Amanda and Robert were married at the Inn at Michell House in Chestertown, Md. on October 12. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and lace skirt, accessorized with her strawberry blonde hair down in loose curls and cluster pearl earrings, while the groom wore a brown suit, accessorized with a tie and satin-wrapped boutonniere. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched jewel toned chiffon dresses in different shades of burgundy, blush and brown and carried bouquets of dahlias, mums, lisianthus, and seeded eucalyptus. “We loved that our flowers were locally sourced and smelled amazing with herbs mixed in,” Amanda said. Guests were greeted with a perfectly-landscaped lawn overlooking the Stoneybrooke pond as they arrived for the ceremony. “We loved the rustic feel of the historic country bed and breakfast,” she said. “We were terrified of the rain. With the weather forecast, everything pointed towards us being married under a tent rather than in front of a beautiful pond in the country setting we had imagined. But the rain held out [for the vows]. . . ten minutes following the ceremony the sky opened up and there was a rain shower, but it was okay because then we had a perfect rainbow!” During the reception, escort cards were hung on vintage shutters, tables were numbered on chalkboards, and dinner was served a la buffet, including pulled pork and brisket, smoked chicken, caesar salad, potatoes au gratin, asparagus, and ratatouille. “And the candy buffet was a hit!” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Have fun!” Amanda said. “You will spend a year planning for this one day, and some things may go wrong, but that won’t keep you from having the best day of your life.”
Laura and Kingston were married at the Woodlawn Manor in Sandy Spring, Md. on October 13. “Kingston and I met as I was interviewing for a promotion at work, one that would require me to move 500 miles away from my home in Maryland to Knoxville, Tenn.,” Laura said. “I found out I got the job a few short weeks after we had begun dating, and I decided to take it, knowing that if it was meant to be, our relationship would continue to grow even over the long distance.” It sure did! “We were engaged after a year and a half of seeing each other every other weekend,” she said. “We felt genuinely lucky to find each other and to represent this we created a ‘Lucky in Love’ theme, which was carried throughout the day via the horseshoes.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin green dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas and seeded eucalyptus. Notice their matching faux fur jackets and cowboy boots? “We also wrote our own ceremony, so that we were able to honor and respect his Jewish family as well as my traditional Methodist family,” Laura said. Following the outdoor nuptials underneath the pavilion, guests were escorted to their seats inside the frame tent. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap-wrapped centerpieces, mercury glass votive candles, and favor bags at each place setting. “We wanted to offered Southern fare during dinner as homage to our Southern roots,” she said. In addition to cake, there was also an assortment of pumpkin spice pies.
Jiae and John were married in a traditional church ceremony at First Assembly followed by a reception at Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Md. on November 2. “We fell in love with the historic beauty of our venue,” Jiae said. “Each room was truly unique with its own distinct personality, providing the perfect backdrop for creating an intimate feel that we wanted.” The bride wore a strapless satin trumpet wedding dress with a bow on the back, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly, platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hosta leaves wrapped in ribbon. “We were so honored to have John’s uncle, Peter, officiate our wedding ceremony,” she said. “This meant a lot to us, and we were truly blessed to have him bring his warmth and humor to our wedding. Participating in paeback, a Korean wedding custom, was a beautiful way to include our families. We had so much fun while doing it, and we were so happy to have shared this experience with all of our guests too.” The reception was separated into two rooms — the gold and black. Signature cocktails were served such as gin and tonic and pickle backs, and tables were decorated with tall crystal draped centerpieces surrounded by chiavari chairs. “That would have to be the moment when I felt liberated,” Jiae said. When the details disappeared, and the nerves faded, and I could truly join in!” Dinner was food stations complete with sushi, cheeses, and meats, and dessert was an entire table of sweets complete with to-go boxes. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Wedding planning is notorious for being stressful, so picking the right team was extremely important to us, especially for having such a short engagement period,” she said. “As much as we wanted our wedding to be an intimate affair with family and friends, we also wanted to feel a connection with our vendors. By trusting in their talent, exertise and passion, we were able to focus our energy on each other and enjoy the wedding planning. We felt our vendors truly cared about our vision and not only saved us time and money, but also gave us the encouragement and support we needed.”
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.”
Megan and Dino were married at Billingsley House Museum in Upper Marlboro, Md. on July 5. “We absolutely loved that it was outdoors with a stunning view of the Patuxent and Potomac River Corridor,” Megan said. “The trees, water, and house created a beautiful backdrop for our photos. Plus, our guests were free to move about the property.” The bride wore a halter a-line wedding gown with beaded embellishments on the corset bodice, accessorized with a pair of silvers strappy high heels, while the groom wore a gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses in various necklines and hemlines and carried bright bouquets of orange roses and purple bells. “Our four-year-old Pomeranian was able to be apart of our ceremony and reception,” she said. “From her face on the table numbers and our donations to ASPCA in lieu of favors.” Megan’s favorite moment? “See Dino’s face as I was walking down the aisle.” Following the nuptials, cocktail hour began with their signature drink – peach sangria – and striped straws. Tables were decorated with do-it-yourself martini glass centerpieces filled with gems atop silver platters. “The one piece of advice I would offer is to not over think things,” Megan said. “I quickly began to have ideas and wanted to add this and that, but my groom reminded me not to overwhelm myself or our guests. Simply to keep things simple, and when I listened to him, it all came together great. I could not have ask for a better day.” There even was a dessert display complete with Hershey’s kisses, butter mints, Russell Stowe’s chocolates, and lollipops.