It's Real Wedding Wednesday again! Here are our recaps for the weddings on November 7th and 8th, 2009!
Candace and Mike, 11/7/09 - Westfields Marriott, Chantilly, VA
DJ: David Johnson
The setting: Elegantly appointed and spacious, the Marriott's ballroom provided a very traditional and warm site for the wedding.
The first dance: "When You Say Nothing at All" by Allison Krauss
The music: Lots of oldies, Motown, pop and hip hop -- a very fun mix!
A unique touch: The groom provided a custom mix for the mother/son dance, starting with "She's Got a Way" by Billy Joel and fading into "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond. Lots of guests joined in and it was a very fun, upbeat ending to the traditional dance!
A fun moment: The couple requested "Dirty Water" by Dropkick Murphys after their last dance, and the groom and his buddies enjoyed a big singalong!
Christina and Howard, 11/7/09 - Sheraton Washington North, Beltsville, MD
DJ: Soor Kothari
The setting: The spacious and bright ballroom at the Sheraton was personalized by the couple's choice to name each of the tables after a favorite song rather than using traditional table numbers.
The first dance: "Faithfully" by Journey
The music: A fun, eclectic blend of disco, pop, Motown and oldies -- the couples were also huge fans of Bruce Springsteen, Billy Idol and Elton John.
A funny moment: Everyone chimed in and sang along to the couple's song choice of "Pretty Woman," used in the garter toss.
Erika and Jamie, 11/7/09 - Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
DJ: Michael Bell
The setting: The beautiful and natural Woodend Sanctuary was really set off by the couple's fall-themed flowers in autumnal colors.
The first dance: "La Vie En Rose" by Louis Armstrong
A touching moment: The bride's male cousin, who served as "Man of Honor," sang a song he wrote especially for the bride and groom, accompanied by piano, during his toast.
Outstanding vendors: Coordinator Rebecca Dick of Wish Special Events was organized, professional and fun to work with. Photographer Kate Headley was brilliant, as she always is!
Katherine and Andrew, 11/7/09 - Ostertag Vistas, Myersville, MD
DJ: Anthony Simpson
The setting: Ostertag Vistas' converted barn, unique and rustic, was a beautiful and appropriate setting for a Renaissance-themed wedding!
The first dance: "Beauty and the Beast" from the Disney soundtrack
The music: The guests really kept the dance floor packed all night, dancing to songs from the 60s through the 90s.
A unique touch: Everything about this wedding was extraordinary, not the least of which being the Medieval theme! The bride, groom and their entire wedding party, including both fathers, were dressed in full Renaissance Faire garb. Many of the guests joined right in, including one guest dressed as a Friar and another decked out in full chain-mail!
Kristen and Ryan, 11/7/09 - Elkridge Furnace Inn, Elkridge, MD
DJ: Jeff Brown
The setting: The beautiful and timeless Elkridge Furnace Inn was very inviting.
The first dance: "Do You Remember" by Jack Johnson
The music: A mix of oldies, classics, party songs and current hits kept the dance floor full.
A unique touch: The bride and groom were very into music, and kept their requests centered around a chronological playlist -- Rat Pack for cocktails, oldies for dinner, and more contemporary hits for later in the evening.
Outstanding vendors: Becky and her banquet staff from Elkridge Furnace Inn and photographer Ray Persinger were great!
Melissa and Josh, 11/8/09 - ThorpeWood Lodge, Thurmont, MD
DJ: David Johnson
The setting: The rustic, elegant atmosphere at ThorpeWood Lodge was perfect -- the ceremony was held in a beautiful wooded locale, with cocktails, dinner and dancing inside the lodge
The first dance: "Thank You" by Chris Cornell
A funny moment: The mother of the groom asked to give a toast at the last minute, and during her remarks she presented a special gift to the bride -- the groom's "blankie" from when he was little!
Outstanding vendors: Mike and his team from Canapes Catering, Julie Parlaman of ThorpeWood, Perskie Photographics and Metzlers Florist were a wonderful team.