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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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Napa Valley Inspired Rehearsal Dinner in Maryland

The rehearsal dinner: a time to sit back and breathe before the beautiful chaos of the big day. It’s an intimate event for relaxing and celebrating with only the closest of family and friends – which is why hosting a backyard dinner party is such a fabulous idea. With a 43-person long table and a string of globe lights against the June sky, Victoria Clausen Florals set the perfect Napa Valley inspired scene for an amazing affair. Check out all the pics by Living Radiant Photography here.

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From Living Radiant PhotographyThis past June 7th, Living Radiant Photography joined Victoria Clausen Floral Events who put on a beautiful Napa Valley Inspired Rehearsal Dinner in the backyard of a newly married couple. They married the following day at Caves Valley Country Club. This 43 person long table was set out under a beautiful June sky with globe lights. The wooden table set was set with white antiqued lanterns, mason jars covered in burlap and jute, with a sweet breeze in the air to compliment it. The background was a wooded scene and rolling hills.

Photography: Living Radiant Photography | Floral Design: Victoria Clausen Florals | Catering: Classic Catering | Lighting: Event Dynamics | Linens: Table Toppers | Venue: Private Residence

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Classic Maryland Country Club Wedding

Fact: I can’t resist a classic wedding. They’re sort of my weakness. The big, white dress, the romantic calligraphy and elegant reception design get me every time, and this country club affair is the perfect example. It’s got all of the above (plus so much more) and you can head to the gallery from Meghan Boyer to see for yourself. Pssst: must-watch video from Cord 3 Films below!

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From Meghan Boyer Photography… Alicyn and Matt’s celebration started in the chapel of the university where they first met, Loyola University in Baltimore. Surrounded by family and friends, the priest, a close family friend, joined them as husband and wife in a mass full of tradition and joy.

Guests then headed to Hillendale Country Club to celebrate the beautiful couple. Matt is a golf pro and many of his family and friends play the game, (and play it well!) so this lovely course and clubhouse was the perfect choice to gather and celebrate.

The ballroom was elegantly set up with a combination of square and rectangular tables topped with candles and gorgeous arrangements varying in height. The floral design was classic and white with a mix of hydrangea, roses, and peonies.

Much time was put into the many personal touches; the signature cocktail (a mint mojito), the table dedicated to loved ones who have passed, the basket of flip flops for guests to wear while dancing, the guest book with the couples favorite golf courses. And many of the stunning details were hand made by the bride’s mother including both of the belts the bride wore with her dress, the ring bearer pillow, and traditional polish apron.

Photography: Meghan Boyer Photography | Videography: Cord 3 Films | Floral Design: Da Vinci | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: Yia Yia's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Loyola University Chapel | Reception Venue: Hillendale Country Club | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Calligraphy: Trial By Cupcakes | HMUA: Behind The Veil | Invitations + Menu: Just Ink On Paper | Photography - Assistance: Amelia Johnson Photography | Signs + Cards: Marrygrams

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