Classic DC Wedding At The Mayflower Hotel - Sarah & Jeff

It was a gorgeous day in the midst of Spring for Sarah and Jeff's big day. The Mayflower Hotel has quickly become one of my favorite venues to work with in DC. Not only because of it's classic, breathtaking event spaces, but because their team is truly second to none (shout out to Kelly Dodds!).

Sarah and Jeff's wedding day was magical from start to finish. Jeff set the tone by proposing to Sarah at Disney World on a private cruise, and I loved how they tied in subtle nods to Disney throughout the wedding day. Sarah came down the aisle to an instrumental "Tale As Old As Time" from Beauty and the Beast. In a gorgeous, beaded ballgown from Kleinfeld Bridal, she could have easily passed for a Disney princess herself! 

They said their vows under a dreamy chuppah adorned with purple and white flowers, and hanging glass bubble candles. Guests danced the evening away to live music performed by Round Midnight in Mayflower's opulent Grand Ballroom, and finished off with a delicious funfetti cake from Milk Bar topped with a Tale As Old As Time cake topper. 

I hope you enjoy these stunning images by the incredibly talented Audra Wrisley. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see the full vendor dream team! 


Photographer | Audra Wrisley

Event Coordinator | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Venue and Catering | The Mayflower Hotel

Floral Design | Edge Floral Event Designers

Hair & Makeup | Georgetown Bride

Wedding Dress | Kleinfeld Bridal

Wedding Invitations | Meant To Be Calligraphy

Cake | Milk Bar Store

Band | Round Midnight

Videographer | Birchfields

Ceremony Music | Innocenti Strings

Earthy Chic Autumn Wedding Editorial

If there's one thing I love about planning weddings in the DC area, it's that the possibilities are endless. While DC is best known for its classic grand ballroom and opulent historic venues, this city has some hidden gems for those looking for something outside the norm. My goal in this editorial was to intertwine a nature inspired, organic setting with glamorous elements - an aesthetic that's best described as "earthy chic"!

Woodend Sanctuary was the perfect venue to bring this vision to life. Located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, the venue features a historic mansion surrounded by a sprawling, peaceful oasis of preserved nature right outside of our bustling nations' capital. The al fresco table scape, effortlessly chic bride-to-be, marble textures, subtle pops of lavender and soft pink were some of the intentional details that made this editorial so special. It turned out to be everything we envisioned and more thanks to an amazing, super talented vendor team and stunning images captured by Dani Leigh Photography. You may recognize some of these images from our Wedding Chicks feature, as well!

Loved this simple, yet elegant marbled invitation suite with deckled edges and copper foil, by Ruby the Fox

Wooden cross back chairs and farm table from Party Rental Ltd. blended seamlessly to Woodend's landscape. Is there anything better than al fresco dining during golden hour in autumn?

This hand-tied bridal bouquet by Jasmina Design was made up of greenery, eucalyptus and foliage, with lavender and cream roses. It was recently named by BRIDES as one of the best rose bouquets this year

We added pink glassware to tie in the floral tones, which really made the table scape pop.

Marble, wood and hammered copper were some of the organic textures that we tied into the table scape design. 

How amazing are these sugar flowers and copper sugar ribbon by Catherine George Cakes?!

Our awesome model Maura, looking stunning in Woodend's wildflower meadow. So many unique spaces for photo ops here! 


Venue | Woodend Sanctuary

Planning & Design | Sarah Kazemburg Events + Styling

Photographer | Dani Leigh Photography

Florals | Jasmina Design

Bridal Gown & Accessories | Couture By Posh Bridal

Hair & Makeup | Alison Harper & Co. 

Stationary | Ruby The Fox

Cake | Catherine George Cakes

Furniture, Linen & Tabletop Rentals | Party Rental Ltd.

Model | Maura Deegan

New Years Eve Wedding on Baltimore Harbor - Beth Ann & Drew

Happy New Year loves! It's my first blog post of 2017, and what better way to begin than with Beth Ann and Drew's gorgeous New Years' Eve wedding! This past summer, I met Beth Ann during a photo shoot for Baltimore Bride magazine. As we casually chatted about her engaged life with Drew and NYE wedding plans, I remember thinking to myself that she had the most positive, warm energy and was just an overall awesome person to be around. She's one of those rare people who you meet and immediately feel comfortable with. So, when she asked me to be her wedding coordinator, I was beyond honored!

Beth Ann and Drew went with a classic NYE color palette of black, white, gold and of course plenty of sparkle. After a super romantic, emotional first look on the harbor, they said their vows at Corpus Christi Church in Baltimore, which was fully decorated with white poinsettias and beautiful candlelight from Christmas. Beth Ann truly looked breathtaking in her Lazaro gown and cathedral length veil with delicate beading, and I loved her bridesmaids' sparkly rose gold gowns juxtaposed with classic white and green bouquets. 

Next, it was onto the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor to celebrate the new Mr. and Mrs. Kersse! You could feel the magic in the air as guests arrived to the reception space at the top floor of the hotel, featuring stunning, panoramic views of Baltimore Harbor. Guest tables were adorned with black and gold linens with beautiful floral arrangements and candlelight, creating a perfect ambiance for the night. A custom gold script ornament with each guests' name was placed at their seat, which added such a sweet touch. 

