Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Whimsical Washington Wedding {Elizabeth and Adam}

One of my most fun weddings of the year had to have been Elizabeth and Adam's September celebration. They were a fun couple with a great sense of humor and desire to have a very personalized, fun event!

Elizabeth started the day getting ready at The Willard Hotel with help a pair of very talented ladies: Katherine Nevitt for hair and Kim Giammaria for makeup. 

 After a few portraits outside, we were off to National City Christian Church for the ceremony.

The groom and groomsmen were already busy taking photos with the team from Fotobriceno in front of the historic church.

The couple worked with The Written Word for their beautiful paper products.

I love when brides walk down with both of their parents.  It's traditional in Jewish weddings but I love when brides of other faiths borrow the custom.

The bride's grandfather serenaded the couple on the violin during the ceremony. What a touching moment!

I can't remember the last time I'd worked in National City Christian Church but it's so gorgeous!  And I have to give a special shout-out to Eva, the church coordinator, for being so thorough and helpful.  Everyone at the church was great but we couldn't have done it without Eva!

Did I mention that this was a fun group?

After a little more goofing around, we were off to Meridian House for the reception where the team from Multiflor had hung lanterns in the wedding colors throughout the garden.  A string quartet from MSE Productions played as guests arrived and sipped on fruity sangria.

The house looked stunning thanks to floral decor by Nick Perez at Multiflor, lighting by EventEQ and linens and tableware from Perfect Settings.  I love when couples use color and these bold orange, yellow and merlot tones looked amazing!

Little flip books with photos from the couple's travels (and boy, have they traveled!) were tucked into guests' napkins.

Since we were short on space for an escort card table, we had a lovely seating chart designed by Lisa Sprites of Sprites Ink.

My favorite touch of the wedding was the wedding toast bingo cards!  Guests were invited to fill in words they thought toasters would say and then the first person to fill a row would yell "bingo!"

The toasts were great and we had several bingo winners (and some fun gag gifts for the winners)!

After an amazing dinner by Occasions Caterers, the couple took to the dance floor for their first dance and The Fabulous Fantoms kept guests dancing for the rest of the evening.

Instead of the wedding cake, the couple had cupcakes from their favorite cupcakery, Georgetown Cupcake, with their initials on top in wedding colors.  I can personally attest to the strawberry and chocolate peanut butter flavors--yum!

When guests weren't dancing, they were enjoying the dessert buffet from Occasions in the garden and making use of the fun outside photo studio from Fotobriceno.  I love Occasions' miniature sweets (because they don't have as many calories, of course)!

To say that they had fun with the wipe board balloons would be a vast understatement.

This was one seriously fun wedding that mixed elegance with whimsy. Everyone had such a fabulous time and the wedding fit the couple perfectly.  And isn't that what weddings should do?

Thanks to Linda and her fabulous team at Linder and Associates for the flawless transportation, to Dolce Studio Films for being so flexible when we decided to add video four days before the wedding, Wee Sit for providing a babysitting room so fun that event the kids didn't want to leave, and MarcParc for valet that is always efficient and top-notch.  Thanks to Joel and Kate from Occasions for making the numbers work and to Maria and Juan from Meridian House for being so helpful. Thanks to Juan Carlos Briceno of Fotobriceno for the gorgeous images and special thanks to Elizabeth and Adam for letting us be a part of such a fun day.  We had a blast!