Thursday, January 19, 2012

A North Meets South Romance {Brandi + Justin}

The bride, a sweet Southern Belle.  The groom, from the North and die-hard Mets fan.  Somewhere in the middle they met and fell in love.

The elegant affair began on a warm Saturday morning in October.  The Groom started off his wedding day with a game of whiffle ball with his friends on the Mall.  While he was enjoying the day outside, the Bride and her lovely ladies were busy getting ready at the beautiful Willard hotel.  Thank you to Diane of Hair by Diane and Pattie Martin for amazing hair and makeup!

The out of town guests along with the bridal party were transported to the Mellon Auditorium by shuttles and limos provided by International Limo.  The Bride and her brother rode over in a vintage car provided by Regal Limo.

As guests arrived at the Mellon Auditorium for the Fall-inspired wedding, they were greeted by passed apple cider.  The very talented Pop Culture Strings played modern and traditional songs as guests found their seats.  After the bridal party made their way down the aisle, the Bride entered with her brother to "God Only Knows" played by the strings.  So sweet!

Cocktail hour consisted of delicious specialty cocktails called “Snaps” made from Ginger liquor, a raw bar set up on the upstairs terrace and, for their newspaper-themed guestbook (the couple works for a newspaper company), an antique typewriter sat next to where the guests signed blank sheets of paper, balled them up and threw them in a small trash can!  After the wedding, the couple planned to flatten them all out and place them in a scrapbook to remember the memories.  So creative!

Once cocktails were over, guests were ushered back inside the main hall for dinner and dancing.  The room was stunning with amber lighting and rich purple, orange, red and blue flowers and linens.  Thank you to Capitol D├ęcor for all of the amazing flowers and John Farr Lighting for the perfect ambiance!

The delicious dinner and wedding cake was provided by Occasions Caterers.   In addition to the wedding cake, the Bride surprised the Groom with a Mets themed groom’s cake designed by the famous Charm City Cakes.

Dancing started off downstairs in the main room thanks to Sound Connection and continued at the after party on the 3rd floor terrace until the wee hours of the morning.

 The 3rd floor terrace, decorated in white furniture with a custom white bar and lit with pink and blue uplights was packed with the guests dancing until the party shut down.  Guests were also able to enjoy late night snacks including a S'mores station.

All of the amazing images were captured by photographer, Steve Canning.   Thank you also to Blue Sky Films for capturing all of the day’s memories on video.

Thank you to my special team of assistants, Amanda and Emily!

Congratulations Brandi & Justin, and thank you for letting us be a part of this amazing day! What a fabulous couple!