Put Your “I Do” Shoes On! Congratulations Olga and David!

June 19, 2012

Olga and David were married at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew. Before the ceremony the bridal party and family members gathered in historic Sandy Spring, Maryland, at the Woodlawn Manor.

The day began with a first look. David and Olga, you two have the sweetest expressions here!

This part of the day ended up being one of the couple’s favorites. Olga told me, “We both really enjoyed the first look photos and having that time with each other. It was a much more private moment than if we had chosen to first see each other at the ceremony.”

Olga and her sister, Maria, were adopted. Olga’s locket held a special tribute to her birth parents that passed away thirteen years ago. She explains, “I wanted to do something special just as a reminder that they were both still in my heart and made me who I am today and that, without their love, I would not have been standing at the altar on my wedding day.”

Olga and David were engaged on New Year’s Eve in Moscow.

Olga shared the story with me, “I grew up in Russia until I was 12 years old and then was adopted and brought to America. David knew that my dream was to always come back to Russia with him so that he could meet my family and see where I grew up. We arrived in Moscow on New Year’s Eve 2010. David knew that I really loved The Cathedral of Christ the Savior and planned to propose there that evening. After a long walk in the cold, icy weather to the church we carefully made our way inside to come upon a candlelight service. It was beautiful, warm, and romantic.

As we came upon a corridor, David turned to me with a big grin on his face. He said he had a question to ask me, got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. I said yes. I told him to get up off the floor and he kissed me. We walked outside the church to celebrate the moment with midnight fireworks on the bridge over the Moscow River.”

After the portraits, everyone made their way to the church for the ceremony.

At the end of the day, all the guests lined the path in front of the church for a bubble send-off.

Congratulations Olga and David!

Special thanks to the vendors:
Pre-ceremony location: Woodlawn Manor
Church: Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, Silver Spring, Maryland
Caterer: Bella Napoli Restaurant
Wedding Cake: Classic Bakery, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Florist: My Creative Floral
DJ: Andy Gotsch, DJ Sparks
Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses: Natalie, Allure Wedding, Celebration Boutique
Bride’s Shoes: Isola
Hair and Make-up: Belle Soeur Bridal
Tux and Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Wedding and Engagement Rings: Zales

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DIY Shabby Chic: Congratulations Jena & Andy!

June 8, 2012

Jena and Andy were married at the Hidden Creek Country Club in Northern Virginia.

Jena chose to wear some very special pieces including an heirloom watch, charms around her bouquet with photos of grand parents and she borrowed her Swarovski crystal hair piece from her sister, who wore it the day she was married, as well.

Jena and Andy decided to see each other before the ceremony with a first look. They were so happy to see each other!

Jena and Andy met in 2008 and were engaged just this past fall. Jena share’s the proposal story, “Andy’s proposal was perfect!  We both share a love of all things Fall especially Halloween & Pumpkins!  We spent a few weekends practicing our pumpkin carving skills.  I came home from work Friday, October 22nd to an excited Andy pleading with me to go see the pumpkins he bought to carve that night. To my SURPRISE, there were the most perfect pumpkins already carved with…. WILL YOU MARRY ME?”

Jena and Andy had a candy bar set up at the reception full of the prettiest pink candies!

Jena is truly a DIY bride!  I asked her to share her style ideas, “My style influence was romantic, shabby chic, southern charm. I am an aspiring Southern Belle : ) lol”

Jena went to the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her design sensibility and love for fashion and all things aesthetically pleasing surely inspired the look for the wedding.
She continues, “I truly enjoyed every part of planning and scouting out each piece and idea, it was like a treasure hunt!  At the end of the Wedding, I was proud to see my vision come to life! I spent every single day off I had at thrift shops, Home Goods, Marshall’s, and most importantly MICHAEL’S!! Every time Andy would call me, I was at Michael’s. I was always at Michaels!  I even dragged him there once and he was enthralled by it!”

One of the stand-out pieces at the reception were the beautiful table numbers. I found out later Jena made them herself! “I got naked wooden numbers, mod podged (I love love mod podge) scrapbook paper cut to fit the number and painted and spray shellacked them. I made the flowers from ribbon and hot glue and rhinestones and pearls!
Jena also made the favors, “The favors I made from a mason jar and a candlestick and some aquarium glue!  I bought the shipping labels and threaded them with raffia and stamped them with a custom stamp I designed and purchased from stampoutonline at Etsy!”

Congratulations Jena and Andy!

