New Look, New Website, New Blog…Finally!

New Look, New Website, New Blog…Finally!

So you may have noticed something looks different around here. Did we get a new haircut? No. Did we lose weight? Ha, we wish! No, but aren’t you sweet to ask. Did you redecorate? Why, yes. Yes, we did.

We can’t tell you how excited we are to be writing this entry today – that our long-awaited new website (at least in our minds, it felt very long) and blog are finally done. It was a long process, longer than we would have liked of course, but we’re absolutely thrilled that not only is it live, but that we LOVE it!

In the coming weeks we look forward to sharing some of the inspiration and background for the new looks, but today we wanted to give a shout out to everyone that helped make this new site a reality. It really does take a village. 😉

Thanks so much to the incredible photographers who took many of the photos of us that you see in the Meet A&B sectionBen & Erin Chrisman, Katrina Wallace & Andrew Meija, James & Meridith Walters, and Jennifer Domenick. We are so honored to call you all friends and we SO enjoyed being “shot” by you all. Truly, you all made it so easy for us to come over to the other side of the lens and are excited to share some of our favorites that you took of us over the years. (This fun cupcake smashing photo is from our session with Ben & Erin in Austin earlier this year and we can’t wait to share more of their fantastic work from that day (& evening!) very soon.)

We’re also thankful to the talented wedding planners with whom we’ve gotten to work with on some of our favorite weddings over the years. Thank you to our wonderful colleagues, Jamie Sears, Pam Barefoot, Jodi Moraru, Windy Jennings, Easton Events and The Event Company for your inspiration and incredible hard work. We are honored to feature your work here, as well.

We also want to thank Love Jenna for taking our dream for our logo and making it a reality. You were absolutely worth waiting for! We so enjoyed working with you and look forward to collaborating on future projects together. Matt Thomas, your eye for design is unparalleled – thank you for also taking the crazy little seed idea we had and making it grow. Literally! Your professionalism, responsiveness and attention to detail was greatly appreciated and we can’t recommend you highly enough. We seriously could (and sometimes do…shhhh) watch that tree grow and the initials carved all day!

Ross and your team at Flosites worked tirelessly to get us live by our target date – thank you! We’re really thrilled with how everything turned out. And Blake, you know we just love you and Lilywillow Press— Mama & Papa Lilywillow, included! We’ve very much enjoyed our partnership over the years and sometimes we wonder if you know us better than we know ourselves. Thanks for tireless work and cheerful attitude when working with two perfectionists. Okay, semi-control freaks. Okay, control freaks. 😉

Lastly, but certainly not least, we want to thank all our wonderful clients throughout the years whom we’ve gotten to know and gotten to be part of such an important time in their lives. We’re so touched to call many of you friends. Huge thanks to the couples whose weddings we chose for the portfolio galleries. It was painfully hard to choose and in the end simply wanted to show a wide variety of work. Thank you to A&J, A&B, C&A, C&C, J&J, K&M, K&B, L&E, M&J, and T&N for inviting us into your lives and allowing us to capture and share your beautiful weddings. Simply put, you guys rock.

Our goal for you, dear reader, was to include several recent weddings showing a wide range of venues and budgets. We’ve broken down the galleries into People, Places, and Things to achieve that. In Places, we wanted to highlight vineyards, inns, historic mansions, ballrooms…you name it…venues as varied as the people choosing to marry there. We hope it helps inspire as you continue your planning.

It was also important to us to include all the dedicated professionals who worked together as a team to create such a perfect day for our happy couples shown in People. So for each featured wedding gallery, you’ll find a complete list of the talent in Resources.

We trust you’ve enjoyed poking around a bit and we hope to share some of the inspiration for the site and refreshed logo design in the coming weeks, as well as some behind the scenes.

Inspired Shoot :: A Garden Reception

Welcome back to the third and final installment of our inspiration shoot. For this last shoot we all got up at 5am (earlier for Jamie and her crew) to prepare everything, just for you :). It was a good idea we did though, as even at that early hour it was still quite warm and humid–a very typical Virginia summer. But everyone, especially our lovely talent, handled it with aplomb.

