Jen and Josh

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.

Photograph by Angie Myers

Photograph by Angie Myers

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.

Photograph by Angie Myers

Photograph by Angie Myers

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.

Photograph by Angie Myers

Photograph by Angie Myers

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.

Photograph by Angie Myers

Photograph by Angie Myers

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.

Photograph by Angie Myers

Photograph by Angie Myers

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.

Photograph by Angie Myers

Photograph by Angie Myers

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

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Emily and Taylor

Before starting Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen, Kathleen was a first grade teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools.  During that time she had the opportunity to work with a number of great teachers.  Throughout the years, teachers would move to different grade levels and different schools.  One of Kathleen’s coworkers, Emily, made an even bigger move.  After teaching for a few years with Kathleen, Emily moved with her boyfriend, Taylor, to New York City.  Taylor had always wanted a career in music and the couple made the decision to move to NYC to help Taylor pursue his dreams.

After being in New York for a short time, Taylor got a job working on a Broadway show.  All of Taylor’s dreams were coming true.  Taylor had one more dream to make come true in order to make his life complete.  That was to make the love of his life, Emily, his wife.  After ten years of dating, while on a trip to the West Coast, Taylor proposed and Emily said YES!

Emily had been raised in Maryland and had spent a lot of time at Calleva Farm while growing up.  She went to camp there as a child and then worked at the Markoff’s Haunted Forest when she got older.  She knew that this property was where she wanted to have her wedding.  Taylor was more than happy to do what he could to give Emily the day of her dreams.

While Emily had her mind set on having her wedding at Calleva Farm, she knew this was not a traditional wedding venue.  There were spaces she could use, but no staff that would assist with her wedding.  She knew she was going to need some help.  As Emily started planning her wedding Kathleen immediately came to mind.  She had been to a wedding coordinated by Kathleen and had been very impressed.  She knew she couldn’t picture her wedding day without having Kathleen there to make sure everything went as planned.  Kathleen was so excited to be able to help out and be a part of Emily’s wedding.

Throughout the planning process Emily and Kathleen corresponded through e-mail.  Emily asked Kathleen for advice and Kathleen always gave Emily a few different ideas to be able to choose from.  About a month before the wedding Kathleen met with Emily, her mom and a representative from the catering company Emily had hired.  They walked the grounds at Calleva Farm and talked about wedding day details.  While there was a lot of work to be done to transform the space into a wedding venue, Kathleen knew everything was going to come together just the way Emily wanted!

When the wedding weekend arrived Kathleen met the bridal party at Calleva for the rehearsal.  The ceremony was going to be held in the middle of the woods.  There was a stage and amphitheater seating.  The bridal party was going to walk down a somewhat steep hill to get to the ceremony site.  Kathleen helped the bridal party figure out their timing and where to stand when they got on stage.  Kathleen also confirmed final details with Emily.  Kathleen was so excited to help with such a unique wedding in such a cool setting.

Leading up to the wedding day, Kathleen had been in communication with each of the vendors confirming every detail, big and small.  Everything was all set and everyone was on the same page.  On the day of the wedding Kathleen and her assistant, Doona, drove to the venue.  On the way Kathleen received a phone call from the transportation company Emily and Taylor had hired to transport guests from the hotel to Calleva Farm.  The bus had broken down on the side of the road and the company said they did not have any more vehicles available to pick up the wedding guests.  Kathleen was not going to let Emily’s guests get stranded at the hotel.  After some back and forth with the transportation company Kathleen got them to send two other vehicles to the hotel.  They were smaller than the one originally booked but the company agreed to have the vehicles make extra trips to make sure everyone got to the ceremony.  When Kathleen arrived at the venue she was still on the phone with the transportation company figuring everything out.  The owner of Calleva was amazing.  He said he was willing to drive one of his buses to the hotel to pick up any one else that still needed a ride.  Luckily, no one needed a ride from him, but Kathleen was so grateful to have come in contact with such a kind man.

While Kathleen and Doona handled the transportation hiccup, Emily and Taylor got ready for their big day.  Kathleen and Doona checked on Emily and Taylor throughout the day to see if they needed anything.  Taylor said he wanted updates on how things were going so Kathleen briefly filled him in on the transportation issue.  She let Emily enjoy her time without letting her know there had been a bump in the road.  She wanted to make sure Emily did not worry.  In addition to checking in with the bride and groom, Kathleen and Doona worked to make sure everything was set-up for both the ceremony and reception the way Emily and Taylor had hoped.  After the hiccup with transportation had been fixed the rest of the day went on without a hitch!  The guests all arrived and made their way to their seats for the ceremony.  Once all of the guests had taken their seats Emily made her way down to the stage, looking beautiful.  Taylor was smiling ear to ear the second he saw her.

