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Event Planner Secret, Pre-Light Your Candle Wicks

April 10, 2015

Have you ever tried to light a candle and it just doesn't want to light?  It's weird, right?!? Well, imagine trying to do this in front of a church with 100+ wedding guests staring at you!

Here are our recommended steps for ensuring Unity Candle success!

  • Make sure that your wick is approximately 1/4" long.  If your wick is any shorter, your candle will probably not burn correctly.  This is especially helpful for pillar candles.
  • Pre-lit candles tend to light quicker, so we recommend that you pre-light your unity candles and let them burn for approximately 30 seconds before you blow them out.  Then, lighting them during the actual wedding ceremony should be a breeze!
  • And, while we are on the subject of candles, let's talk about those "dang blasted" grill lighters!!!  Just say no!  Instead, place a lit votive candle in front of your unity candle.  When family members light the unity candle tapers, they can simply dip their tapers into the prelit votive for a much easier light. (The fabulous Saundra Hadley shared the pre-lit votive tip with me years ago!)

Enjoy your wedding!

Love & Soul Always, Kay

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Wedding Day Love for Monica and Sharrod

March 25, 2015

Good morning friends!

While we wait for mother nature to bring us some sunshine, here's a colorful and vibrant wedding to keep you warm.  The colors and design of this Virginia wedding were inspired by a Kate Spade vacation tote owned by a member of our planning team!

A Bride and Groom Kiss at the End of Their Wedding Ceremony

Held at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia, this wedding was filled with pinks, oranges, greens, and silver colors.

Kate Spade Inspired Wedding Stationery

Monica honored her late father in a very special (and personal) way by placing his photo on her wedding bouquet.

The couple's wedding program (created by LePenn Designs) resembled a magazine.  You will see that the programs are just as colorful as the rest of the wedding design!

A Wedding Program that Looks Like a Magazine

And, how can you NOT love Monica's bridesmaid's response to the couple's kiss!?!  It's hilarious and so much fun!

Bride and Groom Kiss While the Wedding Party Looks On

Since their wedding day design was filed with so much color, we recommended a tone-on-tone ivory-colored wedding cake with the daintiest of sugar flowers on top.  To tie it all together, the wedding cake was placed on a fuchsia cake pedestal.

And, did we mention that Sharrod loves golf!  The Lansdowne Resort was a little slice of heaven for this golf lover.

The wedding reception was just as colorful as the ceremony.  Guests were treated with pink, green, silver and orange confetti, colorful table design, and the most adorable confetti style escort cards.  It made for a fun afternoon "day party!"

A Wedding Reception Table with Colored Goblets

A Wedding Reception Taxicab Sign


Love & Soul Always, Kay


(Photos: Michael Clark Photographer)

(Photo of the Stationery: Tatiyana Kent Photography)

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Wedding Day Love for Sarah and Aaron

March 18, 2015

While I love so many of the latest wedding trends in place right now, I have a special place in my heart for traditional Washington, DC weddings.  Sarah and Aaron's wedding was a perfect example of a traditional DC wedding too!

Sarah's bouquet was created by Petal's Edge Floral Design, and as I have said before, the ladies at Petal's Edge really know how to create a wedding bouquet!

A Bride and her Bridal Bouquet

Aaron looked so handsome in his tuxedo!  He and his attendants stayed at the newly renovated Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC.  It made for an easy, breezy walk to their wedding ceremony and their wedding reception.

A Smiling Groom before His Wedding

The couple's wedding ceremony took place at the beautiful Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, located in downtown Washington, DC.

 A Bride and Groom at their Roman Catholic Wedding Ceremony 


A Bride and Groom in a Spring Garden in Washington DC

Aaron's wedding attendants includes two of his female friends -- Side Note:  I am still coveting their pink shoes.  They were hot!

A Wedding Park in Pink and White in Washington DC

When the wedding guests arrived at the Whittemore House, they were greeted by a fun MadLibs game created just for Aaron and Sarah's wedding.  The wedding reception featured pictures of the couple with numerous wedding guests.  I thought that was a fantastic touch!

The reception meal was catered by Spilled Milk Catering, and of course the food was creative and incredibly yummy!  In fact, the bride is not a fan of wedding cake, so the couple served an ice cream bar instead!

A Mad Libs Game at a Wedding Reception at the Whittemore House

Details from a PInk and White Wedding Reception

Sarah and Aaron's wedding ceremony and their wedding reception were featured on United with Love's blog last spring.  Check it out!


Love & Soul Always, Kay

(Photos: Emily Clack Photography)

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Event Planner Secret, Allow Some Time for the Bustle

March 11, 2015

When our brides have a bustle on their wedding gown, we set aside approximately 10 minutes after the ceremony and before the dinner reception to allow the maid of honor time to bustle her gown properly.

This little tip avoids that awkward moment when guests have been seated for dinner, but nothing is happening.  With this tip, you will have a smoother transition between your ceremony and your reception.

Wedding Gown Bustle Time



Love & Soul Always, Kay

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