DC Wedding and Event Planner | The Valentine Cuff Event at House of Jonlei Atelier

Last month I had the opportunity to host an event for celebrity designer and event planner, Diann Valentine, to showcase her signature bridal collection of The Valentine CuffDiann Valentine is a visionary and a true trailblazer.  Her client list consists of a celebrated A-list such as Usher, Martin Lawrence, Tony Braxton, Lela Rochon, Boyz II Men, Evelyn Lozada, and many more.  From planning lavish events to designing the most divine interior spaces, Diann Valentine captivates the scene of event planning and design.

I reached out to Ms. Valentine in the latter part of 2014 and expressed my love for the cuffs and I wanted to introduce them to Brides in the Washington, DC metro area.  After several communications with the Valentine team, the event was scheduled and The Valentine Cuff was ready to make its debut in the DC area on March 14th.  To showcase this spectacular event, I partnered with proprietor, Gigi Williams, of House of Jonlei Atelier at National Harbor.  Once I engaged Ms. Williams and presented the history of the Valentine Cuff, the energy level of producing this event was phenomenal.

The Valentine Cuff provides Brides with a cutting edge look and a fashion forward image when they are walking down the  aisle.  No more carrying heavy bouquets and hiding their gorgeous dresses.  Brides can wear a signature bracelet sculpted to be an accessory to their wedding attire, and it leaves the Bride’s hands free to greet their guests and to embrace her new man.  The cuff collections consists of over 12 distinct designs with a price range starting at $275.00.  For the Bride that wants a custom cuff, the Valentine team can accommodate special orders.  My favorite of the collection is the Morgan Bridal Cuff Vanilla Cream!

In collaboration with House of Jonlei Atelier and a host of other Washington, DC metro wedding professionals, the event was a stellar showcase and the attendees had a wonderful time viewing the cuffs, enjoying the refreshments, and making their purchase of The Valentine Cuff!

Our beautiful models for the event – they were so gorgeous!  The cuffs they are wearing are the The Morgan Flame, The Charlotte, The Morgan, The Charlotte Bridal Vintage Denim.  The last picture showcases the models with myself (right) and Gigi Williams, owner of House of Jonlei Atelier.

I collaborated with Glam Candy Buffets to provide exquisite treats for all in attendance for the event.  Isn’t this just gorgeous!

Our beautiful hanging floral chandeliers were provided by Tierra Floral Design.  I knew I wanted something to hang in the ceiling and when I reached out to the team at Tierra Floral that went beyond my request for glamor.

I wanted to engage our guests at the event with social media and what better way to promote that event than with hashtag signs!  Our partners at Ten23Designs handcrafted our beautiful gold hashtag signs.  The guests had a blast using them.

Global Marketing Director of Diann Valentine Cuff, Darryl Wilson, demonstrated the cuffs to our lovely attendees.  The attendees were excited and intrigued!

Photography Credit:  Natarsha Wright Photography

Additional collaboration with make-up artist, Shaune Hayes, and hair by Leontyne Baldwin Reaves.

Washington DC Wedding Planner | 5 Wedding Ideas for a St. Patrick’s Day Wedding

Most everyone loves claiming Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day. And why not? It’s a day of shamrocks, leprechauns, fun and libations; and with a bit of luck o’ the Irish, you can plan a beautiful and fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day wedding. There are many Irish wedding traditions and superstitions you can take inspiration from for your wedding to round out your St. Patrick’s Day theme. When Irish eyes are smiling; you’ll be sure to create the wedding of your dreams.

Your Bridal Look

For the Emerald-Isle bridal look, go for a braided up-do with a wreath in your hair. According to Irish superstition the wreath should have lavender woven into it to ward off evil spirits. The bride should wear a porcelain or lace horseshoe on the wrist – and be sure to keep the horseshoe pointed up like a “U” to ensure good luck! If the horseshoe turns down, your luck will run out! Go with a lace gown rather than satin or another fabric and use the same or similar lace for the traditional Celtic hand-fasting to “tie the knot”.

For the Groom

Should the groom have Irish blood; a kilt in the typical Irish tradition is the way to go. A tartan from the county from which his family hails would be a nod to tradition, but if family history is a bit muddled, go with the Irish Diaspora tartan or the All Ireland tartan as these are more generic Irish kilts and keeps with the wedding theme. Getting traditional Irish garb stateside can be a challenge so cast the net wide to find a specialty shop. While the internet can be a good source; buying items sight unseen can be a source of worry for some.

