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Preppy and Nautical Spring Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Kim on Feb 18, 2013

Molly & Jamie

May 19

Annapolis, Maryland

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Q&A with the Bride

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The little touches  at our reception: Oyster shells used as name cards at each place setting (the Annapolis Maritime Museum used to be McNasby’s Oyster Factory), handmade sailboats out of scrap sail material and driftwood that were named for favorite places of the couple, and guests signed oars as the guestbook (that now hang in the couple’s apartment in Manhattan)
  2. Photobooth: Our family and friends had a ball snapping pics with our props, which included a Vanderbilt lacrosse helmet (the groom’s), sailor hats and life jackets
  3. The Band: Nick Carver and his group traveled through the night from Nashville, TN to present their country-esque musical stylings and covered popular dance tunes!

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Keep constant communication between you, your families and your vendors. It is crucial to keeping your big day problem-free! We made sure everyone was equipped with a vendor list, contact information on site at the church and reception venue, which included a timeline of events so everyone knew where to be and when – a bit OCD, but it kept everything on schedule!

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

At the end of the four-hour reception, guests lit sparklers and lined the dock to the bride’s parent’s boat donning a “Just Married” sign. Looking back at everyone waving as we left by boat thinking “Did that just happen?” definitely stands out as one highlight of the night! The Naval Academy happened to shoot off fireworks that night which lit up the sky on our cruise into Ego Alley. Friends hopped on local water taxis that followed us to Pusser’s for a night cap and a late night dance party – we didn’t want the party to end!

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Red and Yellow DIY Heart-Themed Maryland Wedding

Posted by Kim on Feb 14, 2013

Rachel & Brian

July 7

Woodbine, Maryland

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Q&A with the Bride

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Circle D had a beautiful outdoor space for our ceremony and a spacious ballroom that was a perfect size for our reception. What really sold us, however, was the staff. Everyone was incredibly friendly, professional and responsive.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

One of my favorite decorative details from our wedding was the a personalized hand carved vase which was given to us from a friend of my family. He carved the wooden vase out of a branch from a tree in my childhood neighbors backyard. It read “Rachel + Brian” surrounded by a heart and had two small birds perched on each side. Amazing!

My favorite detail from the ceremony was the “tying of the knot”. My brother officiated the wedding and he put together a beautiful ceremony in which Brian and I held hands as each person in the wedding party draped a braided cord over our hands. Each cord represented a vow. At the end, the cords were tied, thus binding Brian and I together in marriage. Now we have an awesome keepsake!

We gave the flower girl and ring bearer gifts at the reception after the wedding as a thank you for being a part of our day. Included in these bags of goodies were a super-hero cape and mask for Brady and butterfly wings and wand for Kimmy. The pictures which ensued after these two kids dressed up were priceless!

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

The last dance! At the end of a long day (which goes by incredibly fast), right before everyone scattered, we had our final dance of the evening. Everyone gathered around, Brian pulled me close, and we quickly proceeded to rock out to “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness. So much fun! Perfect ending!

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Red and Blue Rustic Summer Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Kim on Feb 04, 2013

Maggie & Justin

July 28

Union Mills, Maryland

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The simplicity of the barn and the overall setting. It was beautiful on its own, so we knew it would be beautiful with any of our personal touches.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The oversized red balloons

2. My son and nephews coming down the aisle in a red wagon

3. The vintage bottle centerpieces

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to do something different; thinking outside the box will usually allow you to not only make it more personal, but also less expensive.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

As my husband and I said our vows my seven-month-old son decided to put in his two cents. Jackson shouted out gibberish as I was about to say my vows it was perfect time and nice to have his approval.

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Rustic, Red and Gray Fall Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 23, 2013

Cailin & Ryan

October 19

Thurmont, Maryland

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Even on a weekday morning when no events were set up, Thorpewood’s lodge was warm and inviting from the minute we walked in the door. Everything about the place was gorgeous in a very natural and laid-back way, and we knew that all of our friends and family would feel at home celebrating with us there.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our favorite details were the things that made the day “ours,” and it’s difficult to narrow them down. Ryan’s mom spent hours baking desserts for the reception, including his favorite chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. My aunt and uncle built a sign post showing the distance to all of the towns we had lived, which our guests passed on the way to the ceremony site. Since I grew up in Florida and Ryan is from California, we had a sand ceremony using sand from beaches where we had spent lots of time growing up. We also chose readings and music that had meaning for us, even though most would not be considered traditional wedding picks. I loved walking down the aisle to Peter Gabriel and watching our guests laugh during the readings.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

My husband is a known procrastinator, who was up until 4 a.m. the night before the wedding writing his vows. Knowing that, I was completely blown away when he spoke, and I’m not sure that I even noticed the 100 or so people, who were watching us.

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Real Brides Share: Why I Chose My Venue

Posted by Kim on Jan 18, 2013

Searching for a wedding venue is all about finding a spot that matches your personality and style. We’ve interviewed hundreds of brides over the years about how they found their wedding sites, and wanted to share a few of them with you to provide some inspiration as you begin your venue hunt.

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We chose to have our wedding and reception at my parents’ home because of the beautiful backdrop and landscape that was already present. We wanted an intimate setting with all our close family and friends , so it was absolutely perfect,” -Ashlie, married May 19 in her parents’ backyard in Tennessee. View more photos from this wedding

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