Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Irish Eyes Were Smiling {Erin + Mike}

We often talk about how lucky we are and how much we love our clients and this couple and their families are at the top of my list!! They were wonderful and we had so much fun working together!

The bride and her family checked into the Willard a few day early in order to begin relaxing and spending quality time with their loved ones.  We brought Nail Taxi in to come to the bride’s suite to give the bride’s mother and all of the bridesmaids manicures and pedicures the day before the wedding.  They were able to enjoy a nice brunch and champagne all while relaxing and getting their nails done.

On the day of the wedding, hairstylist and makeup artist, Andrea Bissanti spent the morning with the girls in the bride’s suite at the Willard hotel.  When it was time to get the bride dressed and ready for the ceremony, the amazing team (videographer Tom Bowen of Tom Bowen Films and photographer Greg Gibson) were there to capture every special moment.

The couple chose Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown for their ceremony.  The bride not only loved the look of the church but also teaches at the school.  She thought it would be fun for her young students to participate in the ceremony.  She arranged to have her students each carry a rose down the aisle to create the bouquet the couple then offered the Mary statue during the ceremony. 

In honor of Bride and Groom’s strong Irish ties, the guests were surprised with bagpiper, Tim Carey, immediately following the ceremony.  Guests were then loaded onto shuttles provided by International Limo and headed over to The Ronald Reagan Building for the reception.

 Once there, guests were able to sign custom sports jerseys decorated with the date of the wedding on the back--a nod to the couple who are big sports lovers.   Ice sculptures with the popular trinity knot flanked the bars at the reception. 

This mimicked the trinity knot that was also included in the couple’s wedding invitations.  “Kelly” green was also an important accent piece throughout the wedding (invites, bridesmaid dresses, menu cards, etc.) to highlight their strong Irish roots. 

Guests were then invited to enter the Atrium of the building for the remainder of the evening where gorgeous cherry blossoms along with accents of pink and green blooms, designed by the talented Kelly of Capitol D├ęcor, accented each of the 40 tables.  

Guests, including the Bride and Groom, enjoyed taking photos in the photobooth provided by the fabulous guys at Booth-O-Rama and everyone loved the Irish dance performance!

The talented Kendall of Kendall’s Cakes created the beautiful and tasty wedding cake!

The band Retrospect got this crowd on their feet and kept them there until the very end of the night when noisemakers were handed out and everyone made their way, on foot, to the after party at the JW Marriott.

Congratulations Erin and Mike! And special thanks to Greg Gibson for sharing the beautiful images with us!