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Forget Me Not Friday: The Father/Daughter Dance

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Wedding traditions are constantly in flux in the modern world, but few brides can dispute the enduring charm and significance of the father-daughter dance. This dance is frequently one of the most emotional parts of a wedding. It is a tender moment when the relationship between father and daughter is honored as Dad acknowledges the transition in his little girl’s life.

The song choice for the dance is certainly a very personal decision, but there are some wonderful standards: “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole; “Isn’t She Lovely,” written by Stevie Wonder for his daughter; My Wish by Rascall Flatts or (perhaps the most loved), “The Way You Look Tonight”.  The chosen song generally reflects the unique tone of the bride’s relationship with her father but the song can be one that the father and daughter have just loved and shared over the years. (Some other songs you might want to consider are: “Yesterday” by The Beatles,  “Daughters” by John Mayer, or “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong —something joyful, but sentimental at the same time!

Of course in today’s world a bride’s often has a father and a stepfather. The general practice is to switch between the two during the father-daughter song, starting, typically with the father. Some brides choose to have two different (shortened) songs, one for each Dad. Modern etiquette in this part of the wedding may not be quite established, but thoughtfulness is always in style.

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Image 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 courtesy of Patricia Lyons, Image 2 courtesy of Dominique Attaway, Image 5 courtesy of Scott Evans.

Real Wedding: Erin and Jeffrey

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Real Wedding Wednesday became Real Wedding Thursday this week as we were away on a corporate event!

Erin and Jeffrey were married in Grace Episcopal Church and celebrated their marriage at Keswick Hall. Their wedding was the full package: stunning bride, dashing groom, lovely bridal party, adorable dog, show stopping gold ceiling drape, and the glow of a full moon. The tent was truly stunning. The three different tones of golden yellow tablecloths topped with lush florals beautifully contrast the dramatic warmth of the tent ceiling. The printed suite was a collection of stunning calligraphy throughout the invitation, the program, and the menu. Check out Erin’s floral applique veil… isn’t it spectacular? Patricia Lyons beautifully captured the sheer joy of the couple!

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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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Forget Me Not Friday: You’re engaged! What’s next?

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Congratulations to all of the newly engaged! You’re getting married! We are here to let you know that the big day doesn’t have to be stressful. Keep your thoughts straight, your wedding vision in mind, and follow your initial instinct. First things first: take some time to clear your mind and focus on your dream day… the colors, the sounds, the smells, the people, the food. What are your priorities? What mood do you want to set? Perhaps it’s a large affair or more intimate. Are you leaning towards sparkles or burlap? Limit this list to several sentences and refer back to this constantly throughout the planning process. Brides tend to loose focus as they meet with their vendors and spend time looking through wedding blogs and magazines.

The next step is securing your vendors. These include: the venue, your coordinator, your photographer and videographer, your DJ or band, your caterer, your florist, and booking the rental company. Once these are booked and contracts are signed you can begin focusing on the details. Each vendor can offer specific advice and experience to help guide you through major decisions. Your florist will introduce elements of design and color options, your band will help you with audio and lighting decisions. The wedding coordinator will take your hand and make sure you are staying on track throughout the whole process.

The key is to stay calm. Do a bit everyday. By staying on top of your tasks at hand you can eliminate stress. The planning process is supposed to be fun and exciting and we are here to help!

Image 1 courtesy of Lynne Brubaker, Image 3-8 courtesy of Jen Fariello, Image 9 and 10 courtesy of Holland Photo Arts.

Real Virginia Wedding: Marion and Dave

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Marion and Dave were married on a sun-soaked afternoon at Marion’s beautiful, Southern family farm.  Paul Morse, the photographer, captured some lovely bride and groom portraits amidst the breathtaking countryside. The warm peaches and soft greens of the florals and table decor reflected the Virginia landscape as the sun set, ushering guests inside a grand Sperry tent for dinner and dancing.  The night drew to a close as Marion donned a short, flirty dress and everyone enjoyed piping hot donuts from Carpe Donut.  What an evening!  We wish you all the best, Marion and Dave!

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Venue: Family Farm // Photography: Paul Morse // Lighting and Lanterns: BRLF // Sperry Tent: Skyline Tents // Florals: Pat’s Floral Designs // Late Night Shoes: Kate Spade // Catering: Keswick Hall // Rentals: Festive Fare // Ceremony Music: Encore String Quartet // Officiant: Dave Johnson // Band: Big Blast and the Party Masters // Printed Materials: Rock, Paper, Scissors // Farm Tables: Pat’s Floral Designs // Cake: Favorite Cakes // Donut Stand: Carpe Donut

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.