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

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 

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

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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

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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

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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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