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SHE ! Volume 1 | Issue 1 | Summer 2017

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Dress for Less

7 Steps

to Gorgeous


Cakes We Love

5 Ways

to Find the DJ of Your Dreams

Get Hitched Without A Hitch

(Wedding Day Emergency Kit Musts!)

Pop! Fizz! Clink!

His and Her signature cocktails

Engagement Rings • Wedding Bands • Tuxedo Rentals Wedding Gown Preservation • Gifts for Bridal Party Gifts for Bride and Groom

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Volume 1 | Issue 1 | Summer 2017


8 Your wedding planning checklist 10 At your service: selecting a wedding concierge 13 How to choose a photographer



Touched with love: a step-by-step guide to making spectacular centerpieces DIY Receptions – Your big day, your way Get the dress of your dreams for less and help someone else’s dreams come true



That takes the cake Wedding cake trends to try Pop! Fizz! Clink! His and Her signature cocktails 10 Questions to ask before booking your DJ The $1,000 Wedding How I Did It and You Can, Too


LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION 32 Beautiful locales for your stunning reception

GET HITCHED WITHOUT A HITCH 38 What to have in your wedding day emergency kit SHE! GETS MARRIED


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Susan McCorkindale is a mom, autism and mental health advocate, and the editor of SHE!, SHE! Gets Married, and SHE! Means Business (debuting in October 2017). She is also the author of two books, Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl and 500 Acres and No Place to Hide, More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her sons, girlfriends, and the cats that occasionally stroll into her apartment. CINDY GOFF ART DIRECTOR Cindy Goff is the owner of Dreamspeed Photography in Warrenton. She specializes in business and conceptual portraits. She graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has a M.F.A. in creative writing from George Mason University. Learn more at

Megan Nagel, owner and cake designer at Haute Cakes Pastry Shop in Warrenton, has been baking her entire life. Nagel earned her certificate as a trained pastry chef in 2007, and started Haute Cakes soon after. Her custom cakes have since accompanied hundreds of local weddings, birthday parties, and other celebrations. For more information, visit or contact Megan directly at

Lisa Cauthorne is the founder of Engagements Concierge Wedding Planning. A Concierge planner, Lisa and her staff travel to you rather than the other way around. Engagements offers several types of planning and coordination packages to suit most every need and can assist with referrals to the best vendors available. Lisa believes it’s a privilege to be entrusted with planning any wedding and says, “My commitment to every bride and groom is to be by their side throughout this wonderful journey to ensure a unique experience and a memorable day.” For more information, visit or contact Lisa directly at

Jake Ritchie is the owner and operator of Dream Day DJs, a full service DJ entertainment and lighting company. With more than 20 years of experience, he’s gotten guests up and dancing at over 500 weddings. The recipient of the 2017 Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Wedding Vendor award, Dream Day DJs is also Northern Virginia’s only 22 time award winning DJ and MC entertainment company. Jake can be reached at 1-866-DREAM98, 1-866-373-2698, and 540-341-7072. For more information, visit and

Amanda Heincer is a staff writer for Fauquier Times and Prince William Times. She has worked at local newspapers in Northern Virginia for about 12 years and loves telling the stories of people and places in the area. She lives in Fairfax County with her husband and son.

Sarena Sindon Ballard is the owner/designer of Sarena Floral Designs. Sarena Floral Designs offers artistically inspired florals for weddings and special events. Having lived in Europe for twenty years and having pursued an education in art and design, Sarena brings clients a little something different. Her creative vision and attention to detail allow her to showcase creative flare, love for what she does, and forward trending in her work. For more information, visit, or contact Sarena directly at

Terry Kaye is the owner of Terry Kaye Events, a full-service event design, styling and planning boutique specializing in weddings, social occasions and corporate affairs. Equipped with over 15 years of industry experience, Terry’s attention to detail, creative vision and style guarantees a flawless execution of every event she has the pleasure of planning. Terry resides in Warrenton with her husband and their three sons. For more information, visit or contact Terry directly at and 703819-4322.

Sherri Tyson is a writer, blogger and content designer in the travel and tourism industry by day, and a music and wine lover by night. Destination travel and event planning is a second “fun” job Sherri also enjoys. A former resident of Northern Virginia, Sherri resides in Winter Park, Florida, and was married in April of this year.


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Your Wedding Planning Checklist

What to do from the moment you get the ring, to the day before you walk down the aisle! By Terry Kaye,,

