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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.

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Photography: Inspired Photography by Susie & Becky | Venue: Stone Manor Country Club | Dress Store: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup Artist: Le Mariee | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Floral Designer: Ory Custom Florals | Caterer: Carriage House Catering | DJ: Shew-sical Entertainment Services

Vintage Neutral Spring Barn Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 18, 2014

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 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.”

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Photography: Luke Eshleman Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Riverside on the Potomac | Event Planner: JEM Events | Dress Designer: BHLDN | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Ted Baker | Hair & Makeup Artist: Structures Salon | Floral Designer: Meghan Barnes | Stationery: The Dandelion Patch | Rentals: Maryland Event Rentals | Caterer: Gourmet with Paula Catering | Band: The Winn Brothers Band | Officiant: Jason Worley | Ceremony Musician: Astrid Walschot-Stapp

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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.

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Photography: Kirsten Smith Photography | Ceremony Venue: Bond Street Pier | Reception Venue/Caterer/Rentals: Admiral Fell Inn | Event Planner: Kristina Yepes | Dress Designer: Lazaro from Gamberdella Salon | Bridesmaid Dresses: Allure from The Bridal Boutique | Jewelry: Rachel Mulherin | Hair Stylist: Holly Grwusiewicz | Makeup Artist: Lindsey Poro | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Banks | Shoes: Betsy Johnson | Floral Designer: My Flower Box | Officiant: Elizabeth Gantnier | Ceremony Music/DJ: MusicMasters 

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If you’re planning a wedding in the Baltimore area, there’s only one place you need to be this Sunday – FS Weds: A Wedding Showcase at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore! You’ll be able to meet some of Baltimore’s most talented wedding professionals and have the opportunity to win lots of fabulous prizes! And bring your future spouse and family members, too – there will be a Groom’s Lounge and a Mother-of-the-Bride Room just for them.

The event starts at 2 p.m. this Sunday, but VIPs can get exclusive first access starting at 11:30am with a special luncheon. The VIP lunch includes an amazing swag bag, and a multi-course luncheon (with champagne, of course!). VIPs will also enjoy a special wedding-planning panel featuring renowned wedding experts, including planner extraordinaire Marcy Blum and our very own Kim Forrest, editor here at WeddingWire.

General admission tickets are $25, and VIP tickets are $85.  Click here for more information or to purchase tickets! See you Sunday!

Bright Blue and Pink Summer Inn Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 05, 2014

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Sydney and Alex were married at the Inn at Huntington Creek in Rock Hall, Md. on June 22. “We loved the land surrounding our venue,” Sydney said. “Because [it] included an inn and several cottages, we were able to have our ceremony and reception at the same place, and we were able to stay there all weekend with several of our family and friends.” The bride wore a tulle J.Crew wedding gown, accessorized with a necklace, bracelet, and earrings. Her bouquet featured bright pink peonies! “I really loved experiencing our first look, and then being able to have Alex to myself for an hour before the ceremony and party started,” she said.  “I had a lot of excited energy, but was able to relax a little more when we were together!” The tented reception was decorated with blue table runners, napkins, and utensil place cards at each setting. Guests were asked to leave their thumbprint on a piece of bicycle artwork along with well wishes and advice for the newlyweds. Their favorite part? “Dancing in the barn after dinner was incredible!” Sydney said. “Also, we had a pleasant summer breeze blowing across the dance floor that kept everyone cool and excited about dancing.”

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Photography:  Meredith Hanafi Photography | Venue/Caterer: Inn at Huntingfield Creek | Event Planner: Kari Rider Events | Floral Designer: Joan Denny | Dress Designer: J. Crew | Invitations: Mi-Te Print | Save-the-Dates: Love vs. Design | Cake: Magnolia Caterers | Ceremony Musicians: Somethin’ Borrowed | DJ: Entertainment Exchange | Beverage Provider: Draper Bros. | Officiant: Rev. Dave DeSalvo | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Shoes: Sole Society | Jewelry: P.O.S.H.

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