February 17,2014
Monday

Frost Yourself at The W!

Brides!  If you’re planning on getting married in the DC area, you won’t want to miss “Frost Yourself at The W Hotel!” This is not a wedding show, it is a bridal experience where you can sip bubbly and have fun checking out some of D.C.’s finest bridal bling.

Not only will this party feature wedding gowns from Love Couture Bridal, cakes from Kendall’s Cakes and decor from Amaryllis but you will have the chance to get dolled up at the Lash and Lip beauty bar by Alison Harper, have Just Write Calligraphy design a custom calligraphy creation for your wedding and even get your hands bejeweled by a henna artist. Every guest will leave with a blinged out swag bag and, even better, the first 50 brides to arrive will receive a pair of pearl earrings from Dominion Jewelers!

So grab your maid of honor or best girlfriend and come enjoy a fabulous girls night out with the ladies of Engaging Affairs! You must RSVP to weddings@engagingaffairs.com with your name, email, your wedding date and location and your guest’s name. This is an intimate event with limited space, so RSVP now. We hope to see you at “Frost Yourself!”

Frost Yourself sponsors:

The W Hotel Washington, D.C.
Engaging Affairs, Inc.
Amaryllis
John Farr Lighting
DC Rental
Eli Turner Photography
Bialek’s Music
Love Couture Bridal
Dominion Jewelers
Alison Harper & Co.
Just Write Studios
Kendall’s Cakes
Lilypad Weddings
Yogita

February 14,2014
Friday

They Said Yes! {Monte + Jack} Day 2

Happy Valentine’s Day! Since we are celebrating love it’s time for Monte and Jack’s Big Wedding Weekend Part Two!  For the second part of the weekend of festivities, Monte’s co-star on “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta” and BFF, Lori Allen, flew in along with her husband, Eddie. Monte and Lori have such similar senses of humor and amazing chemistry that, when they are together, the laughs never stop!

After the Friday courthouse adventures, Saturday evening was the intimate rehearsal dinner at Restaurant Eve then Sunday was another big day. After waking up at The Morrison House, Monte and Jack got ready for the day.

Jack, always the practical one, had a little fun with the price tags on Monte’s Prada ensemble.

Dear friends Kim Giammarria of Beauty Mark and Remona Soleimani came to the hotel to do hair and makeup for Lori (and maybe a little touch-up for Monte). Monte provided his own line of hair products to use!

Monte took a quick photo with his dream team of vendors: Remona, Kim, Laura (that’s me!) and Sarah from The Morrison House.

After Monte and Lori were dolled up (and Lori was in her Jackie O pillbox hat per Monte’s request) and boutonnieres were pinned on by florist, Alison deWit, it was time to head to St. Paul’s Church for the blessing of the marriage.

Monte and Jack have attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for years and years and Monte still serves as head usher on high holy days so the location was very meaningful to them.

The Reverends Oran Warder and Judith Proctor performed the blessing in the church’s small chapel.

After the intimate blessing ceremony, Monte and Jack walked around Old Town Alexandria with Maid-of-Honor Lori and Best Man Eddie.

Then it was back to the lovely Morrison House for an intimate luncheon reception with twelve close friends. Monte wanted the reception to be very personal so he used his own silver service and china.

The long table was set with a single white linen cloth from DC Rental and natural flowers and fruit arranged in Monte’s grandmother’s hobnail vases by Alison deWit of Distinctive Designs.

Each guests’ place had a beautifully wrapped favor box and inside was a replica of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church!

Monte put the final touches on the table himself.

Monte and Laura pose for a photo before guests arrive.

Georgetown Cupcakes provided the “Lucky Us” cupcakes and Kendall’s Cakes baked the classic lemon curd wedding cake covered with fondant horseshoes and topped with a customized horseshoe topper.

Famous Atlanta Constitution cartoonist Mike Lukovitch created a custom cartoon of Monte, Jack, Lori and Eddie (and Monte and Jack’s dog Nellie Belle) so we hung it above the wedding cake display. Any resemblance of Lori and Eddie to Bill and Hillary is purely coincidental (and should not be mentioned around Lori)!

 Guests included Monte’s longtime friend, Fox 5 News anchor Laura Evans and her husband.

Guests enjoyed a classic luncheon inspired by Jackie Kennedy’s White House menus and finished with the delicious wedding cake.