photography session (especially if you require photos for your ❒ Determine budget save-the-dates) ❒ Determine your maximum guest list ❒ Select and order your dress ❒ Hire a wedding planner ❒ Shop, select and order (remember, planners save you bridesmaid dresses/attire time and money.) ❒ Research religious requirements ❒ Book your wedding day transportation and inquire about ceremony ❒ Block hotel rooms location availability ❒ Hire your emcee/DJ ❒ Book ceremony venue ❒ Hire your florist ❒ Book your reception venue ❒ Review catering options, request ❒ Book your officiant ❒ Book honeymoon preliminary menu proposal and ❒ Purchase passport or check schedule menu tasting expiration date for renewal ❒ Book caterer ❒ Submit engagement announce ❒ Review your rental needs and book rental equipment (especial ment to your local paper ❒ Order stamps for your save-the- ly important for tent weddings) ❒ Review photographer packages, dates, invites and rsvp envelopes ❒ Research and purchase wedding book photographer ❒ Review videographer packages, insurance ❒ Enjoy your engagement party book videographer ❒ Review band options, book reception entertainment 8-months out ❒ Review ceremony entertainment, ❒ Assemble and mail your save-the- book ceremony musicians dates (between 8-6 months out) ❒ Begin researching other vendors ❒ Schedule cake/dessert tasting, (read reviews, inquire about book your baker 6-months out liability insurance & always ask ❒ Hire a calligrapher for references) ❒ Reserve rehearsal dinner venue ❒ Begin dress shopping ❒ Book late-night snack food truck ❒ Create your style board (on-line ❒ Schedule pre-marital counseling via Pinterest or create your own) sessions ❒ Choose your wedding party & ❒ Find out who requires hair and ask them to be in your wedding makeup services (bridal party, ❒ Design your wedding website mother(s), grandmother(s), flow ❒ Start your wedding gift registry er girl(s), etc.) ❒ Determine the time that the sun ❒ Schedule trial hair and makeup sets on your wedding day, add to session timeline ❒ Shop, select and order grooms ❒ Create your wedding email men attire address ❒ Schedule first dress fitting ❒ Purchase wedding bands ❒ Purchase favors 9-months out ❒ Purchase additional wedding ❒ Finalize your guest list needs: ❒ Collect guest list mailing ❍ Guest book & pen addresses (ask for an invitation ❍ Bridal party gifts template from your invitation ❍ Gifts for parents designer/printing company to ❍ Card box avoid formatting issues) ❒ Shop, select and order save-the-dates ❍ Wedding signs: welcome sign & directional signs ❒ Shop for / begin designing ❍ Getting ready robe/shirt your wedding invitations ❍ Emergency kit essentials ❒ Schedule your engagement

(ask if your planner has one prior to purchasing) ❍ Toasting flutes ❍ Cake cutting set ❍ Cake topper ❍ Something old, new, borrowed & blue ❒ Last chance to mail your save-the-dates ❒ Enjoy bachelorette party



12-months out


3-months out

❒ Mail your wedding invitations ❒ Finalize ceremony details ❒ Finalize hair and makeup schedule for bridal party ❒ Arrange bridal and/or boudoir portraits ❒ Finalize ceremony music ❒ Finalize reception music ❒ Finalize menu ❒ Complete printed items (welcome bag letters, programs, menu cards, escort cards, place cards, table cards, table numbers, etc.) ❒ Purchase bridal undergarments & garter ❒ Decide if you will do welcome bags / purchase contents for welcome bags ❒ Collect photos for slide show or decorative photo frames ❒ Purchase gifts for bridal party ❒ Schedule last dress fitting ❒ Order groom’s cake ❒ Enjoy bridal shower 6-weeks out ❒ Secure marriage license ❒ Secure ABC liquor license (review state requirements) ❒ Break in your wedding day shoes ❒ Send final payments to vendors ❒ Finalize your ❍must-have ❍ photos list ❒ Finalize your ❍must-play ❍ and ❍ do-not-play ❍ music lists ❒ Purchase gifts for each other ❒ Purchase bridal party gifts / parent gifts ❒ Schedule ceremony rehearsal time with venue or church ❒ Begin collecting RSVP’s ❒ Confirm vendor contact information and cell phone numbers / create vendor contact ❍cheat-sheet ❍ and bring with you on day of wedding ❒ Schedule final walk-through with your caterer and venue ❒ Finalize inclement weather plan if you are planning an outdoor ceremony/reception ❒ Write your own vows

1-month out

❒ Follow-up with outstanding RSVP’s ❒ Finalize guest seating chart ❒ Send timeline and diagrams to vendors ❒ Send timeline and diagrams to bridal party ❒ Schedule final hair cut & color ❒ Ask caterer for suggested liquor, beer, wine counts ❒ Begin to purchase your liquor, beer & wine ❒ Adjust your cake order based on final head count ❒ Adjust your flower order based on final seating chart ❒ Confirm all final vendor payments ❒ Final dress fitting and review bustle instructions

2-weeks out

❒ Send final numbers to caterer ❒ Send final seating chart to venue ❒ Assemble welcome bags for hotel ❒ Begin paperwork to change your name ❒ Touch base with ALL vendors one last time, (confirm: day, date, time and venue location)

1-week out

❒ Confirm groomsmen picked up their formal wear and have tried everything on (shoes, socks, ties, etc.) ❒ Drop welcome bags to hotel ❒ Drop off wedding items to venue ❒ Designate someone to take gifts and wedding décor home ❒ Pack your bags for your honeymoon ❒ Get cash for tips and designate a day-of distributor ❒ Scheduled your manicure & pedicure ❒ Clean your engagement ring ❒ Prep and pack all wedding items and supplies for wedding day

1-day out

❒ Organize bridal party gifts /pack-up and bring to your rehearsal dinner ❒ Give marriage license to officiant ❒ Attend rehearsal ❒ Attend rehearsal dinner ❒ Get a good night’s sleep

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At your service:

How to select a wedding concierge

By Lisa Cauthorne

Photos courtesy Dimples and Cheeks Photography You just said yes and your head is spinning. You’re thinking, where do I start? Who do I call? Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. As an established wedding planner, my advice is to first determine the best date for your big day or maybe two potential dates. I recommend an alternate date just in case you find your dream venue and it’s not available on that specific day. Once you have a firm date, consider hiring a planner or coordinator. No one’s wedding goes off without a hitch or two. Life happens, and there are things that don’t always go the way you anticipated. That’s when a planner wearing a Super Woman cape comes to the rescue.

