Real Wedding: Backyard Indian-Inspired Fusion Wedding in Great Falls Virginia (Part 2)

27 07 2011

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At home wedding Great Falls VA L&A Tent Fall

Can you spot me in the tent? Photo: Kate Hauschka.

Trailer Restrooms: Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailers. Vince and Val own this company and they make everything really easy. If you do a restroom trailer, best to have a dedicated generator just for the toilet.

Rental Equipment: DC Rental. Really accommodating since we had to have several visits to the showroom. We rented practically everything from them.

DJ: Amer Sultan. To prevent my client from having a disaster of a DJ, I told them to get out of the contract they had with the DJ they hired. I want to thank MyDeejay for referring Amer. He was so flexible, from dealing with providing sound for 2 outdoor areas, to coordinating with the dance instructor. He kept the dance floor hopping!

Flora Design: Helen Olivia. Marianne was a natural match for this couple and the mother of the bride, who was on task for the design. The flowers were so vibrant.

orange fuchsia wedding bouquets dahlias Helen Olivia

Photo: Kate Hauschka

orange fuchsia wedding flower arrangement Helen Olivia

Photo: Kate Hauschka

Cake: Hot Bakes n Cakes.

Photographer: Katharine Hauschka

Tent, Chairs, Tables: L&A Tent Rentals

Food: Masala Arts. One word of advice for using ethnic restaurant caterers – clarify exactly what the staff will be doing. The restaurants are typically not full service caterers. They don’t set up, clean up or break down or supply equipment. They bring the food. Period.

— Vicky


Real Wedding: Backyard Indian-Inspired Fusion Wedding in Great Falls Virginia (Part 1)

29 06 2011

Remember this Sneak Peek? Yeah I didn’t think so. Well no matter. Here is this wedding story.

With a wedding date like 10.10.10, I bet you will never forget your anniversary! I had to snap a photo of the clock of the microwave that morning. Look at what time it was!

Chelsea and Harish had glorious weather on their wedding day, with the event being held at her parents’ home. I really feel honored to be welcomed by the family into their home. Being there so often, I felt like I was imposing on them and their privacy. I just loved this family and wanted to share some of the highlights. Have I mentioned that I love fusion weddings?

They were an emotional family so that meant lots of crying.

At home Indian fusion wedding Great Falls VA

Chelsea and Harish rode in on a scooter for their introduction.

At home Indian fusion wedding bhangra dancing Sarina Jain

Sarina Jain, the Jane Fonda of India, taught the guests bhangra dancing. We got the largest dance floor that made sense and it was still not big enough.

at home Indian fusion wedding fuchsia orange tablescape

The color scheme of orange and fuchsia gave the wedding a happy vibe. DC Rental's linens played a big role in the overall look.

More next week — Vicky

Real Wedding: Hollywood Inspired Wedding in Alexandria (Part 2)

2 03 2011

Photos and inspirations in Part 1 and  Sneak Peek. Here is their vendor team.

Hollywood glam Holiday Inn Alexandria red carpet bride and groom entrance

The bride and groom entered the ballroom on a red carpet, just like Hollywood stars.

Ceremony: St. Raymond of Penafort Roman Catholic Church, Springfield, VA. The couple’s church.

Reception: Holiday Inn Hotel Alexandria (Erin Hobson, Catering Manager)

Videographer: Blue Sky Films (Shelly Gross) It’s never a dull moment with Shelly.

Flowers, Lighting, Rental: Da Vinci’s Florist. I love working with Davincis because I think you get a lot of value out of your budget. Their ability to provide lighting and rentals will also help simplify logistics.

DJ: Emer Lunasin

Cocktail Hour harpist: Jessica Gallo

Photographer: Rachel Naft, RMN Photography. I was really impressed with the dancing pictures – lots of great moments. Rachel was in the thick of things, not afraid to get to the perfect spot for a photo without being obtrusive.

Linens: DC Rental (Amanda Smith)

— Vicky

Sneak Peek: European Elegance, a Fall wedding at Meridian House

11 11 2010
Meridian House wedding reception gold European elegance fall DC

Photo: Vicky Choy

… Sunday was just the cherry on a wonderful wedding cake of a weekend.  From Thursday evening through to the end, our celebration could not have been more perfect and you were a tremendous help in making that happen.  Given all that was on my plate … and Claire’s full schedule, we just could not have done it without you.  Your gift is not simply to get the job done, but to manage it all with great calmness and grace and efficiency  (even when folks don’t follow directions! ).  That is special … Finally, it was a splendid wedding, wasn’t it? Bottom line, Vicky, you’re great!  Thank you again. Fondly,
Kathleen. Mother of the Bride

I’m so luck to have several weekends in a row of beautiful fall weather in DC, giving our clients the opportunity for some gorgeous outdoor photos. I will share this wedding with you very soon — Vicky

Sneak Peek: Backyard Indian-Inspired Fusion Wedding in Great Falls Virginia

3 11 2010
Great Falls backyard wedding ceremony Indian fusion

Photo: Vicky Choy

With backyard weddings, I really get to know my clients and their families as I spend so much time there at all hours of the day. I really feel like I become part of the family, at least temporarily. During the week of the wedding, I was there 3 days in a row! After working about 16 hours on the wedding day, this lovely note from the Mother of the Bride was all that I needed to make it all worth while!

