Glen Echo Park Wedding Photography
Ceremony and reception location : Glen Echo Park
Wedding date : September 23, 2016
Photographs by Thomas
Q & A by Laura (bride)
What advice can you give to other couples planning their wedding?
Prioritize the things that will make the event fun and meaningful for you and your guests, and try not to get too hung up on appearances. People aren’t going to remember that you went with the less expensive food option, but they will remember a beautiful ceremony, and they will remember dancing with you.
Were there any online recourses that you found especially helpful?
I couldn’t have survived without Amazon Prime, Save On Crafts, Etsy, and of course Pinterest. I learned a lot about money saving tips from the A Practical Wedding blog. It helped us save so much money on flowers, which can really add up at a big wedding. We ordered my bouquet, the boutonnieres and the corsages from Wegmans, and my friends made the centerpieces and bridesmaid bouquets with flowers I ordered online from Sams Club’s bulk floral department. I think they turned out better than a professional florist, and I have to thank my friends Celia, Carolyn & Paulo for that!
What part of the planning process was most fun for you?
I love seeing little kids having fun at weddings, so we loved picking out the outfits for the 6 kids who made up our junior wedding party. We did flower crowns, ribbon belts, and ruffled bobby socks for the girls, and polka dot bow ties and leather suspenders for the boys. We also had a great time making activity packs for all the little kids who attended the wedding.
Where did you find inspiration for your wedding?
The benefit of being a slightly older bride is that I’ve attended tons of my friends’ and family members’ weddings and learned from their experiences. We had our junior wedding party ring little hand bells as they walked down the aisle, which was something I thought was adorable at my bridesmaid Kristy’s wedding. She also slipped out of her reception after nightfall for an amazing photo with her husband dipping her in front of a big neon sign, which I copied as well! We also set up a table inside the reception with photos of our grandparents who have passed away, because I found it really meaningful at two of my friends’ weddings.
What was your favorite wedding moment?
We loved being able to hang out with our guests during most of the cocktail hour because we got so many pictures done during our First Look. I highly recommend doing a First Look so that you can have more time to get in there and mingle with your guests. We rented out Glen Echo’s 1921 carousel for the cocktail hour, and I was so happy to see so many guests, young and old, taking a ride!
What was your favorite part of working with us?
Thomas was really personable and totally charmed my family and friends. I can be very awkward in photos, and he made me feel comfortable. He had his own suggestions for shots, but listened to my ideas too. He’s a great guy and a really talented photographer. Working with Roman to get everything arranged was smooth and stress-free.