Vendor Spotlight: SpeechBooth™, the newest thing in Wedding-Tech

Speech Booth  

Now Everyone Can Leave a Speech!

Utilizing proprietary software on a provided iPad, SpeechBooth™ allows wedding guests to record personal messages in high-quality HD video. The unit is discrete, self-sufficient, can be shipped to any location, and does not require an attendant. All speeches are professionally edited and saved to an online user account for the couple to enjoy forever!

With its simple touchscreen design, SpeechBooth™ offers your guests the ability to record messages in high-quality HD video. You'll receive a professionally edited compilation video saved to a secure online user account. The personalized kit arrives pre-assembled, is self-sufficient, and easily blends into any wedding theme.

WATCH SAMPLE VIDEO HERE.

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You're Invited: Start Off 2015 with these Winter Wedding Events!

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Hey 2015 Bride to be's! Congrats on getting engaged! Don't know where to begin? Don't know what questions to ask before you buy? Looking to save money and give your wedding a personal touch? At Favored by Yodit Events we are here to help you discover practical tips and unique ideas for your big day!

Here is a list of some great events for all our lovely Favored Brides which can help decide on the rest of your wedding professional vendors.

Enjoy and let us know if you will be attending!

 

Washington Wedding Experience

Sunday, January 18, 2015

11:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Patriot Center (Fairfax, VA)

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Baltimore Bride’s Aisle Style

Sunday, January 25, 2015

11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Lord Baltimore Hotel

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Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled

Sunday, January 25, 2015

11:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Fairmont Hotel Washington, D.C.

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Discover the Washington area's best vendors at these all-day wedding experiences!

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Win a Scholarshi​p to The Coterie Retreat!

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You are brilliant and passionate and want so much to learn from some of your biggest inspirations in the wedding and event industry at the Coterie Retreat. But the reality is, for some of you, financial constraints may be holding you back.

As we are getting close to capacity, we are excited to announce that we will be giving out one full scholarship, and two partial scholarships to attend the inaugural Coterie Retreat. The scholarships will cover all or part of your registration.

Here are the application rules:

▪ Repost the image presented above on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter (can be one social media platform or all three) using the hashtag #myTCRetreat.

▪ Then apply by emailing us at info@coterieretreat.com telling us in 200 words or less why you are deserving of this scholarship, what your goals are for your company, and what you are looking forward to. In the email, provide your Name, Company Name, IG, Twitter or FB urls, and phone number.

Contest begins August 29, 2014 and ends on September 5, 2014. Our planning committee will review each entry and vote on the winners. Entrant with the most votes will win the full scholarship, then the 2nd and 3rd place entrants will be awarded the half and quarter scholarships.

Note: Travel and accommodations are not included.

* Scholarship does not apply to those already registered.

Good luck!

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Great Cake Decor

rainbow heart cake This rainbow heart cake is too cute! The original design (above) was created by the fabulous cake designer, Erin of Wild Orchid Baking.I am so excited to report that Erin just published a book because she has so many amazing cake designs (be sure to check out her super popular Facebook page!) Her book, Great Cake Decorating is filled with instructions and ideas for fabulous cakes. I have never tried using fondant but with her book, I definitely feel much more equipped to give it a go! Erin starts with the basics and explains all of the best tools to have on hand for making beautiful cakes. She then gets into more specific designs, tips and tricks!

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Here are a few of my favorite cakes from the book…

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…and one that isn’t in the book, but is part of one her cake decorating classes on Craftsy!

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What do you think? Are you ready to give cake decorating a try? This book will definitely help you get started!

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#TipTuesday: Surviving Wedding Season

Attending a wedding can get to be expensive. Here are some tips to make it through wedding season without going broke :

1. Start saving early. If you're close with a couple who gets engaged, begin putting cash away then.

2. Don't forget to budget for the extra events, such as wedding showers and bachelor or bachelorette parties.

3. Look beyond the hotel that has been selected for guests. Other hotels may be cheaper. Shop around.

4. For out of town weddings, ask the engaged couple if they know anyone with a spare bedroom who would be willing to host you.

