Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Proposal Toasted with Cream Cheese

So every Wednesday morning my daughter and I go for a bagel breakfast at our favorite little spot, Ize's Bagelry, and yesterday we got an extra special treat.  They have a "Trivia Question of the Day" and if you answer correctly you win two free bagels.  Well as we were enjoying our bagels and schmear a young gentleman came in and requested that the question of the day be changed to "THE" question for his girlfriend who was about to come to the bagel shop.  The owners happily obliged and changed the question.
As a wedding planner, I had to stay and witness this!! About 20 minutes later the girlfriend came in and went to order her bagel and then suddenly stopped.  She turned around and there her boyfriend was on bended knee!  The whole shop erupted into applause as she accepted!!

Now, technically she answered the question correctly, so does she get 2 free bagels as well???

Have you ever witnessed a proposal??? Tell me about it!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ella-Rue Consigned Couture!!

Hi Everyone,
I wanted to share DC's newest consignment experience....Ella-Rue

Owner, Krista Johnson, is not only is super sweet, but has such a great eye that I am sure the store will be filled with wonderful treasures!  Krista and I have also been chatting about wedding dress consignment, which I will definitely keep you posted on!!
Congratulations and good luck, Krista!!


Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Art of Weddings

Today I had the pleasure of seeing one of my favorite vendors perform her magic after the wedding.  Maggie O'Neill, owner of O'Neill Studios hand delivered recent client (and SoCo planner extraordinaire), Bridget Reed Newby, her wedding masterpiece.  We commissioned Maggie to do live painting during Bridget and Frank's rooftop extravaganza at The Hay Adams Hotel this past May.  Bridget and Maggie discussed the work of art prior to the wedding, and together they decided that the bridal party, the view, and of course the happy couple would be the focus of the painting.
Not only did Bridget hire Maggie to create a timeless work of art to capture her wedding, but also entertain guests.  Guests were in awe of Maggie and her amazing talent...who wouldn't be?!?!?!

Maggie hard at work!  Photo Jennifer Lust

So, I was beyond excited to go to Bridget and Frank's to see the finished product, and it was better than I imagined it would be!

The finished masterpiece...I just love it!

Maggie O'Neill and Bridget Reed Newby 

Close up shot, can't believe the Monument, White House and Jefferson Memorial were all capture along with the beautiful bridal party!

Maggie is not only a talented artist, but my client for her June 2011wedding!  I cannot wait to see what we pull off for her wedding.  All I can say is she has mentioned custom made furniture, painting her own bridesmaid dresses and tonight said, "I wish the guests would have costume changes!!!".  It is going to be in the words of Rachel Zoe, "BANANAS!!!".


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Carine's Sample Sale

It is time for great deals on great dresses.  This Sunday, July 18th, Carine's Bridal Atelier is opening its doors for a Summer Sample Sale.  Be sure to arrive early so you can get a great spot and a great deal!

Happy Shopping


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

District Weddings Favorite!

It is nice to receive a cheerful email on a dreary day like today!  We just received word from the AMAZING blog District Weddings letting us know that we have joined the elite group of vendors listed as District Weddings Favorites!

Here is a preview of our listing!
Phone: 301-467-5585 * Web: * Email:
SoCo Events is known for their ability to create a unique wedding day that merges both a fresh yet traditional design no matter your size or budget. Founder, Jennifer Stiebel, is a graduate of The University of Maryland, and native Washingtonian. She is praised for her creativity and energy all while keeping a friendly and calm demeanor. With a keen focus on building a memorable event, SoCo Events’ passion and dedication will guide you through your planning process so that you can sit back and enjoy the big day!

Thank you to District Weddings, we are honored and thrilled to be one of your favorite things!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Fluffy Thoughts Open in McLean!!!

I had the pleasure of visiting McLean's newest specialty bakery, Fluffy Thoughts, on the first day of business! Owner, Lara Stuckey, is one of the most artistic and skilled cake designers in DC, and opening this flagship location has been a dream that and we at SoCo Events are so happy to see it come true for her!

The bakery is adorable and of course smells beyond delicious!
They were giving out mini cupcakes to all the patrons, and we had to try more then one....just to make sure they were all good :) We left with some cupcakes and beautiful fluffy French macaroons which barely lasted the car ride home!

I particularly loved the separate tasting room where brides and grooms can sit for a consultation and later a tasting.