Special Thanks to al the Vendors:
Reception:  Hidden Creek Country Club
Events Director: Kimberly Kellberg
Officiate:  Pastor Rick Hudock
Wedding Cake: Cake Panache
DJ: Metro Party Productions
Bouquets & Boutonnieres:  Etsy, Noaki Jewelry
Flowers: Costco, Native Floral Baltimore, MD
Hair and Makeup: Jeanette Of KLS Studios
Wedding Dress Designer: Cosmobella
Tuxedo: Jos A. Bank
Invitations & Printing:
Tag& Company from The Dandelion Patch
Bride’s Rings: CostcoBride’s
Hair Clip: Borrowed from the bride’s sister who wore it on her Wedding Day.  
Bridesmaid Dresses: Liz Fields

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Old Town Hall Wedding: Congratulations Katherine and CJ!

June 5, 2012

Katherine and CJ were married on a beautiful day at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax, Virginia.

Before the ceremony, Katherine and CJ shared a first look. This moment ended up being Katherine’s favorite part of the day, “It was so exciting to see him for the first time and to have a few minutes as just the two of us.”

CJ and Katherine were high school sweethearts. They met in physics class in Minnesota.

After a year of dating and getting to know each other, they were split by distance. A move and separate colleges made for nearly 5 years of building a long-distance relationship. Because of the miles apart, they didn’t get to spend many holidays together, especially Valentine’s Day.

Katherine shared with me the story of how CJ proposed. ”During my senior year of college at FSU, I was disappointed that CJ and I would be spending our 4th Valentine’s day apart so my two roommates and I decided to take a girls trip to St. Augustine for the weekend.

The day we were supposed to leave I had my bags all packed and stood waiting at the front door.  My then roommate (and now maid of honor) came back from the campus saying we couldn’t leave yet because someone had hit her car. I went down to the parking lot with her to check it out and there was CJ standing with a bouquet of roses. I was in complete disbelief because he was supposed to be in Minnesota working. I thought he had surprised me with a Valentine’s Day visit but little did I know there was more to his surprise.

He got down on one knee and proposed. I have never been more shocked in my life.”

The ceremony began with the bride’s 10-year-old brother walking down the aisle and playing Here Comes the Bride on his guitar. It was so sweet!

The reception was held on the main level at the Old Town Hall and began with some custom cocktails with handmade straws.

The style for the wedding was very classic with a nod to southern charm. Katherine adds, “I wanted something really personal and inviting.  It is such a big occasion and I wanted it to be really meaningful for us and our guests.” With so many handmade details created by Katherine and her mom the wedding really felt personal.

The southern charm shined through on the menu with buttermilk chicken, Virginia ham and pulled pork and in decor through silver candy dishes, crystal vases and rustic elements like burlap and natural baskets.

I love how Katherine’s dress moved on the dance floor during their first dance to Can’t Help Falling in Love with You by Elvis. CJ really spun her around!

Rather than hiring a DJ for the wedding, the couple asked Katie and Logan, a duo featuring two acoustic guitars and dynamic vocal harmonies to play during the ceremony and throughout the reception.  They were wonderful! But Katherine’s brother stole some of the spotlight, becoming the musical hit of the evening. He played a few songs including Secret Agent Man. He was great!

As guests left the Hall they were handed assorted whoopie pies, chocolate with buttercream and oatmeal with marshmallow cream, annnnnnd…


Congratulations Katherine and CJ!

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Venue: Old Town Hall, City of Fairfax
Caterer:  Purple Onion, Katy Almond-Martinez
Musicians: Katie and Logan
Officiant: Diane Stanley
Flowers: Kathleen Scarritt, Bride’s Mother
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal, Bride’s Rings: Shane Co. , Shoes: Nina
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Suits: Jos. A. Banks, Groom’s Ring: Helzberg

Striped straws: Sweets and Treats Boutique with tags handmade by the bride and her mom

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Newton White Mansion Wedding – Congratulations Angela and Miles!

May 31, 2012

Angela and Miles had a beautiful wedding at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, Maryland. The day began with preparations in the bridal suite.

Over in the groom’s suite, Mile’s prepared for the day.

He was surprised with a special gift from the bride, custom cufflinks made with a photo of his father.

Angela and Mile’s shared a first look before the ceremony.

The couple had many favorite moments from the wedding day:

Miles said, “Dances with the parents, photo booth, first look photo, chilling with the groomsmen before the ceremony, photo cufflinks, and the bride’s entrance!  If I had to pick one out of that list, it would be the first look photo.”

Angela added her favorites, “The first look photo, taking just our pictures in the garden after the ceremony, and our first dance!  If I had to choose just one, it would be our first dance.”

The ceremony was held on the outdoor patio and began with the processional and a very special song that was played while Angela and her father walked down the aisle.

