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Floral Arranging & Rosé Tasting Party!

Hello SMP brides! It’s Caitlin here from Style Within Reach. Now that spring has finally arrived on the East Coast I can’t but help to be inspired by all things floral when it comes to wedding planning. I decided to have my wedding florist, Holly Chapple stop by the office for an afternoon of flower arranging…and what goes better with flowers than rosé? We had so much fun snacking, tasting and learning a thing or two from Holly. So what are you waiting for? Download your FREE tasting notes template and let’s get started!

I thought this idea of wine tasting and flower arranging would be fun for a bridal shower, bachelorette party or even bridal lunch before the big day. I teamed up with Lauren from A Fabulous Fete to create custom signage for our tasting which made all the difference. For favors we placed a few flower arranging supplies (floral tape, shears, fresh flowers) in little craft paper boxes (from Target!)


One. Creating a grid with floral design tape across the top of the vase offers support and helps flowers to stay in place.

Two. Always use fresh product, work with a local grower or a specialty flower show to get your blooms. Grocery store flowers are often several days old and they are often not handled properly.

Three. To make a design that is unique, use lots of different textural elements. Formation of the blooms and foliages are key to this type of design.

Four. The easiest type of design to create is a design created with one type of flowers. Making a bouquet in the hand and then placing into the vase is often the easiest method.

Five. Use clean knives, scissors, and vases when you design.

The daffodil design was created by selecting two vases that fit inside of each other. The smallest vase was wrapped in moss and placed inside of the larger vase. This allows the moss to stay dry and bright green.

The daffodil bouquet was created by gently making the bouquet in the hand. Each daffodil was placed in a circular motion creating a spiral effect of the daffodils. As you are creating the bouquet you check your shape and height of the flowers you are adding to the bouquet. the stems are cut short and placed into the the center vase. Then, sit back and enjoy the pretty!

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Event Design: Caitlin Moran | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers | Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete | Location: Creative Collective DC

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Caitlin Moran

Contributing Editor: Blogger Bride

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Washington DC Art Museum Wedding

When these high-school sweeties tied the knot, they knew they wanted something really special. A bi-cultural affair with nods to both their heritages set in a modern art museum that’ll leave your jaw dropped. Of course, the day couldn’t have come to life without Engaging Affairs and Abby Jiu on the job, and you can see the pretty-filled results right over here.

Art Gallery

From the Bride… My husband and I met in high school so for us the wedding was “making it official” after feeling like a family for a long time. We wanted to celebrate that but also really wanted the day to be a celebration of our amazing friends and family who had seen us grow up together, as a couple and individually. Having the wedding feel like a big family dinner was the inspiration for a lot of the vibe of the wedding. We had long tables with low floral arrangements so everyone could talk, we had our brothers hold up the chuppah, we had cousins, nieces and nephews running around and Andrew’s childhood guitar teacher play guitar as I walked down the aisle.

We’re both from the Washington D.C. area but I am originally from Venezuela so we really wanted the event to be truly bi-cultural. The welcome bags were in Spanish and English, as were the programs, the flower girls signs and everything else we could think of! Our friends and families are also all about a dance party, so we brought a Venezuelan band – named Tartara – which kept people dancing all night.

The vision for the decoration was to have it feel elegant and intimate, with lots of eclectic and cool details. Our venue fit this perfectly. The Corcoran is such a classic DC venue, filled with marble columns and high ceilings, but also feels so young and modern because of the amazing modern art throughout the space. Because it’s such a special space we really wanted to highlight what was already really beautiful with our own touches.

The highlight of this effort was undoubtedly the chuppah. Having the wedding in a modern art gallery really inspired me to have a modern and nontraditional chuppah. I had seen different event decorations with paper flowers and had the idea of a chuppah made entirely of different kinds of white paper flowers. We also brought the concept into the dinner by adding it to the backs of our chairs during dinner. I can really say that walking down the aisle and seeing all of the people I love around me was amazing – and then looking up and seeing my soon-to-be husband under that chuppah was my favorite moment of the day.