Everything turned out beautifully, and today we’re highlighting the happy couple’s intimate reception held in the hidden-gem-of-a-garden at the gorgeous Clifton Inn. If you haven’t already seen them, be sure to check out the proposal, and the engagement party. Oh, and the awesome feature on What Junebug Loves!

Once again, our sincere thanks to the fab team for donating their time, talent, and goods to make this everything it could be. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Venue: Clifton Inn
Event Design: Simply Chic Events
Floral Design: Pat’s Floral Designs
Make-Up: Lora Elaine Kelley
Hair: Jennifer with Elan
Stationary: Rock Paper Scissors
Wedding Cake: Mahlia’s Creations
Signage and Calligraphy: Nichole Creative
Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza
Groom’s Apparel: J. Crew

Love the guests names written on mirrored end tables!

Love the ombre!

Whoo-hoo! And the happy couple rides off into the sunset. Or to lunch. Either way, they’re doing it in style thanks to our ’85 Baby Benz making its debut appearance. 🙂

It was worth all the sleep deprivation (yawn), mosquito bites (ouch), blood (damn mosquitos), sweat (lots of it) and tears (happy ones to be sure) –  we are so incredibly psyched about how fun this shoot was with everyone and feel so lucky and honored to have been a part of it all. Above all, we want to thank to the fabulous ladies of Simply Chic Events – Jamie, Jessica, Kate & Claire – it was ultimately your dream and inspiration and we can’t thank you enough for including us as collaborators on your shoot and trusting us to capture your vision. So when can we do it all again? Ha! ;-D

With Great Joy,
…a&b

Inspired Shoot :: An Engagement Party

Welcome back happy people! Did you get to check out the first part of our inspired shoot, a picnic proposal yesterday? Today we’re sharing the happy couple’s engagement party, hosted by Maya & Josh, who have gotten some press here of late, celebrating their anniversary, a Junebug feature, and of course their own wedding! We found Clifton Inn’s Colina Farm house to be the perfect setting for the festivities that evening.

We can’t thank our incredible vendors enough for all their hard work!

Venue: Clifton Inn
Event Design: Simply Chic Events
Floral Design: Pat’s Floral Designs
Make-Up: Lora Elaine Kelley
Hair: Jennifer with Elan
Stationary: Rock Paper Scissors
Wedding Cake: Mahlia’s Creations
Signage and Calligraphy: Nichole Creative
Bride & Groom’s Apparel: J. Crew

The perfect POP!

While the ladies gush over the ring….

the boys enjoy cigars on the front porch at twilight.

Oh, what’s that…you want more? Well, we certainly don’t want to disappoint you then. Come back tomorrow for the intimate and sweet garden reception full of gorgeous details. You won’t want to miss their getaway in a certain classic car, too!

Inspired Shoot :: A Marriage Proposal

We knew when we did an inspiration  shoot we wanted to do something different, something more than just pretty pictures of pretty things and pretty people. When we spoke with our friend and fellow wedding pro Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events, we all conceived of something with a real couple, doing things that real people would do, keeping it as relatable as possible. Since we love us some great moments, we knew we wanted to involve some of our favorite past clients.

So we called up our dear friends Eric and Lora Kelley, whose wedding we shot back in 2008, and who were eager to return to the site of their wedding and serve as our primary models for this three part shoot. We did it over two admittedly sultry days at picturesque Clifton Inn here in Charlottesville. It was important for us to create a team of professionals who regularly provide the highest-quality work for their clients, and since our little ‘burb is often a destination for weddings, we thought how nice it would be to highlight some of these wonderfully talented and hard-working pros?

We’re so grateful to all the dedication everyone put in to it, for Brigitte and the entire Clifton staff for their hospitality, and especially for the inspiration and good old-fashioned hard work that Jamie and her team, including Jessica, Kate, and Claire brought to the shoot. The Simply Chic Events team wanted to show how you can take something you love (in this case, the modern and very current chevron pattern) and seamlessly weave it into not only your wedding day, but all your big events leading up to the big day.

