’t the typical bride and wanted to rock out this wedding- we did just that!  Together with the fabulous Tina Nader, we changed the Ballroom into a rock concert.  Bill with Edge did an amazing job of doing an edgy black and white theme with the pop of red being the Bride!!! 

The civil ceremony was held in Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsberg’s chambers with only a handful of family and friends.

 

The day of the religious ceremony and reception, the bridal party got hair and makeup at George’s Salon by the fabulous Carl Ray and Ishmael.

The couple saw each other for photos by the canal and shared a few special moments.

The magical ceremony featuring a chuppah of hundreds of paper butterflies was designed by Bill at Edge Floral Design.

The chuppah featured a back wall of white ledges adorned with candles and small vases.

 The gorgeous ceremony Part Deux!

On to the reception . . . and a creative escort card display.

The Four Seasons ballroom draped in black and white and set for dinner with square black lacquer tables, round tables with fluttery white linens and long black tables!

The room sparkled with lots of glass and candlelight and lighting by John Farr Lighting!

A bright butterfly cake and elegant black menu cards on top of glittering base plates.

 
The uber-talented rock band Z02 came down from New York to get this crowd going!  The bride even got up and sang two songs after a quick dress change!

Late night sweet treats!

Thanks to the talented team that helped me make this dream wedding a reality! You were all amazing!

Ceremony Venue: Supreme Court
Ceremony Part Deux , Reception, and Catering: Four Seasons DC

Floral Design: Edge Floral
Rentals: DC Rental

Photographer: Susan Stripling
Dress: Vera Wang
Invitations and Paper Products: Michelle’s Memos
Band: Cocktail Hour- Swing Machine; Reception- Z02; DJ- DJ Noel Sonkwa
Furniture: AFR
Lighting: John Farr Lighting
Hair and Make up: George Salon- Ismail and Carl Ray
Video: Toast Wedding Films

And a huge thank you to Morgan and Jonathan for letting me be a part of the magic!  To say I miss this bride is the understatement of the century!!
xoxo
Amanda

January 10,2014
Friday

Congratulations Christine and Victor!!

Congratulations to our fabulous Christine Godsey who is celebrating her own wedding this weekend down in Puerto Rico! We wish you and Victor all the best for a lifetime of happiness!

We know this amazing destination wedding will be one for the books and we can’t wait to share the pictures with you. Stay tuned!

January 09,2014
Thursday

Our Favorite Wedding Venues for Same-Sex Weddings!

image by Juan Carlos Briceno

We love planning weddings for our LGBT couples! Of course, we’ve had our same-sex couples get married at all sorts of venues from large hotels to private homes but here are some of our favorite LGBT-friendly spots in the D.C. area.

The Anderson House

Intimate and elegant, this downtown historic home is perfect for gatherings under 100 guests and is filled with gorgeous details from crystal chandeliers to marble columns to intricate ceilings.

Longview Gallery

Modern and edgy, this art gallery can host seated affairs as well as fun cocktail parties. We love the exposed beams and the outdoor space behind the gallery.

image by Juan Carlos Briceno

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

This hidden gem in Georgetown has a charming ballroom perfect for weddings under 100 guests but also has a lovely garden for ceremonies or cocktail receptions.

The Hay-Adams Hotel

You can’t beat the location of the Hay-Adams or the view from the Top of the Hay. We love the character of each of the hotel’s event spaces, from the richness of the intimate John Hay room to the airiness of the glassed rooftop.

image by Juan Carlos Briceno

The W Hotel

Another favorite hotel with unbeatable views of The White House. We love the sleek details of this hotel and their lovely Altitude ballroom.

Happy wedding planning from the team at Engaging Affairs!

xoxo
Laura, Christine and Amanda

January 08,2014
Wednesday

A Willard Wonderland {Kelly +Paul}

I could not love a couple more than I loved Kelly and Paul!  They were so wonderful and had such amazing vendors that it was a true joy to work with them.

Getting ready at the Jenny Lind suite at The Willard. Love the view and the romantic details!

Classic and elegant invitations by Michelle’s Memos.

Behind the scenes with the the handsome groom.

A lovely ceremony at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church . . .

Bride and groom bubbles for a fun getaway!

And on to the lovely reception at the Willard . . .

Gorgeous decor from Amaryllis and rentals (linens, chairs, china and crystal) from DC Rental!

Such a pretty wedding cake!

Custom doughnut favors from District Doughnuts–our new obsession!

A romantic first dance!

Thanks to my “Dream Team” who made the day so amazing!

Reception: The Willard Hotel
Hair: Remona
Makeup: Nikki, Beauty n’ the Bride
Rentals: DC Rental
Floral Decor: Amaryllis
Photography: Connor Studios
Video: Thomas Bowen Films
Transportation: Linder & Associates
Band: DC Fusion
Paper Products: Michelle’s Memos
Calligraphy: Just Write
Dress: Hitched

xoxo
Amanda

January 07,2014
Tuesday

A Fabulous Fairfax Wedding {Brittany + John}

Brittany and John were such a wonderful couple and we loved being back at The Fairfax Hotel! Such a classic D.C. venue right in the heart of Dupont Circle.

We love “first reveals” when couples see each other for the first time!

A few sweet moments before the ceremony . . .

The classic and elegant ceremony in the ballroom of The Fairfax.

Cocktails in the balcony!

The ballroom set up for the reception. Shades of gold and whites and greens in matte gold trumpet vases. The gold of the floral arrangements played off the hotel’s gilded tables and mirrors beautifully!

Doughnut love!

A romantic fist dance . . .

The always fabulous MyDeejay kept guests dancing long into the night!

Congratulations Brittany and John! We loved working with you and were honored to be a part of your day!

And a huge thanks to my wonderful team, especially Michele Frankfurter for the images that truly capture the emotion of the day. You all made the day amazing!

Photo: Michelle Frankfurter
Florist: Petal’s Edge
Venue: The Fairfax
DJ: MyDeejay
Donuts (favors): Lyon Hall

xoxo
Christine