Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gotham Hall Glamour {Nadya + Jordache}

 An unusually windy and intense rain shower was not going to stop Nadya and Jordache from making the most of their wedding day. After almost a year of planning and many missed connections over 22 years, Nadya and Jordache’s wedding day finally arrived. 

This couple has a really special love story.  Their parents went to dental school together and eventually shared an office and at about the age of 8, they ran into each other there. A few years later, they saw each other again at Nadya's Sweet 16 birthday party. It wasn't until the Summer of 2002, 5 years later, that they ran into each other again at (of all places) Best Buy in Rockville. At that meeting, he had to remind her who he was, because she nearly walked past him.  They eventually exchanged phone numbers and have been together ever since.

With the wedding taking place in New York City at Gotham Hall and the couple living there as well, a lot of the planning had to take place over the phone, over email and in short visits to the Big Apple.   Thanks goes to Cindy Altunis and Walter Figueroa at Gotham Hall.  Their team is a well-oiled machine that makes the wedding day (and the planning) a rather enjoyable experience!

The bride began her day at the Trump Hotel Central Park West, surrounded by her attentive bridesmaids and adorable flower girls.  Makeup artist, Stacey Richburg, and her assistant arrived bright and early to begin working on the girls.  After several hours of getting ready, the girls got dressed in their bright purple dresses with a pink flower added to the shoulder, a fun accessory added by the bride.   The colors of the wedding included iridescent purple, pink and blue.

Shira Weinberger, an extremely talented photographer, who is just as great to work with as she is talented, took the girls around NYC before the ceremony to get some really unique shots.  One of my favorites is the bride and bridesmaids in the middle of Grand Central Station.  Our videographers from Open Eye Media, worked alongside of Shira to capture the day’s events.  I can’t wait to share the video!

While the girls and guys were around NYC, there were many vendors hard at work at Gotham Hall.  Bill Enright of Edge Flowers along with Syzygy Events worked on building the larger than life ceremony structure.  Cherry blossom trees lined the aisle and over 400 votives lined the old teller walls.   The lighting for the ceremony, provided by Bentley Meeker, was a blue-ish purple. 

Cool Groove Music provided the ceremony music that included Josh Groban’s "You Raise Me Up" and "When I First Saw You" by Jamie Fox and Beyonce. 

 Following the emotional ceremony, the Harlem Gospel Choir surprised the guests by singing from the mezzanine for the recessional.   It was definitely quite a surprise to everyone! 

Guests made their way to the upstairs mezzanine for cocktails while the florist, lighting, audio visual and band worked to change the room from the ceremony to the reception.  Mirrored tables were mixed in with traditional rounds.  The cherry blossom trees that had lined the aisle were now 1 of the 2 different centerpieces.  Lighting changed from blue-ish purple to an iridescent pink to an iridescent purple as the night went on.  Photos of the couple’s grandparents were enlarged and placed in frames around the room. 

As guests made their way down from cocktails, they were greeted by a 7 foot tree where strand of crystals held each of their escort cards.  This escort tree later was changed into a candy buffet.  

Dinner tables were decorated with votives, boxes of rum cake decorated with the couple’s monogram and personally made by the bride’s aunt, round menu cards placed in the center of the chargers, table numbers that had corresponding pictures of the couple at the age of the table number, just to name a few details.  Stunning linens for the round tables, candy buffet and cake tables were brought in by DC Rental.

The cake was just as detailed as the rest of the wedding, thanks to Chef Benny at City Cakes NY.

Guests enjoyed delicious food provided by caterer Thomas Preti .  After the meal, guests danced the night away, on a seamless white dance floor, to the band The Rhythm Dogs.  DJ Oats, a friend of the couple, came in to turn the party up later in the night.  Those who weren’t dancing chose to get a caricature done by one of the two caricature artists we brought in.

Thank you to everyone who worked on making this event a truly memorable affair.  I could not have done this without all of you!

A special thanks to my assistants for the wedding, Alison and Elissa!  You guys rock!

And finally, congratulations Nadya and Jordache!  I hope you are having a great time in Thailand!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pingg and Hello Lucky Giveaway!

From now until Thursday, May 26th, brides who send their Save-the-Date or Engagement Announcement with will be entered to win one of 4 Wedding Invitation Packages from stationery designer Hello!Lucky
Prize packages will include 150 digitally printed wedding invitations and reply cards! Four lucky couples will be randomly selected to win and one winner will be announced every Friday during the month of May.
For more details on how to enter, visit pingg!

The Knot Bridal Blowout

Is my husband a closet wedding nut?  After this post, I'm sure he'll never send me anything again.  How could I out him?  But, he's always sending me little things about the wedding industry he sees and hears.  He's one of those last few who reads like 4 papers a day (on line of course) to get his news variety. Here's his latest find!

