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RECAP 2015 Capital Bridal Affair - Photography by Rodney Bailey

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On March 1, 2015 Favored Owner Yodit Gebreyes and one of our Favored Brides attended the Capital Bridal Affair (CBA) and Fashion Show at The Mayflower DC. If you have never been there, it is a beautiful hotel located downtown near the White House and the perfect venue for a luxury wedding. In October, we have the privilege of planning a wedding there and the CBA was the perfect event to get our brides creative juices flowing.

The official photographer was Rodney Bailey who has been voted the “Top Wedding Photojournalist” by Washingtonian Magazine since 1999. For more on Rodney Bailey and to see more of his amazing work, check out his website here: http://www.rodneybailey.com/index2.html#intro/home

 

 

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Emerald Green Bridesmaid Dress Inspiration

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In honor of St. Patrick's Day we are featuring our clients, Tiffany & Keith's October D.C. Wedding at The Josephine Butler Park Center to give future brides some inspiration for wear to pick out the perfect classy long emerald green bridesmaid dresses for your green wedding color palette. We love bringing our client's visions come to live, from bouquets to bridesmaids dresses, centerpieces to cakes. 

 

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Bridesmaid Dresses are by The Dessy Group | Coordination by Favored by Yodit Events | Photography by Danielle Real Photography

Bye Bye Winter! Hello Spring Wedding Planning

Josephine Butler Parks CenterDTR_9257 We've had a long, cold winter but for all of you spring & summer brides and grooms, your wedding day will be here before you know it! Favored by Yodit Events has a few summer dates left. Let us design the perfect planning package to assist in the beginning or final stretch of wedding planning. Contact us for your complimentary consultation today!

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Favored Friday Vendor Spotlight: Tickled Photo Booth Company

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What includes lots of love and pretty photos and just in time for Valentine's Day? A great photo booth company called Tickled Photo Booth Company!  

When thinking about something nice to add to your special event or wedding, photo booths are a great way to let your guests have fun and take a nice keepsake. Since its February and everyone is celebrating LOVE, Tickled Photo Booth Company is offering $100 OFF FEBRUARY BOOKINGS When you reserve your date during the month of February.
 
From engagement parties to weddings, Tickled Photo Booth Company provides a modern rendition of the photo booth, with quality pictures and long-lasting fun. Keep them in mind this year as you plan your special occasion and let them know you Favored by Yodit Events sent you.
Check out their latest photo booth gallery here. 

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You're Invited: Alexandria's Destination Bridal Showcase

Get ready Virginia brides! This Sunday is Alexandria's Destination Fall Bridal Showcase! Come checkout a variety of local vendors. Click here for ticket information.

 

Real {Washington​, D.C.} Wedding: Tamara & Anthony's Fairytale in the City!

66291_773976672396_7315053_n Most little girls what to be a princess when they grow up, but few actually get to become one. Meet Tamara who made her Cinderella dreams come true on her wedding day with her very own Prince Charming, Anthony. Mr. and Mrs. Austin exchanged vows on August 14, 2010 in Washington, DC at St. Augustine Church followed by a reception at Top of the Town. See pictures of their "Fairytale in the City" theme wedding below.

 

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The bride opted for a non-tradtional bouquet. The pink/purple center of the flower matches the linen and bridesmaid's dresses perfectly.

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The bride is seen here with her two flower girls, who waved steamers during the ceremony instead of throwing petals.

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The bride carried out her Fairytale theme with a Cinderella inspired dress. The bridesmaids wore two different style Diane Von Furstenberg's dresses.

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The reception location, Top of the Town, had a full view of the city which was a perfect backdrop for the royal wedding cake.

Vendors:

Ceremony Venue: St. Augustine Church

Reception Venue: Top of the Town

Florist: DIY

Bridesmaid Dresses: Diane Von Furstenberg

Cake: Emily Friedman

Caterer: R&R Catering

Photographer: Kenneth Staab

 

Wedding Wednesday: Vendor Spotlight- @SeatingChartBtq

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This week for Wedding Wednesday we wanted to give you a break from the proposals and Spotlight a Unique Wedding Vendor. Are you looking for a classy way to display your seating chart? Check out The Seating Chart Boutique.

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While the seating chart seems like a minor detail, it can be the difference between a smooth or chaotic transition from cocktail hour to the reception. According to The Seating Chart Boutique's CEO, they offer their clients:

1. Over 25 standard designs that are completely customizable

2. Mounting and Framing in-house

3. Exceptional quality and service that has been backed up by a 5 star rating on Wedding Wire and the Wedding Channel

4. Fast Turnaround! Most orders are delivered within 3-5 business days

5. You can also order other wedding stationary (programs, table numbers, menus, etc...) to complete the look

The Seating Chart Boutique is a great idea and a one top shop for all of your stationary needs! Make sure you check out their website and follow them on Twitter @SeatingChartBtq !!

Wedding and Events Boutique by Ann Taylor

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Still looking for the perfect dress for a wedding or other special event coming up? Try Ann Taylor! Looking for a wedding dress? Ann Taylor has that to!

