A fave event every year, Team LBB headed to Engaged! in DC, one of the city’s best bridal expos.
The event ferries guests between the storied St. Regis and the stately Willard Intercontinental, where vendors like caterers, florists, event planners, seamstresses, and calligraphers showed off their finest services and designs for brides-to-be, their bridesmaids, friends, mothers, and even some fiancees.
We started at the St. Regis, where specialists from Carola Meyers Makeup & Hair Artists greeted us to do our makeup as attendants handed us Chandon rosé. Looking aroudn the room, rows and rows of stationery lined whimsical twine clotheslines, where Laura Hooper Calligraphy displayed dozens of invitation styles. A room over, which designer and event production company Design Foundry dubbed “The Man Cave,” anything a groom and his party might want on his wedding day could be found in masculine (but tasteful) proportions: scotch, a charcuterie station from the hotel’s in-house catering team, and a cigar lounge by The Cigar Box, which offers both real cigars and vapor cigars (if you’re having an indoor shindig).
We then headed to The Willard Intercontinental, which is a more fitting venue for weddings on the extravagant end of the spectrum. Several magnificent ballrooms and lounges greet each guest with free flowing bars, lavishly decorated tablescapes, and savory, exotic hors d’oeuvres. Bridal and bridesmaids dresses from Rizik’s were live modeled, and out-of-the-box dessert mavens Astro Donuts and The Pie Sisters served up non-traditional wedding fare with their signature sweets.
Jo Malone Perfumes also had a station, where brides-to-be tried out fragrances for their big day. Would they be a blushing bride? A smoldering starlet? A whimsical (almost) wife? Guests walked off with dozens of samples, in addition to fragrance cards calling attention to the high notes and subtle undertones of each scent.
We got our hair done by Red Door Spas, which made us picture perfect for the extremely trendy photobooth by Shutterbooth, where guests accessorized with kitschy props. Wedding guests using Shutterbooth walk away with a string of printed photos to commemorate the big day.
Another successful pre-wedding event at two of DC’s best bridal venues concluded with a string quartet in the hallway as happy brides-to-be headed home with swag bags full of vendor discount cards, fabric swatches, and, of course, wedding cake samples.