Justine & Mike's Arlington and DC Engagement

All good stories start with “So we decided to get an Uber…” right? Ha ha! Well this one certainly did! Justine & Mike knew they wanted to take photos around Iwo Jima (an homage to Mike’s service in the Marines) and take photos in D.C.(to commemorate living in one of their favorite cities) but they also knew it was kind of a pain to drive around (and park) in all the places they wanted to be so they suggested we all take an Uber. Quick, no parking woes, and we’d all be together. Brilliant idea but we didn’t count on the grand tour of D.C. that we’d get by a driver unfamilar with the area! It’s a good thing we budgeted some extra time before the sun went down!

Eventually, we made it to where we wanted to go and had a chance to focus on the photos. Mike warned me in our first meeting that he was absolutely not photogenic and hated having his photo taken. Justine wasn’t quite as admant about her feelings on being photographed, but like most people, she wasn’t the biggest fan either. Well, hopefully, after the whirlwind, hilarious, and fun time we had (and the beeeeautiful results!) I’ve changed their minds on having their photo taken. I enjoyed every second of their adventurous spirits (they were totally game for sneaking into the bushes for some “secret garden” inspired frames) and my heart was warmed by the sweet way they treated eachother. I can’t wait for the wedding!

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Vendor Spotlight: Sweet Blossom Cakes

OH MY! Let me tell you this: you have not lived life fully until you’ve had a slice of Sweet Blossom Cakes’ delicious confections! Truly. The artist & baker behind Sweet Blossom is Tatyana and I’ve known her for around two years now. I can tell you with confidence that her culinary and decorating skills are some of the best I’ve seen in the industry in nearly a decade. Of course, because of that, I just had to interview her and enlighten my readers (and hopefully help them in their quest for finding the perfect wedding treat)! Take a look at what she had to say and then get ready to hold on to your tummies! You’re going to be positively starving for cake after you check out the photos of her work!

Q: How did you get your start in weddings?

A: I was doing birthday and event cakes for years and my friend asked me to make her wedding cake, it turned out very beautiful!

Q: Why did you want to be involved in weddings?

A:  A wedding cake is the centerpiece of that event and its a lot of opportunity to use my creativity, imagimation and tell their story in this cake.

Q: What is one unique thing that your business brings to the table?

A: My perfectionism and attention to detail comes across in my realistic sugar flowers. Also, taste! I use the best ingredients and recipies to ensure that everything tastes as good as it looks!

Q: What inspires you?

A: When I have a meeting with couples I ask them to bring anything what they want incorporate in their wedding cake. Its could be fabrics from bridemades dresses, flowers, invintation cards, gown lace etc.

Q: What are the top services that your company provides?

A: Wedding and other event cakes, cupcakes and minicupcakes.

Q: What is your best piece of advice for couples?

A: To cut the cost of wedding cake get the guest list under control! The price of everything is based on the number of guests that you have. Don’t be afraid to bring up your budget with your baker or other vendors. I would rather have someone tell me how much they’ve been planning on spending up front rather than finding out after we’ve gone through the design process that the cake
we’ve worked out is beyond their means.

Q: What is your most frequently asked question?

A: How far in advance I bake my cakes. You’ll get a cake that was baked from scratch, never from mixes. I will generally bake the cakes two days before the wedding, frost and get them ready for assembly the day before, and finish with decorating on the day of the wedding and assembling at the reception site.

Q: What is a realistic budget for your services?

A: My cakes starts $6.00 per servings and goes up depending on design.

Q: In regard to wedding cakes, what is the most important piece of information that you wish all couples knew?

A: To make sure their baker is licensed, insured & has good standing with the state’s health inspector. It is something I take very seriously and my clients can rest assured knowing that they’ve hired a responsible professional who isn’t going to end up giving their guests food poisoning!

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Lessons Learned: A Bride's Perspective from Megan


This week’s Lesson’s Learned comes from one of my absoutely most favorite weddings ever! Megan & Sam (and their families) completely rocked this wedding! Every detail was beautiful, every person there was amazing, kind, loving, and supportive of Meg & Sam, and the love these two had for eachother made me all sorts of choked up. Take a peek at what Megan had to say about her day.

Your Wedding Date: 9.14.13
Wedding Venue:
Oatlands Plantation
Describe Your Wedding: Outdoor, vintage, garden

What was your favorite part of your day?:

A: Walking down to aisle and seeing Sam’s face.


Q: What was your partner’s favorite part?

A: The first dance.


Q: What was the hardest thing about planning your wedding?

A: Putting together all of the little details at the end, such as timeline of the big day and making sure everyone one needed to be where they were needed. It really helped to have a day of coordinator to make sure everything ran smoothly.

Q: What did you learn that you wished you had known?

A: A budget is very important to start with! You must have a budget before planning anything.

Q: What was the most unexpected part of the day?

A: The garter toss! Sam went to wallmart the morning of and bought womens panties 10 sizes too big for me! He pulled those out instead of my garter…

Q: Any other wisdom to share?

A: Again I would emphasize starting with a budget everyone is comfortable with before planning anything else! I would also recommened trying your best to eat something at your reception, we ended up eating a few appetizers but that’s it! Have your caterer pack some food up for you or make sure your hotel room afterwards has something for you to eat at the end of a VERY long day!