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

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

Wedding featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine!

18 06 2009

Event Accomplished in Washingtonian Bride and Groom magazineWe are thrilled that one of our 2008 couple’s (Joan and Ben) wedding will be featured in the Summer/Fall 2009 issue of the Washingtonian Bride and Groom magazine!

What a vibrant, summer afternoon wedding and the moments were all captured by the talented team of Bill and Anne Holland.

Here is a sample of Joan and Ben’s professional photos, and a recap of their wedding.

Event Accomplished in Washingtonian Bride and Groom magazine

Event Accomplished in Washingtonian Bride and Groom magazine

A big thank you to Anne and Bill Holland for having the creative eye to take such beautiful photographs and then submitting it to the magazine!

— 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.