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Meet Knot The Guy

Happy Wedding Wednesday! 

One key component of a sensational wedding or soiree is amazing vendors. When I learned of local D.C. area company, Knot the Guy, I knew they would be a great resource for my sensational grooms and clients. After all, us ladies can't be the only ones who get the spotlight, right?! Well, Knot the Guy ensures that guys are picture perfect for their wedding day and more. I recently began working with Evan Marbury, owner of the company, for one of my upcoming sensational weddings, and had the pleasure of chatting with him about his men's styling concierge business. Check out what Evan has to say about Knot the Guy and how they can tie the perfect knot and make your event experience all the more sensational!

Photo Credit: Photo from the Harty

Photo Credit: Photo from the Harty

I absolutely LOVE your business concept! What inspired you to start Knot the Guy?

Evan: Traditionally, the bride receives all of the attention on the wedding day. While appropriate, this often leaves the groom and groomsmen on their own with the hopes that one of them knows how to tie that perfect knot or they will be able to follow a YouTube tutorial. We want to change this.

A men's style concierge service is such a special treat for grooms, as well as groomsmen. What specific services do you offer for weddings?

Evan: Our trained stylists offer a unique experience, second to none. We specialize in tying the perfect knots; be it a Bow Tie, Full Windsor, or something more creative, Knot the Guy will deliver! Studs and cuff links can be tricky, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Pressing services and shoe shines are also available to complete the look and ensure our clients look their best on their most important day of the year. Additional services such as haircuts and shaves are also available. We also have great partnerships that allow us to assist the groom from day one. We can now currate their look for the wedding and get them there tuxedo or suit directly from one of our partners.

Photo Credit: Photo from the Harty

Photo Credit: Photo from the Harty

One of my brides was thoughtful enough to gift her groom your services! How can other brides do the same?

Evan: Anyone that would like to gift our services to someone else would go to our site and send us an inquiry. We would then respond with a quote for their exact request.

Aside from providing services for weddings, what other types of events do you cater to?

Evan: We assist for any major event. Balls, Galas, Proms, Homecoming, Corporate Events, Bar-Mitzvahs.

How far in advance should a client book you?

Evan: We recommend booking us at least 3 months in advance.

Photo Credit: Danielle Real Photography

Photo Credit: Danielle Real Photography

Overall, what can a client expect when working with Knot the Guy?

Evan: Knot the Guy offers wardrobe styling and preparation assistance for individuals or groups for any event. We work with each of our clients as we personalize solutions for your unique fashion and event needs. Knot the Guy guarantees professional, discreet, courteous, and efficient service. In other words we show up, make you look good, bring whiskey, and leave.

Photo Credit: Danielle Real Photography

Photo Credit: Danielle Real Photography

I'm so excited to see how Knot the Guy steps in for one of our grooms and his groomsmen this October. To learn more about Knot the Guy and secure their services for your next event check them out at the following: Web: www.knottheguy.com | IG: knottheguy | Facebook: Knot the Guy | Email: evanlee@knottheguy.com | Phone (240) 793-2135.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Meet Sensational Couple, Jennell and Brad

Happy Wedding Wednesday! This month, as we continue to celebrate love and marriage, we are featuring a few sensational couples who have become apart of the Sensational Soirees family. Today, we would like you to meet sensational couple, Jennell and Brad, who are getting hitched next year. The beautiful couple plans to host a sensational wedding that exudes romance and non-stop celebration!  Read on to see what we learned about these two love birds... "Computer Love"

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How did you meet? We met on the social site MySpace. Brad commented on a picture of my friends and I at a cookout, asking if he could come to the next one. We began to message one another daily and had our first date soon after.

When did you know you were meant to be? After 8 years of dating, it is hard to identify that defining "moment." While writing this feature, I asked Brad to choose a moment, and he says "I knew you were the one when I started doing things I had never done before." I asked like what and he states "when I gave you a foot massage and you know I hate feet."

Describe the proposal. Brad proposed at our son's 2nd birthday party and I was in complete "shock!" I never knew it would happen just 2 weeks after going ring shopping. Brad says "that occasion was chosen because it is one of the few moments that both our family and friends would be in attendance and I would least expect it."

