We're excited to recap an amazing group of weddings from the weekend of October 9th through 11th, 2009! Cheers!
Gillian and Ben, 10/9/09, Hotel Monaco, Alexandria, VA
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: One of our favorite venues, Hotel Monaco, nestled in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.
The first dance: “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley
The music: Everything from classics to country to current dance, this was a small group but a great crowd!
Outstanding vendors: Joi Funches from Hotel Monaco was outstanding as usual and her staff did a great job of managing the timeline. Elizabeth Leibundguth of Cherry Blossom Weddings and Events was awesome as well, we had a lot of fun working together!
Sarah and Michael, 10/9/09 - House of Sweden, Washington, DC
DJ: Jeff Brown
The setting: The unique House of Sweden, with its rooftop views of the Georgetown waterfront.
The first dance: "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce
The music: The guests enjoyed dancing to a mix of classic older hits from the 60s through the 80s.
A unique touch: The parents of the bride requested some timeless Irish songs for the bride and groom.
Jessie and Alex, 10/9/09 - Fort Belvoir Officer's Club, Fort Belvoir, VA
DJ: Michael Bell
The setting: Fort Belvoir Officer's Club, with its beautiful Potomac River view and classic ambiance, was decked out in "Tiffany blue" and white accents.
A funny moment: The bridal party's introduction music was Metallica's "Enter Sandman" (a homage to Virginia Tech football), and the bride and groom, a military couple, entered the room to the "Army Strong" theme from TV, which got a big laugh!
A touching tradition: The bride and groom cut their cake with the same sword used by the groom's father, a Brigadier General, at his own wedding.
A funny moment: A very young boy did the best rendition of "The Worm" ever! The kids in attendance at the wedding were dancing like crazy.
Katie and Bill, 10/10/09 - Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: The very modern and elegant Pavilion Room at the Ronald Regan Building.
The first dance: “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
The music: An awesome mix of everything – classics, 80’s, electronic, hip-hop – it was great!
Outstanding vendors: Candice Barnes from the Reagan Building was fabulous as always, and the RRB staff was outstanding. Photographer Chris Zarconi snapped the action, and it was great to catch up with him!
Lindsay and David, 10/10/09 - Engineer's Club, Baltimore, MD
DJ: Soor Kothari
The setting: The soaring ceilings, grand spiral staircase and luxurious decor of the Engineer's Club made this wedding all the more beautiful.
The first dance: "I'm Yours" by The Script
The music: A mix of old school hip hop, 80s, Motown and some Arabic songs resulted in a lot of dancing!
A funny moment: Each member of the bridal party was introduced into the reception to his or her own song, as chosen by the bride and groom -- including "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred!
Outstanding vendors: Asha Hislop and everyone at the Engineer's Club, photographer Eric Stocklin, florist My Flower Box and SugarBakers Cakes did an excellent job putting this wedding together!
Molly and Ian, 10/10/09 - Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, MD
DJ: David Johnson
The setting: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the area's most economically responsible venue (that is also quite unique!)
The first dance: "To Be Alone With You" by Sufjan Stevens
The music: All of the songs for cocktails and dinner were chosen by the groom, who is really into music! Guests enjoyed a very personal mix of popular and alternative artists.
A unique touch: The raw oyster bar, with oysters freshly shucked as guests arrived, was a huge hit -- everyone was saying they were the best they'd ever tasted!
Diane and Steve, 10/10/09 - Woman's National Democratic Club, Washington, DCDJ: Jeff Brown
The setting: The historically elegant Woman's National Democratic Club provided the perfect atmosphere for the event.
The first dance: "Let's Fall in Love" by Diana Krall
The music: Lots of Rat Pack hits for cocktails and dinner, followed by classic rock, oldies, 70s and 80s.
A unique touch: The bride and groom had provided a bucket of flip flops for all of the women to change into before the dancing began.
A sentimental moment: The parents of both the bride and the groom gave very heartfelt toasts that really moved the guests!
Faye and Mike, 10/11/09 - Whitehall Manor, Bluemont, VADJ: Michael Bell
The setting: Whitehall's elegant decor was the perfect backdrop for florist Holly Heider Chapple's breathtaking autumn-themed flowers.
The first dance: "Everything I Do" by Bryan Adams
A touching moment: The bride's sister cried during her beautiful speech as she told a story from their childhood about dreaming about the men they were going to marry.
Outstanding vendors: Douglas Armstrong's staff at Whitehall did a wonderful job with the catering and the event in general, while Holly Heider Chapple made the setting even more beautiful.
Lea and Dan, 10/11/09 - Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Alexandria, VA
DJ: Anthony Simpson
The setting: The Beth El congregation was a very warm and accommodating venue with plenty of room for the ceremony, cocktails and dinner.
The first dance: "Como Fue" by Beny More
The music: Guests had a blast dancing to Motown, 80s pop, Top 40, salsa and merengue -- they were literally worn out by the end of the night!
A touching moment: The groom and his mother danced to the song "Tomorrow" from the musical "Annie," but as performed by The Pretzels. This song obviously had a lot of meaning for them, as they were very emotional during their dance -- those of us watching also got a little choked up!
An interesting fact: Lea and Dan went to high school together, but never really spoke -- then, many years later, they met up again when both were early to their high school reunion!
Michone and George, 10/11/09 - VisArts, Rockville, MD
DJ: David Johnson
The setting: The VisArts Center couldn't have been cooler or more unique, with its working artist studios, gallery space, many windows and acoustic style ceiling treatments.
The first dance: "For the Love of You" by The Isley Brothers
A fun tradition: The bride's sorority sisters from Alpha Kappa Alpha surrounded her and they sang the sorority's song.
A touching moment: The groom gave an unplanned toast to his new wife to thank her for all of her planning and hard work to make it the most incredible day of his life. It was very sweet!
Outstanding vendors: Anita Ellis and her team from Avalon Caterers, Creation Waits Photography and coordinator Lisa Nelson of Elegant Event Planning and Design were a fantastic team!
Kassi and Pete, 10/11/09 - Westwood Country Club, Vienna, VA
DJ: Jeff Brown
The setting: The dramatic grand ballroom of the Westwood Country Club, with sprawling views of the golf course.
The first dance: "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra
The music: Current hip hop and pop music, as well as some Greek music for the bride's family.
A unique touch: The groom's cake was a tribute to the University of Miami Hurricanes.
A fun surprise: The photographer, Anne Lord, provided a slideshow of the day's events leading up to the wedding reception -- this was very well received by the guests!
Meredith and Joe, 10/11/2009, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge, MD
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: A picture-perfect night at an amazing waterfront resort on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
The first dance: “Try Me” by James Brown
The music: An eclectic mix of classics, indie, 80’s, and current hits.
Outstanding vendors: Kate Hopkins and her team at the Hyatt were great to work with, as usual. Plus, I got to hang out and have fun with photographer pals Amy Raab and Kathy Blanchard all night!