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The vendors you select are crucial to a successful wedding. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the best vendors this industry has to offer and I only recommend vendors I trust. Although they do come highly recommended, please do your research and make sure their style and reviews match your expectations! So, who are my favorite Washington DC wedding vendors?

Wedding Planners and Coordinators

Birch Event Design

Julie Park from Birch Event Design is my go-to planner and coordinator. I’ve worked with Julie more times than I count and it’s ridiculous how much more smoothly the day goes when she’s there.

Chris Ferenzi and Julie Park pose for a photo at a wedding.

DJs

I’ve worked with dozens of different wedding DJs, but these two consistently fill the dance floor.

Evan Reitmeyer / MyDeeJay

Here you can see Evan giving me the “why are you taking my picture?” face. You can contact Evan through MyDeeJay.

A portrait of DJ Evan Reitmeyer from MyDeeJay.
Father of the Bride dancing to the music of DJ Evan Reitmeyer from MyDeeJay.
Wedding guests dancing to the music of DJ Evan Reitmeyer from MyDeeJay.

DJ Romin / Zandi Entertainment

Romin was too in-the-zone to catch me taking this photo. Or maybe he didn’t notice because I was hiding behind a pole and some string lights…

You can reach out to Romin here.

DJ Romin Zandi mixes music for the wedding reception dance floor.
Guests laugh and dance to the music of DJ Romin Zandi.
The bride enjoys the music of DJ Romin Zandi at her wedding reception.

Bands and Live Music

If you prefer live music to a DJ, both Doctor’s Orders and NightLife are excellent and perform music from a wide variety of genres. Both groups have performed at multiple weddings and events I’ve photographed. Bonus points for having excellent style.

Doctor’s Orders

The band Doctor's Orders performs at District Winery.
The band Doctor's Orders performs at District Winery.
The band Doctor's Orders performs at District Winery.
The band Doctor's Orders performs at District Winery.

Night Life

The band NightLife performs at a wedding reception.
The band NightLife performs at a wedding reception.

Makeup Artists

Carla Pressley

Meet Carla, your makeup specialist! I’ve worked with her many times and she has a very calming effect on everyone (very important for a wedding day). Her past clients include the likes of Project Runway, Macy’s, RuPaul, and Martha Stewart Weddings.

Carla Pressley applies lipstick to the bride.
Carla Pressley puts the final touches on the mother of the groom's hair.

Rachel Lane

Rachel Lane is freelance makeup artist with a focus on bridal and fashion, and she always manages to have awesome hair.

Makeup artist Rachel Lane does the makeup for the bride's mother.
Rachel Lane does the makeup for a bride.

Hair

Shear Society Studio

Heather is a hair artist and has the pedigree to back it. She’s trained under Paul Mitchell, Arrojo, Aveda, Ted Gibson, Martin Parsons, and Vidal Sassoon. She also loves dogs, especially rescue dogs, and I’ve photographed a “Rescue Dogs with Models” shoot with her (which was AMAZING).

Heather Leiss puts the final touches on the model's hair.

Videographer

Are you looking for a wedding photographer and videographer? Both Mwita (from Mwendo Weddings) and Andrew and Omar (from Ten Twenty Seven Films) are excellent filmmakers. They don’t just provide “video from your wedding” but rather a film documenting your day.

Check out their work below.

Mwendo Weddings

Ten Twenty Seven Films

Photo Booth

SNAPBASH

I love Lucy and David. They’re super goofy and awesome to be around. PLUS, Lucy is a self-described “prop-aholic” – she prides herself on creating the very best custom props for guests to enjoy.

The owners of SnapBash Photobooths, Lucy and David, pose pose with an antique photo and dragon prop.

Jon Fleming Photobooths

Jon Fleming Photography offers photo booth rentals for weddings (and other events) in Washington DC. The open-air design offers features such as instant printing and social media sharing (and they can all have your customized design)! Rentals include a choice of backdrop and fun (ridiculous) props. IN SUMMARY, photo booths are an awesome way to keep guests entertained (especially after they’ve hit the bar…) and provides them with a nice keepsake from your day.

This first photo is Jon and myself testing out the booth : )

Chris Ferenzi and Jon Fleming posing in a photobooth with a rainbow prop.
Wedding guests using the photobooth provided by Jon Fleming Photobooths.

Florist

Rocking Bird Flower Co.

I think Meredith says it all: “Once upon a time, I thought I’d start a girl band and call it The Rocking Birds. That never really happened, so I started a flower company instead. We specialize in free-form natural arrangements, and weddings and special events are our jam. We love making Washington, DC just a little bit wilder.”

