I had such a pleasure working with Kristin & Carl as they prepared for their recent wedding at The Mayflower. Yes, they were planning a beautiful wedding which was fun to work on, but the real joy for me came when I saw not only how they loved each other, but also how evident it was that they really are each other’s best friend. They were kind to one another, laughed heartily together, and showed great love to both of their families. A sweet couple!
I also loved the way they made their wedding personal to them — right down to a Mets groom’s cake and processional music that the bride had been dreaming of for years and years.
The parents and grandparents entered to “Like A Prayer” and the processional, including the bride, walked in to “Don’t Stop Believin'” — both played beautifully by the Cherry Blossom String Quartet. The bride wanted to enter at a certain point in the song and we were able to time it perfectly so that the doors opened and the beautiful bride processed down the aisle. Later at the reception, one of the bride’s closest friends sang a toast to the tune of “Don’t Stop Believin'” — a fitting tribute!
The groom chronicled the wedding preparations in the Washingtonian’s Tales From the Groom blog. Be sure to check out his witty posts!
The fabulous photos below were taken by Merkle Photography and tell the story of perfect wedding day!
Congratulations, Kristin & Carl!
pinning a groomsman (with some antics in the background!)
adding the finishing touches
A stunning bride
A sweet "First Look"
The wedding party at the Jefferson Memorial
The couple at the Jefferson
Preparing for the walk down the aisle
The ceremony took place in the Chinese Room at the Mayflower
Introducing... Mr & Mrs Carl and Kristin Monaco!
The Grand Ballroom was a beautiful backdrop for the reception
Ready for guests to enter
Encore had the crowd on the floor all night
The couple enjoys toasts from their dear friends
The ceremonial cutting of the cake
In honor of the groom: A Mets cake
a monumental kiss
Venue: The Mayflower
Photography: Merkle Photography
Florals: The Mayflower
Makeup: Aisha Alves, Picture Perfect Makeup
Hair: Sarah Bombard, Premiere Makeup
Ceremony music: Cherry Blossom String Quartet
Reception music: Encore
Groom’s cake: Furin’s