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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!

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

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Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

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Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

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Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

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Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

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Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

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Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

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Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

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Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

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Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

Photo by Charles Archambault

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!

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

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Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

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Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

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Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

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Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

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Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

Photo by Amanda Gilley Photography

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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Photo by Andrew Morrell Photography

Photo by Andrew Morrell Photography

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Photo by Andrew Morrell Photography

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Photo by Andrew Morrell Photography

Photo by Andrew Morrell Photography

Photo by Andrew Morrell Photography

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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R & E // Arena Stage, Washington DC Wedding // DC wedding planner

Photo by Jess Latos Photography

Photo by Jess Latos Photography

R & E got married this past summer at Arena Stage, a venue I’d been dying to work in for a while now. They’re a private couple so we won’t be showing any photos of their faces or their guests’ faces – but I still had to blog about this one cause it was so special, so much fun, and Jess Latos Photography took some stunning pics! E is Ethiopian, and R is Jewish. They wanted to plan their wedding fairly quickly, so we jumped right in! They incorporated various traditions throughout their day. My favorite was the Ethiopian cuisine  – and the wet naps that were on every table that said “Marriage is Messy”! R was also pregnant – and therefore a glowing, stunning bride. We made it through the hora without any dropping or falling incidents which was my major fear (!), so I considered the evening to be a big success!

This was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve done that seamlessly incorporated different traditions – experiencing these cultures merging and celebrating together was really touching and, frankly, brought me to tears at times during the night. So enjoy what photos I’m able to share (and big thanks to Jess Latos Photography for the beautiful images) and join me in wishing R & E a huge congrats on their marriage! I’m also happy to report their new little baby joined their family this fall and is happy and healthy! Congrats again to R & E – much love to you both!

 

Photo by Jess Latos Photography

Photo by Jess Latos Photography

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Photo by Jess Latos Photography

Photo by Jess Latos Photography

R&E’s Vendors:

Planner – Katie Wannen, The Plannery

Venue – Arena Stage

Caterer – RSVP and Dama Catering

Photographer – Jess Latos Photography

DJ – KC Higgins

Flowers – Whole Foods

Cake – Fluffy Thoughts

 

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Happy Holidays from The Plannery!

This has been quite the year for The Plannery. Owning and managing The Plannery as a small business afforded me the privilege to stay home with my daughter when she was an infant. But 2016 saw me slowly being able to get back to work, pick up speed again, and sign on more and more clients.

I have to thank my amazing team: Tarra has been such an incredible part of our business this year – she took on a ton more coordinating jobs – and kicked a$$ at them all. I look forward to her continuing to take a bigger and bigger role in the coordination side of things here at The Plannery. She’s excellent at her job and I hope 2017 means lots of more wedding coordination for her! And of course, at the end of this year we also launched our new event design services, thanks to Kim! In 2016 we tested and tried the services out, and I’m excited to see how that branch of the business can grow in 2017 as well.

Big thanks to all of our amazing clients, past, present and future, for being so wonderful to work with, and for trusting us with organizing your important day. Happy Holidays to you all and a very Happy New Year as well!

Photo by Danielle Hunter

Photo by Danielle Hunter

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