Wedding Aces Bridal Buds

Red and Yellow DIY Heart-Themed Maryland Wedding

Posted by Kim on Feb 14, 2013

Rachel & Brian

July 7

Woodbine, Maryland

~~~~~~~~

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!

red and yellow heart themed maryland wedding 1, real weddings ideas and trends
view more green, real weddings ideas and trends

Red and Blue Rustic Summer Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Kim on Feb 04, 2013

Maggie & Justin

July 28

Union Mills, Maryland

~~~~~~~~

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.

red and blue rustic fun maryland wedding 1, real weddings ideas and trends
view more green, real weddings ideas and trends

Rustic, Red and Gray Fall Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 23, 2013

Cailin & Ryan

October 19

Thurmont, Maryland

~~~~~~~~

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.

rustic red gray fall wedding 1, real weddings ideas and trends

view more green, real weddings ideas and trends

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.

enchanted forest backyard wedding tennessee 2, wedding venues ideas and trends Photo by Evin Photography

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

view more green, wedding venues ideas and trends

Lively Summer Food Truck Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Kim on Jan 15, 2013

Elizabeth & Matt

August 4

Sandy Spring, Maryland

~~~~~~~~

Q & A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. My husband, who is not an overly romantic man, suggested that it might be neat to create maps of the exact location of the stars for certain significant moments of our relationship and use these as table markers.  He made these beautiful star maps for the day we met, the day we bought our house, the day we got engaged, etc.  I saved them and framed them, and now they hang in our bedroom.  One caught fire during the wedding after it fell onto a candle, and I was the first who noticed.  I ran over, grabbed it off the table, and started stepping on it in an attempt to put the fire out – nearly igniting my wedding dress in the process.  Later, we realized the one that caught fire was the map immortalizing our disastrous first date.   I love that the framed version shows off the scorch marks.

It drove me nuts when people told me that my wedding day would be “perfect” and “the best day of my life.”  Our wedding reflected who we are, the reality of our life together, which is pretty great but definitely not perfect.  Those little scorch marks are a nice reminder that it’s important to keep a sense of reality and proportion in life.

2. We walked down the aisle together, instead of meeting at the altar.  For me, this was an important symbol that we were entering into this together, as partners and equals.  We’re a bit older, and we’ve lived together for years, so I didn’t want to be “given away.” 

3. On the whole, our wedding was done on a budget.  But I splurged and flew in a special musician from Boston for the day without telling Matt.  He has this weird love for an obscure Irish instrument call the uilleann pipes, but no one in the area plays them.  I found a guy who agreed to fly down just for the ceremony, and I will never forget the look on Matt’s face, just before we started down the altar, when he heard the haunting notes of the pipes coming from the garden.  Totally worth it!

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

Is it wrong to say my favorite part was actually the rehearsal dinner?  The night before, we threw a big BBQ at our house for all the guests, not just family.  We ordered in Bosnian food, because that’s where we met, and hung up a piñata and showed off our snazzy new house to all the family and friends who had flown in.  The best part was when we lit our “unity volcano.”  On one of our first dates, I showed up at Matt’s place with the makings of a homemade volcano, because I’d never made one as a kid and wanted to remedy that.  He loved how nerdy and random that was.  We built an epic volcano for the wedding, complete with a Lego bride and groom and tons of lava.  Lighting up that bad boy was the ultimate way to initiate our guests into our wonderful and weird world.

I also enjoyed the very end of the evening at our wedding, after the dinner and the toasts and the dancing.  We put out a box of cigars and a couple bottles of scotch, and we all dragged chairs into the lawn under the stars.  I finally got to do what I had really wanted to do all day – sit down, enjoy my guests, and hang out. 

fun food truck wedding maryland 1, real weddings ideas and trends
view more green, real weddings ideas and trends

pixel, real weddings ideas and trends