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#MCM Man Crush Monday - Tux Rentals from The Blk Tux



Men, today is your day! Gone are the days of spending hours in a tux rental store trying on a suit that you will literally only see for 24 hours. The Blk Tux has completely taken all of the guess-work out of tux shopping and made the process easy and seamless. Not only is this amazing for grooms, but now brides can take one more thing OFF of their checklist. When I was first introduced to this service, I thought it was a great idea but was expecting it to be expensive. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the pricing was comparable to what you would find in your local and chain rental stores, possibly even cheaper if you include the shoes.

The Blx Tux promises three things, Quality, Convenience, and Value.


Quality: We partnered directly with one of the world's finest suit-makers to create the greatest rental tux ever designed. The old tux shop is offering a worn out tux, with an outdated fit, at a higher cost.

Convenience: We ship anywhere in the continental US, and your order arrives a full week before your event date. Just send it back when you are done. Free shipping, both ways.

Value: We've cut out the middleman, and we're passing the savings to you. Their best $220 tux rental doesn't come close to our quality, and our prices start at $95.

Have you used The Blk Tux? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments below. For more information check out the website here:








RECAP 2015 Capital Bridal Affair - Photography by Rodney Bailey


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:




#WeddingWednesday: Koyal Wholesale

andaz collection Adding simple personal touches to your wedding isn't as complicated as you may think. The smallest detail can make the world of difference to your guests. For inspiration check out the Andaz Collection at Koyal Wholesale. No matter what the occasion, Koyal has something to take your special event to the next level.

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#FavoredFriday: Catoctin Hall- Make 12/13/14 Your Wedding Day


You're Invited: Julie Vino DC Debut Trunk Show



DMV Brides!! You are invited to premier bridal designer Julie Vino's trunk show held exclusively at Hannelore's in Olde Town Alexandria, VA. Her dresses are GORGEOUS and perfect for the non-traditional bride that wants elegance with a hint of edge. Check out the flyer below for more details!



Brides! Win a Wedding at Arena Stage.

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Dreaming of a lavish wedding but don’t quite have the budget? You’re in luck: Arena Stage is giving one local couple the wedding of their dreams—currently valued at $80,000. The wedding package includes a ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception for up to 175 guests at the Mead Center for American Theater, plus free use of the venue, catering and a wedding cake by RSVP Catering, decor by Design Foundry, music and lighting by Bruce Pike Productions, floral design, valet parking by MJ Valet, a hotel bridal suite provided by the Mandarin Oriental, an engagement portrait session by Cameron Whitman Photography, wedding-day photography and videography, and a pair of tickets to the official opening night of Fiddler on the Roof—plus other surprises along the way.

The only catch: The wedding date is set for January 2, 2015.

For more information on the contest including how to enter, see here. Good Luck!!

Source: Washingtonian Bride and Groom

9 Things No One Tells You About Wedding Dress Shopping

wedding The man of your dreams just popped the question, and now it is time find the perfect dress. To ensure that the experience doesn't rival Kandi's on RHOA,


take a look at the tips Wedding Wire compiled below.

1. Go On A Weekend

Yes, you may think going on a weekday will be less busy, but on weekends, there are often designer trunk shows and discounts. Bonus!

2. Family First

Only bring your very nearest and dearest to your appointment: mom, grandmother, sister, cousin, or even dad. Keep it to a maximum of five people. Otherwise, there won’t be enough seats in the fitting room!

3. Wear Proper Support

Because after all, you will be changing in front of everyone, and wearing very, very little clothing at times. You’ll need a nude strapless bra (that’s not as old as mine from high school, oops!), shapewear to slim and smooth out any unwanted bumps, and shoes (preferably heels around the same height you might wear on your wedding day) so you can get an idea of an appropriate hemline.

4. Be Vocal

Tell your consultant up front what your budget is, pick out sample wedding dresses that you want to try on, and give your honest opinion. It’s okay to hear from family, but once you’ve tried on a dress, you should be the first to speak. Say out loud what you like and don’t like about each gown, and then rank them in order of your favorites. Also, ask to try on accessories, too. It becomes more real wearing a veil and sash.

