Melanie & Jason – August 18th, 2007
Melanie and Jason were both entrenched in advanced programs at Harvard University when I met them. Yes, I said Harvard! Jason was getting an MBA from Harvard Business School, while Melanie was in her last year as a Law Student at Harvard. These are two smart cookies! … They came to me in March of 2006, looking for a Coordinator to help them plan a Washington DC wedding while they were away at school. I jumped at the chance to work on this wedding.
We immediately ran into problems finding a Reception site, because they had a HUGE guest list. We visited TONS of sites in DC proper, but none fit size wise or price wise. So, Jason ingeniously found out the Westin was building a new hotel in Annapolis, and he worked out a great deal with them. The only catch was we wouldn’t be able to do any kind of walkthroughs/tastings/changes until a month before the wedding – because that’s when the hotel was opening. Talk about a little stressful! But, we went ahead with blind faith, and the Westin came through like pros. The space turned out AMAZINGLY well. It was so beautiful. The food was also impeccable. I have to give kudos to Cathy, the Catering Manager at the Westin Annapolis ~ She is a complete pro, and it was a pleasure working with her.
Melanie looked especially beautiful. Although, this was another stressful point of the wedding. I scheduled trials around her schedule, since she wouldn’t be in town that often. Two trials with a hairstylist did not make Melanie very happy. She trusted me enough to suggest another stylist 2 DAYS BEFORE THE WEDDING!!! Talk about pressure!!!!! … They treated her so well, and made Melanie looked STUNNING. I am talking about Camille and Diane over at Cole Stevens Salon and Day Spa (Greenbelt, MD). Just look at the photos. She looked so beautiful – these pictures will still be timeless 20 years from now. And that dress – wow – that dress was GORGEOUS!!! … And it looked stunning on her frame. Oh, and Jason cleaned up pretty well on his big day too!
Derek Romanoff provided DJ services – and he was great as usual. I’ve raved about Derek before, but I will rave about him here again. At the last minute, Melanie and Jason decided that they wanted a family friend to give the blessing over the food. I told Derek about the last minute change. I also mentioned that he was a State Representative from his local area. Derek jumped on his wireless connection, read his bio, and gave him an introduction befitting a politician. Everyone was surprised and delighted, and it seemed as if Derek had this information in his hand weeks before the wedding! .. Derek embraces technology in his DJ’ing services, and I just love his ingenuity. He just rocks!
Linda Wallace – the AMAZING photographer out of NC – provided the photography services. I love working with Linda. She is so laid back, and produces stunning photography. I just love working with her, because she’s so flexible. She lives in NC, but does about half of her weddings in the DC area. Melanie and Jason were demanding, but it was all worth it. They had a clear vision of the way they wanted, and I think they achieved that. It was also amazing to see things unfold and see how happy they were on their wedding day ;-)
Angela & Jamison – September 15th, 2007
I met Angela for Lunch one day, and we hit it off immediately. She had seen a review in the Knot, of one of our previous weddings. It was nice that she came in appreciating our work. But, when I met her, I immediately knew I wanted to work with her! … Angela has such an amazing personality, and it’s easy to be her friend!
Angela’s wedding took place at the Mansion at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD. It is a gorgeous mansion, and a wonderful place to have a wedding if you have less than 120 people. The Ceremony took place in the Music room and the guests then moved to the garden for Cocktails. During the Cocktail hour, we got all of Angela’s guests together for a group photo. It turned out amazingly well! Dinner was held in the various rooms of the mansion. Angela did something a little different for her head table. She asked us to set up one long rectangular table that would seat 22 people. It turned out beautifully. Angela had a lilac/deep purple/platinum color scheme. When you have purples and silvers, it can look a little childish/12 year old-ish if your not careful. With the help of the wonderful folks at Party Rental Ltd, Angela picked amazing linens and rentals that made her entire wedding looked sophisticated and “oh so sheik!”
The guests danced the night away to great tunes and even greater company. Kathy Blanchard and her sister Missy took the photos at the wedding. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Kathy and Missy. Kathy and Missy were selected (again!) as one of the best photography teams by the Washingtonian Magazine; I’ll post pictures soon so you can see why.
I adored Angela, and I hope she and Jamison will be truly happy together. I think that won’t be a problem for them ;-)
Hi guys ~
Yeah, mommy hood has really caused me to suck at updating my blog. I tell you, this has been on my To Do list for 2 months. I keep telling myself ~ "I'll get around to it" .... then another week slips by! I guess I just spend any free moment with Isabella. Everyone says that you should enjoy your kid while they are still young. What they really mean is enjoy them before they become mobile ~ once they start crawling then walking, your life will turn into a constant chorus of "get back here"... "get away from that" ... "get down from there".... yada, yada, yada!