5. Ask other guests if they would be willing to buy a group gift.

6. If you plan to attend more than one wedding, try wearing the same outfit more than once.

7. If shopping on a bridal registry, search for the item on another site. It may be less expensive.

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A Picture Perfect Graduation Party!

future-graduation-party Inspired by nostalgic moments & the promises of a bright future, Do Driver of Piggy Bank Parties styled this creative “Picture Your Future” Graduation Party with Polaroid & photo album decor! The adorable “yearbook” party favors and “Sweet Memories” photo garland are such great graduation party ideas… they get an A+!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute Polaroid inspired banner + tissue “graduation tassel” garland – “Yearbook” favor boxes filled with the graduate’s favorite chocolate treats – “Sweet Memories” photo banner and graduation “photo album” guestbook – Varsity letter brownies & Chalkboard inspired printables

 

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Graduation is often a time of reflection when photo albums and yearbooks from the past are reminisced over while dreams of what the future holds are ever present. This graduation party design was inspired by the magical Polaroid photographs of yesteryear and the slides you’d see projected on the white wall of your grandparents’ basement!

Moms Best Friend

Mothers Day is only five days away! I hope you have something special planned for all the mamas in your life. We are starting the celebration early here at Favored by Yodit Events. What did we get you you ask? Only every mothers wish, a babysitter! You may not have know this, but dogs make some of the best babysitters. Just checkout some of these pictures of the doggies on duty! Image.1397980736595 Image.1397980736596 Image.1397980736603 Image.1397980736599 Image.1397980736600 Image.1397980736602Image.1397980736604 Image.1397980736606 Image.1397980736607 Image.1397980736610 Image.1397980736611 Image.1397980736613 Image.1397980736614 Image.1397980736615 Image.1397980736618 Image.1397980736617 Image.1397980736620Image.1397980736621 Image.1397980736622 Image.1397980736624 Image.1397980736625 Image.1397980736626 Image.1397980736628

Inspiration: Scrabble Theme Wedding Ideas

There are so many brides and grooms opting to use scrabble letters for their wedding these days. Whether it is for their "Save the Date" cards or place settings, brides and grooms have come up with creative ways of incorporating their most loved game into their wedding. capclassique.wordpress.com engagementlovepicturesringloveyourselfscrabble-6406126e1a27b9eb38b39851d8d8d7be_h scrabble-letters-used-at-wedding scrabble-place-setting-wedding

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BORROW ME | Kirstie Kelly

borrow me Trying on wedding dresses is one of the most memorable moments of wedding planning, but has the potential to be very stressful. Now thanks to Kirstie Kelly, you can try on wedding dresses in the comfort of your own home. Under the Borrow Me program, you can pick an unlimited amount of dresses from their collection to be delivered to your home for $35 each. Find the one you love and order the dress online, if not return them all with no obligation for purchase. It is that easy! For more about Borrow me and Designer Kristie Kelly, see below.

About Kristie: As a Couture Designer, Kirstie Kelly is known worldwide for her understatedly classic yet original Couture bridal gowns, infusing an accessible spirit with the Couture attention to detail and glamour in everything she creates. Kirstie's passion and drive are centered on helping today’s empowered woman feel extraordinary whether she is planning her dream wedding or planning to strut down the next Hollywood red carpet. After spending two decades honing her couture and tailoring skills, Kirstie has evolved into the designer and entrepreneur she is today because she truly understands her clients and the complexities of their contemporary lifestyle. As Kirstie's collections developed, a new area of client service organically evolved into dressing women of discerning taste for day and night functions; thus, the Kirstie Kelly Essentials line-- priced from $400-$5,000 --was born. Now with her new offering of a capsule collection of women’s tailored shirting that enhances every woman's wardrobe, she continues to help women everywhere feel extraordinary regardless of their own personal style. No matter what envelope Kirstie is pushing, everything stays firmly rooted in her skills at creating beautifully tailored pieces in which women -- no matter what their body type or stage of life -- will feel and look amazing.

FAQ about Borrow ME:

How do I place a Borrow Me order when I find a gown I want to try on?

  • It’s easy. Just select your measurements (bust, waist and hip) then click the Borrow button and the gown will be added to your shopping cart. You can add more than one gown or bolero and proceed to check out.

