[Real Wedding] C & M's New York City Winter Wedding

While the temperatures outside might have been a bone chilling 17 degrees on the day of C & M's wedding, their celebration was full of warmth and joy. 

C's mother contacted me almost a year before their wedding date and from there we embarked on planning all of the details of her daughter's special day. As the groom and his family are from the Baltimore, Maryland area, there would be a lot of out of town guests and we wanted to create a wedding weekend that gave the out of town guests a classic NYC experience while still appealing to the large number of "locals" who would also attend. 

On Friday, the groom's family hosted a Rehearsal Dinner at Landmarc in the Time Warner Center followed by a Welcome Cocktail Party hosted by the bride's family on the Empire Hotel Rooftop. The Rooftop has a retractable roof that was obviously closed due to the freezing temperatures, but the space still offered stunning views of Lincoln Center and the Upper West Side. 

On Saturday the wedding ceremony was celebrated at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, a stunning Church near the New York Athletic Club, where the reception took place. While the bride left a lot of decisions up to her mother, there was one thing she knew for certain: she wanted to get married at the Athletic Club, a building that holds special memories for her family. 

Take a look at some of the photos from this beautiful wedding, shot by Craig Paulson Photography:

Vendor Line-Up:

Church - Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Reception Venue - New York Athletic Club
Wedding Planning - LIG Events
Decor - Frank Alexander NYC
Photography - Craig Paulson Photography
Videography - Craig William Films
Music - Soulsystem Orchestras
Wedding Cake/Cookies - Sweet Lisa's Exquisite Cakes
Hair - Elie Camoro at Fekkai
Make-Up - Morgan at Face Time Beauty
Transportation - Sharaz Ceema
Photo Booth - Oh Snap Smile


The Birthday Party Project comes to DC!

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of volunteering with The Birthday Party Project, a wonderful organization based in Dallas, Texas. 

The Birthday Party Project's mission is to bring joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. The organization has been around for 4 years and has celebrated over 3,000 birthdays with over 19,000 partygoers in attendance. In all, 7,500 "birthday enthusiasts" have volunteered to take part in these wonderful celebrations. The Birthday Party Project is now active in 11 cities around the country -- and Washington, DC was recently added to that list! 

I had been following the Birthday Party Project's progress for about two years and was VERY excited when I received an email notifying me they were launching a DC chapter. I would finally be able to become a "birthday enthusiast" and align myself with an organization that shares many similar values. (Their Instagram hashtag is #joychangeslives. How can you not get on board with that?!) 

So while I couldn't make it to the first party in July, last Saturday I drove down to Nationals Park to take part in the August birthday celebration. The Nationals has been kind enough to donate tickets, giveaways, food (hot dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy - you name it!), and even organized a visit from Screech, the Nats' mascot. 

 Our group at the Nats game!

Our group at the Nats game!

It might have been 95 degrees out, but none of us cared as the kids made posters, ate all sorts of food (including yummy Bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cake), and cheered on the Nats. For most of the kids (if not all), it was their first time at a professional baseball game so they sat back and took in the experience, observing all of the action on the field and on the big screen. 

It was a wonderful day full of smiles and celebration. I can't wait until I get to participate in another party!

If you'd like to learn more about how you can help The Birthday Party Project bring joy to more children, please click here



[FEATURED] Brides.com + Creative Ways to Use Trees at Your Wedding

Brides.com asked us for our opinion again and, as usual, we didn't hold back. This time they asked us about creative ways to use trees in your wedding decor.

Creative Ways to Use Trees at Your Wedding | LIG Events - Washington, DC Wedding and Event Planners

There are so many ways to use trees in your event spaces that I practically wrote a novel on different ways to use them. I also included one very key piece of advice regarding scale that you should take into account when considering any type of large decor element -- not just when you're thinking about trees in particular. 

If you're interested in all of the possibilities trees have to offer, head on over to the post on Brides.com and let me know your thoughts below in the comments section!