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





Featured in the Little White Book Blog

27 04 2009

The hot temperatures on Saturday reminded us of one of our favorite weddings from 2008. Remember Joan and Ben’s wedding last June? It was 90+ degrees outside but we had a fabulous time anyway. So I found out today from my the awesome duo of Anne and Bill Holland of Holland Photos Arts that Joan and Ben’s wedding is featured in the Little White Book blog! Thanks Courtney!

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Glenview Mansion wedding





PictoBooks a la Holland Photo Arts

22 01 2009

I love getting mail. Real. Postal. Mail. Especially when the UPS man shows up at my door with an unexpected package from my favorite dynamic duo Bill and Anne Holland of Holland Photo Arts! They sent me a copy of Joan and Ben’s PictoBook wedding album and their limited edition 2009 calendar!! It was like “I’m getting a present” exciting!  Lucky brides and grooms who have hired Bill and Anne will have a beautiful keepsake of their wedding memories!

If you haven’t heard, Bill and Anne have added a collection of postcards featuring photographs from their travels, with proceeds going to charity. The images are vibrant and colorful, and brought back memories of my own trips to some of the same locations. These are great for decorating your house with pops of color. I like decorating my house with photographs of meaning to me instead of buying random artwork (one day, I’ll post some photos of my house). Go forth and buy one!

Holland Photo Arts calendar tin on top of the PictoBook album box.

Holland Photo Arts calendar tin on top of the PictoBook album box.

Limited edition 2009 Holland Photo Arts calendar

Limited edition 2009 Holland Photo Arts calendar

PictoBook album

PictoBook album





Look What I got in the Mail!

10 12 2008

Must be the holiday season!

Back in June, we worked with Holland Photo Arts at Ben & Joan’s wedding (click here and here), and Anne and Bill sent me some photos from that wedding. It came in this beautiful sage green fabric enclosure! If you order a DVD slideshow as part of your package with them, you’ll get one too! What a way to treasure your wedding memories. Opening it was like getting a Christmas present!

DVD enclosure from Holland Photo Arts

DVD enclosure from Holland Photo Arts

Slideshow DVD from Holland Photo Arts

Slideshow DVD from Holland Photo Arts





Joan & Ben’s Professional Photos

29 07 2008

A while back I told you about Ben & Joan’s wedding. Here are some professional photos from Holland Photo Arts. Check out their blog for more photos. Joan looked like a movie star and the lighting and framing of the photos are just outstanding! Note the vows that were tied to one of the flower pillows! Cool, huh?





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.