Wedding Trends for 2016 + 2017

MP loves events!  We always say that because we think it’s important to say that we do what we do because we love it!:)

If you’ve been to any event that we’ve planned and made significant contributions to, you’ll see that there’s usually a theme, sometimes very obvious because it’s in every element of the event e.g. Eloise at the plaza baby shower and sometimes it’s very subtle and more of an approach than a theme e.g. elegant minimalism using white and silver everything e.g. 60th Birthday in South Africa.



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Some of the questions we get from clients are “What are the trends for this year?” or “What is considered modern?  I don’t want my wedding to be looked at as old”, “What can I do that’s fresh and new?”, “What is timeless and will look great no matter how many years later I look at my wedding pictures?”   Because of these questions, we’ve decided to outline some trends that we are seeing which could be great for your wedding to add that extra “oomph” and make your wedding the extra special event you want it to be all the way down to your wedding invites.

  1. Incorporating wood – We are seeing lots of weddings incorporate wood into their décor. From menu cards to place cards to invitations.

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  1. Painted cakes – Hand painted cakes are all the rage now!! And we think they are absolutely beautiful!
hand-painted cakes by Three Little Blackbirds Cakes

hand-painted cakes by Three Little Blackbirds Cakes

  1. Table runners – For a while some brides thought it unfashionable to use table runners but table runners are back in a good way. We are seeing everything from lace to stripes to polka dots and they are making weddings look lovely.


  1. Laser cut everything – Similar to wood, we are also seeing place cards, menu cards, invitations which are laser cut.


  1. Mismatched bridesmaid dresses – Once a No No, brides are moving one step further from different colored bridesmaid dresses in the same style to bridesmaid dresses in completely different styles.


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REAL WEDDING in Homestead FL: Orjiugo & Chris

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

Merry Christmas friends! We are excited to share one of our wedding from earlier on this year. The wedding (ceremony and reception) was held at the gorgeous Cooper Estate in Homestead, FL.

Katie Lopez did an amazing job capturing the beautiful day. OrjiugoChris-0004

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the cooper estate wedding

cooper estate decor

wedding centerpieces

table number frames

wedding place setting

gorgeous wedding cake

brazilian style wedding dinner

sparkler wedding exit

Thanks again to awesome vendors –

Ceremony & Reception Venue – The Cooper Estate

Officiant – Peggy Lewis

Décor – M & J Custom Events

Photographer – Katie Lopez

Wedding Cake – Edda’s Cakes

Venue & Catering – The Cooper Estate

DJ – Rey

Macaroons – La Duree

Make-up Artist – Faces by Maori

Hair Stylist –Alluring Faces

Transportation – Academy Bus

Eloise at the Plaza themed Baby Shower

Eloise at the plaza theme baby shower

Hi friends! Today we wanted to share with you a pretty baby shower for one of our very own! The theme for the shower was “Eloise at the Plaza”. We had so much fun with this! We planned and designed the shower and set up the decor with all the fun personal details. The colors of the day were pink, black and white. The shower was held at 4935 Bar & Kitchen in Bethesda, MD. Awesome venue with great food!

Some tables were covered with light pink linen and others were covered in black and white striped linen. We also had personalized chocolate bars, personalized beverage napkins and a popcorn station for the mother who is “about to pop!” hehe. We had a fabulous desert station by Mon Delice. The DJ for the afternoon was DJ Tana and Tosin Fakile was the MC/Host for the event. Enjoy the lovely photos!

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Preppy Themed Birthday Lunch at Season’s 52

Hi friends!

We hope everyone is enjoying the long Memorial Day Weekend!

We wanted to share a few images from an intimate birthday lunch at Seasons 52 in Columbia MD that we planned and decorated last year. The theme was “Preppy“. Colors used were blue, emerald and white. We had some fun with this. The place cards were made using mini chalkboards; the menu cards were designed in the form of a science project “Foodology“. In addition, quotes about reading were printed in frames and placed on the table to add to the theme.

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Titi & Kiyon Washington D.C. Wedding Highlights

Hi friends!

Today, we would like to share with you wedding highlights from one of our beautiful Washington D.C. weddings from 2014. We had the pleasure of planing and coordinating such a beautiful wedding. The couple also had a Yoruba Engagement Ceremony two days before the wedding. The wonderful cinematography was by G.Muse Studios.

We absolutely love both trailers from the Yoruba Engagement Ceremony and also the wedding; we hope you do too!

