A December to Remember: Susana and Vidal’s Winter Wedding Delight

On the brisk and beautiful morning of December 9th, 2023, the Million K Production team embarked on a journey to the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, brimming with anticipation and excitement. We were about to capture the essence of a remarkable day in the lives of Susana Contreras-Mendez and Vidal Hines, a couple whose love story was as enchanting as the winter season itself.

A beautiful bride getting ready with the bridemaids in Marriot Hotel in Washington DC for their wedding day

The air was crisp with winter’s touch, but nothing could match the warmth and joy emanating from the bridal suite. As we entered, we were greeted by a scene of elegant preparation and heartfelt camaraderie. Susana, radiant in her bridal gown, was a vision of grace, her smile reflecting the happiness of the day. Her bridesmaid, diligently adding the final touches to her dress, symbolized the bond and support that had brought them to this momentous day.

In contrast, a few doors down, the atmosphere buzzed with a different kind of energy. Vidal and his groomsmen, the 'boys', were immersed in a whirl of laughter and good-natured banter. The room was filled with the spirit of celebration, encapsulated perfectly as Vidal’s best man assisted him in donning his striking white tuxedo over his golden and black attire. The scene was effortlessly complemented by the presence of his son, Prince, adorably dressed in all white, mirroring his father’s elegance.

Amidst this jovial gathering, a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne stood as a symbol of the day’s festivities, its bubbles as effervescent as the excitement in the air. Our cameras were ready to capture every smile, every tender moment, and the unspoken stories that unfolded in these early hours.

As we prepared to document the journey of Susana and Vidal’s wedding day, we knew that these moments were more than just preludes to a ceremony; they were the threads that wove together a tapestry of memories, each one to be cherished and remembered.

Join us as we recount the story of Susana and Vidal’s enchanting winter wedding – a celebration that was not just an event, but a testament to love, family, and the joyous beginning of a lifelong journey together.

The Journey to the Ceremony: A Moment of Elegance and Anticipation

As the final shots of the getting ready phase were captured, Susana and her bridal party, brimming with excitement, decided to grace the hotel lobby with their presence. The Courtyard by Marriott, not just a venue but a crucial part of this special day, showcased its ability to host such significant occasions with a decor that echoed the grandeur and joy of weddings. Located a mere five-minute walk from the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, the hotel’s proximity to the church added a layer of convenience and charm to the day's unfolding events.

In these moments, our lenses focused on the radiant beauty of Susana, adorned in gold, standing out against the elegant black attire of her bridal party. The contrast was striking, with the bride's pristine white pajamas adding to the anticipation of her transformation into the wedding dress. The first look, a moment filled with emotions, was set against the backdrop of the hotel’s sophisticated ambiance. Vidal, awaiting his bride, was a picture of excitement and admiration as Susana approached and revealed herself in her stunning wedding gown. The cold of the December air was no match for the warmth of their love and excitement, which seemed to envelop them in an invisible, cozy embrace.

The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle: A Venue Steeped in History and Beauty

Susana & Vidal's Wedding Ceremony Venue at The Cathedral of St. Matthew

As the party made their way to the ceremony, the grandeur of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle awaited. This historic cathedral, not just an architectural marvel but also a place rich in history, has been a witness to many significant events, including the funeral mass of President John F. Kennedy. Its walls, steeped in history, added a profound sense of significance to the wedding ceremony.

Upon arrival, our team was struck by the cathedral's breathtaking interior. The vast space, with ample seating, welcomed guests into an ambiance of reverence and celebration. The interior, lit beautifully, created an ethereal setting perfect for a wedding. The cathedral’s rich history, combined with its stunning decor, made it an ideal location for Susana and Vidal’s special day, providing a backdrop that was both meaningful and visually spectacular.

The Ceremony: A Union in a Historic Sanctuary

As guests settled into their seats, the cathedral, with its historic charm and modern-day vibrancy, set the stage for an unforgettable ceremony. The air was filled with anticipation, the guests' excitement palpable as they awaited the couple's arrival. In this sacred space, where the past and present intertwine, Susana and Vidal were about to embark on their journey as a married couple, surrounded by friends, family, and the enduring spirit of a venue that has stood the test of time.

As the officiant made his way down the aisle, signaling the commencement of Susana and Vidal’s cherished moment, our cameras at Million K Production were strategically positioned, ready to capture the ceremony from every angle. The guests, a blend of those physically present and others joining virtually via our live stream, were a testament to our belief that everyone who matters should witness the joy of union, no matter where they are.

The Ceremony: A Tapestry of Emotions and Timeless Vows

Vidal, in his striking white tuxedo, black pants, and golden jacket, radiated pride and happiness. His anticipation was palpable, a mirror of the excitement shared by the bridal party as they gracefully made their way down the aisle. The groomsmen, dapper in black, and the bridesmaids, resplendent in golden dresses with white flowers, set a picturesque scene for the bride’s grand entrance.

As Susana appeared, the aura of the ceremony shifted to a new level of enchantment. Escorted down the aisle, she was a vision of beauty and grace, her approach leaving Vidal awestruck with joy and admiration. Throughout the ceremony, the officiant's light-hearted jokes punctuated the air, adding a unique touch of warmth and personality to the proceedings.

