March 18,2014
Tuesday

Meet the Engaging Affairs Planners! {Amanda McCabe}

Image by Sweet Tea Photography

Next up in our Meet the Planners series is Amanda McCabe! Amanda is also a DC native and is a graduate of Visitation and JMU.

Your signature cocktail:A glass (or bottle) of Pinot Noir

Favorite pair of shoes: A floral print stiletto or my new Kate Spade all cork heels!

Favorite vacation spot: Antigua! Or Boston for a quick getaway to cheer on my Red Sox! Viva!

Favorite restaurant: Nam Viet in Arlington.  I’m a sucker for good Thai or Vietnamese food!

What is your TV go to: I love to binge watch seasons of Scandal, Shameless, and House of Cards

Favorite wedding trend: I love mixing metallics with bright bold prints!

Wedding trend you’d love to see die a slow death: Pintuck linens.  I am a true rental snob!

Describe your perfect weekend when you don’t have a wedding: Hanging with my dog, Tessie!

Describe your dream client: I love meeting with a couple who trust me and are willing to go outside the box!

Favorite celebrity wedding: Ellen and Portia.  So beautiful and intimate!  Plus who doesn’t love Ellen!! (Ellen- pick me to be on your 14 days of giveaways show, thank you!)

March 17,2014
Monday

Meet The Engaging Affairs Planners {Taylour Ann Campbell}

This week we’re introducing the Engaging Affairs planners with a fun Q & A. First up, our newest member of the team, Taylour Ann Campbell. Taylour Ann is a native of Northern Virginia and a graduate of The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!)
Your signature cocktail: Strawberry Lemon Sangria
Favorite pair of shoes: Any and all heels 
Favorite vacation spot: New Smryna Beach, Florida
Favorite restaurant: Cafe Sano, Reston
What magazine do you read every month without fail: Architectural Digest, I love getting ideas from interior design magazines.
Favorite wedding trend: Donuts!
Wedding trend you’d love to see die a slow death: I hate to say it, but mason jars.
Describe your perfect weekend when you don’t have a wedding: If the weather is beautiful, you will find me outside. Sunshine always makes me happy.
Describe your dream client: I love clients who I connect with immediately and are excited to plan their big day! Someone who is seeking simple elegance and wants to create a spectacular experience for them and their guests. 
Favorite celebrity wedding: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake (Nothing can top that petal pink Giambattista Valli wedding dress)

March 14,2014
Friday

Spring Garden Inspiration {Flashback Friday}

tomato centerpieces (Snippet & Ink), plant table numbers (Snippet & Ink), flower girl with watering can (Axel and Moa), escort cards (Elizabeth Anne Designs), flower seed favors (Martha Stewart Weddings), fruit favors (Style Me Pretty, bride in rain boots (Style Guide), bouquet with gardening gloves and shears (Better Home and Gardens), wreath (Minna Mercke Schmidt)

The nearing of April means that Spring must be arriving soon (despite yet another warning of impending snow), right?! To hurry things along their way, we wanted to share this garden inspiration board. Happy (almost) Spring and Happy Friday!!

March 10,2014
Monday

Monte Monday!

Some images by Eli Turner Studios of our fabulous friend, Monte Durham, and his husband, Jack, at “Frost Yourself at The W.” Be sure to watch Monte on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta!”

March 07,2014
Friday

Engaging Affairs Team Photos!

Over the past few months the team at Engaging Affairs has changed. We’ve said farewell to some people and welcomed new members. It’s been a lot of change but it has all been good! We couldn’t be happier with our new team!

From left to right: Christine Godsey, Erica Selekman, Laura Weatherly, Taylour Ann Campbell, and Amanda McCabe.

Happy Friday from all of us to all of you!

March 05,2014
Wednesday

Frost Yourself at The W {Party Recap}!

More images from “Frost Yourself at The W!” SO much fun!!

Glitzy, frilly cakes by Kendall’s Cakes!

A Bubbly Bar with so many delicious purees and garnishes to embellish the bubbly!

Cheers!

Baubles from Dominion Jewelers!

Ladies enjoyed the Lip and Lash Bar from Alison Harper & Co.

The team from Love Couture Bridal showed the latest styling options and wedding gowns!

 Live henna artist Yogita bedecked ladies with traditional or white henna. Such a treat!

Jenny from Just Write Studios was on hand to create custom calligraphy for brides!

Nick from Amaryllis and Amanda from Engaging Affairs show off the amazing table decor!

The Engaging Affairs ladies chatting with brides!

Our fabulous DJ from Bialek’s Music entertains the crowd!

Guests loved the photo booth from Bialek’s! Here Dan Goldman shows us how it’s done!

Our amazing photographer Eli Turner sits down with brides (in our favorite fur and croc chairs, no less)!

And the big surprise for the night was the appearance of Monte Durham and his husband, Jack! Monte took lots of pictures with fans of his TLC show “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta” and talked bridal fashion! We love our Monte!

Custom coffee creations from Travelling Bean (s’mores flavored lattes anyone?) were the perfect end to the evening!

Taylour Ann handed out swag bags as guests departed!

Thank you to all the people who joined us for “Frost Yourself at The W” and to our amazing team of sponsors! These really are the Best of the Best!

venue & catering:
the W Washington D.C.
www.wwashingtondc.com
event planning:
engaging affairs
www.engagingaffairs.com
décor & florals:
amaryllis, inc.
www.amaryllisdesigns.com
lighting:
john farr lighting
www.johnfarrlighting.com
linens & tableware:
dc rental
www.dcrental.com
dj & photobooth:
bialek’s music
www.bialeksmusic.com
photography:
eli turner photography
www.eliturner.com
bridal gowns & styling:
love couture bridal
www.lovecouture.com
jewelry:
dominion jewelers
www.dominionjewelers.com
  
lash & lip beauty bar:
alison harper & Co.
www.alisonharperandcompany.com
henna artist:

Yogita Devan
ydevani@gmail.com
calligraphy:
just write studios
www.justwritestudios.com
wedding cake:
kendall’s cakes
www.kendallscakes.com
coffee to-go:
travelling bean
www.travellingbean.com
invitation design:
lilypad weddings
www.lilypadweddings.com

March 04,2014
Tuesday

Frost Yourself at The W {The Look}!

We were so honored to work with an amazing team to put together “Frost Yourself at The W” on Thursday evening at The W D.C.  We had such fun seeing the gorgeous creations and all the creative ways brides could “Frost” themselves!

The Great Room and foyer at The W were the perfect spaces to host the bridal experience. Amaryllis, John Farr Lighting and DC Rental helped us transform the space into a glitzy, luxurious setting filled with metallics, fur and shimmer!

Guests were welcomed by these fabulous fur and cros chairs and a couture wedding gown from Love Couture Bridal.

We transformed the Great Room into a showcase room for frosty decor. Amaryllis draping the space and lined one wall with tufted fabric panels then John Farr added the lighting. We used a single long table with gorgeous shimmery linens and glittering tableware from DC Rental and fabulous chairs from Amaryllis. Tall silver candlesticks and low compotes filled with white flowers ran the length of the table. Gorgeous!!

Thanks to Eli Turner for the stunning images! More “Frost Yourself” to come!