Real Wedding: Marix & Arjay (Part 3)

14 09 2009

Go back for Part 1 and Part 2 (vendor round up).

Finally, here are some of the day’s photos. These are clearly my pics. Go to Rick Martin’s blog for more professional photos.

2941 Restaurant wedding

We used a mix of square & round tables. The 2 tall floral arrangements made a 2nd appearance. They were the altar arrangements.

red modern floral centerpiece

You can see the custom overlay the bride brought from the Philippines underneath the modern, red floral centerpiece from Heaven on Earth flowers.

2941 Restaurant wedding cake

Is this cake gorgeous or what?! It was made by the restaurant's in-house pastry chef.

wedding sky lantern

At the end of the evening, Marix and Arjay sent off several sky lanterns. You light the bottom of the lantern, once it heats the air in the lantern, it flies off like a hot air balloon. Yeah, I freaked out a bit with the fire but i was really cool!

Real Wedding: Marix & Arjay (Part 2)

10 09 2009

2941 Restaurant weddingGo back to Part 1.

We get a lot of clients who live in another state but rarely do we get clients who live in another country. Because they live and work in the Philippines, Marix and Arjay hired us to help them plan there wedding here in Virginia, acting as their eyes and ears on the ground. With technology these days, it is pretty easy to accomplish much of the planning process on-line. We provide our clients with a group website, where we can share photos, documents and calendars with each other with ease. When they visited over Christmas, we crammed in all the vendor interviews and they were able to select the ones they liked.

Ceremony: Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Arlington, VA. Welcomed non-members.

Reception, Catering & Cake: 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, VA (Director of Special Events Michelle Marquez). If you are looking for an intimate space for your wedding, I highly recommend this restaurant. The Waterfall Room, where the reception was held, can hold up to 80 people. The Koi Room can hold up to 60, the Tasting Room 30, and the entire restaurant can also be bought out. The outdoor terrace is beautiful for either a ceremony or a cocktail hour in our case. Being one of the best restaurants in the DC area, the food of course is outstanding. They have also recently began offering wedding cakes and let me tell you, the cake was spectacular – beautiful to look at and incredibly flavorful and moist! Michelle is super easy to work with, is very professional and takes really good care of her clients.

Photography: Rick Martin Photography. When in doubt, you turn to reliable vendors and Rick is definitely reliable. Arjay and Marix just loved the images from Rick’s website and their instincts were confirmed when they met him in person. Rick brought along his good friend Bruce to shoot, so we were lucky to have double the talent that day. We featured Rick earlier in the year.

Videography: A&E Productions, Eric Nicholas. If you are looking for a documentary style videographer, Eric is your man. He doesn’t do any fancy editing, just shoots your day as it happened and is an excellent value. While Eric is a camera man for a TV station during the week, he shoots weddings on the weekends. It’s great to have him on hand because he’s pretty savvy with AV equipment in general.

Floral Design: Linda Merritt, Heaven on Earth Wedding Flowers.

DJ: DJ Mike Valenti. I just love Mikey V, whom I met at the very first wedding I ever coordinator and whom has remained on top of my list for years. Everybody had a fabulous time dancing their hearts out, including an all-out sing along for the last song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (one of my favs).

Transportation: Regal Limousine Rolls Royce.

Beauty: (Hair) Le Salon, Tysons Corner Center and (Makeup) Suzanne Minskey, Faces by SAM. One of those last minute things, I had to find some good value vendors for Marix’s beauty team. One of my former clients years ago had gone to Le Salon in Tysons and her hair turned out really nice. That was one I kept in the Rolodex. $65 for a fun updo is a pretty good deal! As a last minute booking, I was able to score Suzanne Minskey whom I had not worked with before. She’s just super nice and calming, and having worked with models, has gotten her used to doing make up very quickly. Marix said her hair and makeup looked good well into 3am!

More to come in Part 3! Vicky

Real Wedding: Marix & Arjay (Part 1)

14 08 2009

Got an awesome note today from a recent bride! Oh happy day!

