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Elegant + Romantic Baltimore Engagement Session

Kenny and Ashley’s flower market-inspired engagement session is perfect. No, really, it’s perfect. An amazing photographer? Check. Fashionable ensembles? Check. Flowers all around? Check. And a couple so in love it will make you smile? Check. Head to The Vault to see every pretty moment captured by Elizabeth Fogarty, and get ready to pin it all—you know you want to!

From Elizabeth FogartyKenny and Ashley wanted to do something special for their engagement session. This session was inspired by their love for the European fresh floral market. It just has all the elements for a very romantic and elegant engagement session. We loved the idea of using a unique and meaningful spot as the inspiration for this engagement session. A lot of the details used throughout this shoot were inspired by that floral market feel – the brown paper bouquet with freshly picked blooms, the floral market buckets with European chalkboard signs, and the brown paper calligraphy sign with the quote, “I choose you and I’ll keep choosing you forever.” Just as they chose fresh blooms together, they will keep choosing each other forever. Their session was absolutely picture perfect! Not to mention these two are total naturals in front of the camera.

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Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Event Planning: So Lovely Weddings | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Blossom & Vine | Makeup: Makeup By Kevan | Hair: Hair By Melissa | Calligraphy: Allison Dee Calligraphy | Venue: Cylburn Arboretum | Ribbon: Adorn

Artistic Baltimore Wedding Surrounded by Spring Blossoms

There’s a whole lot of pretty in this wedding from Lindsay Hite / READYLUCK, but let’s start with the ketubah, a work of art created by the beautiful Bride (the crazy-talented artist behind The Painted Ketubah). Then there’s the pretty pink petals everywhere, making for the most gorgeous portraits. And, trust me, there’s so much more pretty to love (like the Bride’s Rosa Clara gown from Lovely Bride)  in The Vault.


From The Bride…We really wanted our wedding to be filled with dancing, laughter and creativity. We were both so floored by the beauty of the Peabody Library and grateful that we could be in Baltimore while all of the trees and flowers were in full spring bloom.

I’m a painter, and about two years ago I started my own ketubah studio, The Painted Ketubah, where I create hand painted wedding certificates and illuminated marriage contracts. Since I spend my days working with brides and grooms I felt like I had so much helpful experience to draw on as Colin and I planned our own wedding. Painting our ketubah in the weeks leading up to our wedding felt like a perfect way to meditate on the commitment that we were making to one another.

It was really so special to work with Colin to integrate our vows into a piece of artwork that will hang in our home forever. The ketubah signing ceremony was also one of the most emotional parts of our wedding day, we were surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends while my mother played us a song on her guitar that she wrote for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary.

Some of the most meaningful parts of our wedding were in the personal details that celebrated our families’ roots and traditions. Colin built our chuppah with his dad using my grandfather’s prayer shawl. My mom, having been raised Kentucky, distilled two small batches of bourbon for us to serve at our reception. Colin’s mom and my great Aunt baked some of our favorite family recipes to give to our guests in their welcome bags and during our send-off brunch. I carried my great-grandmother’s pearl clutch and wore my grandmother’s gold bracelets while Colin wore his grandfather’s antique tie pin.

When Colin and I started our relationship we were running a startup art gallery in San Francisco that doubled as a live/work space. Some of our favorite memories together are the adventures that went into curating and assembling those art shows and community events so we wanted our wedding to be infused with a similar creative ethos. It was in that spirit that we decided to make the painted circular table runners with indigo dye and watercolor paints to add some handmade touches to each of the tables at our reception. I also painted the design for our invitations and rsvp cards while Colin geeked out on making our wedding website and working with our DJ’s, friends of his from college, to craft the perfect playlist.

Photography: Readyluck | Event Planning: Rosa Clara | Floral Design: Maryland Bay Blossoms | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Invitations: Hadass Gerson (the Bride) | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rachel Pally | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Chef's Expressions | Venue: The George Peabody Library | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop | Film Processing: Print Icon | Groom's + Groomsmen Attire: Suitsupply | Ketubah: The Painted Ketubah

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Romantic Evergreen Museum And Library Wedding

One look at the Evergreen Museum And Library and it’s easy to see why this beautiful bride + groom had only one venue on their list – it’s breathtaking.  But add in some ah-mazing DIY details, vintage meets rustic stylings and gorgeous golden hues and it takes on an entirely new level of pretty.  See every fabulous moment captured beautifully by Edward Winter of READYLUCK right here in THE VAULT.


