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You’ll Fall in Love With This Old-World Wedding on the Maryland Coast

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Sep 052016
 

"We were young enough to not take life too seriously," says Loring of first meeting Austin as interns in Dallas in 2010. "We lived every moment of that summer to the fullest, and found something special and unique in one another." The pair dated long-distance while they finished up school, racked up speeding tickets driving back and forth across Texas, and finally made it official when Austin moved to Dallas to join Loring. Almost four years later, she planned a Valentine's Day trip to Los Cabos with a group of friends — but Austin had something else up his sleeve. "He'd asked my family for my hand over Christmas, then found a beautiful cove on the beach in Mexico and asked me to spend my life with him," says the bride.

The couple knew they wanted an intimate, homey feel for their wedding, and achieved that cozy feeling (even with 240 guests!) by hosting their wedding at the bride's family's home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. "The property has been a farm since the 1600s, but ours was the first wedding to be held there, which made it feel like the day was ours and ours alone," says Loring. They hired Pineapple Productions to help them create an Old World-vibe with the graceful simplicity of home. The week of their wedding, the duo found themselves bracing for incoming Hurricane Joaquin but with a little extra planning (and the expertise of their planners!), this bride and groom hosted a fabulous party on October 10, 2015. We dare you not to fall in love with this simple, stunning celebration, photographed by Patricia Lyons!

There's nothing quite as gorgeous as classic coastal home (with some serious history!) to serve as a backdrop for a fall wedding.

Guests were invited to the wedding with a white and gray suite, finished with flowing calligraphy and soft gray ribbon. Upon arrival, they were greeted with welcome bags containing some of the bride and groom's favorite things from their Texas, Delaware, and Maryland roots: Shiner Bock beer, Texas Longhorns chocolate, Stubb's BBQ rub, and Old Bay seasoning &mdahs; plus a mini bottle of wine!

Though Loring fell for the very first dress she tried on, a silk shantung A-line with a beaded bodice by Ines Di Santo, she tried on almost 40 more. "None felt as right as that first one, so we went back and it was perfect," she says. She made the shopping trip a family affair, bringing along her mom and grandmother, as well as Austin's mom and his two grandmothers.

The bride's soft bouquet combined garden roses, white veronica, begonias, ranunculus, euphorbia, dusty miller, and white passion flower vine, along with scented geranium, lemon verbena, and basil.

A shimmering pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toes were the perfect shoes to get Loring down the aisle in style.

We're totally swooning over the bride's asscher-cut engagement ring, tucked into a velvet Mrs. Box.

Loring knew she wanted her bridesmaids in a creamy neutral hue, and finally found the perfect option: French vanilla chiffon dresses by Watters. Her maid of honor finished the gown with a sparkling belt that matched the beading on the bride's gown.

Austin wore a custom suit by Suit Supply, with burgundy suede under the lapels and a burgundy silk lining. His groomsmen wore black suits from Jos. A Banks, and all finished their looks with gray silk ties. Their boutonnieres combined rosebuds, begonia, and olive leaves.

With a gorgeous waterfront location, the ceremony didn't need much dressing up. Austin and Loring exchanged vows beneath an arch of fruiting olive, hydrangeas, and green privet. "All of our family had a role. Our cousins were ushers, our grandparents did the Blessing of the Hands, and my bridesmaid sang 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow,'" says the bride.

The spot where the arch was placed was extra special: Loring's mom had buried a bottle of bourbon there a month before the wedding for good luck (and to fend off the rain!), then Austin and his groomsmen dug it up and toasted the weather gods, who kept Hurricane Joaquin at bay and graced the couple with spectacular fall weather!

The reception took place in a sailcloth tent on the lawn, with linen curtains draping the entryway. Guests' escort cards were displayed on tables just inside the door, with garlands and floral chandeliers draped from the ceiling in the background.

Centerpieces combined garden roses, dahlias, persimmons, viburnum, and flowing greenery in French iron urns, terra cotta, and hand-blown glass containers.

"We used a variety of china patterns, including Italian ceramic Venetian lace china and French ceramic with scrollwork finishes," says Loring. The mixed china and pewter flatware created a soft, homespun vibe. At the head table, linen napkins were embroidered with the couple's new monogram. "The napkins were a lovely keepsake, and we use them every time we entertain at home!"

A mix of long, square, and round tables were draped with open-weave linens and set with cross-back and upholstered chairs.

The menu consisted of dishes that showed off the couple's roots in Delaware, Texas, and Maryland. "We served Delaware wild mushroom bisque, a fall vegetable medley, jumbo lump Maryland crab cakes, Texas braised short rib, and a Bananas Foster bar — my family's favorite!" Loring says. Guests sipped margaritas made using the brides' father's secret recipe, Moscow mules, and wines from a vineyard serendipitously named Loring Wine Company.

The five-tiered cake, decorated with soft pink garden roses, contained layers of lemon genoise cake with lemon filling and fresh raspberries.

After an amazing performance by Rhythm Collective, the couple made their exit through an archway of sparklers.

