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Huma and Sayeed // Meadowlark Botanical Garden Wedding, Vienna, VA // VA Wedding Coordinator

Photo by Mary Sandoval Photography

Photo by Mary Sandoval Photography

In case you missed it, earlier this week we took a look at Huma and Sayeed’s colorful henna party. Today is their beautiful wedding at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. As many south asian weddings are, this was a big wedding – and because it was December (!) using the outdoor area of Meadowlark’s beautiful gardens for ceremony and cocktails just wasn’t an option. So Huma opted to have people sit at their reception tables for the ceremony, thus eliminating any need to “flip” the space and keeping things simple and fun for her many guests!

After getting ready, Huma and Sayeed did a first look and some portraits around the grounds (please be sure to not miss Huma’s ROCKING sneakers, folks), and then walked each other down the aisle, which I adored (and always adore). The ceremony was beautiful (especially in front of the stunning floral arch Sarah Khan Events created!) and we then merged right into cocktails, followed by dinner. I have to give a huge shout-out to Carmen and her staff at C&G Catering. They were amazing to work with and helped run a difficult event (considering the caterer who shall not be named showed up incredibly late with all of the food!). After dinner, Huma and Sayeed kicked off dancing with their first dance – “You’re Just Too Good To Be True” into Michael Jackson’s “BAD”! LOVED IT. They ended the night by sneaking some shots in at Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights.

Once again, big thanks to Mary Sandoval for these absolutely gorgeous photos. And huge congrats again to the loveliest of couples, Huma and Sayeed!!

 

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Huma and Sayeed’s Vendors:

Coordinator: Katie Wannen, The Plannery

Venue: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA

Staffing: C&G Catering

Decor/Flowers: Sarah Khan Events

Photographer: Mary Sandoval

DJ: Dynasty AV

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Huma and Sayeed // Henna Party // VA Wedding Coordinator

Photo by Mary Sandoval Photography

Photo by Mary Sandoval Photography

I’ve decided to break Huma and Sayeed’s wedding into two parts – namely, because I helped them with two events and their are just too many beautiful photos to share! I assisted with both their informal henna party the night before, and their actual wedding ceremony and reception the following day. Huma and Sayeed were such a beautiful couple to work with. Huma is a self-professed Type A – the social organizer of the pair, bustling with energy and silliness. While Sayeed is super relaxed, chill and down to earth. The way they balanced each other throughout the planning and their days of celebration was a lovely thing to behold – a wonderful match that speaks volumes as to how their marriage will be for years to come.

This was a fun one for me because it was “off season” – in mid December which is rare for us wedding planners. The henna party took place at the Crown Plaza at Crystal City and was a mix of traditional vs. non traditional because this really was a fusion of Pakistani and Bangladeshi families and cultures. It was co-ed rather than all-female, but they did partake in several traditional moments (including the tradition of stealing the groom’s shoes and him having to pay to get them back!) – and provided delicious south asian food! Sarah Khan Events did the decor for both the henna party and the wedding – it was so colorful and fun! The Mehndi artist was there all night (I even got to sneak in a quick one myself right before she left) and did such a beautiful job.

So enjoy these beautiful shots by Mary Sandoval (who was fabulous to work with) – and tune in next week for Huma and Sayeed’s wedding at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens!

 

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Huma and Sayeed’s Vendors:

Coordinator: Katie Wannen, The Plannery

Venue: Crown Plaza National Airport

Photographer: Mary Sandoval Photography

Decor/Floral: Sarah Khan Events

Henna: Henna Harmony

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Rachel and Michael // Riverside on the Potomac Wedding, Leesburg, VA // VA wedding coordinator

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Rachel and Michael had a beautiful wedding at Riverside on the Potomac this past November. I must admit, I was a bit nervous at their hopes for an outdoor wedding in November – but they got lucky and we had stunning 60 degree weather that afternoon! Although the cold definitely creeped in once the sun went down, all the dancing, food and merriment kept everyone good and toasty. They started the day with a casual tisch/bedeken followed by the signing of the ketubah. A beautiful ceremony was down by the water – and Rachel hand-made their chuppah! Cocktails were back up in the stables, with dinner, dancing (and ingenious jump roping!) in the barn. We were accompanied throughout the day by the excellent band, Golem. And the evening ended with a stunning view of the super moon! Big thanks to Charlie at Charles Archambault Photography for the photos, and congrats again to Rachel and Michael!

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Rachel and Michael’s Vendors:

Coordinator: Katie Wannen, The Plannery

Venue: Riverside on the Potomac

Caterer: Kosher Kitchen

Photographer: Charles Archambault Photography

Videographer: On Line Suburban Video

Band: Golem

Florist: Affordable Arrangements

Hair/Make-up: Creative Images

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Laura and Matt // The Whittemore House, Washington, DC Wedding // DC Wedding Coordinator

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Laura and Matt were a true joy to work with. I helped coordinate their intimate wedding at The Whittemore House this fall and loved every minute! Unfortunately we had some rain on their day, so they ended up doing their first look in their hotel room, followed by something I adored – they read each other their vows, just the two of them, prior to the ceremony. I really loved that they created this moment for themselves – it was a lovely reminder that a wedding day is about the two people getting married and what they are promising each other.

They decided to have the fireplace at The Whittemore House be the focal point for their ceremony which I loved. After the ceremony, guests went into the front of the house for cocktails while we flipped the ballroom for dinner. Dinner, toasts and dancing followed! (p.s. – THAT DRESS. Ok I’m done now).

Congrats again to Laura and Matt!

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Laura and Matt’s Vendors:

Coordinator: Katie Wannen, The Plannery

Venue: Whittemore House

Caterer: Main Event

Photographer: Amanda Gilley

Videographer: Michael Brazda

DJ: Good Note DJ

Florist: Palace Florists

Dessert Buffet: Pie Sisters

Officiant: Emily Cook Therapy

Make-up: Polished Studio

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Marie and Brad // George Washington Masonic National Memorial Wedding // Hotel Monaco Alexandria, VA Wedding // VA wedding coordinator

Photo by Andrew Morrell Photography

Photo by Andrew Morrell Photography

In Marie and Brad’s initial inquiry they mentioned that their interfaith wedding was going to reference, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and she planned on walking down the aisle to the theme from The Princess Bride. I was ecstatic.

On their day, after some getting ready photos they did a first look at their ceremony site, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, followed by the ketubah signing. The opening announcement started with “Mawwage… Mawwage is what bwings us togetha…today” (which was not the first wedding I’d done with that opening, which means I’m winning at life). Add in their DIY chuppah, Marie’s beautiful veil, a touching tribute candle to a close friend Marie had lost recently, and the gorgeous space and you had a truly lovely ceremony.

Guests were then transported to Hotel Monaco, Alexandria in Old Town. Unfortunately we had a ton of rain, so the courtyard was unavailable for cocktail hour. But we rolled with it and had an awesome reception thanks to the great staff at Hotel Monaco and all the other great vendors. Marie was a DIY queen, putting together her own centerpieces and lots of other fun personal touches. So enjoy these great photos by Andrew Morrell Photography and big congrats again to Marie and Brad!

 

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Marie and Brad’s Vendors:

Coordinator: Katie Wannen, The Plannery

Ceremony Venue: George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria

Photographer: Andrew Morrell

DJ: DJ Blitz

Hair/Make-up: Alison Harper and Co

Transportation: DASH

 

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