Welcome back to what promises to be another amazing week here at SMP! Kicking off the pretty parade is this sweet Maryland wedding by Kate Headley Photography that just so happens to be overflowing with the most amazing display of flowers I’ve seen in a long time. I love all the soft, muted colors juxtaposed with the maids black cocktail dresses. Totally brilliant. See the whole, gorgeous affair here.

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Michael and I love the outdoors and once we saw the Woodend we knew that’s where we wanted to get married. Like many outdoor brides I was crazy anxious about the weather. In the mid Atlantic, the summers are very hot and humid the days leading up to our wedding were stifling hot but thanks to Mother Nature the weather was absolutely perfect! Low humidity and in the mid 80′s. With the weather on our side and our top notch wedding planner, Ashley Summers our wedding day was the most calm and peaceful day I have experienced in a long time.When it came to our wedding I had a vision, but I had a terrible time trying to explain it. I think because it was more than just a vision it was a feeling. Therefore, we just went with everything that we loved! The day of our wedding, our 115 guests gathered in the tree grove for the ceremony enjoying cans of Sofia, raspberry lemonade and water. Our stationary designer, Rebecca Shriver designed program fans to help keep guest cool.  Michael has a love for music so having our friend Ira play meaningful songs was very important to us. Michael walked down the aisle to Simple Man by Shinedown and I walked down to the acoustics of Kenny Chesney’s Old Blue Chair. Also, as a teacher it was important to me to include my love for children’s literature into the ceremony so we have some of the children read exerts of the Velveteen Rabbit as a reading. After the ceremony, guests walked up the tree lined path to mansion portico where servers handed out ice cold towels, Mango Mojitos and yummy hor dourves. During cocktails, guests signed our guestbook which was an old rocking chair that I painted light blue.The reception was held inside the mansion spanning over three different rooms. The great hall featured our live band and the dance floor while guests dined outside under the tent covered patio, the bar, cocktail tables and large ottomans filled the side room. Our wedding was magical and we are so thankful to all of our family and friends who love and support us!

Photographer: Kate Headley Photography / Wedding Planner: Ashley Summers, Table 6 Productions / Paper Goods: Becky Shriver / Venue: The Woodend Sanctuary / Catering and Rentals: Windows Catering / Florist: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD / Linens: Overlay’s: Nuage and Underlay’s: Chair Covers and Linens / Lighting: Perkins Productions / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musician: Ira Gonazlez / Reception Music: Nation, Elan Artists / Officiant: Eric Simmons / Transportation: Awards Limo Service / Hotel: Hyatt / Hair: Giselle, Elegant Hair by Giselle / Makeup: Leah McKay / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet / Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang / Film Work: Richard Photo

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