Monthly Archives: January 2012

Color Me Beautiful: Floral Prints

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We love a great floral print, and we’re looking forward to seeing how spring 2012 cultivates a fresh look at the classic garden motif.  The florals are kept in trend with bold colors (think Pantone’s Tangerine Tango) and loose watercolor prints or bold cartoonish illustrations.  To keep it contemporary, pair your floral print with modern, tailored pieces with clean lines.  Not brave enough to incorporate a floral print into your paper suite, table decor, or bridesmaid dresses?  Donning a bold floral frock for your rehearsal dinner or getaway dress is a sweet solution!

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Girl in the window, Rifle Paper Co. print, Floral corset gown source unknown, Eliza J shift via Nordstrom, Floral scarf headband, The Antiquarian Post, J. Crew floral button down, Ila Handbags clutch, Floral wallpaper, Anthropologie floral china, Vogue cover, Floral street style, Floral ensemble via The Glitter Guide, Floral street style 2 source unknown, Anthropologie quilt, Citizens of Humanity pants

Forget Me Not Friday: Choosing a Specialty Cocktail

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Recently we have seen an increase in couples having signature cocktails at their wedding! Similar to favors, escort card tables, and guest books, signature cocktails are an opportunity for couples to be creative and add a personal touch to their wedding day. We are even seeing couples offering a Bride’s cocktail and a Groom’s cocktail. For example the Bride may love champagne while the Groom is a huge bourbon fan. Together couples create fun names for their special drinks, and often design a sign or drink flag to describe them. Couples also get crafty in how they display their drinks. From silver and wooden trays to pretty carafes or dispensers, specialty cocktails are always a signature touch!

One of our favorite specialty cocktails is a spiked lemonade. By taking this simple recipe couples can rename the drink to make it more personal for them! How about calling it the “Lover’s Lemonade!”

Recipe yields 1 drink:

1 1/2 ounces Jack Daniels

1/2 ounce Sweet and Sour Mix

4-6 ounces Fresca or other citrus soda

1 Maraschino cherry to garnish

Splash of Grenadine.

Mix the first three ingredients. Garnish with cherry and top with grenadine.

Tip of the trade: If you are having a function that is only serving wine and beer, offering one signature cocktail is a great way to provide one liquor beverage without the cost of a full bar!

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Easton Wednesday: Winter Soiree

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Easton Events To kick off the winter season, we planned a festive yet intimate dinner in a unique barn setting.  Playing off of the interiors of the barn, we suspended galvanized, white-washed lanterns above each dinner table. We loved topping the cozy white quilted linen with rustic candles, simple greenery, and pine-cones. One of our favorite settings was the outdoor fire-pit nestled next to an up lit silo. After a hearty meal, guests enjoyed dancing the night away to E3!

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Color Me Beautiful: Watercolors

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Inspired by washed out, romantic watercolor images, the Lela Rose 2012 ready to wear collection is among our favorites.  We were so taken with her playful prints, we started seeing watercolors everywhere.  From a smoky purple eyeshadow to letterpress invitations splashed with a bit of soft color, watercolor inspiration is in abundance.  We’re looking forward to seeing more wedding details with a bit of an artistic twist in spring 2012.

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Forget Me Not Friday: Where To Find Local Vendors

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There are a plethora of resources in Charlottesville that will help you select your wedding vendors! From online resources to printed magazines, our local websites and publications promote and support local vendors. Today we are going to share a few of our favorite Charlottesville resources.

1. One Sweet Wedding: A complete local resource for planning your Central Virginia wedding.  OSW is a truly local project created by Claire Goodman and her team. The site launched in late 2011 and showcases the Charlottesville vendors all on one site. From Lighting Companies to Catering groups One Sweet Wedding is a wonderful resource for finding your local vendors.

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2. The Wedding Planner Magazine: The step by step guide to planning your perfect wedding. Pick up a copy of the magazine and spend time flipping through the pages to find information about local vendors.

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3. Vendor Websites. One of the best things about the Charlottesville wedding community is the towns supportive nature. Many of the local vendors reserve a section on their website where they recommend local vendors. Many of the vendors will include people they have worked with and this is a good place to find vendors for your wedding! Check out Elisa B Photography, Festive Fare, Lora Elaine, and Pippin Hill Farm.

 

 

Real Wedding Wednesday: Margaret and Chip

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Easton Events Today’s real wedding showcases Margaret and Chip’s summer wedding. Being born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, Margaret always knew she would be married in her hometown! The family and bridal party enjoyed the wedding day getting ready at Margaret’s childhood home. It was the perfect backdrop for all of the pre-ceremony photos including their gorgeous first look by the pool. The wedding ceremony was held at the Andrew’s church, St, Johns Episcopal Church, and the party continued at the Boonsboro Country Club! Despite the threats of Hurricane Irene, the celebration was a success all around!

