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Old-World Romance – Real Wedding of L + H

July 21, 2015

Lia and Hudson’s wedding was classic, elegant, and Victorian, just like Lia wanted it to be! The wedding’s venue, The Andres Mellon Auditorium, was perfect for the occasion, as its traditional charm allowed Lia and Hudson’s romance to be showcased in a beautiful and pristine way. Both the ceremony and reception were in this venue.

The sheer white drapes that decorated the ceremony created a romantic feeling as the bride and groom said, “I do.” Lia’s wedding dress was the perfect fit for the old-world feel of the event, as its details were precise and eye-capturing. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails as they viewed the Washington Monument from the upstairs terrace of the venue. Lia and Hudson’s signature cocktail was “La Vie En Rose”.

At the reception, the groom toasted to his bride and introduced the a capella group “The Generics” from his alma mater, the University of Maryland. Dinner was a scrumptious six-course meal, catered by Federal City. Everything about the wedding was Victorian, from the gold-edged menus to the memorabilia that the couple had their guests write notes on for them.

The Gerard Carelli Orchestra played and the guests began to dance the night away! On the way out, guests were offered cigars served on silver trays and crystal Tiffany bowls wrapped in the groom’s tartan ribbon and tied with Jordan almonds. Each guest received a personal note as well, which was an intimate touch.

Lia and Hudson exited the wedding in true classic fashion – they took a vintage car tour around the monuments at night!

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Event Planning: Engaging Affairs | Ceremony & Reception Site: The Mellon Auditorium | Caterer: Federal City, Jeff Judy | Floral Designer: Amaryllis, Rick Davis | Photographer: Greg Gibson | Sound: Nomad | Dance Floor: Perkins | Draping: A Vista | Cocktail Trio & Dance Band: Gerard Carelli Orchestra |  A Cappella Group: The UMD Generics | Cake: Sylvia Weinstock | Lighting: Digital Lightning | Shuttles and Limos: Linder and Associates | Classic Car: Regal Limousine | Hair: Elegant Hair by Giselle | Make-up: Kim Giammaria | Rentals: Party Rental | Rentals: Perfect Settings | Liquor: ACE Beverage | Getting Ready, Welcome Reception & Rehearsal Dinner: The Willard Inter-Continental Hotel

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  • Greg Gibson Photography

An Enchanting Event – Real Wedding of J + E

July 14, 2015

With the mountains in the background and colorful flowers in full bloom, Jenny and Eoin tied the knot. Charlottesville, Virginia, held a beautiful wedding, as a long-distance couple finally was able to be together in the same country.

Jenny and Eoin met in London and were engaged in Paris, which is why vintage postcards were set up all around their wedding day. They both studied in the UK for their Masters programs, but Jenny had to leave Europe before Eoin did. Finally, nine months later, the couple was together again, and this time for good.

The wedding details had a lot to do with the homes of both Jenny and Eoin, which are Ireland for Eoin and Virginia for Jenny. Jenny made a lot of her decor, such as the programs, menus, favor cards, etc. For their favors, they donated to two charities that were close to them: The Lost Dog and Cat Foundation and American Rivers.

It was a lovely day, filled with perfect weather and a perfect couple. Congratulations Jenny and Eoin!

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Jenny + Eoin

Charlottesville, VA – April 11, 2015

Event Planner: Day of Coordinator: Beverly Wakefield, A Grand Affair Events | Design: DIY | Florist: Jenn Pineau, Nature Composed | Ceremony/Reception Location: Early Mountain Vineyards | Rentals: MS Events | Valet + Transportation: Reston Limousines |Photographer: Matt Mendelsohn | Cake + Desserts: annaB Gluten Free (cake and cupcakes), Olivia Macaron | Hair + Makeup: Bridal Artistry DC (hair by Mandy Holinger) | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Rifle Paper Company
(invitations), The Dandelion Patch (invitation envelope calligraphy), Adrianne Enos (day-of calligraphy) | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Sam Hill Entertainment, The Significant Others | Roomblocks/After Party Locations: Hyatt House Falls Church, Courtyard Marriott Dunn Loring

Credits

  • Matt Mendelsohn

Artistic Appeal – Real Wedding of J + D

July 7, 2015

The Corcoran Gallery of Art was filled with love on August 23, 2014 as Jie Shi and Dynne Sung tied the knot with family and friends standing by their side. The wedding had continuous music flowing throughout the night, performed by a harpist, an a cappella group, a quartet, and a pianist. Along with the music, the museum was so kind as to open up their downstairs galleries to the guests of the wedding.

Other features of the night included a surprise dessert bar, and as a party gift, guests were given impressionable art books published by the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Sparklers filled the air when the couple made their exit into a new life together.

The bride’s favorite parts of the night were when “the string quartet played two traditional Asian songs that we dedicated toour parents in honor of their respective cultures: Korean “Arirang” and Chinese “Jasmine.” Also, the wedding cake had four tiers of alternating flavors, banana nut and red velvet – each representative of our favorite childhood sweets.”

The groom’s favorite details were that “servers passed two specialty drinks, his “Jack Rose” and her “Fresh Start” – each representative of our own personalities and tastes. Also, we had the downstairs art galleries opened to our guests. It was a chance to see some amazing artwork at their own leisure and provided a breathtaking backdrop for pictures. The party favors were art books published by the Corcoran Gallery of Art so that guests could take the museum experience home with them.”

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Jie + Dynne

Washington, D.C.

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: Corcoran Gallery of Art | First Look Venue: St. Regis Hotel | Officiant: Lawrence B. Lindsey | Videographer: Toy Box Productions | Photographer: Anny Photography | Florist: Enchanted Florist | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Letterpress Stationary: The Dandelion Patch | Bride’s Gown: Love Couture

Credits

  • Anny Photography

Romantic Reminiscing – Real Wedding of C + K

June 10, 2015

Who could have guessed that a corporations class and a big bag of books would lead to a mountaintop proposal and a life filled with happiness? Certainly not Caroline and Kyle, but this is exactly what happened in their love story.

