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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tangerine Tango

One of the best parts of planning a wedding is choosing the colors that will be incorporated into the special day. After you have your significant other, the ring, and a proposed date, color becomes a very important element in the remainder of the planning process. Think about all of the things that revolve around your wedding colors (listed in no particular order):
-Your venue
-Bridal party attire
-Ceremony and reception decor
-Invitations, Programs, Menu Cards, etc.
-Possibly the cake and favors
-A menu can even be created to work with your color scheme

The world around us is filled with so many different colors, and we create our wardrobes around the colors that we are most drawn to. A wedding should be no different! Admit it, color is one of the most important aspects of planning a wedding! While some brides have known the color(s) of their wedding since they were 5 years old, others may need to seek guidance in choosing the right color for their big day. Enter PANTONE. refers to this little gem as "A system for matching colors, used in specifying printing inks" while the fashion and wedding world would refer to it as THE world-renowned authority on colour and provider of colour systems. A color think tank if you will.

Pantone has recognized Tangerine Tango as our 2012 Color of the year, recognized as 17-1463 in their index. An excerpt from the Pantone website: “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” We don't know about you, but we would love for this to be the forward to the book of our dream wedding! What a beautiful description!

Here is a visual of the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2012:

We love the thought of pairing Tangerine Tango with other bright and vivid colors! It's definitely a color that's looking to add a little bit of fun to your day!

The options are endless, but one thing is for sure...everyone at As You Wish is looking forward to seeing a whole lot of Tangerine Tango in 2012! Happy planning, from all of us at As You Wish!

Monday, September 5, 2011

John & Whitney

We had the opportunity to be a part of John and Whitney's beautiful wedding day at The Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk, VA this past weekend, and we are so excited to share a glimpse of their event! Click the images below to watch the video!

The Girl Tyler design and photography team did a phenomenal job of capturing this event and we are looking forward to working with them on future projects! Our wonderful team of wedding professionals included Sweetwater Cuisine Catering, Patti Cakes
Blue Steel Pro Lighting, flowers by Bloom, and entertainment by Fight The Big Bull Band, and Arch Entertainment, and or course our As You Wish team!

We will post more pictures from John and Whitney's wedding at the beautiful Hermitage Museum and Gardens in the near future, but in the meantime here are a few shots taken by our As You Wish team:

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

White Wedding Day

We all know that current traditions say that the bride is the only one who should be wearing white at a wedding. It wasn't always this way. White was actually considered a color of mourning in ancient times. Brides dresses would be deep, rich colors and bridesmaids would wear dresses in similar color and style to the brides. It was a superstitious tradition for bridesmaids to dress similarly to the bride to ward off evil spirits. Queen Victoria changed that by wearing a white dress in her 1840 wedding to Prince Albert, though the bridesmaids still stayed in colored dress. Now it seems the tides are changing and brides are more open to their bridal parties wearing the pure color just as they do.

Most notably was Pippa Middleton as maid-of-honor for Catherine Middleton this past spring. Typically in British weddings the wedding party consists of younger girls dressed similarly to the bride. These girls are young enough that white isn't considered taboo, much like putting a flower girl in a miniature version of a brides dress in American weddings. But when Pippa stepped out in her stunning white Sarah Burton dress she shocked people and started a new trend for weddings stateside.

Kate Moss followed the trend in her July 2011 wedding having her wedding party wear white as well. She wore an almost ivory colored John Galliano dress but had her 16 bridesmaids and flower girls decked out in white giving the wedding a very ethereal feel to it.

And of course now we know that Kim Kardashian was the more recent celeb to follow the white trend dressing sisters Khloe and Kourtney in white dresses for her wedding this past weekend. She even asked guest to dress in black and white to give the wedding a very clean look to it.

This trend is not just for celebs. Whether you're having an outdoor beach wedding or an evening candle lit traditional ceremony the clean look of all white can be a stunning backdrop for bright accent flowers and sashes to add that splash of color in a more subtle fashion. So are you daring enough to go all white at your wedding?

Happy planning, from all of us at As You Wish!

Written By: As You Wish team member Rachel Yurko

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Preserving Bridal Bouquets

Our As You Wish brides put a lot of thought into making their bouquets a personalized creation that it only makes sense to stick with that same frame of mind following the wedding day. Just like your favorite bridal portrait, you can also have your bouquet preserved, framed and incorporated into your home decor.

The preservation options don't stop there though. Now brides are looking into alternative options for preserving bridal bouquets that can turn them into keepsakes or heartfelt gifts!