Kathleen and Doona loved getting to watch this unique and beautiful ceremony take place.  After the ceremony, the guests made their way to a big field for the cocktail hour.  Everyone then walked up to the barn for the reception.  Emily and Taylor were both so happy and did not stop smiling the entire time.  The reception flowed as planned from start to finish.  Kathleen will never forget the toast Emily’s dad gave.  It was the second time, out of all the weddings Kathleen has coordinated, that she cried during a toast.

Emily and Taylor’s wedding was truly a magical event.  Kathleen and Doona commented to each other many times throughout the day how truly in love Emily and Taylor were.  It was such a beautiful thing to see.  Kathleen was so happy to have been able to be there for Emily and Taylor and give them the day of their dreams!

Ceremony and Reception at Calleva Farm, Catering by Main Event Caterers, Photographer Lauren Modny, Flowers by Affordable Arrangements, Transportation by Touch of Class Limos

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Lindsey and Ryan

Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen’s first official wedding was a fall wedding at the beautiful venue Stone Manor Country Club.  The representative for the venue, Brian Childs, was very impressed by Kathleen.  He was very surprised to hear that this was the first wedding for this company.  He said it seemed like Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen had been in business for years.  After working with Kathleen, Brian decided he had to have Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen as one of the preferred vendors for Stone Manor.

Documentary Associates Photography

Documentary Associates Photography

For the next few years, brides and grooms contacted Kathleen to help them with their wedding at Stone Manor.  Brian always expressed how happy he was to have Kathleen in charge of the big day.  Throughout the time Kathleen was helping with weddings at Stone Manor, the owners of the venue had been working to open a second venue, Springfield Manor.  When the time came to open the new venue, the owners asked Brian to create a new preferred vendors list.  They wanted this vendors list to be even more selective than the list for Stone Manor.  Brian had to choose the top vendors from who he already considered to be the best in the area.  Kathleen was so honored when Brian told her that he had chosen Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen to be one of the vendors on Springfield Manor’s preferred vendors list.

Documentary Associates Photography

Documentary Associates Photography

Soon after Springfield Manor opened their doors, Lindsey and Ryan decided to book a fall wedding at this new venue.  Lindsey wanted to do all of the planning herself but then wanted to be able to enjoy herself on the wedding day.  She also wanted her friends and family to enjoy themselves and not worry about a thing.  She contacted Kathleen and decided to hire Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen to help make her wedding day dreams become a reality.

Documentary Associates Photography

Documentary Associates Photography

While originally from Maryland, Lindsey and Ryan moved to New York in the middle of the wedding planning process.  Therefore, she asked Kathleen if they could meet over the phone instead of in person to go over the wedding day details.  Kathleen was of course happy to oblige.  Lindsey discussed all of the wedding decisions she had made.  Kathleen made a few suggestions based on her past experiences.  While originally Lindsey said she would like to hear suggestions but she didn’t think she would make any alterations, the bride to be decided to follow almost every piece of advice Kathleen gave her (which she later told Kathleen was one of the best things she did).

Documentary Associates Photography

Documentary Associates Photography

When the wedding weekend arrived Kathleen met Lindsey, Ryan and Lindsey’s parents at Springfield Manor.  Lindsey and Ryan were not having a rehearsal at the wedding venue but were happy to have the chance to walk the grounds with Kathleen.  Kathleen loved getting to meet in person with the bride she had only spoken to through the phone and e-mail.  Lindsey, Ryan and Lindsey’s parents were all so much fun to be around.  Kathleen knew it was going to be a great wedding!

Documentary Associates Photography

Documentary Associates Photography

The wedding day came and Kathleen and Danielle arrived at the venue.  They set everything up following Lindsey’s vision.  It was a very windy day so Kathleen and Danielle had to get creative about how to place some of the ceremony decorations.  The ceremony was outside and, if placed as originally planned, many things would have blown away.  Kathleen and Danielle found a way to secure all of the items in the locations Lindsey wanted without a single thing blowing away or getting knocked over.

Documentary Associates Photography

Documentary Associates Photography

When it was time for the ceremony to begin, the bridal party started to line up.  In addition to being windy, it was a little chilly outside.  Kathleen and Danielle had directed guests to a place they could wait inside if they wanted before the ceremony began.  As Kathleen lined the bridal party up, Danielle helped the guests make their way to their seats.  Once all the guests were seated the procession began.  Ryan’s thumbs up as he walked down the aisle was the perfect way to capture the way everyone was feeling.

