Megan and Alex were married at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Md. on August 30. “We could hold both the ceremony and reception there,” Megan said. “The garden was beautiful, hotel rooms were attached, and a bar for the after-party. Having everything in one spot was important to us.” The bride wore a v-neck ball gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Kate Spade bow pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, calla lilies, and stock. Before guests arrived, the couple opted for a first look. The vows werre sealed with a kiss underenath the structured pergola. Programs also served double-duty as fans to beat the heat. Dinner and dancing followed in the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, ivory napkins, lantern centerpieces surrounded by wreaths, laser-cut wooden numbers, and homemade heart-shaped cookies at each place setting. “During the last song of the night, all of our family and friends lifted Alex and I into the air while singing together,” she said. “It was a really fun and surreal moment.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t wrap yourself up in all the little details,” Megan said. “They are important, but focus on the big items that will will affect everyone’s overall experience. And don’t forget to take five minutes to step back and truly appreciate having all those you love in one room at the same time. It goes by so fast!” Honeymooning took place on Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands.
Amber and Robby were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. Mary Star of the Sea followed by a reception at The Sunset Room in Ocean City, Md. on June 28. “We watched the sunset one night from the deck, and it was incredible,” Amber said. “We knew right then and there that it was the one.” The bride wore a strapless satin a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a pair of jelly flats, while the groom wore a tan three-piece suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore short mint chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of (surprise) tulips, baby’s breath, and ferns. “When I walked down the aisle and saw my emotional groom and all of our guests so genuinely happy to be there, it was the most calm I had felt all day,” she said. Following the exchanging of vows and rings, it was official! The now husband and wife duo took off to the sandy beach to take some portraits, one in particular on the lifeguard stand. How fun! Guests were assigned seats according to streets — ranging from 1st to 142nd street along Coastal Highway. Tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces, seashells, and starfishes. “When our DJ announced the last song, everyone came out on the dance floor and made a big circle to dance together,” Amber said. “When the song was over, our guests bombarded us with hugs. It felt as if they were just as happy as we were in that moment. It was unforgettable and could not have been planned if we tried.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “The point of your wedding day is to marry the person you love,” she said. “The journey getting there is half the fun and should be enjoyable for anyone involved. If you become stressed, which you will, just take a step back and realize what it’s all about.”
Jessica and Michael were married at Stonehouse Villa in Driftwood, Texas on March 1. “It was so beautiful without any decor,” Jessica said. “It complimented our personalities with the outdoor aspect as well as the old stone house. We loved the vintage feel too. It was perfect.” Keeping with a lavender and mint color scheme, the bride wore a sweetheart trumpet wedding gown, accessorized with drop pearl earrings and a statement necklace, while the groom wore gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. “The flowers were exactly what I wanted, and we did them ourselves,” she said. “It gave me such a sense of accomplishment when they were all finished.” Bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces all featured white roses, hydrangeas, and succulents. The intimate ceremony and reception of 75 guests, included the couple dedicating Bibles and passages to one another. “Walking down the aisle with my dad to meet my soon-to-be husband,” was her favorite moment. “It was like a transition into a new part of my life,” Jessica said. The perfect send-off at the end of the night wasn’t sparklers, but popcorn being tossed in the air!
Jillian and Kim were married along Bond Street Pier followed by a reception at Admiral Fell Inn in Baltimore, Md. on September 28. “Kim and I met [at our venue] at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by a mutual acquaintance and had our first kiss on the balcony at midnight,” Jillian said. The bride wore a sweetheart floral applique bodice wedding gown with a tiered skirt, accessorized with drop dangling earrings and finger-tip length veil, while the groom wore a black suit with a bow tie. Since his alma mater is University of Maryland, College Park, Kim had his groomsmen wear socks with the state’s flag’s logo on them. Now, that’s how you show school pride! Before the ceremony, they decided to have a first look. “It was such an intimate moment seeing each other for the first time on our wedding day, and we have so many amazing pictures of it,” she said. “We wrote letters to each other instead of having readings during the ceremony. My brother read my letter to Kim, and Kim’s best man read his letter to me.” The reception followed with tables decorated with tall curly willow centerpieces accented with wine bottle table numbers. In lieu of a guestbook, guests were asked to sign an old wine barrel, and “wedding jams” CD favors were given out at the end of the night, so they could continue the dancing at home.