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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Real Wedding: Helen and Dawit say "I Do!"

Helen wedding 1Favored Bride Helen and groom Dawit tied the knot last month in true elegance. Helen wedding 2The couple exchanged vows at the Vincent de Paul Church in Washington DC. The church's gorgeous painted ceilings created a warm and romantic ambiance. The wedding ceremony was followed by a candle lit reception at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria Virginia.The couple had a stunning mint and gold cake was baked by Swiss Bakery. The couple added a personal touch to the decor by having custom cocktail napkins made by Wedding Paper Divas The rest of the night was filled with music, dancing and love. The Favored team would like to once again congratulate the newlyweds on their union! Helen wedding 3 Helen wedding 4 Helen wedding 6 Helen wedding 7 Helen wedding 8 Helen wedding 5

 

 

Myaa and John's Cardinal Room Wedding Photos Are Here! Check Them Out!

Rocking-Red Myaa and John's Wedding Love is in the details and this wedding had a ton! Not only were Myaa and John such a fun couple to work with, they also wanted the wedding to stay true to their personalities. Myaa is African American and John is Vietnamese.

 

Four words they described for their wedding day were fun, blended, family-oriented and unique! Some notable details from the wedding were their love of Maryland (check out the groomsmen fun Maryland flag socks), relaxed style (groom and groomsmen wore Vans shoes), to the bridal and bridesmaid paper bouquets! The selected color palette was red, black & white. It was the perfect fit for this beautifully blended new family. This day was a blast to coordinate with the assistance of Favored team, Carol, Helen & LaToya! Big thank you to all the great vendors we worked with for Myaa & John's Wedding!

See more photos in from this wedding our gallery here.

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#ThrowbackThursday Fergie & Josh Duhmel

Fergie and Josh Duhamel tied the knot at the Church Estate Vineyard in Malibu, California. Fergie called it “magical” and “ethereal,” while Josh said it “incorporated both our personalities.“Lots of nature was important to Josh,” Mindy Weiss says. “I knew I could bling it up for Fergie.” fergie and josh wedding

The entire wedding party — including the bride and groom — was outfitted in dresses and tuxes from Dolce and Gabbana. Fergie wore a fitted, white ruched, corseted wedding gown with a mesh tulle overlay, spaghetti straps and a long train, all custom-made for the occasion. I love the back of her dress!

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375 guests in attendance enjoyed a massive 150 pound cake at their $1 million wedding. Following an after-dinner slide show, Josh presented to Fergie a segment he produced of 40 of the couple’s friends and family lip synching and dancing to her signature hit, “Fergalicious.” – What a cute idea!

Ellen Black, of Lehr and Black, the company that designed the couple’s wedding stationary, tells People.com, “Fergie loves bling and has a love for unicorns and Josh loves nature. The artwork had leaves and hidden details like a unicorn and the invites were decorated with crystals. There’s a current trend for celebrities to give out the invitation as a gift at the end of the wedding. That way, they can avoid the invitation being revealed before the wedding and can keep all the details a secret.”

The couple also gave their guests a unique treat by including a specially designed caricature of themselves with the invite. Black adds, “Josh has a love for art and viewed it as giving away of piece of art.”

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Fergie‘s and Josh Duhamel‘s matrimonial diamonds were designed by Brazilian jeweler H. Stern. The jeweler designed the engagement ring, wedding bands and some wedding party accessories.

Fergie’s engagement ring is a customized Stars ring that features a round, 4-carat brilliant-cut diamond set in a stunning band with colors ranging from white to cognac. The singer also received a matching, narrow wedding band. Both rings were made of H. Stern’s 18 K Noble Gold. Josh’s wedding band was created at Fergie’s direction, featuring organic lines and asymmetric edges. Each band also has a special engraved personal message by the bride and groom.

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Real Wedding: Sean + Jenae's Liriodendr​on Mansion Wedding

0771 Sean Kingston Holcomb-Jones married the love of his life Jenae' Elizabeth Manns on July 5, 2013 at the Liriodendron Mansion located in Bel Air, Maryland. The vision of the wedding was to maintain Jenae and Sean's authentic identity of creativity, be classic, and ensure their guest didn't just witness a wedding, but had a meaningful experience. Meet the couple and see more pictures of their big day after the break.

