It is no secret that Glen Echo is probably my favorite wedding venue. I love everything about it, from the AMAZING Emily Mah Rogers, the venue coordinator, to the GORGEOUS carousel to the wooded areas all around the park, to the fun neon lighting and little touches everywhere, I just love love love it. However, probably my favorite thing about Glen Echo is that it inspires the most adorable weddings! I guess it’s because the types of couples that get married there are already awesome? (See Hallie and Matt and our very own Cristin, who better be blogging her wedding pictures soon, because they are INSANE!!!) Whatever it is, I see the cutest ideas come out of weddings at Glen Echo.
When Beth and Robert walked down the aisle as husband and wife, I had them get straight into their Zipcar (yes, that was their wedding day transportation — Zipcar!) and head over to Glen Echo, immediately followed by Cassidy and the bridal party. I always like to make sure that, even if it’s just for a few minutes, my couple has some alone time immediately following the ceremony, plus Beth and Robert wanted to do all of the bridal party photos at Glen Echo — this killed two birds with one stone!
See why I had to break it up into two blog posts? Cassidy did TOO good a job on the pictures — I couldn’t choose!
There are just so many amazing locations at Glen Echo for pictures — this is in front of the old trolley at the front of the park
Beth took this opportunity to be…Beth
And show off her gorgeous dress…
I’m loving the amazing light Cassidy caught here!
There are also gorgeous wooded areas at Glen Echo to take pictures:
I LOVE this shot of Beth and Rob on the bridge into the park — I’m trying to figure out where Cassidy was standing to take this picture, though?!
The group then headed over to the carousel to take a few more pictures
I don’t know why it seems funny to me that they had to wait in line to ride the carousel, but it does
I love that Beth and Rob shared a horse lion
Then it was off to the reception…with a brief stop at the Cuddle Up
Guests were treated to a DELICIOUS BBQ dinner from Matters of Taste. Having gone to college in North Carolina, I’m very picky about two things — pulled pork BBQ and sweet tea. Matters of Taste delivered PERFECTLY on both fronts! I think I probably had 10 glasses of sweet tea that night!
(Do those lanterns look familiar? We brought them over from the ceremony! Good reason to have a wedding planner — to bring things from the ceremony to the reception!)
After Beth and Robert quickly ate their food (something I make sure EVERY bride and groom do at their wedding!) they held a modified tea ceremony.
I like that they did this as guests were eating. I’m sure it’s not the traditional way — but it allowed them to have private moments with everyone, while others were eating, so there wasn’t too much down time either!
After dinner and the tea ceremony, though, it was on to the dancing!!!
DJ Steve with Jan Davis Entertainment ROCKED the house that night! This was the first time I had worked with Steve and I hope it won’t be the last. He was AWESOME! As an added bonus, he comes from a family of DJ’s, including his gorgeous sister, who came to assist him that night!
I mean, you know it’s a good party when this is your bride on the dance floor!
During a break in dancing, Beth and Rob cut their cake from one of my favorite bakeries (which is DANGEROUSLY within walking distance to my house!), Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe.
I’m not a big cake topper person, but I thought theirs was really cute!
After they cut the cake, it was served along with a “North vs. South” dessert buffet — Whoopie Pies vs. Moon Pies! (I’m a Whoopie Pie girl, which in Pittsburgh we call Gobs!)
Beth made the cutest signs to put all over the place! She had them for the dessert buffet, the bathrooms, the bride and groom chairs — SO cute!
Cassidy, yet again, did an amazing job getting detail shots! The parasols my assistants and I hung before I went off to the reception…
The cards Beth and Rob created explaining the tea ceremony, along with the favors, which they bought in Malaysia
The family photos we strung up with clothes pins and, when I realized Rob had left the clothesline at home, fishing wire from my emergency kit:
The carousel tickets…
And of course the centerpieces. I LOVED these centerpieces — I’m always looking for non-floral centerpieces for couples who are looking to save money — Beth and Robert are reselling these lanterns to recoup some of the costs, but they could easily be reused in your house or yard
Finally, we had the bubble send off …
And I love this last shot of the newlyweds walking off…to their Zipcar
Congratulations, Beth and Rob! Thank you SO MUCH for choosing me to be your planner — I had a blast!!!