Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nice Day for a White Wedding at The Park Hyatt {Melissa + Brandon}

I knew from the moment I met the bride, Melissa, and her mother, Susan, I was going to enjoy working with them.  They both had an excitement and positive energy towards everything, not just the wedding, and it was contagious.  The bride’s parents live here in Potomac and the bride and groom live in one of my favorite cities (and some would call my home away from home)…South Beach Miami, so we had to plan our meetings around Melissa’s visits back to the area.  I was finally able to meet Melissa’s equally energetic other half a few months before the wedding at our tasting at the Park Hyatt.   

Starting off the wedding weekend, the bride, groom, bridal party and relatives enjoyed a rehearsal dinner at DC’s trendy L2 Lounge in Georgetown. Wedding day began with beautiful weather and the ladies getting their hair done by Remona of Hair by Remona and their makeup done by Kim Giammaria of Beauty Mark.   After everyone was done getting beautiful, the bride and groom saw each other for the first time in a very special, private moment.  They then hopped into a limo and took pics around the city.  

In an all white room, surrounded by loving friends and family and beautiful white roses and under a stunning white fabric and crystal chuppah, Melissa and Brandon became husband and wife.  

Following the ceremony, guests nibbled on appetizers such as lobster blt, salmon and gruyere croque monsier, mini mac and cheese with duck confit.  Guests were also able to enjoy the pommes frites station offering three styles: Sweet Potato, Black Pepper and Sea Salt and Regular.  There was a photobooth on hand for guests to print out pictures of themselves.  Always a hit!

Entering the ballroom, guests were wowed by the white draped room, white dancefloor, beautiful white linen and gorgeous white centerpieces.   All of the flowers for the wedding day, including the custom designed chuppah, were created by the talented Da Vinci’s Florist.   The lighting, provided by John Farr Lighting, made the room and centerpieces pop.

After several heartfelt toasts, the band, PrimeTime, had the dance floor packed all night long with favorites from all decades.  

After the cake was cut, the much anticipated dessert buffet opened.  The bride’s mother spent the last few months before the wedding making all of desserts that were placed on the buffet.  She is an amazing baker and guests enjoyed every last morsel.  I am actually thinking about hiring her to do this for my other brides!  

Kurstin Roe of Kurstin Roe Photography was the photographer for the day.  He was so great work with, keeping everyone on time.  As you can see, his photos are great as well!  One of my favorites didn’t take place until well into the reception when he grabbed the bride and groom and posed them within the cherry blossom glass “rooms” in the main lobby of the Park Hyatt.  The photos could not be more stunning!

Thank you to Michael Deltette and his AMAZING team at the Park Hyatt for everything!  Their service and professionalism through the planning and on the wedding day did not go unnoticed by anyone.

Thank you also to my amazing assistants for the day, Erika and Kim, who worked so hard to make sure everything was perfect!

Congratulations Melissa and Brandon!

Get Married!

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