Little Gems for Weddings & Events

Fabulous Finds & Charming Ideas from a Washington DC Event Planner

“engaged!09 encore” A wedding business conference September 30, 2009

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For those that have (or are wanting to start) a wedding related business, you must check this out!  (preview below)


engaged!09 encore is happening in Las Vegas mid-October and space is limited. Sadly, I won’t be there to potentially  run into you at this one : (


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Visit their site at to sign up!

Enjoy and let me know how it is!


ROMANtic Goddess Wedding Inspiration September 19, 2009

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A long time friend of mine, also living a long ways away (snif! snif!), is considering a navy and yellow color scheme to be considerate of her fiances love for Michigan’s football team. She’s needing some ideas, so I thought I’d help her with some research and pull toghether inspirational photos from the web!


I think it is a fabulous color combo,  showing boldness and strength with the blue, yet romantic and rich with yellow… a great combo to represent the strength and treasures of the ancient Romans.


Inspired by her beautiful, flowing ROMAN GODDESS style wedding gown I pulled in ideas to make Romanesque touches throughout.

What do you think?


very yellowblue tile cakeroman hairpriscilla-of-boston-spring-2010-2receptionmore brideslmaidsmediterranean ceremonymatron_venus1invite lbuehalogold sandalsfoot beadscakeinvitecenterpiecesbridesmaidsblue shoesblue candles


Wedding on the water ~ ~ ~ September 16, 2009

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A PREVIEW made up of of amateur photos (by yours truely!) from the wedding of Sophia & Maurice, setting sail into the sunset on the Potomac River overlooking the National Monuments in Washington, D.C..

The ceremony was held at the couples church in Washington, DC, and then their intimate party of 65 close friends and family boarded the Spirit of Washington for a memorable dinner cruise wedding reception on water!

wine bottle wedding favors

Home-made “Perfect Pear” wine made for the couple’s wedding favors by a family friend. Personalized with date and sentiments, indicating for guests to enjoy after they return home to “…remember the evening with a cheers to Life, Laughter, and Love!”

perfect pear fans wedding

Carrying on the theme… “A Perfect Pair” fans made comfort on a hot, humid, August day in The District.

centerpiece candles wedding reception dinner

Each table decorated with a different design, but glimmering jewels and glowing candles made an impression throughout. The event coordinating team at Emerald Engagements had to work quickly, only able to decorate the cruise space between the ceremony and reception due to lunch cruises occupying the boat earlier in the day.

Spirit of Washington viewcandle cake table wedding reception

A stunning work of art from the Hollin Hall Pastry Shop in Alexandria, VA. The 3-tier wedding cake of flawless silver and green layers of fondant resembling draped silk. The bride loved her experience working with Hollin Hall!

escord cards favors rose petalscake table wedding reception candles

bride and goom on the boat

This is the one professional photo received so far by photographer Twaina Jones who was so great to work with – – Can’t wait to see the rest of the pics!!!

The bride’s one-of-a-kind dress was personally designed for her by Joy Houston Custom Design Wedding Couture. The fan collar was removable for the reception, but had a personal style to match her own. Joy Houston’s shop in Old Town Alexandria, VA is charming and beautiful! She has such a tallent for any style and walking in to view such a range of colors in bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and flower girl dresses is just too much fun!

Location:           Spirit of Washington – Potomac Dinner Cruise

Planner:            Emerald Engagements ~ Event Design & Coordination

Photographer:   Twaina Jones

Cake:               Hollin Hall Pastry Shop

Dress:             Joy Houston Custom Design



New blog September 1, 2009

Filed under: Emerald Engagements — emeraldengagements @ 11:03 pm

Hi all!

This is my new blog, based on the event planning I do – I hope you like it! I can’t wait to start posting pics, thoughts, and gems for sharing that I hope will inspire you.

I will soon have photos from the recent Potomac Cruise Wedding that I can’t wait to share with you!