Loring's advice is to get to know your vendors. "We spent 18 months with them as they worked to execute the most memorable day of our lives, and we felt a special connection with each and every one of them. The greatest testimony of the impact this relationship can have is that our friends have asked for their contact information, and my mom is relieved that she already has a wedding planner and vendors lined up for when my sister gets married one day!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Residence || Wedding Planner: Pineapple Productions || Bride's Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo, purchased at Stanley Korshak || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: Stuart Kingston || Hair: Teresa Alfieri of Shift || Makeup: Tonia Marisa Patterson of Ooh La La! The Makeup Studio || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters || Groom's Attire: Suit Supply || Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Wedding Bands: Stuart Kingston || Floral Design & Décor: Beehive Events || Invitations & Paper Goods: Simple Song Design || Calligraphy: Tara Jones || Music: Elan Artists || Catering & Cake: Design Cuisine || Rentals: Skyline Tent Company || Videographer: Toy Box Productions || Photographer: Patricia Lyons Photography

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This Romantic Garden Wedding Took Place at the Maryland Mansion Where Wedding Crashers Was Filmed

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Aug 032016
 

Though Kathryn and Ryan lived minutes apart in Arlington, Virginia, for years — and had a bunch of mutual friends to boot — the pair didn't meet until October of 2014, when they locked eyes across a crowded bar. Ryan was a complete gentleman, asking for Kathryn's number and taking her out to dinner later that week. A year and a day after that first date (and two rescue dogs later!), Kathryn watched as the youth lacrosse team Ryan coaches won their big game and posed for a celebratory photo. But it wasn't the snapshot she was expecting. "When I looked over, they were all holding up cards that spelled out 'Will You Marry Me' and Ryan was on bended knee!" she says.

With a groom who loves the sea and a bride who is all about flowers and gardens, the pair searched the Maryland coast for a venue that showcased both and fell in love with The Inn at Perry Cabin — the gorgeous locale you'll probably remember from the main party scene in Wedding Crashers. "The grounds are gorgeous, and the waterfront location meant we could have a ceremony with the sea in the background," says Kathryn. The twosome planned a sophisticated garden wedding for August 29, 2015, drawing inspiration from the Inn's property and incorporating a relaxed, nautical vibe with help from Elizabeth Duncan Events. From watercolor illustrations to soft raspberry blooms against boxwood bushes, the celebration perfectly captured who Ryan and Kathryn are as a couple. "It was a true escape for our guests, and all the details highlighted that relaxed, elegant style," says the bride. Take a look at the gorgeous event for yourself, photographed by Sweet Tea Photography.

Kathryn loves watercolor painting (and dabbles in it herself), so she and Ryan worked with Inslee by Design to create a custom botanic motif in soft blush and peach hues. The floral design was used on everything from the invitation suite to the welcome boxes.

"It was amazing how many ways our planner and the stationery designer were able to use the watercolor floral print," says Kathryn. Repeating the design from the beginning of the event to the day's final moments helped tie together the secret garden theme.

Kathryn was head-over-heels for her textured blush and ivory bouquet. "I really wanted peonies, but they weren't in season, so I settled on garden roses, dahlias, and veronica. Our planner found peonies online two days before the wedding, and had them shipped overnight as a surprise to tuck into my bouquet!"

Her bridesmaids all wore blush pink Donna Morgan gowns with strapless bodices and flowing skirts. "I knew they would want to dance all night, so I picked a style that would be comfortable and easy to move in," says the thoughtful bride.

The couple had two flower girls, who both wore white and pink organza dresses with a flower at the waist. Instead of baskets of petals, the girls carried a garland of greenery and garden roses down the aisle.

The ceremony overlooked the Miles River, which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay. An arbor of boxwood was draped with billowing white fabric, and topiaries of roses flanked the aisle. The front row on either side of the aisle was comprised of mismatched chairs in cream and white hues.

"Ryan insisted that we write our own vows, and we ended up saying incredibly similar things to one another," says Kathryn. "It's as if we knew what the other person was going to write!"

After the ceremony, the bride and groom took to the Inn's grounds for portraits. Kathryn stunned in a fluted Romona Keveza wedding dress with re-embroidered lace details and cap sleeves. "I realized all the dresses I loved were by the same designer, and I liked each one that I tried on more than the last. Seven or so dresses later, I'd found the perfect one!" says the bride. She swapped the standard white shantung lining with blush pink for a little extra contrast. But even a shopping story that successful comes with a warning: "During my final fitting, I tried on one more dress that had just arrived at the salon. It was completely different from what I chose, and I was curious so I tried it on just for fun. I don't know what I was thinking!" Kathryn loved the dress, and worried that she'd made the wrong choice. Thankfully, with some reassurance from her bridesmaids, she remembered why she loved the first gown she'd chosen — and is so glad she didn't change her mind at the last minute!

Finding the perfect balance between a formal wedding and the afternoon outdoor setting, Ryan wore a gray slim-fit Black by Vera Wang tuxedo. "It was unique, but still classic," says Kathryn.

The reception took place in a tent on the Inn's lawn, with an archway draped in greenery and blooms marking the entrance.

Instead of traditional escort cards, table assignments were printed onto paper leaves that were tucked into garlands of roses, accented with watercolor butterflies and ladybugs. Says Kathryn, "I loved them! They were just the right touch of whimsy."

Before entering the tent, guests sipped cocktails (including a non-alcoholic rosemary lemonade and a bourbon, ginger beer, and lemon Shoofly Punch) on the lawn. Even the cocktail napkins featured the floral print used on the invitations!

Inside the tent, round tables were topped with blush linens, while long tables were topped with cloths in light green. Boxwood hedges and rose topiaries marked the corners, with white vases full of blush and pink roses in the middle of the room.

In low silver urns, dahlias were tucked between garden roses and veronica, with a few blooms in brighter pink for contrast.

Gold-rimmed chargers featured illustrations of leaves and dragonflies. Those mismatched chairs from the ceremony made another appearance at the head table, where they added a vintage, eclectic vibe to the romantic setting.

The tables topped with green linens featured white chargers with cutout details. In the bar area, a round couch flaunted sequined and plaid pink pillows, topped off with dozens of pink roses.

The pair's three-tiered wedding cake also featured the watercolor design used on the invitations, painstakingly applied to off-white fondant. Two tiers were red velvet cake, while the third was a coconut cake with fresh strawberry filling.

"I'm a little obsessed with music, and it was important to me that we have an epic dance party," says Kathryn. She and Ryan worked with their DJ to create a diverse and dynamic playlist — and it was a smashing success. "Our guests said it was the best dance party they'd ever been to!"

