Calling all brides and grooms!

12 Teams will be vying for the grand prize. Team Carnavale has returned to defend its title. Eleven other teams will strive to take it away. Come see the results on Sunday, November 7th, from 1-4PM, meet the teams and plan your wedding!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Team Carnevale is the Challenge Winner!

Team Carnevale, led by Event Planner Janice Carnevale of Bellwether Events, took the prize at the first annual Not-So-Big Wedding Challenge for their Autumn-inspired wedding reception. The team beat out nine other teams of vendors for the grand prize.

Team members included: Gerry Rogers of Petal's Edge, Leslie Grimes of Corcoran Caterers, Stephanie Ascari of Cleverly Candid Photography and Marc Wilner of Washington Talent Agency.

Team Carnevale Wedding Tab
Total: $15,000 (for 65 guests)
$133 per person over 65

The Details:
Venue Rental (Lodge at Little Seneca Creek, Friday night, 8 hours): $2100
Catering/Beverage/Rentals: $7,800
Photography: $2,000
Flowers: $1,300
Music: $900
Wedding Planner: $900

Congratulations Team Carnevale!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Things To Do & See - Sunday, November 8

• Montgomery Parks Event Centers on Parade (Salomon Room)
Talk with Parks representatives and find out more about Brookside Gardens, Rockwood Manor, Seneca Lodge, and Woodlawn Manor.

• NSBW Challenge Teams Present: Elegant Weddings for $15K or Less!
(Rapidan Room and Brooke Hall)
Ten teams have taken the challenge to create an elegant wedding for $15K or less. Meet the teams, check out their displays and ideas, and if you see a “Wedding Tab” that wrks for you, sign up on the spot!

• St. Anthony’s Bridal Boutique (Great Falls Room)
Beautiful dresses for $150 or less! Check out their model brides throughout the day, and head downstairs to try a couple on for size. Your gown may be there waiting for you!
All proceeds go to St. Anthony’s Bridal Center to help them provide gowns and other items for brides who need them.

• Discover Rockwood Manor Potomac, MD
Take some time to explore the grounds and facilities at Rockwood, including the Bridal Suite in Carolyn Cottage (Room 1, just off the Rapidan Room), the lovely stone patio and woods just outside Brooke Hall, the gazebo and front lawn, and more.

• Take a Break (Caughey Room)
Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or tea or some lemonade, and relax for a bit.

Schedule of Events - Sunday, November 8

• Wedding Wisdom Presentation: “Top 5 Secrets to an Economical & Elegant Wedding”
with American Academy of Wedding Professionals founder and author Deborah McCoy

• Not-So-Big Wedding Challenge Team Winner Announced
• Door Prizes Awarded

• Wedding Wisdom Presentation: “The Art of the Small Wedding”
A panel discussion moderated by Ellen McCarthy of The Washington Post, with budget-savvy brides Jessica Bishop (author of “The Budget-Savvy Bride” blog), Kathleen Friesen, Nole Garey (author of the blog “Oh So Beautiful Paper”), and Liza Kelley.

• The Brides (and Grooms) cut the Not-So-Big Wedding cake!

• Wedding Wisdom Presentation: “How to Have the Wedding Your Mother Never Dreamed of...” with author Lynn Young

• More Door Prizes Awarded
• Grand Prize Winner of the NSBW Raffle Announced

Team Goodluck: The Perfect Wedding Package

Team Leader:
Marquita Goodluck, Wedding Planner
A Goodluck Event

Harry Jackson, Photographer
HJackson Images

Nha Vo, Florist
Mimi’s Flora, Inc.

Walt Dunick, DJ
DJ Dunick

Troy MacDonald, Caterer
Sole D’Italia Restaurant

Team Zello - The Intercounty Wedding Connection

Team Leader:
Kim Zello, Caterer
Stone Soup Catering

Adam Feit, DJ
Jamology, Inc.

Sarah Michonski, Photographer
Eden’s Cove Photography

Nancy Chinnock, Cake Designer
Custom Cake Design

Judy Taylor, Florist
The Flower Valley

Team Mnkande - Le Team

Team Leader:
Joyce Mnkande, Event Planner
Events2Remember, Inc.

