Friday, May 4, 2012

The Ties that Bind

In late March I was a part of one of the most beautiful unions of a bride and groom I can remember.  Michelle and Raj joined their families whose background and traditions include those of the Christian, Persian, Hindu and Filipino faiths and cultures.  As one of our officiants commented after the ceremony, parts of it were "holy chaos" which was perfectly appropriate.

I met Michelle and Raj last February and was actually a part of their engagement, which had yet to come. It was after our first day of venue visits that Raj asked me to help orchestrate his surprise proposal followed by another surprise of family and friends waiting to celebrate at POV at the W hotel.  The whole thing was captured by Juan Carlos of Fotobriceo.

Once the ring was on, the planning really got underway.  These busy doctors were living in Philly during our year of planning together so we definitely maximized activities during their travel time down to DC.

In the end, we had a spectacular day with many personal touches including their new puppy in the form of favors, yummy cookies from Bundles Of Cookies.

The couple got ready at the Hotel Monaco in DC.

Pictures were done under the beautiful arches and inside Union Station.

Their Sofreh was one of the most beautiful I have seen.  Thank you to Poopak and her team at Exclusively Events.

The honey used in a Persian wedding ceremony represents sweetness in life.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts was the setting for their celebration.

The veil and chord is part of the Philipino wedding traditions.

Dominic of Exclusively Entertainment kept the 80's music login crowd 
on the dance floor all night long.

Her's Ringo!

Thank you to the wonderful team of vendors that worked so hard on this event!