PANELIST: DC WEDDING WEEK's Coffee & Conversation

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So excited to be a part of the Coffee & Conversation panel with other industry disruptors hosted by DC Wedding Week! The event will be on August 2, 2018 at the new Fostr Collaborative and we'll be talking all about the lessons we've learned throughout our experiences while enjoying some coffee provided by Grace Street Coffee

We'll have a chance to meet and network before the panel begins so I hope to see you there.

Click here to grab your ticket and for more information about the event!

xo

Yodit

Panel Discussion: Vendors & Planners Finding Peace

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Are you a vendor looking to gain some more insight into the best way to communicate effectively with your event planners? Or maybe a planner looking to get the most out of your vendors while maintaining a great and continuing relationship? This is the event for you and I'm happy to say I'll be a part of it!

The registration for Vendors and Planners: Finding Peace in the Wedding Planning Process is now open.

Hosted by SESMA, vendors and planners alike will be holding open and honest conversations about the ways that we can improve our working relationships, making for better experiences for everyone. More event details are below, and you can find the registration site at the link above. Hope to see you there!

Where: United States Institution of Peace
             2301 Constitution Ave, NW
             Washington, DC 20037

When: Thursday, July 26
            6:00 - 9:00 PM

Spotlight Sunday: Tasty6

The full line-up of Tasty6's milks and juices.

Today's spotlight is on Tasty6, a DC-based company that specializes in providing delicious, nutrient-dense foods and juices.

Their mission is to combine Western nutritional science with Eastern healing wisdom. Essentially, they take their knowledge of each ingredient's nutritional functionality and integrate it with the ancient healing science of "Ayurveda," which uses the principles of nature to maintain health in a person. This results in a unique, super-nutritious menu of balanced and healing juices and foods.

Intrigued? Keep reading and you'll find Carol's diary of her experience with Tasty6's 3-day Reboot cleanse, let's just say it's a bit of a rollercoaster...

Let me preface this by saying that I LOVE the idea of doing cleanses. I may complain the entire time while doing them, but any opportunity to clean out my system of any toxins and I'm all over it. When an old high school friend approached me about Tasty6 and all of the cleanses and juices they have to offer, as a bride-to-be (at the time), I was all about it. I'm an event planner, so my schedule's pretty hectic and I don't have a lot of time for loads of prep, so the pre-packaged 3-day cleansed seemed like the perfect fit. No cooking for three days? Where do I sign!

First Impressions
I received a great welcome email two days before I was supposed to start, detailing everything I was going to receive and what I needed to do to prepare. I loved that my welcome email also included mindfulness suggestions and encouraged not only a physical cleanse but also a spiritual one. The next day I received a call that my cleanse had arrived. When I went to retrieve it, I was expecting a random courier but instead I was greeted by a Tasty6 employee! What a great way to start.

Day One
So I have an issue with textures. The Chia Breakfast Bowl (above right) was not my friend. I only took a few bites before I decided that I just couldn't stomach it. Don't get me wrong, it didn't taste bad, I just couldn't do it. I thought I would be hungry for the rest of the morning since my breakfast was... light, but surprisingly I was fine. Drinking a juice every 90 minutes as suggested kept me satisfied. Lunch was a small salad, again this was good, but I would've preferred to just drink the juices. For the most part, I enjoyed all the juices, the only one I struggled with
was the Staminator (red beets are the main ingredient). It is very beet-y and strong, but I finished it like a boss! The second half of the day I felt like I was rushing to drink all of the juices. I hope that tomorrow I have a better handle on the timing. The last juice of day was the Mighty Almond. I don't like milk or anything close to it unless mixed with my coffee or ice cream. I struggled. I did not pass go or collect my $200. This drink fell into the abyss along with my Chia Breakfast Bowl.

Day Two
Who told me to do a cleanse over a weekend? I have got to start making better decisions. Of course on this day I have a full day planned, including a birthday bar crawl (did I mention you can't drink on this cleanse?). Thankfully, I have an insulated lunch box and those handy-dandy ice packs, so I took my juices on the road. While everyone was taking shots of whiskey, I was taking shots of Tasty6! All jokes aside, I was happy that I could be so mobile and not have to worry about how I was going to stay on task. Today I was in the groove as far as timing goes, so I didn't feel the pressure of having to rush. I also started to physically feel lighter. Even got compliments that my skin was glowing! This may be TMI, but we're family right? I thought I was going to have to use the bathroom a lot but I didn't.

