Autumn Wedding in Georgetown at the Four Seasons: Congratulations Marta and Todd!

October 18, 2012

Marta and Todd were married on a beautiful fall day in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. The day began with preparations at the Four Seasons.

The bride and bridesmaids all wore sparkly Jimmy Choos. So glamorous!

Marta’s three sisters helped her with her wedding gown.

Marta and Todd first met while both working at Hickok Cole Architects in Georgetown in 2007 so it was the perfect location for their wedding.

The ceremony took place at the Epiphany Church on Dumbarton Street.

It was such a nice walk going from the church to the Four Seasons Hotel. We stopped many times along the way to capture the colorful historic buildings and to enjoy Rose Park.

I just loved these yellow orchids in the bride and bridesmaids’ hair. GORGEOUS!

Todd gave each groomsman a special gift: cufflinks of their favorite sports team.

Todd popped the question last February in London. After spending the entire day wandering, exploring and taking in some of the wonders of British culture, Todd took Marta to the tallest building in London, which is home to a beautiful champagne bar overlooking the city, Vertigo 42. Over a bottle of champagne, he pulled out a little box and got down on one knee.

Marta says, “I then cried for an hour because I was so happy and so surprised! He did good, ladies. He did good.”

French wine bottles were set as the table number centerpieces to share Marta and Todd’s love of wine. The bottles show regions they’d like to visit on their honeymoon in France!

Marta and Todd took part in a Polish wedding tradition–a greeting with bread and salt and vodka and water.

The parents of the bride and groom greet the newlyweds with bread and salt, and the couple kisses their parents and new in-laws on the cheek, then eats a piece of the bread and salt. The bread is meant to symbolize the parents’ hope that their children won’t ever be hungry or in need, and the salt is meant to symbolize a reminder that life will be difficult at times. The vodka and water are presented side by side. No one knows which one is which, so the bride and groom each choose one. It is said that whoever drinks the vodka will lead the household.

Marta ended up drinking the vodka!

The cake topper was given to them by one of Todd’s co-workers/friends. It was authentically made and shipped from Krakow, Poland.

I asked the couple about their favorite moments from the day, Marta responded:

“Todd’s favorite moment was the entrance into the reception. He was really moved by all our family and friends clapping and cheering for us and being there for us. (I loved that moment too!)”

“I loved everything about the evening, but there were three things that really stood out for me. The Polish traditions because they were really fun. I wasn’t expecting the vodka at all! I
also loved the first dance to Country Roads. Everyone cheered so loudly! Finally, I loved my sister’s speech. It brought back so many memories and I was really moved.”

Congratulations Marta and Todd!

Ceremony: Epiphany Catholic Church
Officiant: Father Adam Park, Pastor at the Epiphany Catholic Church
Reception: Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown
Flowers: Nosegay Flowers
Dress: Pronovias
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Hair: George Salon, Four Seasons
Groom’s Suit and Tie: Joseph A. Bank
Rings: Blue Nile
Groomsmen’s cufflinks:
DJ: DJ-D Mac & Associates, Rhome Anderson
Caterer and Cake: Four Seasons
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

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Elopement in Central Park: Congratulations Day and Josh!

October 13, 2012

Day and Josh planned an NYC elopement with the help of A Central Park Wedding. They shared their vows in Central Park under the Bethesda Terrace.

Day and Josh met at a desert race in Caliente, Nevada.  They both race off-road cars and this passion/hobby brought them together. After a year and a half of dating, Josh proposed at Day’s house in Las Vegas on Christmas Eve.

The couple chose to elope because, as Day says, “We wanted something easy, stress-free and romantic.”

Day continues, “I told my Aunt Bekki about our plans to elope and she wasn’t going to NOT be at the wedding.  It was sweet how much she wanted to be a part of our special day.  My Aunt Bekki, Uncle Adam and cousin Ava joined us for the wedding. Bekki and I are close like sisters so I normally call Ava my niece and to her I’m Aunt Day.”

Although the rain was not ideal for an outdoor wedding, one major benefit was that no one was in the park! Josh and Day could enjoy the Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge areas and have some privacy in what are normally very busy spots. Also, the grass and trees were such a beautiful vibrant green from the rain. It was quite romantic!

Congratulations Day and Josh!

Special thanks to the team!
Wedding Coordination: A Central Park Wedding
Wedding Officiant: Jim Covington, Nondenominational Weddings
Violinist: Anna Furstenberg
Florist: Saks Flowers
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography 

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Wedding in Middleburg, Bride in Blue: Congratulations Hannah and Burt!

October 8, 2012

Hannah and Burt had an autumn harvest wedding at the Middleburg Community Center in Middleburg, Virginia. The day began with a first look in the courtyard.

Hannah shared with me, “We met at summer camp in 2003 and we knew right away that this summer love was going to go the distance. We’ve been together ever since through long distances, school work, graduations, life changes and, of course, hardship. While we were officially married the first day of fall 2012, Burt likes to say our hearts were married long before that.”

Hannah knew she wanted a colorful dress to suit her personality and style. She says, “Some girls look amazing in ivory or other light colors, but I look fabulous in teal so that’s what I chose!”

The fall colors went so well together.

Hannah continues, “Burt proposed to me while we vacationed with my parents in South Carolina. Specifically, at Brookegreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach, the same place my father proposed to my mother 27 years before.”