Documentary Associates Photography

Documentary Associates Photography

Once the ceremony finished the guests made their way inside to the cocktail hour.  Many guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony was and how delicious all of the food tasted.   Right on time Kathleen and Danielle asked the guests to make their way into the ballroom for the reception.  The bridal party was then announced and, after doing dance moves that everyone loved, they each made their way to their seats.  Just as Kathleen had thought, the evening was already a lot of fun.  After the first dance and the first course of food was served, the room boomed in laughter as the maid of honors, best man and father of the bride gave their toasts.

Documentary Associates Photography

Documentary Associates Photography

The evening continued on without a hitch.  People were dancing, taking pictures in the photo booth, and smoking cigars in the cigar house.  Then Kathleen was made aware of something.  The bar had run out of wine.  While there was still beer and liquor, this crowd preferred to drink wine.  Lindsey and Ryan had bought their own wine from a local liquor store.  The store had recommended how much to purchase and Lindsey and Ryan went with those recommendations.  Lindsey heard what was happening and ran up to Kathleen in a panic.  Kathleen calmed Lindsey down and got on the phone.  Soon a plan was in place and, not much longer, more wine arrived.  Kathleen could tell that, while Lindsey had calmed down, her and Ryan were still very angry at the liquor store for their inaccurate recommendations.  Kathleen was so unhappy to see this.  She did not want to let anything ruin their evening!  She told them that everything was okay now and that they should enjoy their evening.  They were having a hard time letting go of what had happened.  Kathleen quickly talked them through what to do after the wedding and said she would talk to them more and help them with dealing with the store after the wedding.   Kathleen continued by saying that at that moment they should get back on the dance floor and have fun.  Luckily Kathleen got through to them.

Documentary Associates Photography

Documentary Associates Photography

The rest of the night continued as smoothly as it had begun.  While there was a hiccup in middle of the evening, none of the guests seemed to be upset.  With Kathleen’s help, Lindsey and Ryan were able to go back to spending time with their friends and family.  Kathleen and Danielle commented to each other many times throughout the evening what a great time everyone was having!  Lindsey and Ryan, with their friends and family, knew how to throw a fun party for all!

Documentary Associates Photography

Documentary Associates Photography

Ceremony and Reception at Springfield Manor, Officiant Cuyler Black, Ceremony Music Chris Dunn Guitar, Caterer Carriage House Inn, Photographer Documentary Associates, Florist En Masse Flowers, DJ Shewsical Musical, Transportation On The Town Limousines and Testerman Bus, Photobooth Booth Love MD

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Kate and Evan

by Danielle Schulze

After almost six years of dating, Kate and Evan were planning to have a summer wedding  at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena, Maryland.  For their wedding present, Kate’s brother and his wife were planning to give Kate and Evan a wedding planner to provide wedding coordination on the day of the wedding.  They had seen Danielle from Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen in action and knew they wanted her to be the person to help with their sister’s big day.  Kate’s sister-in-law asked Danielle about providing the coordination services and Danielle was more than happy to help out!

Pete Redel Photography

Pete Redel Photography

Kate and Evan found out about their wedding present five months before the wedding and were ecstatic.  Kate quickly contacted Danielle to schedule a meeting with her.  The month of meeting was scheduled for the beginning of June.  When the meeting day arrived Danielle met Kate, her mother, and sister-in-law at the wedding venue. They all walked the grounds and discussed details about the ceremony and reception.  Danielle was very excited to help with a wedding at this beautiful venue.  The ceremony was scheduled to take place at 6:00 at a location that had a breathtaking view overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.  The bride and groom would exchange vows on top of a grassy hill under a stunning white metal pergola.   A cocktail hour would take place right after the ceremony followed by a reception inside a tent.

Pete Redel Photography

Pete Redel Photography

Following the month of meeting, Danielle and Kate remained in contact until the wedding day arrived.  They worked together to finalize ideas and confirm details with vendors.  It was a very smooth planning process.  Throughout the process, Danielle learned she would get to put her great artistic abilities to use on the wedding day.  To complement her beach theme, Kate wanted the wedding cake decorated with sea shells and crumbled graham crackers to give the appearance of sand.  The bakery told Kate that adding these decorations was not something they do.  Kate asked Danielle if she would be comfortable with adding those items and of course Danielle was glad to help!