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Perfect for bridesmaids or as a guest. A soft look for a nice spring outdoor event.

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Still need accessories? Complete your look at Ann Taylor as well.

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Find a beautiful Wedding Dress without breaking the bank! Simple yet very elegant.

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Stand out in this Royal Blue Dress. Perfect for an evening formal event.

For more of the Ann Taylor Wedding and Events Boutique click here!

Wedding Wednesday: The Amazing Proposal

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This Proposal was very sweet. The future bride's favorite show is The Amazing Race, so her boyfriend spent two months preparing a proposal inspired by the show. He sent her on several challenges that involved a few of her friends all around New York City and ended of course with him. It is a little long, but I enjoyed the entire mini episode : ). Check out the video after the break!

ALTAR Ego Presented by J.Crew

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Who knew J.Crew had a wedding collection?! Instead of going to your typical bridal stores, try looking in some of your favorite stores for your bridal party!

J.Crew describes their bridesmaids dresses by saying, "Your best friend in aqua chiffon. Your sister-in-law-to-be in strapless seersucker. Your college roommate in classic silk taffeta. Our bridesmaid dresses are crafted in an array of silhouettes, fabrics, and colors to suit every personality and preference-- the making of a truly unique bridal party."

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I love that affordable stores are now creating wedding lines, so that you can make your bridal party look beautiful and modern on any budget. J.Crew's bridesmaid dresses are priced well and they have many different styles to flatter any body type. Are you feeling this line? Would you buy your bridesmaid dresses from J.Crew?

Indian Wedding Inspiration

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 We at Favored by Yodit LOVE multi-cultural weddings! The rituals, customs and colors are so beautiful and no detail is left untouched. Indian weddings are no exception. Typically the celebration lasts several days and up to 10,000 guests can be invited to congratulate the new couple. What I love most about Indian weddings are all of the beautiful colors that are incorporated. Whether its Red to signify happiness and prosperity or Gold to represent good fortune, each color has significance to the newly united families. Are you attending an Indian Wedding soon and have nothing to wear? Check out Rent the Runway for their Indian Wedding inspired attire. 

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5 Reasons Why Every Bridesmaid Loves Weddington Way!

shoes-198x300Being asked to be a bridesmaid is a huge honor. Standing next to a loved one as a sign of support for their new union is an amazing feeling. However, getting several girls to agree on one dress can be a bit of a headache. Body types vary, financial situations are different and more simply everyone doesn’t like the same styles. Weddington Way is a great online boutique that makes bridal party shopping easy for everyone. Check out my 5 reasons why every bridesmaid loves Weddington Way after the break.

  1. It’s an online boutique: Typically all of the bridesmaids don’t live in the same area and if they do, schedules vary and it’s hard to get everyone to meet at one time. With Weddington Way you can shop online at your leisure and share with the other girls in one place. Each Bride will get a showroom space where ideas can be shared and comments can be made about likes and dislikes.
  2. You get your own stylist: We all have that fear that the bride will pick a dress that you will never want to wear again. The dress that immediately after the wedding will collect dust in the furthest corner of your closet. Weddington Way provides each bride with a stylist that will help her chose from top brands in bridal fashion. Stylists are great in providing nonobjective opinions without being over bearing.
  3. Pictures and Reviews of the Dresses: Don’t you hate when you see a dress on a model and it looks beautiful but when try on the dress it looks completely different? On Weddington Way they show the dresses on real people and have reviews from those women that wore them.
  4. Try Before you Buy: Weddington Way has a great program that “For a small fee, you can choose from a selection of  about 100 dresses that can be shipped to you to try on in the comfort of your home!”  As a busy girl on the go I love this!
  5. Group Discounts: Who doesn’t love a good discount? Lol If there are four or more bridesmaids and they purchase dresses from Weddington Way, your stylist will send you a discount code! Visit the site for more details.

Did your wedding party use Weddington Way? Tell us about your experience!

Throwback Thursday: Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson

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On October 26, 2002, Nick Lachey married his blushing bride Jessica Simpson in Austin Texas. The couple met in 1998 at the Hollywood Christmas Parade and Nick instantly fell in love. He proposed in February of 2002 at sunset on a chartered yacht in Hawaii.

Unfortunately, after rumors of Nick's behavior at a wild bachelor party three years later, the couple decided to divorce.

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Let Favored Help Plan The Perfect Marriage Proposal

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Do you plan on proposing or know someone who is? Contact Favored by Yodit Event Planning to help with exclusive proposal planning.

Did you know that six million people planned or expected a marriage proposal on Valentine's Day in 2013, which is up from four million people in 2012? Or that 75% of women are disappointed with thier marriage proposal? Preparing to pop the question to the woman you love can be a very overwhelming experience. You want the moment to be perfect and one that she will be dying to tell her friends and family. If you aren't sure where to start or have an idea that you need help executing, we can help with all of the details. Whether you want a nice intimate proposal with just the two of you, or a flash mob with your entire family, no proposal is too small or too big for Favored.

