It's Real Wedding Wednesday! Here are our weddings from the weekend of October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2009!
Teresa and Cap, 10/2/09 - Washington Golf and Country Club, Arlington, VA
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: A beautiful, historic, and very private club nestled in the heart of Arlington, VA.
The first dance: “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
The music: A great mix, from polkas to classic rock to current pop and dance.
An unexpected surprise: Actually, two! The bride surprised the groom with a Krispy Kreme groom’s cake, and the groom surprised the bride by playing guitar and singing her a song during the reception.
Outstanding vendors: Molly Jones from WGCC was fabulous as usual, and my former clients/family members/photographers Maria Vicencio and Drew Miller were great to see again!
Reagan and Todd, 10/2/09 - Bluemont Vineyard, Bluemont, VA
DJ: Michael Bell
The setting: The gorgeous renovated barn was made even more beautiful by the sweeping views and the couple's choice of wildflowers.
The first dance: "Your Precious Love" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
A funny moment: The bride really got down in her cowboy boots to Alabama's "Dixieland Delight" with all her friends from Virginia Tech!
Outstanding vendors: Ronda from Bluemont Vineyard was wonderful to work with and her team provided incredible food and service, while Don Thompson of D. Bryant Photo took some very beautiful images!
Anita and Zach, 10/3/09, Doubletree Hotel, Bethesda, MD
DJ: Soor Kothari
The setting: The Doubletree was enhanced by the couple's beautiful decor, featuring an exquisite mandap with gold accents and yellow lighting, white flowers, and warm lighting.
The first dance: The couple didn't have a specific first dance, but the guests had a wonderful time kicking up their heels to Bollywood, 80s, and current pop hits. I even was able to spin some very eclectic mixes of bhangra and country!
A special moment: Guests from many backgrounds took park in an age-old Gujurati tradition, in which you grab the hands of a stranger and twirl, allowing the clasped hands to become the center of balance. It's almost like a "trust game" -- if you let go, everyone goes flying! It was really fun to watch.
Outstanding vendors: The bride and groom were serviced by a wonderful team, including Meryl Berkowitz and her team at the Doubletree, Neal Miglani of Tandoori Nights Catering, photographer Jennifer Brooks, florist Aradhana Luthra of As U Wish, and cake baker Kim Joshi.
Annabel and Tim, 10/3/09 - Dumbarton House, Washington, DC
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: An amazing historic mansion in Georgetown, decorated to the hilt by an amazing team of vendors.
The first dance: “Find Love” by Clem Snide
The music: A fusion of classics, latin salsa and merengue, and current indie/pop hits kept the crowd guessing (and on the dance floor) the whole night.
Outstanding vendors: Basically a “dream team” at this wedding, everyone was incredible! Wedding planner Pam Barefoot of Atrendy Wedding assembled a great group including Main Event Caterers, floral design by Philippa Tarrant, cake by Fancy Cakes by Leslie, and the ever-wonderful photographer and dear friend, photographer Jennifer Domenick of Love Life Images.
Melissa and Colin, 10/3/09 - Westfields Marriott, Chantilly, VA
DJ: Anthony Simpson
The setting: The classic grand ballroom of the Westfields Marriott easily accommodated the couple's family and friends.
The first dance: "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts
The music: The couple picked all of the songs played at their reception, which included a lot of 1980s pop, hard rock, and country.
A fun moment: The dancing was kicked off by a very spirited Hora, during which the father of the bride asked for the microphone and sung along to the music!
Mandy and Scott, 10/3/09 - River Creek Country Club, Leesburg, VA
DJ: Michael Bell
The setting: River Creek Country Club was elegant and peaceful, with its view of the reflecting pond and the Potomac River.
The first dance: "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" by Mel Carter
A unique touch: Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple had a Rice Krispie treat tower which the guests loved!
A sentimental moment: Only one toast was planned, but four ended up being given since so many people wanted to tell the bride and groom how much they loved them!
An interesting tradition: The groom's mother painted a series of beautiful framed watercolor pictures of flowers as the table favors -- a family tradition!
Outstanding vendors: Aley Montel of River Creek was very helpful and kind, and photographer Tracy Timmester was on point as always!
Rebecca and Ralph, 10/3/09 - Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, MD
DJ: David Johnson
The setting: The outdoor deck at the one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly Chesapeake Bay Foundation, one of our favorite venues.
The first dance: "Grow Old With You" by Adam Sandler
A funny moment: The bride's brother is in an excellent Southern rock band called The Cheaters, and they played a live set that the guests loved!
A unique touch: Everyone seemed to really enjoy the ice luge at the bar!
Abby and Scott, 10/4/09 - Martin's West, Baltimore, MD
DJ: Soor Kothari
The setting: Martin's West offered more than enough room to warmly welcome all of the couple's guests.
The first dance: "I Could Not Ask For More" by Edwin McCain
The music: Lots of current pop and hip hop, including Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Timbaland, mixed with 80s hits and Arabic favorites -- everyone seemed to love the cultural mix!