HBO’s VEEP Comes to Chase Court!

Special orange signs were hung up and down Chase Street last week.

 

There were lots of strange-looking things scattered around! These big cables led to large super-silent generators that were mounted on trailers. They powered some really big lights—on the order of 1,000 watts each.

 

All kinds of interesting things were on the street. They came in by the tractor-trailer load.

 

Talk about Tinker Toys! There were lots and lots of these!

 

These boxes are called “apple crates” in the ‘biz. Useful for making things and people higher.

 

Shooting took place across the street. The big green scissor lift had a huge light mounted on it, shining through a window.

 

Television production takes lots of light!

Have I mentioned what was going on? HBO’s “VEEP“, a television series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which is now in its second season, was shooting in our part of the neighborhood. They needed a place to feed their extras and crew, so they asked us to help. Of course, we said yes, and it worked out perfectly!

 

Guess who! All of the cast members had a trailer, which some of them shared. This trailer was the largest, with pop-out bay windows and only a single occupant.

 

On the set! That’s Reid Scott on the left, playing Dan Egan, and Matt Walsh next to him, playing Mike McLintock. The “members of the press” that you see on the right are actually actors. You can just see the light from one of those big movie lights behind Reid and Matt.

 

Now we’re getting to our part! There are an unbelievable number of people involved in television production, and they have to eat somewhere! Chase Court provided the dining space for all of the crew and extras–and as it turned out, the cast. More on that later.

 

Marios‘ people travel around the country with film companies. The food that comes out of these trucks is outstanding, on a par with any from our Approved Caterers. It’s really amazing.

 

Yes, it was whipped cream, and we couldn’t say no when he offered us a taste!

 

Those are massive flank steaks on the grill!

 

It’s possible to eat lightly on a television production shoot, but it isn’t easy!

 

Fancy gives way to expediency in film industry signage!

 

Lots of salad toppings were laid out in the Chase Court ballroom.

 

Luscious fruit, and there was a whole ice cream station, with sundaes and smoothies.

 

I had the pleasure of being invited to dinner, so I can tell you that this baked potato (I cheated the diet and added sour cream!), broccoli, bed of brown rice and greens and especially the salmon were all delicious!

 

Serious salad!

 

Apple pie ala mode, with a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie!

 

It looks a little different from a wedding, doesn’t it? Four long rows of tables seat up to 175 in the ballroom in a cafeteria-style arrangement.

The Teamsters eat first, which is the way of the film industry, then the crew and the extras come in. To my surprise, nearly the whole cast came for supper, including Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Jonah Ryan, and…Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The hours are long, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s great to have the film industry back working in Baltimore! —David

VEEP on Facebook

Jonathan & Brian, February 23, 2013!

Guests gathered in the Ballroom for the ceremony. That’s Ken Kolodner in the background, playing the hammered dulcimer.

 

We’ve been doing same-sex “commitment ceremonies” since 2004. This is our first same-sex ceremony, under the new Maryland law, that is legally a wedding. Hurrah!

 

The Rev. Richele Eraso, on the right, was the officiant.

 

 

 

Jonathan and Brian are known for their “Doctor Who” exits!

 

The decor was stunning! Red and orange rocked on top of the neutral cream and brown tones of the Ballroom. The banner over the fireplace was hung after the ceremony, while the guests were in the Library and Foyer for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (you’ll see it more clearly below).

 

 

 

Everyone involved was ecstatic, especially these two!

Here’s the feature story on their wedding in the Washington Post!

Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Sascha’s Catering
Flowers: Fleur de Lis Florist
Lighting: Event Dynamics
Officiant: The Rev. Richele Eraso
Ceremony Music: Ken Kolodner
Photography: Jen Johnston (Images above by Chase Court.)
Cake: Patisserie Poupon
Tables and Chairs: Select Event Rentals

—David

The Knot Best of Weddings 2013 Pick


Chase Court is honored that our own brides and grooms have expressed their appreciation for our work to The Knot and that The Knot has honored us as a The Knot Best of Weddings 2013 pick! Thank you!!!

What’s important to us is that every one of our couples get our loving care in creating wonderful celebration experiences, without stress or worry. We and our invaluable vendor partners love making that happen! Thank you for the gifts of your presence, and for your appreciation! —David

Wedding Ceremony in the Ballroom

 

The bride and her father. Just before they walked down the aisle together, he said to her, “You have always been beautiful, but I have never seen you as beautiful as you are today.”

 

 

The parents of the groom beamed as the father of the bride presented his daughter to their son.

 

The bride’s brother, Hanifa, officiated.

 

The stunning flowers were done by JJ Cummings.

 

 

They shared a long and deeply heart-felt kiss!

 

Married!

 

 

 

 

They danced for joy, all the way out!

Venue: Chase Court
Caterer: Absolutely Perfect Catering
Flowers: JJ Cummings
Officiant: Hanifa Jones
DJ: Sounds Sensational
Photography: Accent Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)

—David

Same-Sex Marriage Celebration!

 

Last week we had a super-fabulous celebration at Chase Court hosted by Equality Maryland to celebrate the writing into law of same-sex marriage in Maryland. It was an over-the-top sampling of food, drink, decor, entertainment, and more. Take a look…

 

Can you tell that something special was about to happen?

 

Those beautiful little jewel-like LED lanterns from Crimson & Clover Floral Design were hung in the trees, teasing the eye and showing the way through the entrance garden.

 

The lights were turned down low and the fire in the fireplace was burning brightly. Sparkly linens, very cool floating candles in tall glass vases, and a slick airbrushed cake were just the start!

 

Yummy goodies from Chef’s Expressions were on the tables, surrounded by hydrangeas bursting out of shiny vases. Oh, and the drapes… All the way to the ceiling—fifteen feet tall!

 

We were rocking the bling with crystals suspended from the chandeliers and sparkly-tufted furniture. The photographs just begin to describe how all that draping changed the look and feel of the ballroom.

 

The total effect was spectacular!

 

It was a wonderful party! Our thanks to Equality Maryland for their part in making same-sex marriage legal in Maryland!

Here is the article in the Washington Blade about the event.

There are more photographs of the event here.

Equality Maryland is Maryland’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights group, with thousands of members and supporters across the state. Equality Maryland works to secure and protect the rights of LGBT Marylanders by promoting legislative initiatives on the state, county and municipal levels. Their work is far from over. Your support means a lot!

Venue: Chase Court
Event Production: Boutique Events
Caterer: Chef’s Expressions
Linens: Gala Cloths
Flowers: Crimson & Clover Floral Design
DJ: Absolute Entertainment
Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)
Pipe & Drape: Fabrication Events
Furniture: American Furniture Rental
Cake: Baltimore Cakery
Wine: Barefoot Winery
Vodka: Sloop Betty Vodka
Stilt Walker: Entertainment Exchange
Graphics: Lynn Theresa Designs
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth

—David