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Organic, Wildflower Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 19, 2012

Gillian & Matt

June 23

Wye Island, Maryland

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

1. Lights, lights, lights! All I wanted was lights strung across the backyard for a summer evening, party feel.

2. The burlaps, white linens and wildflowers made the tables come together better than I could have ever imagined.

3. The hanging mason jars on the back wall of the pavilion. The plan was to nail the mason jars to the wall, but when we arrived on-site the night before, we were told that nails were not allowed. So, I came up with the solution to string them at odd lengths. Definitely not what I planned, but it turned out great!

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

I still can’t stop thinking about the whole thing! My wedding was beautiful. From the burlaps, wildflowers, the food and wedding dress, to it being the best party I’ve ever had with my friends and family, my wedding was more than I could have hoped for. I was blown away by how my vision materialized. 

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Chic Summer Wedding in Baltimore, Maryland

Posted by Jeffra on Aug 28, 2012

Helena + CJ

June 9

Baltimore, 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?

After seeing one of my all-time favorite movies, Father of the Bride, I had always dreamed of having a tented backyard wedding. Unfortunately, my parents sold their house so we needed to find a Plan B. When we saw the upper garden behind the historic mansion for the first time, we knew it was the perfect setting. While we were in college, C.J. studied abroad in Florence, Italy and when I visited, he took me to see theBoboliGardens.  As we overlooked the gardens at the Evergreen Museum & Library together, we felt nostalgic for the time we spent together in Italy.  The grandeur of the mansion backdrop and the beauty of the gardens were the perfect combination for a summer outdoor wedding.

What three (3) details from your wedding were your favorites?

Not only did we want our wedding to define our style, but we wanted to help our guests feel welcome. Many of our guests traveled from Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Miami, so we were excited to design a really unique cigar lounge, which ended up being a huge hit! We had so much fun selecting the lounge furniture from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, my father’s favorite brand of Dominican Cigars and custom monogrammed throw pillows from Etsy.   The guests enjoyed the cigar lounge as a break from the high-energy dance floor.

Another favorite design element was the chic décor and flower arrangements by Victoria Clausen, especially the wall of mirrors and the 3-D floral arrangements above the escort card tables.  The crystal chandeliers suspended above, gave the tent a magical feel.  Victoria and I had a great time picking out the gorgeous table linens together from Table Toppers and I was able to help her describe my vision through many inspirational photos on Pinterest.

Lastly, a detail that was a “must have” at our wedding was our signature cocktail – “The Orange Crush”. We love spending our summer weekends at the Delaware Beaches and both enjoy the refreshing drink that is served at our favorite bar, The Rusty Rudder.  Our caterer, Tali from Linwoods was not familiar with the popular cocktail, but was enthusiastic to serve it and even purchased the orange crushers to make them as authentic as possible!  The fun Orange Crush was the perfect accompaniment to our summer wedding.

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

One of my vendors gave us excellent advice a few days before our wedding. She said, “please take time to step back and notice being surrounded by everyone that loves you and C.J., a few moments to notice the small things and not always be in the action, time to observe.” Although the day flew by before my eyes, I have a few wonderful moments that I can always think about when looking back on my wedding day.  Leave the bulk of the work to great vendors, and you’ll be able to enjoy your special day.

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

There are so many incredible memories, but one in particular that was truly special for me was when I started to hear a familiar voice singing a beautiful solo during the ceremony and turned around to notice my brother standing behind me. It was such a huge surprise and it meant so much that he planned everything ahead of time with the music director at the church.

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Coral Summer Wedding on the Chesapeake Bay

Posted by Jeffra on Jul 25, 2012

Taryn & Mike

June 9

Stevensville, Maryland

I am beyond excited to share today’s Real Wedding!  Taryn & Mike’s day is one for the books; from the personalized details, to the gorgeous weather, to a magnificent venue, it had it all. On top of all the details, though, Taryn and Mike are two of the most amazing people I know.  They would do anything for their family and friends, and made sure their day was not only an expression of their love to one another, but to everyone who was there to celebrate with them. 

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Our Q&A with the Bride:

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

We visited our venue in the dead of winter on a very grey day. Snow on the ground, no leaves, no sunlight. A staff member brought us out to the Beach House Ballroom garden, and we stood right where we would say our vows. We looked out and saw the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the view could not be beat. That, coupled with the amazing reviews and staff, we knew we had our place.

What three (3) details from your wedding were your favorites?