Why should I hire a wedding planner?

Planning a wedding takes a village, but hiring a planner is most certainly the best way to lighten your load and focus on getting married. Your mom may think she wants to handle the details but, especially on the day of the wedding, she deserves to celebrate along with you. Aunt Sue or your best friend (who got married last year) are eager to step in and help and you might be thinking that’s a good option and it would certainly save money. It’s not and it won’t. Why? While I’m sure your bestie can get the group down the aisle just fine, what happens if the night before your wedding the officiant calls to say he can’t make it because a tree fell onto his home? True story. Or what if a vendor backs out, there’s a venue change or if the cake gets destroyed during delivery? How will your bestie or Aunt Sue handle these situations and make sure the wedding goes off without you even knowing about this stuff? A planner has the expertise and resources to make sure these random but very real events don’t spoil your day. The real reason you hire a planner is not to spend money unwisely but to 10

ensure you don’t have to deal with the problems that arise throughout the process. There are several different types of wedding planners, so we’ve created this list of what sets them apart to help you make the best choice based upon your budget and needs. Here’s to happy (and stress-free) wedding planning!


Full-service or all-inclusive planning

A full-service planner is best for the couple who want guidance and a professional opinion from A-Z. If you don’t have a lot of free time to dedicate to wedding planning or live out of town you may want to seriously consider this option. These professionals can help with every SUMMER 2017

detail like helping you create and stick to a budget, choosing linen colors, flowers, mailing the invitations, arranging guest hotel room blocks, creating the perfect gift bags for guests, pre-ceremony parties, post wedding day brunch, etc. You might prefer to leave many of these decisions to an expert.

Month-of Planner

Couples who want to do most of the planning themselves should still consider hiring a month-of planner. This can be a very stressful time and there is a value to be placed on not having to worry or stress over the details. Your vendors need a point person and a detailed timeline so they know where to be and when. You don’t want your cake person showing up before the table is ready to place it on. Month-of planners are pros at stepping in to handle all the details in the weeks and days leading up to a wedding. They can also help with miscellaneous, last-minute things that need to be taken care of, such as final contract negotiations, setting up dÊcor and even dispersing vendor payments or tips.

Day-of coordinator

A day-of coordinator usually meets with clients a handful of times before the wedding to create a schedule for the big day, but their main responsibility is to orchestrate the activities on the actual wedding day. This usually entails directing vendors, managing decoration set-up and break-down, and helping the wedding party as needed. The most important function of the day of coordinator is to keep the day running on-schedule.




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How to choose a wedding photographer


After three months of the bride trying to find out when she was getting the photos, the “friend of a friend” I’m a professional photographer, photographer blocked the bride’s but I don’t shoot weddings. So when text messages and would not return my best friend’s son asked me to phone calls. I had to call the phophotograph his wedding, I decided tographer and threaten small claims to hire a photographer as a wedding court if we didn’t get the photos in gift. The wedding took place over 48 hours. The photographer met 300 miles away in a rural area where the bride and gave her the images there are hardly any photographers on a thumb drive (she didn’t get any to choose from, so I relied on word of the prints that were supposed to of mouth. Finally, I settled with a be included), and on inspecting the part-time photographer who worked files, we found the photographer with “a friend of a friend.” Being had been editing the images right busy with work and wanting to enjoy up until an hour before she gave us the wedding, I put my faith in the the thumb drive. Most of the pho“friend of a friend.” I knew this was tos, outside the church and at the wrong from the beginning. reception, were not even edited. I blame myself for the nightmare. The day of the wedding, the photogI know better. But I got lazy and rapher showed up, dressed professionally, and corralled groups of bridesmaids, groomsman, mothers, cousins and other relatives into the front of the small wooden church for group portraits. The photographer moved about the reception capturing the couple cutting the cake, groups of well-dressed guests filing through the serving line, and beer cans being tied to the back of the car. Near the end of the reception, I wrote the photographer a check for $700 dollars. She vanished. SHE! GETS MARRIED

didn’t do my homework. Here are a few tips to help you select a professional wedding photographer and receive good service. The rules I didn’t follow: Initial Meeting and Portfolio Review. Make sure you are comfortable with the photographer because you will be allowing this person backstage access to your most special day. When viewing the photographer’s portfolio, make sure you see a large, representative group of photos over several jobs. Look at photos that cover several WHOLE weddings. Don’t be dazzled by just a few cherry-picked photos. Cost. Shooting weddings is hard work. A good photographer has the right equipment and knows how

to shoot in any lighting situation. You need a professional for this job. You should budget at least $1500-$2000 for a small/medium wedding. Generally, the photographer will require half of the payment at the time of booking and the rest when you get the images. If you hire the $400-dollar photographer from Craig’s list, you will get what you pay for. Photography is not the place to cut corners in your wedding. Contract. A contract will lay out the amount of time the photographer will be at the wedding, the price, the terms of payment, what kind of products will be delivered and the delivery date. A professional photographer has excellent, quick editing skills and should turn all your images over to you no more than 4-6 weeks after your wedding. This is your wedding. You should have photos that you will treasure forever. This is not the time to hire a “friend of a friend.” Do not take a chance on having bad photos, or worse, never getting any images of your wedding at all.



