Jun 12

Real Honeymoon – Costa Rica – Mr. & Mrs. Rogers

Our honeymoon to Costa Rica was great! Both hotels (El Silencio and Four Seasons Costa Rica) were amazing, totally different, but a great compliment if you're looking to see a little of both sides of Costa Rica. 

El Silencio Costa Rica

El Silencio

El Silencio was so relaxing, and I think we were one of only a few couples there for the first few days so it was also very quiet and private.  Since it wasn't crowded when we got there, they made sure that we got one of the rooms with the best view.  The food there was amazing; we could have eaten the trout tartar for every meal of the trip!  Since it was the start of rainy season (June), we tried to do most of the activities in the day and then we would just hang out around the room reading or go to the spa in the afternoon.  The rain usually didn't start until after 1:00 or 2:00 though. 

Costa Rica Thermal Springs

The hotel and the grounds were amazing; I don't think we've ever seen so many trees in one place.  The hiking trails were also nice, and they even put in zip lines so we were able to do that also.  We squeezed in a few excursions while we were there, we did a coffee tour one morning and a trip to Arenal and the hot springs another day.  All of the excursions we did were basically private, so you had an English speaking driver to customize it based on what you're looking for.  Both were great and we learned a lot about the area since we had someone to ask questions to on the way there and back (one guide even did several monkey calls for us on the visit to Arenal to help us find some monkeys on the hike - and it worked).  Everyone at the hotel was so helpful and accommodating, and on the last night they even treated us to a complimentary private dinner at the spa (on their yoga deck) with a private chef who cooked for us table side.  It was a great end to the stay there. 

Four Seasons Costa Rica Beach

Four Seasons Costa Rica

Since El Silencio was pretty quiet (hence the name) we were excited to get to the Four Seasons for the second half of the trip and have a little more action and stuff going on around us.  I'd say the order of where we went first was perfect though considering how tired we were after the wedding.  We loved the Four Seasons as expected!  The service was great and there were so many different things spread out on the property.  I don't think I've ever been treated so well laying out by the pool either!  We mostly laid out and enjoyed the sunny weather there, we didn't get too much rain there which was nice.  I did make a trip to the spa which was great, and even took a spinning class with a view of the beach one day.  We did one excursion on a catamaran and went to some private beaches and did some snorkeling.  The excursion wasn't completely private but it was just us and one family on the boat so it was pretty close to it.

Four Seasons Costa Rica Golf

We aren't golfers so we also took a tour of the golf course on golf carts and I'd recommend this to anyone who goes there and doesn't golf.  The course was beautiful and we saw so many monkeys, some even walked right up to the carts at the beginning of the course. Thanks Honeymoon Islands for planning this for us!

Randy and Stephanie Rogers

Randy and Stephanie Rogers - Chicago, IL USA

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May 30

Aruba One Happy Island

Aruba

Aruba

Relax on white sandy beaches on the skirts of the turquoise water that the Caribbean is famous for. What sets this particular island apart in paradise is the many resorts, such as Bucuti and Tara Beach Suites & Spa, that strive to maintain an eco-friendly atmosphere. If you are looking for luxury then The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba – is for you. It’s one of the newest and most pedigreed resorts in Aruba. With its pristine beaches and beautiful landscape, guests will revel in a new standard of luxury and elegance that characterizes one of the finest Aruba 5 star hotels. Aruba is home to some of the best wreck dives in the Caribbean. If you’d prefer to stay dry, you can still view the haunting attractions from the comfort of a tiptop submarine or semisubmersible boat. For more information contact Honeymoon Islands

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Apr 17

Meet the Engaging Affairs Planners - Part Two

Meet the Planners series is Amanda McCabe! Amanda is also a DC native and is a graduate of Visitation and JMU.

  • Your signature cocktail: A glass (or bottle) of Pinot Noir
  • Favorite pair of shoes: A floral print stiletto or my new Kate Spade all cork heels!
  • Favorite vacation spot: Antigua! Or Boston for a quick getaway to cheer on my Red Sox! Viva!
  • Favorite restaurant: Nam Viet in Arlington.  I'm a sucker for good Thai or Vietnamese food!
  • What is your TV go to: I love to binge watch seasons of Scandal, Shameless, and House of Cards
  • Favorite wedding trend: I love mixing metallics with bright bold prints!
  • Wedding trend you'd love to see die a slow death: Pintuck linens.  I am a true rental snob!
  • Describe your perfect weekend when you don't have a wedding: Hanging with my dog, Tessie!
  • Describe your dream client: I love meeting with a couple who trust me and are willing to go outside the box!
  • Favorite celebrity wedding: Ellen and Portia.  So beautiful and intimate!  Plus who doesn't love Ellen!! (Ellen- pick me to be on your 14 days of giveaways show, thank you!)

Meet The Engaging Affairs Planners {Taylour Ann Campbell} The newest member of the team, Taylour Ann Campbell. Taylour Ann is a native of Northern Virginia and a graduate of The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!)

