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Baltimore Wedding from Renee Michele + Elizabeth Bailey Weddings & Events

A few weeks ago, I got the sweetest email from a groom turned fantastic husband requesting that I take a look at his wedding pictures. And if I liked them, could they pretty please go up on the blog December 5th for his beautiful wife’s birthday? Well, that just about won my heart, but then I laid eyes on the stunning day, planned by the bride + Elizabeth Bailey Weddings & Events. Renee Michele’s images stole my heart and then some. Happy birthday Lauren!


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From the groom… My beautiful, sweet and kind hearted wife Lauren’s birthday is on December 5th, and I thought it would be a great way to show her how much our wedding day meant to me, and also surprise her on December 5th with a Real Wedding submitted by me. I know Style Me Pretty well because this was Lauren’s go to for ideas.

Here’s some information about our wedding that was July 6, 2013. Lauren is from Baltimore, Maryland and I am from Vicksburg, Mississippi. We met through mutual friends while both living in Washington, D.C. after college, and then moved to Denver, Colorado together. It was important to Lauren and her family that we get married where she’s from. I was the typical groom, and sat back and let Lauren and her mom do their thing. I knew I was marrying the woman of my dreams, but Lauren went above and beyond incorporating southern touches in our wedding to make me and my family feel not so far from home. On July 4th we greeted my friends and family with a crab feast, our rehearsal dinner the next night had Ole Miss (where I went to school) decorations, and we had a raw oyster bar. At the wedding, the groomsmen and I had cotton boutonnieres, there was cotton and spanish moss in our centerpieces, the cocktail hour had mint juleps as our signature drink in pewter mint julep cups, miniature tomato sandwiches- a staple in the south, shrimp and grits, guest gift bags with an equal number Maryland snacks to Mississippi ones, and at the end of the night our late night snacks were skewers with chicken and waffles and syrup.

We love the outdoors, so it was important to us that we were married outside. We had a sunny day, but it was about 100 degrees at 5pm. The ceremony location had trees all around and was perfect despite the heat. Lauren had a creative idea to incorporate something else that is important to us, music. Our fan programs had a schedule of the evening and Lauren asked me to help her pick song lyrics from songs we love as titles for each part of the evening (example: “My Sweet one, I’ll call you my sweet one – Half past five, wedding vows in the garden” ; “How Sweet it Is to be love by you- Half past nine: cutting of the cake”). We had a string quartet that played modern music, during the ceremony examples: “In my life,” by The Beatles, and a few others and Lauren walked down the aisle to “Stand by Me,”by Ben E King and then after we were married we walked down the aisle to “Happy Together,” by The Turtles.

We decided to move our cocktail hour inside though since it was so hot. After the cocktail hour, we had a seated dinner. Our wedding planner and florist had the idea to flip the two rooms at the Baltimore Country Club. One is usually used for dining, and it has a much more formal look. The other room across the way is usually for dancing. Because our taste is a little more laid back and rustic, the mostly wood room was used for dinner. We were told by many guests that the whole evening felt just like Lauren and Michael, and the decorations looked like us. Lauren surprised me with a record player grooms cake and a lyric from one of my favorite bands the Beatles.

After dinner, the dance floor was hoppin! We had a 10 piece band with a few horns and they played a lot of songs that are special to us.

I love Lauren for so many reasons, but her selflessness won me over! It was obviously a special day for her, but she made sure the day wasn’t just about her. I cried during our first look because I felt so lucky that moment. Later during our wedding night as I watched Lauren speak with guests and laugh, I was blown away by her grace. Lauren was so laid back throughout the whole process, and I know she was really thankful for her mom’s amount of work and the awesome people that worked with us. Every detail was great, and our night was perfect. It was great receiving so many compliments about the night, but the greatest thing we were told was that everyone could feel the love– that will stay with us forever. 

Photographer: Renee Michele | Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Bailey Weddings & Events | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cakes: Sweets by E | Bridesmaids/Bride makeup: studio of makeup | Ceremony & Reception: Baltimore Country Club | Florist : Victoria Clausen Florals | Painter: Laura Swytak | Save the dates & Programs: Natalie Kilgore

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A Maryland Estate Wedding from Jodi Miller Photography

This wedding is proof that romantic, pastel filled weddings are here to stay. And if you ask me, that’s news worth celebrating. Because when you’re talking weddings like this Maryland beauty from Jodi Miller, well it’s enough to make any blogger’s heart skip a beat. Planned in the hands of Brooke Granger with peachy blooms by Julies Floral Design, you can bet we’ll be swooning this one for a good, long while.

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From the Bride…I moved to Baltimore from Delaware where I grew up shortly after college and was introduced to Eric at a Ravens football game tailgate. We felt an instant connection and went on our first date the week after and have been together ever since. Eric proposed in the Fall of 2012 and after being together for 6 years, we decided to have a quick engagement. I am a teacher as well, so a summer wedding was ideal so I could be on summer vacation to deal with last minute wedding preparation and also for a two week Italian honeymoon.

