June 2011

We just received the nicest note from one of our bride’s moms, with whom we’ve kept in touch over the past year after their wedding. It touched us so much, and just wanted to share.

I was just looking at the bride who wore her Mom’s dress, it was gorgeous. We were away this weekend for a wedding, the couple and his parents were at [bride’s] wedding last summer and we were thinking of both of you at the wedding. We mentioned how we barely knew someone was photographing everything, you did such a great job.

We noticed this past weekend how the photographer was in the middle of everything, even walked down the center aisle of the church during the ceremony at an awkward time.  You both are so talented, so sweet and a pleasure to work with. I know we will cherish our photos and memories even more as the years go by.  I show them to everyone and everyone says they have never seen such gorgeous photos.  I can’t believe it is just about a year. Being in the islands with all the kids at a fun wedding reminded us all of the special day last July.  Thanks again for the beautiful photos and I love seeing the photos and weddings you are doing this season.

We can’t thank you enough for your note and for your timing! In the middle of wedding season, when it can be too easy to feel bogged down with all the non-wedding day tasks that fill our days, receiving a love note like this brings us such joy and reinvigorates our spirits as much as a Bermuda vacation. We’re reminded just how lucky we are that we get to be a part of family history and that our work can touch in ways we can’t even imagine. But we shouldn’t be surprised; we’re touched each and every weekend bearing witness to one of sweetest days in a couple’s lives and the mix of emotions flowing through their parents’ hearts as they watch them enter this new chapter in their lives. If we can capture even just one of those fleeting moments for posterity, we’ve done our job. Thank you for reminding us what’s really important.

We’re very lucky, here in Charlottesville, to have a quality publication created to assist those planning a wedding in the city or one of our many beautiful surrounding counties, in Wedding Planner magazine. This is the third issue, and we are thrilled to once again have one of our favorite summer weddings featured in its pages. Abbie and Jeremy, planned a fun and whimsical 4th of July celebration last year at the lovely and popular King Family Vineyard that featured sunny florals by Pat’s Floral Designs, farm-to-table cuisine from Harvest Moon, short & sweet dresses from J.Crew, some DIY fireworks graphics and Vineyard Vines ties for the gents – especially fitting, don’t you think? Pick up a copy if for nothing else than to read their wild proposal story. We’re pretty certain it’s sure to be optioned for the movies any day now. The issues are free for the taking at a variety of area hot spots, so there’s really no excuse.

Oh, and come back next week, as we celebrate Abbie & Jeremy’s first anniversary with them!

It turns out that in addition to being gorgeous, fun, loving people, our clients are multi-talented! As you’ve probably seen on newsstands (and from last Friday’s post), the latest and greatest issue of Washingtonian Bride and Groom has dropped. And as usual, it’s full of eye candy. So what other goodies can you expect to read inside? Why, how about a wonderfully-written, touching article on Liz’s wedding dress, which also happened to have been the same one her mother wore on her wedding day. This article is by itself worth the magazine’s price. Seriously.

Oh, and her bea-u-ti-ful bouquet and his dashing bout are by the immensely talented Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events!

You’ve probably already picked up a copy, and if not, you really,  really should, of the new issue of Washingtonian Bride and Groom magazine. We’re so happy to have not just one, but two of our fabulous couples featured in this gorgeous issue! Both Nikki and Josh, and Maya and Josh (wild coincidence, huh?) had such beautiful, whimsical and fun parties, how could they not be included? But, we’re so honored and thrilled to be able to contribute alongside some of the best in our local wedding industry.

Thanks so much to our couples for throwing such great celebrations, to their talented planners (ATrendy Wedding for Nikki and Josh, and Simply Chic Events for Maya & Josh), as well as their other incredible vendors who all came together to make the most perfect day for the happy couples and last, but certainly not least, to Jill and her team at Washingtonian for the inclusion. Congratulations to all of our friends and colleagues who were included and most importantly to m&j and n&j!! We love you guys!

Oh, and be sure to check out the blog next week as we highlight an article in the current issue that another one of our sweet brides penned!

Did you see part 1 of Kimya and Brian’s wedding from yesterday? Well, of course. It was Wednesday and you were checking out the blog, right? ;) Seriously, if you haven’t, you’ll want to. Go on now, because we can’t wait to get started on part 2 of their celebration!

The FAB team:
Event planner: Jodi Moraru of Evoke DC
Venue & Catering: Omni Shoreham
Florist: Philippa Tarrant
Make-up Artist: Nour Kazoun
Hair styling: Remona Soeimani
Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting
Gown: Judd Waddell
Cake: Maggie Austin
Groom’s Cake & Cupcakes: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Reception music: Source band
Video: Suburban Video
Sofreh: Sofreh Atelier
Photo Booth: SnapHappy Studio from Holland Photo Arts

There were four escort card tables aligned down the hallway leading to the ballroom, each one graduated in height.

Kimya and Brian react to seeing the ballroom and their cake reveal for the first time before their guests enter.

Um, yeah. You can see why. Wow. Wow. WOW!

Dessert? Yes, please!

Jodi and Susu, Kimya’s mom, enjoying a well-deserved hug.

The Omni team knows how to welcome guests! The wait staff were all standing at attention when the guests entered, waiting to pour. So impressive and such a nice touch. (Bill, former navy guy, has alerted me that this really is not standing “at attention”, but it was still cool.)

