Saturday, July 30, 2011

Fiesta Magazine at The Rooftop

Fiesta Magazine stopped by The Rooftop, check out some great pics of the happy hour .

I'm an honorary Latina :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Questions for your Wedding DJ

As with all of your vendors, it is important to be on the same page as them.  Whether you want a club dj emulating a South Beach  scene or a charismatic dj introducing “ice breakers” to the party you want your wedding to reflect you ,especially when it comes to the music.   
I keep finding these questions popping up when talking to client’s djs, and they should be agreed on by the couple and made aware of for the dj.
Here are my Dj questions / important info.
The title and artists of your important songs-
I will always love you by Whitney Houston is a bit different than the Dolly Parton version.
Introduction of the Bridal Party
First Dance
Father Daughter Dance
Mother Son Dance
Cake Cutting
Bouquet Toss
Garter Toss
Last Song
and any other important songs you want included.

If your dj is acting as emcee the order of the bridal party and phonetic  break down of names and pronunciation
Liz Lessig 
 Liz Less-igh  - correct  Liz Leeegggginnnngs  - not quite, but a great new nickname

The timeline of the wedding and cues for important things.
Before dinner the Best Man will toast followed by his break dance performance then the buffett stations will have a soft open. (True occurrence)  

Will you be having “ice breakers” ?
Ice breakers such as an anniversary dance get couples to the dance floor.
The anniversary dance calls all married couples to the dance floor and slowly the emcee will call out  “all those married for a year or less  please leave the dance floor” .  . .  and so on until it’s the couple that has been married the longest  left standing.

Have they played at this reception venue before?
Different venues have different sound ordinances and restrictions.

Do you have back up equipment?

 Will they be playing music for the ceremony and cocktail hour?

 What is on your do not play list?
Electric slide and chicken dance are constantly on this list.

Can guests make song requests?

Now get your newlywed booty on the dance floor and dance all night!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Real Wedding - Liz & Jimmy

Liz and Jimmy

Gown : Bridal Images
Venue : Strong Mansion, Dickerson Maryland
Photography : Ikona Photography
Cake : Cakes Plus
Flowers : Floral Scentsations
DJ : Sound Sensations

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Alyson Miles Photography

Hi! I’m Alyson Miles, portrait and event photographer.  A life-long photo enthusiast, I took my first photography classes at the age of sixteen.  Those early classes at the Washington School of Photography and Charles W. Woodward High School in Rockville, MD (if you remember Woodward then we are both dating ourselves! LOL)  instilled in me a passion and skill that allowed me to document so many wonderful moments in my personal life  and now, as a professional  photographer, I enjoy being invited to document the milestones in the lives of others.

I am currently based in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia where I live with my three children and boston terrier.  However, I make frequent trips to the D.C. area to visit with my many family, friends, and clients. Often accompanying me for photo-shoots is my friend and fellow photographer, Courtney Sandoval of Courtney Sandoval Photography.  Courtney is a fabulous photographer and by working events together we are able to get the best coverage possible for our clients and make sure we get “the shot.”

I hope you will take a few minutes to visit my website,, and enjoy my photos.  If you have any questions about my work and how I may be able to help you, please do not hesitate to call.

Alyson Miles

DC + Baltimore Bridal Trunk Shows

Betsy Robinson’s Bridal (Baltimore, MD) July 22-24                           Watters & Wtoo

Carine’s Bridal Atelier (Washington, DC)
August 25-27                       Monique Lhuillier

Chevy Chase Bridal (Washington, DC)
September 16-18                 Simone Carvalli
September 31- October 2    Badgley Mischka

O"Neil Events

You may see some posts/ pictures about my fabulous cousin, Colleen of O"Neil Events on the blog. Here is a peek into some of her event work.



Golf Tournament

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

June MES Mixer @ Buddha Bar DC

The latest MES mixer was at the Buddha Bar in Chinatown. This restaurant is awesome and would be perfect for birthday celebration, ladies night out , or bachelorette cocktails. We sampled the sushi and some passed apps and it was delicious :) .

DIYVA provided awesome touches; a gold strolling Buddha actor, henna tattoos. And lovely flowers from Tierra Florals .

Pictures by Alfredo Flores

O'Neil Events Colleen O'Neil with The Rooftop and VisArts's Katie MacGregor
Colleen & I. Gotta love event planner cousins!

Metro Event Specialists June Networking Mixer at Buddha Bar 

Metro Event Specialists June Networking Mixer at Buddha Bar
The fabulous Sugar Bailey of DIYVA events sampling sushi .

Video by  The Washington Lobbyist   of Metro Event Specialists Recap at Buddah Bar .