Monthly Archives: October 2011

Color Me Beautiful: Lace

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The morning of the royal wedding, the world stopped until Kate Middleton emerged in a breathtaking, timeless lace Sarah Burton (for Alexander McQueen) gown.  It was classic and yet the bride looked modern, chic, and every bit herself.  Lace, like diamonds, is forever.  It will never go out of style.  Lace brings a soft femininity to a wedding.  It’s reminiscent of the days of kings and queens and lavish parties thrown in their honor.  There are so many ways to incorporate lace details into your wedding. We are constantly inspired – scroll to the end of this post to see some of our very own lace details from some of our favorite weddings!

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Lace gown via Ruffled, Lace blouse, Sarah Seven lace dress, Closet of lace garments, Lace sleeved dress source unknown, Lace-printed cake via Style Me Pretty, Lace votives via Style Me Pretty, Lace necklace, White lace bolero, Black lace bolero, Kate Middleton, Vintage lace cuff, Easton Events lace wedding details courtesy of Jen Fariello, Easton Events lace wedding details courtesy of Jen Fariello


Forget Me Not Friday: Strike up the Band

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There are so many choices when it comes to selecting the music for your wedding reception: dance band, soul band, swing band, DJ… the list is almost endless!  Here are our tips for how to navigate this decision process when planning your event.

wedding bands If you have been to an event recently and loved the band, start there!  Nothing is better than experiencing a band in person.  Track down their name and find out their rate.  If they are not in your budget, we suggest calling your local entertainment-booking agent to find out who plays in a similar genre.

Finding your band can be a challenge so be patient with the process… but when you find something you like, don’t hesitate!  When an agent sends you a list of bands, remember that these bands are not on hold for you.

wedding planner vawedding planners vaIf you don’t prefer a band or it’s not in your budget, a DJ is a wonderful alternative.  DJs also range in price and style – from classic tracks to a more nightclub sound.  If you prefer contemporary music, a DJ may be your best option as DJs have access to the widest variety of music.  Try to attend an event where your preferred DJ is performing or if the DJ is out of town, be certain to connect on the phone and check out their website.  You’ll want to make sure that they are willing to work with the mood you are trying to set with your wedding music.

Whether you use a band or a DJ, a crowded dance floor is a true sign of a successful wedding!

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All photos taken at an Easton wedding by Holland Photo Arts.

Real Virginia Wedding: Marjorie and Ryan

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Today’s real wedding incorporates just about everything that we as event planners love: a beautiful gown, sweet families, gorgeous white blooms accented with soft greens, picturesque views of the Virginia countryside, and overwhelming joy from the bride and groom.  Farmington Country Club was the perfect backdrop for Marjorie and Ryan to celebrate their love.  Once the band began playing, everyone continued to celebrate on the dancefloor until late into the evening when the party finally ended with a glittering sparkler departure.

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Ceremony and Event Venue: Farmington Country Club //Officiant: Dave Johnson and Senator Mark Warner // Lighting and AV: Blue Ridge Light Forms // Ceremony Music: Encore Strings // Rentals: Festive Fare // Flowers: Floral Images // Photography: Patricia Lyons // Video: Ian’s Creations // Cake: Maliha  // Hair/Makeup: Moxie // Tent: Skyline // Printed Materials: The Printery  // Band: Attraction

Color Me Beautiful: Gold

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There is just nothing more glamorous than gold.  Gilded decor, gold plated china, golden threaded gowns – adding gold to a wedding creates a sense of grandeur.  We have loved using gold in the weddings we plan.  Scroll to the bottom of this post to see some fabulous gold details from Easton Events weddings.  We all deserve to feel like royalty for a day!

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Diane Von Furstenberg dress, Rachel Zoe gown, Gold plated glasses, Wedding cake by Martha Stewart Weddings, Gilded flatware, Gold table decor via Once Wed, Gold sequined shrug, Golden BHLDN heels, Gold painted tray, Gold heels from an Easton wedding photography by Jen Fariello, Gold table decor at an Easton wedding photography by Jen Fariello, Gold place setting at an Easton wedding photography by Paul Morse

Forget Me Not Friday: Catering Considerations

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Selecting a caterer and a menu are among the most important decisions made during the wedding planning process.  With countless culinary options and dishes to delight any palate, we have a few tips on how to navigate your catering choices.

Most wedding venues will have in-house catering services, so be sure to review the venue’s menus before booking to determine that their pricing and cuisine fit your taste and budget.  If your venue does not have in-house options, ask the staff for recommendations.  When you contact caterers, ask if you can have a tasting without signing a contract.  Typically there will be a fee for a tasting if you select an alternative caterer.  Ask them if you can chat with one of their former brides to compare their experience with your expectations.