5. Get Movin’

Don’t just stand on the pedestal! Walk around in each wedding dress—it’s not like you’ll be standing still on your wedding day. Try sitting, walking quickly, even dancing in the bridal salon! I found that some fabrics and silhouettes made me waddle like a duck! No thanks.

6. Eat Beforehand

Trying on wedding dresses is physically and emotionally draining. Since my appointment was a 1 p.m., I decided to eat breakfast but not lunch only because I knew I would go out to eat afterwards to celebrate. My stomach was growling the entire time.

7. Never Underestimate Your Consultant

I must admit that I was a little hesitant about my bridal salon consultant at first. She strangely resembled Edna from The Incredibles, complete with thick black-rimmed glasses. In a way, she was the perfect match though. Her enthusiasm was contagious, (the opposite of my reserved shyness), but not overbearing. She listened to what I wanted: lace, no strapless, fit ‘n’ flare, v-neckline and illusion back, and in the end, it was her pick that had it all. It was the one.

8. No Cameras

Many bridal salons won’t let you take pictures. I was only allowed to take a picture of the wedding dress I planned to purchase, not the ones I tried on. But that’s okay. If I did take a photo, I would have been secretly afraid my fiancé would find it.

9. Shop Sooner Rather Than Later

Even though my wedding is in late-September, my wedding dress doesn’t come in for another 22 weeks—that's approximately 5 months. I thought I was trying on wedding dresses too early. Wrong. Make sure you go at least 7 months or more before your big day. Otherwise, you may not have enough time to get alterations. Rush delivery, please?

For more great wedding tips, visit Wedding Wire



You're Invited: PDR Summer 2014 Wedding Showcase


Please join us for an exclusive open house as Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel and team unveil the possibilities for beautiful weddings, bridal showers, and receptions. Meet and discuss creative ideas with our preferred vendors and take memorable photos in front of our waterfall.

Date | Saturday, June 28, 2014

Time | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Please RSVP by Monday, June 23, 2014 |

2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA | 703.270.1511

One guest per invitee is welcome

You're Invited: Complimentary Tickets to Wedding Salon


The Knot, Premier Bride and Perfect Wedding Guide Invite You to

Discover the Best Resources for Your Wedding

Wedding Salon

Monday, September 8th, 2014


The Madison Hotel, Washington DC

Cake Tastings, Cocktails, Beauty Makeovers

Honeymoon Giveaways, Reception Tables, Goodie Bag

Complimentary Admission for You & One Guest

Use code WSDCC here

* Registrant must be engaged and is allowed one guest only. All parties must be 21+.


Favored Friday Vendor Spotlight: Anthropologie Presents BHLDN

unnamed (4)unnamed (5) Checkout Anthropologie's new wedding dress line BHLDN! These gorgeous gowns can be found at store locations in Georgetown, New York, and Chicago to name a few. Cant make it to a store? Shop online at BHLDN.COM! These looks are perfect for an outdoor wedding. Simply elegant and timeless.

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You're Invited: Book Hill Says I Do!

BH Whether you’re just starting to plan or have everything but the last-minute details nailed down for your special day, you’ll find helpful resources at Book Hill Says I Do on April 4 and 5. The neighborhood in Georgetown hosts a two-day event to help get brides, grooms, and their guests get prepared to get hitched.

Vendors will be on hand to aid you in making decisions, from selecting invitations at Dandelion Patch to picking the perfect dress at Lovely. Brides can visit Salon Ilo for hair and makeup suggestions, Patisserie Poupon and Macaron Bee for cake and dessert tastings, and Bacchus Wine Cellar for beverage samples.

Be sure to check in at either Urban Chic or Sherman Pickey during the event to receive a gift bag with special offers. Participating stores will offer discounts, as well as gifts with purchase. Register for the Bridal Bliss raffle to be eligible to win a prize from participating stores.

