Real Proposal: James & Richard

The golden tones of the room seemed to evaporate the cold air clinging to the coat of each guest as dozens of them blew in, their cheeks pink with anticipation as much as the chill of winter.  It was just few days before the New Year, a time already filled with a seasonal glow.  Nowhere was that sense warmer than the little paneled room where family and friends gathered, eager to support a man very much in love.  It was a carefully-planned proposal, the scheme for which had begun not just months, but years earlier. As guests gathered to hug a nervous but overjoyed James, a confused Richard was on … Continue reading Real Proposal: James & Richard

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Guerrilla Wedfare: 5 Tips for The Surprise Ceremony

Congratulations on your engagement!  Everything now costs three times what it should, and nothing makes sense.  Nothing says LOVE like wedding debt, right? Aaaaactually, love is love no matter what a wedding might cost.  And at the end of the day, you and your beloved are the ones who get to make decisions about your wedding day.  If a big, traditional, expensive wedding is your dream and within your ability, you should absolutely do it! But if your dreams lie elsewhere, let us be the first to assure you that you should chase them in your own way.  Tons of couples (almost half of our own clients) are planning their … Continue reading Guerrilla Wedfare: 5 Tips for The Surprise Ceremony

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Master of Ceremonies

Planning a wedding is not for the faint of heart.  From the moment an engagement begins, the sheer volume of creative possibilities bubbles and grows in our minds.  Depending on the couple, this can mean anything from choosing a linen color to deciding which drag performers would be most entertaining for the guests.  Most couples excitedly decide what kind of celebration will best suit them, please their people, and give them the best memories. But the one thing that shuffles into the mental backseat in those giddy early days of planning? The ceremony.  Maybe it’s because the reception tends to last longer, or seems to offer more creative choices.  But for … Continue reading Master of Ceremonies

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The Art of the Matter

There was silence on the other end of the line.  Not an uncomfortable silence, but long enough.  Finally, our client, a wonderfully sharp and hilarious woman in her thirties, spoke. “Now, when you say artistic photography,” she said slowly, “what exactly does that mean?” It was one of those moments that drives a person forward, as a professional.  Her hesitation was palpable, and perhaps rightly so.  What is beautiful to one person may be dull to another.  Everyone has experienced this at some point in their lives, looking at a painting, sculpture, or other piece of visual art alongside someone who finds it just as strange as we do stunning.  Finding an … Continue reading The Art of the Matter

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Having a Wedding Without Kids (Or Adults Acting Like Them)

So.  Here’s a topic that can swiftly dissolve into incoherent arguing: The child-free wedding.  If you want your wedding to be a grown-up bash, that is absolutely fine.  Let me say it one more time for the people in the back:  Having A Child-Free Wedding Is Absolutely Fine!  You are not breaking any etiquette rules, and most people understand that couples might be limited by budget, space, or the type of celebration they are planning.  Or perhaps the couple simply doesn’t like kids!  If you’re concerned that an adult soiree might not go over that well, never fear!  We’re here with some tips to help you create a wedding that is kind, … Continue reading Having a Wedding Without Kids (Or Adults Acting Like Them)

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Sweethearts for the Arts: An EQ Event

Here at EQ, community love is a way of life…and OH MY GOD, this weekend was like one giant valentine! We were so proud to once again join with our local business and non-profit friends to create Richmond’s favorite fundraiser: Sweethearts for the Arts!  The glorious ladies of Richmond Burlesque Revue were on hand to entertain the crowd with class – and guests brought the house down with their gorgeous costumes.  Supported entirely by local donors, and benefitting RVA’s own Art On Wheels, this is one event we look forward to every year! Travel back with us to the WWII era, when strong women took America by storm, from manufacturing to sports. … Continue reading Sweethearts for the Arts: An EQ Event

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Challenging the Status Cake

A wedding cake is a traditional symbol of fertility and good luck.  Plus, it’s amazing and pretty much tastes like heaven on a plate.  But here’s the thing: not everyone cares about traditions – and not everyone likes cake, or sweets at all. If a cake simply doesn’t express who you are and what you like, never fear!  Food is an art form, and there are endless ways to treat your crew to something awesome without going the traditional route.  Here are some sweet (and savory) ideas to seal the deal after the meal. Literally a cheese cake. If you’re more into savory treats, stacking a couple of wheels of good … Continue reading Challenging the Status Cake

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Letting Your Geek Flag Fly

One of the best things abut modern wedding celebrations is that couples are free to express who they are and what they love – besides each other, of course.  But is it okay to include your deep love of Deep Space Nine?  Your undying obsession for The Walking Dead? YES.  A thousand times yes!  It is not just okay to make your fandom passions part of your wedding, it’s AWESOME.  Most of the fandoms are incredibly rich in sentiment, philosophy, and inside jokes.  All of those things are perfect for creating an environment that expresses who you are as a couple. If you want to feature your loyalties without making … Continue reading Letting Your Geek Flag Fly

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Top 5 Ways to Include Animals (without wrangling them at the wedding!)

1. Brand your wedding with their silhouettes An animal family member can inspire your whole event! Love greyhounds? They have regal silhouettes that look amazingly classy on invitations, menus, and more. Bird friends are super cute, and their shapes can brand your wedding into something fun and romantic. If you have lots of pets, consider using their silhouettes instead of table numbers! 2. Raise awareness and give back Some people like wedding favors, and others loathe them. Find a happy medium by making a donation in your guests’ name to an animal rescue organization! If you really want to skip the idea of favors entirely, try including a donation option … Continue reading Top 5 Ways to Include Animals (without wrangling them at the wedding!)

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