2018 Weddings - Year In Review

2018 was such an incredible year in more ways that I can put into words. 15 couples wed, designs everywhere from vibrant, colorful ballroom weddings, to modern-classic tented weddings, to working with many of DC’s best wedding vendors - it’s been a dream ride! I brought on two amazing team members in 2018, Shelby and Michelle, who were instrumental in our events going off without a hitch. With the help of the lovely Emily Baird, I updated our company logo to a new design that better represents the modern-classic, sophisticated aesthetic of our brand and the couples we serve.

Before we go full speed ahead into 2019, I’m excited to share some of my favorite highlights and images from the past year. So much love and thanks to my couples for your trust with such an important day. It’s an honor that I do not take for granted, and seeing it all come to life after months of intricate planning, designing and decisions makes this the most rewarding career in the world to me!

Weddings at The LINE Hotel DC

The LINE Hotel opened it’s doors in Adams Morgan just at the brink of 2018, and I was so lucky to have planned two weddings here in it’s first year. There is really nothing else like it in the District! It’s sophisticated event spaces, rooftop with panoramic views of DC, modern hip decor and local culinary collaborations make it such a welcome addition to the DC wedding scene. If you’re planning an upcoming wedding at The LINE and in need of planning or design assistance, let’s chat!

Madi + Gabe’s Wedding @ The LINE Hotel DC. Photography by Abby Jiu.

Madi + Gabe’s Wedding @ The LINE Hotel DC. Photography by Abby Jiu.

Loved this vibrant, colorful head table design we dreamt up with Amaryllis, Inc. in The LINE’s Banneker Ballroom. Photography by Abby Jiu.

Loved this vibrant, colorful head table design we dreamt up with Amaryllis, Inc. in The LINE’s Banneker Ballroom. Photography by Abby Jiu.

Private Residence Tented Wedding in Maryland

I’m someone who thrives with projects that are new and challenging, which is probably why I have a special love for at-home tented weddings! There is nothing like building a venue from the ground up and designing in a completely blank canvas, which is exactly what we did for Melissa and Dave’s wedding in October. With just about 7 months(!) to plan this wedding and our couple living on the west coast it was a whirlwind to stay the least, but it could not have come together more perfectly. This is precisely why to hire a professional wedding planner - we know how to work smarter, match you with the right vendors and set you up for success!

What you don’t see is that private residence weddings have so many moving parts and back-end logistics - power, portable restrooms, lighting the property, just to name a few. Producing this event and having it go off without a hitch has been a major career highlight thus far. Just sharing a couple sneak peeks for now, but more to come of this epic wedding day soon!

Melissa + Dave’s Private Residence Tented Wedding in Bethesda, MD. Photography by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu.

Melissa + Dave’s Private Residence Tented Wedding in Bethesda, MD. Photography by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu.

Loved this custom chevron bar from Something Vintage! Neon signs were a big trend in 2018. Photography by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu.

Loved this custom chevron bar from Something Vintage! Neon signs were a big trend in 2018. Photography by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu.

FIRST LOOK WITH A FUR BABY!

If you know me IRL or follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret that I am all about the puppy parent life. So, when Patricia told me that she and Rahul were going to include their adorable pup Zoey in their first look, I knew it was going to be a moment for the books. As you can see, she was a natural in front of the camera and it made for the sweetest family photo ops! Even though Zoey went home after the first look, she made an appearance throughout the day on custom cocktail napkins and invitation stamps, as well.

Patricia and Rahul’s Wedding at Strong Mansion Maryland. Photography by Clarence Chan.

Patricia and Rahul’s Wedding at Strong Mansion Maryland. Photography by Clarence Chan.

Custom cocktail napkins and stamps featuring their beloved pup was such a fun detail! Photography by Clarence Chan.

Custom cocktail napkins and stamps featuring their beloved pup was such a fun detail! Photography by Clarence Chan.

HEAD TABLE DESIGNS

2018 was definitely the year of head tables and couples opting to be seated with their wedding parties for the reception. By the looks of it, we are continuing to see this trend for 2019 and loving it! From a design perspective, it gave us a fun way to create a focal point with statement floral installations or special base plates and table top rentals. A couple of my favorite head table designs from the year are below!

Liesl + Daniel’s Wedding at Evergreen Museum & Library. Photography by Katie Merkle.

Liesl + Daniel’s Wedding at Evergreen Museum & Library. Photography by Katie Merkle.

Patricia + Rahul’s Wedding at Strong Mansion. Photography by Clarence Chan.