What is the price to borrow a wedding gown?

  • It’s a $35 flat rate for each gown. That includes shipping both to you and the return shipping to our showroom.

Can I borrow more than one gown?

  • Yes! Its fun to try on a few styles to see what might be best for you. It’s just $35 per gown. That includes shipping both to you and the return shipping to our showroom.

What’s the difference between the bridal collections?

  • Each of the 3 collections is of high quality, using fine craftsmanship. The big difference is the types of details, fabrics and styling.

How much is shipping?

  • Shipping is included in the $35 flat rate per gown.

How long will it take to receive my gown once I place my order?

  • Bridal gowns are typically special order gowns that require 12–14 weeks to fabricate. Certain styles and sizes are available immediately. Please inquire if interested.

I like the personal attention I get in a showroom. Will anyone be contacting me about my gown during this process?

  • Yes! Kirstie Kelly’s stylists will guide you the whole way. Whether you need a little advice about the perfect fit or fabric, we will provide friendly, knowledgeable support on the phone and through email. This is your personal experience so you can feel free to go at your own pace.

What if the gown doesn’t fit?

  • The gown you are receiving will be a sample size based on the measurements you submitted. It may be a bit bigger or smaller just like in a bridal salon but we can work with you so you can get an idea of what the perfect fit would look like.

I loved my Borrow Me dress. How can I buy it?

  • We’re thrilled you love the gown! You have three ways to make a purchase:
  1. Visit kirstiekelly.com and select your gown. Then click the Buy button. You will then be contacted by one of our stylists to assist with the correct sizing.
  2. Call 1.855.KIRSTIE (1.855.547.7843) and our bridal stylists will help you purchase your dream gown.
  3. Send an email to customerservice@signetdesignllc.com to let us know you’re ready!

Can I borrow a bridesmaid dress?

  •  Yes! Just like our wedding gowns, it can be fun to try on a few styles so feel free to borrow more.

How much is shipping?

  •  Shipping is included in the $35 flat rate per gown or bridesmaid dress.

New Year, New Resolutions!

New Years 2014 Props Since there is only one more day until New Years Eve...Get a head start & make a list of your resolutions that you want to set in 2014! Whether your getting ready to host your own new years eve party or attending someone else's make sure to take time to reflect on the good, the bad and things you want to improve from this year! Here are some of mine

In 2014 I resolve to:

1. Spend more time with my loved ones! Life is short and 2013 was a big year for me & Favored by Yodit Events! I found myself spending more time on my computer and the phone doing work than time for my family & friends.

2. Be healthy! No explanation needed for this one. Its always good to exercise more and eat healthy.

3. Take a little me time every day! Whether its 30 mins of meditation, a facial or a mask at home, or do a little shopping just to give myself some love :)

Share some of your new year resolutions in our comments section!

 

 

Beauty Styles for Any Wedding

photo Its wedding season all year around and we want to help you. Whether you’re walking down the aisle, or joining the newlyweds on their big day, one thing is for sure you have to look your best. Here are some elegant and timeless 10 beauty looks for any wedding from beauty experts at Harper’s Bazaar Magazine.

Undone Bun + Glam Eyes

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Work texture into your hair by twisting it around a curling iron and then pulling it back into a tousled, wispy bun. Pair with smoky eyes done in copper shadows and a peach lip for a look that works at an afternoon or evening ceremony.

Center Parted Sweep + Rosy Lips

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley strikes the right balance by slicking her hair half-back (trick: pat on serum for extra shine before flat-ironing) and swiping on a petal pink lipstick that’s just bright enough to draw attention without being too flashy.

Sleek Top Knot + Big Lashes

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When the invitation is black tie formal, take your look up a notch. Gather hair into a high ponytail and wrap the length around the base, minimizing any frizz with a shot of hairspray. For big, fluttery lashes that last all night, apply a lash primer to build volume before coating on super dark mascara.

Cascading Waves + Silvery Eyes

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For a soft and feminine look like Freida Pinto’s, mist on shine spray before blowing hair out with a large round brush, twisting back a section above your ear and pinning in place at the nape. Choose a mercury eye shadow with a hint of sparkle to catch the light.

