“I really just have one word to describe Heather and Adam’s wedding from Egomedia Photography and Engaging Affairs: Gorgeous!” That’s how Nole with United With Love, Fresh Inspiration for DC-Area Weddings begins her post of this dazzling gem! Nole had the enviable task of posting and writing about this Gorgeous (with a capital G) wedding. Egomedia Photography and the event planning team of Engaging Affairs deserve the double post. I’ll shut-up now and let the pictures do the talking!
Nole writes, “Heather spent countless hours planning the wedding while she and Adam lived in Russia, and those global influences are evident throughout the wedding. Heather and Adam wanted a luxurious wedding that both reflected their international experiences and kept their guests well-entertained. Their Jewish wedding ceremony and romantic reception at the Mayflower Hotel featured Russian dancers, traditional Jewish dancers, and belly dancers, along with Middle Eastern cuisine and other cultural touches.”
On United With Love, Heather tells us, “We wanted a luxurious and romantic event with a fabulous mixture of cultures, gastronomic decadence, and non-stop entertainment. I wanted the details of our wedding to reflect our lives; our cultures, what we like, where we have lived and/or traveled; rather than have a generic non-personal event. I didn’t want a themed wedding, instead I fused multiple elements to make it reflect us. We incorporated many cultural touches into our wedding, from the Jewish ceremony, hamotzi by both our fathers, the bottle dance, and hora. We incorporated personal touches throughout the wedding, but three special touches were: the jewelry I wore, which was a gift from my father; a blue handkerchief that belonged to my grandmother (a surprise from my aunt!); and a sapphire pendant that belonged to my mother. The handkerchief and pendant were both pinned to the inside of my dress. A few months before the wedding our Rabbi had asked us to send him our thoughts on one another. When he read these aloud at the ceremony it was very touching and emotional. I combined a romantic color palette of pale pink, gold, champagne, and ivory with romantic flowers: peonies, roses, and baby’s breath. Floral arrangements from Petal’s Edge created a romantic and whimsical feel by adding plumes of white ostrich features. The floral arrangements tied in to the feathers that decorated the place card, candy, cigar, and reception tables. I wanted the lighting and candles to have a romantic sparkling effect, so I had strands of crystals draped from the centerpieces, and used crystal frames for the table numbers. I created the wedding design myself, so I took great pride in the details. We also incorporated Russian culture: we gave our bridesmaids, bridesman, and groomsmen gifts from Russia, we offered Russian chocolates to our guests, and had several performances by the Russian Barynya dancers. Our first dance was choreographed in Russia, by our dance instructor and myself. We were very nervous about our first dance because the choreography was complex, and my heavy ball gown was difficult to move in. Luckily, we made it through the dance without any major mistakes! Middle eastern culture flowed throughout the wedding with numerous performances by a belly dancer, and the Jewish bottle dance which led in to the hora. The entire menu was custom just for us – the chef (who is a friend of ours) incorporated middle eastern culture in to the dishes for a sumptuous meal. My favorite was the moroccan salmon with forbidden rice.”
Simcha Resources: Venue + Catering: Mayflower Hotel/Event Planning and Coordination: Engaging Affairs/Photography: Egomedia/Floral Design: Petal’s Edge/Videography: Blue Sky Films/Cake: Sugarbakers Cakes/String Quartet: Sage String Quartet/DJ: Bialek’s Music/Dancers: Zahira Nour, Barynya/Hair and Make Up: Demetress Valentine/Bridal Attire: Priscilla of Boston,/Shoes by Badgley Mischka/Bridesmaid Attire: Cynthia Rowley purchased at Hitched Salon/Groom Attire: Hugo Boss/Cigars: JR Cigar/Ketubah: Susanne McGinnis /Tallit and Glass for Ceremony: Israeli Accents
Photo Credits: Egomedia Photography
Submitted to United With Love via Two Bright Lights