You did a really tremendous job.  There was so much involved and so much not covered by our “caterer” and I really appreciate all of your help.  All the best, Marilyn

Stay tuned for a full recap of this emotional wedding! — Vicky

Real Wedding: Art Deco Chic for Sports Fans (Part 2)

7 07 2010

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Venue: Clarendon Ballroom. Sandra Hoehne. We looked at several venues in DC but finally Kara and Andrew came and saw the Clarendon Ballroom when we were setting up for Gwen and Adam’s wedding, and knew it was the place for them.

Officiant: Phyllis Anne Duncan, Northern Virginia Ethical Society.

Photographer: Angela Gaeto Photography. The bride’s aunt, a professional photographer in Albuquerque.

Floral Designer: Philippa Tarrant. When we decided on the black, white and blue color scheme, and knowing that Kara liked white, low texture flowers, Philippa was the perfect fit.

Music: Evan Reitmeyer. Love Evan. Love the way he treats his clients. Love the way he subscribes to the same work ethic I do. I had a great time working with Evan.

Clarendon Ballroom wedding dancing

Come on! You know the music is good when even Grandma, who is in a wheelchair, is boogeying down on the dance floor.

Photobooth: Party Booths.  Everybody had a blast with the photo booth. We used them before at Soumya and Tejus’ wedding a few years back. One note of caution – I thought the attendants were inappropriately dressed. They wore long sleeve polos shirts and baggy pants, inappropriate for a wedding where guests were in semi-formal attire. If you rent from them, please specify the attendant dress code.

Rentals: DC Rental

Bride Makeup: Leah McKay.

Hair and Makeup: Bridal Artistry. Barbara and Ky. Love working with Barbara and her team. We added and subtracted people several times and they were very flexible.

Rehearsal Dinner: Boulevard Woodgrill. If you don’t know, Boulevard Woodgrill has a private dining space in the lower level of the restaurant that can easily fit 60 people with its own bar.

Guest Hotel & Farewell Breakfast: Westin Arlington Gateway and Pizimini Restaurant. The Westin is an ideal location for anyone hosting a wedding in the Ballston/Clarendon area. The restaurant has a private dining space in the rear where our group had a farewell continent breakfast.

Clarendon Ballroom wedding  sports theme escort cards

So proud of how this escort card display came out! The graphic artist that designed the cards made them look like ticket stubs. You can barely see in the background that the display also included lucite boxes of baseballs balls and candles surrounded by golf tees. Photo: Angela Gaeto

— Vicky

Real Wedding: Art Deco Chic for Sports Fans (Part 1)

5 07 2010

While Kara and Andrew are on their honeymoon in Thailand, I thought we’d celebrate by sharing their wedding story. Lucky for me, they were referred to me by Koonal and Erin whose wedding we planned last summer. We worked with Kara and Andrew for over a year but the extended engagement allowed for planning tasks to be spread out. Kara was great at getting things done so by the time we had only 1 month to go, we had practically nothing left! That never happens!

Style Inspiration: We had fun coming up with a style that suited them. The final direction was inspired by the venue and their love of sports. Clarendon Ballroom’s art deco design inspired parts of the stationery set. Their love of sports can been seen not only in the stationery elements but also in the sport props we used for the photobooth and the golf ball escort card display. The overall feel they wanted was something modern, classy and minimalistic.

Clarendon Ballroom wedding photobooth sport props

Guests hamming it up at the photobooth wearing the sports props we provided. The goggles are hilarious! Photo: Angela Gaeto Photography

Colors: Kara chose a black dress for the bridesmaids and she had imagined that they would carry white flowers. That was the starting point, and we just added a medium blue to as it was a color they both liked. The black and white scheme is a classic combination but is flexible enough to feel modern as well.

Clarendon Ballroom wedding reception black & white

Classic yet modern black and white. One of my favorite looks ever. Love the tablecloths from DC Rental. Photo: Angela Gaeto Photography

These are the two coordinating tablecloths we used: Black Wavy Stripes (top) and Mojo Confetti Tuxedo (bottom) from DC Rentals.

Black Wavy Stripe tablecloth DC RentalMojo Confetti Tuxedo Tablecloth DC Rental

More photos and a vendor recap in Part 2 — Vicky