Amanda had her hair and make up done by Jessica Dunaway, stylist at Ted Gibson in Washington D.C. and then changed into her awesome gown from Poinsett Bride.
Jerry Frye with Marriages and More officiated their ceremony while Erin Knight played the harp.
We worked very closely with Dahlia to put together the perfect look for the flowers. Since Amanda and Charlie are very into family, we decided that everything had to have a little holiday feel. We used Amanda's favorite flowers and tied in deep purple calla lilies, a little hydrangea, and some burgundy dahlias. I also told Kristi and her crew that "Dahlia Diamonds" were essential to give a little sparkles to all the arrangements. Dahlia always does an excellent job.
We gave the table names that symbolized family and the holidays, such as "Hope", "Faith", "Comfort", and "Charity".
We also had Jeff Hall do a family portrait session before the big day. We then displayed a whole table of the family photos, a HUGE canvas portrait, and even the seating chart used one of their family photos.
I called my good friend Don Shabkie to put together a jazz ensemble. Don is so talented that he was able to play the keyboard and a bass key board while his partner Sonny played the drums.
The favors were ornaments. Everyone got their own ornament that signified what they were eating, and the kiddos got reindeer ornaments.
We also set up a photo booth for after dinner! We included tons of awesome props for people to use in their pictures. It was a big hit!
Congratulations Amanda and Charlie! Happy Anniversary and many more to come!