2018 Weddings - Year In Review

2018 was such an incredible year in more ways that I can put into words. 15 couples wed, designs everywhere from vibrant, colorful ballroom weddings, to modern-classic tented weddings, to working with many of DC’s best wedding vendors - it’s been a dream ride! I brought on two amazing team members in 2018, Shelby and Michelle, who were instrumental in our events going off without a hitch. With the help of the lovely Emily Baird, I updated our company logo to a new design that better represents the modern romantic, sophisticated aesthetic of our brand and the couples we serve.

Before we go full speed ahead into 2019, I’m excited to share some of my favorite highlights and images from the past year. So much love and thanks to my couples for your trust with such an important day. It’s an honor that I do not take for granted, and seeing it all come to life after months of intricate planning, designing and decisions makes this the most rewarding career in the world to me!

Weddings at The LINE Hotel DC

The LINE Hotel opened it’s doors in Adams Morgan just at the brink of 2018, and I was so lucky to have planned two weddings here in it’s first year. It’s really a stand out wedding venue in the District! It’s sophisticated event spaces, rooftop with panoramic views of DC, modern hip decor and local culinary collaborations make it such a welcome addition to the DC wedding scene. If you’re planning an upcoming wedding at The LINE and in need of planning or design assistance, let’s chat!

Madi + Gabe’s Wedding @ The LINE Hotel DC. Photography by Abby Jiu.

Madi + Gabe’s Wedding @ The LINE Hotel DC. Photography by Abby Jiu.

Loved this vibrant, colorful head table design we dreamt up with Amaryllis, Inc. in The LINE’s Banneker Ballroom. Photography by Abby Jiu.

Loved this vibrant, colorful head table design we dreamt up with Amaryllis, Inc. in The LINE’s Banneker Ballroom. Photography by Abby Jiu.

Private Residence Tented Wedding in Maryland

I’m someone who thrives with projects that are new and challenging, which is probably why I have a special love for at-home tented weddings! There is nothing like building a venue from the ground up and designing in a completely blank canvas, which is exactly what we did for Melissa and Dave’s wedding in October. With just about 7 months(!) to plan this wedding and our couple living on the west coast it was a whirlwind to stay the least, but it could not have come together more perfectly. This is precisely why to hire a professional wedding planner - we know how to work smarter, match you with the right vendors and set you up for success!

What you don’t see is that private residence weddings have so many moving parts and back-end logistics - power, portable restrooms, lighting the property, just to name a few. Producing this event and having it go off without a hitch has been a major career highlight thus far. Just sharing a couple sneak peeks for now, but more to come of this epic wedding day soon!

Melissa + Dave’s Private Residence Tented Wedding in Bethesda, MD. Photography by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu.

Melissa + Dave’s Private Residence Tented Wedding in Bethesda, MD. Photography by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu.

Loved this custom chevron bar from Something Vintage! Neon signs were a big trend in 2018. Photography by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu.

Loved this custom chevron bar from Something Vintage! Neon signs were a big trend in 2018. Photography by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu.

FIRST LOOK WITH A FUR BABY!

If you know me IRL or follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret that I am all about the puppy parent life. So, when Patricia told me that she and Rahul were going to include their adorable pup Zoey in their first look, I knew it was going to be a moment for the books. As you can see, she was a natural in front of the camera and it made for the sweetest family photo ops! Even though Zoey went home after the first look, she made an appearance throughout the day on custom cocktail napkins and invitation stamps, as well.

Patricia and Rahul’s Wedding at Strong Mansion Maryland. Photography by Clarence Chan.

Patricia and Rahul’s Wedding at Strong Mansion Maryland. Photography by Clarence Chan.

Custom cocktail napkins and stamps featuring their beloved pup was such a fun detail! Photography by Clarence Chan.

Custom cocktail napkins and stamps featuring their beloved pup was such a fun detail! Photography by Clarence Chan.

