September 23,2013
Monday

A Sweet, Southern Soiree!

Engaging Affairs partnered with Simply Chic Events and Atrendy Wedding for our 6th annual end-of-summer networking party at Meridian House and, as always, the finest in the D.C. event industry was out in force!

Co-hostesses Jamie Sears, Pam Barefoot and Laura Weatherly

Such sweet, Southern details!

The gorgeous linden grove at Meridian House. The perfect setting for a sweet tea station!

Chesapeake Photo Booths set up a stylish photo booth with authentic vintage props for photos. So much fun!

The Engaging Affairs team having fun in the photo booth!

Izzy sodas in a vintage claw-foot tub and a custom vintage bar designed by Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

The bluegrass band, “Whiskey Rebellion” from Sam Hill Entertainment kept the mood festive!

Shrimp and grits, pulled pork barbeque and sweet cocktails!

Guests had such a great time eating, drinking and even having their silhouettes cut!

Thanks to all of our fabulous sponsors! It was an amazing evening!

Meridian House
Main Event Caterers
Ace Beverage
Abby Grace Photography
Thomas Bowen Video
MJ Valet
Philippa Tarrant
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
DC Rental
Frost Lighting
Sam Hill Entertainment– “Whiskey Rebellion”
Chesapeake Photo Booths
Pleasant Pops
Marie Cheek’s Silhouettes
Amie Decker Makeup
Just Write Studios

All images courtesy of Abby Grace Photography

September 16,2013
Monday

Thanks for an Amazing Soiree!

We have to send a huge thank you to all the vendors involved in putting together our “Sweet Southern Soiree” last Thursday evening. This is the sixth year we have co-hosted the party with Simply Chic Events and Atrendy Wedding (and our final year) and we went out with a bang!  The event was spectacular (despite the rain) and we have a wonderful time seeing all our friends in the DC event planning industry.

A special thank you to Chesapeake Photo Booths for the vintage style “booth” where we were able to really capture the personality of our team. Check out the ladies of Engaging Affairs cutting loose!

Thanks to all of our sponsors:

Meridian House
Main Event Caterers

Ace Beverage
Abby Grace Photography
Thomas Bowen Video
MJ Valet
Philippa Tarrant
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
DC Rental
Frost Lighting
Sam Hill Entertainment– “Whiskey Rebellion”
Chesapeake Photo Booths
Pleasant Pops
Marie Cheek’s Silhouettes
Amie Decker Makeup
Just Write Studios

September 12,2013
Thursday

DC Rental {Vendor Love}

Photos by Steve Canning

As wedding planners, we know how pretty linens and tableware can really dress up a party! And I’m a huge proponent of great chairs!  If you ask me, fabulous chairs can “make” a room (especially when you have to deal with 200 of them).

We’ve certainly used all of the rental companies in DC but I have to say that I love working with Liz Waylan at DC Rental. She really goes the extra mile in creating a special look for my clients doing everything from having table linens custom-sewn to coming on-site to ensure a big wedding goes perfectly. And I love the selection that DC offers. Here are just a few of the fun looks they have helped us create over the years!

Thanks to Liz and the entire DC Rental crew for always being amazing!

Laura

September 11,2013
Wednesday

Thomas Bowen Films {Vendor Love}

The Engaging Affairs team loves Tom Bowen!  We’ve been proudly using him to film our weddings for over a decade and our clients love his unobtrusive style and next day highlight reel! Here is what Tom says about the Thomas Bowen Films approach:

We have a very laid back attitude when we shoot. We believe in not getting in the way of your event, but watching and capturing your day naturally. We’re there to capture those moments and weave every meaningful part into a story that ultimately becomes an expression, a memory, and a celebration of each couple. Our aim is to craft films that move an audience to tears and laughter. Words will never be able to fully capture the essence of what we do. 

Check out this fun video Tom did for our annual networking party last year. We can’t wait to see what he’ll do this year’s party!


“ExPats in Paris” from Bowen Films on Vimeo.



So, if you are looking for exceptional video for your event, be sure to talk to Tom!



September 10,2013
Tuesday

MJ Valet {Vendor Love}

 Photos by Eli Turner
One of the details that makes for a smooth and memorable event is flawless valet. Guests remember not having to search for parking or walk from a garage in the rain! We love using MJValet, owned by our friend Mike Jasser, because they embody professionalism, polish and poise. 
Mike’s valets are so friendly and fast that we’ve had guests calling our clients to compliment the parking attendants!  Now that is something! 
For flawless parking at your next event, call Mike at 202.587.2745 or email him at mjasser@mjvalet.com. We will be using his amazing team again in just a few days and we know it will be perfect!


September 09,2013
Monday

Chesapeake Photo Booth {Vendor Love}

One of our fave new players in the photo booth game is Chesapeake Photo Booth.  Started by a photography team (Hamilton Photography) in Annapolis who saw a lot of bad photo booths, Mark and Christina decided to create a product that is more custom and polished.

Chesapeake Photo Booth designed their booths to be elegant and enhance the appearance of a photo booth. The booths are designed to fit into the overall design of your event and can also be customized more to fit a specific look. The booths accommodate up to 9 people. You can do large or small groups and no one gets left out. They include amazing props that match the booth style for a truly interactive experience. Finally, Chesapeake Photo Booth offers a guest book service. Your guests can leave a congratulatory message next to their photo strip and it makes a perfect guest book.

Personally, I love the vintage design above! We’ll be using this booth for our upcoming networking event and we can’t wait! Thanks, Chesapeake Photo Booth!