It’s time to kick off another Wedding Wednesday which means we have seven of the loveliest affairs coming your way all live long day. Think everything from a beautiful outdoor shindig to a lovely ballroom soiree. Up first is a Maryland affair that’s putting the “P” in pretty in a major way.  I’m talking a drop-dead gorgeous bride and groom, a breathtaking Brittland Manor backdrop and a Sottero and Midgley gown that is the literal definition of layered lovely.  Kristen Marie Photography snapped up every moment and it’s a DIY masterpiece that you can’t afford to miss.  See it all here.



From the Bride… Right from the start we knew we wanted an intimate wedding. We couldn’t wait to get married and were excited to get everyone we loved in one place at one time to celebrate with us. I liked the idea of something outdoors, so I searched for a venue that had beautiful grounds, where we could have all the events in one place. I wanted our guests to just come and relax and get lost in the day. Brittland Manor was the first place we looked at…and the last. The grounds were perfect and the house was situated right along the Chester River. Our family stayed all together in the two houses on the property for the whole weekend.

The most exciting part of planning the wedding was deciding on the décor and style. I came up with a combination of vintage and whimsy. I wanted it to be unique (nothing cookie cutter) and I like to think I put a lot of love into the details. I gave new meaning to DIY — from the flag bunting and the flower arrangements, the menus and the table numbers, the hanging mason jars and the escort cards. I made more trips to the craft store than I’d like to admit, but looking back, I had a lot of fun doing it. Kevin let me monopolize our one-bedroom apartment with my DIYing, bless his heart. Although he did start grumbling when I took over the entire living room floor with flag cutouts. For the record: I left a walking path!

Family and friends helped so much on the days leading up to the wedding – checking in on us, helping to transport everything to the venue and pitching in on those last-minute finishing touches. Our wedding was everything we wanted it to be. I really tried to take it all in – the beautiful surroundings, the people I loved, the tastes, the feelings, the sounds, the moments with Kevin. I loved every minute!

Wedding Photography: Kristen Marie Photography / Venue: Brittland Manor in Chestertown, Maryland / Floral Design: Fifty Flowers (Flowers) + The Bride (Design) / Officiant: Jennifer Dustin / Catering + Wedding Cake: Eat & Smile Catering / Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Guitarist: Kevin Shannon / Music: DJ Bounce of Scratch Weddings / Tent Rental + Perimeter Lighting: Dover Rent-All / Candles: Candle 4 Less / Wedding Dress: Sottero and Midgley / Bride’s Veil + Blusher: Pure English Bridal Salon / Bridesmaids’ + Groomsmen’ Attire: J.Crew + Indochino /  Bride’s Jewelry: Grandmother’s ring / Hair: Salon in Chestertown, Maryland / Makeup: DIY by the Bride / Groom’s Attire: Indochino