Monday, December 20, 2010

When Parents Text

You know you love texts from last night. But have you seen when parent's text? It's hilarious . . .

See for yourself

Bear Pong ( Your Groomsmen will Thank You)

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One of the last items on your epic  wedding to do list is  buying groomsmen gifts. If you interested in getting them a fun and unique gift they will use consider Bear Pong ( trust me they already have enough engraved flasks).
Bear Pong is a Maryland based oversized portable beer pong game. There is no hassle of lugging a table around and you won’t be drinking beer with grass in it.
It makes the perfect gift for the a ( or bridesmaid)  that love games, tailgating, and like to have a good time. It even makes a great last minute Christmas gift!
Besides being an attendant gift, Bear Pong would be great to bring out to your wedding’s after party, down time on your wedding weekend or bachelor party, the option are endless!

I just played it this past weekend at a Holiday party, and it is alot of fun! :)
For more information, funny videos  and to buy Bear Pong visit

Friday, December 17, 2010

Paula Deen's Pineapple Casserole

This is so delicious! I halved it to make a smaller one for me and the hubbs this am.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar
  • 2 (20-ounce) cans pineapple chunks, drained, and 6 tablespoons pineapple juice reserved
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs (recommended: Ritz)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted, plus extra for greasing pan


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a medium-size casserole dish with butter.
In a large bowl, stir together the sugar and flour. Gradually stir in the cheese. Add the drained pineapple chunks, and stir until ingredients are well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
In another medium bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, melted butter, and reserved pineapple juice, stirring with a rubber spatula until evenly blended. Spread crumb mixture on top of pineapple mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Running of the Brides

Here's more info from the DC Bridal Events

Filene's Basement running of the Brides will take place Friday, April 29, 2011 at the Mazza Gallerie store.  For more info, visit

Water for Elephants

Click here for the trailer

Reese Witherspoon + Rob Pattinson are in it.

Another awesome book that's becoming a movie!

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mark your Calendars DC Brides!!

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Can you believe it’s already mid December? Well in the bridal world that means it’s bridal show season  ( cue drum roll ) ! Mark you calender for the following events;

Trunk Shows-

Maggie Sottero Trunk Show  ( love those corsetted backs)
January 28, 29, 30 2011
P Lawrence Bridals and Formals 336 Main St. Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Call for appointment 301.977.6531

Anne Barge Trunk Show
January 21-23, 2011
Betsy Robinson’s Bridal 1848 Reisterstown Rd. Baltimore, MD 21208
Call for appointment 410.484.4600

Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show
January 20-23, 2011
Carine’s Bridal Atelier 1726 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC 20007
Call for appointment 202.965.4696

Filene’s Basement – Running of the Brides®  ( A must go to/ see, this one is infamous )
Hosted By: Filene’s Basement
Filene’s Basement – Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Ave.
Washington , DC  20015
 Bridal Shows

Washington Bridal Showcase
Saturday January 16, 2011 11 am-5 pm
Washington Convention Center 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW Washington, DC 20001
$10 at the door, $8 prepaid online

2011 International Bridal Show
Sunday December 12, 2010 12-4pm
Loews Annapolis Hotel 126 West St. Annapolis, MD 21401
$8 at the door, $5 prepaid online

Greater Virginia Bridal Show
Sunday January 9, 2011 1-4 pm
Hospitality House and Conference Center 2801 Plank Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Winchester Bridal Expo
Sunday January 9, 2011 11:30 am-4pm
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club 134 Golf Club Circle Front Royal, VA 22630

Great Bridal Expo
Sunday January 23, 2011 12-4pm
Hilton Alexandria at Mark Center 5000 Seminary Rd. Alexandria, VA 22311
$7 prepaid $9 cash at the door

Liberty Mountain Resort Bridal Fair 2011
Hosted By: Liberty Mountain Resort
Liberty Mountain Resort | map
78 Country Club Trail
Fairfield , PA  21701
Price: $4 in Advance / $6 at the Door

Montgomery Country Club Bridal Showcase
Hosted By: Montgomery Country Club
20908 Golf View Drive
Laytonsville , MD  20882

My advice for bridal shows is print your info ( name/email/ cell ) on an address label. Vendors collect your  information   and you don’t have to waste time by filling out a million things.

For more of my Bridal show advice go to

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Help

Just finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett and it was amazing!
 Set in the South in the 1960's it explores  race in the south, relationships between the lady and the "help", lots of historical references and amazing characters .


they are making it into a movie with Emma Stone as one of the main characters.
 can't wait to see it!

Back to Mac

Did you know . . .

That if you recyle/ bring 6 empty MAC cosmetics to the store/counter you get a free lipstick.

Go green and get lipstick

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sarah Fletcher Photography

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Ariana's Picks 2010 05/12 Sarah Fletcher PhotographyBy katiemac0 comFiled in: Bride's Best Friend, DC Wedding FeaturesSarah Fletcher Photography

This Sunday we get to meet the wonderful and very talented Sarah Fletcher of Sarah Fletcher.  She is located in Bethesda, Maryland  and she strives to take the highest quality image that captures the heart and soul of the subject and day.

