The Super Bowl may have passed a few day ago but we’re still riding high on football season around these parts. So when this film came across our desks, well, let’s just say it was perfect timing. This bride-to-be decided to surprise her football lovin’ fiance and the results? Ah-mazing. Before we move on to other seasonal sports, let’s give football one more hug with this fabulous film by Pacific Pictures!
From Pacific Pictures… Married sports fans know that marriage and sports have a lot in common. Success in both requires hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. For engaged football fans Komal and Shalin, the first step in joining their families would come when Komal would reconsider her lifelong dedication to the New York Jet’s in favor of reluctant allegiance to Shalin’s Baltimore Ravens. A big step for Komal, as in the words of Komal’s brother, “Everyone knows the Desai family is a Jet’s family!”
At their engagement extravaganza in Baltimore, Komal wanted to take it a step further; to show her undying love and support for Shalin in the biggest way possible. Always the one to pleasantly surprise his fiancé, Shalin would now become the unwitting subject of the surprise of a lifetime for any Ravens fan. Totally unbeknownst to Shalin, Komal had arranged to walk Shalin blindfolded onto the 50 yard line of M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Baltimore Ravens. The big reveal would also include a full blown announcement of the starting lineup of the Parikh and Desai families in true primetime NFL fashion.
We were especially excited to take part in planning the big surprise, from convincing Shalin we just wanted to do a “casual video shoot” around town, to writing the script for the M&T Bank Stadium announcer!
Photography: Adagion | Cinematography: Pacific Pictures | Event Planning: A Votre Service Events | Engagement Party Venue: Vinoy Renaissance | Makeup Styling: Style by Susmita
Stephen and Joan’s love story is officially one for the books…pun totally intended. They met during med school and decided to marry on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, bringing along amazing vendors like Alysia & Jayson Photography and Birchfields to capture all the fun. Peek in the gallery for more and don’t miss the film below!
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From the very first day of medical school, Joan and Stephen were inseparable. They share a story-book love and held a stunning and warm celebration to match! We are still giggling thinking about the speech shared at the wedding by the best man and college friend that witnessed their beautiful and sweet relationship develop over the years.
With Joan’s Korean heritage, Stephen knew that he wanted to propose in Korea where her family resides. So, in the city of Seoul at night while crossing a sweet little bridge, Stephen got down on one knee to pop the question.
Joan and Stephen knew immediately upon visiting the gorgeous Kirkland Manor House and property on the Eastern Shore of Maryland that it would be the absolute perfect location to celebrate their wedding. They wanted to host their event somewhere that would allow all of their out-of-town guests to enjoy the serene waterfront views and to have a place to relax and call home for the weekend.
The celebration began on the night before the wedding with a beautiful Korean wedding ceremony in traditional Korean wedding attire with their immediate family members. On the wedding day, Moore & Co. Event Stylists along with Blush Floral Design Studio created a gorgeous setting with a soft and dreamy color palette of lavender, whites, and greens.
There were so many truly heartfelt moments throughout the day with a father-daughter first look that made everyone in the room shed a few tears. We especially fell in love with this couple’s “tree-planting ceremony” in which they combined and used the soil from each of their hometowns to plant one family tree symbolizing their unity. The reception did not disappoint with Joan & Stephen performing a super fun, choreographed Gangnam style dance that made everyone get out on the dance floor!
Photography: Alysia & Jayson Photography | Videography: Birchfields | Event Planning + Design: Courtney Kappus For Moore & Co Event Stylists | Floral Design: Blush Floral Design Studio | Catering: Linwoods | Hair + Makeup: Audrey Bethards | DJ: District Remix | Venue: Kirkland Manor | Tent Rental: Eastern Shore Tents And Events | Ceremony Wedding Dress: Elegance by Roya | Reception Wedding Dress: Enchantment Bridal | Rentals: White Glove Rentals
When this photographer-turned-bride set out to plan her own wedding day, inspiration struck from an unlikely spot. “We took the feel of our wedding day from one of our favorite days of the week – Sunday’s spent at Josh’s grandparents’ house for dinner.” Opting for homestyle foods and locally grown flowers, their farm wedding was thoughtfully designed from start to finish. See it through the lens of Julie Cate right this way.
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From the Bride… This being my own wedding, I’m quite excited to share our inspiration and everything that went into our special day.
Our inspiration began from the location Joshua, my fiancé proposed at. It was next to a river that we always go swimming at – the path there is full of ferns and the most beautiful sounds of the water flowing, and the birds and insects singing. We also took the feel of our wedding day from one of our favorite days of the week – Sunday’s spent at Josh’s grandparents’ house for dinner. We chose home-style foods that were all sourced locally.
Since I’m a photographer and florist in the wedding industry, photography and flowers were the most important things on my list to choose. I chose Julie Cate after looking through many photographers’ full albums of wedding days – something I would absolutely recommend when booking a photographer. Our florist was Local Color Flowers because their passion of locally grown flowers is just amazing. There is so much romance in each flower from our day because I know they were chosen and hand picked by people who have a passion for growing flowers in Maryland. We settled on a burnt orange, rust, brown-pink palette to compliment the season and to contrast the rest of our color palette which was cooler tones of blues and greys. We had ferns lining our ceremony aisle to relive the moment we decided to journey towards marriage at the river Josh proposed at.
We set the tone with our invites for our guests with the help from Julie Ha Calligraphy – we wanted to incorporate the natural feel of the florals and ferns, but also pull in a little of my husband’s love of antiques by making them feel as though they were old letters. Julie did such an incredible job of hand coloring the paper, tearing the edges and crafting such beautiful calligraphy.
Our venue we choose last minute in May after our original venue got shut down (sigh). It couldn’t have been more of a blessing though. Glen Ellen Farm was the most perfect venue for us, from the love of historic details (our cocktail hour was in barn ruins), the love of farming flowers (the owner is constantly keeping care of her flower plots that she hopes to continue growing), and just the peaceful sounds of birds, sights of deer and wildflower paths. Glen Ellen was the place that fully pulled everything together for us.
Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Floral Design: Local Color Flowers | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Invitations: Julie Ha Calligraphy | Venue: Glen Ellen Farm | Hair/makeup: JKW Beauty | Major Flower Farmer: Butterbee Farm | Veil: Love Veils