For your reading pleasure, our weddings from September 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2009. Some great pictures here too - enjoy!
Alex and Taylor, 9/4/2009 - Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: A beautiful, warm evening – outdoor ceremony in the grove, cocktails under the portico, and reception under the tented patio.
The first dance: “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show, with a beautiful choreographed dance by the bride and groom!
The guests: Definitely a mixed crowd, the bride hails from the UK so there were quite a few guests there from “the other side of the pond.”
A unique twist: The guests loved drinking the specialty beer, brewed by the bride’s father specifically for the wedding!
Outstanding vendors: Basically an all-star team at this wedding, it was a piece of cake! Great leadership and coordination by wedding planner Aimee Dominick and her team, pictures by photographer and all-around great guy Jay Premack (who hooked us up with pictures!), Videography by William Gaff of humanstory films, one of the area's best, and fabulous catering by Amanda Phommachanh and her staff at Occasions Caterers.
Here are some pictures, courtesy of Jay Premack!
Laura and John Paul, 9/5/2009 - Governor Calvert House, Annapolis, MD
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: The elegant, historic atrium and ballroom at one of Annapolis' most storied hotels.
The first dance: "Always and Forever" by Cory Morrow
The guests: A very diverse crowd, with a fairly large military contingent - mostly the groom's buddies from the Naval Academy!
The playlist: A great mix of old and new, and the crowd was rockin' pretty much the whole night. It was a lot of fun, and flew by quickly!
Outstanding vendors: Julie Savage and her staff at the Governor Calvert House did a great job with the food, as usual. Photography was by Amy Raab Photography associate David Spence, and it was great to hang out with him and Wendy again! Dave hooked us up with pictures - wasn't that nice?
Kristin and Joe, 9/5/2009 - Kent Manor Inn, Stevensville, MD
DJ: Jeff Brown
The setting: Beautiful views and plenty of Eastern Shore charm at the Kent Manor Inn
The first dance: "Fresh Feeling" by The Eels.
A special tradition: Since the groom is in the Navy, the couple did the traditional cake cutting using the groom's sword.
A touching moment: Father Kieran Mandato gave a very sentimental blessing before dinner.
An unexpected surprise: The maid of honor's toast was accompanied by her boyfriend on electric guitar -- it was definitely unique!
Outstanding vendors: Ashley Clough and her team at Kent Manor Inn did a wonderful job!
Rose and Wael, 9/5/2009 - Fredericksburg Hospitality House, Fredericksburg, VA
DJ: Michael Bell
The setting: Guests enjoyed the beautiful weather and the accommodations at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House, accented with the couple's all-white decor.
The first dance: "I Want to Grow Old With You" by Westlife.
The music: Lots of 80s music kept the party going, along with a wide mix of Arabic and Portuguese songs.
The couple: Both members of the police force, the bride and groom couldn't have been nicer or more fun to work with!
Sandhya and Krishnan, 9/5/2009 - American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
DJ: Soor Kothari
The setting: Charm City's American Visionary Art Museum offered a rustic and industrial setting for this wedding -- a stunning backdrop!
The first dance: "At Last" by Etta James.
The music: A mix of bhangra, Bollywood, hip hop and 1980s.
The food: Family-style catering by Dionysus Kitchen, with vegetables picked straight from Chef Paul's own garden!
A funny moment: The groom's brother-in-law's toast was all about the groom's childhood love of chocolate drinks!
Taylor and Matthieu, 9/6/2009 - Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: A gorgeous evening for an outdoor ceremony and rooftop cocktail hour, which turned to rain once everyone went inside the ballroom for dinner and dancing!
The first dance: "When You Say Nothing at All" by Allison Krauss.
The guests: A hard-partying group of all ages, everyone seemed to have an absolute blast dancing and singing along!
A unique twist: The groom prepared a photo slideshow that ran during dinner, it was really sweet.
Outstanding vendors: Rebecca Del Balzo and the staff at Army Navy Country Club did a great job with the food and kept things moving. It was my first time working with photographer Jason Weil, and he was great to work with. He even gave us pictures!
Jessica and Aaron, 9/6/2009 - Key Bridge Marriott, Arlington VA
The DJ: Anthony Simpson
The setting: Three separate areas of the beautiful Key Bridge Marriott provided the setting for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
The first dance: "Stay with You" by John Legend.
The music: A fun mix of classic rock, lots of sing-along favorites ("Sweet Caroline," "Friends in Low Places" and especially "PIano Man") and some old-school hip hop.
A fun moment: The bride and groom both attended Virginia Tech, and many of the guests joined them after the last dance for the VT fight song!
An unexpected surprise: It was the bride's mother's birthday, and the caterers brought out a special dessert with a candle and all the guests sang along with "Happy Birthday." The mother of the bride was very surprised and happy!
Catie and Jon, 9/6/2009 - Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
The setting: One of our favorite venues, the beautiful and historic Woodend Sanctuary at the Audubon Naturalist Society.
The first dance: "Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darin.
A touching moment: The groom gave a very touching speech at the beginning of the evening about how much he and his family love the bride.
A fun moment: As a homage to all the Red Sox fans in attendance, I played "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond and "Shipping Up to Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys -- both were huge hits!