At the end of the night, Kathryn and Ryan made a photo-worthy exit beneath a shower of rose petals. "My best advice is to definitely have a first look," says the bride. "It was so romantic and meaningful to have time together, just the two of us, to wander through the gardens. It helped us connect and be even more present during our ceremony."

Venue, Catering & Cake: The Inn at Perry Cabin || Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Duncan Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza || Hair: Hair by Seven || Makeup: Kristina Em || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Black by Vera Wang || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Pavé Jewelers || Florist: Amaryllis Inc. || Invitations & Paper Goods: Winifred Paper || Watercolor Illustration: Inslee by Design || Music: Sage String Quartet; DJ D-Mac || Rentals: Amaryllis Inc., DC Rental || Tent: Sugarplum Tent Company || Favors: Breakfast in Bed from Olivin's and The Inn at Perry Cabin || Videographer: In Depth Photo and Video || Photographer: Sweet Tea Photography

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It Turns Out You Don’t Need to Travel to Napa for a Vineyard-Inspired Wedding

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Jul 072016
 

Caitlin Moran, director of content and partnerships at the lifestyle website Glitter Guide, and her now-husband Austin Kruse had been a couple since their freshman year of college at East Carolina University in 2001. So when Austin popped the question on December 2, 2013, the idea of marriage didn't come as a surprise to the bride-to-be, but she was still blown away by the thoughtful proposal. "Christmas is my favorite holiday and I look forward to getting our tree every year. We got the tree up in our living room and he handed me an ornament he made with the date on it and said I should hang the first ornament of the holiday," she says. "When I turned around he got down on one knee. It was perfect and I loved that we were at home, just the two of us."

The couple initially set their sites on a wedding in Napa at the bride's grandmother's home. "It was the only place I'd ever pictured for my wedding," Caitlin says. But she quickly realized that planning a West Coast wedding from her home in Maryland would be difficult for a type-A-doer like herself, the couple chose instead to bring wine country out East. Once they found the Evergreen Museum in Baltimore, the details of their September 26, 2014, wedding started falling into place — in just nine months, the future Mr. and Mrs. planned a romantic and organic celebration with a vineyard-inspired aesthetic. One of Caitlin's few must have elements: Her photographer, Abby Jiu, who captured every beautiful detail of this swoon-worthy day to perfection.

In addition to her role at Glitter Guide, Caitlin is co-founder of Kruse & Vieira Events, so she's no stranger to coming up with inspired wedding ideas. For her big day, it was all about the little details that make a big impact for guests. The bride and groom enlisted the help of La Happy Calligraphy to design their invitation suite, which featured modern gold calligraphy and a punchy floral envelope liner designed by Striped Cat Studio.

The bride spent her wedding morning relaxing and sipping bubbly with her four bridesmaids. To thank her longtime friends for standing by her side on the big day, she gifted each woman a box filled with some seriously sweet goodies. A floral eye mask, ALBEIT lip gloss, scented hand cream, and a Kate Spade initial necklace ensure each 'maid felt loved.

The hospitality didn't end there, though. Guests traveling for the wedding were welcomed to Balitmore with a chic wire basket filled with snacks, sparkling water, and wine.

Caitlin first found her Watters wedding dress while she was browsing gowns online. "I set my eyes on this dress online and knew it had to be mine," the bride says. "It was so romantic, full of tulle and lace, and had an illusion neckline. It was everything that I wanted." As a planner, she loves to work with tulle and knew she wanted the fabric in her gown, but was blown away when she found this silhouette with delicate lace detailing.

She put a great deal of thought into her accessories, making sure everything she wore on the big day felt significant. In addition to wearing her mother's wedding shoes — "They were a little tight but I suffered though the pain because they were so special!" — Caitlin carried her husband's grandmother's purse, wore her late grandmother's pearl pendant in her hair, and donned a pair of earrings a friend found for her at a New York City sample sale. "They were exactly what I was looking for," the bride says of the ornate baubles.

The ultra-talented Holly Heider Chapple is responsible for all the knockout flowers used throughout Caitlin and Austin's day, including the bride's bouquet. "I completely trusted her and really let her have creative freedom," Caitlin says. "I didn't want it to feel tight or modern at all, instead loose, organic, and overflowing with flowers." Holly totally delivered with this vibrant mix of dahlias, olive branches (a nod to Napa!), O'Hara roses, Queen Anne's lace, and astilbe.

Austin paired his light blue suit with a few special accents, too: A burgundy velvet bowtie and rose and dusty miller boutonniere.

In addition to her four bridesmaids, Caitlin's bridal party included one flower girl, her seven-year-old niece Hadley. The bride wanted to pass savings along to her attendants, so she asked her 'maids to rent Joanna August dresses from Vow to Be Chic in shades of blush and nude rather than buying them. Hadley's dress, on the other hand, was found on a sample rack at a little dress shop in Charleston, South Carolina. "I always thought I'd want my flower girl in white but I loved the taupe color on her and the fullness of the dress," the bride says. She accessorized with a bright posy of blooms and a dainty flower crown.

Caitlin's 'maids all toted a smaller version of her bouquet, but with the addition of more greens to play up the organic look the couple was going for.

The ceremony was held on the lawn at the Evergreen Museum at 5 p.m., just as the sun had started to set. Caitlin parents escorted her down the aisle while a string quartet performed. "Since the setting was so beautiful, we didn't do too much to the space," the bride says. Chairs were arranged in a half circle surrounding the couple and urns filled with planted flowers decorated the aisle.

There, the couple exchanged vows they'd written themselves in a ceremony officiated by the groom's friend.

Immediately following the "I do's," the couple and their guests walked to the museum's patio, which overlooked the vast lawn and ceremony site. To kick the party off, servers were waiting with trays full of cocktails as soon as everyone got up from their seats.