We both loved the movie “Meet Joe Black” and fantasized about having a wedding just like the elegant mansion affair in the movie held outside with rolling green hills and lights illuminating the night sky (or maybe it was just meJ) It turned out to be easier to find than expected because as soon as we visited the Evergreen Museum in Baltimore, we knew we had found the perfect place for our mansion wedding. The stately white columns of the mansion made it the perfect backdrop for our back lawn outdoor wedding and cocktail hour as well as the tented carriage house for our reception.

Once the location and summer date was finalized, I chose a romantic, soft garden party aesthetic for our blush, grey and white wedding. For the ceremony, I had tan wooden chairs and cream market umbrellas set up on the Evergreen lawn to provide shade for guests in the July heat and accented the chairs with white babies breath and blush ribbon. The fountain was the focal point for the ceremony and was flanked on each side by white hydrangeas. A string quartet provided pre ceremony music to set a serene tone. After the ceremony, we tented the brick patio for cocktail hour to provide shade for guests and served strawberry basil spritzers and mint juleps to help beat the heat. Inside the carriage house, I chose grey linens and tall babies breath vases and blooms in white, blush and dusty purple to continue the soft color palette. We dined on strawberry spinach and gorgonzola summer salad, porcini crusted sea bass and steak au poivre, and enjoyed an assortment of cupcakes from the dessert bar. Guests enjoyed getting silly with the photobooth and props and everyone danced late into the night while listening to Motown and top 40 hits. Our wedding was exactly what we wanted and truly was the “Meet Joe Black” wedding of our dreams.

Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography | Event Planner: Brooke Granger | Florist: Julies Floral Design | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Caterer: Linwoods | Make Up: About Faces Day Spa | Hair: About Faces Day Spa | Lighting: Event Dynamics | DJ: AJ Productions | Officiant: Rev. John Gaffney | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Amsale from Garnish Boutique | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Evergreen Museum & Library | Ceremony Rentals: Grand Rentals | Dress Designer: Legends by Romona Keveza | Groom's Apparel: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Invitation Suite: Just Ink on Paper | Linens: Table Toppers | Paper Goods: Just Ink on Paper | Reception Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

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Baltimore Wedding from Dani Leigh Photography + Romance of Flowers

Try as I may, there is no way I could keep this wedding short. It’s sweet… oh it’s beautifully sweet, but I couldn’t risk you not visiting the beautiful gallery from Dani Leigh Photography, so I tried to pack as many stunning shots as I could into this post. But please, don’t let that stop you from visiting the gallery! It’s filled to the brim with beautiful blooms from Romance of Flowers, lovely ‘maids all in a row, and a couple so beautiful you won’t be able to tear yourself away.

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From the stunning bride… The best part of planning a long distance wedding is truly trusting in those that are there to make your day special. James and I were so lucky to have amazing individuals there with us from our wonderful parents, to our amazing florist: Victoria, our new friend and photographer: Dani and our unbelievably talented band: Bachelor Boys Band.

I have always been a homebody, and my parents never thought I would last when I decided to venture to college in Madison, Wisconsin from Baltimore; to their surprise I happily endured my four years. James, a Madison local, and I met in the spring of 2007 and knew from the start there was something different about our relationship. It was not until the following fall, with some fairly obvious coaxing on my part, that James relented and asked me on a date; from that moment forward, we have rarely been apart. Our relationship has survived through five moves in Illinois and a cross country move to California, because of the calm that James brings to our lives and support from our friends and family.

James proposed on the beach in Half Moon Bay, California and we immediately realized that while difficult, a traditional hometown wedding was what we desired. With that decision, we began a whirlwind of living long distance for seven months, wedding planning, and starting our lives in California complete with purchasing our first home and beginning new jobs.

Every aspect of our wedding was beyond our wildest dreams. My Mom handmade table numbers, runner for the head table and painted picture frames, while my Dad made the place cards and made sure the timeline was perfected, even providing small laminated cards for those who wanted them on the day of.

James and I have been to numerous weddings, but still had no concept of the organization required to plan a wedding without a formal wedding planner. Many of our big choices were simple, our venue choice: Evergreen Museum and Library was a place I drove by on my way to school growing up, Victoria Clausen is an amazing floral designer who I was lucky enough to help at weddings and my mother still works for. We chose Dani Leigh Photography for her beautiful lighting and wonderful personality. From the beginning I knew I wanted blush pinks and navy blues. In my meetings with Victoria I provided her the colors that I did not want, but completely trusted how she, along with my mother and our family friend and photographer for Victoria, Kakki Morrison, would oversee and complete the wedding look. Evergreen is a beautiful place that deserves to be enhanced rather than overtaken, so we worked with our venue, the beautiful brick walls and wooden carriage house. Many of the aspects of the wedding were chosen for their small price tag but big impact: the wooden farm table for the head table, the unique table cloths for cocktails, dinner and dancing, the lights above the dance floor and the paper flower balls providing a backdrop for the band.

From start to finish we had so much support and so much faith in everyone that was with us on that day or provided us with beautiful memories. I have heard that, when the wedding is over, some brides are sad. While I could be distracted from feeling sad by a 10 week old puppy, James and I prefer to have the memory of our wedding and love to reflect on how special the day was and how lucky we are to have had such a perfectly flawless wedding.

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