Monday, November 10, 2014

What I'm Loving Today: A classic cocktail

I love the added sophistication a classic cocktail brings to a well-planned dinner party, and I've always loved a dry martini, especially when it's dressed as beautifully as the one pictured above. I can almost hear those sleigh bells ringing.


3 ounces Absolut Elyx vodka
Dolin dry vermouth
3 small green olives

Shake the vodka with ice and strain into a chilled Martini glass that’s been rinsed with vermouth. Garnish with 3 small olives on a cocktail pick.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Wedding Planner

I was recently quoted in the above titled article on Here is my favorite quote from the article:

"Contrary to what I was told when I first got into the business, Type-A clients work well with planners; in fact, I think they make us better planners."

Read the rest of the article here.

Happy planning!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The look for less: BHLDN's Everlasting Frames

These Everlasting Frames  (photo left) sold as a set of three for $78 on, are just lovely. I saw them in person when a recent client purchased them for her wedding and fell in love. But what if you want just one frame for that wedding day photo of you as a couple, then check out Amazon's MYHABIT (which is quickly becoming my habit) for similar frames from Bethel International (photo right), starting at $19.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

We are giving back!

From now until November 5, 2014, Leslie-Manning Events is auctioning Month-of Coordination services in either New York City or Washington, DC. Your bid will support the Ariane Thomas-Lutchmedial Traumatic Brain Injury Foundation. Learn more about the auction on

Ariane was my second cousin. She was only three months old when her parents’ car was hit by a reckless driver. The accident left Ariane with traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is most often an acute event similar to other injuries. That is where TBI and other injuries end. One moment the person is normal, and the next moment life has abruptly changed.

Despite her injuries, Ariane’s strength, courage, resiliency and will power to survive became a constant guide for those connected to her. Ariane loved to be hugged and cuddled. Her big smiles and dimpled cheeks showed her delight.

Ariane was an inspiration to all who met her; doctors, nurses, therapists, home aides, and even strangers in the mall. The 12 years she spent on this earth, taught us courage, patience and humility, and that much can be accomplished with love.

The Ariane Thomas-Lutchmedial Traumatic Brain Injury Foundation was formed as a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing assistance to children struggling with lifelong and devastating effects of a TBI and to assist families in managing the difficulties of raising those injured children.

Help us, help them raise funds, visit today and bid on our auction. We would love to meet the estimated value, but the best part of an auction is bidding, so feel free to bid as much as you can. You will help the foundation and receive professional month-of coordination for your wedding day. A win-win!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What I'm loving today: Churches

Ever since I was a little girl I have been in love with ecclesiastical architecture…okay, churches. The stained glass windows, fan vaults and bell towers evoke a sense of reverence. The presence of the divine. Churches inspire me.

I also love church weddings. I think they’re classic, timeless and simply beautiful.

If you desire to have that classic church wedding in Washington, DC, here are a few of my favorite churches to help you bring your vision to fruition:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hello Fall

I am not ready for fall. Half of my summer wardrobe is still waiting for the weather to get hot enough for me to wear them. *Sigh*.

I was just reading Town & Country Magazine's 14 Reasons To Get Married In The Fall. Number one is: "Colorful autumn leaves provide a stunning backdrop for wedding photos." I agree, and just thinking about our upcoming fall weddings have already improved my mood. That and a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Happy Fall!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Render me beautiful

Our clients were having a hard time visualizing the arrangement of the outdoor furniture they had rented to create an outdoor lounge for their wedding at Woodend Sanctuary. They live in Melbourne, Australia, which added to their anxiety about the final look. However, there was no room in the budget for a professional rendering. Not one to be easily deterred, our own Jenn Manning purchased a rendering app and created the rendering above. The final look had to be modified to stay within budget, but our clients’ peace of mind was priceless.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sneak Peek: Melaine and Melvin Wed

Melaine and Melvin's DJ described their wedding as "flawless" (cue the Beyonce track)! We worked with Melaine and Melvin from the beginning, so it was a true joy to see their ideas come together, and to celebrate with them. See more of their wedding on their photographer Peter Bang's blog.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sneak Peek: Loren and Adam Wed

Loren and Adam's wedding was, to quote their photographer Jennifer McMenamin, "chic"! So honored to have been a part of their wedding week. See more images of their day on the photographer's blog.

Thursday, July 10, 2014