Irish Blessings

The Irish are known for the ‘gift of gab’ and their wonderful Irish blessings and proverbs. You can look to traditional sayings for most any situation. Here is a variation of an Irish marriage blessing:

May God be with you and bless you.

May you see your children’s children.

May you be poor in misfortunes

and rich in blessings.

May you know nothing but happiness

from this day forward.

 Get creative with ways you can use an Irish blessing on your wedding day. Maybe your invitations can include a blessing with typical Celtic design work. Or, you could have the blessing read by the best man during his speech.

Irish Décor and Fun

Quintessential Irish décor include the Claddagh ring, Celtic cross designs, shamrocks and pots of gold. Use the Claddagh ring as your wedding bands as they symbolize love, loyalty and friendship when worn with the point of the heart facing your wrist. To include other symbols on your wedding day consider hurricanes of various heights with green glass marbles at the bottom and candles in some and copper pennies or pebbles spray painted gold with floating candles to symbolize pots of gold in others. You could use Irish lace on your tables and lucky horseshoes for your table numbers. Terracotta pots with shamrocks growing in them scattered about your tables make a sweet touch.   For your floral design you can include green Bells of Ireland and English lavender to symbolize love and devotion. The harp is the national emblem of Ireland, so hire a harpist to play traditional Irish music before your ceremony begins. For your recessional consider a bagpiper to lead the wedding party out of the ceremony site.

And speaking of ceremony sites – if you are having a D.C. area wedding there are two St. Patrick’s Churches in the city; St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on 10th Street, and an Episcopalian church on Whitehaven Parkway NW. The Phoenix Park Hotel on North Capitol Street NW, steps away from the Capitol Building is designed to look like an Irish country estate and the landmark Dubliner Pub is right around the corner. What a fun way to celebrate!

Food & Drink

Corned beef, cabbage, potato soup and soda bread are typical Irish foods that everyone knows and loves. Most people think of green beer when they think of St. Patrick’s Day; and for a bit of whimsy go ahead and serve some. Be sure to serve Irish whiskey during the cocktail hour and Irish coffee with dessert. Also, as the Irish superstition goes, be sure to serve honey wine and or mead to ensure fertility! Sláinte!

Photograph courtesy of Mary Photography, MS Photography

 

Written by Jennifer Armstrong, Blogger, Perfect Planning Events

Washington, DC Metro Area Wedding Planner | Valentine’s Day Weddings

What day of the year is more romantic than Valentine’s Day? In 2015 and 2016, Valentine’s Day falls over the weekend so we will be sure to see many weddings on The Feast of Saint Valentine.

The Effects of Cupid’s Arrow: In preparation for Cupid’s arrow of love, The Alameda County, California Clerk’s office has already announced that they will be open this year on Valentine’s Day to perform wedding ceremonies! The Empire State Building in New York City will have its 21st Annual Valentine’s Day wedding event where the first 100 couples to arrive can get married on the 86th floor Observatory. Dade City, FL will host a mass wedding ceremony at the County Courthouse. Many other clerks’ offices across the country will probably be open on Saturday the 14th; check with your local office to see if you can get your marriage license on the year’s sweetest day.

Color Palettes: Red and pink are the go to colors for Valentine’s Day, but for your wedding color palette how about mixing in aqua, silver or gold – a pale pink shade and gold make a beautiful palette. There are so many ways to use these colors to evoke the sense of romance and love for your wedding day. From a pink signature drink at your cocktail hour to warm mood lighting and lots of votive candles you can pull off a dreamy Valentine’s wedding. Pink and gold stationary and table settings with traditional Valentine’s Day lace can tie your whole theme together.

Flowers of Love: The cost of red roses can skyrocket for Valentine’s Day, so to beat the high cost of flowers for your wedding you can work with your florist early in the planning process to secure your roses order to try to get a lower price. Or better still, skip the roses altogether and go with less expensive, but equally romantic flowers.  When selecting flowers, turn to the language of flowers to choose blossoms with romantic connotations. Pink peonies symbolize prosperity and good fortune. White daisies are simple but pack a big symbolic punch – loyal love and purity. Red tulips are not only beautiful in bouquets but they also symbolize perfect love.  To give your flower arrangements an exotic touch, go with pink orchids which symbolize affection.  Your florist and wedding planner can work with you to come up with amazing and very romantic floral arrangements that don’t have to include red roses.