The bride and groom say cocktail hour was their favorite part of the day. "I wish it had been longer," Caitlin says now. In addition to a seasonal signature cocktail named for the couple's dog, the couple also offered a sparkling rosé cart, stocked with bubbly from Caitlin's favorite California winery.

Guests received a glass of chilled rosé in vintage coupes that the bride collected throughout her engagement. "I now have 75 unique, vintage glasses that I own," Caitlin says. "I can't wait to entertain with them for years to come."

Calligraphed strips of velvet ribbon were used as escort cards and hung from a linen-covered board, all directing guests to their table inside the property's Carriage House.

Long tables were decorated with loose greens, including olive branches and eucalyptus, and an array of candles. For height, gold compotes full of dahlias and roses were set at intervals along the length of the table. Each place setting was arranged over top a linen runner handmade by the mother of the groom and included a special thank you note from Caitlin and Austin that was decorated with olive branch flown in from the bride's grandmother's home. "Since my grandmother couldn't attend the wedding, it was nice to have represented in some way," she says.

While the three-course seated dinner of mixed green salad, autumn roasted salmon, and grilled chicken breast was met with approval from guests, dessert was the real hit of the night. A three-tier naked vanilla cake was filled with alternating layers of rose raspberry buttercream and salted caramel filling.

But that wasn't the last sweet treat of the night: Caitlin and her sister spent the days before the wedding in the kitchen, baking over 200 of the bride's late grandmother's coconut macaroons to give guests as a favor. "We included the recipe and received so many compliments about how good they were," the bride says. "It was so fun to work on it with my sister and relieved a little pre-wedding stress."

Three weeks after the wedding, the bride and groom set out on a European cruise, where Caitlin admits they had the time of their life. "California was the dream," says the bride of their big day, "but we embraced our venue and tied pieces of my favorite place, and people, into our day instead."

Cereminy & Reception Venue: Evergreen Museum || Wedding Planner: Kruse & Vieira Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vow to Be Chic || Invitations: La Happy Calligraphy || Envelope Liner Design: Kate Wong of Striped Cat Studio || Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy || Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple || Rentals: La Tavola Linens; XOXO Vintage || Catering: Rouge Fine Catering || Cake: Sweet Hearts Patisserie || Music: Kiss Kiss Players; Mixing Maryland || Photographer: Abby Jiu Photography

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An Elegant Cocktail-Style Wedding on a Stunning Maryland Farm

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Jun 222016
 
Cocktail-Style Farm Wedding in Maryland, Bride and Groom Portrait

Photo: Lindsay Hite for Readyluck

Two years after Stefanie and Ian first met (on JDate!) — and the day before her birthday —, Ian decided to use his summer Friday as an excuse to meet Stefanie for lunch in Central Park. "We lived near the park and had picnicked there before, so I didn't think it was too out of the ordinary," she says. When she found Ian, he'd set up a beautiful spread beneath a tree in an open area. But before he let her eat, he said he wanted to give her a birthday present and then recited a poem he'd written inside her birthday card. "By the time he got to the end, I realized it was no ordinary card, and I started crying. I was hysterical by the time he got on one knee!" Stefanie remembers. Little did she know, he'd invited her brother and a photographer to capture the whole thing on camera.

The city-dwellers decided to head to the country for their October 10, 2015, wedding, choosing Inverness Farm in Monkton, Maryland, as the perfect place to show off the foliage and host a rustic, romantic celebration for 205 guests. "The barn is filled with antiques and lots of charm. We knew it was the right place as soon as we saw it!" says the bride. They went for a refined version of a fall palette, with shades of navy, aubergine, larkspur blue, and blush, and skipped the seated dinner in favor of a cocktail-style reception full of delicious hors d'oeuvres, cozy lounge seating, and lots of dancing. Take a look at this elegant fall wedding, photographed by Lindsay Hite for Readyluck, below!

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Stefanie tried on over 100 dresses (and narrowed it down to 12!) before deciding on this silk taffeta Amsale ball gown, with a sweetheart neckline, low back, and a brooch at the waist. "I only shopped with my mom," she says. "We live far apart and I'm her only daughter, so it was special to have this ultimate shopping experience together."

She paired her wedding dress with loose curls and a romantic bouquet of dahlias, amnesia, Juliette roses, anemones, and seeded eucalyptus.

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Stefanie is really close with her dad and knew she wanted to do a first look with him on her wedding day. "He wouldn't let me see his new tux before the wedding!" she laughs — and we love that he chose velvet!. "I'll never forget that moment."

She also had a first look with her groom, who wore a bespoke tuxedo for the couple's big day.

Cocktail-Style Farm Wedding in Maryland, Bride and Groom Portrait

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"Planning a wedding from out of town is tough," says Stefanie. "We relied on my mom a lot to meet with vendors and approve the details we couldn't be there to see."

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With 25(!) people in their wedding party, Stefanie and Ian knocked it out of the park fashion-wise. The groomsmen wore classic tuxedos, while the bridesmaids donned chiffon dresses in navy, eggplant, light blue, and blush. "I had them pick their own silhouettes, and every one of their 12 dresses is different!" says the bride.

The pair's watercolor invitations perfectly set the scene for the airy fall celebration.

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The ceremony took place beneath a chuppah decorated with garden roses and olive branches. "We wanted the focus to be on the elegant flowers, so we kept the structure simple," says the bride. "The weather ended up being unseasonably chilly, so we erected a tent over the ceremony site to fight the cool breeze. It still turned out absolutely stunning!"

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The couple had a traditional Jewish ceremony, but did add their own twist to the content of their Ketubah, writing their own vows of love to one another along with the ancient text.

With so many bridesmaids and groomsmen, the pair reserved the front rows for their wedding party to sit, with their family joining them beneath the chuppah.

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Guests were able to mingle both inside and out of the multi-level barn. Outdoors, café lights were strung from the trees, while inside vignettes of furniture were arranged throughout the space.