Confetti flew, guests mingled and danced well past midnight, enjoying an amazing view of the New Years' fireworks over the harbor. Congratulations to the happy couple - you two are truly wonderful and know how to throw a party! Enjoy these stunning photos by the incredibly talented Dyanna LaMora, which perfectly capture the details, the beauty and the love that surrounded this special day. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full vendor team! 

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Wedding Coordination and Styling | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Photography | Dyanna LaMora

Venue | Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Floral Design | Flowers & Fancies

Hair & Makeup | Caitlyn Meyer

Robes | Plum Pretty Sugar

Wedding Dress | Love Couture Bridal

Wedding Dress Designer | Lazaro

Bridal Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Bridal Veil | Kleinfeld Bridal

Men’s Tuxes | Lapel

Wedding Invitations | Wouldn’t it be lovely

Bridesmaid Dresses | Rent the Runway

Cake | Sugar Bakers

Band | Bachelor Boys Band

Videography | Visual Rose Wedding Videogrpahy

Transportation | Concourse Vintage limosine

Photo Booth | Monumental Moments

Linens & Chair and Love Seat Decor | Two Hands Studio


Tips for Being Intentional When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

 Woodend Sanctuary - Chevy Chase, MD (Image by Dani Leigh Photography)

Woodend Sanctuary - Chevy Chase, MD (Image by Dani Leigh Photography)

We're officially in the midst of holidays, and for us in the wedding industry, it's also a time known as engagement season - woohoo! According to WeddingWire, 40% of couples will get engaged during the months of November through February. Love is most definitely in the air! That means plenty of you will be kicking off your wedding plans as we transition into the new year. One of the first, and most important decisions you will make is choosing the location where you say your "I Do's" and celebrate your nuptials with all of your loved ones. Have you envisioned what your dream wedding day will look like? If not, now is the time to start! 

For those getting married in the District, Maryland or Virginia, the awesome part is that your venue options are plentiful. However, the most popular venues book up well over a year in advance during peak wedding season (late April through early November). Having two or more potential wedding dates, or better yet a season, will give you the best selection for venue options. If you're set on getting married in less than a year and need to commit to a venue ASAP, you will definitely find that having a wedding planner that specializes in your local area a smart investment. (Contact us to learn more about my Venue Scouting service) 

As you dive into the venue search, here are some tips to ensure that you are being intentional and efficient with your valuable time when choosing your perfect wedding venue. 

compile an estimated guest count

Before scheduling your venue visits, be sure to sit down with your fiance and any others whose input will effect your guest count. In most cases, those who are contributing financially to the wedding will have a say in the guest list. Based on your discussions, come up with a guest count range that your venue must be able to accommodate. Many venues have both a minimum guest count requirement, as well as a maximum capacity cutoff. I recommend that couples err on the side of the lower guest count, because it's always easier to add guests than to reduce them once you're committed to a venue and caterer. 

Your estimated guest count should be realistic for your budget purposes, as well. Booking the venue and caterer should not consume your entire budget - be sure to leave room for photography, flowers, rentals and decor, entertainment, and more!

determine your non-negotiables

Think about what your wedding absolutely must have. Have you and your fiance always dreamed of an autumn wedding with beautiful fall foliage, or saying your vows by the water? Make a list of your top three non-negotiables, and allow this to drive your venue search! If you want a spring wedding with gardens, greenery and nature, it wouldn't make sense to visit hotel ballrooms if they can't deliver on the vision you want. 

Will many of your guests be traveling a distance to attend your wedding? If so, you may want to consider venues which have on-site accommodations for your guests, or at least nearby lodging options, so they won't have to worry about getting lost in an unfamiliar area. Better yet, a venue that can host your rehearsal dinner and/or post wedding brunch is a lovely way to spread out the wedding fun for the entire weekend and spend more time with your guests traveling from afar. 

If it's important to you to be married in a church or house of worship, use your ceremony location to help determine where your reception will be. To be considerate of guests' time, the shorter the distance and "wait" time between the ceremony and reception, the better. Also, be mindful of the time of year your wedding will take place. If you are planning a wedding during the peak summer months, you should only consider venues which offer proper cooling and air conditioning to ensure the comfort of you and your guests. Melted cake? No thanks! 

what type of venue fits you as a couple?

Maybe your engagement came as a complete surprise, and you have no idea what your wedding day is supposed to look like. That's the best part! You can, and totally should curate your day based on your personality as a couple. How did you two meet? What are your favorite things to do together?

If you're outdoorsy and love spend your free time hiking or camping, a woodsy, off-the-beaten path venue may be perfect for you. If you're big-city dwellers and love all things luxury and grand, an high-end hotel or prestigious museum would appeal to you. Alternatively, a couple who wants a city wedding with a modern, avant-garde feel may opt for an industrial-chic art gallery. A couple who loves peaceful, romantic settings and the countryside may find that a European inspired winery or villa is their ideal location.

The entire wedding planning process should be driven by what inspires you as a couple and reflects your personalities, while taking your families and guests' interests into consideration, as well. Once you think about these important aspects, you will be much more intentional in which venues you consider - and when you look back on your wedding day, you won't just remember the "where", you will also know that special "why"

What's most important to you in choosing a wedding venue? Let us know in the comments below!