Welcome to our newest feature, Real Wedding Wednesday! After two months of doing our post-wedding recaps as separate posts, we've decided to consolidate them into one mega-post. This should help those of you who have subscribed to our blog, now you won't get hammered by 10 posts in a single day - thanks for the suggestion! We're also doing them on a one-week delay, which gives our photographer pals some extra time to provide us with pictures. Enjoy!
Kristen & Nat, 7/10/2009 - Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, MD
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: Perfect weather, a ceremony on the beach, and reception in the most eco-friendly building on earth.
The first dance: Iron & Wine - “Love and Some Verses” was a perfect choice for this bride and groom, they are really into music and very creative!
Unexpected surprise: The best men (the groom’s brothers) ambushed Nat with a childhood video during the toast.
The playlist: The bride and groom put a lot of work into it, and it covered everything from disco to indie rock to punk – it was very diverse!
Katie & Matt, 7/10/09 - Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Stevensville, MD
DJ: Anthony Simpson
The setting: Spectacular weather, with a gorgeous waterfront ceremony and cocktails on the rooftop bar.
The first dance: Sister Hazel's "This Kind of Love" was a beautiful piano ballad, and guests were commenting on it throughout the night.
Fun highlight: At one point during the reception, the bride's uncle Jack and his partner Amy led a rousing sing-a-long performance of the B52s' "Love Shack!" It definitely was a hit among the guests!
Outstanding vendors: Erin Janes with the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, and photographer Carol Masica, who gave us some great pictures from the big day:
Meredith & Damian, 7/11/09 - The Center Club, Baltimore, MD
DJ: David Johnson
The setting: The elegant Center Club featured a breathtaking view of the city from the 16th floor, and was appointed with gorgeous flowers and a truly stunning wedding cake.
The first dance: "Always and Forever" by Heatwave.
A unique touch: The bride and groom provided a basket of colorful flip-flops for the ladies to wear while dancing, and from what I could tell, they were most appreciated!
Outstanding vendors: Everyone on the team was amazing, including coordinator Elizabeth Bailey, Bonnie Duckworth from The Center Club, photographer Arthur Remanjon (who provided the pictures below), and florist Rennie Friedlander of Simply Beautiful Flowers.
Amanda & Amol, 7/11/2009 - Westfields Marriott, Chantilly, VA
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: One of the area’s most elegant resort hotels, with cocktails in the lobby’s giant rotunda and the reception in a beautifully decorated ballroom.
The first dance: The couple picked “Better Together” by Jack Johnson, which fit them perfectly.
Fun highlight: Three of Amanda and Amol’s friends did an 8-minute Indian dance presentation at the end of dinner, and were amazing!
The playlist: A pretty even balance of East and West, with classic American tunes mixed with plenty of Indian bhangra and Bollywood hits.
Outstanding vendors: A HUGE shout-out to goes to Kelly Andrews, their event manager at Westfields. In ten years in this business, I have never seen a hotel coordinator put more time and effort into a wedding – she was amazing! Photographer Amy Czelusniak and her team were fabulous and easy to work with as well!
Nina & Brendan, 7/11/09 - The Oaks, Royal Oak, MD
DJ: Soor Kothari
The setting: One of our favorite venues, The Oaks, offered gorgeous views of the Chesapeake Bay, beginning with the waterfront ceremony and carrying through cocktails and dinner near and inside the beautiful ballroom.
The first dance: "I'll Catch You" by The Get Up Kids reflected the bride's and groom's love of alternative rock and country music.
Outstanding vendors: One of our favorite planners, Raquel Shutt of Wedding Savvy, and Erin Neely, innkeeper at The Oaks. Old friends Mark and Christina Hamilton of Hamilton Photography even gave us some pictures from the day:
Mary & Michael, 7/11/09 - China Garden, Arlington, VA
DJ: Anthony Simpson
The setting: China Garden Restaurant hosted the traditional Chinese banquet style dinner and reception.
The first dance: A gorgeous and soulful rendition of Ronan Keating's "When You Say Nothing at All," sung live by Mr. Harry Wang.
Fun highlights: This group definitely came to dance, and had a blast doing so! Some of the female guests take Zumba classes -- a fusion of Latin and international dance -- and showed off their skills, much to the guests' delight!