We were all thrilled to see the shoot featured on the What Junebug Loves wedding blog yesterday and thought we’d share some more of our favorites from the shoot this week. First up, of course, a sweet picnic proposal!

If you’re planning a wedding in Charlottesville, we can’t recommend the following talented wedding professionals highly enough.

Venue: Clifton Inn
Event Design: Simply Chic Events
Floral Design: Pat’s Floral Designs
Make-Up: Lora Elaine Kelley
Hair: Jennifer with Elan
Stationary: Rock Paper Scissors
Wedding Cake: Mahlia’s Creations
Signage and Calligraphy: Nichole Creative
Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza
Groom’s Apparel: J. Crew

The shoots encompassed three parts, shot in order, starting with a proposal from Eric to Lora. After you look through all this gorgeousness, check in tomorrow for the couple’s happy engagement party (with a surprise appearance from another of our past clients). Enjoy!

Join us tomorrow when we have the Engagement Party for you!

xoxo,
…a&b

SnapHappy Photo Booth at the Dumbarton House Party

Did you already check out all the fab and fun detail and people shots from the end-of-summer party at Dumbarton House?  As we mentioned, of course, SnapHappy just had to attend, as well. Is a party really a party without a photo booth? We have our doubts.

We found some vintage inspired fabric for our backdrop and brought some fun 20’s inspired props with us. The gangster Tommy Gun was a huge hit with Bill, as well, as many of our fellow wedding pros. Ha! Not quite sure what that says about us. ;-D

Oh, and if you’re a Holland Photo Arts client and want this kind of fun from the SnapHappy photo booth at your wedding, just give us a ring!

A&B+K!

End of Summer Party at Dumbarton House

Every year we’re lucky enough to get to attend DC’s most stylish & fun party for wedding professionals. We always have so much fun getting to say goodbye to Summer and catch up with friends & colleagues as we all head into the busy Fall season. (Although, this year, we had a crazy busy Spring AND Summer season, too. Yea!) The sweet and stylish co-hosts, who always bring the par-tay: Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events, Pam Barefoot of ATrendy Wedding, and Laura Weatherly of Engaging Affairs.

This year was even better as we got to photograph the Gatsby-inspired soiree at beautiful Dumbarton House in DC. There were lawn games, a cigar lounge, beautiful white florals with feathers, and even pie favors! Snap Happy made an appearance as well & we’ll share those fun pics later this afternoon. Guests were invited to wear white and we brought 20’s inspired photo booth props to keep everyone in the mood. A special shout-out to our assistant Karen for coming out to help and party with us. Woot!

Thank you so much ladies for inviting us to photograph one of your most gorgeous soirees yet! Do we really have to wait until 2012 for the next one?? ;-D

Hair by Giselle and make-up by Noor Kazoun for Jamie, Pam, Laura & yours truly! Such a treat!

You’re invited! Just gorgeous invitations from the Dandelion Patch.

Signage by Pretty Mail Calligraphy.

Nick Perez of Multiflor provided so many visual treats with his floral displays. Amazing as always.

Capital Party Rentals and Capital Decor and Events provided much of the beautiful furniture.

There’s an instruction we can get behind.

Pie sisters! Love that name.

These ladies (and gentleman–hidden) of Carte Blanche from Elan Artists did an amazing job entertaining everyone that evening.

Well Dunn Catering provided gorgeous treats that almost looked too good to eat. Yum!

The ladies presented an anniversary cake (baked by Kendall’s Cakes) to the happy couple (below)!

Kelly & Patrick – together for 20 years! Congratulations, you two!

Such a fun evening all around! Stay tuned for some of the fun shots from the world-famous SnapHappy Studio!

Get Married in Orange County…in Virginia! (Part 2)

Welcome back! How’d you enjoy Part 1? Part 2 starts Day 2 of the tour off with what else, but more food! But first, we wanted to take a moment to publicly thank all the wonderful vendors who helped make this incredible, inaugural tour such a success. (Special thanks to Korie Lynn & Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting for the vendor list and links!)

