Remember when we visited the River House back in January? This amazing venue in Queenstown, MD held Lindsay & Sam’s big bash this weekend. They tied the knot bay-side and celebrated under a beautiful glowing tent. I’ll have better photos from photographer Greg Gibson soon but for now I’ll share the ones I took.
The ceremony site, all ready for some chairs:
Ray L. of Party Perfect hooked us up with this fantastic 60′x90′ tent! The walls went all the way around since it was rather gusty on the bay. They even left a Tent Attendant all night in case there were any problems:
Inside the tent. Mike B. with Blondell’s Accents on Events set up these beautiful Chinese paper lanterns inside the tent. He also handled the uplighting in the tent and on some trees, which you can see in full effect in the night photos later:
Like a lot of DC caterers, Capitol Catering gets their rentals from DC Rental. They are reliable, have great equipment, and carry just about anything you need! Here we have some glassware racks on the left, our table linens in the center, some plates in the black crates, who knows what’s in those gray bins (serving utensils?), and high chairs down in the front:
Can you believe that all these racks are JUST glassware? Each stack has about 8 racks of 25-36 glasses each!
Bobby’s Pottys provided this wonderful luxury restroom trailer. I’m not kidding — these were nicer than the facilities inside the house! If you have an outdoor venue and limited restroom options, Bobby’s Pottys did a great job and provided an attendant to stay with the trailer all night:
Alison from Capitol Catering and me, getting started on some of the guest tables inside the tent:
John from Spot Floral Design came up with this beautiful canopy for the ceremony. It was made of bamboo, curly willow, and had strands of orchids hanging from three sides:
The centerpieces had three low vases of flowers and three cylindrical vases with gold floating candles. They were gorgeous!
Chatting with the musician from Entertainment Exchange about our cues for the ceremony:
Unfortunately no matter how much you confirm details, plan, and confirm again, things will inevitably ALWAYS go wrong on the wedding day. This is where having a wedding planner truly makes a difference! Twice before the ceremony, the wind caught our beautiful canopy and blew it over. The fall broke every connection between the poles each time. Unfortunately our florist was long gone to their next delivery and were were left to our devices to fix it. A roll of clear duct tape ended up being our savior both times:
After the second fall, Rebecca was assigned to standing with the canopy to avoid further disaster:
Sam & Lindsay tying the knot! They chose to incorporate Sam’s Indian culture into the service by lighting a traditional fire and walking around it. Rev. Amanda Tate did a phenomenal job with their custom-made ceremony:
After the ceremony Lindsay & Sam escaped to take some portraits. They chose to see each other before the ceremony so they took the big family shots earlier:
Remember how great Arienne & Rahman’s photos were? It was a pleasure to work with Greg Gibson again. Here he is getting “The Shot” with his assistant Rebecca:
Here’s what I saw through my lens. I can’t wait to see what they captured!
Meanwhile inside the tent, the finishing touches are almost done. Here, the chef from Capitol Catering dresses each of the salads individually after they’ve been set on the tables:
The catering team is folding napkins to fit Lindsay’s menu cards. Here you can see just how windy it was! Check out that tent wall behind them:
Thanks to our wonderful assistant Tracey, the escort card table looked beautiful! She laid out strips of ribbon, pinned them to the table linen, then slipped each card’s back underneath to hold them in place. The idea was to set this table outside and let guests find their card during the outdoor cocktail hour. Unfortunately with the wind, even those ribbons wouldn’t have done their job very well. I think they looked nice anyhow:
Can you believe our bride Lindsay made all these gorgeous cards?
Here’s a closeup of one of the salads. Those are figs there around the edges. Mmm!
The tent looks gorgeous! Let’s have a party!
David from MyDeejay.com did a great job mixing the traditional American reception music with some great dance music for the Indian guests. He was a little camera-shy but this is what his setup looks like:
Once the sun went down, the tent really looked amazing!
I was thrilled when I learned that Kendall’s Cakes would be bringing the cake. Kendall is very talented and does a phenomenal job. Lindsay and Sam chose to serve sheet cake as a cost-cutting method. Can you believe that three layers of this cake are styrofoam? Can you guess which one is real?
Outside, the lighting on the trees was very dramatic:
Congratulations, Lindsay & Sam! Your big day was so gorgeous and I heard so many wonderful compliments on the food, the decor, and your personal ceremony. I’m so glad we were able to be a part of your big day.