May 30

Aruba One Happy Island



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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Jan 8

Don't Skimp on Your Honeymoon - It's What You'll Remember!

June weddings will be here before you know it, and soon thereafter couples will be off on their dream honeymoons.  Sadly, lots of people have this little problem known as having champagne taste on a beer budget.  So before you blow your whole budget on the wedding, which is after all just a one-day event, ask yourself this question: what will you remember???

It's been 15 years since I went to Hawaii on my honeymoon, and it remains one of the best vacations I ever took.  I still hope to go back one of these days- this time to show my son some of those amazing sights, like when we took a helicopter tour over an active volcano or walked along the black sand beach created with the lava.

This world is full of beautiful places, and there are many great experts that can help you figure out the perfect destination for you to spend your honeymoon.  Honeymoon Islands, which is based in Virginia, has specialized in this for over 25 years.  Here's the segment we did with them on planning a honeymoon:

Source: Regina A. DeMeo Host of Making It Last, a weekly tv show in MD to help families tackle major issues. Regularly invited on other shows as a legal commentator, including Good Morning America, ABC, Sirius XM's Acceso Legal and MMCTV's  Money Matters.  Featured in Bethesda Magazine, the Washington Post, ABA Journal.  Listed among the best family law attorneys by the Washingtonian, DC & Maryland's Superlawyers and named one of the Area’s Top 25 Divorce Lawyers by Bethesda Magazine.

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Sep 29

Top 5 Destination Wedding/Honeymoon Travel Tips for Brides

As a bride packing your bags anticipating a deluxe destination wedding or tropical honeymoon retreat, the last thing on your mind is name change. However, TSA, airline carriers, resorts and many U.S. government offices take the name on your travel documents versus your actual legal name very seriously.

No need to stress about your new name and travel arrangements. Following these five top travel tips will ensure smooth passage to your destination and a headache-free start to married life!

1. Maiden Voyage
If your honeymoon is right after your wedding, be sure to book all travel tickets and rooms in your maiden name! The State Department takes 5-6 weeks to issue new passports and the DMV will not issue a new license without your certified marriage certificate.

2. Insurance Assurance
Worried that you or your spouse will use the wrong name as you plan? Travel insurance will allow you to correct any name mistakes without incurring change fees.

3. Destination Due Diligence
Saying “I do” abroad? Make sure that your marriage certificate will be accepted by U.S. government agencies. A quick call to the head Social Security office at 800.772.1213 is all it takes!

4. More Por Favor
 Request 2-3 certified copies of your marriage certificate in English. This ensures that you won’t lose your only copy, and saves you the headache associated with international calls to request additional copies once you’re back in the U.S.

5. Save Time & Stress
Go from Miss to Mrs. in a matter of minutes with  easy online name change service! They’ll auto-complete all of the necessary name change paperwork in 30 minutes.

Got more questions about destination weddings/honeymoons? Contact Teresa Belcher at Honeymoon Islands  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  703.753.8115

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