Catering: The Barbeque ExchangeBeggars BanquetElmwood at SparksReal FoodStonefire Station
Dessert: Cakes by Kristine, Charlottesville CupcakeReal Food
Event Planning: McBride Events
Event Rentals: Beggars BanquetFestive FareGibson RentalHunt Country Rental
Flowers: Colonial Florist & AntiquesGarden Gate FloristGentle GardnerLacy’s FloristSugar Magnolias
Invitations: Good Press Paper Co.If So Inklined Calligraphy
Music: Jesse Harper and the Love Canon String Band, Odd Legged Jenny
Tour Photography: Korie Lynn PhotographyCramer Photo
Touring: Tourguide
Transportation: James Limousine
Venues: Chestnut Hill Bed and BreakfastHolladay House Bed and BreakfastInn at Westwood FarmInn at Willow Grove, Inn on Poplar HillJames Madison’s MontpelierMayhurst InnRounton FarmStonefire StationThe Light Well

Here, we’re starting off day two of the tour with a very tasty breakfast back at Chestnut Hill. Delish!

Amazingly, neither of us had yet visited Montpelier. It was beautiful and what a hidden treasure! We’re sad to say that we had no idea they did weddings here and look forward to shooting one there sometime soon.

Just before lunch we arrived at the newly remodeled Inn at Willow Grove. Wow. Just. Wow. Seriously. WOW.

Ginger mint iced tea anyone? Yes, please.

This is fantastic, and really shows the irreverent elegance found at this inn.

We got a quick tour of their brand new barn, for use for events.

The original ruins space can be tented if needed, and is perfect for cocktails.

After a truly incredible lunch (we were too busy chowing down like we hadn’t eaten in weeks apparently to actually photograph any of it), we reluctantly said goodbye to Willow Grove’s amazing owners and top-notch staff, but vowed to return again very soon.

We weren’t there for terribly long, but enjoyed a few relaxing minutes at Stonefire Station, just outside Gordonsville. We’re looking forward to returning for lunch.

And finally, we ended the tour at beautiful Barboursville Vineyards.

Many people choose the ruins as a backdrop for their ceremony. You can probably see why.

 

And the whole group…

Whew. Well, thank you for joining us on this little pictorial tour of beautiful Orange County, Virginia – truly a little slice of heaven in our own backyard. We wish we had taken even more photos looking back, but honestly, we were just so immersed in taking it all in. Whether you check some of these beautiful places out for either your wedding, party or just for a little getaway – you won’t be disappointed. All the vendors we got to meet were so giving and genuine – it was such a pleasure getting to know them and their talents. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, at all, about the places we went or the people we met. Lastly, HUGE thanks to the ever talented and tireless Jen McBride for extending this wonderful invitation to us and planning such a special event. We look forward to returning to Orange and capturing it’s beauty as often as possible.

Get Married in Orange County…Virginia!

One of the nice things about living where we do is the abundance of rural beauty within close proximity to civilization. This was recently illustrated once again when we were invited to be a part of select group of  Virginia wedding professionals to go on a two-day tour of Orange County and experience some of its wedding venue and lodging options, and of course get to meet others such as caterers and florists and see some of their work live and in person. It was an incredible experience to be a part of  and are so honored to have been included. Of course we couldn’t go without bringing along a camera, as we had a feeling there might be a few things we’d love to share with you all. 🙂

Jennifer McBride of McBride Events teamed up with Jay Billie of Inn at Westwood Farm to very impressively bring an entire team of venue owners, caterers, florists, and a tent provider to create a two-day experience for those invited. Accommodations were provided, and quite honestly, I don’t think we stopped eating and drinking throughout the trip (although there seemed to be somewhat less drinking the second day, ha). We were impressed not only with the quality of much of what was highlighted, but the fact that so many peopled teamed up to work together toward a common goal. We look forward to working more in this beautiful county and with these capable, friendly people. Thank you, Jen and Jay, for the invitation! We were thrilled to be a part of it.

