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The Kiss Kiss Players welcomed guests to Molly and Ryan’s wedding at Chase Court. The sound of strings in the ballroom was just magnificent!

 

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The trio touched depth, drama, and brought a deep sense of gravitas.

 

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There is a presence of emotion and energy that only live music can bring.

 

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Molly was a classic, traditional bride with red roses and a veil, on her father’s arm in a simple white dress trimmed and accessorized with pearls.

 

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The morning sun lit up the ballroom for their wedding ceremony!

 

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The wedding party carried the classic, traditional look with fur capes over red dresses for the ladies and more roses—white for her attendants and red for his.

 

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But that’s where tradition ended! Get ready for a color explosion!

 

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The ballroom turned into a kaleidoscope of color!

 

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Eight colors of napkins on every table, plus the favor boxes (which contained strips of paper and instructions on how to make paper stars), plus the incredible centerpieces.

 

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What’s most amazing is that the bride, with the help of family and friends, made all of these herself!

 

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And these…

 

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And this incredible backdrop for the gift table!

 

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Is this not the coolest card box! The bride’s very talented aunt made it as a gift for Molly and Ryan.

 

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Then the bride turned her attention to the ballroom window sills.

 

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The attention to detail was fabulous.

 

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Different colors all around the room.

 

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This one was my favorite!

 

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There were hundreds and hundreds of these, in the window sills and on the tables and scattered before the bride like rose pedals. Making everything took several months of work.

 

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The sweetheart table had a special, contrasting linen overlay.

 

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Then there was the cake…

 

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Cupcakes! With dinosaurs. The flavors included salted caramel and cookies and creme, among others.

 

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Yes, that’s bacon…

 

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The cutting cake, with truly unique cake toppers.

 

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Molly and Ryan’s wedding is an example of DIY design and fabrication done exceptionally well. The decor looked great throughout and the craftsmanship was superb.

Beside an excellent design sense, doing DIY decor design well calls for tremendous attention to detail and a high level of communication with the venue and the caterer in the planning process. Not only does that insure that everything will fall into place easily and effortlessly on wedding day, but the wedding professionals can contribute useful ideas.

Creative collaboration worked well for Molly and Ryan’s wedding. For example, one of the ideas we presented was choosing contrasting color linens overlays for service tables. They liked that idea, so the white linen that was on their guest tables was accented on the buffet, beverage, and gift tables with a blue overlay, on the cake table with blue and lime green, and on the sweetheart table with orange. The total effect was absolutely stunning.

Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Zeffert & Gold Catering and Event Planning
Photography: L. Hewitt Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)
DJ: Steve Pawlak
Officiant: Rosemary Asquino
Ceremony Music: Kiss Kiss Players (That’s the Chase Court garden on their home page!)
Cake and Cupcakes: Iced Gems
Lodging: Hotel Brexton

—David

  • Bernadette Blair - Beautiful and clever – a wonderful beginning for Molly and Ryan’s wonderful new life. Praying them continuing Blessings and Joy in their marriage. B.

  • Leah - So great to see these online, David! Seeing my friends’ wedding online is such a delight and I love your descriptions throughout the post. Great meeting you!

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Patti’s jubilant mother and father walked her into the ballroom and down the aisle.

 

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Stars were hung from the chandeliers for their New Year’s wedding!

 

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Thirteen ribbons were made fast around the bride and groom’s hands by thirteen of their friends and family. The color of each ribbon carried special significance.

 

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Pattis’ father wrapped the gray ribbon, symbolizing balance in their life together.

 

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The Reverend Jeff Maszal fashioned a knot to unite all of the ribbons and with it all of their desires, dreams, happiness, and love.

 

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Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Zeffert & Gold Catering and Event Planning
Flowers: Fleur de Lis Florist
Photography: Jason Putsché Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)
DJ: Ridiculous Entertainment
Officiant: Wedding Ceremonies by Jeff
Transportation: On the Town Limousines

—David

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Guests found hints of things to come as they came down the path through the entrance garden.

 

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It was a glorious late-October day and the ceremony garden looked magnificent! Crimson & Clover Floral Design hung sparkly candle lanterns from the trees all over the garden to add to the gloriousness.

 

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Cool sign, and a beautiful four-color program book!

 

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Patrick, about to walk down the aisle. Does he look a bit nervous?

 

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Alex is ready! If you can tear your eyes away from this spectacular bride, notice the lace-wrapped pumpkins on her right.

 

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Hallowedding escort card holders!

 

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Copper wire with a twist, nice card stock, and elegant lettering created an inviting, perfect-for-the-theme presentation!

 

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Speaking of perfect presentation, the table decor carried the theme in a most elegant manor, with gorgeous tall candle lanterns alternating tables with candle-bearing floral centerpieces.

 

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Monochromatic table lines have an elegance all their own, especially when they’re accentuated by table decor in rich, soft tones.

 

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The table numbers were personalized and lighted, fitting into the decor rather than being visually jarring.

 

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The candle lanterns hanging from the trees, our uplighting on the granite walls, and the soft downlighting from high above made the garden an inviting place for socializing after dark!
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Cocktails were served in the Library, which you can see through the windows on the right, so it was easy for guests to grab a drink and hang out in the garden. They weren’t far from the dancing, either. Look carefully through the open doors and you can just see one of the ballroom chandeliers.

 

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Venue: Chase Court
Catering: The Pantry Catering
Floral Design: Crimson & Clover Floral Design
Officiant: Phil Hiotis
DJ: Jim Stanton, Soundsations
Photography: Chris Bavaria Weddings (Images above by Chase Court.)
Cake: Dudley’s Desserts

There are more photographs from Alex and Patrick’s Hallowedding on the Chris Bavaria Weddings web site.