The wedding was designed around a fresh green and white palette accented by the family’s love of lanterns! Wanting to put a little twist on things, they introduced the first Sperry Tent to Boonsboro’s front lawn! Pat’s Floral Design filled the tent with gorgeous candle-lit trees, Blue Ridge Light Forms suspended twinkling lanterns throughout the ballroom, and Rod Meek designed floral elements and lush hanging baskets that hit the perfect note for the late August wedding. Rock Paper Scissors helped the bride develop her wedding lantern logo that we carried from the invitations to the “Just Married” sign!
This wedding is extra special since we have struck a wonderful and lasting relationship with the family. Lynn and Dean just wrapped a wonderful trip to San Miguel de Allende and spent several evenings visiting with the Andrews during their stay.

Many thanks to all of the vendors and especially Anne & Bill of Holland Photo Arts for beautifully capturing Margaret & Chip’s special day!

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Color Me Beautiful: Wedding Ribbons

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Fanciful, flirty, and a tad bit girly, ribbons are a classic way to tie it up pretty.  Ribbons remind us of days gone by – of tea parties and bouncing curls finished with a bow.  Ribbons have forever been a statement of whimsy and glamor, and we are loving the way ribbons have foregone the dainty details in order to take center stage as flowing backdrops, grand floral ties, and unique tabletops.  The key to keeping it modern is to incorporate multiple textures: grosgrain, velvet, and satin.

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Forget Me Not Friday: Choosing Your Photographer

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Choosing the right photographer is one of the most important choices you’ll make for your big day.  Your photographer will be with you during the most intimate moments of your wedding day; your relationship should feel “just right”!

Here are a few tips to help make your selection a little bit easier.

Get referrals

A personal recommendation from a trusted friend or family member is invaluable.  Another good resource is your wedding venue’s manager – they should be familiar with a wide selection of photographers, particularly those who have worked on location.

See complete weddings

While perusing different websites, look carefully at each photographer’s unique style.  If a photographer only has individual wedding images on the website, be sure to ask to see a few complete weddings. It is important to see how each photographer captures the entire wedding day.

Compare packages

One of the challenges in booking a photographer is that each photographer offers different items in the wedding packages. It is important to determine the value of actual wedding coverage versus add-ons like engagement shoots, slideshows or post-event albums and prints.  Ask each potential photographer for the cost of just 8 hours of shooting with an assistant (eliminating all other items) so you can compare prices.

Take a Test Drive

We encourage our couples to schedule an engagement shoot with their photographer.   An engagement shoot is a great ice-breaker, giving you and your photographer the opportunity to get to know each other a little better.  By the time the big day rolls around, you’ll be comfortable and your shots will look genuine and more relaxed.  Additionally, an engagement shoot allows you to critique your photographer’s work and give feedback for the wedding shoot.

Questions to ask your photographer

  • How would you describe your photography style?
  • How long have you been photographing weddings?
  • Is wedding photography a full time occupation or part time?
  • Do you come with an assistant and does that assistant act as a second shooter?
  • How long will it take you to return the images to me?
  • How many hours are included in your package and what is the cost per hour if I need additional time?
  • Will I get a DVD of high-resolution images so that I can produce my own pictures?
  • If I am a little modest and am interested in a male photographer, will you have a female assistant for the getting dressed shots?

Image 1 courtesy of Holland Photo Arts, Image 2 and 3 courtesy of Eric Kelley Photography, Image 4 courtesy of Dominique Attaway, Image 5 and 6 courtesy of Lynne Brubaker, Image 7 of Paul Morse, Image 8 and 9 courtesy of Lucy O Photography.

Real Wedding Wednesday: Free Wedding Project with Briana & Ian

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On 11-11-11 Briana and Ian tied the knot with help from a handful of Charlottesville vendors! The Charlottesville Free Wedding Project, spearheaded by Jack Looney, returned after a successful first year in 2010. As a reflection of our local wedding community, Jack Looney assembled some of Charlottesville’s finest vendors to donate a completely free wedding to a deserving couple.  After reviewing many applications, Lynn Easton Andrews and a number of other judges chose Briana and Ian, a local Charlottesville couple. Briana and Ian couldn’t have been more lovely and thankful! Not only did Briana bring homemade chocolates to our first meeting, she also handmade bookmarks for all the the contributing vendors. The sweet couple wrote the following statement: “We are excited and grateful to share our love story with Charlottesville.  We thank those who made this gift possible from the bottom of our hearts and are quite humbled.  We thank Charlottesville for being such a wonderful community to work, live, and fall in love.”

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Easton Events loved working with the Charlottesville vendors who contributed to their wonderful wedding!

Wedding Venue and Ceremony Site: King Family Vineyard// Catering and Rentals: Harvest Moon Catering// Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals// Guest Favors: Gearhart’s Fine Chocolate// Late Night Snack: Carpe Donut// Printed Materials: Rock Paper Scissors // Salon Services: Face Value Studio & Salon//DJ: DJ Tobler// Cake: Cakes by Rachel// Florals: Floral Image and Pat’s Floral Design// Officiant: Claire Goodman// Photography: Jack Looney, Sarah Cramer, Jen Fariello// Lighting: Blue Ridge Light Forms// Vintage Car: Albemarle Limousine