Wow. I’m not sure I can narrow it down to three! It was by far a perfect day that I thought described Mike and I to a “t”. But, if I had to pick…

Our printed items (Invitations, cupcake bags, favors) As a freelance graphic designer, I’ve designed a lot for other people’s weddings. I love how a good design can make something really stand out. I loved putting a bit of myself in my design of our wedding collateral. I especially loved the chevron bags we made that housed our favors -  a $1 scratch-off lottery ticket and a new golden penny.

My bridesmaid’s dresses. I love how the designer, LulaKate, offers so many options for skirt/top. I wanted them all to feel beautiful and comfortable. With seven girls who all have different bodies, I’m not sure one dress can successfully do that. I think each dress they picked suited their style. I loved the color of them, it was a perfect shade of non-drab grey mixed with a hint of silver metallic. It was a great neutral for our coral accent color.

We couldn’t afford a string quartet for our cocktail hour. Instead, we had our DJ play music from the Vitamin String Quartet. It was all of our favorite pop and rock songs, done classically. I loved seeing the looks on our friends’ faces as they realized it wasn’t classical!

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

Relax! I have a mantra in my work life as a designer that I conveyed onto my wedding planning: Eventually, it all gets done. Sometimes, it’s stressful, or it’s late, or you don’t want to do it…but everything will be done and fall into place. The more you worry, the less you will enjoy such a fun and happy time in your life that will pass by quicker than the blink of an eye.

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

Our first look. I was a bundle of nerves all day and I couldn’t wait to see Mike. Walking up to him with his back turned to me made everything seem so real. I’ll never forget the look on his face when he saw me. I love that we had some private moments to ourselves to just literally say “HI! OK- Let’s do this!!!” before the craziness began.

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Emily & Alex

October 1

Family Farm – Easton, Maryland

Our Q&A with the Bride:

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

We had looked at a number of estates/bed and breakfasts around the Eastern Shore as potential locations for our wedding, but when we thought about it, we realized there wouldn’t be anything more meaningful then getting married on the farm where I (Emily) grew up. We were able to take pictures at the original farm house and surrounding barns and had the ceremony outside and reception under a tent in my parent’s yard.

What three (3) details from your wedding were your favorites?

We gravitated toward a more vintage look and wanted the details to be reflective of that theme and of our personalities. We really wanted to have a photo booth where guests could dress up and take pictures during cocktail hour. My Dad and brother-in-law built a frame and we stretched some fabric across it for a backdrop. We used my parent’s old couch and chairs to create a living room scene. I think our guests had a lot of fun with the glasses, moustaches, and hats – and we created a Shutterfly account where guests were encouraged to upload their own photos and where we posted the photo booth pictures.

The second theme we had throughout the wedding was a bird theme and one of my favorite details was the place cards. I had come up with the idea to make bird place cards using old music sheets, feathers, and clothespins. We strung them up with twine on the doors of an old wardrobe so guests could find their seats.

The final detail we both spent a lot of time on was the dessert table. I had been really inspired by the beautiful dessert bars I had seen online and wanted to have something similar, especially since we were serving cupcakes. We used cake stands on top of vintage coke bottle boxes at various heights for the cupcakes, hung yellow and white fabric on the tent as a back drop and put single stem yellow flowers and ferns across the table.

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

Enlist the help of your family and friends– we couldn’t be more thankful for all the help we got during the wedding planning process and the week before to finalize last minute details and make sure the place was looking great. We were both so happy with how everything came together and we couldn’t have done it without our family and friends.

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

It is hard to pick one moment (that is why we have a video!) but I think for both of us it was when we were saying our vows to one another. Of course, we were in front of our family and friends, but when we were standing face to face it was if it was just the two of us. It was a moment we will never forget.

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Hip, Non-Traditional Wedding in Potomac, Maryland

Posted by Jeffra on Dec 21, 2011

Kate & Josh

June 25

Potomac, Maryland

This cool couple wanted a “hip” wedding that was anything but traditional, without breaking the bank. The organic décor at Kate and Josh’s wedding was unlike any other. Traditional flowers were omitted and replaced with galvanizing forest elements such as mushrooms, tree stumps and slabs, artichokes, curly willow branches, fungi, button mums, vine balls and angel vines, coxcomb and cabbage (to name a few), not to mention several other botanical organics for guests to gawk over. The bouquets, Kate’s sparkle studded stilettos, the moss arch alter, the escort card wicker window walls and the eccentric décor all correlated to produce not only an avant-garde event, but a glamorous, whimsical, and psychedelic day of “I do’s.”

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