After several days of non-stop rain, much of the ground was muddy, so there weren’t a lot of highly fashionable shoes being seen. Unless you consider wellies to be highly fashionable. (Which we do, especially since Anne didn’t have any! How she’s managed to stay out of the rain for the past 1o years, I don’t know. 😉 )We started out the morning of the first day at the picturesque Rounton Farm, complete with chickens, horses and baby chicks!

Yes, these new chicks were a big hit with the group.

Tweeting about how awesome this hay ride is, Kate?

This pasture is the perfect spot for a ceremony or even for putting up a tent for your reception.

After Rounton, we split into two groups and ours then headed to Chestnut Hill B&B, which decorated its ceremony site in preparation for our arrival. And lucky for us, this is also where we got to spend the night with a few of our newest and closest friends. We very much look forward to returning someday soon!

Yes, it was 11am on a Tuesday. Why do you ask?

Historic Mayhurst Inn was next, and this statue reminded us of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

The tent was manufactured by Tidewater Sail Cloth Tents and provided by Gibson Rental. Why do we mention this? We’ve never seen a tent let in so much light while providing a soft, diffusing effect to direct sunlight. It was gorgeous inside the tent, and we wished all our tented wedding receptions used these tents. Just beautiful light. Seriously, great light. 🙂

Spare the cat. Really. Other cats at Mayhurst Inn include Me Too and Dammit (as in “dammit, another cat”). Love it! No extra charge for them at your wedding either.

Next stop –  Inn on Poplar Hill. We loved this irreverent check in sign.

What a great site for a ceremony, under a huge Linden tree strung with cafe lights.

This is the view from a hammock located on their expansive property. Yea, we might not have wanted to leave.

Friend and fellow shutter bug, Sara Cramer in the foreground relaxing for a few minutes before our walk-about trip out to the cat fish pond. One of the few times we’ve seen her without a camera for five minutes! Rest assured, she picked it up again soon – see more pics on her blog (hopefully!) soon.

This is an original Tiffany window located inside St. Thomas church. Absolutely. Stunning.

Final stop for the day before heading to dinner…

Our very own Charlottesville Cupcakes! You can order your own, or get them weekly at Para Coffee. Yum! And yes, we had cupcakes before dinner. Did we mention, we didn’t stop eating on this trip?! We just couldn’t turn down all the tasty treats that were offered up everywhere we went.

While we didn’t bring our camera to the big, tented dinner (for some reason, Bill didn’t think it went with his outfit 😉 )at the Inn at Westwood Farm, you should at least check out the inn and its myriad spots for a personalized ceremony with million dollar views. It’s absolutely gorgeous and would definitely be on our short list should we be getting married.

Be sure to check out Part 2 later today where we’ll also share the official list of all the incredible vendors who donated their time, energy and expertise to this wonderful venture – in the middle of wedding season no less!

Friday’s FAB Finds {035}

Happy Friday! Let’s get right to it as we’ve got a “chockfull o’ beautiful, inspiring photos FAB Find” for your viewing pleasure today!

Places We Love – Veritas Vineyard

Well, looking back over some past FAB Finds, I was shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, to discover that we had not yet featured one our very favorite places in our neck of the woods. Notice, I didn’t say favorite wedding venue. While it is most certainly one of those, it’s also just one of our favorite places to visit on our own time, as it were. When friends and family visit from out of town, Veritas is the FIRST (and oftentimes the only if it’s a short visit) winery we take them to. We love attending Starry Nights with dear friends and attending their big New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball one of these days is most definitely on our must-do list. Maybe you want to check out their upcoming Easter Brunch or Mother’s Day Brunch?

We can think of nothing better than hanging out on their big, comfy leather couches in their warm, red-hued tasting room, sipping some incredible wines, discovering tasty cheeses and toasting our good fortune that we get to live in such an incredible area such as the beautiful Blue Ridge. We are also lucky enough to get to shoot at Veritas more often than any other venue – local or otherwise! (We can’t believe our first wedding there was over five years – back in the Summer of 2005!) Owners Andrew and Patricia, along with their wine-maker daughter, Emily and equally fabulous younger daughter, Chloe, event manager extraordinaire, have been making brides and groom’s wishes come true for years now. Truly. While they host many, many weddings (sometimes three in one weekend!), they treat each and every couple as if it was their only wedding on the calendar – no matter now large or how intimate the wedding.