Pete Redel Photography

Pete Redel Photography

After weeks of finalizing all of the details, the wedding day finally came.  The weather was exactly what everyone had been hoping for.  Danielle and her assistant, Emely, arrived early to start setting up.  In addition to the cake, a lot of detail was put into making all of the décor just right.  Centerpieces were glass bowls filled with sand and an assortment of seashells and sea glass.  Small pieces of driftwood were also incorporated into the centerpiece.  In the middle of each centerpiece was a bottle with the name of body of water in Maryland.  Guests were assigned to tables based on the name of the body of water in each bottle.  The gift table area was decorated with a large trunk which displayed photos of Kate and Evan.  Photographs of family members who had passed away were also placed on the table in remembrance.  To keep in line with the beach theme, beach elements such as sand and shells were placed around the area.  Small messages in bottles written by the bride and groom were also displayed.

Pete Redel Photography

Pete Redel Photography

As Danielle and Emely were finishing the set-up, Kate and her bridesmaids began arriving at the venue.  They were given a clubhouse to get ready in and enjoy their time together before the ceremony began.  Danielle and Emely kept a special eye on the girls.  One of Kate’s bridesmaids was pregnant and was just two days away from her due date.  Kate had made it very clear that she wanted to make sure the ceremony took place with all of her bridesmaids present!  Danielle kept checking on this bridesmaid to make sure she was able to rest throughout the day.

Pete Redel Photography

Shortly after the girls were in the clubhouse, Evan and his groomsmen arrived to the venue.  After the guys arrived the time seemed to fly by.  Soon it was then time for everyone to get in their places for the ceremony.  Danielle and Emely lined the girls up in the carriage house and the guys around the house.  The door the girls were going to exit from lined up perfectly with the beginning of the aisle.   The pergola was decorated with flowers at the end of the aisle where the bride was to meet her groom.  Danielle gave the cue and Kate’s cousin began playing his guitar to start the ceremony.

Pete Redel Photography

Pete Redel Photography

After the ceremony the cocktail hour took place followed by the reception.  As part of the evening, Kate and Evan wanted to include a tradition called the apron dance.  Kate explained that it was a chance for each guest to get a chance to dance with the bride and groom.  A special concept that gave guests a chance to have an intimate moment to congratulate the new couple personally.   When it was time for the apron dance guests lined up to have their turn dancing with the newly married couple.  Everyone enjoyed getting to have this one on one time with the couple.

Pete Redel Photography

Pete Redel Photography

The rest of the night went off without a hitch.  The DJ kept the night light and fun, playing just what the crowd wanted to hear.  Dance moves and laughter filled the room.  The joy and love between the bride and groom was apparent from the “I do’s” to their final departure.   The entire wedding was a beautiful love story that Danielle and Emely were delighted to have been a part of.

Pete Redel Photography

Pete Redel Photography

Ceremony and Reception at Celebrations at the Bay, Officiant Pastor Mark Farnell, Catering and Cake by Uptown Catering, Photography by Pete Redel Photography, DJ Adler Entertainment, Florist Mary Hanson

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Maureen and Daniel

by Danielle Schulze

Maureen and Daniel are originally from the DC area but now live in Georgia. They fell in love with the Maryland venue Stone Manor Country Club and booked it for June 21st.  They were looking for assistance in planning the details surrounding the big day, and Danielle was excited to come to their aide.

Due to the fact that Maureen and Danielle live in Georgia, the month of meeting with Danielle took place over the phone.  During the phone call, Danielle and Maureen talked about all of the wedding day details.  Maureen had a full list of decorations prepared.   As she discussed her vision, Danielle was impressed with the organized bride.  The level of dedication Maureen had for her family was expressed throughout the conversation.  From hand-made table cloths and great details of the centerpieces, to the basket of flip-flops for the guest to change into, Maureen had put a lot of thought into every detail from the beginning to the end of the night.

Maureen and Daniel planned an outdoor ceremony with 170 guests in attendance.  The reception was then in the tent on the grounds.  The ceremony site was a perfect complement to the wedding décor they planned to use.  The couple wanted to highlight the natural beauty provided by the surrounding woods and grand elm tree.

When the day of the wedding arrived, set-up began.  Vintage doors were placed at the end of the aisle with beautiful floral wreaths hung from each one.  Rod iron hooks holding lanterns were placed on either side of the aisle.  Giant blue and green balloons covered with white tulle were placed throughout the cocktail hour area.  One of the best parts of the décor was the “Fallen Hero” table, which was specifically special since Daniel is in the United States Army.  The table held tribute to all members of the military.  It was a truly honorable addition.

