Check out Ian + Madeline’s beautiful exit in the latest issue Brides Magazine!
You can find it on newsstands nationally right now. Go get it!
(and check out more photos from their wedding here)
Katherine + Cole were married in a unique and dramatic wedding, on stage at the Memorial Opera House, followed by a lovely reception with lots of personal details.Ceremony :: Memorial Opera House Reception :: Butterfield Pavilion, Valparaiso, IN Flowers :: Moody Blooms DJ :: 27entertainment
Kim + Ron’s gorgeous wedding was featured on I Love Farm Weddings, January 7, 2013.
Kim + Ron were married in a lovely, intimate ceremony in Easton, MD, and then celebrated with their family and friends with a backyard barbecue in Frederick, MD. With a focus on delicious food, their wedding planner, Amy B. Benton, had this to say:
We wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere for the bride and groom who were both remarrying. The groom’s family has roots in Kansas City so a back yard/Kansas City barbecue seemed like a perfect fit. We wanted the event to have an elegant feel so we took traditional barbecue fare, and spiced it up. Making barbecue sliders, let the guest nibble without having to worry about the mess. It was important to carry the bride’s Maryland roots into the theme so we added some Old Bay to the corn on the cob and made sure that we served crab as well. The guests also enjoyed the bride and groom’s take on a whiskey sour, renamed for our event, A Kansas City Sour. What better way to finish the night with pie, our version pie pops. Pie on a stick!
~~~Ceremony :: Christ Church Easton Coordinator :: Amy B. Benton Flowers :: En Masse Reception Flowers :: Glade Link Farms Catering :: A Cut Above Catering Band :: Compromise
Jennifer + Alex’s wedding was on a lovely day in Frederick’s own Baker Park. After they eloped in Miami, they wanted a celebration that included their closets family and friends. Every detail was carefully chosen and reflected their unique personalities.
Jennifer shared this about their relationship:
‘Blue Moon no orange’ was the first words spoken. Alex may not remember, but that was also the first night he ‘unofficially’ told me…and the rest of the bar…he loved me.
I was General Manager at a tapas restaurant in Downtown Frederick, and Alex was in on a Friday night with his work for happy hour. According to him it was my ‘sassy lime green skirt and red hair’ that caught his eye. Much like a Friday night at any restaurant, I was running around making sure operations were running smoothly, so I paid no attention the 6’5” guy giving me googly eyes. As time and Blue Moons went by, Alex had drunk up enough courage to introduce himself to me. Cheesing like a cheshire cat he says to me in a nutshell, “I’m Alex, I’m Russian…date me” How could I resist such a smooth talker? Sometime later, I returned with my number on a yellow post it the old fashioned way…and yes, I did throw away a few post-its until I was fully satisfied with my handwriting.
Come to find out, Alex and I lived within a block of each other Downtown. Our first date was at Café Nola, an eclectic little coffeehouse with constant bookings of live bands and local DJ’s. I will never forget where we sat, what we were drinking, and the black t-shirt and jeans he had on. Thinking back on it now, we both laugh at the fact that we couldn’t hear a word the other was saying over the music…just smiled and nodded at each other the whole time.
Alex and I eloped while on vacation in Miami in September of last year. It was the very last day that we were there, and we planned to wake up early and drive down to the Keys to go snorkeling. It was the perfect day…the weather was gorgeous, the scenery on the way there was mesmerizing, and thank God I did not get stung by a jellyfish! After snorkeling we drove to a nearby mom and pop shop, bought our $30 sterling silver wedding bands, and then to a nearby courthouse. There we tied the knot, bathing suits, flip flops and all. I thought that was the best day of my life…until we did it again.
A year later, Alex and I decided to get married again and include our closest family and friends. We wanted the ceremony to be in Baker Park where Alex proposed, and the reception to be in our backyard. After my brother’s wedding, we knew exactly who we wanted our photographer to be, the exact cake flavor…and who we wanted to make it. We wanted the wedding to have a rustic feel to it, and I wanted to make as much of the decorations as I could. We hired a friend of a friend to man the grill, and he served hot off the grill hotdogs, burgers, and chicken skewers. Maybe it’s from being in the hospitality industry for so many years or maybe it’s from my down south momma, but I love cooking/baking and making people feel at home when they come to my house. So because of this I wanted to cater the wedding myself too. There were a lot of long nights before the wedding, and I couldn’t have finished it without the help of my mom and my maid of honor. As another Bride once said, ‘If you want it done right, do it yourself. But if you want it done at all, let people help.’
