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 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! 

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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

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 

5 Must Have Tips For Your Wedding Day Timeline

Ohh, the wedding day timeline. Its something you may be putting off until the final weeks leading up to the big day for several reasons. One, because it's certainly not the most fun part of the planning process, and two, it sounds simple enough, right? Not so much! Us planners can tell the difference between a thorough and realistic wedding day timeline versus those which could potentially cause major wedding day hiccups.

Given that photography plays a major role over the course of the entire wedding day, I've asked some of the DC area's best wedding photographers for their tips on timelines to give you insight from both a planner and photographer's perspective. Read on to learn five must have tips to ensure your timeline is on point for the big day!

 
Dyanna LaMora Wedding Day Timeline
 

1. You need ONE master timeline

Decide early on which of your vendors is going to prepare your master timeline. Ideally, it should be your wedding planner working in conjunction with your photographer - someone who is going to manage your day from the moment you begin hair and makeup to the last dance at the end of the reception. I have seen brides with different timelines from their photographer, their venue, their caterer and their DJ and while it's great to have all this help, too many cooks in the kitchen can be a recipe for disaster! Think about it - if one vendor's timeline is even 10 minutes off from someone else's, it will cause a domino effect of a delay that trickles down for your entire day. This is why it's super important to have one timeline, and to share and review that timeline with your vendor team to ensure everyone is on the exact same page. For all of my clients, whether Event Management or Full Planning, I review the timeline in detail with each vendor and receive their input before finalizing. 

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2. Be generous with time for dress and prep 

Once your hair and makeup is complete, you will need to figure in a block of time for getting on your dress. To help get a realistic estimate, I suggest timing how long it takes to get your dress and shoes on at your final dress fitting appointment; then add sufficient time for bridal portraits on top of that. Bonnie, of Bonnie Sen Photography shared, "the most common mistake is not leaving some time for bridal portraits and putting on the dress. I like to draw it out to 30 to 45 minutes to include some posed photos of just the bride before seeing anyone."

Photographer Dyanna LaMora pointed out the importance of allowing enough prep time for your bridesmaids, as well. "Make sure you leave extra room for the bride and all her bridesmaids to get ready in the morning. If the girls run late with hair and makeup, the whole day can go off schedule and there will be less time for photos."

Maryland Wedding Planner Timeline Tips

3. Determine the sunset time

If you plan to do any wedding photos outdoors, its important to include the sunset time in your timeline. This will help guide the best time in terms of lighting for newlywed and wedding party photos. Bonnie recommends outdoor photos take place 30 minutes before sunset in the city, or 15 minutes before sunset in an open landscape. 

Depending on your wedding month, the sunset time will also help determine when your ceremony should begin and end, to allow your photographer enough time to capture those sought after golden hour photos! 

4. Know the length of toasts in advance 

Be sure to ask your best man, maid of honor, or anyone else giving a toast to time it out so you can include this in your timeline. Better yet, give your wedding toasters a time limit to keep their speeches under! Three to five minutes per speaker is ideal. There's nothing that throws your timeline off more than a speech or surprise photo slide show presentation at a wedding that lasts for 45 minutes; and yes, it happens all the time! Communicating expectations with everyone involved in your wedding day, especially those speaking, is key to managing your timeline. 

5. Leave sufficient time for newlywed and group photos 

Many couples underestimate the time it takes to capture newlywed, family and wedding party photos. The more generous you are with your photo time, the better! Dyanna suggests, "60 minutes for bride and groom, 30 minutes for bridal party, and 30 minutes for family formals is ideal." In many cases, you can manage this time by doing a first look and having your wedding party photos taken BEFORE the ceremony, then newlywed and family photos taken after the ceremony during cocktail hour. 

I hope these tips are helpful!  What  other timeline tips or questions do you have? Let us know  the comments below!

Images:  Dyanna LaMora & Dani Leigh Photography