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Going to the Chapel Adventures to D.C.

I happened to mention last week that I was going on an adventure to Washington, D.C. for the weekend. I was so excited for my trip for a couple of reasons, but one of them was because I hadn’t been to D.C. in over two years. It’s one of my favorite places to visit for a couple of reasons: there is so much to do and see…for free (!!!); the Metro is awesome; D.C. is a quick drive from Philly, which allows you to get to doing rather than driving; no matter how many times I visit, I always end up doing something unexpected and new.

I was visiting my friend who lives in Silver Spring, MD, and right when I drove into town, I was greeted by the Discovery Communications building. As a former communications major and journalism degree holder, I was completely excited. As in saying, “WHOA!” out loud to myself in my car. My weekend only got better when we happened to visit Bethesda for lunch and shopping. I have been dreaming of visiting Georgetown Cupcake for SO long, and guess what’s in Bethesda? The best, most decadent cupcake I have ever had in my life. This sounds like a complete exaggeration, but it’s not. My Chocolate^3 cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake Bethesda was heaven.

After completing my life goal of visiting Georgetown Cupcake (again, not joking), I was off to check another goal off of my list: attend my first Phillies game. I was a little bummed that I wasn’t seeing my first game at Citizens Bank Park, but I was stoked nonetheless. And I realized that Phillies games are fun, y’all! I loved cheering on awesome plays and watching homeruns being hit up into the stands. However, when the opposing team ties the game in the eighth inning, I get slightly completely stressed. I plan to attend more games in the future where hopefully my hometown team will win.

Before I headed home on Saturday, my friend and I had planned to take part in the Around the World Embassy Tour. I had never seen Embassy Row before, so viewing the architecture of the buildings, let alone being able to walk inside, was awesome. The embassies we were able to visit were fairly spread out, and the ones we didn’t get to were even further away (read: taking the Metro = completely necessary). We decided beforehand that we wanted to start our day at the Embassy of Australia and work our way around from there. Each embassy had their culture on display with many offering food and drink tastings as well as examples of their country’s art and music. My favorite embassy was Botswana because the Ambassador actually spoke to us about her country, and she spoke with such passion! Oh, and this tour goes back to one of my favorite aspects about D.C: it was completely free. (Here is additional info about the Passport to DC program, which continues for the entire month of May.)

{Embassies from top to bottom: Australia, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Rwanda, Botswana, & the Bahamas}

I had a whirlwind of a weekend, and I truly enjoyed everything that I was able to experience in such a short amount of time. If you are thinking about going on a quick getaway with your family, friends, or your beau, consider making the trip to D.C. Have you ever been? Let me know in the comments!

*all photos courtesy of Going to the Chapel

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Weekly Wedding Favorites

I have to say this has been one of my favorite weeks in a while. I realized that there are certain things that I just love doing, and that I should go after them with all.that.I.have. That certain thing? It’s writing. I really love it, and hearing that other people like and enjoy what I have to say brings me pure joy. A few of my favorite reasons why this week has been awesome…

Favorite Guest Post:

To start off the week, I was the guest blogger on Dodeline Design’s blog! I had a blast writing my post, which was all about Philadelphia. I named my top five things to do in the city (which proved to be difficult!), and I included many personal photos snapped during a couple of my adventures. Check it out right here.

Favorite Registry Finds: 

I love wandering through Anthropologie’s Philly flagship store, or any of the brand’s stores for that matter. I am always able to pick out a couple of favorite decor items when I visit, so I thought I would pull together items to add to your registry or purchase as a surprise add-on to a gift for the bride and groom. One of my favorite items that I happened upon is this book  because it would be the perfect gift for a bride who has just announced that she’s engaged.

Favorite Detail:

I had to look closely at this detail when I saw it on Style Me Pretty’s Pinterest page. Those pages are folded to form “I Do.” That takes my folding down the pages of my calendar to count down to summer school activity to a completely different (and way awesome) level. I would love to see something like this on a welcome table at a wedding. See more of the details from the couple’s wedding on Style Me Pretty here.

Favorite Activity: 

Although dancing and mingling with guests will keep many completely occupied and having fun for hours, if you happen to be hosting an outdoor wedding, I love the idea of adding in a couple of outdoor games. Ping pong is one of my top picks because it’s fun for kids to play and equally as enjoyable for adults. I love how this couple even added some flair to the table with bunting flags in their wedding’s colors.