What do you believe is the key to a successful relationship? We believe communication, date nights, compromising and friendship are the keys to a successful relationship.

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Love is truly such a beautiful thing! We are so excited for these two, and are enjoying being apart of their journey to the aisle.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Meet Sensational Couple, Ryan and Brian

Happy Wedding Wednesday! During February, as we celebrate love and marriage, we are so happy to feature a few sensational couples who have become apart of the Sensational Soirees family. On the blog this month, we will include love stories from some of our engaged couples, and interviews with some pretty amazing wedding vendors. Today, we would like you to meet sensational couple, Ryan and Brian, who are getting hitched this June in Fort Washington, Maryland. They are planning for a sensational wedding that truly reflects their love story, which can be summed up as beautiful and fun. Read on to see what we learned about these two love birds...

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Engagement Photography by Labyrinth Photography

How did you meet? We met at Thurgood Marshall Middle School when we were in the 7th (Ryan) and 8th (Brian) grade. We both liked each other but didn't tell the other, just our friends.

What was your most romantic date? In our beginning months of dating, we would alternate who would plan a date. The most romantic date was when we went on a sightseeing tour boat ride on the Potomac River from Georgetown to Alexandria and back. The sun was setting, there weren't too many people on the boat so it was just overall a romantic ride. rb2

Describe the proposal. January 7, 2014 I (Ryan) graduated with my Masters degree and we planned a graduation dinner to celebrate at Grace Mandarin's at the National Harbor. A lot of people couldn't make it to the graduation because there were not enough tickets so I expected more people to show up at the dinner. As the night when on more people starting to show up to the dinner, people I didn't even invite. But I just assumed Brian, my best friends or my Mom had invited them. As the night went on, everyone wanted me to give a speech so I just said thank you to everyone for coming and always supporting me. Two of our friends got up and spoke and then Brian's best friend Lance introduced Brian to speak. Brian isn't a talker so I was a little confused. He spoke, then gave me a Georgetown cupcake box with a ring box inside, that turned out to be empty! After everyone laughed, including me, Brian got down on his knee with the real box and proposed!

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What makes your love story so special? The thing that makes our love story so special is that it sometimes feels as though this story has been in the making since middle school. Although our lives took so many different turns and we went down different paths, we never lost contact with one another. The similarities in our names, and the fact that we've known each other since middle school, is just a true sign that soul mates do exist. We truly are each others best friends and biggest supporters.

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Don't you just love, love?! These two are such a joy to work with, and we can't wait to witness them say "I Do" in June.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Marsala, Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year

Happy Wedding Wednesday! For the first Wednesday of a brand new year, we are excited to share some wedding inspiration. Engagement season is in full swing, so brides be sure to stay tuned to the blog, as we'll be sharing more wedding content and tips in the weeks and months ahead. Pantone announced the 2015 color of the year, marsala, in early December, and we are in love with this rich and robust red tone! As you know, we absolutely love Pinterest, and our clients know first hand how much we enjoy creating inspiration boards. So we've taken to Pinterest and pinned our little hearts away to provide you with some marsala wedding inspiration. Visit our marsala board here and take a peek at some of the eye candy below!

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Photo Credits (left to right from top): Color of the Year 2015 - Pantone | Bouquet - Munaluchi Bride, Photographer Judah Avenue | Invitation - Intimate Weddings | Cake - Love and Lavender | Groom - Woman Getting Married | Tablescape - Southern Weddings | Centerpieces - Elizabeth Anne Designs | Tablescape - Munaluchi Bride, Photographer Judah Avenue

Tell us what you think about marsala in the discussion section of this post.

Newly engaged? Congratulations! Contact us today at info@sensationalsoirees.com to hear about our current wedding planning specials and to schedule your complimentary consultation. We welcome the opportunity to help make your wedding simply sensational!

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Wedding Tips: Keep Calm and Marry On

As we mentioned last week, the summer wedding season is upon us. So many brides and grooms are completing final details keepcalmand payments, guests are mailing in their RSVP cards and picking out what to wear, and the bridal party is going for their final fittings and hosting showers and nights of fun. While this should be an exciting and upbeat time, many brides will tell you that it can be somewhat hectic and stressful on them. The good news is it doesn’t have to be. Weddings and the final months leading up to the big day should be most enjoyable, so we came up with a few tips to help brides and everyone crossing their path… “Keep Calm and Marry On”!

