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Our Story: Charlie and I met during my senior year of college, when I frequented a certain local college bar where he was bartending. After I graduated, he asked me out on a whim, and I said yes, also on a whim! On the surface, we had very little in common – as Charlie’s dad so eloquently put it in his speech at our rehearsal dinner, “She was sort of a hippie, and we were all wondering…how’s this gonna work?” As they say, opposites attract! We found common ground in that we share the same core beliefs in the importance of strong relationships with family and friends, as well as a “work hard, play hard” mentality. In 2011, we purchased a home together, but due to the craziness of life, we were not able to get married just yet. This wedding was something we had both been dreaming of for many years!
Wedding details: We knew from day 1 that we wanted to blend a bit of traditional wedding elements with a lot of personal details that make us who we are as a couple. The obvious example of this is that we had a rainbow-themed wedding. I have loved all things rainbow since I was a kid, so this was a no-brainer for me. Charlie and our bridal party ended up getting really into the theme as well! Once we had our color scheme, it was time to start crafting! I am a craft-a-holic, and I knew that I wanted to make many of the decorations myself. It all started with the bridesmaid bouquets, which I made out of crepe paper. Things quickly escalated and the next thing I knew, I was making every decoration myself, from the aisle decorations in the ceremony, to the centerpieces, cake topper, all of our signs, our programs, my bridesmaids’ jewelry and groomsmen’s cufflinks…everything! Even though there were many times where I wanted to give up and “just hire someone!” I am ultimately happy that I did everything myself, with help from family and friends (especially my mom). It’s something we all can look back on and be proud of!
Wedding details: We got engaged while on vacation in the Outer Banks, surrounded by many good friends. That same day, one of Charlie’s best friends asked if he could be our officiant – of course we said yes! We met with him in advance to discuss the logistics of the ceremony, but left the details up to him. I was really curious to know how things would work out, but was so busy with other aspects of the event that I was glad to have one less thing to worry about. Boy, did he WOW us and all our guests! Our ceremony was the perfect blend of funny, personal, creative, and touching. Many weeks later, we are still getting compliments about how wonderful he was!
Special memories: A hilarious, unexpected moment was when a table of my cousins started cheering and waving their napkins in the air during dinner. Within a few seconds, every other table started waving their napkins in the air, and the next thing we knew, the entire room was filled with rainbow napkins, loud cheers, and laughter. It was amazing to see everyone we know partake in this impromptu rowdiness!
Favorite memories: One of our favorite memories was the best man speech. Charlie’s 2 best men (and many of his groomsmen) have been friends with him since grade school and high school, so they know a side of Charlie that my family and I have only heard stories about. The speech began like any other speech, but quickly made a crazy turn as they introduced guests to the “many phases of Charlie.” All the groomsmen were dressed up as different “Charlies,” representing different sports he played in high school, his job as a bartender, and hobbies such as riding motorcycles and shooting potato guns. Everyone was in hysterics as the groomsmen came out dressed in Charlie’s actual old clothes, some of which they had to sneak into our house to steal! Best of all, Charlie had NO IDEA this was going to happen, and he was totally blown away. At the end of the speech, they did a spoof of the viral video “the Harlem Shake” involving ridiculous dancing, and called everyone out to the dance floor – the party had officially begun!

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Photography: Bradley Images / Venue: 1840s Ballroom / Catering: 1840s Ballroom / Cake: Zeffert & Gold / Florals:  Handmade by Laura Flack

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Their Story – Margaret and Gian met in Philadelphia.  Margaret went to Penn and Gian went to Drexel, but even though we were only about a block away and probably crossed paths many times, we ended up meeting online.  They met up for the first time in Rittenhouse Square and the rest is history!  Since then they’ve shared their love of traveling, cooking, watching documentaries, and taking long walks around the city.  About a year and a half ago they moved to Baltimore with cat Swayze to start new jobs and be closer to Margaret’s family.

Favorite Memories – “Watching Margaret come down the aisle” (Gian).  “Looking down from the altar and seeing all of our family and friends surrounding us” (Margaret).  “The first dance” (Margaret).

Details that Made the Wedding Personnel – ‘We made homemade lemoncello for favors.  It took about 4 months of preparation and lots of help peeling lemons from friends, but we loved giving out something that we made and that represents Gian’s family tradition.  The flower arrangements by Christine Higgins were also very special.  We spent a long time gathering small vases, dying doilies, and gathering flowers from friends’ gardens.  They turned out perfect!”

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Photography: Bradley Images / Venue: Gramercy Mansion / Catering: The Classic Catering People /

Bouquets: Crimson and Clover Florist / Cake – Sugarbakers

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Congratulations Carmen and Michael!