Breezy Chignon + Bold Brows

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To capture the wind-swept texture look, spray dry shampoo through strands and lightly back-comb pieces around the crown. Then channel an Elizabeth Taylor glamour moment with dark, well-groomed brows. 

Retro Roll + Radiant Skin

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Reese Witherspoon goes classic Hollywood with a sculpted look that still feels modern, thanks to the deep side-part. After applying gel and molding hair into a wave in front, coil up the back and secure with a U-shaped pin. Keep skin fresh and matte with translucent powder to avoid any excess shine in photos.

Sultry Side Braid + Defined Eyes

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Joan Smalls dresses up a simple fish tail braid by sweeping it to the side and lining her eyes on top and bottom in aquamarine. The end result is striking but not too over the top.

Slick Updo + Bright Lip

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A wrap-around shape can transform a basic updo into something spectacular. Minimize frizz and maintain control by patting on ample amounts of clear styling gel. And a bright pink lip lends a youthful glow to your skin, so don't be shy about it. 

Bejewled Headband + Nude Lips

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Slipping on a statement hair accessory elevates simple waves. Mist on shine spray to add an extra touch of luxury and go for a nude lip that won't compete for attention but keeps you looking polished. 

High Updo + Monotone Makeup

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Loose volume is what makes updo so appealing. Work mousse through damp hair and blow-dry upside down to build body before raking hair into a bun or twist in back. Contour your eyes with liner and shadows in different variations of the same color for an understated but elegant effect. 

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Real {Texas} Wedding: Tiffany & Her African Prince Charming!

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There's something about bringing two cultures together in a marriage. Like any other relationship it takes alot of love, patience and understanding. A friend of mine told me about a wedding she attending a couple months ago and said that it was beautiful to see two completely different backgrounds unite. The bride is African-American and the groom is from Sudan. Here are some pictures from their intimate wedding in San Antonio, TX. The Bride, Tiffany said "I choose to keep the feeling romantic, vintage, warm, and celebratory". Her wedding planner, Sandy Colon of Elegance by Sandy in San Antonio also created her gorgeous brooch bouquet.

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How beautiful is this bridal brooch bouquet? I love how the design mixes different styles and colors without clashing.

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In the vintage theme, the couple incorporated old jewelry boxes as center pieces with simple lavender roses. The tables were surrounded by brown wooden Chivari chairs which gave it a bit of a timeless feel. Each guest was given a favor bag with the note "Welcome to Our Wedding". Overall the decor was very simple but went with 

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Love the personalized coaster cards on each table setting. It's a great way to add detail without spending too much!

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Bling Bling! Never can go wrong with some sparkly wedding shoes or the bride's gorgeous wedding rings below! Brides make sure to work with your photographers to get all of your favorite shots on a list so that every detail is pictured for you to have and to hold after your special day!

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 In the United States, a groom's cake is a wedding tradition typically associated with the American South. While a wedding cake may often be decorated in white and light in texture or color, the groom's cake can take a variety of forms, many incorporating chocolate similar to the one above. The theme of the cake table was bride and groom; from both cakes and the adorable matching tuxedo and wedding gown champagne bottle covers!

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Congrats to the bride and groom! Your dreams came true and you had a wonderful wedding. I love this moment of the wedding when the two enter the room and take their positions on the dance floor, the music starts and they enjoy their first steps as husband and wife while getting lost in each other's eyes! 

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OWN & Tyler Perry D.C. Preview Party at B.Smith's

OWN Preview Party3 Last month I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite D.C. Publicists, Candice Nicole PR and 135 St Agency for the D.C. preview party for Tyler Perry’s new scripted series “The Haves & Have Nots” and “Love Thy Neighbor,” on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

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Favored by Yodit Events coordinated the floral decor for the event. The client wanted something simple and fresh within a reasonable budget and thanks to my good friends at Fluer we were able to make it happen just in time for Actresses Tika Sumpter (HHN) and Patrice Lovely (LTN) to sign autographs and meet and greet with guests.

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The evening was filled with wine and cocktails and a quick Q&A at one of my favorite D.C. landmark establishments, B. Smith’s Restaurant located in The Union Station (Great place for weddings and large private events too!).

