Starr and Chris were married at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Md. on August 22. “We had looked at tons of wedding venues in the NOVA and DC areas during the two months after we got engaged,” Starr said. “They all had things we liked, but were always lacking something. When we drove into Easton and saw Tidewater Inn, we knew it was perfect for our vision. It had everything we wanted and more! It had the charm and elegance, but also had the big reception room and hotel for guests to stay. We signed that day.” The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown with a ruched bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Kate Spade peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a three-piece light gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, hydrangeas, and anemones. “We decided on a classic navy and white with silver color scheme,” she said. Guests were greeted outside the garden courtyard with handkerchiefs for their tears of joy during the ceremony. “Most people have heard the song ‘Selfie’ where the lyrics go, “but first, let me take a selfie,'” Starr said. “Well, Chris thought it would be hilarious for us to take a wedding selfie after we said our vows. So the DJ started up our recessional music and then quickly changed it to the song. Then, we literally stopped and took a selfie. It’s great because no one really knew about it, and the faces in the photo are of our guests, and they are so fun and full of laughter.” Did you notice the customized anchor motif flag above the altar? Totally “trude.” The reception took place inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, chevron runners, round centerpieces, and votive candles. “There were so many details at our wedding,” she said. “We found lots of unique pieces throughout our planning process, but our favorites are the ones that have now been incorporated into our home. We found an awesome wire sailboat card holder and an anchor marquee sign, which are in our living room. Lastly, we had a signature drink named after our dog, Skully. We named the drink ‘Skully’s Revenge.’ The drink was pretty good too. (One part ginger liquor, one part white cranberry, 1 part citrus vodka, and a twist of lemon).” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Know what your priorities are,” Starr said. “Once you know what you really care about for the wedding, everything else is just extra, and it makes it easier to edit your needs and expectations. And if you do little things at a time, it won’t feel so overwhelming.”
Catherine and Joey were married at Historic Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville, Md. on October 4. Fun fact: This is one of WeddingWire’s very own marketing gurus! “The most important thing to us when looking for a venue was that it was on the water,” Catherine said. “We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony with a ‘getaway’ feel that was still in driving distance for our family and friends. Something classic but relaxed, so when we found Historic Kent Manor and walked around the grounds, we fell in love.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of monogrammed Jack Rogers sandals, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie, socks, and a pair of brown leather lace-up oxfords. Bridesmaids wore long-sleeved short green dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, seeded eucalyptus, and dusty millers wrapped with ribbons around the stems. “I grew up wearing ribbons in my hair every day to match my outfits,” she said. “They were true to my style and beautiful with a little movement from the wind.” Just before sunset, the ceremony took place outside underneath a giant oak tree. Guests were encouraged to choose a seat not a side amongst the freshly-fall leaves on the ground.
Once the Virginia Tech alum couple was pronounced husband and wife, it was officially Muffler time! The reception took place in a pole tent hung with string lights. Tables were decorated with striped linens, birch box centerpieces, and potted succulents at each place setting. “Our double-duty escort cards and favors came out just as I had hoped,” Catherine said. “It was a personal touch with our guest’s name and dinner selection affixed to the front. The gold clothespins were pretty darn cute too.” A mini cake was cut and served for dessert along with an assortment of homemade cookies, rice krispie treats, brownies, and cheescakes. “While we still had a cake to cut and save for the traditional ‘slice-a-year’ on our anniversary, it was fun to have different options for our guests to try and snack on throughout the night,” she said. “My mom, aunt, and Joey’s aunt all made their specialties.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, Joey suggested a replica of the Hokies’ stone sign in Lane Stadium. “Players hit the stone before running out onto the field before every home football game, and one of our favorite engagement pictures is of us hitting it for good luck,” Catherine said. “I love that it was his idea and has a lot of meaning for us.” The newlyweds were even able to sneak off the dance floor. “Taking just a quick moment together in the midst of it all to take a deep breath and look at everyone in your life coming together and having such a blast celebrating a pretty incredible day,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan at least a day buffer before your honeymoon,” Catherine said. Who could resist going to Greece?
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.
Crystal and Jay were married at Walker’s Overlook in Walkersville, Md. on April 19. “The entire grounds were amazing — from the ceremony view to the reception tent and the farmhouse — however, I was enamored with the bridal suite,” Crystal said. “It had plush chairs, a grand full-length mirror, and a huge walk-in spa shower. The thought of my girls and I pampering ourselves in peace there was the icing on the cake!” The bride wore an organza a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves and a single box pleat at the waist, accessorized with fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a seersucker suit, accessorized with a plaid tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin blush dresses and carried bouquets of gerbera daisies. “My mom helped me with my dress and veil,” she said. “She rarely cries, so it was sweet to see her get so emotional. I had to hold back the tears too.” After being announced husband and wife, the couple signed their marriage license inside. “The weather was perfect,” Crystal said. “Sunny and just warm enough.” Meanwhile, guests gathered at tables decorated with white linens, navy blue napkins, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, picture frame numbers accented with hearts, and personalized stemless wine glasses, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. Chalkboards displayed the dinner and drink menus. “They were created by my good friend Niki,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better result.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “We were thrilled that we were able to save up and not put any of our wedding expenses on credit,” she said. “It took lots of sacrifices on the front end, especially because I was still in grad school up, but the peace of mind we had afterwards was worth it. Plan within your means and get creative! #teamnodebt.”
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Liesl and Scott were married at the Union Mills Homestead in Westminster, Md. on September 7. The one thing about the venue that made them know it was the one — “the GORGEOUS barn and stream,” Liesl said. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart satin a-line wedding gown with a sash, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a tan vest and pans with a white button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses in neutral colors and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, baby’s breath, and stephanotis. Guests were greeted with a sign that said, “You may sit on either side. We’re all family when the knot is tied” and ceremony programs that also served double-duty as fans. The outdoor ceremony began with the processional, of course, but there was the cutest ringer bearer ever, who rode in a little wagon down the aisle. The couple even wrote their own vows! Cocktails, dinner, and dancing followed inside the barn. Tables were decorated with wine bottle centerpieces, wooden numbers, and cork place cards. Paper lanters and twinkling string lights hung from above. “There was the most EPIC Irish flash mob with my sisters, mom, cousins, and grandmom in the middle of the dance floor,” she said. “It was such a great memory for my family and I.” A three-tiered cake topped with two little birdies was served as dessert, and homemade apple butter jars were passed out as favors-to-go. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Even in the most stressful moments, don’t lose sight that the wedding is about the two of you as a couple getting married and becoming your own,” Liesl said. “In the end, all the details and planning will work itself out (and even if they don’t, oh well!). Just focus on each other and creating a beautiful foundation for your marriage and new life together.”