Here are the weddings we were a part of the weekend of August 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2009. We hope you like them!
Jason and Liz, 8/15/2009 - Annapolis Marriott Waterfront, Annapolis, MD
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: A perfectly clear, seasonably warm, day on the waterfront in beautiful downtown Annapolis, MD.
The first dance: "Never Ending Road" by Loreena McKennitt, to which the bride and groom shared a beautiful choreographed dance.
A unique touch: The bride and groom had a custom cake made by Charm City Cakes, with little cats crawling on it made in the likeness of their three real cats!
The playlist: A very wide range of music - everything from classic rock to current hip-hop to punk!
Bridget and Stuart, 8/15/2009 - Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC
DJ: David Johnson
The setting: The beautiful, elegant Blue Room at the Mayflower Hotel, accented with warm peach and yellow uplighting throughout.
The first dance: "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra.
An unique touch: The couple's wedding cake was a perfect replica of the Capitol building -- it was truly breathtaking! (Picture below!)
A special moment: A friend of the family composed and read a poem to the couple.
Outstanding vendors: As always, wedding planner Sara Bauleke of Bella Notte was on top of her game and fantastic to work with!
Danielle and Adam, 8/15/2009 - Stone Manor Country Club, Middletown, MD
DJ: Jeff Brown
The setting: Stone Manor, an 18th century manor home on 114 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, was a gorgeous backdrop.
The first dance: "Syrup and Honey" by Duffy
A funny moment: During the best man's very funny and touching toast, he pulled out a special gift for the bride and groom -- a pair of custom made Barbie and Ken "Marine Edition" dolls, commemorating the couple's service in the Marine Corps!
A unique touch: Trisha Cranor of Working Brides had a fantastic idea -- after the father of the bride's welcome speech, he invited the bride to join him on the dance floor for the father/daughter dance. Later, after the cake cutting, the groom made a thank-you speech and invited his mother up for the mother/son dance. It was that much more personal, and a great way to incorporate these traditions!
Outstanding vendors: Trisha Cranor and her team from Working Brides were, once again, fabulous! So were Brian from Stone Manor and the staff of Beyond Imaginations, who provided the incredible flowers.
Evan and Dawn, 8/15/2009 - Evergreen House, Baltimore, MD
DJ: Soor Kothari
The setting: Evergreen House lent a rustic, rural and beautiful feel to the wedding celebration.
The first dance: "Me and My Shadow" by Frank Sinatra
The music: Guests enjoyed a mix of classic tunes, with many selections by the Rat Pack, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as some oldies and 80s hits.
A funny moment: The couple wore hilarious balloon hats during their cake cutting!
Mary & Jonathan, 8/15/2009 - Manor Country Club, Rockville, MD
DJ: Anthony Simpson
The setting: Manor Country Club's elegantly appointed clubhouse was warm and hospitable.
The first dance: "For Once in My Life" by Stevie Wonder.
A touching moment: Immediately after the first dance, the bride presented her beautiful bouquet to her grandparents in honor of their 70-year marriage.
A unique surprise: The matron of honor's toast consisted of an original poem she wrote about the couple -- it was very well received!
A funny moment: During his toast, the father of the bride mentioned how the couple was on a budget and couldn't afford the top hat and cane the groom had wanted to go with his tuxedo. He then said that his cousin Pete had donated the exact top hat he'd worn at his own wedding years ago. He called the groom up to receive it, but it wasn't an actual top hat -- it was a furry purple 70's "pimp" hat!
Callie and Brandon, 8/16/2009 - Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: The fabulous Pavilion Room at the Reagan Building provided the perfect spot for their Jewish ceremony and reception.
The playlist: A mix of new and old, the bride and groom were very specific with their song list and put a lot of work into it!
A unique touch: Callie and Brandon are really good ballroom dancers. I don't just mean really good for normal people, I mean REALLY good, professional-level ballroom dancers. The best I've ever had at a wedding, hands down. They were incredible.
Outstanding vendors: We had a fabulous team, starting with the lovely and talented Candice Barnes with the Reagan Building. Wedding photographer Pamela Lepold was fun to work with, and gave us some pictures!