If there was a dancing crowd to beat all dancing crowds at a wedding this year, it would be the families and good friends of Allison and Chas, who enjoyed a wonderful ceremony at Chas’s family church in Vienna, Virginia. They started out the afternoon on this typically hot Virginia day seeing each other privately in a local park across the street of the church, and taking care of most of their family portraits ahead of the ceremony. During the ceremony, their pastor spoke of the commitments they had made to each other and those commitments their friends and families make by being there for them. They were also lucky enough to have Allison’s friend Mary Lorraine, a talented soloist, sing during the ceremony while their parents looked on with a mix of love and pride for their kids.

Once they finished an excited receiving line, we all took off toward Westwood Country Club just down the street for a few short portraits on the golf course before they joined their cocktail hour as the sun was beginning to set that evening. They were announced into the beautiful ballroom with floral displays by Barbara of Growing Wild, a florist with whom we’ve worked since we got started many years ago. During the announcements, each of their wedding party and eventually Allison and Chas ran a gauntlet of bridesmaids and groomsmen, with alternate hi- and low-fives along the way. It was pretty exciting and got everyone up on their feet to witness it.

Allison’s parents welcomed their guests with a heartfelt, touching and, at times, tearful toast that had everyone riveted, followed by a very lighthearted turn with a song written by Chas’s dad and performed by the soloist and bridesmaids, entitled “Born in a Chevrolet” set to the melody of “Born in the USA”. Again, everyone cheered and loved every minute of it. It set the tone that evening for the dancing, the likes of which we haven’t ever seen. These folks were high-energy and wanted to get down and get groovy. In fact, for the tunes that DJ Derik Romanoff (one of our all-time faves) kept on the turntable, the party kept being extended by another hour here, half-hour there, then another hour, etc. until they could simply dance and celebrate no more. What a party! We so enjoyed ourselves that day and were thrilled to be a part of their wedding. Thank you, Allison and Chas, for having us out!

And of course, some kickin’ details…