The weekend before the Christmas holiday, December 18th and 19th, 2009, included several very festive and fun weddings that wwere phenomenal in spite of Mother Nature's plans! Read below for more.
Rachel and Stefan, 12/18/2009, Belmont Country Club, Ashburn, VA
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: A beautiful and historic golf club set on a championship golf course in Ashburn, VA.
The first dance: “Whatever It Is” by the Zac Brown Band
The music: Everything from big band to Black Eyed Peas – the guests were really grooving on the dance floor!
An unexpected surprise: That would be the massive blizzard that rolled in while we were at the reception. I expected more guests to leave early, but a lot of them stayed to tough it out on the dance floor! The ride home to Columbia took me 2 1/2 hours, but well worth it for a great wedding and a happy couple.
Grace and Garrett, 12/19/09 - Harbor Court Hotel, Baltimore, MD
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: One of Baltimore’s most beautiful and storied hotels, in the middle of the worst blizzard to hit the area in five years.
The first dance: “The Rest of My Life” by Blessid Union of Souls
The music: An eclectic mix of classic party songs, 90’s alternative, and Christmas music. This was a great crowd and probably would’ve danced to anything I played!
An unexpected surprise: We knew the snow was going to be bad early in the week, but I was really surprised by how many of their guests still came out in the blizzard! By my count, they had roughly 130 of 160 guests, which was outstanding given the condition of the roads. This weekend was a great testament to our company’s dedication to our clients – we have no “back out” clause in our contract and our DJs took special measures to ensure the success of every single wedding on our schedule that went forward as planned.
Outstanding vendors: Everyone involved gets a gold star for dedication on this one, over 15 inches of snow in less than 24 hours and nobody backed out. Melanie Davis and her entire crew at the Harbor Court were great, and it was such a pleasure to work with photographer Anne Sachs again, who gave us pictures!
Emily and Chris, 12/19/09 - Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Stevensville, MD
DJ: Jeff Brown
The setting: All of the snow and ice didn't at all diminish the elegance, warmth and charm of the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club.
The first dance: "Dance All Night" by Ryan Adams
The music: The couple had put a tremendous amount of work into carefully designing their own specific set list, which reflected the mood they wished to set for each part of the evening.
A touching moment: The bride and groom made some special remarks in honor of their grandparents, and played a special song for them to dance to ("Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller)
A fun surprise: The sparkler sendoff the couple had planned still took place, in spite of the weather!
Outstanding vendors: As usual the CBBC staff was on the ball, and did an amazing job given the circumstances. Photographer pal John Waire was fabulous as well, and even gave us pictures!
Katie and Kaipo, 12/19/09 - Navy Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, MD
DJ: David Johnson
The setting: The fourth floor of the stadium offered a beautiful view of the snowstorm outside!
The first dance: "More" by Bobby Darin
A special touch: The groom was a recent graduate of the Naval Academy and had been the quarterback of the academy's football team. The bride had his jersey framed and put on display at the wedding, had a helmet set out for guests to sign with their well wishes, and had a personalized groom's cake made in the shape of a football on the Navy stadium field!
A unique tradition: The groom's family is Hawaiian, and in honor of his heritage, his mother presented the bride with a lei, and the bride's mother presented the groom with one as well.
Outstanding vendors: Obviously the entire team gets kudos for pulling off a great wedding under some pretty tough circumstances! Wedding planner Raquel Shutt was fabulous, as she always is, and photographer pals Jen Cody and Sam Taylor of egomedia photography were great and gave us pictures!