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Welcome to our wedding & event planning blog! We offer valuable advice and inspiration for planning your wedding or event with heart and with soul. Welcome to our wedding & event planning blog! We offer valuable advice and inspiration for planning your wedding or event with heart and with soul.




If you need to cancel or postpone your wedding because of the effects of the coronavirus, here is a sample statement that you can use — Dear _________________, As the intensity of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rise, and given the general uncertainty of its effects, we have decided to postpone our wedding currently scheduled […]

Cancellation/Postponement Wording Template


  It’s the 4th of July holiday in the United States, so I bet you are thinking about getting a good deal by purchasing some Independence Day sparklers for your wedding or party at a discounted price. Right? That’s definitely an idea worth considering, but I recommend reading our post on independence day sparklers vs. […]

Everything You Need to Know About Sparklers (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Grooms at Wedding Day Sparkler Exit. Howerton+Wooten Events.

  One of the most popular ways for couples to depart their wedding reception is the sparkler exit. And, I completely understand the popularity of the sparkler exit — It’s romantic; it’s fun; and it’s full of drama. We wedding professionals love them too because they make for great wedding pictures. But, before you agree […]

5 Key Things to Know When Planning a Wedding Sparkler Exit


Wedding Venue Comparison and Rate Sheet When Chris Wooten and I were engaged to be married (5,000 years ago), I kept an extensive spreadsheet listing the Washington DC area venues we considered for our wedding ceremony and reception.  By the time we selected our wedding venue, that document had become a bit of a spreadsheet […]

(Download) A Spreadsheet for Rating Wedding Venue Options (reprise)


Not too long ago, we shared that our couple, Tai and Calvin’s, wedding was featured in the latest issue of MunaLuchi Bride Magazine.  Today, it’s our turn to showcase their wedding (captured by Documentary Associates Photography)! Tai and Calvin chose the Carnegie Institution for Science for their wedding day — Because of family connections, this venue has […]

Wedding Day Love for Tai and Calvin

African American Bride and her Mother. Howerton+Wooten Events.

There’s something about that sweet moment between mothers and daughters. The first time she tearfully sees you in your wedding gown. Or, that time when she tells you how proud she is to be your mother. Moments like this will feel precious when it occurs, but it will become “everything” to you as time goes […]

There Something about that Moment Between Mothers and Daughters

MunaLuchi Bride Magazine. FallWinter 2016 Cover. Howerton+Wooten Events.

We are so happy to share that Tai and Calvin’s Washington DC wedding is featured in the latest issue of MunaLuchi Bride magazine! A soft color palette of blush, champagne and gold created a timeless backdrop to this very stylish Washington DC wedding! More details regarding Tai and Calvin’s wedding day can be found right here. Enjoy! Love […]

MunaLuchi Bride Magazine Fall/Winter Issue – Tai and Calvin are Featured!