The two met when they both were attending George Washington University Law School. Kyle approached Caroline in the gym and asked if she was in his class, although he knew she was because he had helped her lift her huge bag of books over a row of people one day when she was late to class. The bride and groom both said their first impressions of one another occurred when he helped her with her books – Caroline felt embarrassed about the situation, but Kyle said he thought she was adorable because of how flustered she was.

For their first official date, the pair went to Cafe Divan in Georgetown, although they had already spent quality time walking back from the gym and grabbing smoothies together. The two hit it off and dated for four and a half years after Cafe Divan.

In April 2013, Kyle popped the question at Shenandoah National Park. Kyle and their dog Roxy went ahead of Caroline on the hike, and when Caroline reached the top of Hawksbill Summit, he was waiting for her and led her to the overlook, where he proposed. They were engaged for 13 months before being married.

The bride says that her favorite detail in the wedding was the sprigs of lavender that were placed in front of each menu. “They made the room smell magnificent and added a bit of that country garden feel,” she explains. The groom’s favorite wedding detail was the wedding band. “We also did some late night snacks, which I think were a big hit – milkshakes and sliders,” he adds on.

Caroline and Kyle’s wedding, set at St. Regis D.C., had hues of purple, ivory and gold, but the colors were not what lit up the room. The smiles on the bride and groom’s faces were all the lighting that the wedding needed as the couple was clearly excited about their big day and so in love. Even though there was rolling thunder on the day of, there was so much excitement that nothing could put a damper on it. Congratulations to Caroline and Kyle!

 

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 Caroline + Kyle

May 25, 2014 | Washington, D.C.

Ceremony/Reception Venue: The St. Regis | Photographer: Eli Turner | Bride’s Gown: Cristiano Lucci, Bridal Beginnings  | Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang, The Men’s Warehouse | Hair Dresser: Shana Brown | Makeup Artist: Shaune Hayes | Event Coordinator: Claire Matthews, SoCo Events | Cake: St. Regis | Florist: Barbara Von Elm, Growing Wild Floral | Caterers: The St. Regis | Transportation: RMA Worldwide | Videographer: Michael Brazda | Music/Entertainment: Ceremony: The Palladio String Quartet, Band: The Jangling Reinharts | Invitations: Michelle’s Memos. | Lighting: PSAV | Menus and Programs: Sprites Ink | Chuppah: Charm City Chuppah’s

Credits

  • Eli Turner
    Eli Turner Photography

MyDeejay

February 6, 2014

The music and entertainment at your wedding can make or break the entire celebration. When I am looking for a DJ for a couple, I  recommend MyDeejay. Their team is thoughtful, professional, and always has the dance floor packed! Today, we catch up with the company President, Jennifer Reitmeyer…

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How do you guide clients through the process to make sure they are paired up right DJ all the way to song selection on the big day?

Matching clients with the right DJ is such an important part of what we do – it not only establishes trust on the part of our clients, but it also makes the planning process pretty foolproof, because that connection between the couple and the DJ is there from the very beginning.

We start by learning about our clients’ music tastes (both what they like and what they hate) and then we talk about any preferences they may have with regards to the age, gender and personality of the DJ. We also put a ton of information about each of our DJs right on our website, so that clients can identify the DJs they find most appealing. We’ve had clients request DJs based on a shared alma mater, favorite sports teams, and other random details – hey, whatever works!

Once a couple meets with a DJ and decides to book, that DJ is guaranteed by name on the contract to be the one performing for that wedding. That, too, establishes trust. The couple then works with that DJ throughout the rest of their planning process to select songs, establish a timeline, and communicate all of the details that makes their wedding unique. By the time the wedding itself rolls around, most of our clients consider their DJ to be a friend, not just a vendor!

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What sets you apart from other local DJ companies?

I think the emphasis we put on building a great relationship between our clients and their DJ is one big differentiator. Another is consistency – we’ve been in business over 10 years now, and have grown our team from one DJ to 12. Our expansion has been slow and strategic, and we’ve put a tremendous amount of effort into ensuring that our customer service and performance quality has remained as outstanding as always, something I think is reflected in our reviews and awards.

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How far out do you recommend that a couple books their DJ?

I always recommend that a couple determines which elements of the wedding are most important to them, and if music and dancing are a high priority, then by all means, they’ll want to choose a DJ early on in the process. As with all vendors, booking early offers the best opportunity to find a high quality company that understands your vision. (With music, if your tastes are particularly eclectic or if your wedding might require some extra skill, such as club-style mixing or incorporating international music styles, you’ll want to start looking right away!) We’ve had couples book us two years in advance, but I’ve found 6-12 months to be a more typical timeline.

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How can a DJ work with you on your entire wedding, from the ceremony to cocktails to dinner to the dance floor?

A good DJ can be an invaluable resource well before the wedding, offering suggestions on other vendors and helping to create an event timeline if the client hasn’t retained a planner. For the ceremony, he or she can provide sound support in the form of wireless microphones for the couple and/or officiant, and can play a variety of recorded music or provide amplification for live musicians.

For cocktails and dinner, the DJ can provide speakers in different rooms and create a custom playlist of songs that really reflect the couple’s tastes. Of course, a good DJ is also a polished emcee and can make introductions and announcements throughout the event, and then can mix a fantastic dance party that none of the guests will forget!

A good DJ never stops working – from coordinating behind-the-scenes with the other vendors to constantly monitoring guests’ energy levels and responses to the music.

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