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

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

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! 

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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

Elegant Maryland Country Club Wedding - Megan & Mike

My 2017 wedding season kicked off with Megan and Mike, and it couldn't have been a more amazing start to the year. When I think about absolute dream clients, honestly these two are it. Not only are they so in love and perfect together; but so caring, appreciative and genuine with every interaction and decision we made throughout the planning process (not to mention they are a ridiculously gorgeous couple!). I still remember how much I loved Megan's story about how she met Mike and his proposal, which I'll share a snippet from here:

"Mike and I met our senior year at the University of Maryland. My sorority sister and roommate knew him, and finally realized her two 'science nerd' friends should meet. We ended up in the same class for the first time that fall, became lab partners, and the rest is history! The proposal was so thoughtful and quite the weekend event. He tricked me into going back on campus for a basketball game, and as we walked through the plaza outside of where we had that lab together, he got down on one knee."

Megan and Mike's wedding day at Woodmont Country Club was absolutely gorgeous from start to finish. From their wooden chuppah with lush garlands and floral cascade; to Mike's grandfather and Megan's bridesmaid/sorority sister co-officiating the ceremony; to the romantic, elegant garden inspired reception design; it was something dreams are made of! District Remix had guests on a packed dance floor all night, beginning with the hora (seriously so fun!). It was a celebration full of love and merriment, and such an honor to be a part of. Enjoy these images by Bow Tie Photo, and scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full vendor team! 

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Wedding Management and Styling | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Photography | Zack Glenn, Bow Tie Photo

Venue and Catering | Woodmont Country Club

Floral Design | Floral & Bloom Designs

Makeup Artist | Tymia Yvette

Hair Stylist | Tina Harrell

Robes | Plum Pretty Sugar

Wedding Dress | Love Couture Bridal

Wedding Dress Designer | Mikaella Bridal

Wedding Invitations | Dunkirk Designs

Cake | Bertucco's Bakery

Donuts | Duck Donuts

DJ | Jordan Solender, District Remix

Videography | Shutter and Sound Films

Draping | Fabrication Events

Signage & Calligraphy | Leah Wolff Design

Love Seat & Vintage Decor | Two Hands Studio

Linens | Party Rental Ltd.

Hotel | Bethesda North Marriott and Conference Center

Coordination Assistant | Maura Deegan 

Our favorite new trends for 2017 weddings

Hey everyone! I can't believe summer is officially over and we are right around the corner of 2016 coming to an end. This also means that 2017 brides are getting down to business with their wedding plans and in the midst of making lots of decisions when it comes to color palettes, floral design, bridesmaids dresses... the list goes on and on!

Since my official business launch earlier this summer, I've been completely immersed in the latest wedding trends with a focus on Maryland and the DC Metropolitan area; both for 2017 clients and for upcoming styled photo shoots I'm leading planning on (which I can't WAIT to share more about on the blog very soon). So, I thought now would be the perfect time to share some of these amazing trends with all of you brides-to-be who want to step your decor game up a notch and incorporate these stunning ideas into your special day. Enjoy!

Ombre Color Palettes

 Ombre bridesmaids dresses; Image via Style Me Pretty

Ombre bridesmaids dresses; Image via Style Me Pretty

Recently, we are seeing less color palettes consisting of 3-4 distinct colors, and couples choosing to have one main color featured in an array of different shades. This turns out to be visually stunning, especially mixed with a metallic color. Our favorite colors for this trend include mixed shades of gray, purple, mauve, and blues. It's also an amazing way to update your bridesmaids dresses! Rather than have all of your maids' in matching dresses, you can add a lovely amount of dimension by choosing one color in different shades - and if you prefer, you can even keep the gown style the same for uniformity! If you need color samples to help you decide, a super easy idea is going to the paint section of a local Home Depot where you can pick up endless options for colors in various shades. You can also incorporate different shades of the same color into your floral design, invitation suite, and linens for a cohesive look. 

Go Green

 Image via Wedding Sparrow

Image via Wedding Sparrow

Lots of lush greenery with an organic feel is making a huge comeback with weddings. Even if you are having a ballroom style reception, greenery is perfectly acceptable for a black tie affair! There are so many beautiful shades of green that can work into any color palette: Emerald with jewel tones, Sage or Mint with light, airy colors, or Moss for a garden style palette, just to name a few. 

If you are using a head table, we love the idea of draping a lush green garland across the enter of the table with floral pieces along either side. For your bouquets, adding green pieces, such as eucalyptus, will give you lots of texture and make your blooms stand out against your dress. Even adding a simple piece of foliage, such as a branch of rosemary, on top of each guests' place setting is a simple, inexpensive way to add a green touch to your table scape.  Green is a symbol of rebirth and harmony, and is also known to be the most calming color. Who wouldn't want calming vibes on their wedding day?! 

Copper, Velvet & Silk Accents

 Copper details; Image via Style Me Pretty

Copper details; Image via Style Me Pretty

In recent years, weddings saw a huge wave of "shabby chic" decor - such as burlap, tulle, lace and DIY details. Most planners and industry experts agree that those trends are now on their way out, at least here on the east coast! The fresh way to add texture to your event design is with luxe fabrics such as velvet and silk. Instead of using satin or tulle to tie your bouquets, we love the idea of using an airy, loose silk tie which ups the romantic style factor. Silk table linens and ties can be purchased by fabric companies like Silk & Willow, or if you are looking for a less costly option there are many shops on Etsy that sell the fabrics for a reasonable price. Using a silk table runner across a farm table is super chic, elegant and modern. 