The Bargainist spotted that is having a sale on their personalized wedding favors, up to 65% off!  So, if you're running last minute but want to make sure your guests have more than amazing memories to take home with them, check it out and take advantage.  Happy saving!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wedding at New York's Gotham Hall {Sneak Peek}

This is just the tiniest sneak peek from Christine's recent wedding up in New York at the stunning Gotham Hall.  I love these amazing photos from Shira Weinberger and can't wait to show you more of Nadya and Jordache's amazing wedding!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wedding Timelines {Planning Tips}

We all love the fun and pretty parts of wedding planning: the color palette, the decor, the perfect details. But there is a lot of nitty-gritty that goes into making a wedding day run smoothly.  And, trust me, if the timing is bad and your day not well thought-through no one will remember those pinch-me-cute favors.  So here are just a few important things to think about when you're planning your wedding day time line.

- Leave some wiggle room. Okay, a lot. If your schedule is packed with no room for error, you will be in big trouble when the makeup artist runs late or the limo gets lost getting to your house.

- Check for any road closures, parades, festivals or major events going on near the route to and from your wedding. Don't be surprised on your wedding day by construction blocking the way you told everyone to get to your church!

- Test drive the route to your wedding on a Saturday (or whatever day of the week your wedding falls on) to get an idea of the traffic and how long it really takes to get from the church to the reception.

- Get an estimate from your caterer or hotel how much time it will take them to serve dinner so you can plan the rest of the reception events accordingly.

- Make sure you know how many breaks your band will take (and how long) and put those in your schedule.

- Arrange for a time for your vendors to eat (preferably when you and guests are eating). Some of the people working for you on your wedding day put in very long days (photographers, videographers, wedding planners) and it's always thoughtful to arrange for food for them.

- For special dances, specify the song and artist and double check that the band knows the song or the DJ has the song in his repertoire.  There are multiple versions of many songs and it is never a nice surprise to be dancing to the wrong song!

- Get cell phone numbers from everyone involved in your wedding when you're confirming final contract and delivery details.

These are just a few quick tips to think about. My best advice is to hire a good wedding planner to coordinate the wedding day and put together the schedule for you. They will think of so many things you won't and a good one is worth his or her weight in gold. Good luck!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bunny Love!


A couple of years ago, I had a wonderful Easter weekend wedding where we did a twist on the usual candy buffet and instead had tiny Easter baskets for guests to fill with traditional Easter candies. Guests loved stocking up on Peeps, Cadbury eggs, malted milk eggs, chocolate bunnies and jelly beans in all colors! I loved seeing how excited adults got when they saw the candies they had loved as kids. 

So here's wishing everyone lots of fabulous candy this weekend whether you celebrate Easter or not. Easter has the best candy! Cheers!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Poppies, Poppies!

The sight of fluttery, bright poppies makes me happy so I was thrilled to see them on the cover of Martha Stewart Living this past month! Poppies aren't an often used wedding flower but I think their beauty is overlooked so here is a tribute to poppies and some lovely ways to incorporate them into your wedding. 

Both of these rustic weddings feature stunning poppy bouquets!

A tailored poppy bouquet for a swanky affair!

Poppy centerpieces! Love their versatility: fabulous in tea tins or in flats of grass.

Talk about a sophisticated take on poppies. I love this muted still life!

Poppilicious paper products!

Love these poppy cakes!

Have a great day and enjoy the poppy inspiration!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Enchanted Atelier Styling Nights!

So you've picked out your gorgeous gown and scored the perfect pair of shoes but you seem to be at a loss when it comes to finding your bridal bling. Sound familiar? Well no need to worry, Hitched is here to help!

Beginning on Thursday, April 21st, they'll be hosting monthly Styling Nights where the Hitched Gals will be on hand to help you find the veils and jewelry to perfectly suit your big-day style. While the usual collection of baubles will be available for viewing, Hitched is so excited to also be featuring the amazing accessories from Enchanted Atelier. There will be a plethora of belts, headbands, headpieces, fascinators, and birdcages at your disposal and Enchanted Atelier's designer, Liv, will be there to answer any questions and help you pull together your total "look".

What: Hitched Styling Night featuring accessories by Enchanted Atelier

When: Choose a night and RSVP
Thursday, April 21st, from 5pm to 8pm
Thursday, May 19th, from 5pm to 8pm
Thursday, June 23rd, from 5pm to 8pm

Special Treat: As an added bonus, Hitched is offering 10% off all accessories purchased during the event!

RSVP: 202.333.6162 or
(Please specify which date you'd like to RSVP for!)

Have fun!

Monday, April 18, 2011

April Showers...Bring Smiles

As I drove into DC Saturday, all I could think was, "this just isn't fair".  Todd and Lissette deserved magic at their wedding and rain or shine, that's what we made happen for them.  The rain passed before we began the ceremony and the rest of the night was smooth sailing thanks to my great team of Design Cuisine, the Corcoran, Yellow Door Floral, Digital Lightning, Jenny Lehman and DJ Andres.

Here's a sneak peak of the new hottness, Boxi.  It's a photo booth for the Facebook age.  You don't get a print out, you e mail it to yourself so you can post it, well anywhere and you don't have to worry about losing your pictures, EVER!  Check out out "test shots".

Kathleen from the Corcoran and I took the first practice shot. 

And there's me and the happy bride.

And then Maeve and I decided to dress up.

Stay tuned for more images from Lissette and Todd's "Tornado Watch" wedding!