But, I digress! This post is about my wonderful couple Jennifer and Chris who were married on June 30th, 2007 at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Jennifer and Chris are one of the most laid back couples I've ever had the privilege to work with. They are a super laid back couple; However, they are BOTH so beautiful, they could be models! But the cool thing is, they NEVER acted like they were better than anyone. No bridezilla or groomzilla moments with them. They simply love each other, and wanted their guests to have a wonderful day to share with them. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the entire bridal party was amazingly beautiful as well. For someone who just had a kid and is still trying to work off 10 pounds of baby weight, I was a little self conscious standing next to all of those beautiful people!!!!!!!!
They had their Ceremony on the lawn at Fort McNair. For those of you who haven't been on the campus at Fort McNair, I tell you, you're missing out on a great venue; They have some of the BEST REAL ESTATE IN WASHINGTON, DC!!! ... We were right on the banks of the Potomac River and the weather was gorgeous!!
We then moved inside for the reception in the lovely Crystal Ballroom. It was set up beautifully. If you can believe this, the Groom and the Bride's Aunt T did the Reception flowers. They were really beautiful ~ Chris has a great eye for decor! But I already knew this ~ I had a meeting with the couple at their house a few months back ~ what a WONDERFUL PLACE!!!!!!
The guests were partying all night. I was told by my assistants that they wanted to pay the DJ to keep the party going at the end of the night! Whenever guests DON'T want to go home, you've had a successful reception ;-)
Some of the vendors that worked this wonderful wedding:
Okay, I think I have rambled enough! This couple was so wonderful, and I am glad we had a chance to run in the same circle for a short amount of time ;-)
Isn't this great! Mollie loves to have a great time! This picture was taken when the Bridal Party went for pictures at the Lincoln Memorial. Doesn't she look gorgeous in her Vera Wang dress??? I'll post pics when Glenn sends me some more. Glenn is really a fabulous photographer, and I can't wait to see the full set of pictures. I peeked over his shoulder a couple of times last night, and I saw some great pics.
So the Ceremony and Reception were both at the Westin Grand. Last week, our couple dealt with torrential downpours. Mollie & Clay couldn't have asked for a better day. It was simply perfect. Not too hot, and no rain!!! The Ceremony took place in the Courtyard, and it created a bit of a vacuum, so it actually wasn't too hot at all. The Ceremony featured an interfaith Christian/Jewish Service. It was really meaningful and special.
Once the Ceremony was over, the Cocktails began. Mollie and Clay presented a Sushi bar for their guests. It was so popular though, it was gone in 15 minutes! The Reception featured a 5 course meal - appetizer course, salad course, intermezzo, Main course and dessert! And, there was still cake! The guests were able to enjoy the courtyard all night, and boy did they take advantage of it!
The DJ was the great Kirk Rubley from Kirkabee DJ's. I do love him, and he sure does know how to throw a great party. There was a bit of a lull for about 20 minutes (most of the guests made a dash to the bar :-). After that, the floor was packed the entire night. I heard some of my favorite songs last night:
Oh, and know I get to say my favorite phrase:
Gerry and Rebecca over at Petal's Edge provided the flowers. Mollie's color scheme was a light pink / hot pink combo. It was really very pretty - her bouquet comprised of orchids, peonies and roses. It was really amazing. Each bridesmaid’s bouquets consisted of one flower from Mollie's bouquet. So, one bouquet was made up of only peonies, another made of only orchids. It was really cool! The color scheme continued in the girls dresses - beautiful A line dresses from Aria, all in a different style.
Natalie, the Social Catering Manager over at the Westin Grand really did a great job. I have to send a special thanks to Chris, the Banquet Captain. Chris was a tremendous help to us when we were at the Westin in April. That help continued last night at Mollie & Clay's wedding. He was so amazing behind the scenes, making sure everything was perfect. He really knows how to do his job amazingly well, and he respects us enough that we work in perfect harmony.
I just want to say thank you to Mollie and Clay. Mollie gave me the biggest, tightest hug at the end of the Wedding night. She said that she was so glad to have me be apart of their wedding, and I did a great job. I actually started to blush. My staff and I did work hard, but it was easy to do that for Mollie! She just inspires you to go above and beyond. And Clay was so appreciative as well.
Well, I'm off for a month! No more weddings in July. I am going to do the following this month:
I can't wait to sleep! That should be the first thing on my TO DO list!! The first half of the wedding season has been good to us. I'm looking forward to having this break, then pushing full steam ahead for the second half of the wedding season. We slow down a bit, with only 2 weddings each month through December. We are in some really cool places, and I can't wait to talk about those couples.
ta ta for now ;-)
Beth and Darryl got married this past Sunday - during the Memorial Day Weekend. For anyone who lives in this area, you know that Rolling Thunder descends on Washington DC every Memorial Day for their Convention and their demonstration on the Mall. They come for a noble cause - to remember all of the Veterans who lost their lives for America, and to fight for current Veterans who rely on the Government for financial and Healthcare assistance. And for those of you who don't know, Rolling Thunder is a LARGE group of bikers - I may be wrong on this - I don't think everyone has to be a Veteran, but maybe they do. No matter, when you see the sheer numbers, it's staggering. It's funny because the Church that I attend is on East Capitol Street. The bikers go together to meet downtown the morning of the demonstration, and they pass by our Church! On Rolling Thunder days, we have silent prayer for 20 minutes while the bikes pass!
