1. David and Kevin’s Georgetown Wedding at the Powerhouse

    “Kevin is the best hugger, he makes me laugh harder than anyone I know, there is no better uncle, and there is no one in the world I’d rather start my family with. I’m so blessed to be standing here with you today.” These were the words from David to Kevin, to kick off what was probably the most memorable wedding weekends for us in a long time.

    Blogging a wedding like this will never truly be able to do it justice. That’s why we usually just say “Watch the video!” Which, you should do… But for those who enjoy written word, we’ll do our best. I (Michael) first met David and Kevin on the rooftop bar of the Graham Hotel in Georgetown. When David proceeded to tell me how they met, I was enamored with their story. David said “When I came up the Verizon steps to Vida to meet Kevin (who was to be my personal trainer) I knew the second I saw him he was going to be my husband.” They both had a charm and a way about them that made us so excited to not only shoot their wedding, but be a part of the weekend festivities.

    The ceremony was held at their Home in Georgetown, with the reception to follow at the Powerhouse, a jaw dropping urban space that has been totally redone and catered for events. David and Kevin couldn’t have been more accommodating, generous, and thankful for our service. And their friends and family made shooting all weekend super enjoyable. Beyond that, we were blessed to have the BEST team working along side us for the weekend. We listed a few of the vendors below the video (and adding more as we get links), who totally went out of their way to not only accommodate specific requests, but to make sure we were always getting what we needed. Jose, Jamie, Kate, and Linda, THANK YOU. David and Kevin, congrats! Many happy years of joy and marriage!

     

    Photography: Jose Villa

    Planning: Simply Chic Events

    Cake: Cakes by Colin

    Catering: Susan Gage

    Floral and Decorating: Amaryllis

     

  2. Clare and Travis’s Georgetown Wedding at the Sequoia

    Clare and Travis were married on June 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. The ceremony took place at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, which was special for them because that is where they attend mass every week. The reception was held at Sequoia, and selecting that venue was “one of the easiest decisions we made during the entire wedding planning process.” 

    Clare and Travis met through their mutual friend, Michael Schulman. After graduating from the University of Delaware, Travis moved to Washington, DC with Mike, his friend from college. Travis started working at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Mike began classes at The George Washington University Law School. Clare was in law school with Mike and they quickly became friends. Eventually, Mike dragged Travis out with him one night, and that is how Travis met Clare. A few years later, Travis finally asked Clare out on a date, and before long, they were a couple.

    “The most important thing to us was to have a wedding that was fun. We also wanted to keep with tradition at least a little bit, but mix in some our own personality as well. The highlight of the day for Travis was definitely the funfetti cake that was completely covered in rainbow sprinkles (his favorite food). When the Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, Clare promptly told Travis to cancel the wedding. (He didn’t.) The only thing that could have made the day any more perfect for Clare is if the Rangers had won that night.”

    Here’s a little video still below from the night!

    Clare and Travis Monachetti Weddings Georgetown

  3. Margo and Brian’s Wedding in Philadelphia

    Margo and Brian’s love story began at Local 16 in Washington, DC, after meeting on Match.com. Three states, two graduate degrees, and six years later, they were sure they had found the “perfect match” in each other and could not wait a moment longer to get hitched. Fast forward a few months after an amazing proposal, the couple wed at a private ceremony in Philadelphia at Bartram’s Garden. They were married by a federal judge and committed themselves to each other in front of their immediate families, something they both cherished. The wedding was followed by a private celebration at Vernick Food & Drink in Philadelphia. Food took center stage and Chef Vernick pulled out all the stops to give Margo and Brian the meal of a lifetime. Close family, delicious food, a little sparkle (and a little dog) made their day perfection.

    We loved this photo by their photographer, and wanted to share it below. Alison Conklin does amazing work, and we were privileged to get to shoot along side of her!

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  4. Charlotte and Steve’s Estate Wedding in Middleburg Virginia

    Charlotte and Steve had one of those weddings you’d see in the movies. Not just their love story (which can be read below from Charlotte) but their actual wedding day too. Set in the farm lands of Middleburg VA at the home of Steve’s parents (photo below), was one of the most scenic weddings we’ve ever shot. Their must have been over 100 acres of land to explore, and it helped immensely for crafting a timeless wedding video. The history and legend of this little town is something we will never forget and we are super proud to have been there to capture this event. Congrats Charlotte and Steve!

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    “Steve and I were set up my best friend and her husband in winter 2011 in NYC where we both lived at the time. A few months later, we found out Steve got into business school in CA and would be moving out there. We did a year of long distance until I moved out to SF the following summer. We got engaged a few months later at his parents’ farm in Middleburg over Thanksgiving 2012 with both of our families there. Because the farm is so special to Steve’s family, and special to us as a couple, we decided it was the perfect place for our wedding. We’ve since moved back to NYC so it ended up being a central location for all our friends and family coming from across the country and from overseas.”

