Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Spring Wedding in the Capitol {Natalie & Mike}

My Spring wedding season kicked off back in April with an amazing wedding at The Willard Hotel and amazing couple. Natalie and Mike (and their families) were such fun! I had the best time working with Natalie and her mom on all the details. As you've heard me say before, I really do have the most fabulous clients!

The day started at The Willard where the girls (and George, the couple's adorable dog) had hair done by Carlos of Corte Salon and makeup by the talented Gustavo Mottola. Okay, George didn't get his hair done but he had fun hanging with the ladies.

While the girls were primping the guys were, well, making human pyramids.

George got love from everyone! I've had lots of dogs in weddings and George was one of the best-behaved ones yet. He even had a floral collar and walked in the processional!

The bridal party took a few photos outside before it started to rain. The peony and lilac bouquets from Amaryllis were stunning and looked amazing against the green dresses. The bride's beautiful Melissa Sweet gown came from Carine's Bridal Atelier.

The Willard Room was the setting for the romantic and breathtaking ceremony. The masses of cherry blossom branches were to-die-for. A huge thanks to the amazing Christopher at Amaryllis for finding local cherry blossoms and peonies when our flowers got stuck overseas due to the volcanic ash cloud. We love you, Christopher!

Rabbi Blecher led the ceremony under the chuppah. Frost Lighting provided the gorgeous lighting for the ceremony and reception.

After cocktails in the Crystal Room, guests entered the Grand Ballroom which was decked out in pink and green with touches of lilac. Even the wedding cake (provided by the Willard) featured delicate pink and green detailing.

Linens, chairs and chargers were provided by Party Rentals.

Tables were set with either pink or green linens with custom-designed green menu cards tucked in the white linen napkins. We mixed up round tables with long high rectangular tables to create visual interest in the room and used candlelight everywhere from taper candles to votives to candles along the upper ledge of the room. The room looked phenomenal!

Thanks to the always wonderful Steele Stevenson from the Willard who worked with us to customize the menu to include such fun items as passed baby macaroons and mini ice cream sandwiches. Steele always makes sure everything is seamless!

I've never seen an entire wedding fill the dance floor from before the bride and groom even enter the room but this crowd didn't stop dancing for the entire evening. Sound Connection from Andy Kushner Entertainment was amazing and kept the floor packed.

Thanks to Justine Ungaro and her assistant, Jenni, for the amazing photos and to Tom Bowen for the fun video coverage that he gave us a sneak peek of earlier (click here for that video preview) . And a big thanks to Natalie and Mike and their families for letting us be a part of their amazing day!