Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ellen + Bill

As you can see from yesterday's post, we had a very busy (and wet!) weekend.
Ellen and Bill were married at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Hunt Valley. They had a beautiful ceremony led by Ellen's cousin Bishop Gerald Weisner. The music for the ceremony was given special attention. Tim Anderson from Concord Ensemble led the strings while Bridgid Eversole sang soprano with the church choir.
After the ceremony guests traveled down to the Marriott Waterfront in downtown Baltimore. They mingled in cocktails while listening to a string quartet from Crystal Strings.
As guests made their way into the ballroom they were greeted with the sounds of the string quartet now joined by a jazz soloist. The music was just beautiful and set the tone for the dinner. Guests found their seats at the long dining tables from their personalized menu cards. The custom made linens from Table Toppers were just stunning. The fabric was just on a bolt when we saw it the first time and the results were outstanding. Full of glimmers and gold. They were accented by gold chivari chairs from Party Rental, who also supplied the extra wide tables and gold ball charger plates.
We used the extra wide tables to accommodate the lush floral arrangements from Rennie at Simply Beautiful Flowers. They were exactly what Ellen had envisioned: lush and romantic.
The cake from Charm City Cakes fit beautifully into the color scheme with golds and taupes and a design taken from the wedding invitations. Guests were also treated to trio plate of creme brulee.
Dinner service at the long tables presented the Marriott staff with a new challenge. They rose to the occasion and completed service wonderfully. They practiced during set-up and service was efficient and attentive. Many thanks to Susan Fortkiewicz, our Marriott Event Manager, who was with us through the planning and the wedding day. She was a huge help and so accommodating to our requests and needs.
As dessert was being served the guests got their first glimpse of The Mahoney Brothers - our Beatles tribute band for the evening. They ran on stage in their Beatles wigs and makeup and got the party started.
We promise more beautiful pictures from Philip of Arthur Remanjon Photographers when we have them! We might even have a special guest to tell you about!