Katie-What drew you to photography?
Sarah-I first fell in love with photography in my high school dark room.  I was fortunate enough to have great, excited teachers who passed on their passion for creativity and the fine art.
I love photography because it serves as a medium that I can capture the essence of someone when I met them.  It can be raw and real but best of all– it grows better with time.  If I take a brides portrait, and they want to look right away and critique themselves [they all do!], my new phrase I tell them? Wait 5 years and you will love it.
 K-How did you become involved with wedding photography?
S-Weddings are fabulous (details, dresses, delicious food, flowers, family)!  I love everything to do with weddings and romance.
I first considered event planning, but after my closest friends got married, and I couldn’t put down my camera—even when I was a maid of honor–I realized I was lucky that I knew what I wanted to do and I should embrace it– give it 100%.  My favorite photographer, Jasmine Star, spoke recently at a DC seminar for photographers and she said: “Better to fail at something you love, than to succeed at something you hate” and I have adopted this as my mantra.

K-What’s your favorite aspect of a wedding?
S-Immediately following the ceremony, when I can grab the newlyweds and take a few shots of them as hubby and wife, two lives intertwining and the moment they will never forget.  The bride and groom just glow with happiness and are calm and content. Even if we have only a few minutes before they head to their cocktail hour or more formal photos with the bridal party, tender moments are always present.
K-What kind of camera(s) do you shoot with?
S-It’s guaranteed I am the one of the only photographers who has BOTH Nikon & Canon gear… hear me out before you laugh… because yes, I have two of everything! DSLR’s, flashes, lenses, etc!
 Until May of this year, I shot only my Nikon D700… yet I was torn with all the amazing things I had been hearing about a Canon lens (the f/2.8 24mm-70mm) which sadly, Nikon didn’t make… so I bought the new Canon 5D Mark II, so I could shoot with that lens…. it is INCREDIBLE and I would venture to say I will never go back.
K-Where do you find inspiration for your pictures?
S-Blogs, Jasmine Star, National Geographic (this probably sounds unusual, but the level of photojournalism is unmatched), but above all? People.
K-Do you have a signature shot?
S-No, but I am trying to perfect the ‘faux candid’ –as I like to term it— which is when I set up everything in the frame and then have the couple slowly move or look at each other or laugh… while that might not qualify as a strict candid, I find natural emotion and intimacy within the setup that comes candidly.  My first love is portraiture, so I am drawn to faces, eyes and interactions between people.
K-What questions should brides ask when interviewing with wedding photographers?
S-Everything.  You should feel completely comfortable communicating with your photographer and the person that will absolutely be with you every minute on your special day.  If you can’t ask him/her ‘Do you feel comfortable shooting my bridal party of 16?’ while interviewing, then good luck trying to figure how he/she will react when your father-in-law forgets his tux and shows up 1 hour and a half late (this happened to me on a huge wedding I did), messing up the entire timeline your photographer had scheduled. Ask if their style of shooting is upfront and if they arrange the shots, or if they prefer to hang back in the sidelines and let the wedding day unfold naturally.  There are benefits to both, but it’s good to know–besides their style of photographs– how they actually physically take them. 

K-What are some fun poses or props couples can use to incorporate their personality into their photos?
S-A portrait is a reflection of a person; that being said, I recommend that brides can bring anything they love: maybe hobby-related items such as fresh flowers, an old camera, a vintage bicycle, an instrument or wear what holds special meaning to them; a grandmother’s emerald ring, the scarf they were wearing when they got engaged, etc.  I constantly ask brides if they feel comfortable in a pose, because their uncertainty can often be detected in a shot.
K-I always recommend my bride’s to have a list of must have shots to give to their photog. Do you have any recommended shots?
S-Aside from family formals, I usually throw the list to the wind and shoot as I see it.  I make sure to cover all the traditional shots, but I look for images that reflect the feeling of the day and those special moments in between the set-up shots.
K-What are some upcoming trends in wedding photography?
S-Fantastic brightly colored wedding heels for the bride to wear under her gown, or having a favorite pair dyed to match the wedding accent color.   Also,very modern albums with a lot of negative space and large pictures.  This probably isn’t cutting edge trendy, but I know that my mother’s wedding had neither and that was 29 years ago (her anniversary is today, so I thought that an appropriate example).

K-Where are some your favorite local settings to shoot for engagement (or day) pictures?
S-Georgetown, hands down.  (Blues Alley, the canal, the store fronts, cobbled stone roads; I could shoot every single session in Georgetown and still discover new spots!) The only downside is parking…
K-What is your advice for a bride in order to get the most out of her wedding pictures?
 S-Be specific about what you want, after all, it is YOUR special day!
K-How can brides contact you to set up an appointment?
blog:      www,
cell:        202 503 4742
facebook:    sarah fletcher photography

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tory Burch Revas

How pretty are these!  Tory Burch Revas in glitter pink, <3 you can find them online at nordstroms and saks.