Fun Details from the Derecho Wedding
Last week, I recapped last spring’s derecho wedding. Despite the weather, I really had a great time planning the whole weekend worth of activities with the couple and with their respective families. Here are some more fun details from that weekend. Apologies for my shaky camera work though! Vicky
Rehearsal Dinner: Carmine’s Washington DC. We had featured Carmine’s as an option for rehearsal dinner with large number of guests a while back. Click here to read that post.
For favors, we looked for the couple’s favorite things for inspiration. With M&Ms as the bride’s favorite snack, we set up a giant display of navy blue and green M&Ms after dinner. I got huge paper mache letters and sliced off the top so that they could be filled with the candy. I also wrapped the outside of the letter with coordinating ribbon. This is about as crafty as I get! The couple also loved drink koozies, so we gave those out as well. Tip on order chocolate candy online: be careful when you order them. If the temperature is very hot, you may want to order them with ice packs and have them ship overnight. Also think about whether the candy might sit on your front steps in the sun once delivered.
Welcome Bags – With the groom being from Texas and the bride from Virginia, we wanted to included items that were reflective of that besides the usual essentials. Check out the Texas Lemonade, made with Tito’s Vodka, a small-batch vodka is distilled in Austin, Texas. We included the recipe along with all the ingredients needed to make this easy yet tasty cocktail.
Happy Anniversary A&B! Neither rain nor a Derecho could stop this Wedding!
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.
Check out these beautiful photos from Leah Stearn of Studio Juno (more on her blog) and tell me if you can tell that this was not plan A. Enjoy – Vicky
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
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts. Remember the baseball cap groom’s cake we featured a while back? I think Lara gave birth to her baby the next day!
Hair & Makeup: Bridal Artistry
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.
Guest Hotel: Westin Arlington Gateway, Holiday Inn Ballston
Rehearsal Dinner: Carmine’s