I really just have one word to describe Heather and Adam’s wedding from Egomedia Photography and Engaging Affairs: Gorgeous! 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.
From Heather: 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.
Heather’s advice for other DC-area couples:
I would advise couples to prioritize based on what is most important to them (i.e. food, flowers, music, etc.). Make sure to ask MANY questions when meeting with vendors, and know that there is always room to negotiate on contracts – don’t sign one until you are satisfied.
The following Washington, DC area wedding professionals contributed to Heather and Adam’s wedding:
Venue + Catering: Mayflower Hotel
Event Planning and Coordination: Engaging Affairs
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
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