When we first heard about Bloombeads we fell in love! When we found out Sasha Souza selected Bloombeads as one of "Sasha's Favorite Things" for 2011, we knew it was meant to be! Here is a blurb from the Bloombeads website that perfectly describes the beauty in their products: "Life is like a string of beads...each bead, a moment; each moment, a memory. Memories strung together tell the story of your life. Turn your memories into a wearable story, with Bloombeads; flower-petal jewelry produced from your actual flowers."

For brides interested in preserving bridal bouquets we suggest contacting the preservation company several weeks prior to your wedding date to ensure that everything is set up and ready to go by the time the wedding comes. Another company we recommend for these services is Keepsake Floral From all of us at As You Wish, happy planning!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bride's Choice Awards '11

As You Wish Weddings and Events is now WeddingWire Rated for 2011!

WeddingWire, the nation's leading wedding technology company, is pleased to announce that As You Wish Weddings and Events is WeddingWire Rated 2011 for wedding and event planning. WeddingWire Rated is an annual award program that distinguishes wedding vendors across the country for their excellence. Based on hundreds of thousands of recent wedding reviews, WeddingWire Rated is the most recognized and trusted brand among engaged couples looking to find the best local businesses for their wedding.

As You Wish Weddings and Events has 16 reviews on WeddingWire. Reviews by our newlywed clients include detailed ratings and insightful descriptions about their experiences working with our business and staff. Our reviews provide transparency for potential clients, assisting them in making the most informed decisions for their big day.

"We are delighted to unveil the 5th annual WeddingWire Rated program," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire, Inc. "As You Wish Weddings and Events has made a commitment to capturing their clients experiences on the nation's leading wedding review site."

As the largest site for wedding reviews, WeddingWire empowers engaged couples with the most comprehensive and trusted review system available. The WeddingWire Rated program provides As You Wish Weddings and Events with a simple platform to capture customer feedback from their wedding planning experience. Newly engaged couples can easily access all of the reviews for As You Wish Weddings and Events on We would like to thank our newlyweds for our WeddingWire Rated 2011 recognition.

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WeddingWire, the nation's leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives local businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. Businesses that join the WeddingWire Network appear on and other leading sites, including, (NYSE: MSO),, and (part of the 1-800-Flowers family of brands, NASDAQ: FLWS).

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tara & Jimmy

We had the opportunity to work with this beautiful bride on her April 2nd wedding at The Cavalier Hotel near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. It's historically known as The Cavalier on the Hill and Tara's wedding was one for the record books as well. Tara was an out-of-town bride who trusted her mother and the As You Wish team with the majority of the wedding planning. And boy did we plan! We helped her put together a stellar team of professional vendors who worked together to make Tara's day nothing short of perfect.

The guests arrived to a beautiful display of roses, and organza bags of petals were given out for the guests to toss during the recessional. The aroma of fresh cut roses swirled through the air and the musical notes from a string quartet filled the room. The ceremony was a heavenly vision of white with ballroom chairs and hanging rose pomanders lining the aisle.

Colorful rose pomanders hung from the wall and romantic rose trees were created on site for the ceremony.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and Hors d'Ĺ“uvres while the the bridal party took pictures on the hill in front of The Cavalier Hotel with photographer Keith Cephus.

The reception decor included rich eggplant purple linens accented with taupe damask napkins which were gathered with strands of pearls. The centerpieces alternated from tall baroque candlesticks with white feather flumes to short floral arrangements with soft feather accents.

The wedding cake, provided by Shockley's Sweet Shoppe was a 3 layer square cake embellished with a satin ribbon trim and beautiful scrollwork. The florist provided a delicate rose cake topper, and the front of the cake was adorned with the bride's late aunt's brooches. All of the floral arrangements had brooches mixed within the flowers, which beautifully tied into the bride's authentic, hand made brooch bouquet. Shockley's Sweet Shoppe also made a guitar cake for the groom.

The guests danced the night away on the enclosed patio and also enjoyed some fun extras like a chocolate fountain and a photo booth.

Here are a few more detail shots from the wedding day and bridal shoot:

Tara and Jimmy, (and mother of bride Kathi!!) we had a wonderful time planning your wedding and absolutely LOVED every second and detail of the big day. We wish you nothing but love and happiness! -As You Wish team

*photo credit and creative design elements courtesy of Keith Cephus Photography and Palette of Petals floral design