Monday, December 27, 2010

Congratulations Clay and Kassie

This Wedding Ceremony and Reception were held at a unique location – The Music Hall at the House of Blues. Talk about an eclectic d├ęcor and awesome treat for the guests! The Ceremony took place on the stage, while the guests were seated in the Mezzanine, and the Reception was on the dance floor/lower seating area. The colors for this day were black and green. The tables had black cloths with green overlays. The centerpieces consisted of three hand painted bottles with assorted patterns. They were really cool and matched the style of the House of Blues. Kassie’s mom painted them – she is talented!

The ceremony was so beautiful. They had a black curtain backdrop with colored designs projected on it. The sides of the aisle had green petals and tall white damask print vases with candles. There were two tall floral vases at the beginning of the aisle, and tall, white, up lit gem trees at the back of the altar area. Add in the blue lights that made the whole area glow, and it was gorgeous.

Kassie was so pretty in her white, strapless gown. It had a sweetheart back, and the most incredible skirt with pick ups and rosettes. The bodice had an embellished front with asymmetrical wrap waist. The fitted gown flared right above the knees into a beautiful skirt and train. Kassie carried a hand-tied bouquet of green flowers. Her Bridal Party wore black, fitted, short dresses, and carried similar, but smaller bouquets. Clay was so handsome in his Marine Dress Blues. His Groomsmen all wore black tuxes, vests, and ties.

After the Ceremony and the cocktail hour, the couple was introduced in and went right to the First Dance, Father/Daughter/Mother/Daughter (Kassie danced with her mom as well), and Mother/Son dances. Following dinner came the toasts and cake cutting. The cake was made by one of the Bridesmaids and she did a great job! It had five, square, white, stacked tiers. Each had a green ribbon at the bottom and white decorative designs. There were a few green floral accents on each layer as well as on the top. The whole cake was sitting on low vases with candles. Clay and Kassie cut the cake with his sword, of course. Then it was Bananas Foster for everyone, a photo booth opened, and party time!

These guests loved to dance to all types of music. We stopped dancing for the Money Dance and the Bouquet and Garter tosses, but quickly got back to the dancing each time. When the night wound down to a close, Kassie and Clay ran though bubbles and jumped into their car. Congratulations to you both!!

Venue: House of Blues
Photography: Natural Expressions

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Congratulations Brent and Cara

This Sunday Ceremony and Reception were for the nicest couple. Although the guest list was on the smaller side, the most important people were there. So, it was perfect. The colors for this wedding were eggplant (dark purple) and white. It was so pretty! The tables had white floor length cloths with lavender overlays. The alternating centerpieces had either vases with assorted purple flowers or candles. The white satin chair covers had lavender ties.

Cara wore a gorgeous white strapless gown with eggplant colored sash. In the center of the sash was a beautiful rhinestone brooch. She had her hair in an up-do with a long flowing veil with beaded accents. Her Maid of Honor wore a long, strapless eggplant colored gown. Cara carried a beautiful bouquet of assorted purple flowers, tied with a black ribbon. The Maid of Honor’s bouquet was similar but smaller. Brent and his Groomsmen wore black tuxes, ties, and vests, and had eggplant colored boutonnieres.

After the ceremony and dinner, we were on to the First Dance, Father Daughter Dance, and Mother Son Dance. A heartfelt toast by Cara’s brother followed, and then cake cutting time! The cake was so pretty: three stacked white layers with an edible tree branch running up the front, with purple leaves. It was very elegant.

One thing I loved about this wedding, besides Cara and Brent – they are so nice! – was the kids. There were so many little ones there and they were all so cute. I loved playing with them and watching them dance. And I have to mention the favors. Each guest was given a jar of home-canned grape jelly, made by a friend. Each had a custom label on the front with Cara and Brent’s names, and purple ribbons were tied around the lid. The favors were so cool!

After more fun, dancing, and visiting with friends and family, the night came to a close. Brent and Cara got into their limo and headed off for their honeymoon. Congratulations and enjoy your cruise!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Congratulations Frank and Shannon

The location for this reception was absolutely gorgeous – The Clubhouse at Aliana in Richmond. It was unlike any community clubhouse we’ve ever seen! Soaring ceilings, parquet floor, large fireplaces inside and out, Tuscan-style architecture. It’s beautiful!

