Monday, May 14, 2012

Ariel & Jon


I had the honor of coordinating a friend's wedding this past Saturday.  Ariel & I met back in the summer of 2009 when we were bridesmaids together in our friend Aubrey's wedding.  Aubrey had been telling me for months how well she thought Ariel & I would get along...and boy was she right.  We had the best time getting to know each other and have stayed in touch ever since.  When she asked me to coordinate her wedding to Jon {the brother of a high school friend of mine...Virginia Beach is a giant fish bowl sometimes}, I jumped at the opportunity.

Both the ceremony & reception were held in Suffolk at The Planter's Club.  I had never been to this venue, but I'd heard that it just recently underwent a major facelift.  When I arrived for the rehearsal Friday evening, I was blown away!  This property is waterfront {surprise!} and very spacious.  I knew immediately that the wedding was going to be a huge success.

We had perfect weather for the Big Day.  It was definitely hot, but since it was waterfront there was a great breeze to keep everyone cool.

Now is when I tell you my very favorite part of the day.  As with any wedding, there is always bound to be one thing that wouldn't go according to plan.  For this one, it was the music for the ceremony.  Ariel's brother had tested out all the music before the guests arrived and everything was ready to go.  However, when Ariel's father started to escort her down the aisle, we couldn't get the music to work.

Now....most of you are probably groaning and thinking of how terrible a situation that would be.  But let me tell you, the guests at this wedding were AMAZING.  Once they realized the music wasn't going to work, they all started humming the wedding march, in unison.  I cried.  It was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen happen.  And I'm sure everyone in attendance will remember that for years to come.

This wedding gave me the chance to work with a few new vendors as well.  The entire thing was catered by a company called Mobile Pig-Nic.  Jerimiah came with a whole pig on a smoker hooked to the back of his truck.  He served bbq and all the fixings for a delicious dinner.  Not only was the food amazing, but the service was incredible.  Multiple times through out the night, I'd find Jerimiah helping Michelle & I restock the bar, clean up a spill, or empty a trash can.  He was ridiculously helpful!  I highly recommend Mobile Pig-Nic to anyone looking to cater a pig pickin'.

I also got the opportunity to work with the super talented Valerie Demo.  Valerie just did engagement pictures for two of my best friends.  I'm lucky enough to be in their wedding in September that Valerie will be photographing.  After seeing her work this weekend, I see why both Ariel & Jenna chose to have her capture their big days.  She's the sweetest person I've met in a long while with tons of energy and an eye for detail.  I really hope I get to work with her again soon.  And if not, there's always September!

Keep an eye out later this week for some pictures from this beautiful wedding!

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