March 20, 2013

{Real Wedding} Sasha & Andrew

Kawania (Kay) Wooten, CMP of Howerton+Wooten Events, LLC submitted this very unique wedding. Kay's company is a full-service event management boutique renowned for their "high touch" approach to every conference, event or wedding they plan. They are based in suburban Maryland, but the Howerton+Wooten Events’ professional team has experience planning amazing events throughout the continental U.S., Eastern Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. What I love about her company is that they embrace diversity, wholeheartedly, and have created an inclusive environment that welcomes all couples.

Kay shared some very interesting facts and information about Sasha & Andrew's personalized multicultural wedding. "This very special wedding was held in Arlington, Virginia, in front of the Netherlands Carillon. According to Wikipedia, "The Netherlands Carillon adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery was a gift from the people of the Netherlands to the people of the United States of America in 1954. The gift was made to thank the United States for its aid during and after World War II. First installed at a nearby site in 1954, the 49-bell carillon was moved to the present tower (designed by Joost Boks) in 1960. A 50th bell was added following Dutch- and American-sponsored renovations in 1995, and dedicated on May 5, the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands."  It is located next to the USMC War Memorial. This location was very meaningful to the couple because Andrew was a member of the United States Marine Corps. Before the couple began their recessional from the wedding, the groomsmen took their place to create a saber arch. Underneath the arch, the couple stopped in the arch to kiss one more time. They also used a sword to cut their wedding cake. Their wedding was very spiritual and personal, in fact a close friend of the couple's officiated their wedding. In addition, their wedding was very multicultural -- Their extensive travels and relationships created a multicultural wedding that would rival the United Nations." Thank you Kay for sharing!!

Ceremony: Netherlands Carillon Park, Arlington, Virginia // Reception: Fort Myer Officers Club at Fort Myer in Fort Myer, Virginia // Wedding Photography: Tony Richards Photography, Silver Spring, Maryland // Floral Design: Royal Floral Design // Wedding Cake: Patisserie Lille French Bakery // Wedding Planner: Howerton+Wooten Events

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