Fashion Show with Floral and Bouquets by CM Events

The coverage of Angel Rivera's Trunk Fashion Show, featuring dresses from his collection at the exquisite Soliloquy Bridal located in Herndon, Virginia. Florals/Bouquets by CM Events Special Thank you to Miriam Liggett of Soliloquy Bridal Couture who hosted the event.


Here is the list of the amazing creatives that participated

Event Coordinator by Mimi Ebichi of Mimi Ebichi Events 

Photography by Marirosa Anderson of Photography by Marirosa

Wine Tasting by Marisa Kozlowski Phillips of Via One Hope

Signage and Stationary by Teaira Abston of Dreamcatcher Stationery

Live Painting by Brittany Branson of By Brittany Branson

Makeup Artistry by Laura Henderson of Laura Henderson Makeup

Catering by Alex Hammond of GetPlated Catering

Hair by Kirsten Marie of Kirsten Marie Design LLC

Music by Khalid Abston of Beats By PG

Flower Bouquets by Candice Patterson of CM Events

Draping and Uplighting A2Z Music Factory

Peach, Greenery and Marble Wedding Inspiration

Peach, Greenery and Marble Wedding Inspiration

Planning, Design and Floral by CM Events

I have designed many editorials, and I love the fact that they are like mini wedding productions, and I use them MAINLY as a way to get to know other vendors(their style, personality, work quality, ability to deliver, do we work well together, etc) in an area. You may see that before I plan an event in any location or destination, I always try to do an editorial shoot there first to help me build my list of preferred vendors.

This editorial shoot was completed in March 2017 and it was my first DC shoot. I planned this shoot for the same reasons stated above. I wanted to create, but more than anything I wanted to learn more about the professionals and venues in the DC area ( since I relocated here from Florida), and I learned a lot!

This shoot was featured/ published on the Perfect Palette. My main inspiration when planning/designing this shoot was to have an elegant wedding design with marble inspiration throughout + a touch of garden greenery. I'm def a more glam and modern designer most of the time, but I like to challenge my creativity with different styles/designs because not all my brides are the same. My main objective for any wedding design is to create something beautiful + cohesive that takes my client's vision to the next level! Here are some of my favorite images from the editorial shoot. 

Wedding Vendor Team Credits:
Photography: @sandbytv | Planning, Creative Concept, Design + Styling: @designsbycmevents | Day of Assistance- Coordination + Styling: @nusfolio | Venue:@rustmanorhouse | Florals: @designsbycmevents | Gowns + Headpiece: @fabfrocksdc | Cake + Sweets: @sweetsby_e | Stationery: @withwildandgrace | Calligraphy + Lettering: @becca_tong | Ring Box: @secret_keeper_box | Jewelry: @estylojewelry | Hair + Makeup: @have_u_evr_wondered | Model: @itsanhthuu | Tabletop Rentals: @gatheredtablesupply | Chairs: @dcreventrentals and Welcome Box: @thewelcomingdistrict

Have you considered wedding and travel insurance to protect your investment?

Have you considered wedding and travel insurance to protect your investment?

Candice, Destination Wedding Planner| CM Events|


Event insurance which is sometimes called wedding insurance because it is designed for events like weddings! When purchasing, usually you have the option to select liability or cancellation/postponement insurance or both. Different companies cover different things, so it’s important to call the insurance company and to read the terms to ensure you are selecting the correct coverage.

Special Event Cancellation Insurance- this is the one I always suggest at a minimum for all couples. Unfortunate things can happen at any time that are out of your control, and weddings are no exception. Cancellation insurance is most commonly used in these circumstances to cover:

  1. Sickness or injury to the bride or groom.
  2. Damage to the event location prior to the wedding.
  3. No shows by vendors for the event
  4. Loss or damage of wedding items like the wedding gown.
  5. Written military leave of absence.

Here are examples of when this insurance would be helpful:

Example 1: A couple has been planning their Caribbean destination wedding for over a year and sadly their destination gets hit or is about to get hit by a hurricane. Most of the vendors try to reschedule the wedding because they don’t want to "half do" your wedding with limited power, water, and added stress on the staff because of evacuation notices(postponement), or if the destination does get hit and the damage is really bad so vendors/venue end up having to cancel (cancellation).