  5. Rachel and Nick’s Wedding at the Stone Manor Country Club

    Nick’s and Rachel’s moms have been close friends since kindergarten, and Rachel and Nick grew up seeing each other throughout the years, eventually going to rival high schools and college together. Always just friends, by chance they went on a lake trip together that by the end turned their friendship into something more.

    A few years later, when Nick proposed to Rachel on a road trip through Spain, they knew they wanted a wedding that reflected the fun they have together with all their close friends and family. Rachel is an architect, so she focused on a beautiful venue with fun details, great music and food. Making sure the wedding was properly documented was also key, so once she saw a Monachetti wedding video that was shot at Stone Manor (that made both her and her mom start crying, even though they did not know the beautiful couple), Rachel knew she had to have them as the videographers at the wedding. Nick, an avid hunter, made sure to have a few references to his favorite pastime as well. Touching speeches were made by Rachel’s sisters and Nick’s brother, who ended his with an unexpected butterfly release. Guests mingled and were on the dance floor all night long, so Nick and Rachel deemed the night a great success! Enjoy the video below!

  6. Laura and Corey’s Annapolis Waterfront Marriott Wedding

    Laura was a high school friend of ours who we were thrilled contacted us about her Annapolis Wedding. Her and Corey were a blast to work with through out the day because they were eager to visit a lot of fun places Downtown which made for a ton of video opportunities. Enjoy the video!

  7. Weddings in Annapolis

    We are super excited to have recently teamed up with Visit Annapolis to create a highlight film to help promote their new brand, “Weddings in Annapolis.” Check out the video below, but be sure to see everything they are doing at: http://weddings.visitannapolis.org/

  8. Neha and Amit’s Hilton Dulles Wedding

    Neha and Amit’s Indian Wedding at the Hilton in Dulles. WOW, what a weekend… Thanks to both Neha and Amit for putting on their best faces, for 3 days straight! We think this highlight does a great job bringing out the best moments that weekend and we wish them the very best in the years to come!

  9. Kristen and Matt’s Wedding at Hotel Monaco

    Kristen was one of our brides who from the start, made us SO excited to shoot her wedding. Her unbelievably addicting and fun personality (and laugh) came through in the planning process, and couldn’t have more evident in the highlight below. She and Matt had been long time sweethearts, and this day had been in the works for awhile.

    Kristen contacted us a year ago, knowing she was going to hire us all along. Given this was the first wedding of the new season for us, we were eager to get to Hotel Monaco and start shooting. Big thanks to Justine Ungaro and Mixing Maryland for making the day so much fun. Kristen and Matt, we wish you the best!

  10. Monachetti’s Weekend at Riverside Farm in Vermont

    This past weekend, owner Michael Eller and his wife Chelsea had the pleasure of being invited to Vermont for a weekend at the Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont. “We didn’t know what to expect, given this was a new thing for us. We joined a handful of other wedding professionals for an “Unplugged Weekend” getaway. Needless to say, after the busy year we’ve had here at Monachetti, it was much needed!

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    Photo by: Jasmine Lee Photography

    We had the opportunity to connect with some amazing people (all links below post), from across the country, and Canada (what’s up Lynzie and Andrew!), as well as go on an few adventures and explore the venue at Riverside Farm. This place is unlike any venue that we have seen before. The beautiful backdrop of the Green Mountains combined with the unbelievable post and beam barns across the property make it a truly unique setting. We were given a tour of the property by the owner, Courtney Desena, who got married on the property as well. That, in fact, is how the whole thing got started: after Courtney and her husband Joe were married they were approached by others in the area who also wanted to have barn weddings and from there they decided to make it into a business.

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    Photo by: Jasmine Lee Photography

    We also had the opportunity to do something that we have never done before, snowshoeing! Tom, from Perfect Vermont was our awesome guide on a 2 mile trek on the Green Mountain trails, just behind Riverside Farms. It was amazing, and grueling, but mostly amazing.

    Unfortunately, we were unable to rent bikes/go on a bike tour this weekend due to the weather, but our fabulous Inn Keepers at the Amee Farm Lodge (Simon and Jessica) also own an excellent company called Great Bike Tours. They offer bike rentals and tours of Pittsfield and the surrounding Green Mountains. If you ever find yourself in Pittsfield, renting a bike would be the perfect way to get around town! Thank you, Simon and Jessica for everything you did for us during our stay!

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    Photo by: Jasmine Lee Photography

    We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone at Riverside Farm, Amee Farm Lodge, Perfect Vermont, Sweet Georgia P’s, and the Original General Store for your hospitality, and generosity during our wonderful stay. We had such an amazing time and we cannot wait to come visit again soon!”

    Special thanks to Jasmine Lee Photography for the above images. If you are looking to get a real sense of the properties, see Jasmine’s full photo gallery by clicking this link: http://jasmineleephotography.pass.us/vermontperfection

    A few of our new friends, check them out:

    Photography: Heidi Vail Photography

    Planning and Music: Lynzie Kent

    Planning and Events: Reverie Made

    Photography: Jessica Bosse

    Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography

    Blog: Hill City Bride The Clutch Guide

    Photography: Mary Dougherty