Vendor Spotlight

Fitness February!

Trying to get wedding ready? Here are our top 5 Instagram accounts we follow for a quick, effective, workout to do at home that will help you with your wedding fitness plan!

  • @tonitup - We have been following these girls since we first saw them on Bravo! They have fun personalities and a significant collection of workouts that challenge the body. Great to see how they can help you follow your wedding fitness plan and get wedding ready.
  • @beahappyamy - For those who like a good yoga challenge, she is the person for you! The things you can do by controlling your body is amazing! Nothing says wedding ready like strong arms.
  • @sydneystrengthconditioning - This girl is awesome! She has great body weight and body movement ideas that are easy to add to your workout. You can't be afraid of a challenge!
  • @vivenutrition - This Instagram is all about how to properly fuel the body. Working out is part of the deal, but the food is the other side of getting wedding ready.
  • @mattsmithperformance - He is an up and coming local Washington, DC trainer who is specializing in getting couples ready for their wedding! He customizes workouts to fit the needs of each client.

Holiday Beauty Trends and Tips

We are excited to have Jordan Winn, from Jordan K Winn & Co, as our guest blog today! Jordan brings a wealth of knowledge and we are excited she is sharing some of her holiday makeup tips!

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The holidays are approaching fast. So it's time to bring out the festive lips and dramatic eyes. This time of the year is a great time to experiment with the bold looks and choices that you typically would not do year-round. Whether you're attending a holiday party or hosting and entertaining guests at home here are a few holiday beauty tips and trends to try this season.

False Lashes- No holiday look is complete without false lashes. Lashes complete any look and bring your makeup from ordinary to extraordinary. They're perfect for an evening out and bring attention to the eyes by accentuating the color and shape. Lashes frame the eyes and are a sure way to have all eyes in you!

Glittery Eyes- When done correctly glittery eyes can be a nice accent to any look. There's so many ways to achieve this trend. An easy way is to simply use a glitter liner and line right above the lash line. For a bold look use a clear adhesive all over the lid and apply cosmetic glitter being sure not to go above the crease. This is trend is very fitting for New Year's Eve.

Crimson Lips- Bold lips are a staple for the holiday season. It's one of the easiest ways to achieve a trendy holiday look...anybody can do it! A red or berry lip is an effortless way to look amazing in little to no time. To achieve the perfect red lip always use a lip liner. A pro tip is to fill the entire lip with the liner to create a stain then follow that with a lip color for a sexy long lasting pigmented lip.

Blush and Bronzer- Naturally some of us may lose pigmentation in the winter. Blush and bronzer can be a great alternative to bringing tone and color back to the skin. An easy way to select a natural blush is by pinching the apples of your cheek and getting a color that complements that natural shade the best.

Hydrate- It's important to look fabulous but I also feel fabulous. Consider increasing the hydration with cooler temperatures approaching by using a lip balm and heavier moisturizer. And especially don't forget to exfoliate two times a week to remove dry dead skin. Makeup always looks flawless with great skin prep.

Jordan K Winn & Co has a team of experienced makeup artist, hair stylist, and airbrush-tan specialist that offer beauty service to any kind of special event. We have had many happy brides use Jordan and her team on their wedding day.

Check out more information about Jordan and her team at

Vendor Spotlight - Tabrizi's Restaurant

This summer we had the pleasure of working a wedding with Tabrizi's Resturant in Baltimore, MD. 


Tabrizi's Restaurant and Catering is located at the heart of the Harborview community near the Ritz Carlton Residence in South Baltimore. We have been rated a five star facility for our service, location, food, ambience, and, of course, our food, by hundreds of happy brides, business executives, and other guests.
Our seating capacity is up to 230 seated guests with a large dance floor and a Band/DJ area. We offer free 24 hours parking to our social events patrons and 3 free hours to our regular diners. Our facility encompasses two floors, the restaurant which is located at the street level, with a huge outdoors patio and two full bars, where ceremonies and cocktail hours take place. The second floor is the reception or meeting area, with both areas overlooking a magnificent view of Baltimore Skyline.

As an independent venue, Tabrizi’s can accommodate nearly every request, with an expansive catering menu, amenities for weddings, corporate events, holiday parties,  meetings, and much, much more!  Come schedule a tour of our facility for your next celebration and see what Tabrizi’s elegance on the water is all about!