Please visit the new locations and tell Lara we said "hi!" We also picked up a cupcake for my daughter's first birthday treat, and I know it is shameless, but I had to post a picture of Sloane eating her first cupcake ever!! She gave it a big Thumbs Up!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Washington Post Wedding!!!

Our great couple, Brenda and Jon's wedding last weekend was featured in yesterdays Washington Post 'On Love'! The "Fewish" (Filipino and Jewish) wedding was a blast to plan and design from the ice blue and white ceremony to the adorable cake homage of their little maltese!
Enjoy these pictures, and look out for more to come!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Hello Lover...."

"Hello Lover..." the words the wise Carrie Bradshaw once said to a pair of shoes she saw in the window, can now be uttered by one special bride this Friday at the Engaged! Magazine Bridal Show of the Year.

SoCo Events is beyond excited to be giving one lucky bride the most fabulous pair of Christian Louboutins to wear on her wedding day!

Come and see these beauties at the SoCo Events display at The Hay Adams Hotel this Friday, so you (like Carrie) on your wedding day can have, "the two 'L's', labels and love!"

Friday, January 15, 2010

Art, Fashion, and Bubbly...All For a Great Cause!!!

Last night we had the pleasure of attending Labels For Love Modus Union 2010 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. The night was amazing with live art, headed by my friend, Maggie O'Neill of O'Neill Studios and then a fabulous fashion show from Lela Rose's Spring 2010 collection. Not only did we get to enjoy all of the eye candy from Maggie and Lela, but it went to a great cause, Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Disease at Children's National Medical Center.

Linda and I were lucky to attend with the lovely Carine Krawiec of Carine's Bridal Atelier. It was great to catch up with her on all of the upcoming trunk stores at her salon, and get her expert opinions on the fashions as they came down the runway!

Take a peak at some of the out of this world creations that Maggie O'Neill had up for auction!

My personal favorite, I want these shoes hanging on my wall, and in my closet!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Engaged Magazine's "A Bridal Event Like No Other..."

So excited to be a part of Engaged! Magazine's, "A Bridal Event Like No Other," on Friday, February 5, 2010! The event is truly like no other. Forget any preconceived notions of entering a hotel ballroom with 100's of vendors' booths lined up like a convention. This event will be taking place in 5 of Washington, DC's top hotels. Brides and company will be ferried to all of the different hotels to be amazed by a different team of vendors at each hotel

To entice you even more, there are luxury honeymoons being raffled off! Paris, Ireland, Hawaii, Bora Bora, and more. This is going to be one that you do not want to miss! I know that my team is planning something beyond fabulous...stayed tuned!

For more info, please watch the video below

See you there!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tis' The Season For SAMPLE SALES!!!!!!!!!

Carine's New Year Sample Sale
Sunday, January 17th, 2010 at 12pm-3pmPlease join us at our final sample sale of the season. Designer gowns will be priced as low as $999 to $1,899, marked down from original retail prices ranging from $3,000 to $9,000 - a fantastic savings for brides!

"Sample gowns are a great option for brides on a budget or on a short wedding time line," says Carine Krawiec, owner of Carine's Bridal Atelier. Sample dresses are in great condition and must be sold to make room for new gowns. Sample gowns are a bridal size 8 or 10 and can always be altered to fit a smaller size.

Carine's Bridal Atelier offers custom alterations on-site in their Georgetown boutique. Designers include: Angel Sanchez, Carolina Herrera, Junko Yoshioka, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Pool, Melissa Sweet, Monique Lhuillier, Platinum Collection, Reem Acra, Rivini, Rosa Clara, St. Pucchi, and The Vineyard Collection.

Sale is first come, first serve.
No appointments needed.
Preview a small selection of sample sale gowns at

For more information, call (202) 965-4696

Carine's Bridal Atelier
1726 Wisconsin Ave, 2nd Floor
Washington, District of Columbia 20007

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The New Year's Resolutions I Wish I Had

Happy New Year! This is the time of year where everyone's favorite question is "What is your resolution?". The classic answers that usually top the list are exercise, spend more time with family, eat healthy, save money, etc.....all things that our conscience urges us to do daily throughout the year. I stumbled upon this list of resolutions on Luxist, and I thought, why isn't my New Year's Resolution this fun?!?!?
Eat Pizza on Your Fine China and Other New Year's Resolutions
Cleaning diamonds, drinking champagne and getting massages sound like resolutions I could definitely stick to all year long. Oh well, maybe next year...for now I am off to the gym!