Miles and Angela recorded the song “No One Else,” originally recorded by Amel Larrieux. He played the piano and she sang. Angela told me, “Everyone was so surprised to hear that was me singing when I walked out! ”

Music is one of their favorite things and they thought it would be unique to include their talents in the wedding.  The song was included on a CD that guests received as a favor.

Miles and Angela met October 16, 1999, when maid of honor, Theresa Lewis, invited her best friend, Angela, and her visiting neighbor, Miles, to go to Dave & Buster’s. They played games and talked about music. Before Miles left to go back to Atlanta, where he lived at the time, they went on their first date to see the new movie, “The Best Man.”

After many phone calls and a few more visits home, Miles came back to stay in 2000 and they’ve been together ever since!

Miles proposed on July 4, 2011, when the couple went to see the fireworks and have dinner at the Chart House at Annapolis City Dock. After dinner, the waiter sat a chocolate lava dessert in front of Angela with a ring box at the top edge of the plate. Angela continues, “Miles got down on one knee and asked me, “Will you be my wife?” He put the ring on my finger and I said YES!!!!!”

At the reception, guests enjoyed a custom candy bar and specialty M&Ms.

Angela and Miles had their first dance to All I Need to Get By by Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell, nice and slow, and then surprised everyone by getting down on the dance floor!

A photo booth was set up during the cocktail hour and reception for guests to take fun photos with these props. The booth was a huge hit and many guests came back for multiple photos!

Check out the slideshow including a “future trophy wife!”

Congratulations Angela and Miles!

Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz
Special thanks to all the vendors:
Venue: Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville, MD
Officiant: Rev. Charlie Smith of Mt. Olives United Baptist Church, Washington, DC
Caterer: Putting On The Ritz Catering
Coordinators: Sherri Simmons and Tracie Wright
Flowers: Mitchellville Florist and Dunkirk Florist
Cake: Desserts By Gerard
DJ: DJ Crucial
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal   
Formal Wear: Carrington Formal Wear, Prince Frederick, MD
Custom-made Cufflinks: Cuff-daddy
Bride’s shoes: 
My Glassslipper / Bride’s Veil – Etsy, Simple Beauty Veils
Bride’s Makeup: Iris Lewis (Bride’s friend) / Bride’s Hair: Concepts The Salon, Nakia Spriggs
Photo Booth Props: Party City

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Georgetown Glamour – Congratulations Erin & Joe!

May 29, 2012

Erin and Joe had a very glamorous wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown.

Each pair of the bridesmaids’ shoes are unique and so GLITZY!

I love a bright POP of color! All the flowers were bursting with beauty and personality.

Orange details added a bit of whimsy to the elegant atmosphere.

Erin and Joe met at NYU School of Law. They now call DC their home. I had the pleasure of meeting them last September for their engagement photo shoot in Old Town Alexandria.

Erin and Joe, you guys look SO GOOD!

Erin shared with me, “The morning of the wedding we were super nervous.  We both woke up at 3:30 am, and when we couldn’t get back to sleep we laid in bed for hours chatting about last-minute worries and plans. But we were so happy that everything just turned out beautifully, including the weather!

Even though we were having our ceremony and reception at a fancy hotel, we tried to include elements — from an instrumental version of a rock song for the bridal processional to handmade arts and crafts place cards and “Oreos in a Blanket” for favors — that kept the atmosphere lighthearted and fun. We wanted everyone to leave our wedding feeling like the event was uniquely Erin and Joe. And with the love and support of family and friends from near and far, we think we pulled off a wedding that was a genuine expression of ourselves and the type of life we hope to have together.”

Their love story began in 2008 when Joe finally got the courage to ask Erin to dance. At an NYC nightclub, Duvet, he waited until the DJ dropped his favorite Usher song and then took her out on the dance floor.

Here they share their first dance as husband and wife to Fall to Pieces by Velvet Revolver.

Congratulations Erin and Joe!

Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz
Special Thanks to All the Vendors:
Wedding Location: Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington, DC
Coordinator: Kyana Gerard, Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
Flowers and Chuppah: Karin’s Florist
DJ: Karim Clouden, Entertainment Exchange
Chairs: We Party
Bride’s Gown: Modern Trousseau
Bride’s Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti Design
Makeup: Gina Robinson Mua
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J Crew
Bridal Jewelry: Bauble Bar
Groom’s Suit: Michael Andrews Bespoke
Groom ‘s Shirt: Saks Fifth Avenue
Ties: Thomas Pink
Groom’s Shoes: To Boot NY
Invitations: Silhouette Blue, Etsy

Star and Lantern Decorations: Handmade by Erin and Joe

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