The exchange of vows and rings was a deeply moving sight, further enhanced by the traditional lasso ceremony. A couple encircled the Susana & Vidal with a lasso chain, symbolically binding them together in unity and blessing. The culmination of the ceremony, marked by their first kiss as husband and wife, was met with thunderous applause and cheers, an outpouring of love and happiness from their guests.

Post-ceremony, we swiftly captured photographs with essential family members before attending the reception. Under the expert guidance of Andrea Bellamore, our Director of Photography, the formal photoshoot inside the church was a seamless blend of professionalism and creativity. Andrea’s experience as a professional actress from Rutgers University was invaluable in orchestrating the group, ensuring every photo was perfect.

A Moment Beside Monuments: The Private Photoshoot

Leaving the church, we journeyed with the couple to the Washington Memorial Monuments, a location that held special significance for them. The setting sun cast a golden glow over the monuments, providing a breathtaking backdrop for Susana and Vidal’s private photoshoot. The reflection of the sky on the water, the picturesque sunset, and the iconic monuments all combined to create a dreamlike atmosphere. The bridesmaids and groomsmen, in their stunning attire, added to the elegance of the photoshoot, making it an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

As we captured these moments, it was clear that this was more than just a photoshoot; it was a celebration of love, dreams, and the start of a new journey together.

With hearts full of joy and cameras loaded with memories, we prepared to transition to the reception. The day had been a beautiful journey so far, and we knew the celebration was set to continue with even more vibrancy and excitement.

A Toast to New Beginnings: The Reception at Cherry Hill Ballroom

After witnessing the grandeur of their wedding at the Cathedral of St. Matthew Apostle, we journeyed to Cherry Hill Ballroom for the reception. The hall, adorned in white and gold with black accents, was a haven of elegance and excitement. As we entered, guests were already reveling in the cocktail hour, enjoying a lavish spread of desserts, fruits, and a blend of cultural delicacies. The air was thick with anticipation for the newlyweds' arrival.

The grand entrance of Susana and Vidal was nothing short of spectacular. Vidal, holding Susana’s hand and a bottle of champagne, symbolized the start of a night filled with joy and celebration. Their first dance, swaying to “Always and Forever” by Heatwave, was a picturesque moment. The golden hues of the room, combined with the couple’s palpable love, created an ambiance that was both romantic and festive.

The reception was interspersed with heartfelt speeches from the bridal party, offering wisdom and well-wishes. Vidal's speech, particularly poignant, was a tribute to his mother, acknowledging her unwavering support. This was followed by the lively bouquet and garter toss, adding a playful element to the festivities.

Cultural Fusion: A Night of African Elegance

As the evening progressed, the couple and guests adorned themselves in Ashoebi, traditional African attire, infusing the celebration with cultural heritage and vibrant colors. The money dance, a tradition symbolizing prosperity and good fortune, enveloped the couple in a circle of love and generosity.

The Cake Cutting: A Symbolic Moment

The cake-cutting ceremony, an emblematic part of any wedding, was captured in all its glory. The couple’s gentle exchange of cake bites was a tender moment that resonated with the guests, and our cameras were there to immortalize it.

In a final outfit change, Susana and Vidal appeared in stunning black attire with gold accents, a nod to the day's recurring theme of elegance and grandeur. This change was not just about style; it was a testament to their attention to detail, an aspect we at Million K Production hold in high regard.

A Heartfelt Thank You

The reception was like stepping into a party from a dream. Think mouth-watering treats, laughter echoing around, and everyone dressed to impress. When Susana and Vidal hit the dance floor, it was magical – those first dance moments were straight out of a fairytale. And let’s not forget the speeches that tugged at our heartstrings, especially Vidal's shoutout to his mom. Talk about #FamilyGoals!

Now, who could ignore the epic outfit changes? From the traditional Ashoebi to their sleek black and gold getups, they kept us guessing what was next. The money dance was lit, showering blessings and good vibes all around. And that cake-cutting moment? Picture-perfect.

As the night drew to a close, we reflected on the joy and beauty of the day. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the vendors, especially DJ Kwezi, for their contributions to this magnificent wedding. To Susana and Vidal, thank you for entrusting Million K Production with capturing your wedding day. Your trust in us was not just a business transaction; it was an honor to be part of your love story.

A Day to Remember with Million K Production

What a ride it's been with Susana and Vidal! From the heartfelt vows at the Cathedral of St. Matthew Apostle to the lively beats at Cherry Hill Ballroom, every moment of their wedding was a blast. The mix of traditional elegance and vibrant African culture was like watching a cool movie come to life. Vidal, looking sharp in his gold and black, and Susana, dazzling in her gown, totally nailed their big day.

At Million K Production, we’re all about keeping it real and making sure your wedding is as unforgettable as Susana and Vidal’s. Whether you’re all about that classic style or want to mix it up with something unique, we've got you covered. Our cameras don’t just click; they capture the laughter, the tears, and all the love.

So, if you're gearing up for your big day and want it to be as epic as this one, hit us up! Check out that ‘Book Now’ button and let's make some magic happen. We’re not just about filming weddings; we're about creating memories that you’ll look back on and say, “Yeah, we did that, and it was awesome!”

Big thanks again to Susana and Vidal for letting us be part of their incredible journey. Here's to love, laughter, and happily ever after! 🎉📸