One of our Meridian House weddings featured in Emmaline Bride

20 06 2011
Washington DC Meridian House wedding fall

Washington DC Meridian House wedding fall

Remember Aubrey and David’s fall wedding (and here) at the Meridian House in Washington, DC? More of their story on Emmaline Bride blog. Check it out! — Vicky

Real Wedding: Coppery Fall Jewish Wedding at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (Part 3)

23 02 2011

Missed anything? Go back and check out Part 1 (sneak peek) and Part 2 (concept).

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Jewish Wedding in the fall under chuppah

Love the early afternoon light in the fall. So pretty. Photo: Elaine Studley, Hay McKenna Photography.

Venue: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Music: Michael Kolmstetter classical guitarist. A classical guitarist is a great music choice for a lunch reception where you don’t expect much dancing. It provides a nice background mood. Michael had a small set up that allowed him to play recorded music for the first dance, John Denver’s Annie’s Song (I hummed that song all week).

Photographer: Elaine Studley, Hay McKenna Photography

Floral Designer: Growing Wild Floral Company

Catering + Cake: Windows Catering Company (Nicole Gutierrez)

— Hope you enjoyed this one, Vicky

Real Wedding: Coppery Fall Jewish Wedding at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (Part 2)

21 02 2011

We shared a sneak peek of one of our October couples a while back. Here is the rest of the story. I love Sunday weddings. I especially love lunch weddings. When you combine the two, I’m a happy camper.

Colors. It is completely coincidental that we are featuring this wedding after the Newseum wedding shared the last 2 weeks.  While both weddings were held in the fall, they could not be more different. This couple wanted to embrace the warmth of the fall. They chose copper, brown, gold, cream and terra cotta.

Lakeview Copper Topaz Chestnut Baroness Silk Gold

Lakeview Copper tablecloth. Gold napkins. Gold Chivari chairs with Topaz Chestnut chair pads. Topaz Chestnut tablecloths

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens fall Virginia DC wedding Windows Catering

Flowers. Barbara von Elm did a masterful job of combining all these colors into the floral centerpieces. Those design, as well as the design for the chuppah, complemented the garden setting.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Jewish fall wedding chuppah

We used the groom's tallit on the chuppah

Food. Windows put together a lunch menu that also embraced the season.

Hors d’oeuvres: lollipop lamb chops, Applewood smoked Salmon Flower, Mini Rueben, Wild Mushroom Diamonds and Crispy Spring Rolls.

Lunch: 1st course was a squash and apple bisque with toasted pumpkin seeds, followed by a choice of a Farm-Raised Chicken Paupiette or Salmon En Croute.

Dessert:  Grand Marnier wedding cake with citrus buttercream covered with delicate blooms  and vines, and Window’s signature chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Windows Catering Grand Marnier wedding cake at Meadowlark fall

Topped with an heirloom cake topper

Windows Catering Company squash and apple bisque at Meadowlark

squash and apple bisque

All photos by Elaine Studley, Hay McKenna Photography. Part 3 to come — Vicky

Real Wedding: A Fall Wedding at the Meridian House (Part 2)

12 01 2011

As stated in Part 1 here are the much-anticipated details of the ceremony and reception for Aubrey and David’s Fall wedding at the Meridian House.

The ceremony was  a coupling of a traditional Persian ceremony and a non-denominational ceremony.  The couple  sat at the traditional Persian ‘Sofreh-ye Aghd’ facing east. It is tradition that by facing east, the direction of sun, the couple faces the Light of God.  The Sofreh-ye Aghd is a traditional Persian spread of flowers, fruit, spices and objects that symbolize things the couple want in their marriage.

persian DC wedding meridian house

Photo: Stacey Veath Photography

After the “I do”, guests were treated to a fantastic garden cocktail hour among the beautifully lantern lit Linden trees.  Aubrey and Dave chose a palette of apple green, bright oranges and shades of pink to decorate their reception.  As a fun surprise for the couple, I had their escort cards placed among three trees and hung with green ribbon.

escort cards green ribbon Meridian House DC wedding cocktail hour

Photo: Stacey Vaeth Photography

Dinner was served at leisure through multiple stations and rooms by  Main Event CaterersWe provided the the table numbers and menu cards through Papeterie.  Aubrey and Dave decided to forgo the traditional wedding cake and served cupcakes, provided by Georgetown Cupcakes,  and other confections for dessert.  All of this was topped off with some fantastic sliders toward the end of the evening.  While all of the delicious food was being devoured, there were just as many people dancing the night away to the DJ, Bryan George.

apple green and orange DC wedding Meridian House

Photo: Stacey Vaeth Photography

As favors they had cupcakes to go, which everyone loved!

