5/3 The B-List Conference Breakdown

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Two weeks ago, I hopped over to Washington DC to attend the B-list Conference, and snap crackle pop was it ever a great time!  I’m still kinda pinching myself over being included with a crew I find so inspiring – I mean, these are some of the best bloggers around – and I’m happy to report that they’re all just the sweetest gals evah! 

photo: Kate Headley.

Attending bloggers included back row, from left to right: Harmony from Bridal Bar, Ami from Elizabeth Anne Designs, Maddy from Inspired Bride, Lara and Kelly from So You’re Engayged, Lyla from Globetrotting Bride, Amanda from 100 Layer Cake, Courtney from Little White Book, Amanda from Ruffled, Dana from Broke-Ass Bride (that’s me!), Anne-Marie from Perfect Bound, Janice from Bridal Wishlist. Middle Row: Kelly from Santa Barbara Chic, Grace from The Cinderella Project, Jackie from Merci New York, Emily from Once Wed, Karol and Meredith from Dallas Wedding Planner, Cyd from The Sweetest Occasion, Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper, Jen from Green Wedding Shoes, Jessica from Budget Savvy Bride, Kelly and Maria from Ritzy Bee. Front Row: Vané from Brooklyn Bride, Anne from From I Will to I Do, Vanessa and Cortnie from Lolliblog, Liene from Blue Orchid/Think Splendid, Christy from Junebug Weddings, Justine from The Unbride, Jillian and Jennifer from 100 Layer Cake, Cathy from Weddingbee.

We all got some seriously royal treatment over the weekend, which kicked off with a massive blowout meet and greet at The Torpedo Factory – an incredible artsy/lofty space in Old Town Alexandria. Vendors came from all over the country to attend, and the whole party was off the hook and so was the venue. It was fun bumping into old friends I haven’t seen in a while, and meeting some of my favorite bloggers for the first time. Let me tell you, I stumbled off that plane, changed into my dress in the airport bathroom, and rolled into this party 45 minutes later… rocking jetlag and airplane grogginess. But the buzz of being there carried me through the night, the party and the afterparty!

The Torpedo Factory was jam packed

Our lovely hosts: Anne (From I Will to I Do) & Vane (Brooklyn Bride)

Elan Artists tore the room up

They scrolled any tweets pertaining to the conference or party across a screen in real time, which would be a fun modern feature at an edgy-techie wedding.  But one of my favorite features was the DIY prosecco station – which included fresh herbs, syrups, and other mixers that we could add to flavor our glass as much or as little as we liked. I got seriously addicted to a concoction involving fresh thyme and lavender syrup… that stuff was my jam!

Fresh Herbs and Prosecco? My new favorite!

Another adorable feature was Brooklyn Bride’s Pop Up Bar – showcasing items that POP… everything from various flavors of popcorn to pop tarts and pop rocks. I’d love to see something like this at a wedding instead of a candy buffet.

Once you pop, you can't stop.

They also decorated chalkboard vases with our names, which I loved. But the best was that they drew some chalk ass cheeks under our name 🙂 See them in the lower left corner there?

Just grab some chalkboard paint and plywood to DIY your own!

It wouldn’t have been so fly without the bad-ass sponsors of the meet and greet ♥ The Torpedo FactoryRitzy Bee EventsDesign CuisineHolly Chappelle Flowers Elan ArtistsSmileboothNationEnvelopmentsMarc ParcDolci OdilleJohn Farr LightingDC RentalCarlos Andres VarelaShane Carpenter

Saturday was the official conference, which we spent at the historic Lloyd House in Old Town Alexandria. Sorry peeps, what we discuss at the conference stays at the conference, but I can share with you the freaking adorable lunch they put together for us… which was almost too cute to eat! Almost. Its theme was something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue, and it included embroidered cloth napkins, bamboo flatware, artisan root beer, and special ‘B’ shaped cookies.

Gorgeous lunchboxes from Design Cuisine & Smock

Gotta give big ups to our conference sponsors, who allowed it to be free to all of us bloggers: ♥ WEtvDesign CuisineSmock MélangariePottery BarnEnvelopments

And afterward we walked over to The Hive and got “buzzed” at the collective studio of Ritzy Bee Events, Kate Headley Photography and Simplesong Design. We all gathered around the computer to watch Fresh Hubby’s B-list rap, which was a big hit and made this broke-ass very proud 🙂 It was also a great chance to mingle and chat with the other gals.

Sunday morning, we trucked over to Williams Sonoma for a special brunch featuring some new registry trends, delicious tasty delights, and a fun cooking demonstration. Did you know some couples are registering for his and hers knife sets so couples that love to cook could each get the fit they want? As a gal with a culinary bent, that beats my drum for sure! Oh, PS – WS makes some crazydelicious frozen croissants that would be totally perf for a day-after brunch type event. You ain’t gotta tell no one that’s store bought (it can be our little secret). They are the yum!

WIlliams Sonoma put on quite a show for us!

And we all went our separate ways, toting our special swag bags… with full hearts and heads after such a rewarding weekend with the gals! Take a peek at the loot.

goodies galore!

Thanks to Chronicle Books SmockDavid Tutera Paloma’s Nest Rust DesignsEmersonmadeWedgwoodSanta Barbara Preserves Whisker WorksFootpetalsiomoiViv & IngridWilliams Sonoma9Spot MonkCrane & Co. ♥ Delphine Bridal ReflectionsSycamore Street PressFlory PhotoChewing the CudEnvelopments Scout Books Pottery BarnThe Pink InitiativeLo BohemeRembrandtSimple Song DesignThoughtful Day for sponsoring the gift bags.

It was all such a blast. I’m so grateful to everyone who made it all possible, and feel blessed to be included in such an inspiring bunch of bloggers! And you know that’s saying something, since I managed to lose my wallet and get sick that weekend. Honestly though, the people at Dulles Airport couldn’t have been nicer about helping me through security without a photo ID. It’s so rare to experience great customer service when traveling, I have to shout-out their TSA department with a virtual high five. I felt very Blanche DuBois – relying on the kindness of strangers And then, the unthinkable… a week later my wallet was returned, completely intact!

I can’t wait for next year’s conference. Keep up with and learn more about The B-List in the meantime, by following the B-List Blog!

[images from Carlos Andres Varela and Shane Carpenter for Elan Artists, Kate Headley Photography & Brooklyn Bride]

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  • mr frostings

    Sounds like it was a great trip, Dana! Except for the lost wallet and sick thing. Can't wait to see what else you guys have up your collective sleeves!