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"For our cocktail-style reception, we served things like tuna tartar tacos and butternut squash ravioli," says Stefanie, who chose heavier passed hors d'oeuvres to help fill up her guests. Tables were topped with sequined linens and seasonal blooms in bud vases, while a vintage bathtub next to the bar was filled with craft beers.

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The pair cut into a naked cake with layers of almond and marble cake filled with chocolate and vanilla buttercream.

"I loved having my best friends from all eras of my life gathered together in one place," says Stefanie. "Getting ready with my girls was one of the highlights of my day." She also advises being as organized as possible: "The more organized you can be, the smoother the process will go, and you won't miss a single detail!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Inverness Farm || Wedding Planner: Sharlene Sherman Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Amsale || Shoes: Valentino || Hair: Form Salon || Makeup: Glamaloft || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy || Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Radcliffe Jewelers || Floral Design: Amaryllis, Inc. || Invitations: Julie Song Ink || Music: Nightsong || Catering: Linwoods || Cake: Graul's Market || Rentals: Amaryllis, Inc.; Loane Bros., Inc. || Favors: Parker's Crazy Cookies || Videographer: Eric Tomakin Films || Photographer: Lindsay Hite for Readyluck

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A Vintage-Inspired Farm-to-Table Wedding in Reisterstown, Maryland

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Apr 192016
 
Vintage-Inspired Fall Wedding in Maryland, Bride and Groom Portrait

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In August 2011, just over two years after they first met while working at Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen, Jackie Beal and Corey Poloyka celebrated their first night in their first home together. The milestone was made even more memorable when Corey popped the question and the newly-engaged pair began dreaming of their September 13, 2014, wedding. The couple teamed up with the bride's mother Deanna Beal, and her friend, former event planner, Laura Yockel, to coordinate their stunning day at Holbrook Hollow Farm in Reisterstown, Maryland. "Corey and I wanted an elegant, outdoor estate setting," Jackie says, and their farm venue (which just so happens to be the home of the bride's best friend Alex Wooden and his family!) was the perfect property to bring that vision to life.

"It was wonderful for me to get married on the farm, which is filled with memories from growing up," Jackie says. Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of the property, the bride and groom planned a vintage-inspired celebration with a foodie twist. Read on to see every moment of their open-air nuptials and farm-to-table reception, as captured by photographer Lindsay Hite of Readyluck.

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Jackie already had plenty of happy memories with friends at Holbrook Hollow Farm, so it was the groom's turn to enjoy the property with his pals. Corey and his groomsmen spent the wedding morning shooting clay pigeons over the pond.

It was important to both the bride and groom that they wed in a gorgeous outdoor space, and the expansive, elegant lawns at at Holbrook Hollow Farm home were just what they wanted. "We had spectacular views of their three-acre lake throughout the day," the bride says.

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Jackie's striking strapless lace Legends by Romona Keveza wedding dress was the very first wedding dress she tried on while shopping with her mom and sister. A beaded belt, blue satin Badgley Mischka heels, and a birdcage veil completed her look. For a personal touch, the bride wore a gold maple leaf in her hair, a gift from the Canadian groom's aunt.

She went totally classic with a white and blush bouquet of garden roses, dahlias, and spray roses.

When it came to picking dresses for her bridesmaids, Jackie only considered options she felt confident her attendants would be able to wear again. Their navy lace Adrianna Pappell dresses were beautiful at the wedding and were versatile enough for future formal occasions. Jackie kept their arrangements simple and sweet; each 'maid carried a fluffy bundle of baby's breath.

Corey and his groomsmen all donned dark grey pinstriped suits, but the groom stood out thanks to his gray and white wide-striped tie.

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As one of two flower girls, the couple's two-year-old daughter Michaela was enthusiastic about being a part of her parents' big day. Both young attendants wore light pink satin dresses with a chiffon overlay and ivory belt. Each donned a baby's breath flower crown and carried baskets filled with pink rose petals.

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The large side yard of the farm offered a unique setting for the ceremony. The couple exchanged vows in front of a partially built garden house with an expansive lawn behind them. Guests were seated in church pews along an aisle decorated with apple crates filled with ivory mums, the ideal accents for an early fall wedding.

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Minutes before the ceremony was set to begin, Michaela ran onto the front lawn for all the guests to see. The bride's mother and sister ran after the precocious flower girl and brought her back inside so that the processional could begin with a proper introduction of the bride. Once order was restored, Jackie's father walked her down the aisle while a classic Louis Armstrong album played on a vintage record player.

During the ceremony, the bride's best friend, groomsman Alex Wooden, read the lyrics to "Everything" by Michael Bublé.

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Cocktail hour moved guests from the side yard to another outdoor space where everyone could enjoy oysters and drinks. Then, the party moved to a tent where friends and family could dance the night away with a breathtaking view of Holbrook Hollow's lake. Farm tables were arranged in a 'U' shape, with the bride and groom's head table placed front and center. Each table's focal point was an ivory lace table runner with a gorgeous centerpiece of blush, pink, and ivory flowers in silver revere bowls.

Place settings utilized a mix of different vintage gold-rimmed plates and antique stemware that the mother of the bride contributed. Soft, glowing light came courtesy of ivory citronella candles, which were placed in each votive to ward off unwanted visitors.

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Guests sipped on the couple's signature cocktail, Government Mules, as they dined on a hand-picked menu. "We wanted to share the flavors and ingredients of the Mid-Atlantic with our friends and family", the bride says. "Everything was cooked on-site over charcoal or smoked in the Caja China."

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Along with a traditional white tiered wedding cake, Jackie and Corey treated friends and family to a selection of pie.

