It was such a thrill to be part of such an amazing team! I was so impressed by how well the huge number of vendors worked together. Everyone was flexible and easy-going, even when they were exhausted. Each and every person involved deserves an award for pulling off an amazing event and making it look seamless.
A few weeks ago I mentioned the DC ISES (International Special Events Society) Gala Awards. Well, they are fast approaching on Sunday, March 28th. Engaging Affairs has always maintained a strong presence in the organization. All three of us have held positions on the Board of Directors and have stayed active at monthly meeting and at the Gala. Having been the third year I entered a wedding to be nominated for an award, I started to think back about my first entry and I thought I’d share what was that process.
So now to the wedding, and entry, details. The wedding took place June 3rd at the Ronald Reagan Building Atrium space. I saved the best stop for last as I knew the clean, modern space was perfect for the couple. They fell in love. Check one! On to photography and entertainment. As per usually, the fabulous Justine Ungaro wowed the couple with her modern edge to photography. They hired her on the spot. After viewing several entertainment demos, they chose Prime Time from Washington Talent Photo and Video and added a few extra horns to fill the massive space. Check! Check! The final piece for the bride to concern herself with was the florist. She wanted to combine the sophistication of DC, which the event space clearly gave her, with the tropical feel of Florida, where her parents were. I sent her to Rick David of Amaryllis who understood her vision instantly.
The rest was cake. I brought in fabulous lighting from Digital Lightning, built a stage off the grand staircase with All Stage and Sound, and draped behind the band with Syzygy Events. Oh ya, and of course the cake! The talented Leslie from Fancy Cakes by Leslie created a cake with great tropical colors and a spin on bamboo.
Looking back, I’m not sure how it all came together. Eight weeks blows by quickly. I’m not sure where the first 10 weeks of this year have gone! But the event was a success for the bride and groom who are happily living with their 2 beautiful baby boys in North Carolina and the massive effort brought me my first ISES Gala awards nomination.
A real bride trying on a dress in the Rizik’s salon.
Flowers from Janet Flowers.
Couture cupcakes in adorable cupcake wrappers!
Amazing sugar flowers by Patty Colette of Patty Cakes.
A big thanks to the amazing Doreen Tisone, editor of Engaged! Magazine (pictured above with Clinton), and Steele Stevenson, Director of Catering for the Willard Hotel. Both ladies worked tirelessly to put together a truly beautiful event. Thanks to Janet Flowers for the stunning flowers for our display and thanks to Fotobriceno for the great photos of the event!
The fabulous Mariam Karim, director of catering, showed us the ins and outs of the historic bones that once was the Hotel Washington and will soon become the place to see and be seen in. The buildings solid structure and traditional detail will be combined with the modern, chic appeal of the W signature. Think “pinstripes and lace” as we discussed the DC power men and women will now have a place to feel sexy and glamorous. But let’s get down to the details. What does it have for us?
Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 1st from 11 am until 5 pm. The Willard Hotel and Engaged! Magazine will host the bridal event of the season! Featuring style guru Clinton Kelly, the event will also have stylists from Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salons doing consultations on-site and gowns from three top area bridal salons. Everyone fabulous will be there (including us) so be sure to get your tickets by registering online at www.engagedmagazine.com.