Favorite Late Night Snack: 

Although I talked all about delicious hometown foods to serve your guests as a late night snack last week (here + here), I just had to include this one from Southern Weddings. S’mores are one of my favorite summertime treats (or anytime really. when there’s chocolate, I’m in), and these look…dare I say…decadent. The couple who served them even went so far as to make homemade marshmellows. With that said, I’ll be right there with you purchasing a bag from the grocery store. : )

I’m going adventuring this weekend, and one of the activities I will be doing is going to my first Phillies game. I’m.SO.excited. Have a great weekend!

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Wedding Registry Inspiration: Anthropologie

Every time I see an Anthropologie, I always insist on wandering through the store. Because the brand calls Philadelphia it’s hometown, I was especially excited to adventure to the flagship store. The two photos above are from my adventure. There’s stained glass on the ceiling and part of the store has a beautiful view of Rittenhouse Square. I didn’t snap a photo of the chandelier, but I died!

I have always loved interior design and the details that one can use to fill a room or an entire home. I fall for so many of Anthropologie’s items, especially those for the kitchen, even if I don’t necessarily purchase them. I love the home items that they carry because each has a uniqueness to it that makes it feel as if it’s not something you are going to come across in a traditional department store. And the bright colors don’t hurt either! With these facts in mind, below are some of my favorite Anthropologie finds for your registry or as an added surprise to give to the bride and groom.

{Clockwise from left: Window Pane Lanterns, Handmade Weddings, Desert Rose Frame, Twinkling Luz Vase}

{Clockwise from left: Paisleys Spoon Rest, Monogrammed Mug, Just Picked Recipe Cards, Coloring Tab Measuring Spoons}

Do you have any recent Anthropologie finds that you are loving? Comment below and let me know!

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Weekly Wedding Favorites

I cannot believe it’s already the end of April, which means it’s also been just about a year since the Royal Wedding. Best wedding ever? I still think so! I’m sure your wedding will be a great day too, so without further ado my favorites to help you plan your day…

Favorite New Movie:

Scenes from Bridesmaids still make me laugh, and I am really looking forward to seeing The Five Year Engagement because both were produced by the same team. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt seem like the perfect pair (as their characters of course!), and it seems like it’s going to be genuinely funny. Is anyone else looking forward to seeing this movie? It comes out today!

Favorite Ceremony Seating:

photo courtesy of Elizabeth Anne Designs

I happened to see this seating arrangement as part of a May Day post on Elizabeth Anne Designs this week. I was immediately struck by the seating arrangement because it allows the couple to be surrounded by their friends and family while they say their vows. I think it’s so unique and very intimate.

Favorite Item for a Lounge:

photo courtesy of The Home Depot

photo courtesy of The Home Depot

I found these pillows (see them here + here) at The Home Depot last weekend, and for only $13.98 each, I think they would make a great addition to a lounge area at a wedding.  I think both of the above pillows are perfect for a lounge area at your wedding. I love how they have different patterns, but are tied together by their color scheme. Coral and aqua also happen to be two of my favorite colors. There are plenty more patterns and colors to choose from here.

Favorite Midnight Snack:

photo courtesy of Pinterest

This week I created another inspiration board, but rather than focusing on mirrors, this board was about my favorite Philly-inspired midnight snacks. Cheesesteaks, milkshakes, and TastyKake Krimpets are at the top of my list. What would you serve?

Favorite Upcoming Event:

photo courtesy of Dodeline Design

The above photo is by Dodeline Design, a graphic design house based in Charleston, SC. In addition to creating pretty stationary and so much more, Sarah is also a blogger. She asked me to guest blog on her site on Monday, and I could not be more excited. I hope you’ll stop by for a visit!

Have a great weekend! Meet me over on Dodeline Design’s blog on Monday? Sounds like a plan.

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Weekly Wedding Favorites

After deciding on this week’s favorites, I realized something: I’m pretty excited about life right now. I like this feeling! This week’s favorites include a Rihanna song that might just guarantee a full dance floor, a photo sample from an engagement session that might be my favorite…ever, and an alternative to a sparkler exit. Feeling pumped yet? : )

Favorite Reception Song:

Every time I hear “We Found Love” by Rihanna, I want to dance. Because that is normally the goal at a wedding – get those guests on the floor! – I think this song is one of the best ways to do it. Would you agree?

Favorite Bachelorette Party Idea:

photo courtesy of Pinterest

Opening Day was Monday, so we’re into Phillies season, y’all! I’m pumped to go to my first game in just a couple of weeks with one of my best friends. Attending a game is a great alternative for a baseball-loving bride who is not totally into a bar crawl.