Sweet Delights: What Valentine’s Day is complete without an overdose of chocolate and those cute conversation hearts? If you want to have a dessert station at your reception you could have a chocolate fountain with dippable like strawberries, pound cake and marshmallows.  Chocolate truffles, petite fours, cake pops and gourmet cookies round out a chocolate station.

A Valentine’s Day theme for your wedding is not only romantic, but also very appropriate. The feast of Saint Valentine is the celebration of love and affection. So let cupid guide you on your planning journey and you will be sure to have an amazing wedding!

Jennifer Armstrong, Blogger, Perfect Planning Events

Here are a few of our past weddings for Valentine’s Day inspiration:

Red Color Palette:  black magic roses were the theme for this wedding!

Various Shades of Pink Color Palette:  shades of pink calla lillies, hydrangeas, and roses

(Pictures above are weddings/events planned by Perfect Planning Events and not duplications of others.)

 

Virginia Event Planner | Real Events by Perfect Planning Events | Tracy’s 50th Birthday Celebration

Working with our Birthday client was so rewarding and inspiring.  Her youthful spirit and beauty always wrapped around you during every encounter.  Ms. Tracy, wanted to celebrate her 50th Birthday in grand style and that was big enough to fit her  personality!  She had a few simple directives – she wanted it elegant, she wanted to dance,  she wanted awesome food, and she wanted Michael Jackson.  Not too much to ask!

The venue we selected had that classic old world feel and the chandeliers gave Tracy the perfect ambiance to celebrate being young and 50.  The deejay kept guest on their feet all night, and the main center of attraction was a thirty minute performance from a Michael Jackson impersonator – he was a hit!  Tracy walked away that night and said she was “50 and Fabulous!”.  The perfect response any event planner wants to hear from their client.

Tracy Pope 50th Birthday Celebration  |  October 4, 2014

Special thanks to:  Event Planning – Perfect Planning Events  |  Venue and Catering – Maggianos Little Italy  |  Photography – Tony Brown Photography  |  Cupcakes – Confections  |  Linens – BBJ Linens and DC Rentals |  Deejay – DJ Supaman  |  Floral Decor – Tierra Floral Designs

Photography Credit:  Tony Brown

DC Wedding Planner | Real Weddings by Perfect Planning Events | Anthony and David

“A Marbled Wedding in the City” was the theme and inspiration for the wedding of Anthony Sims and David Butler.  My first encounter with this vibrant couple was one that was of pure exhilaration!  David and Tony were both eager to embrace a new chapter in their life and wanted to celebrate it with their friends in grand style.  Although they had contracted all of their vendors, they needed someone to bring their vision together with the decor, and David wanted me to focus the design around a marbled wedding cake that he had seen in Martha Stewart Weddings and he wanted limited floral decor.  Both gentlemen expressed they wanted their day to be one of grandeur and of distinction but most of all fitting their personality.  Based on the couple’s specific decor requirements, I designed exactly what they had envisioned (this was expressed by David on the day of the wedding – he loved what we had put together).

Decor elements used for their wedding ceremony encompassed lots of candlelight encompassed by soft and luxurious pipe and drape around the perimeter of the room.  The wedding attendee floral accents were of yellow-gold calla lilies and orange tulips.  To enhance the ambiance of the ceremony, the flawless angelic sound of music from Mrs. Tanya Blount, Renee Trotter, and Mr. Michael Trotter filled the sanctuary and moved everyone to tears of joy!

After the ceremony, guests traveled downtown to the District Architecture Center for the reception.  When guests entered, the room they were met with a glow of a romance.  The entire room was wrapped in a luxurious pipe and drape; the table linen decor was shimmery Riviera gold set with dupioni brickhouse orange napkins, and gold glitter glass chargers; the guest rested comfortably in Cleo Bronze ballroom chairs.  The floral decor was set with dynamic crystal globe vases with LED lighting to provide a romantic ambiance of lighting.

David & Tony’s first dance was to Patti Labelle’s – My Love, Sweet Love.  Deejay Greg Sims kept the guests entertained with the best sounds – keeping the dance floor full during the night.

David & Tony celebrated the union of their love with their closest family and friends.  It was a celebration of one to remember, and one that the two will cherish for a lifetime.

