Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Ringing in the New Year

We couldn't have chosen a nicer couple to spend New Year's Eve with than Lindsey and Christopher who were married on 12/31/07 at the historic Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore. The Basilica is the United States' first cathedral and it recently had an extensive renovation to make it one of the most breathtaking churches anywhere.

The candlelit ceremony was a subtle start to what turned into the most festive evening ever. After the ceremony, over 250 guests made their way to another historic Baltimore venue, The Hippodrome Theatre. The cocktail hour, with Broadway tunes playing in the background, was filled with delicious food including a sushi station and a huge raw bar.

The guests (who each picked-up a mini champagne bottle with their place card attached) were then invited into the main theatre and were surprised and delighted to find that they would be having dinner and dancing on the same stage where many famous people have danced and performed over the years.

The gorgeous decor of the stage started with an over-the-top beautiful sequined turquoise tablecloth and black chivari chairs with sashes from Select Event Rentals. The flowers were gorgeous from designer Jeanne Graham of Blue Sage Floral Design and some of the photos here were taken by Jeanne's talented husband Geoff.

Over 800 pieces of NYE fun blowers, hats, horns, and glasses were creatively and equally distributed among the guest tables. The black and white dance floor and black lighted curtain were provided by Perkins Productions.

The dinner of lobster and tenderloin catered by Spectrum Caterers was fabulous and kudos to such a wonderful staff at Spectrum for making sure with their great and attentive service that all guests were comfortable and happy.

The dance floor was filled from the very beginning and with each song as the popular band Powerhouse rocked the stage. Photographer Arthur Remanjon and videographer Jim Skipper of Black Tie Video captured each moment of the party.

The wonderful wedding cake complete with frosting fireworks was created by the talented staff at Charm City Cakes.

A few minutes before midnight as the staff was serving more champagne and confetti poppers, a huge screen appeared above the band (dropped from the ceiling) and the ball drop from Times Square appeared. The guests got to count down to midnight with Dick Clark as Auld Lang Syne filled the stage.

Oh, and if that wasn't enough, when the guests finally started to leave well after 1:00 am, while they waited for the valet parkers from Courtesy Parking to retrieve their cars, they helped themselves to a wonderful lobby buffet of coffee and hot chocolate in to-go cups and cute bags of munchkin donuts.

Congratulations Lindsey and Chris!