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Savvy Treats

Alright so I consider myself a bit of a cupcake connoisseur.

When Cheryl of Savvy Treats offered me a cupcake tasting, I was happy to oblige.  The cupcakes were awesome. Awesomely delicious.

I am craving them now.

Like right now. 

The red velvet was my favorite but the carrot cake and salted caramel were also amazing.

So if you are looking for sweet treats ( cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, etc etc ) definitely call Savvy Treats.

Savvy Treats, LLC




Sarah Elliott Events

SEE (Sarah Elliott Events)

Incorporating modern portraiture and photo-journalistic documentation, let Sarah and Elliott fuse their unique talents to showcase your wedding; right down to the smallest detail. Beautiful, timeless images that preserve your love story as it unfolds. Outstanding client referrals and lots of photography experience in the MD/DC/VA area.

Background- Elliott's from London, shoots Nikon, owns a PC and loves his cat. Sarah's from DC shoots Canon, has a MAC and is obsessed with her dog (a yorkie). Despite our differences we come together, balance each other with our individual strengths and have a great time doing what we love best- shooting weddings and creating art.

3 questions with SEE

Where do you love to shoot engagements?

Georgetown & DC has it all! Last week we shot Kristen + John's engagement session at a hidden little landing overlooking the Potomac River with cool graffiti walls and the most unbelievable skyline behind the Key Bridge. We decided to do it at sunset to catch the before and after views. We brought in lighting for the night session….The result was unlike anything we had done before.

The DC Cherry Blossom Festival made for a stunning backdrop for Stephanie + Jimmy's engagements this past spring.

We also love to shoot anytime sessions with couples. Below is Alex and Freddy who have been dating for 7 years and just wanted some fun shots in the city! We love pushing ourselves to find the coolest locations: How about in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue downtown DC during rush-hour traffic? ...Why not!

a favorite from Ben + Amanda's engagement session in Fells Point, Baltimore-- where they met + had their first date!

Best thing about having two professional photographers at your wedding?

We can be in two places at once! Elliott and I work together as a team to capture every part of your wedding day. Telling the whole story is important to us. During the getting ready time, Elliott can be in the room with the groom and groomsmen and I get to document the bride + her bridesmaids! Its always a fun time being all girls... I always hear from brides that they feel much more comfortable with a female photographer while they undress, change and get glamorous! For the Ceremony, two shooters allows us to focus on candid-journalistic type shots-- like parents reactions--while still getting the first kiss and ring exchange. For the reception, Elliott can shoot group shots while I hurry into the ballroom/reception to take detail shots of the tables, flowers and set-up before guests enter from cocktail hour. The best part? We are two professional full-time shooters, not just a professional and one assistant; both Elliott and I are 100% invested in our company as owners and each and every shot matters to uphold the professionalism and integrity of the business we have built together.


Holy Rosary Chapel, DC

What is one of the most important things for us as photographers on a couples big day?

Having the time to spend with the bride + groom to catch intimate emotions. To really take enough time to relax, pose and just document their love in that moment and setting-- privately away from guests and without the rush or stress. This is the hour that you will get all the artistic portraits of you just you two as newlyweds. All your prints and albums (and most likely your favorites!) will come from this time… so make sure to plan accordingly :) Here are some favorites from this past year:

Eve + Erick at sunset before their reception at Sugarloaf Mt.

Caitlin + Cade, waterfront Annapolis, to see their wedding highlight slideshow click here:


Wray + Megan in the rose garden at the Chevy Chase Country Club before their reception - (Elliott shot this one and below, is the exact same moment, caught by Sarah at a different angle)

(Sarah's close up angle of Megan + Wray in the Rose Garden) to see their wedding highlight slideshow click here:


Ben + Amanda, waterfront Annapolis Wedding

Ben + Amanda, waterfront Annapolis Wedding during their guests' cocktail hour: to see their wedding highlight slideshow click here:


Stephanie + Jimmy, US Capitol building after their ceremony, to see their wedding highlight slideshow click here:


Newly launched [on valentines day-- thought this was fitting] 2012, we are so thankful to have met so many wonderful clients who have turned into friends. To see all our past weddings and much more from the ceremonies, receptions, group shots, check out our website


. Drop us a note and say hi. We'd love to hear from you! We have had an amazing past year and look forward to being part of some truly fabulous weddings in 2013.