As the wedding day progressed, it was unclear if the weather was going to go in everyone’s favor.  The skies were overcast all morning.  Happily, the potential weather issue was all but forgotten when the sun came out behind the clouds and the bagpiper began playing, signally that the ceremony was about to begin.

Proceeding the ceremony and cocktails, Danielle moved both the vintage doors and balloons into the reception hall to add décor behind the head table.  The décor naturally drew everyone’s eyes to where the entire bridal party sat during dinner.

Following dinner the dancefloor was opened, with the DJ immediately livening up the evening.  Set up on the DJ table was a basket of flip flops for the guests to change into so they could be more comfortable while dancing.  With great music and dancing, it was very apparent that everyone was enjoying themselves. The evening started wrapping up following the cake cutting and it was a bittersweet end of the night.  Danielle was so proud to have been involved with Maureen and Daniel’s experience and to have helped them have a perfect first day of the rest of their lives.

 

Ceremony and reception at Stone Manor Country Club, Officiant Father Kelly, Photography by Kate Len’s Photography, Flowers by Ory Custom Florals, DJ Chris Laich

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Carin and Michael

While growing up, many little girls dream about their wedding day.  They often picture themselves in a horse drawn carriage with their Prince Charming by their side.  One beautiful summer day this dream became a reality for one of our couples, Carin and Michael.

Carin and Michael were planning to get married at Stone Manor Country Club.  Carin works in the wedding industry and had been at the venue several times.  She always knew this was the place where she wanted to have her wedding.  The company Carin works for supplies a horse drawn carriage for couples on their wedding day.  Before she ever got engaged, Carin knew she wanted to have this be a part of her own wedding.  When Carin and Michael got engaged and started planning their wedding, they felt they had an easier time than many couples.  From working in the industry, Carin knew which vendors would give her the day she had always wanted.  Kathleen was so honored when Carin asked Kathleen from Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen to be her wedding coordinator.

Kathleen met with Carin and Michael during the planning process to go over the wedding details and sign a contract.  Being in the industry, Carin felt confident in handling all of the planning herself.  She wanted Kathleen to come in the month before to confirm and finalize all of the wedding day details.  Kathleen would then also be there on the weekend of the wedding to run the rehearsal and make sure the wedding day itself was what Carin had always dreamed of.

A month before the wedding, Kathleen and Danielle met with Carin, Michael and Carin’s mom at Stone Manor.  They walked the grounds and discussed all of the details of the wedding day.  Carin and Michael still had some décor and logistical decisions they had to make.  While walking the grounds of the venue, Kathleen and Danielle were able to offer some ideas that Carin and Michael loved.  As they left the venue, Carin, Michael and Carin’s mom all told Kathleen and Danielle how great they are feeling about the wedding after this meeting.

After the meeting, Kathleen and Danielle got right to work confirming all of the details with each vendor.  When the wedding day came, everyone was ready and on the same page.  The day ran as smoothly and beautifully as Carin and Michael had hoped.  It was so exciting to watch Carin pull up to the ceremony in the horse drawn carriage and then ride away with Michael after becoming husband and wife.

Ceremony and Reception at Stone Manor Country Club, Officiant Joyce Hilbery, Pianist Peter Roebuck, Catering by Carriage House Inn, Photography by Liz Hough Photography, Cake by I Do,  Band Dan Wallace, Flowers by Ory Florist

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Shaz and Adrian

While checking her e-mail one day, Kathleen came across an inquiry from Shaz.  Shaz was getting married at Stone Manor Country Club and was thinking about hiring a wedding coordinator to help bring all of the wedding details together.  She was also thinking about hiring a wedding coordinator to be at the venue on the day of the wedding to make sure everything ran smoothly and as planned.  While she was interested in learning about the services Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen had to offer, she had not yet decided if she thought she really wanted to hire a coordinator.  After sending information about ways she can help, Kathleen heard back from Shaz.  Everything Kathleen had said sounded great, but Shaz wanted to make sure she was going to make the right decision.  Shaz told Kathleen she would think about it some more and then get back to her.  A few days later Kathleen heard back from Shaz.  Shaz had gone to WeddingWire to read reviews about Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen.  After learning about how happy the company’s former clients had been, Shaz decided she definitely wanted to hire a wedding coordinator and she wanted that coordinator to be Kathleen.

