It's that time again! Real weddings from the weekend of September 11th, 12th, and 13th. Enjoy!
Reagan and Mark, 9/12/2009 - Hotel Monaco, Alexandria, VA
DJ: Soor Kothari
The setting: The beautiful and very chic Paris Ballroom and courtyard at the Hotel Monaco.
The first dance: "Love and Happiness" by Mark Knopfler
The music: A very fun mix of contemporary hits, 80s, old school hip hop and oldies -- the crowd responded wonderfully and danced all night!
A unique touch: The couple requests lots of electronica and lounge music for dinner, which perfectly suited the cool vibe of the venue.
Outstanding vendors: Joi Funches of Hotel Monaco was as organized, accommodating and great to work with as always. Photographer Lori Love was great to work with, and gave us pictures!
Cheryl and Tom, 9/12/2009 - Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, MD
DJ: Michael Bell
The setting: The waterfront Hyatt Regency Baltimore, overlooking the Inner Harbor, was accented by the couple's decor of red roses, white lilies, and peach lighting.
The first dance: "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts
An unexpected moment: The groom wowed the couple's guests with his famous rendition of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean!"
A fun surprise: The peach lighting in the room was changed to purple for the couple's introductions, in honor of their favorite team, The Baltimore Ravens.
Melissa and Dennis, 9/12/2009 - Tregaron, Washington, DC
DJ: Anthony Simpson
The setting: The couple and their guests enjoyed 3Citron's dinner in the gorgeous Tregaron ballroom, followed by dancing in the intimate library space.
The first dance: "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele
The music: A blend of Latin, including salsa and merengue, as well as 80s music and lots of Michael Jackson!
A unique touch: The wedding cake was topped with two miniature statues from Korea, which were gifts the groom gave to the bride after their first few dates.
An interesting fact: The bride and groom are both in the Foreign Service, and were headed to Indonesia after the wedding!
Jennifer and Mike, 9/12/2009 - Talbot Country Club, Easton, MD
DJ: Jeff Brown
The setting: Talbot Country Club's ballroom featured large bay windows overlooking the golf course and water.
The first dance: "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal
The music: At the couple's request, it was all fast dance songs (with the exception of the couple's first dance and parent dances), including hip hop and top 40. It was like a nightclub with a ton of dancing!
A funny moment: Three young children, all friends of the family, were incredible dancers and did an amazing routine to Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and "Thriller."
Outstanding vendors: Chris and his staff from Talbot Country Club were very on top of things and a pleasure to work with!
Liz and Eric, 9/13/2009 - Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge, MD
DJ: Jeff Brown
The setting: Three separate outdoor areas at the stunning Hyatt Regency, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, accented by red roses and warm lanterns.
The first dance: "I Cross My Heart" by George Strait.
The music: Lots of country, rock and blues, which perfectly reflected the tastes of the bride and groom.
A funny moment: The best man, who was also the groom's brother, gave a very funny toast that was well received by the guests.
Outstanding vendors: Kim Seward from the Hyatt and Laura Olson of In His Grace Photography were fantastic!
Lindsay and Mark, 9/13/2009 - George Washington's River Farm, Alexandria, VA
DJ: Anthony Simpson
The first dance: "When You Say Nothing at All" by Allison Krauss
The music: Everything from funk to classic rock to country
A touching moment: The groom's father, a retired Army general, read a passage from Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet," and mentioned that the book had been given to the bride by her father, who had passed a way a year earlier.
Outstanding vendors: Laura Ritchie and her staff at R&R Catering provided an amazing buffet meal, including perfectly tender sirloin, stuffed portabella mushrooms, risotto, and delicious salads and vegetables -- it was incredible!