And this about their ceremony and the traditions they included:
It is hard to say what my favorite part of the day was. I definitely loved every single second of the ceremony. Because our ceremony was located under one of many trees in Baker Park, it was proving to be quite difficult to give exact directions to every guest. So to take the stress off everyone, including us, we arranged for an old fashion trolley to pick the guests up from our house, take them to the ceremony, and then back to our house were the reception was. For us, and our bridal party we rented pedicabs to take us around Downtown Frederick to snap pictures, and then back to our house. Alex and I wanted a short ceremony, so we decided to keep it standing with a few benches made by Alex, for those that needed to sit. We also wanted to make sure Cooper, our foxhound, was involved in the ceremony. We even got him a bowtie for the occasion.
We chose two songs that were sung to guitar by a friend of ours. To walk down the isle we picked ‘You Got Me’ by Colbie Caillat, and while we were getting our pictures taken she sang ‘Young Love’ by Sammy Jones. Alex and I decided to write our own vows, and to decide who went first we did ‘Rock Paper Scissors’.
Being that Alex is Russian, we wanted to incorporate some Russian Wedding Traditions. The first one was the lock and key. Right after the ceremony, we all walked to a nearby bridge and took a lock brought by Alex’s mom from Russia and locked it on the bridge. We then took the key and threw it in the water below to show that our love is locked forever. The next tradition that we did was the throwing of rice and Russian coins at our feet as we walked up to our house. There we were greeted by Alex’s mom who had a loaf of bread and salt. Her offering it to us showed the acceptance of welcoming me into the family. Alex and I then were to take a bite of the bread at the same time, and whoever took the biggest bite was the ‘ head of the household’.
We wanted the reception to be a party, just a good casual backyard barbecue with our closest friends and family, and to be a reflection of us. I really wanted a dessert table, and champagne glasses filled with rock candy – Alex was all about the whiskey and cigar table for the ‘men’. For the guestbook we wanted it to be something that didn’t get stashed away, but that we could look at every day and be reminded of the people that shared that special day with us – so we did a paint canvas that now hangs on a wall in our house. We did an assortment of old fashion glass bottle soda pops, some southern ice tea and made fresh sangria to drink.
All of the small details that were incorporated in the wedding were a representation of ourselves, and made for one amazing day that I wouldn’t trade for anything!
~~~Ceremony :: Baker Park, Frederick, MD Reception :: their home Dress :: Coralie Beatrix on Etsy Hair :: Structures Salon Cake :: Sweet & Savory Music :: Erin Frisby from Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray Pedicabs :: MacFawn’s Green Rides Barrels :: McCutcheon’s Apple Products Made by Jenny :: invitations, cake topper, napkins, food, flower arrangements and bouquets
This fantastic celebration was featured on United With Love, March 19, 2013.
A fun, low-key couple who love travel and good food, Ally + Matt were married during a “wedding moon” abroad. They traveled to Paris and the Spanish Riviera, were married in Gibraltar and finished their trip in the French Riviera. According to Ally, Tabard Inn has always been close to their hearts and stomachs! She says, of their engagement:
In October 2010 Matt surprised me with a dinner date at Tabard Inn. He totally tricked me into thinking we were just having dinner, but he also reserved a room and had gone there earlier in the day to fill the room with flowers and our luggage. After dinner, we ventured to our room and there he proposed.
Tabard Inn’s mellow ambiance and delicious food made it an easy choice to celebrate with their families and friends in DC.
~~~Reception :: Hotel Tabard Inn Flowers :: Sidra Foreman Cupcakes :: Georgetown Cupcake Favors :: Tout de Sweet Entertainment :: Atticus, DJ D-Mac & Associates Dress :: Calvin Klein, Nordstrom