George Street Photography

About a month before the wedding, Kathleen met with Shaz and her fiancé, Adrian.  Shaz and Adrian told Kathleen they were bringing their baby with them.  Kathleen was excited to get to meet this little one.  On the day of the meeting, Shaz and Adrian arrived with their baby, their dog.  A dog lover herself, Kathleen was excited to learn that their dog would be a member of their wedding party.  After meeting the dog, Kathleen walked the grounds with Shaz and Adrian.  As they were walking, Kathleen went over many wedding details with the soon to be bride and groom.  Shaz is Persian American and wanted to bring her culture into her wedding.  There would be a traditional American ceremony as well as a Persian ceremony.  Shaz and Adrian had a number of vendors working together to make their dream day become a reality.  These included a caterer, a separate event staff company to serve the food, a baker, a photographer, a videographer, a DJ, a florist, a company to provide tables, a company to provide a stage, a lighting company, transportation and hair and make-up.

George Street Photography

After their meeting Kathleen got right to work going over the wedding day details with all of the vendors.  She made sure everyone knew Shaz and Adrian’s vision for their wedding day and the venue’s wedding day rules.  As the wedding day approached, Kathleen made sure everything was all ready to go!

George Street Photography

When the wedding day arrived Kathleen and her assistant Dave arrived early and began the set-up.  There was a lot to do to make sure Shaz and Adrian’s vision came to fruition.  Kathleen checked in with the vendors as they arrived.  Each vendor got right to work.  Kathleen was so happy to see everything coming together beautifully!

George Street Photography

George Street Photography

Kathleen checked in with the bride and groom throughout the day.  As it was getting close to the time for the ceremony to begin, Kathleen began to line up the bridal party.  Shaz and Adrian had done first looks but did not want to see each other again until the ceremony.  Kathleen made sure their request was honored.

George Street Photography

When the ceremony music began, Kathleen opened the door of the manor and the procession began.  Adrian was the first out and was escorted down the aisle by his mother and father.  The song they walked down to was Pharrell’s Happy.  Adrian and his parents danced the whole way down.  The song continued to play as the bridal party made their way down the aisle.  Each member of the bridal party danced during their entire walk from the manor to the front of the ceremony.  The rest of the ceremony was just as fun as the walk down the aisle.

George Street Photography

Once the combination American and Persian ceremonies finished the guests made their way to the cocktail hour and then into the tent for the reception.  The reception included a first dance, mother son dance, father daughter dance being sung by the bride’s mother, knife dance, cake cutting and dancing to a variety of types of songs.  Shaz and Adrian had previously decided to add an extra hour onto their reception.  When the end of the night came the buses were outside ready to take the guests home.  Everyone was having so much fun the DJ kept playing music and the guests kept dancing.  Vendors came to clean up and were unable to finish their work because of all the guests still enjoying themselves.  While Kathleen was glad everyone was having fun, she also knew that Shaz and Adrian would lose their deposit if everyone and everything was not off the venue property within one hour after the end of the reception.  Kathleen got on the stage, thanked everyone for coming, and asked the guests to make their way out of the tent.  Kathleen and Dave hustled to get all of their cleaning done and to help other vendors finish in time as well.

George Street Photography

Kathleen was so glad that everyone, especially the bride and groom, had such a fun time throughout the entire wedding!

George Street Photography

Ceremony and Reception at Stone Manor Country Club, Catering by Johnny Kabob, Food Service by Better Events, Cake by Katie Heller, Photography and Videography by George Street Photography, DJ Iman Huschmand, Flowers by BMW Flower Designs and Creations, Tables from New England Country Rentals, Stage from Premier Events Rental, Lighting by George, Transportation by Touch of Class Limousine

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Catherine and Xan

Brides and grooms learn about Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen in a number of ways.  Some see the company on a preferred vendors list, some are referred to the company by friends and family of the clients, and some learn about the company from brides and grooms that hired Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen to help them with their own wedding.  One day Kathleen got a call from Catherine, a bride who was planning her wedding which was scheduled to take place almost exactly one year after the phone call.  Catherine said she had learned about Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen from her future sister-in-law, Kathleen V.  Kathleen V. had previously been a bridesmaid in a wedding coordinated by Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen and was impressed by what she had seen.

After talking on the phone Catherine and her fiancé, Xan, decided to hire Kathleen Wolf to help with planning their wedding.  They had chosen the venue and a few vendors.  Catherine was hoping to get some recommendations for other vendors, suggestions about décor, and overall advice on how to make  her and Xan’s day as wonderful as possible.  Kathleen was glad to help!

