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Wow was all we could say when we saw the photos of Brooke and Fritz’s wedding! The couple wed in true Washington fashion celebrating at the Meridian House with a cozy and elegant affair. Their wedding was even featured in Washingtonian Bride and Groom magazine, Brooke wore Carolina Herrera. We couldn’t have been happier to work with such a wonderful bride, congratulations again to Brooke and Fritz!

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Vendors

Photography: Abby Jiu

Flowers: Amaryllis
Catering: Ridgewells
Makeup: Carl Ray
Invitations: Nico and Lala

 

Our Bride of the Month, Elizabeth, stunned in her blush Monique Lhuillier gown. She and her husband, Richard were wed in a beautiful barn wedding, filled with small romantic touches that put rustic chic to another level! Clearly, we are obsessed, and we couldn’t help but share! Congratulations again to the newlyweds!!!

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Vendors:

MAKEUP AND HAIR: Muse Studios Hair and Makeup Artistry, Ashburn, VA
VENUE: The Glasgow Farms, Fredericksburg, VA
EVENT PLANNER/RENTALS: Darling D’s Event, Fredericksburg, VA
CATERING: Caroline Street Catering, Fredericksburg, VA
FLORALS: Blushing Blooms Event Florist, Spotsylvania, VA

 

 

We absolutely love our Vendor of the Month Rex & Regina! They are incredible at all they do and we always enjoy working with them. Teresa Lee, of Rex & Regina, was kind enough to share some of her top tips for wedding planning and answer some of our most burning questions. So read on, and get your bridal scoop!

 

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?

A: To be honest, I feel like I am one of the luckiest people alive — that every day I am privileged to do what I love to do most. I am a planner not only by profession, but by nature and personality, too.  I am passionate about what I do and love to work with clients to bring to life their vision for their wedding.  I love that every client is unique and therefore every day is a little different. It is certainly not a boring job!

 

Q: What is the best advice you could give a client?

A: Don’t over-think things. Research, evaluate, make a decision, and don’t look back. There are infinite choices out there and the quest for the “perfect” thing can be exhausting, not to mention futile. Creative sources like Pinterest can be helpful, but they can also overwhelm and stall the process because they overload the mind with options. Instead, focus on the things that matter, the things that will bring meaning to the day. Think about what it is you want to remember about your wedding 20 years from now and make those things a priority.

 

Q: What is the most important thing a client needs to consider when choosing an event planner?

A: If I can cheat, there are two things: chemistry and experience. Chemistry is critical when choosing a planner. This is the person you will not only be spending a lot of time with leading up to the wedding, but who will also be guiding you through the entire day. You need to like this person — and you need to trust them. Trust is built over time which is one reason that having a planner on board for more than just the weekend of the wedding is helpful. It allows you time to develop that relationship and for the planner to get to know you and your vision for the wedding. Once that trust and understanding is established, the planner can successfully execute.  And that is where experience comes in. Chemistry is useless unless the planner has the experience to see the process through to flawless execution. A planner with experience will know how to avoid pitfalls, troubleshoot onsite, and manage the logistics necessary to create a beautiful and memorable day.

 

Q: What is the least important thing a client needs to consider? 

A: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Not every good planner will invest in an amazing website. Not every good planner will pay to be featured on top wedding blogs. Not every good planner will apply to be considered for awards. Focus on chemistry and experience, not the marketing.

 

Q: Tell our brides a little more about your company, in your words, what sets Rex & Regina apart from other event planners?

A: The first question I always get asked about the firm is who are Rex and Regina! Hint: they are not my dogs. Rex and Regina is Latin for king and queen and I chose the name for the meaning behind it. When kings and queens entertained centuries ago, the royal court became an extension of their family. I love that concept. I love that whether it is a corporate event where they are entertaining clients, a nonprofit event where they are entertaining donors, or, in this case, a wedding where friends and family are being entertained, that everyone should feel welcomed and comfortable. They should feel like family. They should feel like the couple really thought about them and created a seamless and memorable experience for them.

So that is in part what differentiates us. We help our clients think about their wedding through the guests’ eyes. We marry the client’s vision for their day with strategies for making sure that every guest will leave that wedding thinking, “wow — they really cared that I was here.”  We love design and aesthetics, we love making things look beautiful, but when we work with our clients we always make sure that the design never detracts from the experience of the guests.

We also have decades of experience. We’ve seen it all and our clients trust us because they know we are capable of executing. We are their advocate and know how to navigate the process to create the best results possible. And we have a lot of fun doing it!

 

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Photo: Chris Baltazar 

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Photo: Chris Baltazar 

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