April 29, 2011
A Royally Good Time in D.C.
Posted by Shira Savada
I just got back from an English Garden Cocktail Party in honor of today's royal wedding. The event, held at Hitched Salon, was put on by Ritzy Bee Events, Simplesong Design, Kate Headley Photography, Maggie Austin Cake, Sidra Forman Flowers, Design Cuisine, and Elan Artists. It was perfectly charming, seemingly royal, and subtly British.
One hundred local brides gathered to talk to the vendors and hear me talk about ways to personalize their weddings so that the world would want to wake up at 4 a.m. to watch them walk down the aisle.
Here's a look at the event (all photos by Kate Headley) with some special guests you may recognize.
1 The event was held at Hitched and was located in the heart of Georgetown.
2 Drinks were served on silver trays with cocktail napkins tucked into English tea tins.
3 Ritzy Bee Events set a royal table.
4 Golden details added elegance and sophistication.
5 Sidra Forman used a collection of silver vessels to hold the garden flowers.
6 Here's the crew from Hitched. I loved the feathered fascinators!
7 A group shot of us before the doors opened.
8 The ladies of The Hive at 1511: Maria Cooke from Ritzy Bee Events, Kate Headley, Kelly Seizert from Ritzy Bee Events, and Suann Song of Simplesong Design.
9 As the brides mixed and mingled, Bon Musique (bonmusiquesamples.com) provided light background music.
10 It was quite a packed event!
11 I brought examples from some of our Real Weddings to show the brides what other couples have done in the past.
12 After my presentation we took audience questions.
13 Design Cuisine served English fare, including these mini shepherd pies and fish and chips.
14 Look who came!
15 Maggie Austin showcased her beautiful painted cookies.
16 Maggie Austin's stunning cake had the most delicate layers I've ever seen.
17 Maggie's cake samples were delish, too. The vanilla cake had an apricot jam in between the layers, and the icing was infused with Earl Gray tea.
19 The brides received a tote made by Simplesong Design that was filled with chocolates from Design Cuisine, an embroidered hankie from Ritzy Bee Events, and letterpressed cards.
20 Everyone left with a "Royal Wedding Survival Kit" which contained scones, jam, and packets of English breakfast tea -- perfect for morning munching while watching the nuptials on TV.
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