Friday, May 21, 2010

An Oxon Hill Manor Wedding with A View {Abby + Tim}

Abby & Tim came to me back in February to help them plan their May wedding. They wanted their day to have a sophisticated and intimate feel, which I believed they achieved beautifully.

The exciting day began with the bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride getting their hair and makeup done, in the bridal suite at the Gaylord Hotel by the talented Kim Steele. The bride was quick to point out when I arrived that she could actually see her reception venue just a couple of miles away from her bedroom window (not planned at all). After hair and makeup was completed, she slipped into her wedding dress that she purchased at Hitched and began her formal photos in the Gaylord’s unique atrium. Photographer Joshua Komanapalli of Freed Photography took care of the ladies' pre-ceremony photos while photographer Bryan Blanken was shooting the men’s pre-ceremony photos.

The shades of peach and lavender are so beautiful together and are perfect for a Spring day in Washington!

The couple chose to get married in the ornate Holy Rosary Church in Washington DC, which was built in 1913. Lots of history at this wedding!

The reception was held at Oxon Hill Manor which sits on a bluff and has amazing views of the Potomac River and the new National harbor development. The tables and fire place ledges were decorated by Bloom Florist located across the bride in Alexandria, VA. Guests were able to sip delicious cocktails and nibble on tasty appetizers in the gardens surrounding the Manor. After the cocktail reception, guests moved inside to enjoy dinner prepared by an Engaging Affairs favorite, Occasions Caterers. The bride and groom worked alongside Meg to insure all that the guests were dining on was perfect including the very tasty dessert buffet that had an assortment of mini desserts. In addition to the desserts, the guests enjoyed delicious raspberry crème wedding cake (yes, you read that correctly…delicious) made by Alexandria Pastry Shop.

And what’s a party without music?! Everyone in the building (including the planners) enjoyed listening to the music of the very talented Winn Brothers. They were able to take requests from the bride and guests including songs such as Sweet Home Alabama, Life Goes On, Kiss.

A special thanks to Katz Audio/Visual, out of Charlottesville, who worked very hard (and succeeded) to get all of the a/v equipment set up within the short time frame allotted for us. I must also thank my fabulous assistant, Kim, who help make this day possible.

Congratulations Abby & Tim!