For fall and winter weddings, incorporating velvet into your wedding adds texture, warmth, and a rich feel. We especially love to see velvet in jewel toned color palettes! Velvet can be used inside an envelope liner, used to wrap boutonnieres or bouquets, or even as a table runner on your escort card table or dessert table. 

Finally, for 2017 we say that Copper is the new Gold! We especially love Copper for fall and winter weddings, but with the right palette it can be used any time of year. Like Gold, Copper is super versatile and can blend well into nearly any color palette. Copper looks amazing when used in foil lettering on invitations and paper goods, with votive candle holders, table numbers, wax seals, dinnerware and even cake stands! Our favorite use of Copper is mixing it with earthy colors: greenery, grays, taupes, burgundy, and purple shades. Darker and richer in color than gold with warmer undertones, copper is definitely having a moment. Moscow mule, anyone? :)

What are your favorite wedding trends for 2017? What trends would you like to see less of? Let us know in the comments below! 

What can a wedding planner do for you?

Today I'm covering a common question that most brides-to-be will contemplate soon after getting engaged. What do wedding planners actually do? Couldn't I just handle it myself? Here's some real tips and advice on what to expect during the planning process to help you decide whether hiring a professional is the best choice for you. 

Time is money

When it comes to weddings, this is not just a saying. You better believe it's the truth! According to The Wedding Report's 2015 market summary for the DC metropolitan area, there were a total of 35,909 weddings with an average total cost of $37,633. Say your event is a total of 6 hours long, then we can break that down to an average investment of $6,272.17 per hour. Like most big purchases, you want to make sure that you are getting the best services in return for your money. As a wedding planner, we are constantly networking with vendors and we make sure that we work with only the best - because our vendor referrals are a reflection of us, too! We also know which vendors are best suited to fit your style and budget, saving you tons of time and stress trying to figure it out on your own. For instance, if you told me you were having an Al Fresco style dinner reception in Baltimore with a floral budget of $3,000 I could whip out at least two amazing florists for you with photos and contact information, without you having to get online and research a thing. You should also take into consideration the time off work and used vacation days a planner can save you by coordinating with vendors on your behalf. 

Additionally, you will want to make the most of those pricey 5-6 hours of your life - why waste a precious minute on a potential mishap? Having a planner behind you is a safety net ensuring any issues that arise do not interfere with you or your guests' time. We make sure that your set-up and decor is on point, the lighting is perfection, the wedding party is lined up for the ceremony and ready on-cue, and we work with all of your vendors to keep your timeline on track. While you're dancing the night away and mingling with guests, you can count on your planner to direct you when it's time for speeches, cake cutting, and the bouquet toss. 

Knowledge (and a planner) is power

A CalPoly State University study found that that consistently weddings continue to rank seventh (7th) among 43 major stressful life events, and as a wedding planner that figure is not surprising to me at all. I will assure you, however, that it will be worth it in the end. You'll most likely think that to yourself during your first look or when you and your fiancé lock eyes coming down the aisle. But, before that happens, some level of stress is inevitable. There are so many moving parts to bringing a wedding together and countless decisions you will have to make: venue, catering, bar options, floral arrangements, guest lists, budgeting, honeymoon planning just to name a few. Without a planner, I promise you that it will become a second full-time job (assuming you and your fiancé already work full-time). Even more-so if you are planning from a distance, or have less than a year.

While our family and friends mean well, it's not uncommon for mothers, bridesmaids, and in-laws to push their opinions on you - making it even more difficult to finalize all of those decisions. I can't tell you how beneficial it is to have an un-biased resource to help you make these decisions; someone who knows the industry, knows what works and what doesn't, and is looking out for your best interests. 

Venue staff are not the same as planners or day-of coordinators

This is a very common misconception, one that I learned the hard way while planning my own wedding. Most likely, your venue will provide you with a point-of-contact person for your event, however you should not assume that they will take on the role of a planner. Venue staff work for the venue, while planners work for the couple. While some may have the title "event coordinator" they are usually present to ensure that you are complying with the venue's rules, keep track of what vendors are working on the property, and ensure that your guests and vendors respect the property during the event. If your venue staff offers to help with day-of coordination, find out specifically and to what extent they are willing to help you out (early on) so you can hire a planner if need-be. 

In other cases, family and friends may offer to help out, but I recommend against this. Once someone is working at your wedding, they are no longer a guest. Keep in mind that the event will be about 6 hours and it will fly by faster than you can imagine - do you really want someone important to you to be working for any portion of your special day, instead of celebrating by your side? 

To sum up, hiring a wedding planner is always going to be beneficial for your big day. For at least one day, you should let go of all worries and let us take over. You deserve it, and more than anything else, it will allow you and your fiancé to focus on each other and fully ENJOY this amazing time in your lives together. 

Xo,

Sarah 

 

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