Soiree Special Events

Monday, November 06, 2006

Congratulations Melissa & Matt!

This Saturday was one of my favorite weddings of all. Melissa contacted me over a year ago, and I'm so happy she's finally married to the man of her dreams!

The wedding ceremony was held at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, which has a beautiful and unique sanctuary. The pews are situated "in the round" so the guests essentially face each other across the aisle. Barbara at Growing Wild created some beautiful pew bows, bouquets, and altar arrangements to spice up the simple decor.

The reception was held down the street at Old Town Hall in historic Fairfax. The food was catered by the ever-awesome Festive Foods, music by Greg at Kirkabee DJs, espresso bar by Bev Rage, flowers of course by Growing Wild, video by the OnPoint Group, and photography by the fabulous Kate Triano. Melissa chose to utilize Old Town Hall's upper floor for cocktail hour, and then have dinner downstairs with dancing resuming upstairs. While I've never seen an event handled that way at OTH, it worked out extremely well! Melissa thought that some of the more elderly guests would prefer to stay downstairs and chat where it was quiet, but everyone ended up staying upstairs and dancing all night!

Here's a few of my favorite touches:
Melissa created small frames with sentimental photos. She attached ribbon that matched her wedding colors, and gave each of her bridesmaids one to tie around their bouquets. Even her junior bridesmaids, mom, and mother-in-law received one, which was so personal and special. It really brought out my girlie crying side, which rarely comes out :)

Melissa and Matt chose to have a ceremonial wedding quilt made, which incorporated pieces sent from all their guests. From her mom's wedding veil to their son's baby blanket to old t-shirts from their high schools, it really symbolized and incorporated every facet of their lives. There's a woman in Arlington who makes these, and has started a company called Fiber of her Being. It was definitely the most touching aspect of the day -- seeing all her family find their "pieces" and reminisce.

Their 4-year-old son Landon (aka: "cutest kid ever") had a Winnie the Pooh doll dressed up in a tuxedo. So adorable! They also had kids bags with their monogram silkscreened -- so much cooler than a brown paper bag.

They first met at a Starbucks, so they offered an espresso bar after dinner. Unfortunately caramel lattes are my weakness. On their way out, guests received a personalized coffee mug with the wedding monogram and date silkscreened in the wedding colors. They were a huge hit!

The placecards were a tiny brown envelope with a printed name label on the front. The envelope held a small card which included the table number. Melissa hand-stamped both the envelope and card to bring out the fall theme and personalized touch. She used "Martha Stewart-style" leaf stamps. Of course they matched the table numbers and programs, which were also hand-stamped. The result was gorgeous and I was so excited to see them finished!


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