The colors for this December wedding were red, black, and white, and they were perfect for the season. The tables had red pin tuck overlays and the black Chivari chairs had black seat pads. Each place setting had a gold charger and the tables had high/low red floral arrangements surrounded by red votive candles. There were beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the venue, from trees to huge nutcrackers (6 feet tall!) to boughs of evergreen with candles.

Shannon was so pretty in her white strapless gown. It was fitted to above the knees, where it widened into a skirt. The elegant dress had gathers on the bodice and a corset back. She carried a beautiful bouquet of red roses wrapped in black ribbon. Her Bridal Party wore black, strapless, satin, knee-length dresses and carried similar, but smaller, bouquets. Frank is in the Marine Corps, so he wore his dress blues. His Groomsmen wore black tuxes with red rose boutonnieres.

After a wonderful dinner, it was time to move on to the toasts and cake cutting. The Bride’s carrot cake featured three, white, stacked layers. Each was accented with a few red roses. And of course, since Frank is in the Marines, they cut the cake with a sword. Then they moved on to the Groom’s ‘cake’. I say ‘cake’ because it wasn’t one at all. It was beautiful glass bowls filled with layers of pudding and crushed Oreo cookies. I think it’s called “Dirt”.

The First Dance and Father/Daughter Dance were followed by the Mother/Son Dance. It was so funny because it was obvious that Frank’s mom didn’t know what we were going to play. I set it up as a beautiful and meaningful song, and then we played The Devil Went Down to Georgia (chosen by Frank and Shannon, of course). It was so funny!

After a bit of dancing, and the reading of a funny poem written by the Groom’s cousin, we did the Newlywed Game. That’s where we ask the Bride and Groom a series of questions and we see if their answers match. It got a lot of laughs and was fun for everyone. Then we were back to more dancing.

Following the Bouquet and Garter (the Garter toss was funny – the guy who caught it was drinking a beer the whole time and never even spilled it!) and a lot more dancing, the night came to a close. Frank and Shannon ran through their guests, jumped in their car, and headed off to their new life together. Congratulations to the Newlyweds!

Venue: The Clubhouse at Aliana
Catering and Cake: Carriage Caterers
Photography: Christine Meeker

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Congratulations Eric and Alyssa

This reception was at the Crowne Plaza River Oaks, and the ballroom and staff were great! It was special for us because we DJ’d Alyssa’s brother’s wedding in May. So it was our second wedding with their family, and they’re fun! (And it’s always nice to see one of our past couples).

The colors for this wedding were amethyst (purple) and green. The tables had floor length white table cloths, with candle centerpieces. The chairs had white satin covers with amethyst ties. Each place setting had a favor box wrapped in amethyst tissue tied with a green bow. We had three purple uplights along the main wall of the room, and they really tied together the whole look.

Alyssa wore a gorgeous slim-fitting, white, strapless gown. It had beading accents and flared near the bottom, and was perfect for her figure. She carried a beautiful bouquet of white roses accented with green flowers and had a floral accent on one side of her hair. The whole look was very elegant. Her Bridesmaids wore amethyst below the knee length gowns and carried similar, but smaller, bouquets. Eric looked great in his black tux with black vest and tie and white rose boutonniere. His Groomsmen all wore grey vests and ties.

After the seated meal, it was time for the First Dance, Father/Daughter, and Mother/Son Dance. The toasts came next and the Best Man was hilarious! Then, it was cake cutting time. The Bride’s cake had four, white, stacked tiers. Each has simple, elegant designs, and a white ribbon on the bottom of each. The topper consisted of white edible flowers which matched others that were scattered around the cake. Eric’s cake had three chocolate layers, each accented with greenery and edible designs.

After a bit of dancing, we were on to the Money Dance. This was one of the longer ones we’ve seen and it was a huge hit. The guests pinned the money on the Eric and Alyssa’s clothes (a Filipino tradition) and they were wearing lots money when the dance ended! Following the Bouquet and Garter, lots more dancing to all kinds of music, and an awesome dessert table of assorted pastries, the Newlyweds made their exit through a shower of bubbles.

Congratulations Eric and Alyssa and enjoy your San Diego honeymoon!

Venue: Crowne Plaza River Oaks
Photography: Billie Roche
Video: Tape This Films
Bride's Cake: Cake Affairs
Flowers: Rosewood Flowers