DC wedding coordinator

Elisabeth and Adam // Carnegie Library, Washington DC // DC Wedding Planner

Elisabeth and Adam are rad. It’s just true. Case in point: they met at a NOW conference. Elisabeth was recruiting attendees and donors for the PAC reception and auction that supports women running for office. Adam received a text from a mutual friend who asked "how do you feel about feminists and open bars?" Adam's response? "I like where this is going."

I worked with them as their Month-Of Coordinator for their wedding this past July at Carnegie Library and had a blast. Elisabeth and Adam together, apart, and as mirrored in all their incredibly friendly, awesome friends and family, are witty, smart, goofy, gorgeous and kick-a$$. As you shall see:

After they both got ready, we started the day at Carnegie Library to do a first look as well as some bridal party photos. It unfortunately was raining that day and so we waited an extra 15 minutes to try and avoid them getting too wet on their way to the synagogue for their ceremony!

And ah, their ceremony. Their ceremony might be my favorite ceremony of the year. It was so personal, so touching, so funny - it was really them and therefore, it was beautiful. Plus, Lis walked herself down the aisle, which is bad-ass.  The ceremony took place in the stunning chapel at Washington Hebrew Congregation - I thought this intimate, warm, and lovely chapel was the perfect ceremony space.

Back at Carnegie, Main Event Caterers were getting the reception all set up (along with my fantastic assistant for the day, Shana - yay Shana!). Lis and Adam's overall theme was “Come Fly With Us” - as they both love to travel. Adam’s mother does floral and event design and she created the most beautiful escort card chart, as well as adorable little airplanes we added to the floral arrangements by Lisa Sommers at Petals and Promises. Their tables were also all named after some of their favorite destinations. After a great meal, they danced the night away. And this crowd DANCED, people. They partied hard and it was incredible.

Congrats again to Lis and Adam!


Elisabeth and Adam's Vendors:

Event Coordination: Katie Wannen, The Plannery

Ceremony Venue: Washington Hebrew Congregation

Reception Venue: Carnegie Library

Caterer: Main Event

Photographer: George Street Photo

Florist: Lisa Sommers, Petals and Promises

DJ: Bialecks Music

Happy Plannerversary!

The Plannery is officially one year old today! I want to thank the DC area wedding industry for being so bafflingly rad. When I moved here from Brooklyn I had no sense of the DC wedding community, how long it would take me to make connections and get new clients, whether this venture would even work. But I was immediately blown away by how friendly the wedding vendors were (and continue to be). I honestly never thought that within the short span of a year I'd actually FEEL like I was a part of a greater (and awesome) community - so thank you, thank you!

I want to thank the DC area engaged folks for (whew!) proving me right in wanting a wedding planner and coordinator who is down-to-earth and has a sense of humor. I took a big risk in my marketing - but at the end of the day felt it was best to truly be me and I hoped potential clients would see and understand that. It's been so wonderful to get such positive feedback on my website and my services. And I'm so glad I didn't scare too many people away with the fact that I get sh*t done!

I want to thank Maryland for passing their marriage equality laws shortly after I moved here. Having both DC and Maryland support same-sex marriage meant a lot to me personally and professionally - and it means I get to work with fantastic clients who are super-psyched about getting married (and don't take that privilege for granted). Now get your sh*t together, VA.

I want to thank my friends, family, and especially my husband, for being so garsh-darned supportive. Running bios, web design, pricing, and marketing ideas by you all helped make this happen. And I'm incredibly lucky to have a husband who wanted me to really give it my all - really do this 100% to see what was possible and see how The Plannery could grow (not to mention, he came up with the name so he wins).

Long story short, THANK YOU.

The Plannery still has tons of ways it needs to and can grow and expand. I'm really only getting started. But I'm proud of this first year and how far my little Plannery has come. Looking forward to many more years!