about us

meet the team

Jim, Kate, Laura and Tom with "Lucy," our 1962 Ford Falcon. Photos by L.A. Birdie Photography.

Jim, Kate, Laura and Tom with "Lucy," our 1962 Ford Falcon. Photos by L.A. Birdie Photography.


Owner Kate Derr Ansari is our fearless leader and boss lady. While juggling two kiddos and running the business, she tries to pop in to every event she can and does our Thursday and Friday morning tours.

Kate was planning her own wedding and was looking for a venue that felt like home. She never did find a space with the perfect mix of style and flexibility. Six years later she finally found the venue she would have chosen and now she's making Main Street Ballroom a reality for brides across Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania and Virginia! Main Street Ballroom is the result of years of dreaming and searching for just the right space. We hope you'll fall in love with Main Street Ballroom just like Kate did when she first walked in.

Owner Kate Derr Ansari



Tom is on our venue management team and will be there for you in any way that he can on your big day. From helping set up tables to lifting heavy things, Tom is your go-to for making sure your event runs smoothly. As our resident strongman, you can ask Tom for help with just about anything-- as long as you give him a beer! He also does tours on Wednesday evenings and handyman work around the venue.


Laura is Kate’s mama and our queen of tours, emails and good vibes. After a decades-long career in project management, Laura uses her skills to streamline the booking process and loves to do tours on available weekend dates. She also likes to pop in to every event she can because she used to make Kate crash weddings when she was a teen. Kate was mortified but it turns out this would be a useful life skill for a venue owner one day. Mama knows best.





Jim is Kate’s dad and you might see him doing some handyman work around the venue or driving our vintage peacock blue Ford Falcon to the venue for photo ops. Jim recently retired and is spending it volunteering with the Montgomery County Police Department, working at Wolf Trap with Laura and helping his daughter run her business from behind the scenes.



Melissa is on our venue management team and this brand new mama and her baby boy join us before guests arrive during morning setup. Kate started this company because there were no jobs that offered the kind of flexibility she needed as a working mom, so she created one for herself. Now she’s so excited to be able to offer a flexible work environment for another working mama.


We know how important it is to be comfortable with the vendors you hire to be part of your big day. We mean it when we say all couples are welcome at Main Street Ballroom and we live our values. In our family, many different races, faiths and genders have built their lives together in love.