We kicked off wedding season this year with a gorgeous multicultural wedding in Arlington. Chris and Marie were married on what started off as a cloudy day, but brightened up in time for group pictures outside, taken by the super fun Daniel McGarrity.
Marie had her hair and makeup done in the house she grew up in. Cori Campbell came up HUGE in the hair department, by doing Marie’s trial the weekend before, and traveling all the way from West Virginia to be in Potomac by 8:00 in the morning! Makeup was done for the girls by the AMAZING Lori Nansi, who then came to the hotel later for the reception to refresh Marie’s makeup and give her a “nighttime” look — what service!
After a traditional Indian ceremony at the bride’s parents’ house, the bridal party and family made their way to Arlington to the beautiful Cathedral of St. Thomas More
Marie’s bridal party had beautiful teal lenghas:
I’m seeing more and more cascade bouquets these days. Have you noticed that?
After the ceremony and family photos at the church, the bridal party, transported by the wonderful drivers at Limos, Inc. (Call Elissa there…she’s AWESOME!), headed off to the Library of Congress with Daniel and Neil from Blue Sky Films, one of our favorite videographers. (Here he is in action with his assistant later in the evening…)
I LOVED the pictures from the Library — what a great idea for a photo location, Daniel! (Caution…slight photo overload ahead
After the visit to the Library of Congress, the bridal party headed to the Sheraton National for the reception. Their rooftop ballroom has a great view of the city, especially of the Pentagon and the Air Force Memorial.
(This picture is from the hotel’s web site, just so you can see the view!)
When she arrived at the hotel, Marie made her first costume change of the evening, from her white wedding dress to her traditional sari, which was a gift to her from Chris.
She wore this during the first dance and toasts, but, seeing as how she had trouble moving in it, she soon switched to her lengha.
Marie’s cousin, who is a priest at the Vatican, was supposed to perform the ceremony, but due to the volcanoes earlier that month in Iceland, he wasn’t able to get a flight…or so Chris and Marie thought! Her cousin was able to get there in time for the reception — and he brought with him a blessing from the Pope! WOW!
Chris and Marie had a DELICIOUS cake from one of my absolute favorite bakeries (which is dangerously close to my house) Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe
And, of course at the reception, we had more gorgeous flowers from Maryam! (These pictures are from me, not Daniel)
Thanks to all of the wonderful vendors who made this day great!