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At the end of the evening, the couple drove home as husband and wife in a friend's vintage car.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Holbrook Hollow Farm || Bride's Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza || Hair: Haute Blow Dry Bar || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Florist: Petal and Print || Catering: Woodberry Kitchen || Tent: Loane Brothers, Inc. || Photographer: Lindsay Hite of Readyluck

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A Formal Fall Wedding at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland

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Amanda Klinedinst and Dave Wagner officially met in 2010, but it wasn't until a year after their first encounter that things finally clicked. "He asked me to come meet him and 'everyone' at a favorite local bar in Bethesda, Maryland," Amanda says. "When I got there, I soon realized that by 'everyone' he meant every couple we know. The mood had been set by all the love in the air and from that night on, we instantly became best friends who fell in love." Two years later, on November 22, 2013, Dave popped the question in their condo (which had been filled with dozens of candles and red roses) after a date night out at the couple's favorite restaurant. They celebrated with an engagement party at the bar that first brought them together.

They had just under a year to plan their October 4, 2014, ceremony in Potomac, Maryland, and their reception in nearby Bethesda since Dave had already nailed down one of the bigger details. "He knew I wanted an early fall wedding, so before he proposed he had already booked the date at our venues," Amanda says. With the help of SoCo Events, the couple used the next ten months to nail down the smaller details and dreamed up a timeless party with a romantic and vintage aesthetic. Keep reading to see all of Abby Jiu Photography's gorgeous photos of their fall celebration.

Amanda and Dave enlisted Creative Parties to create their save-the-dates, invitations, ceremony programs, and menu cards. They opted for a formal white and blush suite with traditional calligraphy.

Knowing they were on a tight wedding planning schedule, Amanda wasted no time in solidifying what details she could. First up: The wedding dress. "I got my dress 48 hours after we got engaged," she says. She visited Love Couture in Potomac, Maryland, and was instantly sold on geometric lace of Matthew Christopher gown. Her neutral-hued bouquet contained dahlias, floribunda roses, astilbe, and stock, and the handle was tied with lace from her mother's own wedding veil.

Amanda didn't skimp on accessories. She chose crystal-beaded Betsey Johnson heels, a heart-shaped purse from DHgate, dangling diamond earrings, and a bracelet borrowed from her mother.

The bride's five attendants wore blush gowns from Bari Jay and carried mostly-white bouquets with the same blooms that were used in Amanda's arrangement.

Dave and his groomsmen all wore black tuxedos with either a rose or ranunculus boutonniere.

Thanks to Dave's early booking, the pair secured an early fall wedding date at Potomac United Methodist Church. Amanda and her father arrived in a vintage white car before the two walked down the flower-lined church aisle.

Amanda and Dave's planners created a beautiful spread of petals tucked into rustic kraft paper bags for guests to grab on their way into the ceremony. After the bride and groom exchanged vows, their friends and family showered the newlyweds with fragrant finds from the petal bar.

The party then moved to Bethesda, Maryland, for a reception at the Congressional Country Club. "My parents had their reception there, too, and given the fact that my family has been members for years, the decision to have the wedding there was easy," Amanda says.

Laura Hooper Calligraphy created elegant escort cards that were displayed on a flower-covered table in the couple's cocktail hour space. Guests then found their seats inside the gorgeous ballroom. "Since the club has a very rustic, European style, we added soft fabrics and light-colored flowers to create a romantic vibe," Amanda says. Half of the couple's tables were decorated with lace linens and tall flower arrangements, made up of flower-covered branches and ivory and blush blooms. The other half of the reception tables were left uncovered and topped with low arrangements of flowers and tall candles.

"Our main décor element was the ceiling," the bride says. "We had a huge floral chandelier, with strings of white petals, hung over the dance floor."

Amanda and Dave shared their first dance to Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" before the couple and their guests sat down for a dinner of beef and halibut paired with lemon cream gnocchi.

The couple's red velvet wedding cake featured alternating tiers of a white quilt design and a blush lace design.

Amanda and Dave's guests couldn't be torn from the dance floor, so the couple continued the party back in the cocktail hour space with snacks like sliders, fries, cookies, and miniature milkshakes. Once the party finally wound down, everyone grabbed a mini box of Krispy Kreme donuts to enjoy on their trip back to the hotel. There, everyone received a personalized hangover kit to help get them through the next morning.

Following their big day, the pair headed to Tahiti for their first vacation as a married couple.

Ceremony Venue: Potomac United Methodist Church || Reception Venue & Catering: Congressional Country Club || Wedding Planner: SoCo Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher || Wedding Stationery: Creative Parties || Escort Cards: Laura Hooper Calligraphy || Floral Design & Rentals: Amaryllis Inc. || Music: Andy Kushner Entertainment Design || Entertainment: ShutterBooth; Jason Ager || Transportation: RMA Worldwide || Videographer: Devin Leisher || Photographer: Abby Jiu Photography

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A Classic Spring Wedding Overlooking Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay

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Dec 252015
 
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When John first spotted Lucy at a college party, he was immediately smitten but thought he didn't have a chance considering she already had a boyfriend. But weeks later, after a conversation about their mutual love of tennis and when Lucy was decidedly single, John made his move. "A tennis lesson was our first date," she recalls. Nearly six years later, John popped the question as the couple noshed on a selection of cheese and sipped wine in a New Orleans park. And in celebration of that delicious moment, Lucy and John chose to carry the tradition of wine and cheese through to their wedding, where they served a pairing to their guests during the reception.

Their May 31, 2014 fête was held in St. Michaels, Maryland, and focused on a laid-back aesthetic that would equal a great party for the couple's friends and family. "I wanted a casual-but-beautiful setting where people would be comfortable letting loose in their cocktail attire and dancing the night away," Lucy says. And with Readyluck behind the lens and Pineapple Productions guiding the elegant affair, the couple got just what they wanted.

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When Lucy spotted the wedding dress she would eventually wear down the aisle, she couldn't force herself into making a decision. "I kept searching even after I tried it on," she says. "But I found that I couldn't make a decision to buy any other because I kept thinking about that dress. I finally went back and tried it on a second time and that was when I decided it was 'the one.'"