Patricia + Rahul’s Wedding at Strong Mansion. Photography by Clarence Chan.

Behind the scenes at Lauren + Spencer’s Wedding at the Grand Lodge of Maryland. Photography by Dyanna LaMora.

Behind the scenes at Lauren + Spencer’s Wedding at the Grand Lodge of Maryland. Photography by Dyanna LaMora.

THOUGHTS FOR 2019

While 2018 is going to be a tough year to top, I am so excited for what what’s to come in 2019. During this off-season, I’m really taking time to hone in on business practices and think about how we can take our client experience up a notch. My goal is not to take as many weddings as we can possibly book, but a limited number of weddings that are an amazing fit so we can truly be invested and attentive to the clients we serve at a personal level. I’ve been blown away by the results and feedback from designing this year and I would love to take on more design-involved projects in the years ahead.

Another goal is keeping up with regular blogging! I fell out of the routine during busy season last year, and I’m going to do my best to blog every three weeks in 2019. Hopefully putting that out into the universe gives me more motivation to stick to it! Finally, I’m looking forward to seeing some of our beautiful weddings published this year so I can finally share ALL of the good stuff!

If you are loving the work you see here, feel free to drop a line! We have spots open for 2019 and are now booking 2020 weddings. The earlier you book your wedding planner, the more you’ll benefit from our guidance to set you on the right track from the start and avoid costly mistakes. Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2019!

Elegant, Vintage-Inspired Evergreen Museum & Library Wedding | Liesl & Daniel

Liesl and Danny’s Labor Day weekend wedding was filled with real emotion and joy as they started their new chapter together. It was so wonderful to see Liesl and Danny reunited, given that the majority of the planning process he had been deployed overseas serving our country. I loved working with Liesl and her sweet mom Kris to perfectly curate each detail for this wedding. They have such fabulous taste and were totally willing to be creative and think outside the box, which for me as their wedding planner was a dream!

Our design inspiration came from Liesl’s vision of old world Jane Austen and fairy magic, and the Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore was the perfect venue to make it happen. Effortlessly elegant was the name of the game! Neutral, soft colors, lots of greenery and pops of dusty blue were just so stunning in this setting.

Guests were invited to arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start for welcome cocktails (always a great idea in my book!), and then headed through Evergreen’s sprawling manicured gardens to witness the happy couple’s I do’s. For their reception in Evergreen’s Carriage House, an epic floral installation by Steelcut Flower Co. served as a backdrop for the head table, along with wreaths of soft greenery floating above guests’ tables. Vintage-inspired furniture pieces and tabletop details completed the look. The celebration continued well into the night with dinner and dancing, plus a tarot card reader to boot!

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Check out more of this wedding via the highlights film below, captured by Just Hitched Films!

Wedding Venue | Evergreen Museum & Library

Photographer | Merkle Photography

Wedding Planner & Designer | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Videographer | Just Hitched Films

Hair and Makeup | Vintage Veils

Florals | Steelcut Flower Co.

DJ | Evan Reitmeyer, My Deejay

Catering | Rouge Fine Catering

Stationary & Calligraphy | Stephanie B Design

Wedding Dress | Garnish Boutique

Specialty Rentals | White Glove Rentals

String Musicians | Two Rivers Chamber Music

Linen Rentals | BBJ Linen

Tarot Reader | Elite Tarot

Lighting | Event Dyanmics

Photo Booth | Pixilated

Classic Multicultural Wedding at Black Horse Inn Virginia | Lacey & Marc

Happy holidays everyone! I have been on a major blogging hiatus during a wonderful busy wedding season, however I am so excited to dive back in and share more of our 2018 weddings! Kicking off with this beautiful one from this past May.

Lacey and Marc, who originally met at their local church group, had a classic, thoughtful celebration that included meaningful details as nods to their cultures and travels together. Marc proposed at the top of a mountain in the Scotland highlands, once he and Lacey reached the peak.

We focused their wedding design concept on reflecting their love and nature and the outdoors, as well as complimenting the natural beauty of the venue, The Black Horse Inn in Warrenton, Virginia. Guests were seated at tables named by cities all over the globe that had a special place in their story. Their wedding took place on derby day, so it made perfect sense for Lacey ride into the ceremony with her parents on horse & carriage (not to mention the Black Horse Inn’s beautiful stables fit the bill!). Grove Lettering Co. designed double sided ceremony programs, with a Chinese translation on the reverse side for Lacey’s family and friends who traveled in from her home country. Their ceremony was officiated by their Reverend from the church where they originally met. Following dinner, Lacey changed into a traditional red Chinese wedding dress to honor her culture. Guests danced the night away and enjoyed the specialty Scotch bar, a nod to the location where they we’re engaged.