No RSVP necessary. April 4 and 5, Book Hill neighborhood, Wisconsin Ave., NW.


#FavoredFriday Vendor Spotlight: Rusty Love - Vintage Rentals & Props for Special Event Decor

vintage Rusty Love Vintage Rentals is a one stop shop for all of your vintage prop needs. From desks, couches, chairs, to bottles and phones, Rusty Love is sure to have something to perfectly accent your next special event.

"We love events that are unique and personal to your style. Whether you want a lounge set up, card display, altar, or dessert table, we have everything you'll need to bring your inspiration to life." - Rusty Love Vintage Rentals

Rusty Love has a full inventory including, "french sofas to farm tables, candelabras to chandeliers. Our collection is ever-growing, so check back each week to see our new finds.  If there is something you have your heart set that you don't see, we can find it."

For a full list of inventory and contact information, visit:


You're Invited: Westin Tyson's Multicultu​ral Bridal Expo 2014

Westin Wedding Expo Flyer (2) Attention Multicultural Brides!! The Westin in Tyson's Corner has a wedding expo coming up just for you on February 23, 2014 from 11:00am - 5:00pm. See the flyer above for more information.

Vendors, if you are interested in participating in this great event, contact contact Fatima Ayari at

#FavoredFriday Vendor Spotlight: Olivera Music Entertainment



Olivera Music Entertainment is a "full-service agency, providing high quality, service-oriented, professional music entertainment production to suit your special events." If you are a music lover like me, the entertainment aspect of your event is just as important as the food and decor. Olivera Music Entertainment is a one stop shop for all of your musical needs, including unconventional requests such as calypso and mariachi bands! For more on this #FavoredFriday Vendor see below.

Olivera History:

Olivera Music Entertainment maintains a loyal talent base of excellent musicians and performers. The owners, Kevin and Connie Olivera, each hold music degrees from outstanding music universities.

Early in their performing careers, they saw a need for a music entertainment agency with an emphasis on service. As their experience as professional musicians continued to provide wide-ranging opportunities, their list of performers expanded. The result is a polished look and style presented alongside their signature customer service for the past 26 years.

They Offer:

  • National acts with complete production services, including talent booking, rider and release negotiation, back line and stage management, lighting, sound, transportation, hotel arrangements, on-site recording, videography, and production personnel.
  • More than 150 dance and specialty bands.
  • All styles of small ensembles, including classical, show tunes, Dixieland, Cajun, jazz, swing, new age, contemporary dance music, bluegrass, country steel and calypso bands, mariachi and ethnic groups.
  • Soloists of all music genres, from background entertainment to featured performers.
  • Unique themed event production, tailored to your imagination.
  • DJs and karaoke.
  • Customized arrangements, scored specifically for your event.

For more information about Olivera Music Entertainment and to book them for your next event, check out their website at

If you and/or your company would like to be featured as a #FavoredFriday Vendor contact me at!


#FavoredFr​iday Vendor Spotlight: Tunji Sarumi Photograph​y

TS3 "We all see the world differently, and I believe my talent for telling stories through photography is a gift from God. I am neither especially clever, nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination during some of life’s most important moments." - Tunji Sarumi

Tunji Sarumi is an extremely talented photographer based out of Baltimore, MD. His work is timeless, capturing moments during the wedding in a very artistic but natural way. Check out a few of his pictures that I absolutely loved below.


To see more of his amazing work and for contact information, check out his website



Recap: Ritz-Carlt​on Washington DC Ballroom Unveiled

ritz2 A few weeks ago, we told you about Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC event where they unveiled their new ballroom. The event took place earlier this week and it was beautiful! The Ritz went with a Winter Wonderland Theme where guests were whisked into a ballroom with snowfall and evergreen trees. I love the elegant décor and the subtle hints of color that enhance the “icy” feel of winter. Check out how the staff at Capital Décor and Events executed this event flawlessly.

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"The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC sponsored a Wishing Tree to assist Martha's Table in providing holiday presents to children in need."