The Lela Rose gown featured an illusion sweetheart and a mermaid flair, with a deep V down its backside. With her dress, Lucy paired a few pieces of heirloom jewelry, including a bracelet passed down from her great aunt for whom she is named. "It was just a simple tennis bracelet, but it was wonderful to feel I was carrying my family on my wrist," Lucy says.

Bridesmaids wore a variety of navy chiffon gowns from different designers. "I wanted them to be comfortable in their dresses and really like them," Lucy explains. "I told them they could choose whatever dresses they wanted." While it was important to the bride that the dresses complement one another, she didn't need them to match. "Luckily all my bridesmaids have good taste, so I didn't have to worry about what they would choose to wear."

Each woman carried a mixture of roses, ranunculus, and lisianthus, while the bride's bouquet also featured peonies and purple and blue accent blooms.

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John and his groomsmen wore suits in blue-gray hues and pinned peach roses trimmed with spring foliage to their lapels. The couple didn't want to ask the men to shell out for new attire, so they asked each to wear their own suits in coordinating shades.

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John and Lucy exchanged handwritten vows beneath an archway laced with peach, pink and white blooms near the water. "The inn was beautiful and we loved that it would serve as a mini-vacation for our guests," the bride says. "In the end, the venue was more wonderful than I even imagined."

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Just beyond the inn, the couple hosted their tented wedding reception, where guests found their seats painted on clamshells — a tradition the couple uses at home to mark their visitors and denote seating assignments for intimate dinner parties. The couple also offered corn hole to keep guests entertained during cocktail hour and to further stress the casual nature of their big day.

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"My mom painted all the paper products for the wedding day," Lucy says. The bride tried her hand at DIY projects by tackling some of the lettering.

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Beneath the tent, the couple's 125 guests found a mix of round and rectangular tables topped with candles. Round tables offered overflowing round centerpieces, while the rectangular tables featured a variety of bud vases and lanterns.

The pair and their guests noshed on a beet and cheese salad and local rockfish with morels, filet mignon with chimichurri sauce, or mushroom cannelloni. "The day we taste-tested the menu was one of the most fun days I've ever had!" Lucy recalls. "It was party in itself."

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The couple's cake was decorated with fresh flowers. Beneath its vanilla buttercream frosting, guests were treated to a lemon-thyme cake with lemon curd filling.

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The couple requested what Lucy dubs as a "long" list of music that ran the gamut from their high school favorites to their Ella Fitzgerald first dance song.

"The whole thing just felt like one big love fest," Lucy says of their wedding day. "It was wonderful to share our love for each other with the other people in our lives we care about."

Venue, Catering and Cake: The Inn at Perry Cabin || Wedding Planner: Pineapple Productions || Bride's Wedding Dress: Lela Rose || Jewelry: BHLDN || Shoes: Melissa || Hair & Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty || Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Heljm; Bari J. || Groom's Attire: Alton Lane || Wedding Bands: Friend & Company || Florist: Dragonfly Events || Invitations: Bella Figura || Music: Scott Borg and My DeeJay || Rentals: DC Rental || Favors: Donations made to Carolina Covenant || Transportation: Bayside Limousines || Photographer: Readyluck

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The Bride’s Father Officiated This Garden-Inspired Wedding in Baltimore, Maryland

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Nov 252015
 
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Some couples absolutely hit it off the first time they meet. Take Harper and Matt, for example. "We met at a mutual friend's birthday party in 2009. We talked the entire night, and when we realized we were the last ones there, Matt sent me home in a cab and we made plans to see each other again soon," says Harper. The couple dated for four years and, in October of 2013, Matt snuck off to Harper's parents' house to ask them for her hand in marriage. A few days later, back in Baltimore, he got down on one knee and proposed, with a little help from their rescue dog, Addie.

The pair spent a year and a half planning their May 9th, 2015 wedding for 130 guests. They love the Baltimore waterfront (and have lived along the water for years), so they chose a venue that would give guests the same experience: the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum. Keep reading to see the garden-inspired celebration, photographed by Lindsay Hite of Readyluck.

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Harper started dress shopping with two criteria: that her dress not be strapless or made of lace. In the end, though, she walked down the aisle in both! "I loved the structured bodice and the romance of the flowing lace and tulle skirt," she says of her Jim Hjelm gown. She compromised by adding custom beaded straps, the perfect match for her crystal-embellished heels.

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Matt wore a custom navy blue suit, which he paired with a blush and blue tie. A boutonniere of pink and white roses finished the look, while Harper carried a bouquet of pink and peach garden roses, ranunculus, hypericum berries, dianthus, and greenery.

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Bridesmaids chose their own blush pink dresses and gold heels, settling on a combination of lace and chiffon and carrying bouquets that matched Harper's. The groomsmen wore their own navy suits. The bride and groom sourced a selection of blush ties that matched the groomsmen to the bridesmaids.

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The ceremony took place at the chapel at St. Timothy's School, with a wall of windows overlooking the nearby forest.

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Wild arrangements of garden roses and ranunculus flanked the altar. Harper's father, an Episcopal priest, walked her down the aisle and then took his place at the head of the ceremony to co-officiate the special celebration with Harper's brother. "It was a family affair!" says Harper.

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The couple chose a fun gold foil floral invitation suite, which was the perfect way to invite guests to their garden-inspired bash.

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At the reception, long tables were topped with flowers arranged by the bride's mother, while café lights hung from the ceiling to soften the brick space.

Butterflies in shadow boxes marked each table, while succulents and hypericum berries brightened white and gold vessels, including a few fun ceramic animals. Favors were jars of local honey, wrapped by the bride.

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The vases the couple used were a mix of vases, votives, bottles and pots from thrift stores and Anthropologie sales. "The garden roses and hydrangeas helped bring the garden feel to the space," says Harper.