Anthony Sims and David Butler  |  October 18, 2014

The Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC  |  District Architecture Center

 Special thanks to Industry Partners:  Coordination & Design – Perfect Planning Events  |  Officiant – Reverend Dwayne Johnson  |  Ceremony Site – The Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC  |  Reception Site – District Architecture Center  |  Floral Decor – Tierra Floral Design  |  Photography – ArtsGroup Photography  |  DJ – Greg K. Sims  |  Ceremony Musicians – Tanya Blount, Michael Trotter, Renee Barnes  |  Wedding Cake – Cakes by Linda  |  Invitations – Niks & Naks  |  Linens – DC Rentals  |  Lighting Decor – Washington Celebrations  |  Chair, Bar, Charger Rentals – Select Event Group

Photography Credit:  ArtsGroup Photography

R.S.V.P Etiquette Series Part 2…6 Rules of Thumb as a WEDDING PROFESSIONAL

In part one of our three part series on R.S.V.P Etiquette, we discussed 10 rules of thumb as a Wedding Guest.  Today, we address the “6 Rules of Thumb as the Wedding Professional” – yes, wedding professionals have an obligation to R.S.V.P to their client(s).

As Wedding Professionals, we are so engaged with performing our duties and making sure that our client(s) have a spectacular event, and on the day of the event we unconsciously arrive with our un-invited/plus one or two entourage.  We think that everything is okay, not knowing that we did notajw_0218 follow proper protocol and have just caused a slight ripple in the day.  Just as our client(s) have to provide to the venue or caterer a headcount on their actual guests, they also have to provide an accurate headcount of the vendors.  So, if you did not provide to your client(s) the number of attendees within your crew, then you have just caused an offset in the number of meals that will be provided to the client’s vendor team.

To make sure that you are being a courteous wedding professional/vendor, these simple suggestions will have your client(s) forever grateful of you:View More: http://procopiophotography.pass.us/mills-wigmanwedding2014-08-23procopiophotography

  1. Details in the Contract.  Upon signing the contract agreement between you and your client, let them aware of the number of persons that will be on-site for their event.
  2. Is it a Requirement?.  Clarify with your client if vendor meals are a requirement of your contract.
  3. Reminder Notice.  Within 2 weeks prior to your client’s event, send a friendly email reminder that there will be a certain number of staff members from your company.
  4. Inform the Wedding Planner/Coordinator.  If there is a Wedding Planner or Wedding Coordinator, please inform him/her of your team count.
  5. No Plus-One.  On event day, be courteous and do not send additional staff members to the event; if so, please do not expect your client to feed your staff if there was no prior acknowledgement.  Remember, your client has to pay for your staff and any additional unknown staff causes your client to incur extra charges or causes another vendor to be short because of this miscommunication.
  6. Be Patient.  Remember, you are a vendor on site performing a job.  Be patient and wait for the appropriate time for you to receive your vendor meal – do not harass the wait staff as to the time of when you will eat.

These simple suggestions will be admired by your client(s).  You ask which wedding professionals/vendors is this directed towards?  Most of the time it relates to vendors that are spending the entire day for the event, 5 or more hours, and will be onsite during the duration of the event – the event planning team, photographers, videographers, deejays, bands, etc.

R.S.V.P Etiquette Series Part 1…10 Rules of Thumb as a Guest

Many of us receive formal invitations in the mail to attend weddings, formal celebrations, retirement banquets, galas, etc.  However, when we receive the invitation do we really pay close attention to whom the invitation is addressed to and all of the fine points?  If not, we need to slow down and pay close attention to the particulars of this special delivery.  Proper etiquette leads to formal respect.

First let’s define the acronym, R.S.V.P.   In the context of social invitations, RSVP is a request for a response from the invited person or people. It is an initialism derived from the French phrase Répondez s’il vous plaît, literally “Reply if you please” or “Reply please”.**

This will be a 3 part series on “R.S.V.P Etiquette” covering the obligations as a Guest, Host, and Wedding Professional.  Today we will cover “10 Rules of Thumb as a Guest”.

