Summer Historical Inn Wedding

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This past summer I got to drive out to the country for an adorable outdoor wedding at a historical inn.  It was so beautiful and picturesque and just a perfect day!

Venue: Red Fox Inn and Tavern

Photographer: Jessica Latos Photography

DJ: Dub C DJ’s

Florist: Nature Composed

Hair and Makeup: Jody Rusnak

 

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Summer Rooftop DC Wedding

This past summer I had an amazing opportunity to work with this amazing couple! They had a beautiful summer DC wedding.  When I tell you that they had the best views at their reception I mean it.  This rooftop venue really is the best in the city! Not to mention they got to have their very own fireworks show to boot! It was truly a spectacular affair!

Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

Reception Venue: Charlie Palmer Steakhouse

Photographer: Santa Ana Photography

Florist: Enchanted Florist Old Town 

Cake: I Want Pretty Cakes

Draping:  Fabrication Events

Winter Anniversary Party

This past January I had the opportunity to work with an amazing couple.  Who decided to have an extremely fun popup wedding in DC the year before.  But, they still wanted to celebrate with their friends so they decided to have an amazing anniversary party!

Reception Venue: Hill Country BBQ

Photographer: Emma Weiss Photo

Band:  Liquid A

Wedding Dress Bustles What are They and How Do We Bustle?

The bustle is used to lift the trains of wedding gowns off the floor. Instead of a framework worn under the wedding gown, the long train is lifted with buttons or ties to create a lovely bouffant style that is also very practical.  Does your wedding dress have a train? It doesn’t matter how long your train is, if you have one you will need a bustle to make dancing easier and so that the bottom of your dress doesn’t get dirty.

The Bustle is Added

Although almost all brides use a bustle for their wedding gowns, dresses do not come with bustles in place.  They are added during alterations. This is because all brides are not the same height and your bustle should lift the back of your gown to your hem length. So your bustle must be custom made.

Different Bustle Styles

Pick a style that will flatter your dress best.  Your seamstress will have a good idea so make sure you listen to their suggestions.

American Bustle (Over Bustle)- The American Bustle consists of hooks and eyes lifting your dress train off the floor. The “eyes” are placed along the waistline. The “hooks” are sewn in about 14″ to 20″ down the back skirt. Lace appliques, rosettes or bows may be needed to cover the hooks and eyes. Covered buttons also work well, and may look nicer, especially if you have buttons down the back of your gown.  The longer your train is, the more hooks or buttons you will need.

French Bustle (Under Bustle)– This method works especially well for gowns without a waistline and gowns that are especially decorative in the back area, as it doesn’t cover up any lace or details in the gown right below the waist. The gown is lifted from the bottom area. The Under Bustle is also more secure than the Over Bustle.

bridal wedding gown bustle

For the Under Bustle, ribbons are sewn under the gown securing the outer fabric to the lining. Use different colors of ribbon to make the task of tying the wedding gown bustle easier. Another way to make a French Bustle is sew loops into the inside back side of the gown in a diamond shape. A ribbon is run through the loops, gathered and tied to give the gown a bouffant look.  It’s a good idea to ask your seamstress to label your ribbons A to A or B to B so it’s easy to match the ribbons.

 

 

 

 

Printable Party Planning Checklist

If you have a party coming up then please take a moment and download and print this awesome checklist!

DATE/TIME/PLACE

Date: ______________

Time: ______________

Place: _____________

THEME

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BUGET

$_____________________________________________

MENU

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SHOPPING LIST

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CHECKLIST

  • Determine Date/Time/Place
  • If needed ask for helpers
  • Create a Guest List
  • Pick a RSVP Date
  • Chose a theme
  • Determine your Budget
  • Send Invitations
  • determine decor
  • pick centerpieces
  • chose table settings
  • Plan your menu
  • plan activites/entertainment
  • Make a Shopping List
  • Confirm your guest list
  • Book Photographer (if needed)
  • Go Shopping
  • Determine your Schedule
  • Plan for Parking
  • Chose a Space for Coats/Bags
  • Pick a Gift Spot (if needed)
  • Plan your Food Display
  • Make Place Cards or Signage
  • Clean the Party Location
  • Make or Purchase food
  • Set out Decorations
  • Set Table
  • Prepare Drinks
  • Do any Last Minute Touches
  • Get Ready for the Party
  • Enjoy!