Check out her beautiful arrangements below and her website here.

A wedding flower arrangement by Meredith Wallace of Rocking Bird Flower Co. sits on an antique chair.

Officiant

Rev. Kiana Hebron / Ceremony Officiants

It’s almost amusing how many times I’ve worked with Kiana. Sometimes, I known in advance. Sometimes I show up and she just happens to be there. I haven’t determined whether or not she’s stalking me…

She actually has a B.S. in Biology and worked for the Baltimore City Public School system before becoming an officiant. She’s also a proud member of the LGBT community (“believing whole-heartedly that love is love”), has a deeply rooted sense of spirituality, and honors all religious and secular backgrounds.

I highly recommend her : )

Wedding officiant Reverend Kiana Hebron laughs with the newlyweds during the wedding ceremony on the National Mall.

Catering

Both Get Plated and Well Dunn are based in the Washington DC area and provide an unexpectedly varied range of food. I love when either of them cater weddings I photograph because then I get to enjoy their delicious creations. Reminder: always feed your vendors the good stuff. Cold ham sandwiches are a big no-no : )

Get Plated

Sauces on display at wedding reception.
Old Bay seasoning on display at a wedding reception.
Hot sauce and truffle oil on display.

Well Dunn Catering

A beef entree from Well Dunn Catering at the Fathom Gallery in Washington, DC.
Pulled pork in a lime with cabbage made by Well Dunn Catering at the Fathom Gallery in Washington, DC.
A dessert spread from Well Dunn Catering at the Fathom Gallery in Washington, DC.

Timber Pizza Co.

Everyone loves pizza and this is a great way to turn your normal wedding catering upside down. Timber Pizza Co. arrives with a wood-fired oven on wheels and bakes all their pizza on-site. As you can imagine, it smells great. They also offer gluten free crust!

Wood-fired oven cooked pizza from Timber Pizza being served at a wedding.

Cake / Dessert

Cakes by Gene

cakes by gene began with the need for a cheeseburger shaped cake for his husband’s 30th birthday. After that, he began to show up at friends’ birthday parties with fun and delicious cakes and other baked goods. For several years, he sold to friends, or friends of friends. Ultimately, he left his full-time job, and is now focused solely on bringing beautiful and fun (and great tasting!) cakes to the DMV area. Sometimes, those cakes have rainbows and unicorns. I suggest you request those specifically.

Three wedding cakes made by Cakes by Gene.

Buttercream Bakeshop

As pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac (along with partner Alexandra Mudry-Till) say on their website, “we believe in bringing your most creative ideas to life. With sugar. And flour. And butter. And lots of it.”

That’s really all you need for an excellent and delicious cake, right?

A wedding cake from Buttercream Bakeshop with a "love" cake topper.

District Doughnuts

They spell it “doughnuts” which I suppose is the “correct” spelling. But I prefer “donuts.” I prefer donuts on display, tiered in layout, and hanging on tiny pegs on large custom-made walls. Donuts are awesome, and District Doughnuts makes the best ones around.

Guests looking at dessert from District Doughnuts on a custom made wooden display stand.
A closeup of doughnuts from District Doughnuts.

Calligraphy / Invitations

Calligraphette & Co.

Nika designs wedding stationery (which is sometimes on HANDMADE PAPER). That’s dedication. She’s also been known to make place cards on oyster shells (especially important if you’re having your wedding near the Chesapeake Bay).

Custom calligraphy made by Nika from Calligraphette & Co.
Custom calligraphy made by Nika from Calligraphette & Co.

Guest Experiences

Fiat Luxe Custom Tours

I’ve noticed that many of the couples who get married in DC aren’t actually from DC or even the surrounding areas. That’s why it’s important to make sure guests coming in from all over the place have something to do if they stay for a few days before or after the wedding. AJ of Fiat Luxe Tours offers private tours of  DC’s most historic neighborhoods and iconic sites. And, there’s a ghost tour if you’re here in October!

The Supreme Court and Lincoln Memorial
Inside the Smithsonian Native American and Air and Space Museums.

Let me know if you’d like more info on working with the best wedding vendor team ever : )

My mission is to capture bold, modern, and distinctive photos for unconventional couples. I want to make you look epic, awesome, amazing, beautiful, and dapper – all the things you like and none of the things you don’t. Most importantly, I want to capture what makes you you.

If this sounds like you and your partner, I’d love to hear more about your dream wedding! Please reach out to me regarding availably and pricing. You can also e-mail me at chris@chrisferenzi.com.

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