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The first thing Jenae' set her sights on was spiral seating. She felt that circles feel much warmer than rigid rows, so when it came to seating, the spiral did the trick of wrapping Sean and Jenae' in a circle of Love of their family and friends. As an added bonus, it ensured that everyone got a good clear view of the wedding party as they came down the aisle.

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Jenae has never been a flowery kind of girl so she decided not to carry a flowers. Instead she decided to decorate her arm with a larger than life bouquet of flowers going up the arm. On the wedding day everyone loved it!! The look was superb!

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Adding to the creative theme, after the ceremony, fun lawn games like Tumble Tower (life sized Jenga), corn hole, and photo stands were available for the guest to enjoy during cocktail hour.

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Instead of a traditional first dance song, Sean and Jenae' chose to dance to Neyo's Sexy Love, which was and always will be the couples song.

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To offset some of the more costly wedding expenses, Andrea Small of Asburn, Va, who is a close friend of the Bride, served as the weddings creative designer and did all the wedding decor as DIY projects.

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The outdoor/indoor wedding went off without a hitch and a great time was had by all. "Sean and I have never been a public-public couple so we really wanted our wedding to reflect who we were as people. My advice to any couples planning is to stay true to your authentic self -- break all the rules -- enlist the help of friends to cut cost -- and have lots of FUN!!" - Jenae

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Real Wedding: A Zimbabwean Safari Wedding

 

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We have definitely seen an increase trend in couples from across the globe opting to tie the knot in a picturesque country, like Africa. But when I came across this gorgeous Zimbabwe Safari wedding, I see why this landscape, the people and the variety of stunning cultural aspects make it such a great place to get married. Corey and Lynette Perkins flew all the way to Zimbabwe from the United States for their wedding. It was the first time Lynette had been back in her home country in four years and the first time the groom had met her family.

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Yes they even had a cute special guest :) How cool is this photo with an elephant?

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The groom is American and even though he hadn’t met his in-laws before, they seem to have gotten along great.

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The beautiful bridal party jumping for joy!

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Love the wooden fram shots the photographer incorporated in their wedding photography. Great & low cost!

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Love the colors of the bridesmaids traditional Zimbabwean dresses. The patterns, tangerine & lime green really pop!

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The sweetest part of this couples lovely wedding story is before their wedding day, the couple spent time building a safe-house for young girls suffering from abuse. 

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When choosing a location for a destination wedding, many couples choose tropical islands as an easy and low cost option, but why not go for a gorgeous country like Zimbabwe, Senegal, South Africa or Ethiopia since there are an abundance of stunning locations to choose from. Love how this couple incorporated traditional dancers at their wedding.

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The couple also honeymooned at beautiful Victoria Falls.

Overall from these gorgeous photos from Corey & Lynette we see that Zimbabwe is truly a remarkable destination, set apart from other international weddings locations due to the warm hospitable nature of the people and meticulous attention to detail and amazing scenic views. Congrats to them for staying true to themselves and having a beautiful love!

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Submit you Engagement and Bridal Photos to Engaged! Magazine

enaged3 Hey brides and future brides! Have you ever looked through your favorite bridal magazine or website and wondered how brides got there wedding and/or engagement published? Well here is your chance! Dust off your wedding album and pick out your favorite photo for a chance to be published in Engaged! Magazine! See below for all criteria.

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Real Engagement: Mahelet and Nate

DSC_2386 A night of Karaoke bought Mahelet and Nate together in 2010 and unbeknownst to them was the beginning of the rest of their lives together.

"He bravely went up to sing multiple times, while I sat shyly with the group enjoying everyone's performances. Neither one of us realized then what the future had in store for us, but that's one of the beautiful things about life...the unexpected.

We are each others first loves, and it was well worth the wait."

Mahelet and Nate got engaged on June 6, 2013 during an intimate evening at his home after rain spoiled Nate's original plans. We can't wait to plan their summer wedding next year! Check out a few of their engagement photos below. Congrats to the happy couple!!