Gorgeous nuptials that won’t break the bank t Touched with Love: 7 Steps to Making Spectacular Centerpieces t DIY Receptions -Your Big Day, Your Way t Get the Dress of Your Dreams for Less

Touched with

7 steps to making spectacular centerpieces

BY SARENA SINDON-BALLARD, Photos Courtesy Candice Adelle Photography

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Creating a centerpiece at home can be simple and fun. Here are step-by-step instructions to guide you through making a beautiful arrangement for your wedding or any special occasion.

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Step 1

Purchase a small glass candle stick holder, E6000 glue, absorbent floral foam, waterproof floral tape, and scissors at any craft store. Dig out that funny little glass bowl you’ve never had any use for until now. We’re going to use it as a compote dish for your arrangement.

Step 2

Add glue to the top of the candlestick and the base of the bowl. Press together and allow to set with the bowl on top for 24-36 hours until dry.

Step 3

Selecting flowers can be daunting so pick three colors or less. You can pick from your garden or buy from your local store. You will want a larger focal flower (for example a peony, garden rose, or lily) some filler florals (stock, tulips) and greens to add texture and interest to your design. Cut stems at an angle but not too short, then place in water. Add the packet of Floral Life, setting aside a little bit for use in Step 4.

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the size of the bowl and tape it into the compote dish.

smaller filler flowers to fill in spaces between the greens.

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Clean flower stems of any leaves or thorns, and clean the lower stems of your greens, too. Place greens into the foam at the center, and then to the sides at a slight left or right angle, working your way around the dish. This forms your structure. A little flow is more natural and helps to cover the floral foam, so imperfect placement is ok. Once you begin to see shape forming, add focal flowers in a triangle shape into the middle sides of the arrangement (see peony), then add the SUMMER 2017

Continue to add your filler flowers and any extra greens you may have. Don’t be afraid to drape the greens by inserting them at an angle closer to the lip of the bowl. Continue to add until you are satisfied with the look and have filled in any open spaces.

Step 7

By now you should have a beautiful arrangement. Place it where you would like it and enjoy the pretty! 15


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DIY Receptions –Your big day, your way BY TERRY KAYE, Photos courtesy of Terry Kaye Events, except where noted Do-It-Yourself weddings have certainly taken off in popularity; they’re a terrific way to personalize your event and might even save you money. But keep in mind that some projects are more difficult and time-consuming than others which is why I always urge couples to pick their DIY endeavors carefully and start early. If you dream of a having a hands-on wedding of your own, here’s a little guidance to help you pull it off without any major DIY disasters.


Wedding favors are a great way to say “thank you” while you share and showcase your personalities, and another easy way to get your DIY on. Whether you’re sending guests home with a sweet treat or a sentimental jar of honey, keep it personal. Be creative – think about how you can make your guests feel appreciated when they enjoy the gift you give. Remember, this is a small token of your special day, so make your favors memorable.

Ceremony Décor:

I’m big believer in keeping your ceremony décor simple and elegant. Keep the focus on the ceremony itself and take advantage of any existing décor or the landscape and view that surrounds you. Ceremonies typically last less than an hour so I don’t recommend investing a ton of money for such a short period of time. Some great DIY ceremony décor suggestions are hanging baskets, large ferns, lanterns, candles and ribbons/sashes. Avoid spending your entire décor budget on ceremony flowers; instead get creative and keep it portable. Repurposing your ceremony decorations is a frugal way to stretch your budget and provide continuity with your reception décor.

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DIY Honey Jars created a lasting memory for this brunch-themed wedding.

#DIY Ceremony Décor, Kristen Gardner Photography

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Photo Booth:

Photo booths are fun for everyone and capture some candid moments that your photographer may miss. Photo props seem to bring out the silly, funny and wild side of your guests. If you don’t want to invest money in a photo booth, consider a DIY approach. Design a fun backdrop, cut out your own photo booth props and add a few selfie sticks for your guests to use. It’s simple, easy and almost free. Don’t forget to add a themed sign with your wedding day hashtag so friends and family can tag your event when they post their selfies. Candice Adelle Photography

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Paper and Printing:

Design your own DIY map when getting married in your back yard.

Custom programs designed using the morning paper as inspiration were the perfect complement for an early morning vow exchange.

Paper design, printing and calligraphy can get pretty expensive. If you plan ahead, I suggest taking a DIY approach to your stationary and printing needs. There are many websites (think Etsy) that can help you with the design work so all you have to do is print at home. If you or your significant other possess artistic ability, you might even want to consider designing your own save-the-dates, invitations, maps and signage. And, if you have really neat handwriting, consider addressing your envelopes yourself. Just remember to tackle as much of your printing needs as early as possible. Items like escort cards and place cards are dependent on your RSVP timeline; start early to ensure you don’t fall behind schedule and stress out.

