Bachelor Party: Bourbon & Bowties

March 12, 2013

One of the wonderful things about weddings is that the celebration lasts more than just one day. From the engagement party to the honeymoon, there is seemingly endless opportunity for fun… and when the groom thinks fun, he probably thinks Bachelor Party!

Why not ditch the cliched, R-rated, bachelor party for a Bourbon & Bowties bash? Gather the groomsmen for a swanky bourbon tasting and bring in a pro to give a lesson in the art of tying bowties. No matter where you’re from, you’ll be as dapper as true Southern gentlemen in no time.

Photos via Cordial Weddings / Etsy /

Knock…Knock…Double Knock.

March 7, 2013

Imagine walking down 7th Street in DC having no idea where your holiday party could be. All you were told was to be sure to knock twice and to follow them up with a double knock. As the EVOKE ladies peeked through the door hole, we saw iPhone maps beaming and guests wandering around aimlessly…Why was that? Well, it’s because we boarded up Longview Gallery well in advance of their arrival.

This corporate holiday party was far from typical. Instead, we created a speakeasy lounge inspired by the flappers of the Roaring 20′s — bourbon, poker, pearls, boas, and of course, black and red. Lets just say this party would not let its guests out its grasp, but let’s start with the welcome and work our way to the end.

Upon entering, guests were greated by an accordion player and a bourbon tasting bar. Next, they dined on foods inspired by old-world Italian kitchen, think, mafia meals: flat-breads, make-your-own-risotto station and even a mini steakhouse. While they digested, a few games of poker were played on the walking poker tables, and then it was time to dance and party with our DJ. And, yes, he had his own “pour-a-shot” station. Now, don’t you wish you had known the secret knock? At least you can take a look inside after the fact…

oh, sorry! I forgot to mention the bathtub gin girl, just sipping away on her martini!

{Photography Credit: Freed Photography}

The Rat Pack: Jodi Moraru, EVOKEChicka Chicka Boom Boom, Well Dunn Catering, Longview Gallery, Frost Lighting, Planet DJ Productions, and Booth-O-Rama




In Bed, Part 2: Amaryllis just WOW’s you!

March 5, 2013

In this installment of our series “In Bed with our Floral and Decor Vendors” we talk to Rick, Christopher and Kristin of Amaryllis, Floral + Event Designs! Since being founded as a simple flower shop in a hotel basement over 20 years ago, Amaryllis has bloomed into one of the area’s premiere floral vendors. The Amaryllis team turns bouquets into art, adding special touches that make an event truly beautiful.

Can you use out-of-season florals in arrangements?

We source many of our products locally, however so much is grown all over the world that most things are available at our fingertips.

How  can a bride preserve her bouquet after the wedding?

Don’t! Flowers should always be fresh!

How would you describe your style?

All encompassing- modern, classic, elegant, lush, eclectic, creative and eye catching!

What are your favorite flowers to work with?

Tough Question! We prefer to work with seasonal blooms, but some of our all time favorites are tulips, dahlias, hydrangea, and blooming branches.

Do you create samples for clients to view prior to the event?


Images via Amaryllis / Eli Turner / Rodney Bailey

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