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Richmond NACE Annual Beer & BBQ

The Richmond NACE Chapter hosts a fun social for local friendors every year. Its always a great time to relax and catch up with some great professionals in our city.

This years social was planned by your truly!!







Super HUGE thanks to our sponsors!!


Venue  - 7 Hills Brewing Co. // Florals Zahara’s Events and Designs // PhotographyShalese Danielle Photography // GamesLevel Up Rentals //  EntertainmentThe Mashup of EastCoast Entertainment.

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EYE featured on The Knot

Simply honored to share just a little bit of my expert advice on rain back up plans for The Knot recently!


 {images courtesy of Divine by Design Image}

It’s so important to present options to our couples, and to also have options (Plan B & sometimes C) readily available.

This wedding planner master knows exactly how to keep her couples “panic-free”, allowing for more enjoyable & memorable moments on the big day, with family and friends!!!

Click here to read our advise on how to implement a stress-free wedding day!

Thanks to OFD Consulting LLC for the great opportunity!

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EYE Featured on The Daily Wedding

With this classic, historical Richmond shoot at Tredegar, our team wanted to get back to the basics and create a pure, feminine and sophisticated look. The tent liner with hanging chandeliers was just the perfect setting to create a timeless Richmond surrounding. The coral and gold tones and utterly stunning decor laid out the absolute perfect settings for us to achieve the look we were going for – an elegant and sophisticated space.

Tredegar Shoot

Click here to see more images of this amazing styled shoot on The Daily Wedding blog


Huge thanks to our wedding professional team!

Photography: David Abel Photography // Event Planner: Elegantly Yours Events // Invitation Designer: English Tea Paperie // Linens and Coverings: Glamour Linens LLC // Jewelry: Helena Noelle Couture // Chandelier Lighting: Lighting Professors // Ecletic Rentals: Paisley & Jade // Chair Rentals: Party Perfect // Tent: rent-e-quip inc // Museum: Tredegar Iron Works //Floral Design: Zahara’s Events & Design // Make-Up Artist: Tic Tac Toe Artistry // Hair: J’de Hobbs

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Wedding Planner Brunch & Bubbly

Richmond boasts an incredible list of spectacular wedding and event planners.  This year I wanted to do something exclusive for this incredible circle of talent.

I shared my thoughts with Kathryn McDonald of The Hilton Downtown, and over a cup of coffee and lots of excitement, the Brunch & Bubbly was born, I couldn’t be more excited about this event that was hosted by me earlier this week. This will become an annual, exclusive, invite-only event, catered to the best wedding & event planners in the Richmond area. My hopes is that this event will become the most anticipated event for Richmond area planners.

To set the tone for the inaugural Brunch & Bubbly, we partnered with Stephanie O’Dell of Dejlige Creative to design the invitations that were beautifully calligraphied and mailed to invited guests.



The morning of the Brunch & Bubbly, guests were greeted to their choice of a Mango Bellini’s, Pineapple Mimosas, and an absolutely amazing Apricot Coconut Prosecco Punch that was so refreshing!




One of my favorite elements from the morning was the seeing the guests walk into the ballroom and seeing their name in calligraphy on the back of the ghost chairs.  Stephanie of Dejlige Creative came in that morning while we were setting up the room and added each guests name to the chairs. Absolutely incredible to see how easy she makes it.


Delicate centerpieces of peonies & roses created a beautiful runner adorned with candles in brass holders. This was designed by Keitha Thomas of Zahara’s Event and Design.


The delectable menu consisted of Sundried Tomato, Asparagus & Feta Cheese Quiche,  Petit Filet wrapped in Bacon and stuffed with Jalapeno Cream Cheese,  Roasted Salmon with Maple Bourbon Glaze. The Chef came out to welcome us and tell us a little bit about how he decided on the menu choices


As a parting favor, each guest went home with a miniature version of Miller & Rhoads Famous Chocolate Pie.


I’m already envisioning design elements for next years’ exclusive Planner Brunch & Bubbly.



Special Thanks to our Event Partners:

Venue – Hilton Downtown // Planning – Elegantly Yours Events // Photography - IYQ Photography // Invitations & Menu Cards -Dejlige Creative // Florals – Zahara’s Event and Designs // Chairs – AFR Rentals // Linens – Glamour Linens // Calligraphy – Dejlige Creative // Videography  – Cassie H. Creates



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The Do’s & Don’ts for Wedding Etiquette

When it comes to planning a wedding — or even just attending one — there are many elements you have to think about, with proper etiquette taking center stage.  After all, while fashion and decor trends change from one year to the next, the art of etiquette is timeless.

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{image courtesy of David Abel Photography}

The list of wedding etiquette do’s and don’ts could fill a book (or three!) but below, we’ve outlined some of the most common scenarios you can be sure you’ll run into while planning your Big Day.

First and foremost, do remember that not every bit of information belongs on an invitation. Hosting an adult’s only wedding? Plan on sharing this information through word of mouth versus a not so subtle hint on your invite. The same goes for your wedding registry information, which is far better served on your wedding web site or perhaps told to a few close family and friends so they can spread the word.

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{image courtesy of Sarah Goodwin Photography}

In a similar vein, it’s best not to tell your wedding guests what presents you preferred to receive- whether it be a cash gift or that Le Creuset Dutch oven you’ve been coveting.  A comprehensive registry featuring items of a variety of price ranges is always the most proper route.

Additionally, do take the time to send out personalized thank-you notes to your wedding guests. Newlyweds have three months to get their thank-you notes written and delivered, and any time after that would be considered late. What many brides don’t realize is that everyone should receive a thank you- whether they sent you a gift, or simply spent the day with you. With the former, you should also specify within the correspondence how you intend on using that gift.  The key here is not only expressing your sincere thanks but customizing each thank you note to the recipient.


{image courtesy of Carley Rehberg Photography}

Also, try your best not to make things inconvenient for your wedding guests. It may be your Big Day, but your guests are also going out of their way to ensure you have a wonderful time. You need to remember that your friends and family all have to get a new dress, find transportation and take a day out of their lives. They’re more than likely going to get you a gift and in many instances, they are going to need a babysitter for their kids.

Weddings are always a joyous occasion, and while you don’t want to spend all of your time obsessing over each and every little detail, it will reflect well on you if you know your P’s and Q’s from the onset. With a little bit of research,  and perhaps some guidance from the gals at Elegantly Yours Events as your wedding planner, navigating the waters of wedding etiquette can be a breeze.

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