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. 

Wedding Timeline Tips Maryland Wedding Planner

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

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!