 

10 Rules of Thumb to R.S.V.P as a Guest:

  1.  It’s a Social Obligation to “accept” or “not to accept”:  Please respond to your host with an answer.  When your host is requesting an r.s.v.p., they want you to respond either with an2414_FBN21251Bmnacceptance or non-acceptance of their invitation.  On occasion you may receive an invite that states, “R.S.V.P regrets only”; this means to respond only if you can’t attend – do know otherwise your attendance is expected by your host.
  2. Be Courteous – Respond by the Due Date:  Your host places a date for your reply for a reason.  Your quick response assists with their preparedness to know how many persons will be attending and to staff appropriately.  Remember your host is making an investment to ensure that you have a wonderful time.
  3. Reply back in the Manner requested by your Host:  If your host inserts a r.s.v.p card, please complete and return the card; if they indicate to email – email your response; lastly if they say to call then call to provide your response.
  4. The Plus “1” Rule:  Proper etiquette states that only the name(s) that are addressed on the envelope are the only persons invited to the special event.  To be respectful to your host(s), you should acknowledge this form of etiquette and only respond back indicating just the person(s) specified on the invitation.  It is not proper etiquette to ignore this formality, and to take upon yourself to invite more persons than indicated without consulting with your host.  Don’t take it personal if you are not able to have a plus one.  So, when you receive your next invitation in the mail, pay close attention to the addressee line!!
  5. Change of Heart:  If for some reason at the last-minute you are not able to attend after you have accepted the invitation, it is only proper to CALL your host to explain your situation as to why you can’t attend…do not be impolite and be a no-show.  Express your change of heart as soon as you know that your decision has changed.
  6. Remember, Remember:  If you “accept”, you are obligated to attend!
  7. Do Not Critique the Menu:  If your host request that you make a meal selection do so accordingly, however, do not ask for special requests just to be asking.  If you are a vegetarian or have special dietary restraints only indicate when the option is provided; note, most caterers or restaurants already prepare meals for guests with dietary restrictions.
  8. Don’t Assume:  If you are close to the host, don’t assume that because you are close friends that they know you are coming.  Be a true friend and follow the directions provided by your friend and r.s.v.p through the appropriate channel – don’t be a party or wedding crasher!
  9. Post Gratitude:  Send a quick response or note to inform your host of your gratitude.
  10. Be on Time:  It’s wedding or party day, so be on time!!!!

**Source:  Wikipedia

Blogged by:  Tara Melvin, Certified Wedding & Event Planner

Real Weddings by Perfect Planning Events…Keenon & Lauren

It makes our heart do a dance when we have the opportunity to encounter wonderful couples such as Keenon and Lauren, now Mr. & Mrs. Keenon Vaughan.  Lauren, a busy career girl, reached out to us to help coordinate her special – the one in which she would be saying “I Do” to her love, Keenon.  She elected to utilize our coordination services and jumped in there to plan the day with the assistance of our team and wedding planning tools (the Client Workbook) that we provided to her.  The time went by swiftly and before we all knew it, the time had come for Lauren and Keenon to walk down the aisle.  The decor and color scheme that Lauren chose was elegant and simple but provided the right touch.  We (Lead Coordinator, Courtney Shorter and team) were there to coordinate the logistics and to make sure that their day went off without a glitch – and we were successful!  It was a beautiful day – and we want to thank Lauren and Keenon for our allowing us to witness their love.

Lauren & Keenon sent us a special note to summarize our services and we want to share it with you: 

“First, I’ll say that hiring a day of coordinator was possibly the best money we spent on the wedding. All I had to do was show up to the venue and get my makeup done. Every other detail was taken care of and I didn’t have to worry about a thing. Believe me, if you’re on the fence about whether to hire a coordinator…do it!!

We hired Tara and Perfect Planning for day of coordination of our October 2014 wedding. During the planning stage we had meetings about once a month. Tara sent us a workbook that was very helpful to make sure I had all the details covered. I worked primarily with Tara and Courtney until my wedding day and they were both very pleasant and helpful. I’m normally very busy with work and I got a number of the details done at the last minute. They were very patient and offered to help in anyway they could.

My wedding day was perfect. My guests are still saying how amazing the day was. The entire day of team made sure that every detail was amazing and that my guests were taken care of.”