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After a first dance to "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri, the newlyweds cut into a lemon pound cake, frosted with butter cream and topped with strawberry glaze.

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The night didn't end there. "My family is very musical, and at one point my mom, dad and brother performed a wedding rap!" laughs Harper. "The night was a huge success."

Ceremony Venue: Katharine B. Wilson Memorial Chapel, St. Timothy's School || Reception Venue: Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum || Day-of Coordinator: Jenny Bartkus of JPB Designs || Bride's Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm || Shoes: Betsey Blue || Jewelry: Erica Koesler || Hair: Wave Hair Trends || Makeup: Natasha Ivchankova || Groom's Attire: Christopher Schafer Clothier || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Ricardo's Gems & Jewelry || Florist: Maryland Bay Blossoms || Invitations: Minted || Music: Mixing Maryland || Catering: Sascha's || Cake: Graul's Market || Lighting & Draping: Event Dynamics || Rentals: Cozyberry Designs & Rentals, Loane Bros., Inc., Select Event Group || Favors: Banner Bee Company || Photography: Lindsay Hite of Readyluck

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A Tuscan Garden-Inspired Wedding on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

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Nov 162015
 
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Summer is the perfect time for romance. Just ask Ann and Mac, who met when they joined a group of mutual friends renting a beach house in the Hamptons in 2010. "We actually went to the same college, but didn't meet until that summer," she says. In February of 2014, during a ski trip to Vail, Colorado, Mac popped the question in front of a roaring fireplace after an incredible day on the slopes.

Mac is from Baltimore and the couple has spent a lot of time over the past five years on the Chesapeake Bay, so when they began searching for a wedding venue, the engaged duo knew exactly where to look. "When we saw the Inn at Perry Cabin, I knew we were going to get married there," says Ann. "It's elegant and chic, but with a relaxed vibe. Plus, the food and the views are amazing!" The vision for their May 16th, 2015 wedding was Tuscan garden meets rustic glamour, so the bride and groom hired Pineapple Productions to design the sophisticated celebration, and Kate Headley to photograph. "Picking Kate was the easiest decision we made!" says Ann. Keep reading to see how it all came together!

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Ann had a blast trying on gowns with her mom, sister, and best friend, but when she slipped into this Carolina Herrera style, she just knew she had found her dress. "The hand-painted lace and honeycomb pattern really matched my vision for the day," she says. Blush Yves Saint Laurent sandals were the perfect complement to the artistic design. Ann carried a springtime bouquet of peonies, bleeding heart, garden roses, white lilac, clematis, and herbs.

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Instead of picking a single dress, Ann asked her bridesmaids to wear navy blue cocktail dresses of their own choosing. "The different styles and fabrics made it look so chic and modern," she says.

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Bridesmaids carried pastel-hued bouquets of peonies, viburnum, garden roses, lavender, catmint, dusty miller, and passion flowers. Groomsmen, in blue suits to match Mac's navy blue tuxedo, wore light blue ties and boutonnieres of garden rose buds, rosemary, and viburnum berry.

Two tiny flower girls headed down the aisle ahead of the bride. "My niece Dana insisted on carrying her beloved teddy bear down the aisle, and refused to wear her flower crown. It was so incredibly cute!" says Ann.

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The couple kept their invitation simple and formal. Upon arrival, guests received a locally-inspired welcome bag, with Utz crab chips, Boylan seltzer, and an itinerary of the weekend's activities.

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The bride and groom were formally wed at an intimate church ceremony on the Thursday before the wedding, and then had a second ceremony on Saturday with all their guests. The waterfront view was accented with a reclaimed wood table topped with arrangements of peonies, viburnum, passionflower, spirea, lavender, and mint.

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A live bluegrass band played as Ann's father walked her down the aisle. "We didn't write our own vows, but chose a mix of scripture and poetry to be read," she says.

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Mac and Ann love to travel, so they used leather luggage tags as their escort cards. The brown leather tags were hung from a wooden board. "It was so fun to see guests using them as they left on Sunday," says Ann.

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The reception took place in a sailcloth tent lit with wrought-iron chandeliers covered in greenery and strings of Edison lights. Round tables were topped with flax linens and arrangements of parrot tulips, lilac, peonies, roses, viburnum, and lavender in white ceramic vessels. Each place was set with a colorful floral charger.

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On rectangular walnut tables, lush arrangements in blue and white ceramic vases created an Old World feel. Fresh herbs and quince fruit added a foraged vibe.

The menu celebrated local cuisine, with a tower of Maryland crab served with yellow tomato gazpacho, followed by local rockfish and filet of beef with potatoes dauphinoise.

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In lieu of wedding cake, the couple served their favorite desserts, including honey lavender crème brûlée, rosemary sablés, miniature cherry-thyme pies and apple pie with bourbon tea ice cream.

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"Twenty minutes into the reception, heavy winds and torrential rain knocked out the power for about 45 minutes," says Ann. "It could have been a disaster, but it ended up being so memorable. Our band, Red Hook Orchestra, came onto the dance floor and, surrounded by all 215 of our guests, played an acoustic set as we all sang along."

The couple honeymooned in Hawaii, visiting Kauai and the Big Island. Aside from reminding brides that bad weather isn't a big deal (and can make the night even more memorable!), Ann advises couples to surround themselves with really fantastic vendors. "Let them do what they do best!"

Venue & Catering: The Inn at Perry Cabin || Wedding Planner: Pineapple Productions || Bride's Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera, from Mark Ingram Atelier || Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent || Hair: Christophe Jouenne || Makeup: Leah Margosis || Groom's Attire: Sebastien Grey || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Ltd. || Floral Designer: Beehive Events || Invitations & Paper Goods: Simplesong Design || Ceremony Music: Chester River Runoff || Reception Music: Red Hook Orchestra || Rentals: DC Rental || Tent: Sugarplum Tent Company || Videography: Blue Sky Films || Photography: Kate Headley

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