Signature Drinks:

I am a huge fan of signature drinks. They’re an affordable way to add liquor to your bar without springing for a full bar. They also bring a bit of personality to your cocktail hour. Add a little DIY flair with a “His and Hers” menu, custom drink stirrers and garnish.

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Thirteen years ago, the YWCA of Central Virginia established Church Street Bridal in Lynchburg. Why would a YWCA get into the bridal business? The answer is both incredibly creative and deceptively simple: to find a way to raise funds for the programs it offers for women and children, as well as provide a service to the community. By quite literally marrying the two ideas together, Church Street Bridal was formed, offering designer wedding gowns at off-the-rack prices.

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No appointment necessary to find your dream dress for less. The walls of Church Street Bridal are lined with racks and racks of designer gowns and you don’t need an appointment to come in and discover your dream wedding gown in a sea of beautiful options that will leave you breathless. There are beaded gowns, sequined gowns, lace covered gowns, and simply elegant gowns with little to no detail. Many are hand-stitched runway dresses from names such as Pnina Tornai, Demetrios, Monique Lhuillier, and countless others. Most of the gowns at Church Street Bridal are priced at 10% of the original retail cost and even better? All of them are new. None of the gowns have ever been worn other than being tried on or used as a floor sample. For $200-$900 you can purchase a bridal gown that retailed anywhere from $800 into the thousands. On occasion the shop receives dresses

valued at $10,000-$30,000. These are priced a little higher but still nowhere near what you’d pay at retail. Church Street Bridal, Too (located on the second floor) houses bridesmaid, prom, mother-of-the bride and cocktail gowns. Between the two shops there are extras such as flower girl dresses, veils, tiaras and shoes. There’s even a clearance room where one can find dresses for $25 to $100 and formal gowns for $10 to $250. Proceeds from purchases at Church Street Bridal go to: Domestic violence prevention and intervention services This includes sheltering victims, connecting them with legal counsel, and training to get them back on their feet. All of these programs are operated by the YWCA of Central Virginia. Lynchburg and many of its surrounding areas The efforts of the YWCA of Central Virginia extend to city residents and rural residents alike. They reach as far as Danville and as close as a neighbor. Every CSB purchase funds the programs of the YWCA of Central Virginia.


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Love is in the details t These Take the Cake: Top 10 Wedding Cake Trends t Pop! Fizz! Clink! His & Her Signature Cocktails t The $1,000 Wedding: How One Bride Did It and You Can, Too


These Take the Cake

Top 10 Wedding Cake Trends

BY MEGAN NAGEL Megan@HauteCakesPastryShop. com

Photos Courtesy Haute Cakes Pastry Shop, except where noted

Wedding cakes. They are the unrivaled beauties of the pastry world. Often tall and showy, today’s wedding cakes are increasingly expected to be more than just dessert. At their best, modern wedding cakes are true statement pieces that showcase the couple’s style and wow the guests. The “in” styles change from year to year, with new fun cake trends on the rise all the time. For those of you planning a wedding in 2017 or 2018, here is a list of the top ten wedding cake trends to try recommended by a pastry chef herself! Photo by Lieb Photographic 26




If you aren’t the “all dressed in white” kind of bride, this cake might be perfect for you! For a bright bold look, use your wedding palette for color blocked tiers — or keep it a bit whimsical with ombre, by blending from a colorful bottom tier to pure white on top.


What’s a wedding without a little bling? Make your cake a show-stopper by decorating it in gold or platinum hues. Even a little hint of shine on the cake can go a long way, and this is one trend that “plays well with other” trends, so go for it!


A nod to nature, these cakes are edible versions of marble or geodes. Marbled icing is the more subtle of the two looks, and so very chic. For an undeniably cool cake, go with the geode cake - it’s beautiful, it’s unique, and it’s so delicious with those hand-crafted sugar crystals.


These incredible themed cakes are served as an ode to your better half. To do this right, think of what your darling hubby-to-be loves more than anything (aside from you!). Is he a football fanatic? Or maybe a book worm? Let his hobbies and interests lead the way for the Groom’s Cake.

Photo by Freebird Imagery Photo by Haute Cakes Pastry Shop


Add a little ooh-la-la to your wedding with a naked cake! A cake without the usual frosting on the outside is referred to as a “naked” cake. Elevate this style with a delicate hand-piped lace overlay, or keep it fun and funky with a brightly-colored frosting or sprinkles.


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One of the easiest and most effective ways to ensure your cake is impressive, is to simply make it TALL. Pedestal cake stands, extended or double tall tiers, and added toppers, flowers, and other decorations will all get the job done. Simply adding some height will take a sweet, basic buttercream cake from just “nice” to “wow.”

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Why stop at just cake? More and more couples are indulging their guests with elaborate spreads of delicious sweets… think macaroons, cake pops, truffles, cookies, cupcakes and more. To do this right, offer 3-5 bites per guest, add visual interest with cake stands of varied heights, and include extra charm with fancy toppers and décor. {Pro tip: Many couples will even incorporate bite-sized treats throughout their event as ceremony snacks, escort cards, or wedding favors.}

Literally overflowing with sweetness, drip cakes are one of the most popular cake trends of the moment. These beauties feature one or more tiers of cakes with glaze, caramel, or a rich ganache sneaking down the sides. Gorgeous and delicious.

