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Classic Plum Baltimore Wedding

My latest (and completely out of the norm) color obsession? Purple. I’m not talking the Barney kind of purple, I’m talking gorgeously rich hues of plum, burgundy and dusty lavender—the ‘grown up’ purples if you will. It’s the kind of palette that graced this stunner from Krista A. Jones, and I can’t seem to get enough. Along with every elegant touch, you can soak up this classic beauty right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Howard and I met at work; unfortunately he left his job about 3 weeks after I started to attend medical school. I wasn’t sure if I’d see him again but he made sure we didn’t lose contact. He invited me to a concert to see his favorite band, The Killers, and after that we were pretty much inseparable. When you date someone that is attending medical school you learn to make the most of your time together because you don’t get much of it. It wasn’t always easy but we made it work and he graduated in May 2013. I was so proud of him graduating and starting residency that I definitely didn’t expect him to propose any time soon. However, he surprised me the weekend of his birthday on October 19, 2013 by proposing in our little Baltimore row house living room – it was perfect!

I always knew that I wanted a fall wedding which gave me just under a year to plan our October 4, 2014 nuptials. I love the weather and the colors that autumn brings; however, I didn’t want to use the traditional orange and red color palette associated with fall so I decided to go a different route and use eggplant purple and gray as my two main colors with accents of ivory, gold, and silver throughout. Since Howard and I both love wine and took a recent trip to Napa Valley, I wanted to incorporate wine into the décor and also thought that it would go well with the eggplant purple hue I chose for the bridesmaids dresses and flowers. My florist, Brigid from Mobtown Florals, helped me create the “Napa Valley Vintage” theme for our big day by providing the flowers, mercury glass candle votives, silver urns, and a vintage wooden wine box to hold cards, not to mention adding grapes and pretty purple flower blossoms to the delicious cake from Sugarbakers. My sister and I made the escort card holders out of wine corks that Howard and I had been collecting over the years. I think Brigid described our wedding theme perfectly on her contract: “The overall feeling of the celebration will be rich and romantic, and the décor will embody a ‘Napa Valley’ vintage, vineyard style that celebrates the onset of autumn season with a unique twist from more traditional fall tones of oranges and reds, and will complement the intimate, one of a kind setting.”

We found the venue together and we instantly fell in love with it; it was unlike anything we had seen in our search of typical wedding locations. It was an old brownstone mansion in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. It had beautifully ornate rooms with gilded walls and custom tapestry wallpaper as well as stained glass windows and a gorgeous dark wooden spiral staircase. It was so beautiful on its own that it really didn’t need that much decor; however, Brigid from Mobtown Florals really amplified the venue’s beauty with her fabulous execution of our “Napa Valley Vintage” theme. The ceremony took place just before sunset in the drawing room of the mansion with the aisle lined with glass pillar candles and two gorgeous flower arrangements on silver wooden columns to define the alter space. The party then moved into the rich mahogany library for cocktail hour and then the lavish ballroom for dinner. Finally the reception was held in the atrium which had a glass ceiling and twinkle lights everywhere – it gave a magical outdoor ambiance to our indoor reception where we literally danced the night away. Everything about our wedding day was beautiful and romantic and couldn’t have been done without the help of my vendors and all of our friends and family that made the day absolutely wonderful! I’m so grateful that my amazing photographer, Krista Jones, was able to capture all the special moments and details of the day for us to cherish forever!

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Flowers: Mobtown Florals | Wedding Cake: Sugarbakers | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: Engineer's Club | Rings: Tiffany And Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: The Engineers Club | Hair & Makeup: Symmetry Hair Salon | DJ: C&J Entertainment | Bride's Dress: Marisa Bridals

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Romantic Eastern Shore Estate Wedding

You know those love stories that are so sweet they could basically be a novel? Like, for instance, growing up alongside your Groom and marrying him years later in the backyard of your childhood home - which is exactly what Kari Rider Events helped this duo do. Krista A. Jones captured the day filled with love and blooms by Monteray Farms. Not a detail was spared and you can see even more romance here.

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From The Bride…I always knew that I wanted to get married at my childhood home! Family is a HUGE part our relationship. Our grandparents grew up with each other, our parents grew up with each other, and we even grew up with each other. It’s true — the save-the-date even featured a picture of us when I was 18-months-old and Brian was 3-years-old. The day of the wedding the weather was sunny and breezy! After a year of planning we had prayed for perfect weather and God certainly answered.

The ceremony took place in front of Fishing Creek as its backdrop, cocktail hour was around the infinity pool with signature rum punch and our reception was underneath the pole tent hung with lanterns. Probably the most memorable part of the night was my father-daughter dance. The song was a surprise. Just before my father gave a speech, recalling that his choice was made long before I was born. It was “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle; however, he had my little sister sing and record it.

Halfway through, my little brother came onto the dance floor with me. Being surrounded by everyone was exactly what we wanted at the end of the night when we lit wish lanterns off into the sky. The perfect ending to a perfect day.

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Videography: Birdhouse Productions | Wedding Planner: Kari Rider Events | Floral Designer: Monteray Farms | Cake: Bay Country Bakery | Invitations: Christa Ursini | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Mervis Diamond Importers | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Gourmet By The Bay | Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil Beauty | DJ: Josh Rhett Of MyDeeJay | Officiant: Rev. Dr. William Brown Of Wesley Freedom Methodist Church | Ceremony Musicians: Hill Chamber Music | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Dress Shop: Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Photo Booth Backdrop: Handpainted By Cheryl Bubier And Michaela Bubier | Private Home: Bride's Parents Home | Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents & Events | Save-the-dates/Ceremony Programs/Escort Cards/Table Numbers: Sara Metzger | Ties & Bow Tie: Clip A Bow Tie | Vintage Rentals : 2Hands Studios

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Romantic Oxon Hill Manor Navy Wedding

When it comes to my own wedding, admittedly, color scares me a bit. But after seeing the berry-colored goodness that is bursting from this soiree, I’m craving rich hues like you wouldn’t believe. Natalie Franke and Clickspark captured every vibrant moment of this beautiful couple’s Big Day and you can feast your eyes on it all in the gallery and lovely film below!

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From Natalie FrankeEvery once in a while, I stumble across a couple whose wedding day literally leaves me in a blissful dizziness, filled with joy and utterly speechless. I can honestly say that this wedding was truly one of the most genuine celebrations of love that I’ve ever witnessed!

It all started in a cute little yellow house in Annapolis and ended twirling to the band while a thunderstorm roared along with the beat! Ashley wrapped her arms tightly around Bill, as he sweetly kissed her forehead… Everything felt perfect in the world! With a remarkable couple, two truly incredible families, a ‘dream team’ of vendors, and a wedding planner who made sure that everything went forward flawlessly – This wedding reached into my heart and reminded me why I love this job so much!

Photography: Natalie Franke | Cinematography: Clickspark | Event Planning: Elle Ellinghaus Designs | Floral Design: MyFlowerBox Events | Wedding Dress: Watters WTOO | Invitations: Chatham & Caron | Ceremony Venue: Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Oxon Hill Manor | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Pairings Bistro | Band: Sly45 | Makeup: Caitlyn Meyer | Photography - Assistance: Lauren Swann | Rentals: Party Plus Baltimore

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