Dominican Republic Destination Wedding Day 3: Nikki & Malik

Day 3 was the most relaxing day of the days.  The pre-wedding party and the wedding were over so the couple and guests went out on a catamaran sail.  This is actually the best time to have a sail.  Guests can jump into the water and no one is worrying about getting an unwanted tan or their hair (ladies understand:-) ).

We set sail at 2pm while it was nice and warm outside.  Enjoy some pictures below:boat cruise dominican republic

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Dominican Republic Destination Wedding Day 2: Nikki & Malik

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Hi friends!

Our first blog post of the year! We extremely apologize for the long delay; so many exciting things have been happening and we can’t wait to share them with you.

To kick off the year, we have decided to complete out post on the beautiful Dominican Republic wedding from last year.

The bride and groom did something different with their schedule. Usually destination events have one/two days of pre-events and then the last day is the wedding day. However, Nikki and Malik wanted to have the wedding on the second day so they could have some fun on the third day with their guests. An additional day to spend some more time with their nearest and dearest.

The day began with getting ready in the beautiful Paradisus Palma Real Royal Service Room (if you go to the Dominican Republic you should definitely stay in this room! You are truly a VIP and it includes your own butler!)

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gorgeous wedding dress

Nikki and Malik decided to have a first look. If you’d like more information on first looks, check out our previous post – here

1st look

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The couple exchanged letters which they had written for each other

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The ceremony was in the garden.  The couple’s colors for the wedding day were white, yellow and gray.  For the ceremony, we paired all white chiavari chairs with yellow chair ties.

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sand ceremony

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Cocktails and dinner and dancing followed

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 Guests had such a great time at the party that they were extremely tired the next morning!

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Many thanks to WalePhotos for the pictures and special thanks to all the amazing vendors who made the wedding a success

Venue & Catering – Paradisus Palma Real 

DJ – DJ Life

Decor – Caribbean Celebrations

Dominican Republic Destination Wedding: Nikki & Malik

Hi friends!

We are really excited about the subject of today’s blog. As you know, MP loves destination weddings. One of the best parts of these weddings away is all the fun guests get to have in addition to the wedding day.

MP planned, designed and coordinated a beautiful wedding at the lovely Paradisus Palma Real Resort in the Dominican Republic. On the first night, we had the beach BBQ.

The décor was white linen and white chairs with orange, blue and green accents. We used the napkins and pillows to highlight these accents.

beach bbq decor

For seating, we used a mix of lounge seating and rectangular tables. The bamboo chargers and wooden lanterns were a beautiful complement to the décor.

beach lounge furniture

We had a shoe check for guests to take off their shoes before stepping on the beach

beach shoe check

The bride and groom also provided welcome bags. We really loved these and the bride and groom’s logo which was the theme through the weekend.

wedding welcome bag

welcome bag tote

Guests were welcomed by a Dominican trio, who serenaded the guests with beautiful Dominican music.

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As the evening came, the décor became even more gorgeous

DR beach bbq

The guests ate a lovely meal, had great drinks and danced the evening away. Day 2 to follow!!

personalized napkin

Lovely photos by the amazing WalePhotos


Dubai Wedding Trailer

Hi friends! We absolutely loved the wedding we coordinated in Dubai, can you tell?

See the link below for the beautiful trailer captured by the amazing Schubert Rodrigues



Real Destination Wedding: Bimbo + Tolu Wedding in Dubai

It’s been too long friends! Sorry for the extremely delayed post, it’s been a busy year and we can’t wait to share all the exciting things we have been working on.

Today, we want to share with you one of the weddings we coordinated in Dubai back in April. For those who have not been, Dubai is an awesome place to visit!

The outdoor wedding ceremony was held at Al Badia Gold Club, Dubai Festival City while the wedding reception was held at Mina Al Salam, Madinat Jumeirah Both very beautiful venues! The weather was perfect for a beautiful wedding! Congrats again to our amazing couple! Classy, Beautiful & Stress-Free!

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al badia gold club wedding

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wedding first dance

dubai wedding pictures

The beautiful pictures were taken by S67 Photography. See this link for the full coverage of the wedding –

The dream team who assisted in making the wedding a huge success –

Florist – Vintage Bloom

Décor, Sound, Lighting, Rentals – Lafayette & Joelle of My lovely Wedding

Dj- DJ Aklef

Videographer – Schubert Rodrigues 

MC – Jedi

Bride’s Make up – Alessandra Kayali

Bridesmaids Make up – Christina Gbadebo of Pearls 87

We can’t wait to go back to Dubai. Have a great weekend everyone!



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