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Elegant Ballroom Wedding

Having dreamt of her wedding since childhood, this beautiful Bride knew exactly what she wanted her Big Day to entail. The vision? A romantic-glam fall fête at the Belvedere & Co. Events overflowing with elegant details. Dyanna Joy Photography was on hand to capture every moment of merriment and you can see it all unfold, here!

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From the beautiful Bride… I had dreamt about my wedding day since I was a little girl, even more so than most little girls, because my mother was in the wedding industry and I was surrounded by bridal gowns every day! But I must say, our actual wedding turned out to be more amazing than my wildest dreams.

We knew that we wanted a fall wedding, so we settled on Thanksgiving weekend because I have cousins in the US Naval Academy, and they were an integral part of our wedding. It was a chilly weekend in Baltimore, but we hardly noticed. The sun was shining and that’s all that mattered! My Allure dress was the centerpiece and inspiration for the rest of our wedding planning. I loved the Swarovski crystals and beading, and the soft flow of the English Net skirt. My vision was set on a romantic-glam theme with an elegant vibe.

We chose to have our wedding ceremony at The Baltimore Basilica. My family is Roman Catholic, and the Basilica is the most iconic church in Baltimore, as well as the first cathedral in America! We felt blessed to be able to have our ceremony in such a sacred and beautiful church. My grandfather gave me away, and sharing that moment with him was the most special experience of my life.

I fell in love with the ballroom at The Belvedere as soon as I laid eyes on it. It was glamourous, yet not over-the-top. I wanted a ballroom with spectacular chandeliers, and the chandeliers in the Charles Ballroom’s could not be beat! We loved the combination of plum and gold, and the ballroom complemented those colors perfectly. With the 1930’s vibe of the iconic landmark, I really wanted the reception to feel elegant, timeless, and classy. I incorporated lots of softly-lit candles, gold sparkling placecards, and neutral uplighting. The flowers were a mix of purples, greens, and whites; matching the bridesmaids bouquets. The gold candelabras were a must, and I fell in love with them as soon as I laid eyes on them! The head table was something that we truly loved; it was amazing to be surrounded by our family and bridal party and let them know how much they mean to us.

The most important thing to us about our reception was for the dance floor to be packed all night long– and it was! My family is Italian, and adding some Italian elements to our reception was very important to me. Dancing to The Tarantella was our favorite part of the reception!

From Dyanna Joy PhotographyIt was the day after Thanksgiving. Christine was flawless in her Allure princess style wedding gown, as if she was born to wear this dress. On this day, she was the center of the universe and everyone revolved around her, admiring her beauty, her grace, and smile.

White and purple flowers were delivered, champagne was poured, and Justin couldn’t take his eyes off his bride in white.

The sun had set and it was time for the ceremony. Christine walked down the lengthy, awe-inspiring aisle, holding on to the arms of her grandfather. And when she finally made it to the front, Justin was there to take her hand, as he will be for the rest of their lives, whether it’s to ask her to dance or to help her out of a car. Her hands will always be safe in his.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks, dinner, and dancing at the Belvedere Hotel.

Photography: Dyanna Joy Photography | Videography: Buerhaus Design Videography | Flowers: My Flower Box Events | Wedding Dress: By Invitation Only Wedding Services | Wedding Cake : Baltimore Cakery | Stationary: By Invitation Only Wedding Services | Ceremony Venue: Baltimore Basilica | Reception Venue : Belvedere & Co. Events | Bridesmaid Dresses: By Invitation Only Wedding Services | Makeup: Blend Makeup Artistry | Hair: Cloud 9 Salon | DJ: C&J Entertainment | Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse | Placecards/Menu Cards/Table Numbers: Ivory Isle Designs | Wedding Dress Designer : Allure Bridals

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Glamorous Private Estate Wedding

If you’re a fan of glamorous, at-home weddings with a whole lot of romance thrown in for good measure, this pretty little affair is about to make your Monday.  Think drop-dead gorgeous blooms from Simply Beautiful Flowers, stunning pink hues and beautiful captures from Love By Serena filling the entire gallery.  Annie Banks approved?  Yes, indeed.   

