Saturday, May 26, 2012

Welcome to the Team Maria Molduvanova

We are so excited to welcome Maria Molduvanova to the A Splash of Elegance team!

Mariya holds a Bachelor Degree in International Tourism (Hospitality Management) from Varna University of Economics, Bulgaria. Her artistic talents, communication and problem solving skills, along with her professional experience in interior design, inspired her to pursue a career in the Wedding Industry.

She is a Distinguished Graduate from the "Professional Development Program" of the Association of Bridal Consultants, and recently received the designation of Professional Bridal Consultant™.
Following her passion for design, Mariya enrolled in the "Preston Bailey Signature Wedding & Event Design Program" at Wagner College, NY, and graduated with honors as a Certified Wedding Designer.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Carolyn and Neil Sneak Peek

We loved being part of Carolyn and Neil's wedding!  They were a wonderful couple to work with and we loved being part of their big day.  Enjoy a few of our non-professional photos we snapped throughout the evening!

Lead Coordinator: Lynn Nelson

Assistant Coordinators: Julie Daniel and Katie Teague

Venue: Ceremony- The Falls Church Anglican, Reception - Sequoia Restaurant

Florist- Da Vinci Flowers

Cake Baker- Heidelberg

Friday, May 18, 2012

Alicia and Andrew Sneak Peek

Enjoy a few of our shots from Alicia and Andrew's outdoor reception at the Thomas Birkby House!

We love this idea for boutonnieres, no pins needed, they slip right into the suit pockets!

Lead Coordinator: Lynn Nelson

Assistant Coordinator: Casey Jones and Nikki Deacon

Reception Venue: Thomas Birkby House, Leesburg, Virginia

Florist: Bergeron's Flowers

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Interview with The Stepmom Coach, Claudette Chenevert

We recently got to chat with Claudette Chenevert, The Stepmom Coach.  If you will soon be a stepmom or already are a stepmom, Claudette is a great resource.  For more information on her business, please visit  

Tell me about your business.
 I provide support and help for women who are stepmoms (or in a blended family) by showing them ways to communicate their wants and needs to their partner, help them establish healthy boundaries and house rules and understand what their role in their new family is.

I started Coaching Steps LLC and the website www.stepmomcoach in 2006 after I realized that I wasn't the only one struggling with trying to make my new family come together, trying to fit into an existing family and feel as if I belonged somewhere.

I tried to get resources that would provide me with strategies that would actually work for my family rather than just theories but that proved to be a challenge.  There are lots of places out on the internet designed to vent rather than support and offer constructive information. is a great place to get free information that will get you started on the right track with your family.

What do you enjoy most when working with a bridal couple? What is the focus of your business for bridal couples?
 What I enjoy the most about working with a bridal couple is helping them get started on the right path to making their new family a success. Of course, we all define success differently and part of what I enjoy doing is discovering what success means to them.

I also encourage couples to talk about steprelationship issues that they may not have thought of
before getting married, such as dealing with discipline, custody change, paying for children's expenses down the road, dealing with an ex-spouse, handling holidays and special occasions, how involved with the children do each parent plan on being.  Although these issues may not sound like a lot of fun, it is definitely a good idea to discuss these issues before they become a major issue.

Most often, I talk with the wife as she is the one not sure of what is expected from her during her marriage.  Marriage is a very exciting time with lots to plan and prepare but can also be challenging in deciphering who should do what, do the kids attend or not, go on the honeymoon with the couple, etc.

What advice do you have for brides and grooms who are in the throes of planning their wedding?
 The wedding is one of the most important days for the couple, but is most important is to plan for the
marriage.  This is an ongoing activity, that doesn't end with "I Do", but is only the beginning. It's important to ask each other the hard questions that couples tend to think they will get to it if and when it happens.

I encourage being proactive in trying to think about the what ifs.  Of course, you will never be able to
answer all the what ifs in advance.  My focus is to help couples have those conversations before it's too late.

My advice to the bride and groom would be, "You spend so much time and energy in preparing for a wonderful wedding, consider doing the same for your marriage as a stepfamily.  The more prepared you are, the greater the success at happiness you both will have"

Friday, May 4, 2012

Virginia Marriage License Laws

If you are getting married in Virginia the one thing you don't want to forget is your marriage license- your officiant will not marry you without it.  Obtaining a marriage license is fairly straightforward, just keep in mind the following:

  • Your license must be obtained within 60 days prior to your wedding.  Be safe and get sooner rather than later.  You don't want to wait till the last business day before your wedding to get it in case you get stuck in traffic or some emergency comes up and you are unable to get to the circuit court before it closes.
  • You can obtain your license at any circuit court in Virginia, regardless of which Virginia county you are being married.  
  • Both you and your fiance will need to be present to obtain your license.  The cost at most courts is $30 and many only take cash.
For more information on getting a marriage license in Virginia, check out these two websites: and  To locate a circuit court in Virginia, visit the Virginia Courts website at:

Happy Planning!

Julie Daniel, Splash Consultant