The bride and groom participated in a Celtic wedding tradition with handfasting cords and a Quaker wedding tradition with a marriage certificate. The cord symbolizes lifetime unity and the loops formed signify their love for one another. The marriage certificate is a way for all the guests to show their support for the marriage.

I love this emotional photo of the groom’s grandmother welcoming the bride to the family.

The bride and groom took a moment to themsleves to sneak an extra kiss after the ceremony.

Hannah and Burt were really nervous about their first dance. “We had practiced a lot in the weeks leading up to the big day and we knew no one would be expecting it. The daily practice was really fun and we got to work towards something as a team and then show it off to everyone! It was an experience we wouldn’t have traded for anything.”

Walking down the aisle and dancing with her dad were two really important wedding moments for the bride. “Those traditions meant so much as he was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s a few years ago, which meant we weren’t 100% sure he’d be able to be with me on the big day at all, but we have been so lucky and he is still living life to the fullest.”

Wedding cake was served along with special homemade cupcakes made from scratch by the mother of the bride. These are roasted sweet potato cupcakes with ginger, candied ginger, cranberries and walnuts, topped with orange cream cheese frosting and candied orange peel.

Hannah and Burt had a special wedding exit with ribbon wands.

Check out the wedding photo booth slideshow here!

Congratulations Hannah and Burt!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Middleburg Community Center
Officiate: Kate Costa, Pastor at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
Game Table Rental: Fun Events, LLC
Catering: Barn Door BBQ
Cake: Market Salamander, Baker: Jason Reaves
Florist: Jerry’s Flowers and Gifts
Wedding Insurance: WedSafe
Wedding Dress: Etsy’s Jade Locke – The Secret Boutique

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Glen Echo Carnival Wedding: Congratulations Kat & Dan!

October 3, 2012

Kat and Dan had a whimsical carnival wedding at Glen Echo Park in Maryland.

Although the wedding took place at an amusement park, the style had a bit of an edge. The boutonnieres were actually made from bullet casings!

Kat shared with me, “I think that my wedding style was kind of uniquely my own. I told people in my planning process that I relate more to Offbeat Bride than I do to The Knot. All the pictures that I’ve ever seen of Glen Echo Park weddings seem to make them more carnival like with blues and reds, but again I had to be different so the more muted colors of Glen Echo became the wedding colors. Style wise things were so much better than I could have ever imagined thanks to my wedding coordination and design team at Candy&Co.”

The ceremony was held in the bumper car pavilion against a custom-made paper backdrop.

Kat said, “I didn’t think I would cry at all during the ceremony and I was doing fairly well until my maid of honor did her reading from The Velveteen Rabbit.”

“What is REAL?” asked the Velveteen Rabbit one day… “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When someone loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.”

“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand… once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

After the ceremony everyone went for a ride on the carousel.

The historic Glen Echo Park Dentzel Carousel, installed at the park in 1921, is a local treasure of the Washington, D.C. area.

Kat and Dan met while working together at CVS and were engaged in Disney World.

Getting married at an amusement park, Kat and Dan made sure to have fun at their wedding with a running carousel, a photo booth and some offbeat music.

Congratulations Kat & Dan!

Special thanks to the team:

Wedding Coordinator: Candy&Co 

Design/floral: DBI Events

Caterer: Matters of Taste, Christina Hoag

Invitations: Green Kangaroo

Cupcakes: Cravin’ Cookies and Sweets

Officiant: AC Warden

Dress and Veil: David’s Bridal

Custom Converse:

Rings: Jared

Groom and Groomsmen’s Ties: Cyber Optix

Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Jordan K Winn

Photo Booth: Red Eye Photo Booths

DJ: Music Masters Online

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Eastern Shore Wedding: Congratulations Julie & Matt!

September 28, 2012

Julie and Matt were married on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The day began with preparations at the bride’s parent’s home.

Julie had a small blue ribbon wrapped around her bouquet for her something blue.

Julie and Matt were married at a special hidden location, the Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory. Julie worked there and was able to use the space for her wedding!

As Julie and Matt walked back down the aisle as husband and wife all the guests threw bird seed into the air!

After the ceremony we began taking portraits. We started off with the bride’s mom and dad.

The bridesmaids wore a beautiful shade of orange that was such a nice pop of color around the trees and water in the background.

The sky was a brilliant blue with big puffy white clouds… until about 5:00 p.m. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes blew through the VA/DC/MD area. But just before the storms came we were able to get some great shots! I love how the angle of this tree even looks like it is blowing over in the storm.

The reception was held in a brick pavilion. Everyone was worried the weather might cause problems in the open space, but everything worked out great. The storm actually cooled the air and made it more fun for dancing.

Julie and Matt danced their first dance to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol.

I love lanterns! It almost looks like confetti being thrown through the air.

Congratulations Julie & Matt!

Special thanks to the team:

Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz

Venue: Horn Point Laboratory
Officiant: Reverend James Edward King
Flowers: Seasonal Flowers
Dress: Maggie Sottero sold by Genesis Bridal
Shoes: Michael Shannon
Makeup: Jennifer McConnell Simmons
Hair: JC Penney Hair and Salon
Suit Designer: Men’s Wearhouse
Groom’s Ring: Etsy’s Johan Rust
DJ: Steve Moody Entertainment
Caterer: Garden and Garnish
Cake: Melinda Roe
Cake Topper: Etsy’s Anna Crafts
Invitations: Sweetheart Shout Out

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