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Quirky Garden Museum Wedding Complete with Tea Length Dress

Lately we’ve seen an uptick in museum weddings and quite frankly we’re downright obsessed. Because what’s better than a building filled with ancient artifacts? How about a building filled with ancient artifacts and endless love? We’d say that just about puts it over the top and thanks to this lovely little gallery from Katie DeLorme Photography we’ve got all that and more. See it in The Vault!


From the Bride… John and I had already been together for seven years when we got engaged. That meant we were close to each other’s big families, and we shared fantastic groups of friends, so John and I knew we weren’t going to have a small wedding. There wasn’t a lot of talk about themes or colors; we let a classic, timeless sense of style inspire us and it all started coming together. We just wanted to throw a huge party with everyone we loved and look really good doing it.

We both loved the idea of getting married in Baltimore, so we looked at a lot of venues in the city. John knew right away that the Evergreen Museum and Library was perfect for us. This place had everything — a stunningly elegant Italian-style gardens for our ceremony, a classic art deco patio for our cocktail hour, and a chic carriage house setting for the reception and dance floor. Tons of green space, brick, marble, and romantic dark wood meant that we didn’t have to do a lot of decorating.

I wish I could look like Audrey Hepburn every day of my life, so naturally I had my heart set on a tea length wedding gown. I fully committed to old Hollywood glamour with vintage-detailed wedges, a short blusher veil, and crystal stud earrings. And I’ll never get over John’s look. His perfectly tailored navy suit from Suit Supply is the best thing he’s ever worn. Luckily for him (and me) he can wear it over and over again. And check out those blue laces on his shoes!

The bridesmaids all wore slate gray Alfred Sung dresses in the style they liked best paired with coral shoes. The groomsmen wore matching gray suits with different black and white ties we selected just for them from The Tie Bar.

I could not have been more clueless about choosing bouquets and centerpieces, but I trusted our florist Wicked Willow immediately. They created the most unique and gorgeous arrangements, with only very vague direction from me. The flowers were the perfect pop of late-summer color in our mostly neutral palette.

Our ceremony was very personal, and we made an effort to select the readings and songs to represent the happiness and honesty we wanted our marriage to be built on. John’s cousin married us and my brothers each read something that spoke to not only John and my relationship, but to their own personalities, too.

John made the table numbers by cutting and staining wood blocks before nailing house numbers to them. I designed our programs and the thank-you cards we placed at each seat in the reception, along with the art on our pint glass favors. A local artist created a gigantic one-of-a-kind quill art piece that hung behind our sweetheart table during the reception. And my dad did all the calligraphy, including the invitations and the place cards.

Communicate! We learned very quickly that communicating exactly what we wanted was crucial to the entire process and eliminated a lot of stress. We involved our parents and friends in the planning process, but our whole wedding day was very much a reflection of us as a couple. That was mostly because John and I stayed on the same page, made decisions together, and kept everyone constantly in the loop. I sent a LOT of emails and made a LOT of spreadsheets. I’d also say: choose vendors who have style and talent you trust, and treat yourself to a day-of coordinator!

Processional: “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” The Beatles
Recessional: “What is Life,” George Harrison
First Dance: “Everlasting Light,” The Black Keys
Father-Daughter Dance: “She’s a Rainbow,” The Rolling Stones
Mother-Son Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong

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Photography: Katie DeLorme Photography | Floral Design: Wicked Willow | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Baltimore Cakery | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: Rouge Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Up Dos For I Dos | DJ: Tower Entertainment | Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom's Suit: Suitsupply | Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Evergreen Museum And Library | Bycicle Art: Charm City Quills | Earrings: Bauble Bar | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Rent The Runway

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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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