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Our Favorite Summer Celebrity Weddings

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Summer Nuptials We Didn’t See Coming

Keira Knightley and James Righton

Knightley wore a simple strapless tulle dress created by Chanel for her big day, which she paired with flat pumps and a cropped Chanel jacket. She wore a daisy chain garland as her headpiece. While her Klaxons’ keyboardist husband opted out for a navy blue suit, white shirt and skinny baby blue tie. This is a great wedding outfit inspiration for the simple yet edgy couples out there.

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler

The Laguna Beach star wed Chicago Bears quarterback on June 8th in Nashville, TN. Kristin wore a white strapless Monique Lhuillier gown. Her groom and 10 month old son wore gray suits with a white shirt and tie. Guests enjoyed Southern food at the reception which was held at the Houston Station in Nashville.

Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha

We didn’t see this one coming!  Our favorite TV show Scandal, star Kerry Washington surprised us with this one. She secretly married the 49ers cornerback husband Nnamdi on June 24th in Hailey, Idaho. The event was private with just close friends and family. We look forward to seeing wedding pictures soon.

Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez

The never aging Halle Berry and her French actor husband said, “I Do”, surrounded by close friends and family members on July 13th in Chateau de Vallery in France.

Tina Turner and Erwin Bach

What’s love got to do with it? EVERYTHING! After 27 years of being together the diva and her long time boyfriend tied the knot in a private ceremony in Switzerland.  Turner, meanwhile, broke from the traditional white gown and rocked a stunning black silk tulle and lime-green taffeta gown with Swarovski crystal embellishment by Giorgio Armani. This shows us it’s never too late to find love.

 

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Real {Baltimore​} Wedding: Savannah and Dion John's Four Season Shindig

SJD couple Savannah and Dion's July wedding was an elegant non-tradional summer affair. What was supposed to be a scenic outdoor wedding, ended up being an indoor shindig at the Four Seasons at the last minute. Check out the pictures below to see how this couple pulled off their dream day.

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The balimore couple's reception featured cocktails, heavy hor d'oeuvres and small plates so that their 70 guests could mix and mingle without being restricted to a seated dinner.

Decor Details

Savannah is a do-it-yourself bride, So her bouquet and decor was designed and made by the bride herself. 

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The wedding colors were white and yellow with purple accents. The couple used white hydrangeas and lemons for the floral arrangements.

Cake details

Cake by Cake Panache of Ashburn, VA-  www.cakepanache.com

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Dion is wearing a tuxedo by Hilfiger and Savannah's dress is from David's Bridal.

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Photographer: Michele Murray of Michele Murray Photography (New York, NY)- www.michelemurrayphoto.com
Cake by Cake Panache of Ashburn, VA-  www.cakepanache.com

 

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.

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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

 

Real {North Carolina} Wedding: Brooke & James #Foreverberry Fairytale

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They say in college you will meet the people you will be friends with for the rest of your life and if you are lucky, you will meet the love of your life. Brooke and James almost missed each other at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina but fate brought them together in Miami, Florida while Brooke was on vacation. This beautiful couple got engaged on Brooke's birthday, November 15, 2012 and were married a little under a year later on June 23, 2013. Brooke's favorite quote is "Love is in the details" and she focused on just that to create the Wedding of her dreams. Check out the #Foreverberry Fairytale below.

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The couple chose Kiwi and Grey as their color palette. I never would've thought of using kiwi green, but I love how the two colors came together!

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The bride is already a natural beauty, so the subtle neutral makeup only enhanced her gorgeous face and what girl doesn't love a sparkly pair of shoes? Instead of opting for a full sequin shoe, find a shoe with just a sequin heel for a subtle touch.

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The bridesmaids were glamorous and sparkly wearing long, curve-fitting gowns and lots of bling also, each of the bridesmaids bouquets were different. The flower girls wore custom tutu gowns and instead of tossing flower petals, carried a DIY sign that announced, Here Comes the Bride!