Day Three
It's the last day, woo hoo! I woke up legitimately feeling lighter and my typical cravings for sugar weren't as overwhelming. I finally was accustomed to all of the juices, even the beet one wasn't difficult to finish. Maybe since it was the last day, my willpower to finish was just stronger. I also decided to skip all of the food items today and just do the juices. I still felt satisfied and wasn't hungry at all.

Final Thoughts
Overall, I enjoyed the cleanse. A few of the drinks like the Silhouette (above) and the Immunoxer, I can see myself regularly purchasing to drink. I didn't particularly enjoy the food options; I definitely would've preferred a juice-only option if they had it. Three days was the perfect length of time! Long enough that I could feel the difference, but not so long that I wanted to chew my arm off. I'd definitely recommend this, it's a great jumpstart to a diet/lifestyle change or even just a quick refresh. 

Our friends at Tasty6 have graciously given us promo code so that you all can enjoy the benefits of their amazing juices too! Use the code FAVOREDBYYODIT at checkout for 20% off your first purchase.

To see where you can find Tasty6 locally, check out their 'Where to Find Us' page and be sure to let us know what you think!

Ashleigh & Adam: Falling in Love at 40,000 Feet

If you heard the story about how Ashleigh and Adam met, you'd swear it was the plot from your favorite rom-com. While on a plane to Thailand for separate boys' and girls' trips, the two bumped into each other. Who knew that the next three weeks spent traveling together would lead to a lifetime of love? After years of friendship following an unconventional meeting, the two would continue their trend of unconventionality into their marriage, taking Ashleigh's last name, Shirley, but adding Adam's late grandfather's name, Spencer to it.

The wedding was very DIY. From hand-painted oyster shells as salt and pepper shakers to personalized canapés, Ashleigh and Adam were a very hands-on couple. 

As far as the styling goes, Ashleigh, who did it all herself, wanted something that was a lot of fun and had tons of greenery and color, in order to reflect the attitudes of the fun-loving couple (their first dance was to Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk").

For her dress she wanted something that was fitted and had a long train, but wasn't too traditional. Her only stipulation was 'no lace,' so instead she used different mesh materials and appliques.

Ashleigh's main piece of advice for future brides is "don't get too caught up in the styling of it all!" On the day of, all that matters is the food, music, ceremony and speeches, so make sure you nail those and the rest will fall in to place.

Vendors

Concept & Styling: Papermill Media | Venue: Abbotsford Convent | Food: Bursaria | Cake: Cherry Tree Bakehouse | Photographer: Darin Collinson | Makeup: Tre Dallas | Hair: Sarah Caporale | Accessories: Ichu Jewellery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Finders Keepers

Speaking Engagement: Multicultural & Fusion Weddings

For 2018, one of my resolutions was to participate in more speaking events so that I'd be able to share my experiences with a wider audience. I'm happy to announce that I'm conquering my resolution early in the year, by joining the Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC at their January dinner meeting. This panel will focus on multicultural and fusion weddings, a market that we're happy to have a lot of experience with here at FBY.

I'd love it if you were able to join me tomorrow, January 23, from 6-9 PM. The event will take place at SOHO DC in Adams Morgan and is $45 for member and $55 for non-members.

Hope to see you there!

Welcome To Our New Website!

 

Hi there!

As you can see, we've done a bit of redesigning and reconstructing over here at Favored by Yodit Events & Design. While we hope you enjoy (and utilize) our new site and it's design, we hope you love this blog just as much!

We want this to be a place that you come to for inspiration, motivation, and all things lifestyle, fashion, wedding and events related.

Favored by Yodit Events & Design is dedicated to providing the highest quality event planning and design services and this blog will help us help you. We'll share mood boards, the inside scoop on great events throughout the area, restaurant and venue reviews, interviews with some of the DMV's best vendors, giveaways and so much more! We'll also be keeping you up-to-date on what we're doing over here at Favored by Yodit Events & Design, as well as resources that would be great for you as you navigate through your planning journey.

Thank you so much for joining us in our little corner of the internet and we can't wait to see you back!