Kathleen and Catherine got right to work.  Throughout the year, Catherine and Kathleen consistently communicated over the phone and through e-mail.  Catherine would send things to Kathleen to look over before making any final decisions.  Kathleen would listen to Catherine’s vision and then make suggestions.  For example, Catherine had a vision that was different than most couples Kathleen had worked with in the past.  Neither Catherine nor Xan really enjoyed dancing.  Catherine said she did not want dancing to be a big focus of their wedding.  Instead, the couple loved playing games and wanted to incorporate their love of games into their wedding.

The wedding month came and everything was pretty much ready to go.  The ceremony was going to be held at a Catholic church in Washington DC.  The reception was to take place at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.  The reception would include a scavenger hunt, giant jenga and board games that could be played throughout the night.

The wedding day came and went exactly as planned.  Kathleen’s assistant, Danielle, went to the church and Kathleen headed straight to  Fort Belvoir for the reception.  As Kathleen was putting the finishing touches around the reception site, Danielle  signaled the bridal party into the ceremony.  The ceremony was gorgeous and Danielle enjoyed watching Catherine and Xan become husband and wife.  Soon after the ceremony ended, the guests made their way to Fort Belvoir for the reception.  As the guests began to arrive everything was all set to go.  Catherine an Xan both loved playing games and decided to have a game theme for their receptions.  Guests picked up  scavenger hunt information and as the entered the cocktail hour area and began playing.  Kathleen overhead many guests laughing as they learned things about the couple they never knew.

The guests continued to enjoy themselves throughout the rest of the night.  Whether they were playing giant Jenga, playing a board game, dancing, or enjoying the outside patio, everyone had a smile on their face throughout the entire night.   No smiles were bigger, though, than the ones that belonged to Catherine and Xan.  When the final bus came to pick up the last remaining guests, the DJ had to make multiple announcements to get everyone to make their way to the bus.  The guests were having such a good time and did not want to leave.  Kathleen and Danielle were so glad to be part of another successful wedding with such an awesome couple!

Ceremony at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Reception at Fort Belvoir Officer’s Club, Photographer Natalie Lane Photography, DJ Scratch DJs, Florist Emily Harmon Flowers, Transportation Reston Limo

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Laura and Mike

by Danielle Schulze

Danielle first spoke with Laura at the end of June.  Laura was seeking assistance with her October wedding which was to be held at Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, MD. From the initial consultation, Danielle could tell that Laura was kind hearted and organized.  They were both excited to start working together.

Whysall Photography

Danielle met Laura at Stone Manor about a month before the wedding date.  The meeting was held to discuss the overall look Laura was envisioning and to see exactly where the different portions of the wedding were going to take place. Since it was Danielle’s first time at the venue, it also gave her the chance to walk the grounds and see everything in person. Laura told Danielle she wanted to use Autumn colors throughout the décor.  The look would be perfectly accented by the natural foliage of the surrounding woods. A week after the meeting for, the timeline and a checklist of each item to be included in the wedding were completed. With those items in hand, Danielle began contacting and confirming details with all of the vendors.

Whysall Photography

Whysall Photography

After several weeks of planning and waiting, the big day arrived! Danielle arrived at the venue to begin setting up.  The florist started setting up the flowers and the caterers put the table and chairs in their places. The ceremony was to be held in the small courtyard next to the Manor and the reception was to be held inside a tent directly next to the ceremony site. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had a different plan. It had been lightly raining on and off all morning.  A few hours before the ceremony was to begin, the decision was made to move the event inside. Danielle knew exactly how to handle the change and, even though it was not the original plan, the final result turned out perfectly.

Whysall Photography

Whysall Photography

To prepare for the new ceremony location the chairs were set up on the dance floor for the guests.  The decorations and set-up for the reception stayed in place.  Danielle laid rose petals on the ground and formed an elegant aisle with small white, vintage lanterns at either end. The same lanterns were then used in the centerpieces on the tables, encircled by a wreath of a variety of colors of leaves. A beautiful floral arrangement was hung to frame an alter at the end of the aisle.

Whysall Photography

Whysall Photography

The bridal party had been spending the day getting ready at the Manor.  Shortly before the ceremony, Danielle escorted the bride and groom separately for their first look photo shoot. They exchanged notes and, with umbrella and dress train in hand, excitedly walked toward the tent together to walk down the aisle.

