Okay, maybe not ecstasy but that sounds better than "pretty darn excited." I just found out that I'm a finalist for the International Esprit Award for Best Wedding of the Year (Budget over $200,000) for "A Red Hot Wedding." Woo hoo! "A Red Hot Wedding" already won the Capital Award for Best Wedding of the Year and now it's on to the big league. My competition is a pretty over-the-top wedding from Canada so fingers crossed!
"A Red Hot Wedding" was the wedding of Sasha Lewis and Chris Heinz that took place last February. The ceremony took place at St. John's across from The White House and the reception was held at the Mellon Auditorium. It was an unbelievably gorgeous and unbelievably complex event (and also unbelievably cold) with vendors flying in from all over the country to bring it together. In the end, I had five assistants to help me handle the nearly 450 guests (not to mention the incredibly complex seating arrangements).
Here is the Dream Team from the award-winning bash:
Ceremony Site:St. John's Episcopal Church
Reception Site:The Mellon Auditorium
Caterer:Occasions (Joel Wolke)
Event Designer and Florist:Van Wyck & Van Wyck
Staging and Sound:All Stage and Sound
Band Backlines:Drums Unlimited
Fabric Draping and Kabuki Drop:A Vista Design
Piano Rental:Jordan Kitts
Dinner Band:Bob Hardwick Sound
Dancing Band:Tainted Love
Valet, Shuttles and Limos:Atlantic Valet
Bridesmaids' Hair and Makeup:Andre Chreky
Rentals:Party Rental and Perfect Settings
Plant Rental:Plants Alive
Museum Tour:National Gallery of Art
Welcome Cocktail Party Flowers:Helen Olivia
Welcome Party:Four Seasons Hotel
The winner is announced at the end of August at a big banquet so wish me luck!