Throwback Thursday: Celebrity Weddings- Giuliana and Bill Rancic

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Giuliana and Bill Rancic are one of my FAVORITE celebrity couples. They are so cute together and I love how they support each other on thier show Giuliana and Bill on the Style Network. Despite the couples busy schedule and Giuilana's battle with breast cancer they remain happily married.

This super cute couple got married on Sept. 1, 2007 in Capri, Italy and welcomed thier first son Edward Duke right before their fifth wedding anniversary on August 29, 2012. This year the couple will be married for 6 years. Congrats to the couple!

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Refinery29 DC Readers Wedding Photo Contest 2013

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Do you look at your Wedding Photos and think...wow these should be published somewhere? Well here is your chance! Refinery29 is looking for weddings to feature. Read on for more details.

Have you planned (and gotten hitched in) a beautiful DMV wedding, and now have a bounty of pics to prove it? We want to hear from you! We're looking for the most creative, gorgeous wedding decor — whether you opted for vintage, traditional, or nouveau-hip — and we know that Washington's newlyweds (and the not-so-newly wed) have inspiration to spare. If you'd like to submit photos from your big day to be considered for a prime spot on R29, send us two to three of your favorite professional pics and use the subject line "DC Weddings." (Disclaimer: It must be your wedding!) So go ahead, dust off those wedding albums — you know you want to!

Send photos to: holly@refinery29.com. Visit: http://www.refinery29.com/2013/03/44599/refinery29-readers-wedding-pictures-contest?utm_source=email&utm_medium=editorial&utm_content=washington-dc&utm_campaign=130322-turquoise-jewelry for full details.

Photo Credit: http://eurekaspringsweddings.travel/

RECAP: A Chic Affair

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Yesterday, Yodit (Favored's CEO) and I attended A Chic Affair in Georgetown at The Powerhouse in Georgetown. If you have never seen or heard of The Powerhouse it is located behind Dean and Deluca on Grace Street. It's a very nice 2 level open venue perfect for the intimate bridal expo we attended. A Chic Affair was wonderfully put together with vendors, a panel discussion and bridal fashion show. Check out a few of the pictures from the vendors and the fashion show below.

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Karin's Florist Put together this beautiful Floral Arrangement. Made us feel like it was really spring despite the cold weather.

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How amazing are these cakes!! The Henna cake on the left was made by The Happy Tart and the Carousel cake on the right was made by M&T Events, both completely edible. I had samples of cakes from both vendors and they were delicious!

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Of course the night wouldn't have been complete without a fashion show. We noticed a lot of mermaid style dresses with very dramatic bottoms and trains in the lineup. The Brides at the show looked very inspired! For more pictures check out Favored's Twitter page and Instagram: Favoredbyyodit!

Let us know which Bridal Expos coming up you will be attending and your experience. We would love to meet you there!

 

10 Wedding Songs for 2013!

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In the interest of wedding season that is rapidly approaching, we at Favored by Yodit thought we should list our favorite love songs of 2012 and 2013 that would be perfect to set the mood at any wedding reception. We picked out our top 10 after the break...

1.       Beyonce- Love on Top: Can’t have a love song list without adding our girl Beyonce! This song is really cute and I’ve seen a lot of brides singing it to their grooms so I couldn’t leave it off

2.       Bruno Mars- Marry You: The title alone is enough, but also the fact that this has been the song of choice for all proposal flash mobs, makes it a perfect wedding song.

3.       Miguel- Adorn: Hands down the sweetest song of 2012…I dare you tell me what topped it lol

4.       Tamar Braxton- Love and War: She came out super strong with this one… a song about fighting for the one you love…great message for the lovers

5.       Rihanna- We found Love: This song just makes you want to fist pump and pop bottles with the one you love, i’m moving my shoulders as I type lol

6.       John Legend- Tonight: I like a little cockiness, let your mate know what the deal is lol

7.       Tank-Next Breath: There is so much emotion in this song, tank is good for adding a subtle sexy touch to all this love songs

8.       Eric Benet- Real Love: The first time I heard this song, I think I shed a tear…but just one because I’m a G lol…this song is beautiful

9.       Tyrese- Best of Me: What woman doesn’t want to hear that their mate can do anything as long as they are by their side…love this

10.   Avant ft. KeKe Wyatt – You & I: This is one of my favorite songs that came out last year. Avant and KeKe just know how to put together a great love song.

What were your favorite love songs of 2012 and 2013? Would you add any songs to the list?

 

 

 

 

Surprise Wedding Performance

beyonce bridal video performance A new trend for brides is to do a mini performance at the wedding reception and I LOVE it! I never get tired of seeing videos of the bride and groom or bridal party putting on a mini concert for the guests.

In the video below, the bride surprised her man with a performance of Love on Top and other popular Beyonce songs. The Groom looked so proud! I can't wait to do this at my wedding lol.

Thank you so much Tynesha for sharing this video!

Did you do a performance at your wedding? Send us your video so we can share it!