I love multicultural weddings – especially when the two cultures are SO different. Marcella Treybig Photography dropped this one in our Two Bright Lights inbox, and though the details and overall look of the wedding is pretty traditional – it’s the couples’ backgrounds and cultures that are SO different and I just loved that. As Marcella said, “a great blend of how two worlds come together and how opposites really can attract”. He works in physical therapy and competes in physique competitions and she’s a soon-to-be lawyer. He’s White, Black, and Asian, and she’s Latina and Indian.. The other thing I really loved about this wedding was the insane number of awesome GROOMSMEN portraits! I could not get enough of them! This is not usually the case with wedding submissions, so I was super excited to get to open up today’s real Virginia wedding with something a bit different …
Anita & Geoff’s Multicultural, Intimate Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town
Photographer: Marcella Treybig Photography | DJ: Chris Styles DJs | Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcake | Dress Store: Global Bridal Gallery | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Venue: Top of the Town | Flowers: DIYed by Bridesmaid | Hair & Makeup: Done by Bridesmaids | Favors: Handmade lace bags by Bride’s Aunt with Penguin gummies inside! | Caterer: Zaika | Submitted via Two Bright Light
This wedding was a small wedding that was planned with having FUN in mind! The groom is a body builder and totally didn’t mind showing off for the camera. Even though both them and their families backgrounds were SO very different (culturally, religiously, education and ethnically) you could feel the love and dedication for making a strong family.
From the bride:
Both Geoff and I have grown up in the Northern Virginia/D.C. area our whole lives so were surprised by the breathtaking view we saw from Top of the Town. Despite living in area our whole lives, neither of us had ever seen our city in this way–we could not wait to share the amazing view with our friends and family.
I took the non-traditional route and let my bridesmaids pick out their own dresses within a light pink and gray color scheme. I felt that they each knew what looked best on them, and I wanted to let them have the freedom to buy a dress they liked within their budget. I thought they looked stunning!
After several disappointing hair and makeup trials, I trusted my bridesmaids to do my hair and makeup and I was so happy with the result!
Groom/Groomsmen portraits do not have to be boring. – AMEN!
Geoff made a last minute decision to switch the photo location for the groomsmen (thank goodness for our awesome photographer!). The groomsmen photos were shot with a graffiti background near Georgetown – these photos really reflect Geoff’s creative and unique personality. Geoff definitely did not want cookie-cutter photos!
Click inside for the rest of the images from Anita & Geoff’s Multicultural, Top of the Town Wedding in Virginia.
We drafted the wedding ceremony to reflect our personalities. My mom is Peruvian and my dad is Indian, Geoff’s father is German and Irish and his mother is Japanese and African-American. We tried best to incorporate our cultures during our wedding. Before our wedding at Top of the Town, we held a small Hindu Ceremony at the Durga Temple and during the ceremony at Top of the Town, we incorporated a Japanese proverb.
During the wedding ceremony, my best friend since 5th grade, Margot, read an excerpt from Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You Will Go.” We felt that this reading reflected our young, hopeful and fun perspective as a couple and our guests loved it!
Also, my bridesmaid Adrienne Chargios worked with a local flower shop to purchase all the flowers and made all the centerpieces, bridesmaids bouquets, and corsages. My bridesmaids also helped assemble various decorations such as the mirror with the table assignments. I’m a lucky girl to have such dedicated friends!
Our lace bags for wedding favors were handmade by Peruvian aunts. Instead the bags were penguin gummies. Geoff and I love penguins, in fact he proposed to me at the penguin exhibit in Central Park.
And this my friends is why you have your wedding at Top of the Town.
Congratulations Anita & Geoff! Thank you for sharing your beautiful, multicultural Top of the Town wedding with us. A special thanks again to Marcella Treybig Photography for sharing her images of this real Northern Virginia wedding.