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Ryan & Verena | President Lincoln's Cottage Wedding | Washington, DC

I first met Ryan and Verena in 2020, slightly after the world had officially shut down due to covid-19. They had just gotten engaged in Italy and actually had almost gotten stuck in Italy due to the pandemic! They were interested in a planner to help them through the wedding planning process for a June of 2022 wedding! I was so excited to work with them because the exuded such love for each other. They also wanted a "colorful, garden party" which might just be my FAVORITE type of event to design! I absolutely loved working with these two for almost 2.5 years! Their wedding day was so perfect and SO THEM!


Review from Verena:

As soon as we talked to Kolena on our initial consult, we knew she'd be amazing to work with as our planner. Professional, personable, and completely dedicated to helping you realize your vision for you wedding day, Kolena recommended outstanding vendors in line with our budget, created a cohesive design for the entire day and pulled it all off so smoothly. During our nearly 2.5 year planning process she kept us on track, and by the end of the process she felt more like a friend to our family than a typical vendor. While she was excellent to work with during the planning stage, it was really on wedding day that we both fully appreciated how much of an impact she had. We were blissfully unaware of any issues as she and her team handled everything behind the scenes, kept us on schedule, and made sure we got to enjoy every moment of our wedding. Months later our guests are still raving about how much fun they had, how beautiful and personal the wedding was, and it's largely due to Kolena's efforts and dedication. We would happily recommend her to anyone looking for a planner!


Vendor Team:

Photography: Leah Miessler Photography

Planning & Design: Blue Sapphire Events

Venue: President Lincoln's Cottage

Florist: Thurman and Fig

DJ: Dan Goldman Events - DJ Ricardo

Cake: The Cake Bee

Hair and Make-up Verena: Poetically Brushed by Kim

Hair and Make-up Ryan: J Tan Artistry

Tailoring: Befitted Tailoring Co.

Dog Handler: Furever and Always

Day of Paper: Designs by Allison Rene

Rentals: Select Event Group

















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Kolena Thomas

Owner & Lead Wedding Planner


Kolena is a wedding planning professional with over 10 years of experience. She owns and operates Blue Sapphire Events a boutique wedding planning firm based in Washington, DC.

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