Kora Polydore, Caterer
Immaculate Cuisine

Ken Rochon, DJ
Absolute Entertainment

Julie Upchurch, Florist
Little House of Flowers

Alexander Morozov, Photographer
Photography by Alexander

Team Carnevale

Team Leader:
Janice Carnevale, Event Planner
Bellwether Events

Gerry Rogers, Florist
Petal’s Edge

Leslie Grimes, Caterer
Corcoran Caterers

Stephanie Ascari, Photojournalist
Cleverly Candid Photography

Marc Wilner, DJ
Washington Talent Agency

Team Jackson - Priceless

Team Leaders:
Dariya Jackson & Andrea Taylor, Event Coordinators
Imagine It! Event Planning and Design Company
301-646-2367 or 301-908-7232

Tali Mindek, Photographer & Videographer
Art by Tali

Kevin Burke, DJ
2 hype entertainment

Cristina Curcio, Caterer
MK Catering

Team Martini

Team Leaders:
Sharia Barksdale & Adrian Walker,
Wedding Planners
Socialite Event Management, LLC

Jean Vasconcellos, Floral Designer
Flowers by Jean

Ruth Hackney, Baker
A Taste of Class Upscale Desserts

Pepe Gomez, Photographer
Pixel Me Studios

Team Centineo

Team Leader:
Susan Centineo, Photographer
Studio C Photography Imaging

Ory Webster & Steve Jeweler, Florists
Ory Florals

Cindy Jacobs, Caterer
Cinful Cuisine

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Matt & Nicole Shew, DJs
Shew-sical Entertainment Services

Loretta Stinchfield
Premier Party Rentals

Team Carretero - Rock Creek

Team Leader:
Luis Carretero, Caterer
Rock Creek Catering Company

William Ralph, Photographer
Laminak Images

Da Vinci’s Florist

Party Central Artists

Team Isaacson - Simple Elegance

Team Leader:
Adam Isaacson, Caterer
La Prima Catering

Mark J. Burch, Musician
Everything Entertainment

John Biggs, Photographer
Bigg Studios

Scott Stevanus, Florist
C. Scott Design
301-341-2516 ?

Cliff Matheson, Videographer
Matheson Communications, Inc.

Team Johnson - The Bridal Box

Team Leader:
R. LaMont Johnson “Punch,” DJ
The Punch Production

Eric K. Pickens, Executive Chef
Classic Cuisine Catering

Twila Moorman Hunt, Wedding Planner
TNT Designs Events

Anton Dickerson, Photographer
Images Studio

Terry Godfrey, Florist
Joyous Creations Floral Design

Four Brides and A Budget

These four blushing, budget-savvy brides will share their experiences and advice
at the panel discussion “The Art of the Small Wedding,” in the Hoover Room at 1:30pm.

Jessica Bishop is a graphic designer and wedding blogger who began her
award-winning blog “The Budget Savvy Bride” shortly after becoming
engaged in April 2008. She and her husband had to pay for the wedding
themselves, so they combined their creative and artistic talents and pulled off
a beautiful, unique, budget-savvy affair for around $10,000! Jessica currently
runs her own design business, JessLehry Designs, where she creates anything
from corporate logos to custom wedding invitations. She also keeps “The
Budget Savvy Bride” current with new cost-saving projects, updates from her
newlywed life, and a different budget-savvy wedding feature each week.

Kathleen Friesen was born to military parents in Texas. A month later, they whisked her off to New England, moved around for several years, and finally settled in Virginia. Kathleen went off to Wheaton College in Illinois—but didn’t meet her husband, a fellow Wheaton alumnus, until she returned to Virginia after graduation. After 18 months of dating and a picnic engagement at the National Cathedral, they planned their October 3, 2009 wedding in 5.25 months. Her post-wedding pasttimes are working as a software engineer, getting her masters in computer science, and discovering married life in a tiny apartment with too many kitchen appliances.

Nole Garey is the founder and editor of “Oh So Beautiful Paper,” a daily wedding, stationery, and design blog born out of Nole’s love for all things paper–from identity and business collateral to wedding invitations and paper artwork. Since its creation in September 2008, the blog has become a popular read for magazine editors, wedding and design professionals, and brides around the world. A resident of Washington, DC, Nole and her husband Andrew were married at Woodlawn Manor in Sandy Spring, Maryland in May 2008. Nole and Andrew planned a vintage-inspired outdoor garden wedding for 50 of their closest family and friends for less than $15,000. Their wedding has been featured on a variety of blogs and websites, including “Style Me Pretty,” “Once Wed,” “Elizabeth Anne Designs,” and “Project Wedding.”

Liza Kelley (nee Kindl) and Brian Kelley were married on September 5, 2009 at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Liza is 24 and was born in western Pennsylvania. She works for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, and met Brian, 30, employed by the Washington National Opera, at Ohio University in Athens, in 2003. They moved to Maryland in 2007 and live in Silver Spring.

Ellen McCarthy to moderate panel "The Art of the Small Wedding"

Ellen McCarthy has been a staff writer at The Washington Post for more than nine years. She’s written about business, entertainment and the arts. In May she helped launch “OnLove,” a Style section page devoted to the coverage of weddings, love and relationships. Ellen is moderating the panel discussion “The Art of the Small Wedding” (real brides sharing practical advice!) at 1:30p.m. in the Hoover Room.