by Danielle Schulze
Jen Corey, a former Miss District of Columbia winner and current event planner, had the best day when the love of her life, Josh, asked her to marry him. Jen started planning right away and knew exactly how she wanted the day of her dreams to come together. Being an event planner herself, she knew she needed someone to make sure her dreams became a reality on the day of the wedding. Kathleen was so honored that Jen reached out to Wolf’s Weddings. She had heard about Kathleen’s work and knew she wanted Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen to be there to make sure her wedding dreams became a reality. Kathleen was unavailable that day because she was already hired to coordinate another wedding that day. She told Jen all about Danielle, another planner employed Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen. Jen spoke with Danielle and decided she could not image her wedding day without Danielle there behind the scenes.
As the wedding day approached Danielle worked hard to make sure everything was all set the way Jen was hoping. One thing Danielle did to help Jen was fold satin napkins into bow ties with crystal embellishments as a part of the table setting for the 180 guests. Normally, the venue is responsible for setting the table with silverware, napkins, etc. but Jen had planned her own personal touches to compliment the classic, “old Hollywood” theme she had planned for the wedding.
Finally, the big day arrived. As the bride and her bridesmaids were getting hair and makeup done, Danielle and her assistant Emely went to the ceremony site, the Carlyle Park. They worked to make sure everything looked the way Jen had envisioned. They spent the first part of the day at the ceremony site getting everything ready. The rental company arrived earlier than expected to drop off the chairs. Danielle and Emely set out all of the chairs in the proper location. This was a nice surprise because most of the decorations had to wait to be set-up until the chairs were in place. Danielle and Emely loved being ahead of the original schedule! The bride had worked with J Street Productions, an event management and design company, in the past and they volunteered to hang white linen and lights from the pergola. Long fabric panels were perfect as the backdrop to the altar. The Carlyle Park was a beautiful location in itself and became even more breathtaking due to the elaborate set-up.
The flowers and cake were scheduled to be dropped off at the reception site at noon. This had been confirmed with all parties involved. When the florist and bakery representatives got to the venue no one was able to get inside. The on-site coordinator was nowhere to be found and was not answering her phone. The doors were locked at the reception site. After some work on Danielle’s part, someone came to open the front door and let the vendors inside. Finally the on-site coordinator arrived and explained that her phone had died. While this hiccup in the timeline could have become a major problem, Danielle worked with the vendors to make sure everyone was still able to get their jobs done with time to spare.
After everything was set-up the ceremony took place as planned. Following the exchanging of their vows and the first kiss as man and wife, a mariachi band escorted the guests the few blocks to the reception site. The group was led by the bride. This fun tradition was a perfect transition from the ceremony to the evening celebration. When the guests arrived at the reception site they were greeted with a breathtaking view of pure glamor. When they entered the ballroom for the reception their eyes went straight to the tall vases with large bouquets of baby’s breath on all of the tables.
The evening was non-stop fun and laughter. Jen’s sister performed a song as the guests were asked to take their seats. Following the first dance, Jen and Joshua enjoyed their father-daughter and mother-son dances. A television was specially set up to display pictures shared on social media, showing the events of the day from the guests’ point of view. At the end of the evening, the bride and groom jumped up on stage alongside the band to sing “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. The confetti exit was the perfect ending to a beautiful wedding. The whole evening met every expectation and it was easy to see that everyone had a night that would be remembered and cherished for years to come.
Ceremony at the Carlyle Park, Reception and Catering by The Carlyle Club, Desserts by Ridgewells, Music by Bachelor Boys Band and Los Gallos Negros, Lights and Drapery by J Street Productions, Photography by Angie Myers, Flowers by Floral Presentations, Transportation by Abe’s Limos