Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ashley + Evan - The Reception

When almost 300 guests arrive for a wedding reception on a Saturday night, a good time normally follows. This was the case on the beautiful summer evening when the wedding guests drove up to the magnificent, historic Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel and were met by friendly valets.

The guests were invited to enter the Versailles Room at the hotel for a lavish cocktail hour which included many passed hors d'oeuvres and a premium open bar. The director of catering at the hotel, Jay Day, is a wonderful, experienced, smart and hilarious person who has spent many days coordinating Baltimore's best parties. It was such a pleasure to work with someone who was so intent on making the evening wonderful for the bride and groom and everyone there. He is a true asset to the hotel.

After the cocktail hour, the guests were invited to The Calvert Ballroom which in my opinion is the prettiest hotel ballroom in the city. Because the wedding party was so large, we designed a spectacular, long bridal table which seated all the wedding party and their dates. As the doors opened, the fabulous sounds of Tony Berry and New Money Band could be heard. Tony and his fellow band members are so nice and so talented. The excitement could be felt from the very beginning of the party.

Ashley looked amazing as she and Evan floated to the dance floor for their first dance to "Into The Mystic". A welcome speech by her dad, toasts by the honor attendants and a blessing by Baltimore's famous Father Jack all led into a delicious dinner served by the hotel banquet staff.

After dinner the band exploded with music that kept the dance floor packed the entire evening. There was craziness and mayhem and everyone seemed to be having a great time. It was a wonderful party.

During the reception we went to Ashley and Evan's suite to add some romantic touches like rose petals, candles, champagne and custom pillow cases.

Congratulations Ashley + Evan!

Other Outstanding Vendors:
Flowers: Romance of Flowers
Wedding Cake: Sugar Bakers
Table Linens: Table Toppers
Chairs and Table Top: Party Rental Ltd.
Make-Up: Gregory Dean
Hair Stylist: James Bryant
Wedding Gown: Betsy Robinson's Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Garnish Boutique
Dance Floor and Stage: Event Dynamics
Favors: DeBrand Chocolatier
Limo Bus: ZBest Limousine