Favorite Engagement Photo:

photo courtesy of Jenna Walcott Photography

Recently, Jenna Walcott hinted on her Facebook page that she was pretty excited about an engagement session she had the opportunity to shoot in the early morning light with D.C couple Amy & Jack. As a fan of sunrises, I was already looking forward to the photos. However, I could not stop myself from saying “wow” as I was looking through her blog filled with images from the session. Stunning.

Favorite Altar:

photo via Southern Weddings

Although so many outdoor venues provide beautiful landscapes on their own, I really, really love the altar that surrounded this couple while they said, “I do.” Lining the aisle with vases, mason jars, lanterns, or petals is also another option. However, by creating an awesome floral alter, this couple caused everyone’s eyes to be drawn directly to them.

Favorite Exit: 

photo courtesy of Southern Weddings

Who has not fallen in love with a sparkler exit? They’re always so beautiful and create stunning images. However, I adore this couple’s balloon exist. Although they had their guests release balloons to celebrate as they left their ceremony, it’s also a great idea to keep in mind for an afternoon reception.

Feeling pumped yet? : )

Happy weekend, all!

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All About Bouquets: A Q&A with MODA botanica

Remember when I mentioned that I attended the Philadelphia Flower Show? It’s my favorite Philly event, and I look forward to attending every year. Because I am wowed by so many of the arrangements (this year included!), I am so excited to introduce you to one of the florists who exhibited: MODA botanica.

As a result of their modern aesthetic, Philadelphia’s MODA botanica (they’re available worldwide, too!) definitely would be perfect for a couple seeking more modern designs for their arrangements. Not only do they present flowers in different ways, but MODA botanica also likes to incorporate untraditional elements into the arrangements they create (think zip ties, yarn, and shipping containers). Aside from the designs that they create (wait for the photos!) one of my favorite aspects about the group is that is what they are – a group of two florists who decided to collaborate.

Although MODA botanica creates all different types of arrangements perfect for your wedding, today is all about bouquets with a couple of other gorgeous photos of tablescapes in addition. Confession: I. love. bouquets. Do you love them, too? Below MODA botanica graciously answered questions for today’s Q&A, and some of my favorite answers are what they have to say about blooms perfect for spring as well as the top five things to keep in mind about your bouquet.

Take a moment to learn more about MODA botanica…

Going to the Chapel: Why did you want to become a florist?

MODA botanica: We have a passion for design and nature and working with flowers allows us the opportunity to be creative with the most beautiful product available in the world.

GTTC: Why did you create MODA botanica?

MB: After years of creating original designs for other companies we saw an opening in the market for a forward thinking clientele who are looking for a unique floral experience.

GTTC: What services does MODA botanica offer? How do you differ from other area florists?

MB: MODA botanica offers custom floral and event design ranging from complete party décor down to a single gift arrangement. Our designs are based in an avant-garde aesthetic and we think of our arrangements as an individual expression of our client’s personality through the medium of floral art.

GTTC: Why do you enjoy designing floral arrangements for weddings in the Philadelphia area?

MB: Philadelphia is home to an amazing array of creative individuals who are looking for their weddings to be representative of their own personal sense of style and we love to use our talents to bring that vision to life through gorgeous botanicals.

GTTC: What are your top five favorite designs that MODA botanica has created?

MB: Our favorite designs to create are commissioned installations where we are able to let our creativity run wild, so I would have to say that our exhibits at the Philadelphia International Flower Show over the past four years are at the top of the list along with designs created for the Macy’s Flower Show, multiple photo shoots, etc. As far as our weddings and events, they are each so different and representative of the couple or host that it is hard to pick a favorite, that is like asking a parent to name their favorite child.

GTTC: What are your favorite flowers to incorporate into springtime bouquets?

MB: Spring is a time that provides us with beautiful flowering branch material like Quince, Cherry and Dogwood along with a plethora of bulb flowers: tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, etc. Currently the most amazing product on the market during the late winter and spring months are the Sweet Peas that are imported from Japan, if we have a chance to include them in our work while they are in season we will jump at the opportunity.

GTTC: What are your top five dos and don’ts for the bride’s bouquet?

MB:

  1. Select the dress before you ever consider the bouquet; the flowers should enhance and reflect the details and line of the dress and not compete with them.
  2. Take measurements. Scale is important; the bouquet should never overwhelm the bride.
  3. Add something personal: a significant flower, photo locket or a fabric remnant from your mother’s wedding dress, something that only you know about.
  4. Don’t be afraid of color. While classic pure white is appropriate for many occasions, it is perfectly acceptable to carry a bouquet of vibrant colored flowers. Remember that the bride is the center of attention and a bold color will grab your eye and bring the focus towards you.
  5. Place some trust in your floral designer to create the best end result. If you allow us some freedom to make something wonderful and unexpected for you, you are guaranteed to have a memorable bouquet.