The wonderful toasts. We laughed….

…we cried. One of our favorite parts of the day is getting to hear your closest friends express their love for you.

And we laughed again. :)

We toasted. Ok, well maybe we didn’t really toast, given that we had cameras in our hands, but we were there in spirit.

Almost looks like a Senate confirmation hearing with all the cameras snapping away. But, Congress doesn’t bring cake. They should really re-think that.

Monkey groom’s cake, as in their nickname for each other. So cute and we just love the banana peels!


Armed and dangerous, apparently.

Great props for the SnapHappy Studio

But they couldn’t stay away from the dance floor for too long!

What. A. Party. Thanks so much for including us, k&b. It was a blast!

Hey everybody! Today and tomorrow we’re sharing with you one of the most visually stunning weddings you’re likely to ever see. Just gorgeous, and what a fun couple! Kimya and Brian were so incredibly happy and…well, why don’t you see for yourself, then be sure to return tomorrow to see the exciting conclusion–a HUGE party! A special thanks goes out to our dear friends Andrea Hubbell for coming up from C’ville to third shoot and to Karen Papadales for her invaluable and tireless assistance throughout the day. See if you can spy a few of Andrea’s images sprinkled in here and there. She got some great ones! And wait until you see part 2, where you get to see more of the unmatched design talents of Jodi Moraru of Evoke DC and her amazing team of professionals. Just wow, Jodi. We were absolutely thrilled to be a part of k&b’s incredible event and hope you all enjoy their pics!

Want more? Check out the complete gallery of wedding images here. The password is Kimya’s maiden name and is case-sensitive. You can also see all the SnapHappy Studio photo booth images (same password).

Gorgeous with a capital G.

Brian’s cheeks must have hurt from smiling *all* day! See above photo if you’re wondering why. ;)

Cotton “flakes”?!?

As always, Philippa Tarrant brought her A-game!

Kimya & Brian had a combined Christian & Persian ceremony so the Sofreh Aghd was set up in front of the gazebo.

The Sofreh or wedding spread includes traditional items that all hold special significance to the Persian wedding ceremony, such as the Holy book and the honey that the couple dip their pinky fingers in and feed each other during the ceremony. Mahsa & Shahed of Sofreh Atelier did an amazing job with k&b’s setup.

Our future competition? ;)

Just adore this one. Our eyes just linger a little bit longer every time we see it. Such joy on your faces and everyone surrounding you.

It’s Summer. Typical response from a groom having a hard time getting the ring over that one last knuckle.

Dear k&b,

On a day that you two seemingly couldn’t stop smiling (and why would you? It’s your wedding day!) ;-), we so enjoyed watching you just take it all in. And there was just so much to take in. Your guests applauding as you and each of your wedding party come down the aisle (and that was for the processional!) really set the mood for the day. Even the cotton “flakes” drifting lazily through the air seemed to fit in with the dreamy afternoon during your participatory dual-faith ceremony. We almost had to pinch ourselves – was this all real? The answer was a resounding yes and then some.

Little did we know there was even more yummy goodness to come. We can just imagine the feeling your guests had when they entered the ballroom foyer, bathed in a purple glow with warm candles. We’re pretty sure their jaws dropped just a little bit then when they entered the transformed (literally) ballroom. We know ours did! The tufted bars on a riser on the right, the engaging band playing on the left, the enormous, patterned dance floor set on the diagonal in front of them…and then curiously, soft draping on the back wall. Hmmm…what could that be, they wondered? How fun to keep them in suspense and give them such a fun surprise. We loved it!

Later on, amid some rock star-grade lighting, your guests were completely wowed when that the stage lights came up and that soft draping slowly opened revealing you both among not just your own delicately decorated wedding cake, but a fun and personalized groom’s cake, two croque en bouche’s, AND two tiered tables full of cupcakes. Kimya, the way you took aim at Brian’s mouth while feeding each other cake was so funny! Should we blame it on the sugar rush? ;)

Kimya, you, your Mom and Jodi made an incredible team in the the design, feel and execution of your day. Each and every detail was special and unique — from your french fry station during cocktails and the warm chocolate-chip cookie & cold milk cart,  to the rolling Scotch and dessert carts that joined people on the dance floor so they didn’t even have to leave their spot to enjoy some of the finer things in life. The two video screens by the bars showing slide shows of you both and your favorite family photos were a big hit and of course, as you saw yesterday, your guests let their freak flags fly in the SnapHappy Studio. So. Much. Fun!

Well, needless to say, everything was just incredible and we felt like little kids in a candy store with all there was for us to photograph. But, you know what the very best part of it all was? That we were present to witness and document your absolute love for each other. And not just your love, but your sincere “liking” of each other. (Is that word? Well, if not, it should be.) It was that easygoing joy that made a truly un-real setting feel real. Honestly, looking back, we were so surprised given all the gorgeous grandness of it all, how your warmth and utter joy managed to make the day actually feel very intimate.

It was such a pleasure being present and in the moment with you as you celebrated your wedding, Kimya & Brian. Thank you so much to you both and your loving families for including us. It’s one we won’t soon forget.

Oh, and congratulations!!!! :)


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