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.
Traci and Andrew were married at Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, Md. on April 12. “Everything about Traci and Andrew’s tree-themed wedding fit their personalities and interests perfectly,” said Susie and Becky, the photographers. “Sometimes, brides want a natural look to the day, but Traci managed to create a natural feel also.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with a pair of ballet slippers, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. The do-it-yourself bouquet was something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Notice all the family heirloom brooches? “Every guest received a stone upon arriving to the ceremony,” they said. “As the couple said their vows, they were asked to hold the stones and make wishes.” Rather than a traditional unity candle, they even planted and watered a tree to symbolize their marriage’s growing strength! “At the end, guests left the stones in the righthand compartment of the box, so the newlyweds could take home.” The reception followed underneath a framed tent. Tables were decorated with sage green linens, tall curly willow branch centerpieces accented with delphiniums, orchids, and heathers, and named after none other than different types of trees like Sycamore, Popular, and Birch. As the sun was setting, extra portraits were taken, and “Traci offered to kick off her shoes to walk through a stream,” Susie and Becky said.
Meaghan and Matt were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic in Frederick, Md. followed by an indoor barn reception at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Va. on April 24.”Riverside on the Potomac is a working farm, and when we were greeted by roaming dogs, tons of horses, and the charming owner, Suzi, riding her golf cart, I fell in love with it’s authenticity,” Meaghan said. “I wanted our wedding to have a very natural and organic vibe to it, and this venue totally delivered.” The bride wore a strapless sheath wedding gown with satin corset bodice and a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a blue tie. “Our bridal party all picked their own ensembles, which we didn’t see until the day-of,” she said. “Of course, we gave them some parameters, but it was still so amazing to see it all come together so seamlessly. We wanted to be sensitive to both their budgets and personal styles, and the result was a mismatched group that still somehow looked totally cohesive. They carried bouquets of baby’s breath too! The couple even opted to do a first look. “It was a game changer in terms of my anxiety levels,” Meaghan said. “I couldn’t sleep, eat, talk, etc., and I was nervous to my stomach about my walk down the aisle. As soon as I saw Matt, it all vanished, and I felt confident, serene, and ready for game time.” How did they celebrate post-recessional? Playing lawn games! Reception tables were decorated with antique brown vases and vessels, wooden block numbers, and gold votive candles. “Our band was amazing, and the dance floor was packed from the first to the last song,” she said. “I loved that it was filled with guests of every generation, singing along to songs that everyone knew. In fact, people got so in to it that Matt and I even wound up crowd surfing at one point — a truly unforgettable moment.”
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.