Courtney & Collin

It was a true pleasure to be Courtney & Collin's day-of wedding planner. I have known Courtney for a little over 5 years and Collin couldn't be more a more perfect fit. They make a gorgeous couple and had a beautiful May day to celebrate their marriage at  Whitehall Manor

So excited for this sneak peek from the amazingly talented Amanda McMahon. My favorite image so far - sorry Collin :) is the reaction on Courtney and the FOB's face when they first realize Courtney is no longer Ms. Joswick, but now Mrs. Lopes. We can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve!

A big thanks to Kirkabee Deejays, the staff at Whitehall Manor, Amanda McMahon Photography, Edibles Incredible and Affordable Arrangements. The flowers were gorgeous, the staff was truly amazing and executed flawlessly, the guests raved about the  neapolitan cake and dance the night away and at 6 months pregnant Amanda and her assistant didn't miss a moment. Truly fantastic vendors to work with!

Congratulations Courtney & Collin!



And in true PR fashion....


Washington, DC

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Carson Papaj, Big Brother

  Kristen and Michael McLaughlin are invited to be the proud godparents of this Baby Boy

BRISTOW, VA. – May 9, 2012 – Natalie, Jason, Carson and Mako Papaj today announce that the Papaj family is growing. The next evolution of the Papaj family, Baby Boy #2, is due this September. The official due date is Sept. 21, but a scheduled c-section will be “planned” for early September.

The Papaj family is ready to embrace the craziness of two little boys under the age of two. Carson and his brother will be 19 months apart - bring on the diaper assembly lines! A pre-registration for babysitters is available now, please send an email to lariviere.natalie@gmail.com – anybody breathing will be considered.

“A healthy baby was the goal, but Jason has one more time to get this right before we adopt an Asian1,” said Natalie Papaj. “Boys are great, but I can’t imagine four of them and not to mention I am serious outnumbered here with the dog! We are very excited for Carson to have a brother.”

As of today, Natalie is 21 weeks along – ¼ of the way there because we all know it’s going to be one hot and muggy DC summer. Natalie has a navy and blue polka dot maternity bathing suit and plans to be one big dot come August.

“A healthy baby was all that mattered, but another boy is great – deep down though a girl would have been nice because the finish line could be in sight,” said Jason Papaj. “We are half way to making a 4v4 soccer team.” (This quote has not been approved)

A name is still in the works for Baby P #2 and suggestions are welcome, but no hard feelings if they are rejected. Aunt Kathy usually sends 5 suggestions a week, so by the time the Papaj’s welcome the baby she can be sure to say she named him.

About the Papaj Family
Founded in 2007, Jason and Natalie Papaj married in Washington, DC. on Nov. 10. Prior to their marriage they welcomed a dog, Mako, out of wed lock in Sept. 2006. They lived in Herndon for three years before purchasing a home in Bristow, VA in Jan. 2010. After a year of several home projects they welcomed Carson Papaj on Feb. 10, 2011 and since then the home projects have ceased, but they couldn’t be happier. They look to expand their family in the coming years and will welcome another Baby Boy in Sept. 2012. You can learn more at https://www.facebook.com/nlpapaj orhttps://www.facebook.com/jason.papaj and http://www.flickr.com/photos/papajfamily

1Asian to be used loosely in a joking haha funny matter not to be taken with offense. We would welcome any ethnicity, but will be picky on a girl by this point. 


Vintage Travel Baby Shower

We've been busy setting up for the baby shower this weekend and I am just in love with how the paper lanterns and toy airplanes look together and wanted to give you a sneak peak!

We still have two more strands to finish hanging on the other side of the room. We hope Hurricane Irene stays away so we can welcome guests aboard on Sunday!


Specialty Cocktails

I was so excited to see how these custom ice luges turned out for the specialty cocktail station. They were fabulous and definitely became a conversation starter and a mingling place! These images do not do them justice, but were all I could snap with my camera phone during the hustle and bustle of coordinating the wedding. As soon as I have images from our fabulous Photog, Peter Stepanek, I will be sure to post those.

We had two guest bartenders, Micah and Ari Wilder, who were former co-workers of my Bride - & they whipped up their secret sauce to create specialty drinks for the Bride and Groom.

The Blair - Pisco, Chartreuse Yellow, Wilder Bros Pineapple Gomme Syrup, Pressed Pineapple Juice, Fresh Lemon Juice & Peychauds Bitters.

The Curt - Silver Tequila, Violet Liqueur, Wilder Bros Prickle & Fresh Lime

To chill the beverage, they poured the drink through the ice luge into a glass at the bottom. Infused in the ice blocks were: Pineapple, Lemon and Rosemary. And the other had Habanero Peppers, Prickly Pear and Lime.

The guests loved the drinks!


Specialty Cocktails

Just got back from Wegman's and picked up the goodies to fill two fruit luges for signature cocktails that will be served during the cocktail hour at the Curran/Nottingham wedding.

Fruit luge one will be filled with lemon, pineapple and rosemary. The second fruit luge will be prickly pear, lime, cherries and habanero peppers. So, basically it's a block of ice with all the ingredients frozen inside. The bartenders will make the drink and chill it by pouring it in the tube that runs down the center of the ice and funnels into a cut out at the bottom where the bartenders will set the glass. I found a picture online that will be similar to what we are having created.

We are mixing up a lot of love with a dose of spice and a little passion to create these signature concoctions! Can't wait to see the end result next weekend!


Vintage Travel Baby Shower

Just finished printing the invites from Nounces design & the envelopes were delivered earlier today! Love how they turned out & had to share!


Featured! Bump Smitten

We are about to pop with excitement over our feature on Bump Smitten today! We thought our party was fun & fab and so glad that they were smitten with it as well :) Cheers to our friend Jess Creates as well!

Images via Jess Creates!