So, back to my wedding. Beth & Darryl had their wedding at the Historic 6th & I Synagogue. We were there on May 20th as well. You can scroll down to find the other post (about Deb & Marc). It's a really beautiful Synagogue. The photographers were Bill & Marie Piaseci - who are so cool, and were so great to work with! We had a picture session, rehearsal and Ketubah signing, all before the Ceremony began! It was a busy day ;-) After the Ceremony, the couple headed to the Jefferson Memorial for pictures.
The Reception was at the Crystal City Hyatt - the headquarters for Rolling Thunder last weekend. They had taken over the hotel! Well, everywhere except our ballroom! Beth & Darryl are Jewish, so we had all of the traditional things going on, including the Ha Motzi, the Horah and the Mezinkah Dance (which is done when the youngest child marries). Their family and friends were actually very cool. They really knew how to have a good time. Every chance they got, they were up dancing to the tunes of NightSong - a great band, by the way. Beth looked stunning - Kelley at FaceMode did her makeup, and Melanie Medeiros did her hair in a gorgeous Jackie O flip.
Beth & Darryl are great - they have very good senses of humor, and they LOVE the Mets! They were introduced at the Reception to "Meet the Mets"!! I thought that was hilarious! And their cake topper was Mr. & Mrs. Met :-) .... All of the guests enjoyed the party, and so did I. Beth and Darryl capped it off with a Candy Bar - which the guests devoured!
Thanks Beth and Darryl for letting Serendipity be apart of your day! I will post pictures when I get some :-)
Well, Serendipity has officially kicked off the 2006 Season. We had one of our cutest couples this past Saturday, but I must say, it was one of the wildest, craziest wedding days EVER.
I had planned on going straight to the Ceremony Site with my assistant 2 hours before the Ceremony, while my partner Angel headed to the Reception Site to be in charge of that setup. I left my house at 2:15pm, in anticipation of arriving at 3:00pm at the Ceremony Site. Well, I get a call at 2:20 from the Bride - she is FRANTIC. Let me tell you guys the story:
As you can suspect, I was freaking out on the way to the Church - I completely went the wrong way! I was thinking of heading straight to the Hotel, but what could I do? I couldn't stop the sprinklers! I couldn't change anything?!? ... I called Evan and Matt - they were doing everything they could, so I needed to head to the Church to meet the Florist. I had to dive into my Emergency kit to find my new stick of deodorant - geez!
Well, I get to the Church and do my setup, and I call over to the Room every 10 minutes. The bridesmaids (and her Brides “man” – her cool guy friend) got my Bride focused, and they were able to get dressed. Her Bridal Party really stepped up to the plate and took control. They had planned to go downtown for pictures - but of course that went out the window.
Then we get to the Transportation. I had talked to the transportation company the day before the wedding, and confirmed everything. Well, the day of the wedding was a different story - the driver couldn't find her keys, and got lost on the way to 16th & S Street - that's not exactly the hardest place to find. Because of the driver (not the whole sprinkler thing :-), we started the wedding 22 minutes late. Thank goodness the Officiant moved pretty quickly - we took formal pictures, and got the Party over to the Reception Site - Top of the Town. I had to LEAD the limo from downtown to Top of the Town!! It’s a good thing I knew where I was going! But, my palms were sweating – I’ve never had a limo follow ME before!
We finally get over to the Reception; The Reception site looked impeccable - this was one area of the day which was fabulous. We were able to get back some time that we lost. My Bride and Groom were able to eat, and then just enjoy their guests. The day ended a lot better than it began :-)
I do have to give a major shout out to Evan of Bishop Photography, Matt of Buerhaus Design, Enrico & Henry over at Marco Polo Catering and all of the folks at Top of the Town. My Bride hired some great professionals – and it showed on Saturday :-)
Aline is a Guidance Counselor and it shows - she is *very* reserved and *very* measured in most things that she says. But, the atmosphere of the wedding was able to crack her reserved posture - AFTER the Ceremony! She appeared a bit nervous to get married, but once she said 'I Do', she was SO MUCH FUN!!!
Both families were such a blast to be around. I had so much fun dancing with the Nick's (the Bride and Groom both have brother's named Nick - go figure :-), and getting to know Steve and Aline. Steve's mother is also the LIFE OF THE PARTY!!! They are a cute couple, and they really threw a great party. They had the *best* candy buffet ever! My staff had to guard the candy buffet until after dinner - her guests wanted to attack it as soon as they entered the reception site!
Steve and Aline's photographer was the very cool Erik Annis over at Erik Annis Photography.