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This is a great option if you love the traditional, romantic feel of a purely white cake, but want to jazz it up a bit. Try this trend by covering an entire tier in white ruffles or flowers, adding an off-white lace piping on top of white frosting, or even dripping some white ganache down the sides.


Can’t decide between two or more looks? Use them all! There is no rule that you must keep your wedding cake simple. In fact, some of the most breathtaking cakes showcase different styles on each tier. So go ahead and do the ruffles… and the gold…and the marble! 

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Pop! Fizz! Clink! His & Her Signature Cocktails BY TERRY KAYE

menus allow you to get creative and introduce your specialty cocktails to your guests. I recently spotted a cocktail menu where the bride and Whether you’re serving a mock- groom added their names to the tail or a cocktail, your signature mix. The groom took his favorite drink is a fun way to set the tone of Jack & Coke and named it Jake & an event and accentuate your theme. Coke after himself. There are many ideas and options His bride, Melissa, re-named a available and it’s easy to choose the classic mimosa a Mel-mosa. They first beverage that catches your eye, used simple, common cocktails but but I always encourage my clients gave them a signature twist. to put some thought behind their Finally, don’t forget to add some signature drinks. extra flair with a unique garnish, Remember, love is in the details and colorful paper straws and some the details will really help make your personalized drink stirrers. special day even more special (if that’s possible). Share flavors from HIS: BOURBON ROSEMARY your heritage or region, add some LEMONADE seasonal flavors, or match your wed- Directions for the Rosemary Simding colors. Or, and this is one of ple Syrup: my favorite ideas, simply serve what •3 sprigs of rosemary you enjoy drinking and give it a new •1/2 cup granulated sugar name that ties in with your story. •1/2 cup local honey It doesn’t have to be complex. •3/4 cup water I typically design cocktails with •1/4 cup freshly squeezed 3-5 ingredients (remember, the lemon juice (place lemon peels in more ingredients needed the more mixture for extra lemon flavor) expensive your libations become), To Make the Lemon-Rosemary with the goal of keeping it simple Simple Syrup: and making it personal and fun. •Place rosemary on cutting Spread the word of your signature board and gently hit sprigs drink by creating a custom “His & with back of knife to release Her” bar menu. Personalized bar their flavor and aroma.

•Transfer rosemary to small saucepot; stir in sugar, honey, freshly squeezed lemon juice and water. Cook over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. •Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. •Transfer to container and refrigerate until completely cool, or up to 5 days. Ingredients: •1 ½ ounces Bourbon •1/4 cup lemon-rosemary simple syrup •Ice cubes, for service •Fresh sprigs of rosemary, for garnish (optional) •Lemon peel, for garnish (optional)

To Make: •Fill glass with ice •Add 1 ½ ounces of bourbon •Add ¼ cup lemon-rosemary simple syrup •Garnish with rosemary sprig & lemon rind HERS: COTTON CANDY CHAMPAGNE MARTINI Ingredients: •1 ½ ounces cotton candy flavored vodka •2 ounces Rose Brut •Teaspoon of Chambord liqueur •Pink or white sugar sprinkles, to sugar-rim the glass •Pink cotton candy for garnish •Ice cubes, for shaking To Make: •Dip rim of glass into Chambord liqueur and then into sugar crystals; set glass aside •Fill martini shaker with ice and cotton candy vodka and a teaspoon of Chambord; shake •Pour into martini glass •Fill with Rose Brut •Garnish with cotton candy

Top 5 ways to find the right DJ/ MC for your wedding BY JAKE RITCHIE #1 Do your research Ask your friends who they used or who they thought was good at a wedding they attended. Ask the venue where you’re having your reception for suggestions. Next, look at online reviews and any social media links that can redirect you to pictures, videos, and blogs about events the DJ has done. Most weddings are private functions, so don’t get discouraged if the DJ has limited pictures and video. What you’re looking for are multiple positive consumer reviews and vendor recommendations. #2 Call, video conference or Facetime, or arrange an in person meeting Initial contact through email is perfectly fine, plus you can keep a record of the conversation. At 28

some point though, the best way to describe your needs is a though a phone call or face to face meeting. It will make you much more comfortable speaking to the performing DJ directly, and it helps the DJ get

to know you, too. Every wedding is different, so a DJ needs to know your vision and the best way to explain that is through a phone conversation, video chat, or face to face meeting. SHE! GETS MARRIED

#3 Have these five crucial details on hand for an accurate quote When interviewing prospective DJs, have the date, times of the entire wedding, how many guests, where it will be held, and what parts

of the wedding you will need the DJ for (ceremony, cocktail hour, reception) at the ready. This should allow you to get an accurate quote right from the get-go. SUMMER 2017

#4 Look for companies that carry insurance Liability is usually the minimum required for entertainment companies to carry and more and more venues are requiring the entertainment to have insurance. Ask also if the DJ you’re considering carries equipment insurance. This is important as it relieves you of responsibility in case there’s any damage to equipment at your wedding. #5 Quiz the DJs you decide to interview Ask the following questions: How versed are they in multiple styles of weddings? Are they familiar with international music? Do they play different genres of music? Are there any songs or artists they refuse to play? Will you be able to create a playlist of songs that you want played or not played? Remember, it’s your wedding and you need a DJ/MC who is open to helping you bring your vision to life.




