Thursday, January 17, 2013

A True Love Affair {J+G}! (Continued . . .)

 On to the party. What a party it was!! When you mix the Cubans and Italians, you'd better get ready to boogie on down!! The bride and groom chose the St. Regis for their reception and it was absolutely perfect for this timeless couple! Alicia Bell seriously outdid herself on this one! Alicia and I had such a blast working with both of the families and creating some really unique touches for them!

The patio, tented by Sugarplum, and the Salon, draped by Drape Kings, was the area for cocktail hour and the after dinner dancing. AFR provided white furniture for the salon, tent, and garden.  The coveted Rick Davis did an absolutely FABULOUS job with these spaces! Rick provided the awesome custom tufted bars, the escort card turned photo booth backdrop frame, and the breathtaking florals!

 I love this shot of the couple seeing the room for the first time!

We had an Italian trio complete with Italian opera singers serenade the group during cocktail hour and dinner as a nod to Giuseppe’s heritage. The Astor Ballroom was lit up by John Farr lighting, outfitted with rentals by Liz Waylan at DC Rental, outstanding centerpieces by Amaryllis completed the look, and a perfect cake courtesy of St. Regis.

After dinner, the group filled the tent for dancing by the Cuban band ”Orquesta D'Candela” with DJ breaks with DJ Michael Cruz. Honestly, check out these stunners!!

John Kacur, The Cigar Box, was a hit with the outside cigar station. Rick once again created an amazing backdrop to create an intimate atmosphere. 

I love these takes of the group family shot- so stylish and edgy!! Who would expect any less with Juan Carlos from Fotobriceno behind the lens!!

As owners and operators of many McDonalds franchise in the DC area, there was no way the addicting fries could be forgotten! Alicia had the St. Regis prepare a version of the delicious treat as surprise for the bride’s father!

 Special thank you to the Alica and the whole St. Regis staff who also took care of the families at brunch the next morning! 

Sometimes I still pretend that Jenille and Giuseppe haven’t gotten married yet so I can still have them as my client. Guess we will just have to start planning that renewal of the vows, right Jenille?? Thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me to be part of this special weekend and part of yours and your families lives. I wish you nothing but happiness, love, and French fries!

Thank you to my amazing assistants, Olivia and Sarah for all of your hard work that day! Applause all around for my long list of vendors. Spectacular job Dream Team!

Venue and Catering: Alicia Bell, St. Regis
Florals and D├ęcor: Rick Davis, Amaryllis
Photography: Juan Carlos Briceno, Fotobriceno
Videography: Blue Sky Video
Makeup: Nikki Frasier, Beauty and the Bride and Pattie Martin
Hair: Hair by Federico, Nancy Engler and Susie McNair
Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Falcon Entertainment Group
Band: Orquesta D'Candela
DJ: Michael Cruz,
Bialek’s Music
Cigars: John Kacur, The Cigar Box
Tent: Sugarplum Tent
Furniture: AFR
Rentals: Liz Waylan, DC Rental
Drape: Drape Kings
Lighting: John Farr lighting
Transportation: Linder &Associates and Premier Luxury Rentals

Xoxo, Amanda