Source: Engaged! Magazine

Photography: Steve Canning of Steve Canning Photography.

Venue: Ritz Carlton Washington, DC

You're Invited: Black Bride Presents The Bridal Brunch DC


Mix and Mingle with wedding vendors in an elegant relaxed boutique-style layout at the beautiful Carnegie Library in Washington, DC. Dine on delicious brunch fare, and champagne cocktails from our “Married” Mimosa bar while being serenaded by DC’s finest jazz performers. There will be expert discussions, and a fashion segment featuring gowns from local elite bridal salons. Brides will find everything they need to plan their dream wedding under one roof! Top industry insiders and wedding experts will be on hand to offer tips, tricks and guidance in creating not just a wedding, but a lifetime experience.

Black Bride Requests the Honour of Your Presence


The Bridal Brunch, DC

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Noon to 5 p.m.

The Carnegie Library at Mt Vernon Square

801 K Street, NW | Washington, DC 20001

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.


#FavoredFr​iday Vendor Spotlight: The Girl Tyler Design & Photograph​y


Favored by Yodit Events is always looking for new vendors whose work we love to spotlight. Last week we came across an Ethiopian wedding video that we absolutely LOVED and decided to look up the company that put it together. The Girl Tyler Design & Photography "is a full-service wedding-enthused company that offers print marketing, still and motion photography, and stationery suite design to brides, grooms, and fellow wedding professionals". Check out the video and more about the company after the break.

The Girl Tyler Design and Photography focuses on four key areas:

1. Motion Photography: "We think the term videography stands as much for the type of camera as it does a robotic disposition: turn it on, hit record, repeat a few times, burn a DVD. In all honesty, we spend as much time crafting your story, choosing the right cameras and fine-tuning the settings, as we do editing after your big day. No one look is right for every wedding film, and we know how to dial the right one in. We call it Motion Photography, but it’s OK if you still call it video."

2. Paper Goods: "If you’re looking for CUSTOM WEDDING INVITATIONS it means you:

  • want something completely unique
  •  haven’t found “just the right” thing anywhere else
  •  Seriously love great design (and paper too)

We’ve tackled Monograms, Save the Dates, Wedding Invitation Suites, Map Illustrations, Ceremony Programs, Signage Collections, Place Cards, Seating Charts, Menus, and so much more."

3. Still Photography:  "We know you don’t want to forget how in love you looked, your Mom tearing up during the ceremony, that surprise dip during the first dance or the best man’s wildly animated speech – it’s those moments and all the details in between that we love to capture as wedding photographers. We’ll let our images do the rest of the talking!"

4. Business Marketing: "Want your business to stand out from THE REST? We can tackle YOUR MARKETING with design, photography, and video.

We love working with other people who love what they do! We also know there are a lot of options out there today for consumers, which means you need more than your passion and awesome skills to shine. Let us help your business put its “best face forward” with a variety of marketing services – from logo and branding design to promotional photography and video."

For more information about The Girl Tyler Design & Photography check out thier website here.

Video Credits:

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

Del Ray Baptist Church |

Beth El Hebrew Congregation |

The Girl Tyler Photography

#FavoredFr​iday | Spotlight Vendor: Fabipops Cake Pop Boutique in NY

2012-11-19 15.37.22 Fabipops is a new luxury cake pop boutique in Park Slope, New York. Unlike other cake pop shops, every cake pop is handmade and custom designed for thier clients liking - take a look at some of the images below and check out some of their celebrity work, its fantastic!

Fabipops caters to any occasion, whether its birthdays, kids parties, adult parties, weddings, communions and ect, their cake pops can be customized to match any event. Fabipops is a custom, gourmet dessert company that bakes in a Kosher kitchen which has catered to corporate, private and celebrity events, and because of consumer demand, Fabiola will now open her first store.
Fabiola, the owner of Fabipops, is a Haitian-born, and also pregnant with her second child. She started this business from scratch after the death of her newborn child - where she took a complete gamble and left her career in the financial industry to start her company.
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