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Vennessa Ortiz is a twenty-something lover of art, fashion and music. Professionally, she works in the retail marketing industry. Personally, she makes jewelry and paints. Vennessa’s art has been showcased in a few DC art shows and she is in the process of creating her online boutique for jewelry along with other handmade items.
Having a degree in Fine Arts fuels Vennessa to expose herself to as much art as possible. Her travels to Greece to study dark room photography has left her yearning to travel as much as possible. She loves classic fashion, music from the 60’s, vintage suitcases, flowers, live music and good eats; she has a hippy soul but a city girl heart. When she is not creating art or making jewelry she is searching for cool indie bands playing DC.

Recap: The 26th Annual Woodrow Wilson Garden Party In Washington, DC

(Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz)

(Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz)

Young DC professionals, socialites and history enthusiasts gathered at the Woodrow Wilson estate for the 26th Annual Garden Party. Even with the slightly cloudy weather, spring was in the air!  It must have been the two-tiered garden, live music, spring attire or refreshing spirits that induced the feeling of  flowers and sunshine. The Woodrow Wilson House Property Council and the Benefit Host Committee did a fantastic job ensuring guests were transported to a different era, an area where head-ware was a must!  Big hats, small hats, floral hats, fascinators; so many beautiful accessories were on display.

Committee Co-Chair Brittany Prime,  Committee Member Sarah Hackman and Kelly Holleman (Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz)

Committee Co-Chair Brittany Prime, Committee Member Sarah Hackman and Kelly Holleman
(Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz)

Upon arrival guests were treated to live prohibition-era styled music while socializing in the garden.  Event sponsors Narmada Winery, Vida Tequila and Maryland’s own Sloop Betty Vodka provided the libations for the evening.  My favorite was the watermelon vodka cocktail, not being a fan of spice I had to pass on  the jalapeno tequila cocktail.  Occasions Catering provided the delicious spread of nibbles including a corn souffle that was absolutely amazing.  Undoubtedly,  hats remained the central highlight of the night.  Winners of the Spring Hat Contest were announced towards the end of the evening.

Guests competed to win Best Hat in the following categories: Best Ladies’, Best Gentlemen’s, Best Use of Fresh Flowers and Most Creative.  

Most Unique Hat Winner (Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz)

Most Unique Hat Winner
(Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz)

How is it that the feeling of a past era could be felt so strong? Possibly, because the home has seen very few changes since 1924. President Woodrow Wilson and Mrs. Edith Wilson retired from the White House in 1921 and moved into this Kalorama/Embassy Row home.  President Wilson lived out the remainder of his life in this home and Mrs. Wilson left the house to the the National Trust for Historic Preservation upon her death in 1961.  The homes furnishings, art and photographs have not changed much and are a true historic beauty.  For over 50 years the Woodrow Wilson Home has been a museum and attraction.  While the Garden Party is a night of fun and fashion for those who attend, the funds raised help preserve a piece of history.

 

Host Committee Member, Angie Jusino & Bill Collier (Photo Credit: Angie Jusino)

Host Committee Member, Angie Jusino & Bill Collier (Photo Credit: Angie Jusino)

Jessica Blake, Comittee Co-Chair Diana Minshall and Lauren Wynnns (Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz)

Jessica Blake, Comittee Co-Chair Diana Minshall and Lauren Wynnns
(Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz)

Jeremy Jewart, Lorena Jewart, John Trosset and Rebecca Trosset (Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz)

Jeremy Jewart, Lorena Jewart, John Trosset and Rebecca Trosset
(Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz)

Live serenade  (Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz)

Live serenade
(Photo Credit: Vennessa Ortiz)

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