—David

There are times of the year when it’s too cold to comfortably mingle out in the garden. No matter, for most events at Chase Court, the library, foyer, and ballroom provide plenty of space. But for others, a little more stretch-out space has value. Putting a tent up in the ceremony garden is a great way to add more warm and dry space or to simply create something different to enhance your guest’s experience.

We’ve had tents in the garden in the past, but they have always been white canopies with windows in white side panels. The effect has been to boxed the garden and architecture out, leaving a space that felt very, well, tent-like. So, for a long time we didn’t recommended tenting.

But, not anymore! Enter the clear tent!

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Looking up at the trees, buildings, and sky through a clear canopy is almost a transcendent experience! The clear canopy and sides make the tent is as invisible as any tent could ever be, and make maximum use of the garden and fabulous gothic architecture. They open views in every direction and avoid the boxy, closed-in feeling of big white, mood-killing panels. The clear tent creates a delicious intimacy, one that can be wonderfully enhanced with creative decor. It’s a special and unique space for socializing early in an event and quiet talk later.

 

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Once you’ve decided to use a tent, there is a lot you can do to dress it up!

Decor
Lighting is key. The lighting effects that come through the clear tent from our own lighting are spectacular! Perimeter lighting around the frame of the tent is de rigueur, preferably in LEDs. Pin spots shining on the tables, twinkling lights wrapped around the poles, paper lanterns hung inside and around the edges, all can help set the mood and add excitement.

Loane Bros. who installed this tent, will even install your special lighting for you.

By the way, something to watch when planning the lighting is the total electrical load, bearing in mind what each circuit can handle. LEDs have the advantage here, consuming a fraction of the electricity that incandescents use.

 

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Flooring is easy. The brick and Pennsylvania bluestone “flooring” in the garden is perfect. No additional flooring is required!

Tents used at Chase Court are all frame tents, which as you can see have a metal frame supporting the canopy and poles around the perimeter. The poles can be wrapped in fabric for an elegant look, and even wrapped in lights!

 

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In tent furnishing, more is better! Cocktail-size tables, both high for standing and low with seating, go great in tents. You can ramp it up with fancier seating, including sofas and other casual pieces. An hors d’oeuvres station works great, and sometimes a second bar is worth the effort. Passed hors d’oeuvres service into the tent is always a good idea, and adds an element of surprise for your guests.

Melanie Brzozowski, decor maven extraordinaire at Select Event Group, suggests that you use linens that take advantage of all of the lighting, both from inside the tent and the light coming through the clear canopy and sides. Key word: sequins! Linens that reflect the light, either with sequins or metallic embroidery, will look great. You can couple them with reflective centerpieces for a deep, shimmering effect. Melanie says to mix it up. You don’t have to do a lot. At the very least, colorful linens go a long way, and they’re not expensive!
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When to Tent
The season for tenting at Chase Court runs from late October to late March. Brian Loane, of Loane Bros., great, great, great grandson of the company founder, says that clear tents can’t be installed in very cold temperatures, the threshold being the low 20s.

Heating
Heat retention with the clear tent is excellent. If the temperature is going to be in the fifties or below, you may want to add a heater or two. The tent company or your caterer can supply them. Heaters are cheap and easy.

You can see here that we left both long sides off for this late October reception, when the temperatures were still very mild.  Even in cooler weather, the building forms a reasonable “side.”

 

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Capacity
Adding a tent extends the space for hors d’oeuvres and cocktail service, socializing, and quiet conversation, but it does not extend Chase Court’s overall capacity, which is based on the ballroom capacity. Chase Court comfortably accommodates up to 125 guests for a seated dinner or up to 150 cocktail-style.

 

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Cost
Cost for a clear tent that covers the full width of the garden from the doorway to the cast iron fence and all the way over the pond, including installation and removal, runs from $1,500 to $2,000, depending on the vendor and how you fit it out. Installation at Chase Court only takes a couple of hours, since the ceremony garden is protected from the wind and there are good anchor points available. Installation is sometimes scheduled for the day before your event.

When to Order
If you’re planning to use a tent, you’ll want to reserve your date with the tent company well in advance. Loane Bros. advises calling at least a month in advance for events held during April, May, June and September or October. Can you get a tent on shorter notice? Possibly, but you wouldn’t want to count on it.

 

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Most events at Chase Court don’t need a tent, but when you do, clear is the way to go!

Venue
Chase Court

Catering for the Event Shown
The Pantry Catering

Tents and Decor
Loane Bros.
Select Event Group
Party Plus

—David

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Five years in, after meeting at work, Janet and Cindy walked down the aisle together at Chase Court to be married in the garden.

 

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It was a spectacular mid-October day!

 

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The wedding rings were passed through their guest’s hands for their good wishes and blessings.

 

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They had a New Orleans-themed reception, with each table named for a section of that city, and beads on every chair for their guests to wear. The menu included Crawfish Etoufee, Andouille Sausage, Cajun Shrimp and Grits, and Oyster Po’ Boy Sliders, among many other things, with Mini Bêté Noir, Creme Brûlée, and Mini Fruit tarts for dessert!

 

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Janet and Cindy are the 27th same-sex couple to be married at Chase Court.

Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Rouge Fine Catering
Officiant: The Rev. Jan Hamill
Flowers: Rutland Beard Florist of Ruxton
Entertainment: Perseverance Jazz Band
Photography: Lovestruck Images (Images above by Chase Court.)

—David

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