The $1,000 Wedding How I Did It and You Can Too BY SHERRI TYSON,

Planning a low-cost wedding can be daunting. We’re all entitled to our dream day as we’ve always envisioned it, so why let a prime rib dream on a burger budget stop you? Get creative, and it won’t. Here’s how we managed to have the day we dreamt of while keeping costs to the bare minimum. Choosing the Wedding & Reception Venues - There’s no need to pay for a wedding location, particularly if you plan to wed outside. Our beautiful country is chock full of gorgeous locations that will provide the loveliest of backdrops for your special day. In our case, a beautiful botanical garden is next to our house. We’re regulars there, so I worked out free space in the garden for our ceremony (rather than utilizing the wedding amphitheater), which saved us $250. For our reception, I visited a good friend who owns a very unique furniture shop. Inside the shop is a

wine bar and attached is a beer garden. The furniture – imported from India, Thailand and Southeast Asia – is beautiful, so no decorations were necessary. Sitting areas are set up all around and automatically lent themselves to mingling in small groups. Our friend “gifted” us the space since our reception was after normal business hours. Guest List - If you’re social beings like we are, keeping this list tight is a difficult task. But just do it. Be really selective. Leave the list to parents, siblings, immediate family and the friends you call and count on for everything. You can always have a covered dish picnic and invite the larger crowds to celebrate with you sometime later. Keep your guest list organized electronically (I used Gather emails and postal mailing addresses early so you’re fully prepared for the next step. Tracking your RSVPs, gifts


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Food & Drink – This is a big expenditure, but also a big opportunity to cut costs. Where we live, food trucks are incredibly popular. My husband and I visited the food truck extravaganzas for a time leading up to the wedding and chose our favorites. I negotiated a special menu of two entrée choices that worked with our theme and that of the furniture store and our guests loved it! For bar drinks, we worked out several beer and wine options, set the limit SUMMER 2017

and was alerted when that limit was reached. We did bring in our own bubbly and that was helpful. And for the cake, again luck struck. Another long-time friend has a cake business and she charged us just $50 and called the rest of her expenses our gift. The Dress & Flowers - We got lucky here, too. I wasn’t too bothered with having an over-the-top wedding dress, but I did want white and floor-length. Crazy but true – I found something at Ross and with a few alterations and dry cleaning, bam. Wedding dress. Total? $50. Other than my bouquet, which was a gift from a best friend, we put some potted begonias around the ceremony site and called it done. The natural beauty of the garden was more than sufficient. Groom’s Attire – Are tuxes really required? Since ours was a garden wedding, we thought black dress pants, sleeved shirts in the color of our branding and black dress shoes would be just fine. We only needed to nip over to Kohl’s for the shirts. The rest was already in the closet. Officiant – Hire a friend who’s a notary. Know anyone with a good speaking voice and an enigmatic character? We did. You probably do too. Give them a call. Give some thought to who you know and who your good friends know and see where the possibilities are for getting a deal. Then reach out. Something might be right under your nose and you’ve just not considered it yet. Best of luck and have a happy wedding!

Location, Location, Location


Your Perfect Reception BY AMANDA HEINCER

Indoor or outdoor? Large or small? Sophisticated or informal? The choices may seem endless to couples deciding on a wedding venue. And in the Fauquier County area there are many venues with something for just about everyone — from intimate gardens and expansive vineyards outdoors, to historic manor houses and lavish banquet halls indoors. Here’s a look at some popular wedding venues in the area:

Blue Valley Winery and Vineyard

Address: 9402 Justice Lane, Delaplane Website: Phone: 540-364-2347 In addition to serving as a bustling winery and tasting room, Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery in Delaplane frequently hosts private events, including weddings. The views may be the thing that sets apart Blue Valley, said owner Helen Zissios. “Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery located just under an hour from D.C. is perched high in beautiful Delaplane, and is known

for its amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its quality wine,” she said. It offers panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from both indoor and outdoor spaces. The winery offers a variety of spaces available for weddings, including the grand room, a large room with sweeping mountain views, a second-level balcony ideal for small weddings, and two outdoor patios suitable for small or large events. “Blue Valley is perfect for any bride’s wedding. No matter what the bride’s colors are for the day, the subdued color scheme and its minimalistic interior is the perfect complement,” Zissios said.

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Your Perfect Reception

Eastwood Retreat

Address: 6195 Eastwood Drive, Warrenton Website: Phone: 703-401-2882 Email: dona@eastwoodretreat. com The estate, on more than 180 acres in Warrenton, has a variety of wedding venues, both outdoor, in several gardens and gazebos, and indoor, in a variety of historic buildings, some of which date back to the 1700s. This versatility is something unique to Eastwood, said manager Dona Rodgers. “We’re able to offer incredibly individualized events,” she said. “Couples come in with their vision and we are able to accommodate them.” The facility has been under a five-year restoration plan and many of the buildings on the property

have been carefully restored, with history in mind, Rodgers said. The restoration was completed while keeping “the historical nature of all the buildings” in mind and all of the buildings sit on their original footprints, Rogers continued. Eastwood Retreat includes three formal gardens with capacity for between 150 and 250 people and a recently restored barn with capacity for up to 150 guests. Eastwood books only one wedding per weekend, giving couples more room to customize the wedding they want and, at times, a back-up plan in case of inclement weather. “The place definitely has a unique feel,” Rodgers said. “We hear that from people who walk through the doors all the time. People love the singularity and the versatility.”