Stay tuned for part 3 where I will the vendor team for Aubrey and Dave’s wedding. In the mean time, check out Stacey Vaeth’s blog for more photos.

Cheers! Megan

Real Wedding: A Fall Wedding at the Meridian House (Part 1)

22 12 2010

I first met Aubrey and Dave only two months before they planned to wed on October 23rd at one of our most loved venues, The Meridian House. While there was only two months until they said “I do” they had a vision and feeling of exactly how the wanted their special day to be shared.

persian wedding ceremony meridian house

Photo: Stacey Vaeth Photography

They could not have asked for better weather for an outdoor garden wedding in later October.  The ceremony was comprised of a traditional Persian ceremony, performed in Farsi, and a non-denominational ceremony.  The entire ceremony was beautiful and combined all elements that were important to Aubrey and Dave.

The cocktail hour immediately followed and Aubrey and Dave decided on the bright fall colors of green and shades of orange.  Dinner was served by Main Event, and as always, they did not disappoint.  DJ, Bryan George, did a fantastic job at keeping everyone on the dance floor too!

Stayed tuned for part 2 where  I go into the details of the ceremony and reception!


washington dc wedding meridian house

Photo: Stacey Vaeth Photography

Real Wedding: Coppery Fall Jewish Wedding at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

13 12 2010

ketubah jewish wedding ceremony meadowlark

Photo: Elaine Studley, Hay McKenna Photography

At the beginning of October, we had a pleasure of coordinating Jennifer and Alan’s wedding at the beautiful Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA. Their lunch-time wedding was featured in All The Right Ingredients, Windows Catering Company’s blog. Windows did a great job with the food and Nicole Gutierrez was a pleasure to work with. More to come! — Vicky

Real Wedding: Classic Fall in Arlington (Part 2)

7 04 2010
”]Gorgeous view from the Washington Golf & Country Club patio

Go back to Part 1.

Ceremony: Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Luckily, we were just at Holy Trinity earlier in the year so we have become familiar with the church. Funny moment: some Georgetown students were across the street from the church and saw the groom and groomsmen and invited them over to what seemed like a keg party. Fortunately, the guys knew better.

Reception Venue: Washington Golf and Country Club. [Molly Jones] We have not worked at Washington Golf and Country since 2006. You either need to be a member or be sponsored by a member to have your event here. Molly is great to work with and made our jobs very easy.

Photographer: Rob Holley.

Floral Designer: Growing Wild Floral Company (Barbara von Elm)

Band: BS&M (booked through Sam Hill) While this was not necessarily a huge dancing crowd, the band sounded great and had great energy without being cheesy. They apparently play at the Club a lot.

Baker: Fluffy Thoughts (Lara Stuckey) Beautiful and deliciously moist.

Rentals: Party Rental (linens) and A Grand Event (outdoor heaters). For a late fall wedding, it was a great idea to have the heaters on the back patio because the guests were able to spend much of the evening enjoying the view. A Grand Event was great to work with that I used them for both our November events.

Favors: Historical Chocolate Company. Chocolate version of the Capitol dome, appropriate for a groom who works on the Hill.

Invitations: Haute Papier. I wish I have a photo of it. It was a beautiful taupe color paper with a gold swirl pattern similar to the one on the wedding cake.

Videography: Thomas Bowen Films [Joe] A last minute decision to capture the day since one of the grandparents could not be there. Something to think about if you are in a similar situation.

Makeup artist: Tica Beauty [Marti] I thought all the makeup looked really great and I liked that Marti does a makeup chart for each of her clients so that she knows exactly the colors to use on the wedding day. See photo below.

”]Tica Beauty Makeup chart”]Vicky Choy DC Wedding planner