Saturday, January 14, 2012

2011 Weddings

2011 proved to be a very busy and demanding year.  As a result my blog hasn't been updated in quite some time.  So I thought I would summarize my weddings from this summer in one posting.  As this is my side job I usually only take on a few weddings each year and this year was the perfect amount. 

I started the season in May with a wedding downtown.  The couple (Pepper & Dave) were great.  The wedding was at Georgetown Presbyterian Church with the reception at the Park Hyatt, Washington.  I haven't received any photos from their photographer but was hoping to before posting because I'm sure they were gorgeous.  I also saw the photographer taking some very creative photos.

In September it was off the Outer Banks for a beach wedding.  My husband and I got married in the Outer Banks and I had a HORRIBLE wedding planner so I was so happy to plan this one.  Naomi & John are from New York and her father arranged the catering with High Cotton BBQ which was great.  Originally Naomi was talking about not getting a photographer.  I think a photographer is one of the most important vendors for a wedding because in the end it's what you have to look back on the day with.  I reached out to Rich Coleman of Coleman Shots and I'm SO happy I did.  Rich was very willing to work with the budget we had and they did an AMAZING job!  Here's a link to Coleman Shots:  http://colemanshotsweddings.com/

My main job was to transform the pool/deck area that was a scene from Spring Break all week (about 30 twenty-somethings staying in the house) to a wedding venue.  All I had to work with was the tables and the table cloths Meagan had brought.  I brought some paper lanterns that I knew we could somehow use.  I wish I had a before shot to share but I don't so you'll have to use your imagination here.

A shot from above after cocktail hour right before the wedding party was announced.

This is the best shot I have of the Hot Tub that Meagan and I had a blast transforming.  Meagan had some extra table cloths so we covered it and brought out bar stools from inside to create another sitting area.  This flower arrangement was inside the house and we used it as a centerpiece. 

The Bride & Groom being announced.  We hung the paper lanterns with fishing wire from one balcony to another. 

Guest Book and mailbox for cards- cluster of tea lights


Centerpiece Lemons!  Great inexpensive centerpiece idea:)
About a year ago I had a bride reach out to me about planning her wedding.  She didn't even know what venue she wanted or didn't have any vendors.  I did full service wedding planning for her and her now husband, Erin & Jesse.  When Erin called me and didn't have a venue I started asking her what her vision was.  Based on a series of questions I asked I got a good idea of what she was looking for.  I suggested she check out Oxon Hill Manor in Maryland.  I set up an appointment for her to go check it out.  She loved it!  So Oxon Hill it would be.  It was a great start because I think I earned her trust pretty early on so when I suggested vendors she took my advice.  I suggested Astrid Woltering as her photographer and put her in touch with Meagan Hegenbarth from RSVP catering.  Her photographs are breathtaking and the food at her wedding was great.  Here's a link for Astrid: http://www.myastrid.com/

Erin was great to work with because she was so organized, which makes the whole process easier.  Their wedding was supposed to be outside in the garden but the day of her wedding it was raining.  I saw Erin the morning of her wedding as she was getting ready and broke this news to her and she was very confident in me and laid back about it.  So we moved things around and at Oxon Hill you can easily do that as they have so many beautiful rooms to work with.  Everything went very smoothly and the bride & groom seemed very happy.  Here are some detail photos from the wedding:

Mr & Mrs. Chair signs

Table Cards w/ Easels (I believe the bride got these off Etsy)

Family wedding photos on mantle

Jesse & Erin- love this one:)

Congrats to all my couples and I hope they all have the happily ever after they deserve.  Cheers to a great summer of weddings!

1 comment:

  1. thanks for the shout out! it was great working with you :)

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