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Loved watching the full episodes!

Press Info:

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Photos by: Surpass Visuals

Celebrating International Women's Day!

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Today marks the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day! It is a day to celebrate the achievements women have made in an array of areas including, but not limited to, women’s rights, health, politics, economics, and in the social realm. Today we celebrate a few women that have made a significant impact on the world and are amazing role models.

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Oprah Winfrey: Known primarily for her successful television show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, Oprah is also an actress, producer, and philanthropist. She has been voted the world’s most powerful woman by CNN and Time.com and is the only person in the world who has been on TIME’s "Most Influential People" list eight times. Oprah also invests a lot of her time and fortune in charity work in Africa.

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First Lady Michelle Obama: While she is the wife of our current President, Mrs. Obama has made a significant impact on the world in her own right. She dedicates her time to getting children fit and healthy with her Let’s Move campaign and advocates heavily for military families. FLOTUS is also a fashionista! In 2007 Vanity Fair listed her as “10 of the World’s Best Dressed People”.

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Beyonce Knowles-Carter: Where do I begin?! Beyonce is a singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, designer, and now she can add producer to her long resume. She has won 17 Grammys, 12 MTV Video Music Awards, and has sold over 118 million albums world-wide. Beyonce has been placed on many lists, but the most notable are Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful and Influential Musicians in the World and most currently tops the World’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples list with her superstar hubby Jay-Z.

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Hilary Clinton: Hilary first came into the spotlight as President Bill Clinton’s wife, but let it be known she could stand on her own in politics. She served as the Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 and was a United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009. Mrs. Clinton cofounded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in 1977 and along with her husband helped to reform the Arkansas education system. Her election as a U.S. Senator made her the first American First Lady to run for public office as well as the first female senator to represent that state.

Soladad O’brien: Soladad is a broadcast journalist and owner of Starfish Media Group Production Company. She has won an Emmy award for Discovery Channel’s The Know Zone, the NAACP President’s Award, John Hopkins Goodermote Humanitarian Award, and the Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Newsweek has featured Mrs. O’brien as “15 People Who Make America Great” and Irish American Magazine has listed her on the “Top 100 Irish Americans” twice.

Shirin Ebadi: Shirin is an Iranian lawyer and a human rights activist. She is the founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center and was the first Iranian to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for “her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights”.

Engy Ghozlan: Engy is famous for her campaigns against sexual harassment and was the Project Coordinator for the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights. She is great advocate for greater participation of women in politics in Egypt.

We know that this list doesn't even scratch the surface of amazing women. Who would you add?

Get Your Keys Organized During #Snowquester

Color code keys 1.) Color Your Keys

Hate taking forever to find your house, car, office keys when its snowing? Take 5 Minutes while indoors to color code your keys with nail polish to save time and get organized.

Here’s how:

1. Remove your keys from their chain.

2. Select your nail polish colors and decide which key should be paired with each color. You can even try some clever color associations. Is your front door red? Paint your house key cherry. Have a garden shed? Paint it green for your garden. Pool key? Blue for water!

3. Paint a layer of nail polish over the top portion of your keys. If you go over an outline by accident, use a toothpick to remove any excess polish.

4. Let your nail polish completely dry and then apply a second coat until you can’t see the metal of the key underneath.

5. Once the keys are dry, put them back to your keychain, and that’s it!

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You're Invited: 6th Annual ARTINI Fundraiser & Gala on Friday, March 22nd

Artini 2013 Banner Very honored to to be apart of the Host Committee for this year’s 1869 Society ARTINI, in conjunction with The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Tickets for the 6th Annual ARTINI fundraiser and gala on Friday, March 22nd are now officially on sale!

 

Event Details:

Date: Friday, March 22 

Time: 8:30pm-12:00am Midnight

Place: Corcoran Gallery of Art.

If you're interested in purchasing tickets please note they tend to sell out 2-3 weeks before the event. So make sure to plan accordingly. 

GET ARTINI TICKETS HERE:  http://bit.ly/Artini2013
(please select my name; Yodit Gebreyes as the person who referred you)

Please feel free to forward to friends. Look forward to seeing you and your guest there!

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