2941 Restaurant weddingHi Vicky,

Yesterday was awesome….I didn’t get the chance to truly thank you for ALL the help and support you gave us.  The vendors you recommended were all awesome – Eric was great! Linda was great (flowers were really beautiful), Rick and Bruce were amazing and very gifted photographers, Mike Valenti – oh my what can I say about Mike he was awesome…even going onto the dance floor to lead the dancing!  Even the vendors you never worked before were great!  Le Salon at Tyson’s and Suzanne was really nice…her make up lasted until 3:30am!

Thank you soooo much, Vicky!  We truly, truly appreciate eveything!

Thanks Marix and Arjay! I had a blast helping you plan your wedding and wish you guys all the best!

OK stay tuned for a vendor round up (Part 2) and photos/recap (Part 3) soon.

— Vicky

Real Wedding: Joan & Ben

10 06 2008

I love lunch time weddings. They tend to be less formal, the guests are more relaxed, and the couples tend to be a little different. Joan and Ben were still able to have a stylish event during the day time, despite the 90+ degree weather.

Venue: Glenview Mansion, Rockville. Great venue and great staff.

  • Advantages: plenty of parking; reasonable rental rates; beautiful, lush gardens available for ceremony; bowling green available for tenting; tables included in rental rate; outdoor white folding chairs available at additional charge for ceremony; art gallery on 2nd floor open to guests; fairly spacious rooms.
  • Challenges: tables only available for use indoors; as with any mansion, guests will be seated in separate rooms; ideal for cocktail style receptions as a sit down dinner is not really possible for more than 50 people.

Caterer: Stone Soup Catering. Chef Zello and his wife Kim run this Germantown company. They are excellent to work with during the planning process, providing prompt answers and assisting in resolving various issues. Their food is delicious also. They have worked at Glenview many times so it was great to have their knowledge. Ben & Joan chose the perfect summer luncheon menu where no dish was too heavy. Nice and light but yet filling.

Floral Designer: Helen Olivia. I really like Marianne’s designs. Joan wanted to stay within the sky blue and orange color schemes. Some of the highlights include the tall, orange filled ceremony arrangements topped with a cloud of blue hydrangeas. Everybody loved them! She also made several orange carnation pomanders and ring pillows.

eaTip: We moved the ceremony arrangements to the buffet table after the ceremony. It’s a great way to save money. If you go this route, be sure to mention this to your floral designer so that he or she can put something together that would make sense in both places. In this case, the oranges in the tall vases made perfect sense and complemented the dishes on the buffet really well.

Ceremony Musicians: Virginia Virtuosi. Made up of 2 violinists and 1 double-bassist, the ensemble plays professionally through this area. This was a great find. Mark, the bassist, contacted me one day out of the blue to introduce his group. I think the double bass really lends itself to a different sound as compared to other string ensembles. Check out the samples on their website. Mark, Tiffany and Nancy get the award for braving the swamp-like weather. Unfortunately, because it was so hot outside, the guests didn’t get to enjoy too much of the prelude music as they were all hanging out in the air conditioned mansion.

Sound Equipment Rental: Dan Sandys Entertainment Group. Because this was a lunch reception and there wasn’t going to be any dancing, Joan and Ben elected to spend their budget elsewhere and chose to play music through their laptop. We rented a sound system through Dan Sandys. It was a cinch. He set it up in 5 minutes! It came with speakers and mics.

Photographer: Holland Photo Arts. I have been waiting for an opportunity to work with Anne and Bill for a long time as I really do admire their work. They are just the nicest people and super easy to work with. I cannot wait to see the results.

Videographer: A&E Productions. I met Eric Nicholas several years ago at another wedding and have kept him in my secret pile of lesser known talent. By day, he works at TV station and on weekends, he shoots weddings! He’s so easy to get along with and if you are looking for professional video work, nothing fancy shmancy, at a reasonable price, he’s your guy. Contact us for his info.