All You Need Is Love: BOHEMIA!!!

Hello DC!
Hello DC!

We are slap happy to reveal our Bohemian styled photo shoot, featured on one of our favorite blogs United With Love!

This shoot, beautifully captured by Danielle of Dfinney Photography, features an eclectic mix of bohemian, Moroccan, and Spanish influences. For free-spirited couples, the location (Fletcher’s Cove) is perfect because it feels like a far-away destination, while it’s right in our backyard.

For more Bohemia check out the gallery…

dreamy ceremony over looking the water
dreamy ceremony over looking the water
Bright Fresh Bouquet
Bright Fresh Bouquet
Anthro inspired china
Anthro inspired china
Painted Tree trunk and Antique Tray
Painted Tree trunk and Antique Tray
Sweet Nothings
Sweet Nothings
Bright Side Table with Rustic Dessert
Bright Side Table with Rustic Dessert
Bungalow? Yes Please!
Bungalow? Yes Please!
Crochette Canopy we adore!
Crochette Canopy we adore!
Laughter is love
A dollop of adventure to the romance!
Bye my darlings!
Bye my darlings!

To recreate this style, start at home by gathering meaningful items from your travels or vintage finds. Have a beautiful antique tray lying around?– turn it into a tabletop. Have keepsakes from faraway places?– incorporate them in small vignettes.

Next, draw color pallet inspiration from a bold, multicolored textile such as a rug, pillow, or china pattern. Then, mix and match patterns fearlessly!

Be sure to incorporate a few soft touches such as lace, votives and lush blooms to keep things romantic. Lastly, relax and enjoy with your honey!

Concept, Design and Décor: Happy Girls Events
Photography: Dfinney Photography
Bride’s gown: Ellie’s Bridal
Makeup: Runway Ready
Hair: Hair by Bribri
Floral: Happy Girls Events
Location: Fletcher’s Cove

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District Weddings: Marriot Ranch Wedding Weekend Part II

We are too excited to share Part II of our Marriott Ranch Wedding Weekend featured on District Weddings!
I do!
I do!
Our series started off with the Welcome bbq hoedown(replete with live banjo players and square dancing callers), a crack-of-dawn pre-wedding 5k run, skeet shooting, lawn games, mimosas by the pool, and a post wedding brunch!(for a gander click here…)

Now take a peek at their lush, bright and romantic wedding day!
Custom "welcome" sign by yours truly.
Custom “welcome” sign by yours truly.
Historic mansion? Yes, please!
Historic mansion? Yes, please!

 

We love this sign made by the groom himself!
We love this sign made by the groom himself a labor of love!
Bride Beth. She is breathtaking.
Bride Beth. She is breathtaking.

 

The bridal gown with bow accent is darling.
The bridal gown with bow accent is darling.
Their ceremony took place underneath the sweeping bow of a centuries-old, grand oak tree. When the power outage(due to a torrential storm only an hour before!) hampered outdoor music for the ceremony, friends and family hummed the beautiful bride down the aisle framed by lush green ferns and smiling faces.
Beneath the grand 100 years old oak tree
Surrounded by love.

 

 

We love this part!
We love this part!
 The reception site, twinkled with cafe lights, pewter table linens, and gilded antique frames. Billowing, soft, fabric-streamers– in a palette that included, magenta, orchid, tangerine, and sunset gold– set the backdrop for the couple’s luminescent sweetheart table. Behind the lovebirds, candles filled the fireplace where a petite chandelier sparkled.
Fabric Backdrops make all the difference!
Fabric Backdrops make all the difference!

 

vintage glass and vibrant florals
vintage glass and vibrant florals

 

Pewter linens add shimmer and elegance
Pewter linens add shimmer and elegance
Custom cake topper made by the bride's dad :)!
Custom cake topper made by the bride’s dad :)!
More handmade touches
More handmade touches
Sweet tastes of home never fail.
Sweet tastes of home never fail

 

We love wedding paparazzi!
We love wedding paparazzi!

 We’d love to hear your thoughts on the day! Feel free to share below :). xoxo

Wedding Planner and Designer: Happy Girls Events

Photographer: Debi Parker Photography

Venue: The Marriott Ranch, Hume, VA

Floral Design: Designs by Teresa

Cake and desserts: Gateau

 

 

 
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District Weddings: Marriott Ranch Wedding Weekend Part I

Oh happy day! Look who got published on the lovely District Weddings Blog! Yep us Happy Girls!
Beth&Dan110This real wedding features vibrant modern design with whimsical touches against a rustic backdrop.   The venue, The Marriott Ranch of Hume, VA  made us Happy Girls swoon with it’s lush, panoramic views; free-roaming, exotic, long-horns; and stately historic mansion. Take a look at how this wedding weekend unfolded in Part I of a most memorable wedding event.
Welcome to the Ranch!
Welcome to the Ranch!
It ain't a ranch without the long horns :) kids.
It ain’t a ranch without the long horns kids :).
Hoe Down Welcome Lunch
Hoedown Welcome Lunch
Yes sirree, banjo's and dancing!
Yes sirree, banjo’s and dancing.
How cute is this cake?!
How cute is this cake?!
S'mores!
S’mores!
Sweets
Sweets…
and Treats!
and Treats!
Friends...
Friends…
and Family.
and Family.
Beth & Dan our happy love birds.
Beth & Dan our happy love birds.
All night long!
All night long!

For the wedding day stay tuned for this Marriott Ranch Wedding Part II!

 

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Wedding for Two

You know what they say, the heart wants what the heart wants. So, who says you have to plan a big wedding to get married in style?

The truth is, modern elopements and intimate weddings take chic to new heights by eliminating the unnecessary. Not to mention, Washington, D.C. happens to be a gorgeous city full of little gems and secrets that are perfect for smaller ceremonies and fetes.

All it takes is an awesome couple, their best threads, a beautiful location, heartfelt vows, amazing photography, breathtaking romance– oh, it’s all too much– we just die!

 

Beautiful details
Beautiful details
The gorgeous bride Rachel
The gorgeous bride Rachel
The lakeside ceremony
The lakeside ceremony
Beautiful golden hour
Beautiful golden hour
Congratulations to the stunning couple!

Photos by: Katie Jane Photography

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The Old Fashioned

We know you’ve daydreamed yourself into that steamy scene from the movie, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”. You know that one where Ryan Gosling makes that drink with the orange peel and does the big move to you from “Dirty Dancing”… Well my loves, until that happens (and by sheer will it shall), blast “I’ve Had the Time of my Life” in the background and get to stirring your own glass. Smooches!

OldFashioned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old-Fashioned (serves 1)

Ingredients:

2 oz/4 Tbsp/2 shots bourbon/whiskey/rye of choice

orange slice

orange peel

2-4 sugar cubes

2-3 drops of Angostura aromatic bitters

large ice cube

Two sugar cubes, more if you like it sweet. Add 2-3 drops of bitters. Don’t overdo the bitters. The bitters are to add complexity to the flavor profile. Too much and the drink may be undrinkable.

Add a slice of orange. Muddle everything together until sugar cube has dissolved. Don’t forget to muddle the rind to get the orange oils out.

Add two shots ( 4 Tbsp or 2 oz) of alcohol of choice. (I’m a bourbon girl myself)

Rub orange peel around rim of glass to get orange oils and fragrance to release.

Add a large ice-cube. Don’t use small, crushed ice. A large ice cubes melts slower, thus diluting your drink much slower.

Voilà. You are ready to enjoy my favorite drink. Cheers!

What flourishes do you add to your old fashioned? Share it with us, we’d love to know! 

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