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1) “Woosah”- If you’ve seen the 2003 hit movie “Bad Boys II”, then you know all about this concept. If not, “woosah”  simply means to relax, take a deep breath and let things go. If you’re nervous about fitting into your wedding gown, stressing over writing your vows, or developing a headache over the seating chart, then take a moment to “woosah”. Remember, this special time should be enjoyable, so find time for relaxation and fun activities with your fiancé and friends, as this will help take your mind off planning periodically and alleviate the stress that tries to creep in. Perhaps, you may also want to incorporate some of the following along the way: 1) take a trip to the spa, 2) go jogging, 3) relax and have meditative thoughts over some chamomile tea, or 4) indulge in a little retail therapy…a few new clothes and shoes never hurt anybody ;-); within reason of course (we wouldn’t want to blow the budget and add more stress).  Whatever helps to keep you calm, make time for those things!

2) Write things down – When many women become pregnant, they develop “preggo brain” where they can’t seem to hardly remember anything. Well, brides can tend to forget things as well.  After all, you are juggling tons of details in your mind. To avoid missing appointments, overlooking vendor bookings, etc., we suggest that you write things down. You may want to consider using a small planner that you can carry in your purse and whip out whenever you need to jot down some info or you may even find it helpful to enter appointments and notes in your phone or IPAD/tablet. Keeping your “to do” list in order will definitely help to keep you calm.

3) Prioritize your “wedding wish list” and budget – Even a couple months before the wedding, some brides can have quite an extensive “wish list” that they’re working towards, which is totally fine. However, it’s important to keep budget in mind to avoid stress on yourself, fiance and parents if they are contributing financially. We suggest prioritizing your wish list to the extent of “order of importance,” then determine what things you are able to pursue within the realm of your budget. This practice will help you put things into perspective and focus on the items that are most significant to you.  Also, try setting a mental cut off period for your wish list because let’s be honest you will always have great ideas and see things that you want for your wedding. Setting a timeline for yourself will help you to lessen your to-do list and ultimately stress.

4) Utilize the Wedding Planner – Some brides want so desperately to do it all by themselves, but beware, that can lead you to burn out and the phrase to be avoided… “I can’t wait until the wedding is over.”  Your wedding planner is there to help you, so utilize their services and help to the fullest. They are the experts and more often than not will have the answers to all your questions, so rather than searching high and low yourself for the things you need, contact your planner to assist with the final months. Do you have some invited guests that didn’t RSVP or who want to bring uninvited guests? Call your planner for advice on how to handle the situation or better yet, have them correspond with those guests.  Take yourself out of the loop, when possible.  Are you stressed because you haven’t chosen a wedding planner? Consider choosing a “day of wedding coordinator” to help ensure the big day flows flawlessly.  Of course, Sensational Soirees welcomes the opportunity to serve you.  We’re only a click and a call away… click here.

5) Utilize the Bridal Party – Just as we suggest you utilize your wedding planner, likewise we suggest you utilize your bridal party. Why stress assembling favors, stuffing invitations, and shopping all alone. Gather up your girls for a shopping trip to find the last minute things you need or host a favor assembling party…and you can treat them by serving up a bite to eat! Your bridesmaids are there to stand by you, not only at the altar, but through the entire bridal experience.

6) Focus on saying “I DO” – Last but certainly not least, when stress and worry creeps in, focus on saying “I DO”. Imagine the joy you will feel when you walk down the aisle, exchange vows and say I do to the love of your life. Reflect on the fun you will have with your loved ones at the reception, and if you’re honeymooning after the wedding, definitely focus on the enjoyment you will have in paradise. Although a wedding is one of the most special days in your life, don’t let the planning details bog you down; instead focus on the beauty of becoming one.

Your wedding day will be just as beautiful as the love you and your mate share, so be sure to “Keep Calm and Marry On”!

 

Photo Credit: Orange Girl Photographs

Sensationally Yours,

Shalyce

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