Cheers to Monte and Jack for a wonderful life together! It was an honor to share your special wedding weekend! Thanks to Juan Carlos Briceno for the lovely photos and to the entire team who helped create such an intimate and personal celebration.

xoxo
Laura

February 12,2014
Wednesday

They Said Yes! {Monte + Jack–Day One}

I’ve had the honor of knowing Monte and his longtime partner, Jack, for almost my entire career as a wedding planner. We met when we were both working on a wedding in 1997 and then we went on to work on probably a hundred weddings together (me as a planner and him as the hair guru and stylist) over the next decade or so. And boy do we have some stories to tell about those weddings!

I have loved watching Monte’s rise to stardom on TLC’s “Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta” but to me he will always be the amazing stylist I worked with almost every weekend for at least a dozen years and who saved me from the brink of insanity on a regular basis. What I can tell you about my friend is that he gives the best hugs, has a hilarious potty-mouth and is very sentimental.

So when we started planning his wedding, I wasn’t surprised that he wanted to keep the celebration small and that he wanted to incorporate lots of personal touches and meaningful heirlooms. One the day of the civil ceremony in D.C., Monte carried his grandmother’s Bible and a rosary from a dear friend’s mother.

Because of the government shutdown, we weren’t able to schedule a ceremony inside the courthouse so we did the next best thing. We had the ceremony in front of the D.C. courthouse! Rev. Kirsten Westbrook from DC Elopements performed the beautiful ceremony.

After the short and sweet ceremony, it was off to The White House for some photos!

Monte was recognized by lots of tourists and he graciously posed for photos with all of them!

Then we were off to The Hay-Adams Hotel (Monte’s favorite DC hotel) for a wedding lunch.

The staff at The Hay-Adams was so gracious and treated the newlyweds to champagne to toast their happiness as well as a delectable meal. The perfect finishing touch was the blueberry cobbler topped with ice cream (Hillary Clinton’s favorite dessert and now Monte and Jack’s, too)! The talented chef even came out to talk with the happy couple and take photos.

Then it was off for more monument photos with Juan Carlos Briceno!

Talk about a fabulous looking couple!

Thanks to Juan Carlos Briceno from Fotobriceno for the gorgeous photography! More to come on Day Two of the celebration!

Minister: Rev Kirsten Westbrook
Photography: Juan Carlos Briceno,  Fotobriceno
Wedding Luncheon: The Hay-Adams Hotel
Flowers: Alison deWit, Distinctive Floral Designs

February 11,2014
Tuesday

Same-Sex Wedding Planning Guides!

Same Love Week rocks on over here at Engaging Affairs. Up today, some great reference guides!

Bernadette Coveney Smith has planned more same-sex weddings than anyone! I was lucky enough to take a seminar from her on how to plan same-sex weddings and she was a fount of wisdom (and an all-around amazing person). So if you’re planning a same-sex wedding and it isn’t in the budget for you to hire a planner, please pick up one of Bernadette’s books. You won’t be sorry!

xoxo
Laura

February 10,2014
Monday

We’re Celebrating “Same Love” Week!

This week culminates in Valentine’s Day so we thought it was fitting to spend the week celebrating love. And since we’re celebrating love, it seems fitting to celebrate same-sex marriage, which is now legal in 17 states plus the District of Columbia! So here are some of Engaging Affairs’ fabulous gay and lesbian couples celebrating their love!

 Above Image by Fotobriceno

 Above Images by Love Life Images
Above Images by Greg Gibson
Images above and below by Fotobriceno
 Images above by Fotobriceno
Happy “Same Love” week!

February 07,2014
Friday

Mad for Plaid {Flashback Friday}

Clockwise from top left: tablescape (The Party Dress), cake (Flickr), linens (Brenda’s Wedding Blog), invitations (Beast Pieces), candles (Things Festive), bouquet trim (Wedsmack), shoes (Things Festive), dresses (Wedding Stand)
Plaid isn’t just for Scottish weddings, although it is very appropriate for them. A touch of pretty plaid can add zing to just about any celebration!

February 05,2014
Wednesday

Grooms in Uniform!

We are inspired by Amanda’s Naval Academy wedding to remember some of our military grooms. We just love a man (or woman) in uniform!

Image by Amy Deputy

Images by Greg Gibson

We adore sword arches!

Images by Greg Gibson

Above images by Greg Gibson

We are proud to have worked on some truly wonderful military weddings and we are grateful to all the servicemen and women in all the branches of the military we’ve had the pleasure to work with. Thank you!