Just in case you need more enticement, check out just a few of our favorite Veritas wedding photos through out the years!

If you’re looking for an incredible space and location for your upcoming wedding, do yourself a favor and make sure Veritas is on your must-visit list!

Your FAB Finds Fairy Godmother,
…anne

CCWEP Party at Oak Ridge Estates

We had a great time this past week seeing so many long-time friends at the Community of Charlottesville Wedding and Event Professionals get-together out at beautiful Oak Ridge Estate. Despite the rainy afternoon, 120 area wedding professionals got together for some delicious food put together by The Rock Barn and great times. We’re so grateful to Claire Goodman and Jessica Sheffield for putting together our Spring shindig.

Some tabletop displays created with very local flowers by Pharsalia and table linens by Festive Fare.

Pretty flowers provided by Blue Ridge Floral Designs.

Wintergreen Winery provided a variety of vino for everyone. We need to plan a tasting as we had only the chardonnay. It was quite tasty. More please!

Seriously tasty fare. No one left hungry.

Prefer beer instead of wine? Well, we had that too, courtesy of Blue Mountain Brewery. If you like hoppy beer, their Full Nelson is pretty close to unbeatable.

Songs you could sing along to provided by Bennie Dodd.

And of course, no party is complete without a SnapHappy Studio photo booth!

Giving Thanks…

Last week we packed up half our kitchen (and pretty much the entire contents of our fridge) and headed over to beautiful Smith Mountain Lake where we met my brother and his family  to celebrate Thanksgiving at a lovely rented lake house. It was a perfect mix of eating, snoozing, playing and relaxing and we all agreed that we didn’t really want to leave when the time came. We brought a new lens along with us so we had some fun playing around with it, too!

We gave thanks to all the incredible blessings in our lives – family, friends and of course, the most amazing clients around! We hope you and your families enjoyed a fun and tasty holiday, too! Is  Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years really right around the corner though?!?

When Anne saw our friend Jennifer Carroll’s recipe for Cheddar Biscuits with Herb Butter in the November issue of her Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Caroll, she knew we had to try them out for our Thanksgiving meal. They did NOT disappoint – sooooo yummy and so incredibly easy! Seriously, you want to find a reason to make these right now. For more holiday recipes and decorating tips, be sure to check out the new December issue, too!

This local hard cider was the perfect, if unusual. choice for the honey-baked ham.

Wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Peanut Butter cookies, right? 😉

Andy & Jen’s yummy pumpkin pie!

And then of course there’s playtime afterward to work off all those calories.

Breakfast Saturday morning. Yeah, he’s a pretty cute nephew.

Seriously.

Tell us he’s not. We dare you. 😉

Ah, Thanksgiving – the gateway holiday. Gotta love it. Hope you and yours did!

xoxo,
…a&b

Friday’s FAB Finds {031}

Happy Friday, y’all!

People We Love AND Invitations We Love – Lilywillow Paper & Press
A special two-fer FAB find today! We found Lilywillow, and thus Lilywillow’s founder and uber-talented designer of Lilywillow, when she did the invitations for Marcie and Garret’s sweet plantation wedding in Richmond a few years ago. We absolutely loved their custom-designed invitations. Not only were they gorgeous, but they captured m&g and their wedding to a “t”.

Shortly after their wedding, Blake contacted us about using some of photographs I took of them in the buttercup grove at Tuckahoe on their wedding day on her web site. We, of course, said yes and thus a wonderful relationship was born. We were so impressed with her work, her attention to detail and her responsiveness. In addition to having Lilywillow on our recommended vendor’s list ever since, we’ve turned to Blake several times over the years when we’ve needed some professional design services.

