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The 2nd wedding of the Season - A great party for all

Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Well, this past Saturday was a LOT less stressful than the 1st wedding of the season. In fact, it couldn't have gone any better. Now of course, there were some small hiccups, but nothing like sprinklers going of in the ladies hotel room :-)

I must say, sometimes you get attached to your couples. I always interview with everyone in person - to make sure we are pretty compatible. But, I instantly clicked with my bride Beth and her mom Sylvia. Interestingly enough, I was referred to Beth's mom through one of my other MOB's (Mother of the Bride :-). The two moms have the same hair stylist. So, Sylvia actually made the first contact. I met with Beth, her mom Sylvia and her Maid of Honor Teisha for dinner. I loved them *instantly*. I came to love them more and more over the next 8 months.

Sylvia and I became very close. They hired me for basically month out coordination, with a bit of extra help with vendors. But, I always helped them when they had a question, or needed something. Sylvia would write me emails that were at least three pages long! And you know what? I didn't mind. Now, that doesn't mean that I want you to start writing me 3 page emails everyday! But, I just felt like her daughter, and she welcomed me with open arms. I have never felt so welcome by the parent's of the bride. You guys may not know this, but I used to play basketball at UConn (we won the Nat'l Championship in '95 :-). Beth's dad Don would always mess with me over email - he challenged me to a couple of one-on-one games!! But they also treated me with such respect, and dare I say love?!? ...

The wedding day turned out beautifully. I was worried about the weather initially - there were rain clouds hanging around, and there were some drops in the morning. But, miraculously, it all cleared. We started the wedding at EXACTLY 3:00 (not one minute late), and the Bridal Party was able to go down to get pictures downtown. They went to Senate Park (which is a block away from the Capital). I refused to let them go near the Tidal Basin! But you know what???!?! There were Cherry Blossoms there, so things worked out!!!!

The Reception was at Fort Belvoir. The view of the Potomac was stunning. Petal's Edge provided the flowers - which were AWESOME! Seriously, if you've never heard of Petal's Edge, you must be on crack..... Dennis Drenner was the photographer. I have never worked with him, but he was quite cool. He spends 1/2 of his time in South America doing fashion shoots and such. He also works for the Washington Post. I can't wait to see the pics. And I have to give a shout out to one of my *favorite* people - Neil over at Blue Sky. His assistant Anwar was pretty cool too :-). Now, I am a married woman, but I do adore Neil ;-).... Melissa from Capitol Chocolate Fountains was there, and it was SO yummy! I get to work with her next week too! Finally, I have to give the biggest shout-out to their DJ - Jeff Hulbert (out of Bialek's). I've never worked with him before. This is a free vendor referral to all of you guys: If you want someone that knows how to get the party started (and keep it going), you NEED to hire Jeff. I got distracted every once in a while because their guests kept pulling me onto the dance floor! He played AWESOME music. Also, we had a big issue with the Gobo (the monogram that was being projected on the floor), It got bent, and I thought it was done for; Well, Jeff got it back in perfect position, and saved the day.

Beth is a wonderful woman, and her husband Fred was also very cool to me. All of their guests were so cool, and they stayed on the dance floor all night! Sylvia and Don were one of my most favorite Mom and Dad combos EVER!! They are such wonderful people, and they were so good to their daughter.

I tell you, I am almost sad that this wedding is over. I don't have much of a reason to contact Beth and Sylvia on a daily basis anymore... But, I sure hope they invite me to any housewarmings, baby showers and birthday parties, 'cause I'll be there :-)

~kim

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