Sarah Durrant

Elliott O'Donovan

Sarah + Elliott Events, LLC

202 503 4742

240 644 4010


Venue Spotlight- Sandy Spring Museum

The Sandy Spring Museum is a hidden gem  located in the small quaint town of Sandy Spring, Maryland. The Museum has many children's activities, changing art exhibits and a vast display of local history. Besides the wonderful art and history  they also have event rentals. 

The Dr.Bird Ballroom can seat 80 people and host 125

for theater or 160 for standing capacity.

Five large windows with opaque shades enable daytime

image projection. High above the large octagonal room are exposed oak trusses supporting a roof topped with a windowed cupola.

The Farquhar Gallery has hardwood floors with floor to ceiling glass windows, facing the Courtyard and its gardens. Art exhibits hang on the natural brick wall.

The Courtyard is a private, level grassy area  bordered by beautiful gardens. Excellent for outdoor affairs , tenting allowed by approved companies. Seating is 200 for theater, 150 for seated, 225 for standing.

The Ladson Library is a working library that is a 27' diameter octagonal room with computer access making it perfect for smaller meetings since it seats 25.

There is a caterer kitchen and ample parking on site. Tables and chairs are included in the rental and av equipment is available at an additional charge. If you would like more information please let us know and we would be happy to put you in contact or you can e-mail

Button Bouquets by Angela's Artistic Designs

Are you interested in an alternative to flowers for your bouquet or event boutinere? Enter the button bouquet/boutinerre/centerpiece  etc, not only will you have a custom arrangement it will also last for many years to come. Angela of Angela's Artistic Designs will collaborate with you to incorporate your wedding colors and theme to create a bouquet just as unique as you! They are the perfect accessory for a shabby chic wedding or  great for the prom set. 

If you want to find out more about Angela's Artistic Designs

visit her Etsy shop at

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or send her a note

Ask the Expert- Bridal Photography

Today's expert topic is bridal photography.  I have the pleasure of working with Cynthia Kain on a wedding this spring.  The wedding was in Georgetown, Washington, DC at the gorgeous Four Season's Hotel. I had a chance to talk with Cynthia after and get her expert opinion on a few photography questions.

Photo Credit: Cynthia Kain

What normally ends up being the best shot?

For me, my favorite shot is usually one from my alone time with the bride and groom. Typically I take the bride and groom around the venue a bit away from the guests to allow the couple some privacy and time to relax and take a deep breath. I help them by giving a bit of direction and encouraging a lots of laughs..and within a few moments they're at ease and so full of love I'm able document their natural, raw emotion.

What is the most common photo brides forget to ask for?

My brides do not typically give me a "formal" shot list as we schedule a time to chat over any special details of the day I need to be on the look out for. My clients are comfortable with me to documenting their day as it unfolds, other than the few formal family portraits that is. I think one of the most common photos brides forget to ask for is a photo of their invitation suite. Brides spend so much time creating their gorgeous invitation suites...they work with a designer/paper company to figure out the design, fonts, colors, type of paper, etc. These invitations are a guests' first glimpse into what's to come and gets them excited for the big day :)

How far in advance do you like to be booked?

I don't really have a preference. If the couple and I hit it off and we're a great fit and I'm available on their date then I'm totally excited to document their wedding! There are those times inevitably when I do get bummed out when an awesome couple contact me and I'm already booked. On average I'd say most brides book me 8 - 14 months out, but I have had some book me as short as 3 months...and some have booked as far as 20 + months out.

What was the worst thing that has happened to you on a shot?

It's not photography related, but one of my brides lost her great grandmother's broach that had been in the family for over 100 years. We were never quite sure when it happened, but she noticed it in between her ceremony and reception. It broke my heart for her.

What suggestions do you have to make the day go smoother for you and the bride?

Have a consult with me 2 weeks before your wedding reviewing your schedule to come up with an outline of how the photos will go - and this allows me to think through my game plan and ensures that I know of all the little details the bride, groom and families have worked so hard on - I want to do my best to capture all their special moments. I have actually started making this a standard for all my brides - it allows them to go over everything one last time - and allows me to do my best work :)

For more information on Cynthia please visit her website: