Kristen and Kris were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. William of York Catholic followed by a reception at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Md. on June 8. “They planned one of the most unique and fun wedding days I have ever been a part of,” Brittani Croft of Britt Croft Photography said. “They did a great job prioritizing their faith and choosing a sacred ceremony space, while also showing their guests a true glimpse into their colorful personalities.” The bride wore a v-neck tea-length wedding gown with short sleeves, accessorized with her hair in an updo, finger-tip length veil, and a pair of peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short yellow chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, gerber daisies, berries, and dusty millers. Guests were greeted with a kraft paper bag filled with local trivia and treats. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! They exited out as everyone waved ribbons wands in the air. “The American Visionary Art Museum was one of the coolest venues I have ever shot in,” she said. “From the prime location, being just across from Federal Hill and the Inner Harbor, to the sculptures, gardens, exposed brick, and art displayed throughout, there was already so many great things for the eye to explore.” Tables were decorated with gray linens, white napkins, mason jar centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. Notice the paper pom poms hanging from the ceiling too? “My favorite element was their beautiful cake and the fabric backdrop behind it,” Croft said. “Their sweet bunting topper turly was the icing on it. . . the day really came together just as Kristen and Kris hoped.”
Joshua and Christopher were married in a ceremony at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial followed by a reception at Woodend Sanctuary in Washington, D.C. and Chevy Chase, Md. on June 21. “There was no other choice of site,” Joshua said. “Being able to get married in our nation’s capital at our favorite monuement, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, meant the world to us. What really made the venue perfect for us was how the house and surrounding grounds flowed together. The simple and natural feel of it all spoke to us.” The grooms wore different custom-made three-piece suits with floral patterned ties. One wore a navy blue, while the other one wore tan. “We loved them,” he said. “Everything from the beautiful lining to the distinctive buttons and lapel pins made the suits stunning. They fit us perfectly, and we felt like a million bucks.” Guests, approximately 145, sat in white folding padded chairs organized in a half-circle to witness the exchanging of vows before it was official! “Walking down the grand staircase and being announced to our family and friends while they cheered for us was just the most surreal, wonderful moment,” Joshua said. “It felt great to shake off the formalities of the day, greet everyone, and thank them for being there to celebrate with us.” Cocktail hour began on the 40-acre property that dates back to 1699. Fun fact: It was designed by architect, John Russell Pope. “We were just tickled with the food,” he said. “The hors d’oeuvres were so unique and tasty! There were smoked trout puffs, onion tartlets, and sausages wrapped in pastries to name a few. Laura did such a great job of finding Finnish foods.” Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, moss centerpieces and numbers, lanterns, and koozies, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. “There was no specific color scheme,” Joshua said. “We just wanted to have the feel of blues, purples, and pinks of the wildflowers. Our florist, Suzann, embraced our theme when we first spoke with her. Her vision and enthusiasm brought everything into harmony, making it feel as if we were celebrating our midsummer wedding in Finland.” A two-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. In lieu of a traditional guest book, locks were placed onto a wire window panel. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Break in your shoes, but really the best advice that we received and that we want to pass on is to enjoy planning together — every bit of it,” he said. “It took us eight months to plan a wedding that lasted a fleeting three days. We made so many memories getting to know our vendors, exploring ideas, and playing off each others’ strengths to come up with an amazing weekend. Your wedding is just one perfect day, but your time planning is an adventure.”
Kirsten and Jesse were married at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Md. on July 12. “Jesse and I love the water and spend a lot of time boating, fishing, and crabbing,” Kirsten said. “When we walked out onto the Beach House lawn and looked out to see the Bay Bridge, we knew it was the one! The view was just stunning. We loved how the Tavern also overlooked the Chesapeake Bay with huge sliding glass windows. Even the reception ballroom too.” The bride wore a strapless mermaid Vera Wang wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, sash, and a pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toe wedges, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a matching bow tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue Lily Pulitzer dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. Guests were greeted with aisles lined with the letters K and J as well as pomanders. “The ceremony decorations were a favorite detail, done by 2hands studio, with ivory draping and three gold chandeliers hanging from various heights underneath the trellis,” she said. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, only 165 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with lawn games such as corn hole followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with sequin chevron linens, tall centerpieces, floating votive candles, gold numbers, and menu cards at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “The moment when I first walked into the venue the day of the wedding, I couldn’t believe how gorgeous everything was and how it had all come together,” Kirsten said. Dinner featured a mixed baby field greens salad with red and yellow teardrop tomatoes and micro flowers dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette, filet mignon paired with a jumbo lump crab cake and fresh vegetables. A four-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. But that’s not all — boxes of chocolates were also passed out as favors. “We had a flip flop station with navy blue flip flops wrapped in pink ribbon,” she said. “It was a huge hit. I would recommend a flip flop station at every wedding!” The sign in front of it even said, “A little treat for those dancing feet and for you to keep.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “To remember that the most important part of a wedding is getting to spend the rest of your life with your best friend,” Kirsten said. At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.
Starr and Chris were married at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Md. on August 22. “We had looked at tons of wedding venues in the NOVA and DC areas during the two months after we got engaged,” Starr said. “They all had things we liked, but were always lacking something. When we drove into Easton and saw Tidewater Inn, we knew it was perfect for our vision. It had everything we wanted and more! It had the charm and elegance, but also had the big reception room and hotel for guests to stay. We signed that day.” The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown with a ruched bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Kate Spade peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a three-piece light gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, hydrangeas, and anemones. “We decided on a classic navy and white with silver color scheme,” she said. Guests were greeted outside the garden courtyard with handkerchiefs for their tears of joy during the ceremony. “Most people have heard the song ‘Selfie’ where the lyrics go, “but first, let me take a selfie,'” Starr said. “Well, Chris thought it would be hilarious for us to take a wedding selfie after we said our vows. So the DJ started up our recessional music and then quickly changed it to the song. Then, we literally stopped and took a selfie. It’s great because no one really knew about it, and the faces in the photo are of our guests, and they are so fun and full of laughter.” Did you notice the customized anchor motif flag above the altar? Totally “trude.” The reception took place inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, chevron runners, round centerpieces, and votive candles. “There were so many details at our wedding,” she said. “We found lots of unique pieces throughout our planning process, but our favorites are the ones that have now been incorporated into our home. We found an awesome wire sailboat card holder and an anchor marquee sign, which are in our living room. Lastly, we had a signature drink named after our dog, Skully. We named the drink ‘Skully’s Revenge.’ The drink was pretty good too. (One part ginger liquor, one part white cranberry, 1 part citrus vodka, and a twist of lemon).” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Know what your priorities are,” Starr said. “Once you know what you really care about for the wedding, everything else is just extra, and it makes it easier to edit your needs and expectations. And if you do little things at a time, it won’t feel so overwhelming.”
Catherine and Joey were married at Historic Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville, Md. on October 4. Fun fact: This is one of WeddingWire’s very own marketing gurus! “The most important thing to us when looking for a venue was that it was on the water,” Catherine said. “We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony with a ‘getaway’ feel that was still in driving distance for our family and friends. Something classic but relaxed, so when we found Historic Kent Manor and walked around the grounds, we fell in love.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, floor-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of monogrammed Jack Rogers sandals, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie, socks, and a pair of brown leather lace-up oxfords. Bridesmaids wore long-sleeved short green dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, seeded eucalyptus, and dusty millers wrapped with ribbons around the stems. “I grew up wearing ribbons in my hair every day to match my outfits,” she said. “They were true to my style and beautiful with a little movement from the wind.” Just before sunset, the ceremony took place outside underneath a giant oak tree. Guests were encouraged to choose a seat not a side amongst the freshly-fall leaves on the ground.
Once the Virginia Tech alum couple was pronounced husband and wife, it was officially Muffler time! The reception took place in a pole tent hung with string lights. Tables were decorated with striped linens, birch box centerpieces, and potted succulents at each place setting. “Our double-duty escort cards and favors came out just as I had hoped,” Catherine said. “It was a personal touch with our guest’s name and dinner selection affixed to the front. The gold clothespins were pretty darn cute too.” A mini cake was cut and served for dessert along with an assortment of homemade cookies, rice krispie treats, brownies, and cheescakes. “While we still had a cake to cut and save for the traditional ‘slice-a-year’ on our anniversary, it was fun to have different options for our guests to try and snack on throughout the night,” she said. “My mom, aunt, and Joey’s aunt all made their specialties.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, Joey suggested a replica of the Hokies’ stone sign in Lane Stadium. “Players hit the stone before running out onto the field before every home football game, and one of our favorite engagement pictures is of us hitting it for good luck,” Catherine said. “I love that it was his idea and has a lot of meaning for us.” The newlyweds were even able to sneak off the dance floor. “Taking just a quick moment together in the midst of it all to take a deep breath and look at everyone in your life coming together and having such a blast celebrating a pretty incredible day,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan at least a day buffer before your honeymoon,” Catherine said. Who could resist going to Greece?