From the Bride… In planning our wedding, Braden and I had always agreed that our biggest priorities were to ensure that our guests enjoyed themselves while celebrating our marriage alongside us, and that whatever the celebration materialized as, most important was that it reflected who we were as a couple and how grateful we were to have everyone we loved together in one place.

The week after we got engaged in October 2014, The Evergreen Museum & Library was the first and only venue that we visited in the hopes of finding an available date. And, much to our inconceivable luck, we were able to secure August 15, 2015 at both The Evergreen and at the Loyola University Alumni Chapel – two places so special to us that throughout the months of planning we would often pause and ask each other, “Can you believe we got this lucky?”

I envisioned a style that was ethereal, timeless, and elegant while at the same time laid-back and welcoming. We chose a color palette that celebrated natural beauty of the grounds including evergreen, pale peach and blush tones, ivory, and mixed metals of antique gold and silver, and infused it into everything that we created.

With a creative background and a passion for do-it-yourself projects, I immersed myself in as many of the projects and the creative details as I could (for better or for worse), working especially close with our vendors – all of whom were so accommodating and inspiring to work with that by the time our wedding approached, they felt like good friends who were there to celebrate with us. Our florist was sweet enough to let us be very much a part of the design process for all of our floral arrangements, an area that we agreed was one of the most integral design elements of the day. We chose leafy deep greens in tribute to The Evergreen, soft peach garden roses, and ivory spray roses as our main florals, opting for loose yet somewhat structured arrangements throughout. Amidst the table arrangements we interspersed mercury glass hurricane vases in varying heights along with Victorian rose-colored glass votives, which paired beautifully with our ivory gold-trimmed china. We incorporated a number of vintage pieces as well, including mahogany farm tables, a white washed barn door converted into a bar that we used as our DJ stand, and gorgeous wrought iron chandeliers that we adorned with greenery and clusters of flowers.

While I am so proud of the many things that we designed and created for our day, I think the most special detail was our escort cards. My grandmother who had passed less than a year earlier, only days after Braden had asked her and my parents for my hand in marriage, had always taught me the importance of picking up stray pennies, no matter where you found them as they were “pennies from heaven” and symbolized luck and that someone, somewhere was thinking of you. After her passing and throughout our engagement, Braden and I began finding pennies seemingly everywhere. Wanting to incorporate her presence in our day in a subtle but special way, we knew that pennies would be the way to do it, not only to honor her, but also to pass a little luck off to our guests as a thank you for joining us. We spent hours carefully hand stamping pennies issued in 2015 with each guests’ table number, and then affixed them to escort cards that I had designed individually to match all of our paper goods. At our cocktail hour, guests collected them from a vintage window display that Braden’s father had built for us, repurposed from their old beach house in Long Beach Island, NJ where we had spent so many summer weekends. In addition to their lucky penny seating card keepsake, donations were made in our guests’ honor to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in lieu of traditional favors.

If there is one piece of advice that I could give brides-to-be, it would be to continually remind yourself and each other that the true purpose of the day is to celebrate the love you have for one another, and to always keep that in mind throughout the planning process. It’s easy to get caught up in the details, and they can definitely play a role of importance, but the most rewarding parts of the day won’t be the things you can see or touch – it will be the way the moments you shared with each other and your guests made you feel and the memories of them that you will carry together for a lifetime.

See more Vintage Inspired weddings in THE VAULT!

Photography: Readyluck | Coordination: Gingerwood Creative | Event Design: Jen Wohltman | Floral Design: Crimson and Clover Floral Design, Inc. | Wedding Dress: L'Fay Bridal | Cake: Rouge Fine Catering | Ceremony Venue: Loyola University Chapel | Reception Venue: Evergreen Museum And Library | Hair and Makeup: Behind The Veil | Groom's Attire: Imparali | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Z Best | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Getting Ready Venue: The Aspen Institute At Wye River | Invitation Suite: Invitations By Salutations | Paper Goods: Jen Wohltman | Photo Booth: Lady Liberty Photo Booth | Rentals: Vintage Affairs | Table Numbers: Z Create Design

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