Our vendors really helped me get the chic and eclectic look we wanted for the tables – we wanted it to feel clean and modern but also not feel like every table was the same. So, we had different types of white and gold plates throughout the tables, different table cloths, incorporated glass candlesticks, touches of gold, mercury glass and small candles. The final look throughout the long tables was incredible! Finally I added some other little details – gold table numbers, pom poms I found on Etsy for the dessert table, polka dot stirrers (also from Etsy), hot pink socks for the groomsmen (to match my beautiful raspberry bridesmaids), and raspberry colored Sofia champagne cans.

Abby, our photographer, and Sara, our wedding planner, were the ultimate partners. Beyond being amazing at what they do, and constantly in tune with our vision, they were sweet, supportive and thoughtful from day one. Abby and Sara – along with all of our other vendors – really helped to create a magical backdrop for an amazing and love-filled night.

Photography: Abby Jiu | Photography: Abby Jiu | Event Planner: Sara Muchnick Of Engaging Affairs | Event Planning: Sara Muchnick Of Engaging Affairs | Floral Design: Edge Flowers | Invitations: Fig 2 Design | Ceremony Venue: Corcoran Gallery Of Art | Reception Venue: Corcoran Gallery Of Art | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alvina Valenta | Catering: Occasions Catering | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Make Up: Pattie Martin | Hair: TruBeauty | Lighting: Digital Lightning | Band: Tartara | Bridal Shop: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Chocolate Favors: Historical Chocolate Company | Flower Girls Sign: Made By Bride | Stirrers: Peach And Pearl | Transportation: Linder And Associates

Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm Occasions and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. JLM Couture, Inc is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Courageous Bride Proves Bald is Beautiful

We’ve had our share of lovely brides that have graced the pages of SMP, but perhaps none as fiercely beautiful and inspiring as this one. She’s reminded us that the true beauty behind a wedding is in the love and strength two people can give one another—not the dress, shoes, makeup or even hair can shine as bright. After being diagnosed with cancer nine months into planning her wedding, this sweet bride chose to stand strong, hair or no hair, and marry her handsome Marine. And with a little help from The Plumed Serpent, she donned her mother’s veil that was transformed into the most gorgeous head wrap we’ve ever seen. It’s love at it’s best m’dears and it’s all right here in this breathtaking gallery from Andrea Jacobson.


From the Bride… Our dream come true wedding was held at The Hotel Washington in the District on July 13, 2013. We had been planning our fairy tale wedding for nine months when Jeff and I got the heartbreaking news that I had been diagnosed with cancer. With just under four months until our wedding, I couldn’t imagine going through chemotherapy and also planning our wedding. My oncologist had told me I would have to postpone our wedding until I was healthy, however, I knew that was not a possibility. I needed to have something amazing to look forward to, and that is just what we did.

We had the most wonderful wedding vendors I could have ever wished for. They did absolutely everything in their power to make sure that our wedding day was everything we had ever dreamed of. I could not imagine going through our wedding without having them by our side. The amazing seamstresses and designers at The Plumed Serpent designed the most gorgeous head wrap for me to wear using my mother’s veil. I still felt like a beautiful bride even without any hair.

I was lucky enough to marry my Marine in his Dress Blue Alpha’s and he has been my side supporting me through this battle in beating cancer. He is an amazing husband, and I had my dream wedding come true.

Photography: Andrea Jacobson For The Observatory | Event Planning: Bella Notte | Floral Design: Multiflor | Wedding Dress: The Plumed Serpent | Cake: Fancy Cakes By Leslie | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Makeup Artist: Carl Ray | DJ: Chris Laich Music Services | Accomodations: Hotel Washington | Bridal Hair: Hair By Remona | Lymphoma Awareness Wedding Garter: Julianne Smith Of The Garter Girl | Venue: Hotel Washington

Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm Occasions are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. JLM Couture, Inc and The Garter Girl are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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