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.”
This week on the blog, we’re sharing our favorite summer color schemes. First up — a feminine palette of blush and gray! This inspiration board is fit for a romantic bride looking for a pink-hued wedding dress, lace-accented cake, peony and ranunculus centerpieces, and pair of ballet flats to walk down the aisle at her outdoor garden wedding.
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
One was the timeless/historic nature of DAR and the second was the breathtaking portico with views of the Washington Monument. It was the perfect location and our guests couldn’t stop raving about it!
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I think the most important and best decision we made was to have a cocktail-style reception. Our guests spent the whole night socializing, dancing, eating, and drinking rather than being held to the tight schedule of a sit-down dinner. It was awesome hearing so many of our guests say “It’s over already? Can we get an extra hour?” And, FYI, our guests got plenty of food (I mention that because it was a concern for us during planning)!
The music. There was the perfect mix of music to keep everyone on the dance floor the entire reception.
The location. I was born and raised in DC but my husband is from New York. It was important to me to have a “very DC” wedding and DAR was exactly that. Both our out-of-town and local guests were in awe of the DAR – the building, the view, and the overall atmosphere. DAR was also the perfect backdrop for stunning pictures!
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our first look. It was absolutely the best decision Len and I made when planning our day! The first look was an amazing moment. The sequence of photos captured by our photographer, Meredith Hanafi, are our absolute favorites! Also, the first look made seeing each other a private moment that we could really enjoy.