Stay Favored,
Yodit

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You're Invited: The New York Weddings Event From New York Magazine

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Meet all of your future wedding vendors and complete your wedding planning at ONE event! On Tuesday, March 28th at 5:00pm join 100 of New York’s most sought after wedding service providers. The list includes but not limited to accessories, cake designers, dresses, djs, event planners, and caters. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

You're Invited: Alexandria Wedding Showcase

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You're Invited: The Engaged! Event

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Combine date night with wedding planning at one of DC's premier wedding venues, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on March 3, 2017 for The Engaged! Event. “We are giving couples the opportunity to meet and greet the best of the best wedding vendors, establish a rapport and book appointments to further discuss wants and needs for the wedding day. The Engaged! Event will serve as your efficient introduction to the finest wedding professionals and services in one evening!”

For full details and to buy tickets, click here.

You're Invited: Burpees with Bae!

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Spice up your Valentine's Day plans with a sexy workout with Bae! Join Master Trainer Deanna Jefferson and her Celebrity Chef beau JR Robinson on February 15th for a date night you will never forget. For full details and to buy tickets, click here.

You're Invited: African Fashion Pop Up Shop

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Are you on the hunt for unique pieces for the next big event in your life? Or a multicultural bride, looking for something new and different for upcoming wedding festivities? Then look no further than the African Pop Up Shop, featuring fashions by Obioma Fashion, the Hut Salud, and Noni. For full details and to reserve your spot, click here.

You're Invited: The Kendra Scott Bridal Collection

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Hey #FavoredFamily! You are Invited to The Kendra Scott Bridal Collection In Partnership with District Bliss. See below for more information.

Join District Bliss at Kendra Scott on Bethesda Row in celebration of the launch of the Kendra Scott Bridal Collection! The wedding collection will be available to the public on Friday, 9/23.

The the first 20 guests to RSVP to this exclusive event will get a first-look on Thursday, 9/22 at 11am AND a gift card, 15% off ALL Kendra Scott jewels, plus we'll be enjoying sips and yummy brunch bites! 

Don't miss out! Get on the list! RSVP to devin.carroll@kendrascott.com

Sips, brunch AND shopping? How could you pass this up?! BETHESDA ROW | 4835 Bethesda Ave  Bethesda, MD 20814

If you prefer to attend at one of the Kendra Scott Northern Virginia stores or if you don't make it onto the Bethesda RSVP list, please send an email to the address listed above!MOSAIC DISTRICT | 2920 District Ave, Suite 125, Fairfax, VA 22031RESTON TOWN CENTER | 11924 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190

Eliminate Wedding Ceremony Stress With This Guide

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When planning a wedding, there are many details. What flowers to get, what dress to wear and my personal favorite what food to eat. With all of the major details to work out, sometimes the small details fall through the cracks, like who should be in the ceremony processional, and it what order. Believe it or not, at almost all of our final client meetings, this is often the one thing our couples hadn’t thought about yet. While there is no right or wrong order, Perfect Wedding Guide  put together a great infographic to help you get started.

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Source: The Perfect Wedding Guide

#TravelThursday: Henry Howard Hotel, A newly renovated historic hotel in New Orleans!

5.26.16 HENRY HOWARD HOTEL NEW ORLEANS Happy #TravelThursday As an event planner Im always tasked with finding out the best places and vendors to refer to my clients. I came across The Henry Howard Hotel, a newly renovated historic hotel in the heart of the Garden District in New Orleans after searching for a fun place for a soon to be bride's bachelorette trip and soon learned that their offerings include luxury services and amenities with Southern hospitality. 

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This historic Greek Revival mansion is getting its star turn, reopening its doors as the Henry Howard Hotel, an 18-room boutique that’s every bit as graceful as you’d wish from a long weekend stay in the Big Easy. Make sure to check out more details at www.henryhowardhotel.com.

Credit - Tablet Hotels & Henry Howard Hotel by The Fitz Hotel Group Favored by Yodit Events - DC Best Wedding Planner

You're Invited: The Floral Experience at The Greenbrier

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Hey #FavoredFamily! You are Invited to The Floral Experience by Karen Tran at The Greenbrier. See below for more information.

We are only one month away from welcoming Karen Tran and her exciting Floral Experience workshop to The Greenbrier! This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for floral designers and enthusiasts alike. Don’t miss the chance to secure your spot to learn from one of the industry’s leading experts!

This three day, hands-on workshop will offer participants the chance to fine-tune their business savvy, while experiencing and collaborating on the production of a high end event. The weekend will culminate in an extravagantly themed gala dinner where attendees can dine with new industry friends.

To learn more, please visit www.thefloralexperience.com and share this information with those on your team and within your professional circle! All are welcome to register! We hope to see you there!