Jessica and Jeff’s August wedding was a luxurious, multicultural affair, full of love and laughter. Choreographed dances, outfit changes, and some great music made this bash at the Ritz-Carlton in McLean, VA a wedding to remember.
After an offsite ceremony, the party arrived at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner for feasting and festivities. This is one swanky venue, with crystal chandeliers, designer decor, and spaces for both intimate and large-scale weddings. At 14,000 square feet, the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom is the largest luxury ballroom in Northern Virginia, and it had plenty of room for Jeff and Jessica’s 150 guests.
The couple jazzed up the space a little more with uplighting in a soft blush by Maryland’s DJ. Blush is one of our favorite uplighting colors. It casts a romantic glow and it’s super flattering for photos. They also rented one of our touchless photo booths, so their guests could take fun pictures and share them immediately to their social media.
But for the professional photos, only the best would do—even if that meant flying her in for the weekend. The day’s photographer was Rachael Horton of Atlanta, Georgia-based Aurora Photography. After shooting the couple’s gorgeous engagement photos in Washington, DC, Jeff and Jessica knew they had to bring her out for their Northern Virginia wedding, too. See some of the photos from their engagement shoot here!
For most weddings, the bride and groom choose a single song for the parent, wedding party, and couple introductions. But Jessica and Jeff chose to have different songs for different groups. So DJ Jordan had to be on top of things! For the parents of the bride and groom, they chose Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Next they switched it up with Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling for the wedding party. Finally, the newly-married pair made their entrance to I Get to Love You by Ruelle. It was a nice change to use a slow song for an introduction since they’re usually upbeat!
Jeff and Jessica didn’t just do a nice sway back and forth for their first dance—they had a full choreographed number planned to Fire on Fire by Sam Smith. Then Jessica and her father danced to My Little Girl by Tim McGraw, followed by Jeff and his mother to Forever Now by Michael Bublé.
Jessica is of Vietnamese descent, so she and Jeff honored her heritage with an outfit change to Vietnamese áo dài. Jessica’s was in red, which is the color for happiness, luck, and prosperity. That halo-like headpiece is called a khan dong. We love to see traditional wedding outfits from different cultures. It helps younger generations stay connected to their ancestry and broadens the horizons of wedding guests from other ways of life.
DJ Jordan had a fantastic time bringing the party to Jeff and Jessica’s big day. Let one of our experienced and fun-loving DJs do the same for you. Fill out our online form to check availability and reserve your date!
All photos by Aurora Photography
Wednesday, October 20, 2021