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From the Bride…  After about three years of dating, Doug proposed to me at a restaurant in DC, where we celebrated our one year anniversary together. That morning, he had made a trip up to Baltimore to talk to my parents and ask for their permission. This was under the ruse that he was at work.

We chose to tie the knot at my childhood home in Baltimore, Maryland. I love the combination of gold and pink and thought that would add to the elegance of the evening. To match my love of the color pink and my sister’s dress, various shades of pink floral details were included in the design. We incorporated navy into the mix for Doug, so it wasn’t too feminine. I love crafting, so I wanted to add some elements of my own: some of the signs and straw flags (with a lot of Doug’s help). We also wanted marquee letters of our initials, so Doug decided to make them himself! He was crafting them up until the very day of our wedding!

It was the most fabulous day and, every time I hear our song “Sweet Disposition,” I begin to cry and remember the most awesome day ever. I loved celebrating with Doug, our families, and friends!

Photography: Love By Serena | Event Planning: Sarah Park Events | Florals: Simply Beautiful Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Charm City Cakes | Invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Catering: Linwoods | Band: Rhythm 6 | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Lasting Impressions | Hotel: The Inn at the Colonnade | Venue: Private Estate | Bridal Boutique: Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection | Hair Styling: Jewel Hair Design | Linens: Tabletoppers | Photobooth: Tap Snap | Photography - 2nd Shooter: Josh Gooden | Rentals: Rusty Love Vintage Rentals | Tent: Loane Bros | Valet: Courtesy Parking Services Inc.

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Roses + Rings Event at Mervis Diamond Importers

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so the timing couldn’t be better for the Mervis Diamond Importers Roses and Rings Event from February 7-8, 2015. Not only will there be a large selection of designer rings to try on + experiment with different looks, but there’s discounts and special pricing as well! Something sparkly is calling my name…

Be sure to make some time to check out the Mervis Diamond Importers Roses and Rings Event — your fingers will thank you! Happy shopping, lovelies! xo

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Urban Elopement Styled Shoot

I’m not one to constantly wish for a wedding re-do (hard to imagine, I know), but if I could do it all over again, this pretty little bundle of elopement inspiration would be IT.  From those gorgeous florals from Blush Floral Design to the beautiful details from Lauren Niles Events to that killer makeup by Amie Decker Beauty.  See it all captured by L Hewitt Photography right here.

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From L Hewitt Photography… This Urban Elopement themed styled shoot at the Four Seasons Baltimore will steal your heart. It is bursting with the little sensory pleasures of fall and tickles the brain with its refined, understated, modern design.

We wanted to push the boundaries of fashion and romance for this shoot. The story follows a modern couple amid the mid-century design of the Four Seasons. They have an intimate breakfast in bed, get ready and travel together to their organic rooftop nupitals overlooking the skyline of Baltimore.

We wanted the groom to be as smartly dressed as the bride. His lush amaranthine velvet coat reminiscent of crushed blackberries at the end of summer. Her silk gown is a touch of traditional glamour, finished with a luxe pailleted wrap.

The florals were designed with the rich, saturated colors of foraged fall. The cake is a refined exercise in simplicity of design and texture, with its marbled, berry scattered surface.

Photography: L Hewitt Photography | Wedding Gown: Amanda Ritchey Bridal | Cake: Yia Yia’s Bakery | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: JCrew | Ring: TJMaxx | Makeup: Maria Cesaris Of Amie Decker Beauty | Hair: Bang! The Salon | Ceremony And Reception: Four Seasons Baltimore | Clutch: Judith Leiber | Event Planning And Design: Lauren Niles Events | Floral: Blush Floral Design | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Tabletop Rentals & Chairs: Party Rental Ltd

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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 | Venue: Private Residence | Linens: Table Toppers

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