Real Wedding: Soumya & Tejus Part 2

28 08 2008

Continuing the story of Soumya & Tejus’ wedding from Part 1 … We couldn’t pull off such a spectacular event without a team of skilled professionals. I really enjoyed working with this team!

Symbol of the ganesha done in rice

Symbol of the ganesha done in rice

Fairview Park Marriott: Event Manager Khatera Panjshiri-Ibrahimi — The main floors of the hotel went through a recent renovation. There is one huge ballroom that we used for the ceremony and reception. For the reception, the room fit 500 guests and a dance floor and stage comfortably. The pre-function foyer is spacious although not huge. There is ample parking and all your guests can easily stay at the hotel also. The hotel is located near the intersection of Rt. 50 and I-495, which is extremely convenient to get to other places although there is not a whole lot going on near the hotel.

Sound & Lighting: EventEQ, Jag Singh — Awesome is all I can say. Jag did an awesome job with setting up the lighting, sound and video simulcast for the wedding. He is super easy to work with and very helpful. The photos will speak for themselves on the lighting. The packed dance floor, young and old, speaks to the quality of the music he played to get everyone moving!

Photographer: Regeti’s Photography, Srinu & Amy Regeti — I wanted to thank Amy for referring this client to me. Srinu and Amy are super easy to work with. Amy was a rock star getting all the group photos done in record time! I cannot wait to see the results. The Regeti’s have such a unique style to their photography that is truly unique. The colors are always rich and vibrant.

Decorator: Prabha Bhambri — First time working with Prabha and I can see why clients keep coming back to her. I accompanied Soumya and her Mom to Prabha’s house to finalize the wedding design. It was really interesting to see how Prabha takes ideas, bits and pieces, from previous projects, interjects some new ideas and forms a totally new and unique design just for Soumya. The photos will speak to the more modern, simple yet elegant decor that Soumya chose. Many guests commented on how wonderfully different the design was! Good job Soumya!

Videographer: Blue Sky Films, Neil Benjers — Neil was really great to work with also. During the planning process, he reviewed everything we sent him and was very open to the ideas the bride had about the style she was looking for in her video. During the wedding, you rarely noticed him amongst all the guests!

Photo Booth: Party Booths, Eric — What a fun idea! Everybody took turns taking pictures in a throw-back style photo booth! Afterwards, they adhere the photos to a scrap book and left message for the bride and groom. What was more amazing is that the booth came in a suitcase and Eric, the attendant, assembled it all on site!

Cake: Creative Cakes — Another beautiful wedding cake. They also provided a birthday cake with an Absolut Vodka bottle for 2 girls who were turning 21 that evening.

Breakfast & Lunch Catering: Woodlands, Anand Poojary — Anand is such a nice guy and the bride’s family has been going to this restaurant for many years. They also catered the Sangeet. The food was wonderful and everything was ready on time. He and his wife just had a baby and were able to find a baby sitter so that they could attend the reception. I’m glad they were able to have some fun! He has a restaurant in Gaithersburg and Langley Park. Please make a visit if you are ever in the area.

Dinner Catering: Heritage India

Stay tuned for photos from this awesome wedding!

Real Wedding: Soumya & Tejus Part 1

26 08 2008

This was by far the largest and longest wedding I have done so far! 500 of their closest friends and family all came together for an all-day (9am-midnight) celebration of a beautiful wedding.

Soumya and Tejus are the perfect example of theory of opposites atract. Tejus is a totally goofy and always making jokes, while Soumya is more serious and meticulous. But you know what? It works!

Here is a preview of the beautiful couple’s engagement photos by Regeti’s Photography.

Soumya & Tejus Engagement photos by Regetis Photography

Soumya & Tejus Engagement photos by Regetis Photography

Soumya & Tejus Engagement photo by Regetis Photography

Soumya & Tejus Engagement photo by Regetis Photography

Some of the highlights included 3 delicious meals, a photo booth, and a completely transformed ballroom. Stay tuned for more details from this extraordinary wedding!

Follow up to Table Top Competition

24 08 2008

A couple of months ago, I blogged about a Table Top Competition held by the DC International Special Events Society. Here are the professional photos by Ralph Alswang Photography and courtesy of the DC ISES website. You can get some cool ideas for your tablescape!

All photos by Ralph Alswang Photography from DC ISES website.

Professional Wedding Guest #2

22 08 2008

Just when I thought all my friends have gotten married, my husband and I find ourselves attending 4 weddings this year. In May, we attended my b-school friend’s wedding and recently we attended a unique Afghani/Pakistani wedding. I only wish the couple had provided some kind of explanation of what was happening during the wedding rituals.

What I find very interesting is that Middle Eastern weddings are similar to Asian weddings in the abundance of colorful wedding outfits, like Indian saris and Chinese qi paos, in stark contrast to a western white wedding gown. This couple also sat on a stage much like a mandap in Indian weddings.

Site Visit: Glen Echo Park

20 08 2008

One of the most interesting places that rent its facilities out for private events is Glen Echo Park. I have never visited this place but have read a lot about the famous, recently restored carousel and Spanish Ballroom. For private event, there are a few spaces you can rent. 1) Spanish Ballroom, 2) Bumper Car Pavilion (outdoor reception), 3) Cuddle Up (great for ceremony), and 4) lawn of the Crystal Pool (outdoor ceremony). This is a great venue for the off beat couple!


  • Location: Just off MacArthur Blvd in DC; a park setting so close to the city
  • Ample park
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Outdoor ceremony option at the lawn of the Crystal Pool (tenting possible)
  • Spanish Ballroom: huge stage and dance floor
  • Bumper Car Pavilion: large area, existing stage, xmas lights, outdoor feel with overhead cover, sound system
  • Lots of great photo ops locations


  • Not Metro accessible
  • Limited to 4 approved caterers
  • Spanish Ballroom: food & drinks are not allowed on the main ballroom park, although OK in lobby/foyer and surrounding promenades/hallways
  • Bumper Car pavilion: open air facility with no air conditioning

Site Visit: Whitehall Manor

17 08 2008

I recently did a site visit of Whitehall Manor in beautiful Bluemont, Virginia in preparation for a client for 2009. Coincidentally, I assisted one of my fellow planners the following week at the same venue. I wanted to share some photos from my site visit and from the wedding itself.


  • Beautiful outdoor option in the gardens
  • Great Hall is surrounded on 3 sides with windows, bringing the outdoors in.
  • Ample parking
  • Includes mahogany-colored Chivari chairs and tables
  • You can bring your own alcohol


  • Distance: Whitehall is approximately 1 hour from DC. Most people put their guests at hotels located in Leesburg which is about 20 minutes away.
  • Rain plan for indoor ceremony might require some guests to stand.


  • On site catering. Because Whitehall has in-house catering, you are required to use them.


Follow Up to National Zoo/R&R Catering Post

2 08 2008

A while back, I wrote about R&R Catering’s event at the National Zoo. Regetis captured the fun atmosphere of the event in the photos. Check it out a few here!

Photos: Regeti's Photography