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!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Not-So-Big was a BIG hit!

Thank you for registering and/or attending the 2nd annual Not-So-Big Wedding Boutique! It was a jam-packed 3 hours on a gorgeous November day. We hope you got to visit with all 12 teams. Congratulations to Team Cinful, lead by Cindy Jacobs of Cinful Cuisine who took home first prize in this year's Challenge. 2009 Challenge winner Team Carnevale, led by Janice Carnevale of Bellwether Events, picked up 2nd place. And 3rd went to first-time Team Cannon, led by Kelley Cannon of Kelley Cannon Events. Check out this great video montage by photographer Alexander Morozov and more photos by photographer Darling Paumen.

For more photos, visit our Facebook Fan page.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Team Cinful takes the win!

Congratulations to "Team Cinful" in 1st place, followed by "Team Carnevale" in 2nd place and "Team Cannon"in 3rd!

What a fabulous end to a fabulous day, thanks for everyone who came out and enjoyed our event!

Photo by photographer Darling Paumen.

How is the judging done and by who?

Most creative use of space, most creative use of budget, most creative and elegant and most memorable are the four judging criteria's in which each judge based their individual scores of 1-10.

Honorable mention to the judges who made this all possible in the giving of their time and expertise. Thank you for taking on such an incredibly tough task:

Ms. Joyce Mnkande with Events 2 Remember
Ms. Denise Thorne with InStyle Caterers
Mr. David Fritz with Cort Event Furnishings
Mr. Andrew Larris aka "Sir Andrew" with Andy Kushner Entertainment
Ms. Janice Harrison with Occasional Cakes
Ms. Julie Upchurch with Little House of Flowers
Carmichael Q. Jennings with On Q'ue Photography

The winner will be announced shortly! Stay tuned...

Want to know a little more about Rockwood Manor?

This charming little Estate is nestled in the woods, comprised of seven different rooms with varying capacities. The house can accommodate up to 300 people altogether in these seven rooms. Maximum capacity for any one combine/adjoining space within the Manor is 130 standing, 120 seated, 110 with seated and dancing. Overnight accommodations include ten hotel-style guest rooms and three climate-controlled cabins. Rockwood provides ample parking, wireless internet access, AV equipment, tables and chairs, as well as two kitchens for your caterer of choice.

Rockwood is ideal for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. Ceremonies may be held outdoors in Rockwood’s picturesque gazebo tucked into the manicured garden and bowling lawn or inside in Brooke Hall with its soaring ceiling, wooden beams and panoramic view. Follow the ceremony with cocktails on the brick veranda or flagstone terrace. Dine and dance with your guests in the elegant Hoover and Caughey rooms. The Manor can accommodate up to 130 people indoors and, with a tent, up to 200 people outdoors. Rockwood is also the perfect place to host holiday parties and to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs and graduations.

Features at a Glance:
Full-service kitchen and separate serving kitchen
Bride and groom’s dressing/sitting rooms
85 parking spaces
Overnight accommodations for 116 people
2 large reception areas
Campfire ring
Garden gazebo
Landscaped gardens
Veranda with rocking chairs
Flagstone terrace
10 easels (Pads may be purchased at Rockwood)
1 portable microphone
1 lectern with or without microphone
1 table-top podium
1 TV/VCR and DVD player
1 stereo with CD player
1 LCD projector (additional charge)
1 conference phone (additional charge)

Rates are based on a renter's residency. Montgomery and Prince George's County residents qualify for the lower rental rate.

The day is finally here, the 2nd annual "Not-So-Big Wedding Boutique"

Just an hour before we open the doors for attendees, however things are very much underway out here at the Rockwood Manor!

Judging has started and the competition has truly stepped up to the plate to bring our guests a peek into a wedding day that could well be remembered no matter what your limitations may be. Budget after today can no longer be an excuse not to have the wedding of your dreams, after all it is supposed to be your most fabulous day!

Do check out our Facebook page for just some quick snaps that have been taken of the competing teams, we are wishing everyone the best of luck!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Team Johnson

"Crazy In Love"

R. LaMont Johnson "Punch," DJ
The Punch Production
(301) 860-0109

Nkenge Temoney
Catering by Nkenge
(301) 440-4313

Leslie Collier Wedding Planner
Sparkle! Parties and Event Management
(240) 581-3398

Janice Beasley, Photographer
Photos by Janice
(301) 536-8276

Terry Godfrey, Florist
Floral Innovations
(301) 332-9338

Team Bijou

"Amethyst & Peridot Wedded Bliss"

Evelyn Alas, Photographer
Evelyn Alas Photography
(240) 643-1554

Beth Radovsky, Cellist
Beth Radovsky - The Musician
(301) 467-4926

On Facebook (Beth-Radovsky-The-Musician)

Anne E. Chapman, Caterer
Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Co.
(703) 778-8000

Tia Breckenridge, Planner
"No Surprises" Event Planning
(301) 651-3726

Patricia Vaughn, Florist
Flowers by Patricia
(703) 283-8371

Team Cinful

"A 'Cinful' Wedding Dream"

Cindy Jacobs, Caterer
Cinful Cuisine
(410) 808-6100

Lisa Monday, Florist
An Elegant Affair
(240) 535-5431

James Jarrell, Photographer
AJ Photography
(240) 446-4592

Dwain Remsberg, Regional Director
Grand Rental Events
(410) 690-5407

Jim & Shannon Stanton, DJs
Soundsations Entertainment Services
(301) 972-6323

Team Centineo

Susan Centineo, Photographer
Studio C Photography Imaging
(240) 446-6085

Ellie Bonde and Rene Bonde, Owners
Blossom & Basket
(301) 829-8300

Chris Schultz, Owner
Unique Dreams Deejays
(301) 253-9021

Marcel Wenker
Marcel's Catering
(301) 842-1112

Dwain Remsberg, Regional Director
Grand Rental Events
(410) 690-5407

Team Barksdale

"Forbidden Fruit"