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The groomsmen wore traditional, sleek tuxes and converse sneakers with patterned socks. James had a custom pair of converse designed especially for the day with their social media tag #foreverberry embroidered into the shoe.

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It was very important to the couple that both families had an amazing time at the cocktail reception, so they set it up like a lounge so everyone could mix and mingle, have drinks, eat and ultimately dance the afternoon away!

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When asked about her wedding day, Brooke said simply, "[it] was truly amazing".

For more details and to get to know the couple better, take a look at their highlight video. Make sure you have a box of tissues handy! lol

 

Brooke and James Highlight Video from HoneyDew Films on Vimeo.

For the couple's full love story and more details about their wedding, click on the picture below to see their wedding website:

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Tuxedos - Men's Warehouse 

Venue, Caterer - Proximity Hotel http://www.proximityhotel.com/

Florist - Brenda McLamb http://www.proximityhotel.com/

Cake - Doris Tilley

Favors - Delicious Bite Cookies www.dbcookies.com

Band - No Straight Answer http://nostraightanswer.com/

Music/ DJ - DJ J-Flex- http://www.102jamz.com/pages/8454558.php

Day of Coordinator- Array of Events http://arrayofevents.net/

Videographer- Honeydew Films http://honeydewfilms.com/

Photographer- Julie Livingston-Carter http://www.julielivingstonphotography.com/ 843.817.3974

 

Real {Las Vegas} Wedding: RaAnaa and Edward's Sunset Soiree

IMG_1490RaAnaa and Edward got married at the beautiful Bears Best Golf Course in Las Vegas May, 31, 2013. This was our first time working with Bears Best and hopefully not our last because it is such a stunning location with an amazing staff!

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Ray and Eddie Wedding 2We began the day with RaAnaa at the Element by Westin where her and her lovely bridesmaids were getting ready. Her makeup was done by the talented Brandon Montoya of Makeup Forever and hair by Alexxus Watley. RaAnaa's dress was a perfect fit and made the mother of the flower girl look amazing!

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The wedding details were everywhere! Bits of purples, lavenders pinks and blues surrounded the ceremony and reception.

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Between the ceremony location, the covered patio for the cocktail hour and the actual reception venue were all customized for RaAnaa and Edward.

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Since the couple loves to dance and have a good time the first dance set off the mood for the wedding reception and the DJ had the dance floor moving all night.

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They ended the evening with a grand exit with all of their guests lining the walkway ,sparklers in hand and the VW bus waiting to whisk them away. It was such a beautiful day and we are thrilled to have been able to have been chosen as RaAnaa & Edward's wedding coordinators and  good friends for life!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Bears Best Wedding Coordination: Favored by Yodit Events Photographer: Myron Hensel Photography Hair: Alexxus Watley Makeup: Brandon Montoya of Makeup Forever DJ: Knight Sounds Entertainment Florist: Flowers By Kathy Cake: Cravin Cake Bridal Gown: David's Bridal Bridesmaid's Attire: The Dessy Group Groom's & Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse Transportation: On Demand Sedan & Limousine Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas

Thank you RaAnaa & Edward and congratulations!

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Real {Ethiopian} Wedding: Yonas & Fasika Sunset Bridal Photoshoot

Ethiopian Wedding - Yonas and Fasika - Addis Ababa 2 What a better way to start this snowy week than with a sunny gorgeous wedding photoshoot I came across this weekend! This lovely Ethiopian couple decided to have a photoshoot 2 days before their wedding in Ethiopia. Can I just say the desert backdrop is simply amazing on both the bride & the groom's skin! They are glowing!

I know that might sound strange, but more and more couples are actually going this route inorder to capture amazing photos since the day of the wedding is usually packed with family activities. And if your nervous about having your groom seeing your wedding dress before the wedding you can always schedule the photoshoot after your nuptials to still keep it a surprise for your big day!

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When I saw this sunset photo above the city of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia there was something that screamed "Lion King" in every royal sense! I love how this couple chose to embrace their culture and showcase the beauty of the African desert and forest so naturally. Kudos to the photographer and Yonas & Fasika for being such a beautiful couple!

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Photo credit: Nashville Photography Group (Loved these photos!)

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