Enjoy these beautiful images captured by Rebekah J. Murray Photography, and check out the full vendor team at the bottom of this post!

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Venue | Black Horse Inn

Photographer | Rebekah J. Murray Photography

Event Designer | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Hair and Makeup | Metropolitan Makeup

Florals | Growing Wild Floral Company

DJ | Black Tie Entertainment

Catering | Market Salamander

Stationary | Minted

Calligraphy | Grove Lettering Co.

Horse & Carriage | Harmon’s Carriages

String Musicians | Atoka String Quartet

Wedding Cake | Market Salamander

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding at Annapolis Waterfront Hotel | Emily & Mike

My 2018 wedding season kicked off with Emily and Mike's wedding on the bay in Annapolis, Maryland and it was one for the books. Emily and Mike met by sheer luck out with their friends one night in Baltimore, just before last call. They exchanged numbers and soon thereafter, Mike asked Emily out on their first date. One date lead to another, and the rest was history! 

When Emily first came to me, she described how she wanted to transform the ballroom at Annapolis Waterfront Hotel into a light, ethereal and romantic setting. We also wanted to include subtle, playful nods to St. Patrick's Day that aligned with that vision. Look ahead to these stunning images by Dyanna LaMora, and I would say mission accomplished!

Dunkirk Designs created a custom crest with mini shamrocks for their wedding programs, favors and cocktail napkins. We drew attention away from the ballroom's dark carpet with gorgeous draping and uplighting around the perimeter of the ballroom by Event Dynamics. Luxe rose velvet table linens adorned guests tables topped with romantic florals by Love Blooms DC. You could feel the love and joy in the air as guests danced and celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs. Crist. These two are truly lucky in love and I'm so happy to have been a part of their special day!

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Venue | Annapolis Waterfront Hotel

Photographer | Dyanna LaMora

Wedding Planner & Designer | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Wedding Dress | Garnish Boutique

Hair and Makeup | Weddings by Sage

Florals | Love Blooms DC

DJ | District Remix

Cupcakes | Kupcakes and Co.

Rentals and Decor | Select Event Group and Event Dynamics

Programs, Favors & Day of Stationary | Dunkirk Designs

Calligraphy | The Lettering Well

Invitations | Minted

Men’s Tuxes | The Black Tux

Bridesmaid Dresses | ASOS

Classic Countryside Autumn Wedding | Megan and Zack

Happy New Year friends! I'm so excited to kick off my first blog post of 2018 with Megan and Zack's wedding day from this past November. While it turned out to be an exceptionally cold day, you could barely feel it with the love between these two. While posing for portraits outside in 30 degree weather, I specifically recall Megan say "I'm so happy that I can't feel a thing!".

Megan was stunning in a classic, elegant ballgown by Vera Wang, paired with adorable sparkly sneakers to keep her toes warm. Keeping with tradition, Megan and Zack decided not to see each other prior to their ceremony, which was officiated by Zack's family pastor at Jackson Chapel in Frederick, Maryland.

We pulled inspiration from seasonal autumn colors, the venue setting in Frederick's countryside, as well as their favorite flowers. Floral & Bloom designed gorgeous, textured bouquets consisting of soft, neutral tones and flowing silk ribbon for Megan and her bridesmaids. We pulled in pops of rich color with eggplant bouts for Zack and his groomsmen, and mixed into the low floral arrangements on guest tables. The other half of guest tables had elevated arrangements full of greenery and magnolia, adding warmth and texture to the pure white tent. One of my favorite details was the added greenery expertly installed on the tent's existing chandeliers by Floral & Bloom. A little addition that made such a big impact on the overall ambiance of the space!  

Check out some of the pretty details ahead captured by Rebecca Wilcher! View the full vendor team at the bottom of the post. Congratulations to Megan and Zack, it was a joy to be part of your big day! 

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Photographer | Rebecca Wilcher

Planner & Designer | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Ceremony Venue | Jackson Chapel

Reception Venue | Stone Manor Country Club

Catering | Carriage House Catering

Floral Designer | Floral & Bloom Designs

Hair Stylist | Styled By Anna Fazio

Makeup Artist | JoAnna Popp - Amie Decker Beauty

Stationary | Minted

DJ | District Remix

Ceremony Musicians | Two Rivers Chamber Music

Wedding Cake | Classic Bakery

Donuts | Ed's Country Bakery

Specialty Linens & Rentals | Select Event Group