Sharia Barksdale & Adrian Walker,
Wedding Planners
Socialite Event Management, LLC
(202) 420-1802

Zachary Pope, Owner/Chef
Roundz Catering & Consulting
(202) 744-9595

Michael Suser
Night & Day Music
(301) 593-4209

Chris & Brandy Gronde
Gronde Photography
(619) 792-2049

Jean Vasconcellos, Florist
Wilson Florist of Rosslyn
(703) 525-7792

Team Jackson

Dariya Jackson, Event Planner/Decorator
Imagine It! Event Planning and Design Company
(301) 646-2367

Mike Goss, Caterer
(202) 832-8887

Richard Hayes
Classy Production
(443) 307-6315

Shannon Finney, Photographer
Shannon Finney Photography
(202) 236-3588

Team Williams

"Elegant Events"

Sharise Williams,
Urban Engagements
(202) 460-2546

Joanne Grigsby, Caterer
Bennett Caterers
(301) 203-4333


Team Zello

"Intercounty Wedding Connection"

Kim Zello, Caterer
Stone Soup Catering
(301) 515-6998

Adam Feit, DJ
Jamology, Inc.
(240) 626-7316

Sarah Achten, Photographer
Eden's Cove Photography
(301) 704-2715

Nancy Chinnock, Cake Designer
Custom Cake Design
(301) 216-1100

Judy Taylor, Florist
The Flower Valley
(301) 929-1791

Team Cannon

Kelley Cannon, Event Planner
Kelley Cannon Events
(703) 477-5111

Ray Bialek, Owner
Bialek's Music
(301) 340-6206

Purple Onion Catering
(703) 631-7466

Shelley Bagdasian, Florist
Shelley Bagdasian Floral Design
(202) 487-0871

Anne Robert, Photographer
Anne Robert Photography
(801) 472-1868

Team Stinchfield

Loretta Stinchfield
Premier Party Rentals
(301) 685-6379

Nicole Shew, DJ
Shewsical Entertainment Services
(888) 743-9742

Peg & Caitlin Zuniga, Florists
Casablanca Designs
(301) 788-0027

Patty Collette
Carriage House Catering
(703) 340-0027

Erin Antognoli
Erin Antognoli Photography
(240) 683-7983

Team Goodluck


Bryan Goodluck, Photographer
B. Goodluck Photography

Marquita Goodluck, Event Planner
Goodluck Events
(240) 383-7687

Marquis Charles, DJ
Marquis Charles DJ Services
(240) 491-1847

Nicole Thomas, Make-up Artist
Nicole Alexis Make-up Artist & Esthetician
(202) 498-5607

Steve Jerrick, Caterer
La Prima Catering
(443) 220-2338

Team Carnevale

Team Carnevale
2nd place winner - 2010

Janice Carnevale, Event Planner
Bellwether Events
(703) 851-9622

Gerry Rogers, Florist
Petal's Edge
(703) 518-8488

Leslie Grimes, Caterer
Corcoran Caterers
(301) 588-9200

Allison Britton, Photographer
A Britton Photography
(703) 973-2104

Marc Wilner, DJ
Washington Talent Agency
(301) 762-1800

The Judges Are Coming! The Judges Are Coming!

Today, Montgomery Parks announces its panel for the Not-So-Big Wedding Boutique. Headed up by Joyce Mnkande, owner of Events2Remember, the panel is comprised of wedding industry professionals, representing the full range of vendors involved in Sunday's event. The judges are:

Joyce Mnkande is the founder an downer of Events2Remember, Inc. She is a member of the International Special Events Society (ISES) where she serves on the board. With a strong background in accounting and as a certified event planner, she has successfully designed, developed, produced, and executed a myriad of events ranging from small intimate events to large cross-cultural, multi-faceted events.

Julie Upchurch is the lead bridal consultant and design specialist at the award-winning Little House of Flowers, located in Gambrills, MD. Since taking over in February 2006, Julie has become the go-to florist for brides of every budget. She has extensive knowledge of flowers, their appropriate seasons and availability.

Denise Thorne is co-owner of InStyle Caterers. Denise has more than 16 years of catering experience. She has served on the DC ISES chapter board as director of Volunteers and Job Bank and co-director on Front Desk and is presently serving as its President.

Janice Harrison is owner of Occasional Cakes. Baking for years, Janice starter her professional baking career after a layoff in 1994. Since then she has been recognized for her talents by a variety of publications. Janice uses her grandmother's recipes and makes everything from scratch.

Andrew Larris, aka "Sir Andrew" has performed and produced entertainment at over 2000 events across the country. His publishing credits include Washingtonian Bride & Groom and American Entertainment Magazine and he has participated in a live online chat with Washingtonian Magazine as an authority on wedding DJs. Sir Andrew is involved in the SEARCH Foundation, ISES, and IACEP.

Dave Fritz is an Account Executive with Cort Event Furnishings. He has over 10 years of experience in the event industry and has served on the DC ISES Board of Directors for four years. Dave is presently serving as VP of Membership for the second year.

Carmichael Q. Jennings is the owner & CEO and lead photographer for On Q'ue Photography, based in Beltsville, Maryland. Mr. Jennings has 17 years experience and specializes in destination weddings. His work has been featured in several industry magazines, and he has produced cover photos for Bride's Day and Perfect Wedding Guide magazines.