  • Your signature cocktail: Strawberry Lemon Sangria
  • Favorite pair of shoes: Any and all heels
  • Favorite vacation spot: New Smryna Beach, Florida
  • Favorite restaurant: Cafe Sano, Reston
  • What magazine do you read every month without fail: Architectural Digest, I love getting ideas from interior design magazines.
  • Favorite wedding trend: Donuts!
  • Wedding trend you'd love to see die a slow death: I hate to say it, but mason jars.
  • Describe your perfect weekend when you don't have a wedding: If the weather is beautiful, you will find me outside. Sunshine always makes me happy.
  • Describe your dream client: I love clients who I connect with immediately and are excited to plan their big day! Someone who is seeking simple elegance and wants to create a spectacular experience for them and their guests.
  • Favorite celebrity wedding: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake (Nothing can top that petal pink Giambattista Valli wedding dress)

To contact Amanda or Taylour at Engaging Affairs email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 703.313.7659703.313.7659

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Apr 15

Meet the Wedding Planners at Engaging Affairs - Part One

Christine Godsey
Christine has been with Engaging Affairs for almost ten years and is known for her glamorous events and experience with multi-cultural and South Asian weddings. Some things you may not know:

  • Your signature cocktail:  Pinot Noir is my usual go to but when the mood strikes, I love a good Moscow Mule or Green’s Gluten Free Triple Blonde Ale. 
  • Favorite pair of shoes:  I LOVE my Corso Como riding boots!  I have had them for over 4 years and they just get better with age.  I wish I could wear them year round!
  • Favorite vacation spot: I love a little adventure, a little history and a little relaxation. So far, my favorites include: Whistler; Belize; Costa Rica; Meribel, France and, of course, Puerto Rico.
  • Favorite restaurant:  Going out to eat is one of my favorite things!  Some of my favorites in DC are Fiola, Bourbon Steak and Mintwood.
  • What magazine do you read every month without fail:  US Weekly, In Touch, Ok!.  I love love love gossip magazines just as much as I love reality TV shows.
  • Favorite wedding trend: I love what you can do with lighting these days. It is so much more than just uplights and pinspotting.  I love a bride who really understands what lighting can do.
  • Wedding trend you'd love to see die a slow death:  I Do stickers on the bottom of shoes, hangers with names written in them and monogram gobos.  
  • Describe your perfect weekend when you don't have a wedding:  Out of town traveling or on the boat!  Always somewhere sunny!
  • Describe your dream client:  I love clients who are excited about doing something a little different, either with décor or food.
  • Favorite celebrity wedding: I have to say Crissy Teigen & John Legend.  Wedding in Lake Cuomo and three Vera Wang wedding dresses, one being a gorgeous red stunner.  What more do I need to say?

Erica Selekman
Today on "Meet The Planners" is Erica Selekman, our fabulous brunette! Erica has worked with Engaging Affairs for over three years and graduated from Radford University with a degree in PR.

Your signature cocktail: I'm a simple gal-- a light beer :)  And if I'm feeling fancy, either glass of
champagne or vodka + soda with a splash of pineapple juice

  • Favorite pair of shoes: Red pumps   
  • Favorite vacation spot: The beach!!!!!  If I could be a sun-goddess I would!
  • Favorite restaurant: The Palm in Tyson's  
  • What magazine do you read every month without fail: Washington Biz Journal (I know, boring)
  • Favorite wedding trend: Different height center pieces + and the "outdoor look" with branches
  • Describe your perfect weekend when you don't have a wedding: Brunch outside (if it's nice) with good company, music and eats (Saturday and Sunday if I'm lucky)
  • Describe your dream client:  The couple that just wants to have fun and truly enjoy the day!
  • Favorite celebrity wedding: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen  (a classic)

 

Last up on "Meet the Planners" is company founder Laura Weatherly. Laura grew up in North Carolina and attended Duke University before coming to D.C. and starting Engaging Affairs in 1996.

  • Your signature cocktail: Champagne. I always keep a bottle of Veuve Clicquot in the fridge.
  • Favorite vacation spot: Maui and Venice
  • Favorite restaurant: Blue Duck in D.C. and Fiction Kitchen in Raleigh
  • What magazine do you read every month without fail: Southern Living
  • Guilty pleasure TV: Scandal, True Blood, Downton Abbey
  • Favorite wedding trend: Laser-cut invitations
  • Wedding trend you'd like to see die a slow death: improper use of Mason jars (not a huge surprise there), e-vites for weddings
  • Describe your perfect weekend when you don't have a wedding: morning yoga, yummy brunch with my family, paddle boarding, then reading a good book in the hammock before dinner on the back deck.
  • Describe your dream client: a couple who has a good perspective on life and who realizes that a wedding is just one important day out of many in their future life together and not the end-all-be-all of their existence
  • Favorite celebrity wedding: Ellen and Portia-- I love the intimacy and true joy in their wedding!

For more information on their services please visit their web site or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
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