Whysall Photography

Whysall Photography

Following the ceremony, the bridal party and close family went to do their photo session while the rest of the guests enjoyed cocktail hour. The photographer wanted to take full advantage of the clouds clearing.  Danielle watched the clock and gave friendly reminder about how much time had gone by to ensure things stayed on schedule. The bridal party was then announced as they entered the tent followed by Mr. and Mrs. McNulty!

Whysall Photography

Whysall Photography

The evening continued smoothly with dinner, cake cutting and dancing. Danielle waited for the guests to leave to begin the cleaning up process. She made sure everything that was put out or set up was given back to the bride and groom.

Whysall Photography

Whysall Photography

It was a great evening.  The location change due to the weather was never given a second thought. It was a beautiful event and Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen was glad to assist Laura and Mike on their special day.

Whysall Photography

Whysall Photography

Ceremony and Reception at Stone Manor Country Club, Catering by Carriage House Inn, Photography by Whysall Photography, DJ Shewsical Entertainment, Flowers by Ory Florals, Cake by Monica’s Sugar Studio

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Beth and Jordan

Working as a wedding coordinator, Kathleen has gotten to know many vendors in the wedding industry, including other coordinators.  When Kathleen was first starting out in the business, she had the opportunity to work with and learn from other coordinators who were already well established.  Impressed with her work, they now often refer prospective clients to Kathleen if they are not available on the couple’s wedding date.

About two months before her wedding, Beth contacted Kathleen.  Her wedding day was approaching and she realized she could use some help.  Beth had been referred to Kathleen by another coordinator who was not available on Beth’s date.  Fortunately Kathleen and her team were available.  Beth was looking for someone to help on the actual day of the wedding as well as help putting together all of the final wedding details and making final decisions.  After speaking to Kathleen on the phone, Beth decided to hire Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen.

In the months following the initial correspondence, Kathleen and Beth met in person, talked on the phone and communicated over e-mail.  Beth would tell Kathleen her thoughts and ask her questions.  Kathleen would offer suggestions and give Beth ideas on a variety of aspects of the wedding.

The two months went by quickly and the wedding day arrived.  Kathleen and Danielle arrived at the Engineer’s Club to set-up both the ceremony and reception sites.  There was rain in the forecast.  Both the ceremony and reception were scheduled to take place inside, but Kathleen was still keeping an eye on the weather.  The photographer had planned to take some great shots outside.

When the time for the photographs was approaching, Kathleen made sure everyone would be ready on time.  She wanted to make sure they were able to take as many of the outside pictures as they could without the bridal party getting rained on.  She coordinated with the bridal party and photographer and, with a little nudging, got everyone outside.  While Danielle continued with the final set-up, Kathleen watched the weather and helped organize the photographs.  When it looked like the rain was about to start, Kathleen and Danielle brought umbrellas to the bridal party and got them back inside.  Everyone was still dry and back in the venue before the big downpour began.  The photographer was able to finish her pre-ceremony photographs around the inside of the venue.

Even though they did first looks and formal pictures together, Beth and Jordan had decided that after the photographs were done, they did not want to see each other again until Beth’s grand entrance into the ceremony.  When the time came, Kathleen and Danielle made sure everyone was in place and that the bride and groom would not see each other until Beth’s entrance.  Everyone walked down the beautiful aisle, lined with roses and vases filled with floating candles.  The doors were shut and Beth and her dad took their position.  The music changed and the doors were opened.  Everyone stood as the beautiful bride and her father made their way down the aisle.  Jordan’s face showed nothing but pure joy.

The rest of the evening went smoothly and was as beautiful as the ceremony.  Right on time, Kathleen started the slideshow of Beth and Jordan from childhood to their wedding day.  People enjoyed watching the slideshow while mingling outside of the dinner room.  Others stayed in the dinner room all evening to dance the night away.

When the end of the evening came, Kathleen and Danielle got all of the guests to stand in a circle around a railing that had stairs leading downstairs and out of the venue.  Kathleen and Danielle passed out the the lavender petals to be tossed at Beth and Jordan as they left.  With loud cheers, Beth and Jordan made their departure from the wedding.  They were so happy and visibly in love.  Once the guests had left Kathleen and Danielle cleaned everything up and made sure it all got to the right place.  While cleaning they talked with the other vendors about what a great night it had been and how wonderful it was to see the bride and groom so happy throughout the entire day.

Ceremony and Reception at the Engineer’s Club, Officiant Mary Maurey, DJ Santana Hahn, Photography by Jill Gately Photography, Flowers by Floral Studio, Cake by Sugar Bakers

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