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: 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

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

Occasionally Cake, Alexandria, VA

21 07 2010

Occasionally Cake alexandria 30th birthday cake for a shopping and wine loving girlAfter driving to my dad’s house near Mt. Vernon a few months ago, something caught my eye… CAKE.  There was a storefront on Route 1 that I had not seen before: Occasionally Cake.  I frantically looked for spot to turn around and was excited about my new find.  Turns out they are about to celebrate their 1 year anniversary!

This is a small store with direct view of the kitchen and a few seats to sit and enjoy a cupcake….or two.  I met Sabrina Campbell, cake designer and owner, and we chatted a bit about their cakes and cupcakes.  Fortunately, I had a surprise 30th birthday party coming up for one of best friends and decided to give her a try.  Right then and there we sketched all of the elements of what I wanted and it was spot on and it is all edible.

They have what seems like an encyclopedia of their own original cake flavors (honestly, 6 plus pages) to choose from. I picked up some cupcakes to taste test and they were good.  Sabrina’s artistic work is great and that is what really makes the cake spectacular.  Her attention to detail was really incredible.

Also take a look at their wedding cakes and you can check out their gallery online.

Happy Cake Hunting!


Real Wedding: A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend Wedding (Part 2)

14 07 2010

As I had mentioned in Part 1 of this blog, Katie & Patrick tied the knot on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in late May at the River Farm in Alexandria.  As promised, here are the details that newlyweds worked so hard for us to coordinate!

Venue: River Farm Alexandria, VA, Janet.  This venue has become extremely popular and there is no wonder why.  They provide an amazing backdrop for the entire event; ceremony and reception.

River Farm Alexandria Wedding

Katie & Patrick at River Farm (Ralph Alswang Photography)

Photographer: Ralph Alswang. Ralph is efficient and captures the moment fast!  I also need to mention he is fun and makes everyone laugh.  Great to work with!  Check out the slideshow of pictures by clicking here.

Floral Designer: Petals Edge. Provided beautiful personal flowers, reception flowers and cake flowers.

Caterer: Main Event Caterers, Michelle Fishman.  As always, the catering team and food was great.

Band: Doug Segree.  This was the first time I have heard them and they are now one of my favorites!  They had the guests dancing the entire time!

Transportation: Black Ice Transportation (Reggie Banks) Provided excellent sedan service for Katie and Patrick.  He was always early to the pick up and drop off points and would definitely use him again.  Dash Bus. At first I was worried about the reliability of using the public transportation buses but the service was excellent, the drop off and pick up worked seamlessly.

Hair: Hair by Jewels

Makeup: Jan Scott Makeup Artist

Accommodations: Lorien Hotel & Spa Alexandria, VA  They were extremely helpful and accommodating to all of the wedding party and guests.

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts The cake was amazing and they also made the colorful and tasty French macaroons to accompany the wedding cake.

– Megan
Main Event Caterers River Farm Wedding buffet

Main Event Caterers (Ralph Alswang Photography)

Petals Edge Floral Design River Farm wedding peonies bridal bouquet

Petals Edge (Ralph Alswang Photography)

Fluffy Thoughts wedding cake

Fluffy Thoughts (Ralph Alswang Photography)

Real Wedding: A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend Wedding (Part 1)

30 06 2010
On a day where the weather could have gone one of two ways, two people came together to make one.  Katie and Patrick chose Memorial Day Weekend to get married and have a relaxed and beachy feel wedding held at The River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia.   This suited them well, as they are laid back, put together and fun loving people.   And most importantly they love each other, the pictures are proof. They had a vision for their day and rain or shine it was going to be exactly what they wanted.
River Farm outdoor wedding ceremony garden

Photo: Ralph Alswang

In their tasteful and chic style they decided to claim their base camp at the Lorien Hotel in Alexandria, which provided great pictures and posh suites for partying!  It is in the presidential suite we had to make the biggest decision of the day, outside or inside. The wedding day weather report did not look good.  We checked it at least every half hour and finally Katie and Patrick decided to take the chance and have the ceremony outside.  They made a great decision. The weather turned out to be sunny and warm!  Here are a few sneak peak pictures taken by their photographer, Ralph Alswang.  Stay tuned for part 2, where I will give you the wedding day details. — Megan

River Farm wedding bride groom fun

Photo: Ralph Alswang