I cannot believe it’s been one year since the derecho storm that hit the Washington, DC area June 29, 2012. As I was packing the trunk of my car outside Carmine’s in DC after the completion of a wonderful rehearsal dinner, the derecho storm came sweeping down 7th Street NW, drenching me and my arm full of stuff (do you still think us planners lead a glamorous life?) Next day, we found out the reception venue had lost power due to the derecho storm. After hours of phone calls on a day where cell phone service was spotty at best, I was able to locate a venue that could accommodate our guests for this wedding.
I will forever be indebted to the team at the The Westin Arlington Gateway for hosting 165 weddings guests with no notice. In just a few hours, they made it happen. The entire staff was helpful and flexible and didn’t bat an eye at the curve ball thrown their way (Did I mention they already had a 400+ guest dinner in their other ballroom?). I am also thankful for the an incredible production team that all rolled with the punches.
Not sure if you can see it but the back of this arrangement had a few sprigs of cotton. The bride and groom at the time were teaching in Mississippi and cotton fields could be seen for miles.
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Floral Design: Heavenly Hydrangea, Susan Poneman
Photographer: Leah Stearn, Studio Juno
Videographer: Dolce Studio Films
DJ: MyDeejay, William Steward
Transportation: Reston Limo. I also have to give a big shout out to Reston Limo. We had transportation needs from Thursday to Sunday and everything turned out great.
Rehearsal Dinner: Carmine’s