We're back with more real weddings! Here is what we did the weekend of August 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2009. Enjoy!
Leah and Billy, 8/8/2009 – Meridian House International Center, Washington, DC
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: One of the most amazing historic mansions in DC, with outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour under the linden grove.
The first dance: Ben Harper’s “By My Side” – great song!
A unique touch: They held a traditional Quaker wedding ceremony under a massive oak tree next to the mansion. Many of the guests spoke and offered their well-wishes, it was very sweet.
An unexpected surprise: One of the bride’s relatives put together a DVD slideshow to be played while the guests arrived!
Outstanding vendors: This wedding had an amazing team! Wedding planner Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events kept everyone focused and on track, and Occasions Caterers did an outstanding job with the food, as usual!
Christina and Alexander, 8/8/2009 - The Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC
DJ: David Johnson
The setting: The Colonnade Ballroom at the Fairmont, decked out in beautiful tones of purple and lavender, with pin spotlights on the centerpieces and a custom gobo on the dance floor.
The food: An incredible four course meal, elegant and beautifully plated.
The first dance: "I Could Not Ask For More" by Edwin McCain
A funny moment: The bride's brother entertained everyone with stories about the groom's "old school" style track suits he'd wear when the couple first started dating.
An unexpected surprise: A guest performed a special dance routine to The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer!"
Amy and Bryant, 8/8/2009 - The Barns at Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
DJ: Michael Bell
The setting: The beautiful Barns at Wolf Trap was the backdrop for the wedding celebration, accented with shades of brown as well as vivid rainbow florals. The room itself is an acoustical dream!
The first dance: "The Marry Song" by Band of Horses.
A funny moment: The bride and her many nephews surprised everyone after the cake cutting by doing a dance to "Let's Get It Started" by the Black Eyed Peas!
An unexpected surprise: A very young guest, maybe three years old, was breakdancing on the dance floor!
A unique touch: The couple's chocolate Labrador couldn't be in attendance, so the couple immortalized him in chocolate as their cake topper
Outstanding vendors: RoseMarie Mirabella of The Barns at Wolf Trap, and Erin and Mike of Mindy's Catering were both wonderful!
Lauryn and Scott, 8/8/2009 - Cattail Creek Country Club, Glenwood, MD
DJ: Jeff Brown
The setting: The beautiful and elegant Cattail Creek Country Club.
The first dance: "I Need You" by Faith Hill & Tim McGraw -- the couple, who were already married in Texas but were celebrating again here in Maryland, were joined on the dance floor by their adorable little boy, Jackson.
The music mix: The ceremony had featured a variety of custom selections including tracks by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Joe Cocker. Cocktails were a fun, laid-back mix of artists like Bob Marley, Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz. Later, guests enjoyed everything from classic rock to country to Top 40.
A unique touch: An aunt baked a groom's cake with an icing design depicting the state of Texas!
A fun surprise: The bride chose individual songs for each person's introduction into the reception -- it was unique and very personal!
Sarah and Sean, 8/8/2009 - Gramercy Mansion, Stevenson, MD
DJ: Anthony Simpson
The setting: The classically appointed Gramercy Mansion, tucked away in the hills outside Baltimore, MD.
The couple: The bride and groom met at Johns Hopkins where both were studying physics. Both have since been accepted to the Masters program at CalTech, and are passionate about rock climbing!
The first dance: "Right Back Where We Started From" by Maxine Nightingale.
A fun surprise: The bridesmaids performed an a cappella "rap" for their toast, rewriting the words to "Baby Got Back" to reflect the bride and groom!
A sentimental moment: During the ceremony, the officiant passed around the couple's wedding rings to each guest, asking that they offer a silent wish or blessing of their own before the officiant blessed the rings for the couple's exchange.
Surbhi and Shaun, 8/9/2009 – Antrim 1844, Taneytown, MD
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: A whirlwind 13 ½ hour wedding extravaganza at one of the area’s most incredibly breathtaking venues.
The first dance: “Do You Remember” by Jack Johnson.
A unique touch: Pretty much the entire wedding was unique – the décor was spectacular, including an elaborate outdoor mandap for the Indian wedding ceremony and an outdoor lunch on a croquet lawn.
The playlist: A mix of East meets West, everything from Bollywood to Black Eyed Peas.
Outstanding vendors: We had a great team on this wedding as well, it was an extremely long, hot day and both the vendors and the guests were exhausted by the end of the night! Wedding planner Trisha Cranor of Working Brides kept everyone on task and was fantastic to work with! Keith Jagdhuber at Antrim 1844 was very pleasant and accommodating, and wedding photographers Katya and Arthur from StoryMotion Studios did a great job of capturing the action without interrupting it. They even gave us pictures!