We leave you with this expression of love that felt reflected Lauren & Keenon’s love:

“Love is a mighty power, a great and complete good. Love alone lightens every burden, and makes rough places smooth. It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders all bitterness sweet and acceptable. Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger, nothing higher, nothing wider, nothing more pleasant, nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God. Love flies, runs and leaps for joy. It is free and unrestrained. Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds. Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil, attempts things beyond its strength. Love sees nothing as impossible, for it feels able to achieve all things. It is strange and effective, while those who lack love faint and fail. Love is not fickle and sentimental, nor is it intent on vanities. Like a living flame and a burning torch, it surges upward and surely surmounts every obstacle.” (Author – Thomas Kempis)

Special thanks to the wedding partners that help to make this day a success:  Officiant – Reverend Paul Lee  |  Ceremony & Reception Venue – Newton White Mansion  |  Caterer – Catering by Uptown  |  Floral Decor – Bella Fiori Flowers  |  Photography – Blue Palm Photography  |  Photobooth – Blue Palm Photography  |  Deejay – Lugo Entertainment  |  Wedding Cake – Sugar Bakers Cakes

 

Keenon & Lauren Vaughan  |  October 18, 2014

4 Tips to Ringing in the New Year and Saying “I Do”!

New Year’s Eve is such a great time of year. It’s the time of year full of renewed hopes, resolutions, and new beginnings. So, why not choose New Year’s Eve to get married? Starting a new year with your new companion surrounded by all of your loved ones and friends at a fabulous party – sounds absolutely perfect!

Most New Year’s Eve parties keep going until well after mid-night so an early church wedding may not work for you and your guests. Try to plan your ceremony late in the evening so your party can get started later. You could also think about switching up the ‘normal’ order of events for the night and start off with the cocktail hour and dinner then have your ceremony so that the real party gets started closer to midnight!

The New Year’s countdown would be a fun way to kick off the dance portion of your reception. Make it complete with a champagne toast and Times Square style ticker tape falling from the ceiling while Auld Lang Syne plays. Make sure guests have New Year’s themed party hats, beads and noise makers to ring in the New Year.

The usual colors for New Year’s décor would really work for a wedding. Black, white, gold and silver are fantastic colors to carry through your theme. From shimmery gold bridesmaid dresses, to silver plate chargers and black and white linens, you can add lots of sparkle and class to your special night. You just can’t have enough sequins, glitter or sparkle for New Year’s! Also, to keep with the theme, you could name each table with a New Year’s resolution of each yours and your fiance’s and give each guest a glittery, miniature champagne bottle.

As you are planning your wedding, think about accommodations for your guests. If your reception will go into the wee hours of the morning, have it in or near a hotel and provide a breakfast bar when the party starts winding down for guests to get some extra food in their system before leaving – you know to help with all the festive libations you’ll be serving. A sparkler send-off at the end of the night would top off your wedding and give your guests a New Year’s Eve wedding to remember!

Yours Truly,

Jennifer Armstrong, Blogger – Perfect Planning Events

 

(New Year wedding inspiration of events from our very own portfolio of events)

Real Events by Perfect Planning Events…”Ms. Veteran America 2014 – The Woman Beyond the Uniform”

For the second year, we had the honor of planning Ms. Veteran America competition at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia.  Ms. Veteran America is an extraordinary event that celebrates the strength, courage, and inner beauty of women in uniform, and providing financial support for the foundation, Final Salute Inc.  Final Salute Inc. and Ms. Veteran America are the results of a dynamic young woman, Jaspen Boothe, who has overcome many adversities in life to obtaining much success for women all over the world that serve this Nation in uniform.  The Ms. Veteran America competition proceeds are provided to the Final Salute Inc. to aid in shelter and offer a new beginning for homeless women Veterans.

The first day of festivities was a VIP Gala filled with dancing, a live auction, entertainment by the Dan Band, and dancing by all from sounds provided by Washington Celebrations.  The second day was the Ms. Veteran America competition.  This was the day when women in uniform traded their combat boots for stilettos and showcased their high calibre of talent and character for the privilege to be called Ms. Veteran America.  The competition was fierce and the new Ms. Veteran America 2014 is Ms. Amanda Wirtz.  The event was emceed by Actor and Advocate, Lamman Rucker, alongside Veteran, Comedian, and glamputee, Marissa Strock.  It was a weekend of celebration and recognition to the many women in uniform.  To learn more about Final Salute Inc., visit http://www.finalsaluteinc.org/.

Special thanks to my industry friends who helped to make this event a success: 

Venue:  The National Conference Center  |  Deejay Services & Lighting Design:  Washington Celebrations  |  Floral Decor:  Edge Floral Event Designers  |  Dessert & Themed Event Cake:  Couture Cakes by Sabrina  |  MUA Team:  Bridal Artistry team lead by Joanne Trimmer  |  Linens & Chair Rentals:  DC Rentals

Photographs by Perfect Planning Events:

Photographs by DC HotSpots