Claudia and Dave’s Wedding


October 5th, 2003
At Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland 


Anderson Pavalion at Brookside Gardens
(Just a pretty picture)  


Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 


Brookside Gardens is located in Wheaton (official address Silver Spring), Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC.



Weather responded beautifully - the ceremony took place at the
Fragrance Garden:

The music began at 4pm, with some very spiritually moving sounds ranging from a 16th Century Palestrina chant to the present (Enya's music)... The groom and best man welcomed people as they arrived.

The wedding ceremony began at 4:30pm. The ceremony was prepared and delivered by the groom's brother, Edwin - many people asked for a copy of the words - view them here.

The Gardens & Refreshments:

Joyous music continued after the ceremony with Bach's Brandenburg concertos in the gardens along with light refreshments and some photography – guest photos were taken of attendees - to be mailed our as gifts of Dave and Claudia. An informal gathering continued in the gardens while photos were taken.

The Reception:

Following the gathering in the gardens, the reception was be held in the auditorium of the Visitors Center.  The reception hall is a circular shaped room with tall glass windows facing the gardens.  The sun was setting at 6pm when the dinner was served.  Votive candles on the tables brought a warm glow across the room.

The caterers were exceptional - the meal was very well accepted and the servers seemed to know and anticipate the needs of each guest.

After the meal, Dave and Claudia stood in the center of the dance floor while guests lit hand-held candles.  The room lights were dimmed, and Dave and Claudia took the microphone to exchange gratitudes for each other - the things they appreciated in that moment for each other.  Then, while still in the center of the candle-lit room, they danced their first dance to "Can I Have This Dance (for the Rest of my Life)" where they waltzed sharing the joy of each other.

The second dance was brought in as a gift-surprise as Bobbi played another song on the piano - everyone joined in the Dancing.

Music, music music! Brian Crow from Crow Entertainment was the MC who hosted the music for dancing.  Somehow, the dance floor was always crowded, and as each song began, you kind of had the thought that "Oh! I just really want to dance to this one!" -- there weren't any songs to "sit-out".

There was a breather though for “cake-cutting” - Individual desserts were created by Ken’s Creative Kitchen, and there was also a small ceremonial cake. Dave and Claudia began by expressing appreciation to the audience, to their parents who could not be present, and to each of their children.  The cake was cut, pictures taken, and then more dancing until the send-off of the Bride and Groom.


Many photos were taken - some are posted for viewing here.


Love, Claudia and Dave


Bride: Claudia
Groom: Dave
Officiate: Ed
Best Man: Bob
Maids of Honor: Krysti & Kerry
Presenter of Bride David
Reading: Renee
Pianists: John
Singing Group: Tom & Aldene
Dave & Toko
John & Barb
Ed & Davidson
Choral Music Direction: John Touchton
Caterer: Ken's Creative Kitchen, Annapolis, MD
Entertainment: Crow Entertainment, Brian Crow, Calvert County, MD
Photography: Larry Glatt, Rockville, MD
Flowers: Agnes Florists, Silver Spring, MD
Wedding Specialist: An Event Extraordinaire, Nancy Tucker, Annapolis, MD
Rehearsal Luncheon: Mrs. K's Tollhouse, Silver Spring, MD
Wedding & Reception: Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD


Registry was filed with: Crate and Barrel
                                         Bed Bath and Beyond