Carmen and Michael met in high school but they didn’t start dating until their junior year in college. “He was living in Ohio and I in New York, we later moved back to Maryland after graduation and the rest is history.”

“Our favorite moments were the actual ceremony being performed in both English and Spanish. The cute mini couple that walked the aisle. Our first dance which was actually a dance mix and the end of the night send off. Details that made our wedding so personal was our cake topper and our lip and mustache cups that everyone was drinking out of that night.”

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Photography: Bradley Images / Venue: Newton White Mansion / Catering: Azucar Restaurant / Florals: The Pink Orchid /

Cake: Chicago Bakery / Day of Coordinator: Diamond Events 

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Congratulations Julie and Tyler!

Their favorite memories from the wedding include: Spending the day getting ready in the elegant bridal suite, walking through the gardens past the water fountains down the aisle, the entire bridal party being introduced into the reception, Chris Brown’s “Forever” played and each pair of the bridal party did their own dance moves into the room, during the reception we were located at our own sweetheart table, and we made it a point to take in the moment- we just looked around the entire room while our guests were enjoying dinner and we felt very blessed and grateful to have all these people together that love us. Who knows when everyone will be together again!

“Tyler and I met in college at Valparaiso University in Indiana. We both got our Bachelors degree in Meteorology, and so we met at a Meteorology banquet! So, a very special detail of the wedding was the clouds on the cake.”

“For our first date, Tyler cooked us dinner at his apartment and 2 years later we would be engaged. He proposed to me in downtown Chicago (where he and his family lived); we were walking along the shore of Lake Michigan when he got down on one knee. He had asked for my dad’s blessing a few weeks prior, Tyler had flown down to FL for a job interview and on his way back from accepting this (second) job offer out of college, he phoned my father.”

“We are now happily married, living in a condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in Panama City Beach, FL with our two new kittens!”

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Photography: Bradley Images / Venue: Antrim 1844 / Wedding gown: Casablanca / Florist: The Cutting Garden / Cake: Karen Rodkey Cakes /

DJ & Pianist: HERO Entertainment (DJ Ian and pianist Roger)

 

 

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Congratulations Angela and Brett!

“Brett and I had such a nice time at the wedding. We both had fun. That’s what we wanted. Even better, we think our guests had fun too.”

Memories and “Things that stick out …”

- hunting around the back of the chapel with my bridesmaids looking for a big bush to hide behind and pee before the ceremony! AhhhHH!!!!!! Good thing [the photographers] weren’t around..

 – waiting outside the chapel with my dad. He was crying and then I started crying, and Brett’s sister gave me her last Kleenex… then she started crying. Haha.

- seeing Brett at the altar

- seeing our reception ballroom. I planned everything from Ohio and didn’t really know how the lighting, florals etc would actually look. I loved it!

- the last dance of the night. Just me and Brett with everyone in a circle around us. Best memory of the night! There was so much energy and we were both so happy.

Details we loved:

- Having photos of our grandparents and us as babies scattered about

- the piano player. That was last minute and we think that added a lot to the ambiance as people came in for the cocktail hour

- wine corks for seating cards. I made all of them and didn’t know how long it would take….. (too long)….. but I liked the look

- the simple elegance of the baby’s breath candelabras.I really love how they turned out. (especially since I hadn’t seen them) I didn’t use any other decor besides the flowers and the family photos.  That’s the theme that I wanted throughout the wedding: classic, timeless, simple elegance.

How we met:

- Brett and I both went to Georgetown. He went for undergrad, medical school, and then worked at Georgetown Hospital for  internal medicine residency. I went for graduate school in Nurse Anesthesia.

- We both happened to be walking into the medical school library at the same time, coming from opposite directions. We sized each other up, I followed him in, and then positioned myself at a computer directly across from his. I could see his eyes poking up from over the monitor. I knew he was looking.:)

- A classmate of mine walked into the library and sat next to me . We started chatting about our weekends and I went on to tell her about an awful blind date I’d been on that Friday night. ( I figured I’d throw him a bone and let him know I was single)  It was a nightmare date- he asked me how many children I would be willing to have for him,  if that gives you any idea. We were laughing, and I heard Brett laugh too.

- He was eavesdropping, and chimed in that it was my own fault for accepting an invitation to go on a blind date that fell on a weekend night, because that way he knew I had nothing important to do the next morning and would expect to spend the whole evening with me. Brett said EVERYONE KNOWS not to go on a first date on a weekend night unless you’re really interested. We continued to chat and he somehow got my phone number.

- He asked me out to dinner for the next weekend night.:)

- I said yes.

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Photography: Bradley Images / Venue & Catering: Fairfax Hotel Floral: L’Artisan Lilly / Cake: Alexandria Pastry Shop /