Example 2: A couple has been planning their Caribbean destination wedding for over a year and sadly their destination wedding planner in the destination country disappears. This planner has taken all their money, but has not booked any of the vendors as promised (with the money you sent) and the planner is no where to be found! Also, the planner doesn’t live in states and doesn’t have insurance OR a contract so there’s really no way to take legal action or track them down. You now have to book all your vendors, plus hope that the vendors are available, but with what money?

Example 3: You pay a vendor and they don’t show. Simple.

Liability Insurance- As an event /wedding planner, I have liability insurance that covers myself and my staff, but a couple may consider this option in the event a wedding guest does something silly at the venue and causes damage. That bill is going to the couple…not the guest, so liability coverage would give you protection in those instances.

It may be interesting to know that with most special event insurance claims, 44% involved vendors who didn’t show or deliver, 28% property damage, 8% sickness and 6% things like military deployments and problems with bridal party attire. It is also important to know that “change of heart” is not noted in those percentages because it is usually not covered or an insurable circumstance…so do your research, plan site visits and make good choices!

Here are a few companies that provide special event insurance:






Travel/Airline Insurance

Travel insurance is usually offered through travel insurance agencies, the air/cruise line itself or through certain credit cards. As with any insurance, the coverage varies based on the options you choose. Trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance reimburses you non-refundable travel costs if your trip is cancelled or seriously delayed due to a natural disaster, illness, or the carrier goes out of business.

In conclusion, as a wedding planner who specializes in destinations, I highly recommend wedding and travel insurance. If you are spending so much money on something, you should be thinking of the best way to protect your investment! Most vendors require a large deposit, sometimes 50% up front. This is pretty standard in the wedding world. This means that a lot of money is going to be spent in the beginning of planning. If you have a year engagement (also standard), that is a year for something to go wrong. If you have coverage, and you lose a deposit due to factors beyond your control, you will want a safety net to get you that money back. Anything can happen, even when working with the best of the best, so it’s always smart to have protection.

Tuesday's Together Styled Dinner at 48 Fields with Floral and Candle Centerpieces by CM Events

Tuesdays Together is a meetup on the second Tuesday of every month where creatives + entrepreneurs gather together for coffee and conversation. It is an open space for idea sharing and goal building. Sarah from Sincerely Pete Events and Marirosa(photographer), the Reston/Tysons Tuesday's Together leader organized a styled dinner, where over 20 creatives in the area came together to create a beautifully decorated event. For this event, I had the huge ( but amazing) task of providing floral and centerpieces for up to 100 guests. I sketched, designed mockups and redesigned mockup centerpieces that would fit with the evolving overall room design until I finally came up with the perfect floral design plan. This was my first time making this many garlands by hand. Some floral designers opt to order garlands for larger events, but since I wanted a specific round design for the majority of the tables, I knew it was time to roll my sleeves up and get to work. Since I love to create, the hard work definitely paid off and pulled on my creative heart strings in the end. Here are some pictures highlighting the final centerpiece design which includes the garland/floral, candle holders and votives provided by CM Events. I really love how all the elements we provided really made each table design complete. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see and follow the other talent from this event. 


Centerpiece Design and Floral-@designsbycmevents

Photo credits, @photobymarirosa, and,

Lead Planner & Designer - @sincerelypete
Assistant Planner -
TT Leader- @photobymarirosa
Venue - @48fields
Catering (Cocktail Hour) - @katiereineberg
Catering (Dinner & Desserts) - @rsvpcateringdc
Videography- @skipperfilms
Lighting, draping & DJ - @a2zmusicfactory
Installations - @bashologyevents
Signage & Name Tags & Place Cards - @kirstenmariedesign
Invites, Menus & Programs – calligraphy - @wildheartscalligraphy
Invites, Menus & Programs – letterpress - @curiousfoxpress
Specialty Rentals - @paisleyandjade
Linens & Tabletop Rentals - @dceventrentals
Flowers (Cocktail Hour) - @petal_lover
Flowers (Dinner) - @designsbycmevents
Flowers (Dessert) - @cedarandlimeco
Floral Wall - @fleurenzy
Cotton Candy - @fluff_ness
Cocktail Hour Drinks - @catoctincreek
DJ (cocktail hour) - @thedapperdjs
Cake - @sweetsby_e
Lip & Lash Bar - @tmakartistry
marquee letters - @brightlyeverafter
Setup & Styling Assistants - @AlwaysCreatingStudio@mimiebichievents
Gift Bags - @thewelcomingdistrict

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