Ok, I know it's Thursday. That's no reason not to enjoy some belated Real Wedding Wednesday action, is it? Here's what we did on the weekend of July 24th-26th:
Jennifer & Michael, 7/24/2009 - Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, MD
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: A picture-perfect evening ceremony on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, and reception in the Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, headquarters of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Fun highlight: The toasts, given by the best man and maid of honor, were both touching and hilarious!
Outstanding vendors: Chris Gorri and the CBF staff were fabulous, as usual - as was photographer Thomas Wakefield from Roman Grinev Photography.
Karen & Dan, 7/25/2009 - The Chesapeake Inn, Chesapeake City, MD
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: A beautiful waterfront restaurant overlooking the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in Cecil County, Maryland.
The first dance: Etta James' "At Last," a classic.
Fun highlight: The entire dancing portion of the reception - this was a ton of fun!
Outstanding vendors: Eddie Greer from the Chesapeake Inn was super organized and did a great job keeping things on track. Photographer Ralph Anderson of Magic Light Photography was great to work with, and gave us some pictures to boot!
Erin & Brandon, 7/25/2009 - Bethesda Country Club, Bethesda, MD
The setting: The beautiful decor of the Bethesda Country Club was accented beautifully by lighting provided by the groom's brother, Jason, and decorated in a festive color scheme of orange and pink.
The first dance: "I Just Call You Mine" by Martina McBride
A touching moment: The best man wrote a song and played guitar for his toast to the bride and groom, which was incredible. Erin's dance with her dad, to Tony Bennett's "The Way You Look Tonight," was also very special.
Outstanding vendors: Liz and her team from the Bethesda Country Club were fantastic, as were photographers Nick Griner and Gabriel Mellen of Freed Photography, who provided us with some great photographs:
Soneela & Walker, 7/25/2009 - Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
DJ: Soor Kothari
The setting: One of our favorite venues, the beautiful and eco-friendly Woodend Sanctuary.
The first dance: "Sweet Lorraine" by Louis Armstrong.
The music mix: Everything from music from Ghana to a mix of bhangra, swing, jazz, hip hop, salsa, disco, and 80s!
A funny moment: One of the bridesmaids gave a great rendition of Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Give It Away" on air guitar during her toast, and was joined by the bride!
Outstanding vendors: Katie Martin and her assistant Tara from Elegance and Simplicity provided wedding coordination and flowers, and Tom Van Veen of Documentary Associates was the couple's photographer. Tom even provided us with pictures!
Susan & Christopher, 7/25/2009 - Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, MD
DJ: Anthony Simpson
The setting: Columbia Country Club, with its views of the perfectly manicured greens, was a stunning backdrop for this wedding celebration.
The first dance: "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton.
The music: The couple's guests were fun-loving and very high energy, and had a great time dancing to Motown, rock, and today's hip hop. The most requested and popular song of the night was definitely Michael Jackson's "Thriller!"
A funny moment: The female guest who caught the bride's bouquet didn't even seem to be trying -- it literally fell right into her hands!
An unexpected surprise: Evidently there were quite a few German guests in attendance, one of whom informed me at the end of the night that they were "ready to polka!" And polka they did!
Tara & Chris, 7/25/2009 - Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford Springs, PA
DJ: Jeff Brown
The setting: A beautiful and luxurious resort in the mountains of Pennsylvania, surrounded by trees and open sky.
The first dance: "You are the Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne.
A special touch: The staff of the resort literally choreographed their dinner service, entering and exiting almost like a dance and surrounding the table and placing dinner plates in perfect unison -- it looked amazing!
A unique tradition: At every wedding they attend, a particular group of male guests clear the dance floor and make a human pyramid. It was unreal watching the groom climb to the top, but he made it and I know it was a unique photo opportunity!
Outstanding vendors: The team at Bedford Springs, as well as photographer Chris Gooden, couldn't have been any more professional.
Alayne & Ward, 7/26/2009 - Kentlands Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD
The setting: A gorgeous, and thankfully sunny, outdoor ceremony next to the historic mansion, and intimate reception inside this beautiful old building.
The first dance: "Sea of Love" by Cat Power - a great indie track!
A touching moment: Their jewish wedding ceremony was about as perfect as I've ever seen. Emotional, funny, intimate, and beautiful.
The playlist: The bride and groom obviously put a lot of thought into it, and it was a fantastically eclectic mix of indie, alt-country, 80's, and classics.
Outstanding vendors: Photographer and family friend Chad Kirkpatrick (visiting from Oregon) was great. Their rabbi, Ben Biber of MACHAR (the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism), was spectacular. He really got everyone into the moment and made the ceremony truly magical.