Featured on Wedding Pickle

18 07 2011

The photographs from one of our Arlington weddings a while back were featured in an article by Jan Michele Photography in Wedding Pickle on choosing the photographer that fits you best.

Photo: Jan Michele Photography



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

7 07 2010

Go back to Part 1.

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: MyDeejay.com. 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

Question about hiring a wedding planner?

24 07 2009

Our friend Evan, the owner of mydeejay.com, asked us to contribute to a blog post about Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner. What’s interesting about this blog post is that Evan canvased quite a few wedding planners in the area to get their collective, unique perspectives on the different benefits of hiring a wedding planner.

Real Wedding: Gwen & Adam Part 2

22 04 2009

If you missed the vendor recap, go to Part 1. Can you believe I forgot my camera?! I never leave home without it! So here are a few teasers from Jan Graves and more are available on her blog here and here.


Clarendon Ballroom wedding


You can see one of the altar arrangements do double duty at one of the food stations.

Apple pie at Clarendon Ballroom

Instead of a groom's cake, Adam chose apple pie, his favorite. Why not?

Real Wedding: Gwen & Adam (Part 1)

20 04 2009

The thing I remember most about this wedding is that Gwen and Adam looked happy and excited the entire day!

Church: Church of the Ascension resident at the Christ Church of Arlington.

Reception & Catering: Clarendon Ballroom. Excellent as usual. Because Gwen and Adam were going for more of a cocktail party vibe, the Ballroom did a mixture of cocktail tables, hightops, larger tables and lounge furniture! It was a fun alternative. The chef also made the cake which was moist, airy, and delicious!

Photographer: Jan Michele Photography. What I like about Jan is how proactive she is. She scouts out your ceremony and reception venues if they are locations she has not been to. She will also scout out some good locations for photos. Unlike most photographers, she also attends the ceremony rehearsal to work out any restrictions with the officiant and to meet the wedding party members. She had the photos edited and a slideshow up on her blog within 3 days! Talk about fast!

DJ: Mike Bell from MyDeejay.com. Mike did a great job.

Florist: James Cox

Makeup: Makeup by Brooke.

Stay tuned for Part 2 and the photos!