Weekend Wanderlust: Snow Day

Are you planning a romantic winter proposal or snowy honeymoon? My husband and I are getting ready for a weekend away on the slopes and I’m just smitten by the romance of it all.

Take a snow day with us today and enjoy the beauty of newly fallen snow, hot toddies, sharing an open fire, and the adventures charming mountain resorts like these have to offer:

Topnotch Resort & Spa, Stowe, Vermonttopnotch

The Pitcher Inn, Warren, Vermont


The Inn at Lost Creek, Telluride, Colorado


Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado


Stein Erickson, Park City, Utah


Post Hotel, Lake Louise, Banff, Canada
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Four Seasons, Whistler, Canada



~ Hillary

Featured On: The Knot

We are so thrilled to have Dianna and Mark’s truly amazing wedding at the W Hotel featured in the current issue of The Knot DC/Maryland/Virginia.  Dianna and Mark were such a sweet couple and Dianna’s eye for fabulous design made us all absolutely giddy during the planning.  Be sure to pick up your copy on stands now.






The Wedding of Dianna and Mark

The Wedding of Dianna and Mark

The Wedding of Dianna and Mark


The Wedding of Dianna and Mark

The Wedding of Dianna and Mark

The Wedding of Dianna and Mark

The Wedding of Dianna and Mark


Thank you to our amazing vendor team!

Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Duncan Events

Venue: W Hotel DC

Photographer: Eli Turner Photography

Floral and Décor: Amaryllis Floral Event & Design

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts

Hair: Akilah Bradshaw

Makeup: Faces by Liz

Reception DJ: Scratch Weddings, DJ Premonition

Cocktail Musician: Potomac Jazz Project

Ceremony Musician: Chesapeake Strings

Dress: Oscar de la Renta / The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel

Accessories (veil, jewelry, shoes): Veil – Handmade , Jewelry – Nadri, Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaid dresses and accessories: Dresses – BCBG, Jewelry – Nadri

Celeste Kaplan Joins EDE

We’re so excited to share that Celeste Kaplan has joined Elizabeth Duncan Events.  Celeste has a diverse array of event planning experience including major political, corporate and social clients.  We had the pleasure of working with Celeste many times over the years while she was the private event manager at Charlie Palmer Steak at 101 Constitution, and are absolutely delighted to have her on our team.  Being able to offer additional planning packages will allow Elizabeth Duncan Events to meet the exciting growth we’re experiencing across all event types and in new markets.  Welcome aboard!


2014 Favorites

2014 was a truly amazing year for EDE.  Here are just a few highlights and photos from some of our favorite events.

  • Our team doubled!
  • We launched a brand new Web site, which we LOVE!
  • We went International with weddings in London and Costa Rica!

EDE 2014 Review

Photos by: L-R, T-B: Abby Jiu, Many Moons, Eli Turner, Megan Dailor, Sweet Tea Photography, Rodney Bailey, Jonathan Yonkers

Sweet Soirees: DIY Sugar Plum 1st Birthday


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December birthdays can be tough and I know, first hand, because I have one- and now, so does my daughter.  I want her birthdays to feel as special as those “lucky” kids who get to have pool party birthdays in the summer.  We celebrated Courtney’s first birthday by embracing the holiday spirit with a theme of Our Sugar Plum is Turning 1!  It was a festive affair that lent itself well for a little girl’s birthday party.  My favorite details included the paper-doll ballerina garland, a tulle tutu for my little one, ballerina cupcake toppers, Amazingly Good Eggnog, and party cracker favors.

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Most of the party was DIY, but I could not have done it without a little help from these sources:

Paper Goods from Meri Meri and World Market

“More Merry Please” Disposable Cups from Pier 1 Imports

Custom Onsie from Etsy Shop, Ortinau Art

Tutu from Etsy Shop, SimplyElegant93

Happy Birthday Banner and Snowflake Garland from Etsy Shop, EMTsweetie


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Happy Birthday Courtney!!!

~ Hillary

#BTS: A Touch of Velvet

We’ve been busy getting in the holiday spirit and have been drawing so much inspiration from gorgeous velvet. An incredibly versatile fabric that is equally comfortable in elegant, luxurious or modern, playful designs.  For more holiday inspiration, visit our Happy Holidays Pinterest board.

EDE Trend Velvet


Photo credits:  Dress, Pants, Bow Ties; Wreath, Placesetting, Tablescape; Ornament, Gift, Gift, Boxes