GTTC: As a result of Kate Middleton’s bouquet, it seems like cascading bouquets are making a comeback. Do you feel that this is the case? What are some of the upcoming bouquet trends that excite you the most?

MB: We are definitely seeing the return of a cascading bouquet and are getting more and more requests for them and this excites us as we are a bit tired of seeing the same rounded hand-tied bouquets that seem to have been in style for over a decade. As designers focused on the cutting-edge, we always want to be ahead of the trends so we are presenting non-traditional bouquets with alternate carrying methods: draped over-the-wrist, a sphere cupped in the palm of the hand, or bouquets constructed off of a ring that slips over your finger are all a personal favorite.

GTTC: Is there anything else you would like to add?

MB: Similar to answer #5 in the do’s and don’ts section, I would like to add that placing some trust and freedom to create in your floral designer will always yield the best results. I know that many brides have spent years imagining their wedding day down to every last detail, however if you allow your vendors to invest some of themselves into their product you will be surprised at how much better the big picture becomes. Given some leeway as professionals we will always put our best foot forward to produce something that is truly special.

Thanks so much to MODA botanica! There’s even more info and photos on the group’s blog and on their Facebook page, so be sure to visit.

*all photos are courtesy of MODA botanica

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Weekly Wedding Favorites

Well, biking through Washington, D.C. while viewing the cherry blooms did not happen last weekend because of the serious threat of rain (which did not happen, mind you). I wasn’t bothered though because relaxation and a spontaneous shopping trip always make up for botched plans. Are you searching for a creative Philly photographer or wondering if you need to tip your wedding day vendors? Both are detailed in this week’s favorites along with a lot more.

Favorite Engagement Photo:

photo courtesy of Amanda Young + SWOON OVER IT

The above photo of Annalily & Michael’s engagement is my favorite from their session because you can tell that Michael adores Annalily plus they both exude happiness. Yes! Amanda Young of SWOON OVER IT captured the couple and shared the photos as part of the Photographer Q&A series, which she participated in this week. Wondering about Amanda’s favorite hidden gem locations in Philly or photos she loves to capture at weddings? Learn more about Amanda and read all of her answers right here.

Favorite Place Card Idea:

photo courtesy of Pinterest + Every Last Detail Blog

This idea, which I originally stumbled upon on Pinterest, has been getting repined a whole lot this week (along with this pin). As a result, I thought I would share it here too. I was on the hunt for fun place card ideas and I liked this idea (and still do!) because a.) Polaroids are fun, b.) the photos provide a visual representation of the wedding guests for the bride and groom for a vintage-style album, and c.) I like the idea of a give and take. For a more modern take, you could also choose to have guests snap photos with a digital camera for the same effect without the vintage feel.  Side note: if you’re not on Pinterest, considering joining. It’s so helpful to “pin” your likes and loves from around the web rather than saving links that do not provide any visuals.

Favorite Detail for Your Envelopes:

photo courtesy of Staples

How perfect are these labels as an accent for your favors? I also like these metallic seals to close your save-the-dates, invitations, or thank you notes. If you choose to seal your own envelopes, the task at hand will be made much quicker and easier (without losing any of the pretty!) with these labels, and you don’t have to worry about writing on each of your favors if you so choose. Oh, and by the way, Martha Stewart designs both for Staples. Are you with me now? Wedding details and so much more designed by Martha Stewart…sign.me.up (hmmm…maybe hold me back because I love office supplies a little too much).

Favorite Informational Post:

photo courtesy of Southern Weddings

Tipping your wedding vendors is tricky, y’all. Whom do you tip? How much should you give? Is tipping even necessary? Although the title begins with “Southern Etiquette,” I think these very helpful tips from Southern Weddings apply to all Northerners, too. The post details when to tip your wedding planner, how much to give your hairstylist, and why a gift is one of the most appropriate options for your photographer. An added bonus is the chart pictured above – it’s perfect to print and keep with your wedding file to use as a reference point.

Favorite Hair Style:

photo courtesy of Pinterest + Brides

I believe my exact reaction when I saw this hairstyle was “AHHHHHH!” Fun fact: I often incorporate a side braid a la Lauren Conrad (here’s a great how to) into my every day look. As a result, I am head over heals in favor of this side swept braided updo for your wedding day or even for your shower from Brides’ Pinterest page. It would also be perfect for bridesmaids too. The best part? If it’s pinned well, that puppy is not moving at all throughout the day. LOVE BRAIDS.

I have high hopes for this weekend with friends! Enjoy yours, readers!

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