You’ll also need to think about the style of dining you prefer: a seated 3-course dinner, passed hors d’oeuvres, a variety of stations?  Ask the caterer what are the most popular cuisine choices and ask your venue what style of service they feel works best at their site. At your tasting, take notes and don’t be afraid to suggest changes!  Snap a photo of all the food served, so you won’t have any problem remembering later.

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Other considerations:

1. Gratuity.  Gratuity is normally between 18-20% of the bill and tax is 9%.  It really adds up so be certain you include these items in your budget.

2. Utensils.  If you are having a stationed event, ask your caterer to serve foods that can be consumed with a fork only as your guests typically will not be seated.

3. Toasts.  If you are including toasts during a plated dinner, it is always best to schedule them at the end of the meal so they don’t disrupt service.

4. Attire.  Always ask what your servers will be wearing.  If your event is black tie, you will want the wait staff to be dressed appropriately.

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All images taken at an Easton event, courtesy of Jen Fariello

Real Wedding: Alison and Joe

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Taking place at the beautiful historic University of Virginia Chapel and then at Farmington Country Club, this wedding was elegant, classic, and absolutely gorgeous.  The bride, Alison, looked stunning in a subtly beaded gown, while her bridesmaids brought a punch of pink to the wedding party.  Dressed in black tuxedos, the groomsmen could not have looked more dapper.  After the ceremony, the wedding party took photos on the picturesque UVa lawn and then headed off to a softly-lit reception.  The band rocked until late in the night when Alison and Joe departed amidst glittering sparklers.

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Venue: Farmington Country Club // Get-away Car: Albemarle Vintage // Band: The Dickens // Rentals: Festive Fare // Flowers: Floral Images // Ceremony Venue: UVA Chapel // Photography: Patricia Lyons // Cocktail Music: Peter Richardson // Videography: Reel Amore // Hair: Remona Soleimani // Lighting: Blue Ridge Light Forms

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Color Me Beautiful: Dots

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Dot Wedding Inspiration

Making a statement on many 2011 runways, polka dots are still having a moment.  The trend has carried on to many 2012 resort collections, and their influence is everywhere from event decor to wedding gowns.  Polka dots have always been fun and flirty; now they can be sophisticated and glamorous too.  Choose minimalistic black and white dots for a more classic Hollywood feel or go bold with more prominent dots to encourage a spirit of lightheartedness. Scroll to the end for one of Easton’s dot-inspired wedding cakes!  We are looking forward to incorporating this trend in upcoming weddings.  Stay tuned!

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Real Wedding: Engaged!

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We are so thrilled to feature this engagement shoot.  Not only because the photos by Adam Barnes are gorgeous, but also because McKinley is an Easton bride and the big day is tomorrow!  McKinley and Matt met at summer camp and wanted their engagement photos to reflect the sun soaked Virginia landscape.  Their wedding will be held at Pippin Hill Farm, the perfect venue for this laid back couple.  It’s going to be a beautiful, relaxed affair overlooking the lush wine country of the Blue Ridge.  Congratulations, McKinley and Matt.  We wish you all the best!

Stay tuned for photos of McKinely and Matt’s wedding!

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To see more of McKinley and Matt’s engagement session, visit their feature on Style Me Pretty!

Real Wedding: Devon and Dan

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The wedding of Devon and Dan was classically Southern and oh so elegant.  We just love the pink and navy color palette.  All of the paper goods and signage were done in a whimsical calligraphy that spoke of Devon and Dan’s own fairytale story. The invitation begins “Once Upon a Time” and the wedding program concludes the story with “Happily Ever After.”  Did we mention the adorable ring bearer carrying a handmade plaid ring pillow by the bride’s mother?  So sweet.  Devon and Dan’s wedding was also previously featured on Martha Stewart Weddings!

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Event Planner: Easton Events // Florals: Beehive Events // Paper Goods and Signage: Cheree Berry // Venue: Farmington Country Club // Lighting: Blue Ridge Light Forms // Photography: Patricia Lyons // Rentals: Festive Fare // Dress: Anna Maier-Ulla Maija from Hitched Salon // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew // Bride’s Heels: Christian Louboutin // Bride’s Jewelry: Erin Cole // Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Alton Lane // Bride’s Reception Dress: Lela Rose

Color Me Beautiful: Sparkle

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Glitz. Glam. Gorgeous. There is something about your wedding day that frees you to be that fairytale princess covered in sparkles.  But, as we’ve seen on the runway at Elie Saab’s Couture 2012 show, glitter is all grown up.  Glimmering gowns, sequined skirts, bejeweled bangles, and sparkling stilettos all radiate sophistication if done right.  Keeping your glitter monotone creates a more modern effect.  Jewel and metallic tones compose a refined look and can be used in everything from makeup to cupcakes.  Scroll to the end of the post to see a wedding we designed that had some gorgeous sparkle to it!

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