HEAD TABLE DESIGNS

2018 was definitely the year of head tables and couples opting to be seated with their wedding parties for the reception. By the looks of it, we are continuing to see this trend for 2019 and loving it! From a design perspective, it gave us a fun way to create a focal point with statement floral installations or special base plates and table top rentals. A couple of my favorite head table designs from the year are below!

Liesl + Daniel’s Wedding at Evergreen Museum & Library. Photography by Katie Merkle.

Liesl + Daniel’s Wedding at Evergreen Museum & Library. Photography by Katie Merkle.

Patricia + Rahul’s Wedding at Strong Mansion. Photography by Clarence Chan.

Patricia + Rahul’s Wedding at Strong Mansion. Photography by Clarence Chan.

Behind the scenes at Lauren + Spencer’s Wedding at the Grand Lodge of Maryland. Photography by Dyanna LaMora.

Behind the scenes at Lauren + Spencer’s Wedding at the Grand Lodge of Maryland. Photography by Dyanna LaMora.

THOUGHTS FOR 2019

While 2018 is going to be a tough year to top, I am so excited for what what’s to come in 2019. During this off-season, I’m really taking time to hone in on business practices and think about how we can take our client experience up a notch. My goal is not to take as many weddings as we can possibly book, but a limited number of weddings that are an amazing fit so we can truly be invested and attentive to the clients we serve at a personal level. I’ve been blown away by the results and feedback from designing this year and I would love to take on more design-involved projects in the years ahead.

Another goal is keeping up with regular blogging! I fell out of the routine during busy season last year, and I’m going to do my best to blog every three weeks in 2019. Hopefully putting that out into the universe gives me more motivation to stick to it! Finally, I’m looking forward to seeing some of our beautiful weddings published this year so I can finally share ALL of the good stuff!

If you are loving the work you see here, feel free to drop a line! We have spots open for 2019 and are now booking 2020 weddings. The earlier you book your wedding planner, the more you’ll benefit from our guidance to set you on the right track from the start and avoid costly mistakes. Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2019!

Elegant, Vintage-Inspired Evergreen Museum & Library Wedding | Liesl & Daniel

Liesl and Danny’s Labor Day weekend wedding was filled with real emotion and joy as they started their new chapter together. It was so wonderful to see Liesl and Danny reunited, given that the majority of the planning process he had been deployed overseas serving our country. I loved working with Liesl and her sweet mom Kris to perfectly curate each detail for this wedding. They have such fabulous taste and were totally willing to be creative and think outside the box, which for me as their wedding planner was a dream!

Our design inspiration came from Liesl’s vision of old world Jane Austen and fairy magic, and the Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore was the perfect venue to make it happen. Effortlessly elegant was the name of the game! Neutral, soft colors, lots of greenery and pops of dusty blue were just so stunning in this setting.

Guests were invited to arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start for welcome cocktails (always a great idea in my book!), and then headed through Evergreen’s sprawling manicured gardens to witness the happy couple’s I do’s. For their reception in Evergreen’s Carriage House, an epic floral installation by Steelcut Flower Co. served as a backdrop for the head table, along with wreaths of soft greenery floating above guests’ tables. Vintage-inspired furniture pieces and tabletop details completed the look. The celebration continued well into the night with dinner and dancing, plus a tarot card reader to boot!

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Check out more of this wedding via the highlights film below, captured by Just Hitched Films!

Wedding Venue | Evergreen Museum & Library

Photographer | Merkle Photography

Wedding Planner & Designer | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Videographer | Just Hitched Films

Hair and Makeup | Vintage Veils

Florals | Steelcut Flower Co.

DJ | Evan Reitmeyer, My Deejay

Catering | Rouge Fine Catering

Stationary & Calligraphy | Stephanie B Design

Wedding Dress | Garnish Boutique

Specialty Rentals | White Glove Rentals

String Musicians | Two Rivers Chamber Music

Linen Rentals | BBJ Linen

Tarot Reader | Elite Tarot

Lighting | Event Dyanmics

Photo Booth | Pixilated

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!