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Your Perfect Reception

Fauquier Springs Country Club

Address: 9236 Tournament Drive, Warrenton Website: Phone: 540-347-4205

Fauquier Springs Country Club boasts mountain views, a hilltop gazebo and a 30,000 square foot clubhouse, making it the perfect site for weddings for up to 250 guests and a beautiful location to take wedding photos.

A popular and scenic spot for weddings is the country club’s hilltop gazebo. The gazebo is the country club’s trademark and it is designed to replicate the original gazebo, built on the property in the 1800s.

The country club also offers a variety of spaces for wedding receptions, ranging in size from the 60-guest-capacity Springs Room to the 250-guest-capacity grand ballroom.

Photo courtesy Fauquier Springs Country Club.

Greenfield Inn Bed & Breakfast Address: 30 September Song Lane, Washington Website: Phone: 540-675-1114

On its website, Greenfield Inn Bed & Breakfast is described as offering “classic southern hospitality at its best.” And the 83-acre property, where cows and horses graze in the fields and a friendly black Lab named Mosby greets visitors fits the description perfectly. The bed and breakfast has not hosted a wedding yet, but it is ready to, said Audrey Regnery, who purchased and lovingly restored the Inn, which is one of the oldest homes in Rappahannock County, built between 1767 and 1769. Regnery has a passion for gardening and has planted several

gardens with the goal that the house will be surrounded with beautiful colors throughout the year, making it the perfect backdrop for photos. Since it is a bed and breakfast, it has potential as a destination wedding venue, offering guests rooms to stay on the property. The largest room in the main house is furnished with what Regnery calls the “honeymoon bed.” It was originally two individual beds, pieced together as one, with a headboard designed to look like it is held together by two hands. At one of the entrances to the home there is a replica of the original carriage stop where guests would disembark form carriages to attend parties there in the 18th century. “It was known for its parties and we hope it will be known for its weddings in years to come,” Regnery concluded. Photos courtesy Greenfield Inn Bed & Breakfast. SHE! GETS MARRIED



Your Perfect Reception

Poplar Springs Inn & Spa Address: 5025 Casanova Road, Warrenton Website: Phone: 540-788-4600

The distinctive stone house built in the late 1920s and now serving as the Manor House Restaurant, is just one of the things that sets Poplar Springs Inn & Spa apart. “There’s a lot of history here,” said Ellen Christie, Poplar Springs Inn & Spa’s director of sales and marketing. “A lot of people fall in love with the location and the history of it.” Poplar Springs’ origins date back to the days before the American Revolution, according to the venue’s website. The building that now serves as the Manor House Restaurant was built in the late

1920s by Robert Randolph Hicks, a well-known lawyer, and his wife, Rose Beatrice Sutton. It was built in the style of 16th- and17th-century European architecture. In 2002, the inn and spa were added to the property. Today, Poplar Springs can offer couples a site with everything they need for their wedding, Christie said. “It becomes a great location for not only a wedding, but a getaway,” she said. “You can do everything here.” In addition to offering space for weddings, Poplar Springs boasts a 24-room inn, a spa fit for pampering the bridal party, catering services, including cakes baked by pastry chef Maggie Suge and more. “We really have everything in one place, a complete venue,” Christie said.

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Keep all of these wedding day essentials on hand and get hitched without a hitch. BY TERRY KAYE


❒ Allergy Medications: Benadryl®, Zantac® & Zyrtec® ❒ Bandages (Regular, Clear & Blister) ❒ Contact Lens Case / Solution ❒ Eye Drops ❒ Insect Repellent ❒ Motion Sickness Medication: Dramamine® ❒ Neosporin® ❒ Pain Relief Medications: Advil®, Tylenol®, Aleve® & Midol ® ❒ Smelling Salts ❒ Sunscreen ❒ Tummy Medication: TUMS®, Pepto-BismolTM & IMODIUM®


❒ Baby Lotions ❒ Baby Oil ❒ Baby Powder ❒ Baby Wipes ❒ Breath Mints ❒ Dental Floss ❒ Deodorant (for him and for her) ❒ Maxi-Pads ❒ Mouthwash ❒ Panty Liners ❒ Q-Tips® ❒ Razors (for him and for her) ❒ Shampoo / Conditioner ❒ Tampons ❒ Tissues ❒ Toothbrush / Tooth paste ❒ Toothpicks


❒ Bobby Pins (Gold, Brown, Black) ❒ Cotton Balls ❒ Earrings Backs (Gold, Silver & Rubber) ❒ Hairbrush / Comb ❒ Hairspray ❒ Hair Ties / Clips

❒ Lip Balm ❒ Make-Up Remover Pads ❒ Nail Clippers ❒ Nail File ❒ Nail Polish Remover Pads ❒ Oil Absorbing Sheets ❒ Round Applicator Sponges ❒ Tweezers


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