I was perusing her lovely little blog, Mowing the Driveway, (how cute is that name, by the way?! :)) a little while back and among the many cool designs she’s done for couples, one in particular made me swoon. Check out this gorgeous suite she did that were inspired by the bride’s teal suede shoes! I *love* the teal ink color with the kraft brown paper and simple single red heart indicating the location of the wedding. Simply stunning!

And another reason we love Blake – her sense of humor! The reply card in this suite was especially charming. Check out the responses:

Please Respond by September 1st, 2010

_ We’ll be there with bells on

_ We’ll be there free of bells

_ We’ll be there…undecided on bells

_ We’ll not be there…Heard there will be people wearing bells

_ We’ll not be there…Regardless of the bell controversy

Pure awesomeness. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a great designer, you’ll want to give Blake a ring or drop her a note. We’re sure she’d love to hear from you!

One of the projects we had her help us with was our 2009 Postcards desk calendar to coincide with the launch of our Postcards travel section of our website. We sent her several of our travel photos from some of our favorite places that we wanted to use and gave her some guidelines as to the look and feel we wanted and let her run with it. Needless to say, we LOVED the results the calendars were a BIG hit among our clients, colleagues and friends.

And, of course,  we couldn’t leave  you to start your fabulous weekend with out sharing Marcie & Garrett’s sweet invite and programs. 🙂

Have a FAB weekend!!

Cheers,
…anne


The OFFICIAL Goodbye to Summer Party!

For the third year in a row, three of our absolute favorite planners in the whole world, teamed up once again to throw an end of Summer party for DC area wedding professionals – held this time at the Lotus Lounge (complete with Buddha-tini’s!). It’s something we look forward to every year. Not only do we get to attend an always-swanky party, we LOVE getting to see so many of our friends in colleagues in one place. Thanks, Pam, Jamie and Laura for including us! The fantabulous Katherine Patsas Nevitt of KPN Hair & Makeup helped the ladies truly put the gorgeous in their gorgeous affair, too! (Psssssst…she also does bridal hair and makeup!!

(Special thanks to our friends at Love Life Images for documenting the event and bringing their Snapshot Studio for us all to play in! You practically couldn’t get us out of it, as you can see below. We hope you’ll indulge us as we step on the other side of the lens for a change. And didn’t I tell you in the last FAB Finds on photo booth props, that people will make their own props? See the hubs below. 🙂 )

The beautiful hostesses! Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events, Laura Weatherly of Engaging Affairs and Pam Barefoot of ATrendy Wedding.

Favorites from the night…

Bill not getting the memo.

Looks like he got his one though. ;-D

With Pam and her wonderful hubby, Doug!

Jamie and Jessica of Simply Chic Events along with Katherine of KPN!

With Jamie, Pam, Terri Eaves of Bash! and Jennifer Domenick of Love Life!

Bill “finding” a photo booth prop.

Looks like Anne “found” one, too.

Yea, we love us some photo booth action.

And a few of the swank party itself, courtesy of Love Life Images…


Nick Perez of Multiflor provided flowers in beautiful shades of pink and Capital Decor decked out the club entrance with fuschia draping.

Shortbread cookie + strawberry milk shooter = major YUM! Thanks Well Dunn Catering!

Wouldn’t you know we somehow missed these buddha cookies (too much time in the photobooth perhaps?! ;)) but they sure looked good! Thanks to Lara from Fluffy Thoughts.

Alas, the night always goes by way too fast, but hey, there’s always next year to look forward to! Cheers, ladies!

xoxo,
….a&b

Fun at the B-List Party

We had a bit of a whirlwind tour of fun get-togethers and wedding-related parties over a few days starting this past Friday night, with the B-List Meet & Greet hosted by several of the nation’s top wedding bloggers kicking it off. It was so much fun catching up with friends we hadn’t seen in a while and of course meeting new ones and forging new bonds. There was, as there seems to be at most awesome events, a photo booth, in which we were happy to partake and sneak in front of the camera for a change. Rockin’ photos of yours truly below.

xoxo,
…a&b

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