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!
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.”
Veronica and Doyin were married in downtown Annapolis, Md. with harbor views of the Chesapeake Bay on March 2. The bride wore a Cinderella ball gown, accessorized with a jeweled embellishments, a black faux fur stole, and a vibrant bouquet of ruby red ranunculuses and garden roses, while bridesmaids wore long luminescent silver taffeta dresses, accessorized with bouquets of white ranunculuses and blush garden roses. You won’t believe Doyin’s facial expression as Veronica walks down the aisle of the church! Priceless. The reception was decorated with hundreds of floating candles to create a romantic ambience with blue uplighting, and family and friends were surprised at the end of the night when the newlyweds changed into traditional Nigerian attire.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Joe and I both grew up in Maryland and had happy memories of the Eastern Shore from our childhood. St. Michaels was a great place that our whole family could get away for the weekend and really celebrate. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum provided a beautiful and unique location to host a wedding.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. The hanging lanterns. They made the tent and dance floor feel magical.
2. My veil. It was originally my grandmother’s and then my mother’s.
3. The umbrellas. I hated the rain, but they made for some great pictures.
3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
My advice would be know that you can’t control everything. There will be something that won’t go as planned. Your wedding only happens once, make the best of it and have fun! Up to the day before my wedding there was a 0% chance of rain, we ended up with over 7 inches. For an outdoor wedding, it could have ruined our day but looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. It just made it that much more memorable.
4. Give us the one moment in your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
Our first dance was one of the happiest moments of my life. Another great and funny memory was walking from the cocktail hour to the tent with my husband and his groomsmen trying to keep me dry in the rain. It was raining so hard that it just had to become funny.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
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)
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
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!