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Black Tie Baltimore Library Wedding

If you’ve seen “Sex and the City,” you have an idea of how romantic a public library wedding can be. With its stately architecture and Art Deco vibe, the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Branch was a dream backdrop for this stunning couple to exchanges their grandparents’ wedding rings and celebrate becoming husband and wife. Enjoy all the thoughtful touches (including the book cart escort card display!), courtesy of Audra Wrisley, in the gallery.

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From Audra WrisleyMelissa and Jack’s elegant Pratt Library wedding was one held on one of the prettiest October days of the season. Their elegant color scheme of classic black and ivory with green accents was chic and perfect for their city wedding in the bride’s hometown of Baltimore. Full of beautiful Jewish traditions, the wedding ceremony was intimately designed under a beautiful floral huppah. The evening ensued with hors d’oeuvres on the library’s balcony, intertwined with the library’s Maurice Sendak exhibit, and later lots of dancing, toasting, and celebrating under the dreamy ceilings of the Pratt Library.

From the Bride… We wanted to have a wedding that was meaningful to us and a blast for our guests, so the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Branch in downtown Baltimore was a perfect location. I love all things literature and Jack wanted to create a special event — a one-stop-shop where we could get married and throw a great party. A functioning library during the week, it makes for a stunning event space, with marble columns, painted frescoes, and a three-story atrium. We held the traditional Ketubah signing in front of a small group of close family and friends in the stately Edgar Allan Poe room before the main ceremony in the atrium. A rabbi I’ve known since childhood married us using our grandparents’ wedding rings, and later we heard special blessings from some of our favorite family members. We love the outdoors, so we kept all of our details in a green, white, and gray palette. There was also a subtle nod to the library’s romantic Art Deco feel in many of our small details, such as the picture frames, invitations, my dress, place cards, and accessories. During the cocktail hour, guests looked out over the main hall from decorative iron windows, and during the reception, they received drinks from the book check-out desk.

One of my favorite memories was when we were taking pictures at the Washington Monument before the ceremony. Jack was waiting for me in a small courtyard, and although we’d decided to have a first look, we hadn’t thought much about it at all. We’d spent so many months agonizing over planning, but that simple moment was an exciting start to a truly beautiful day. Jack loved when we spontaneously got into a second-floor window and got a big cheer from our friends (and some shrieks from our parents). Sharing our celebration with the special people in our lives was extraordinary, and it’s so fun to remember that joy through Audra’s beautiful pictures.

Photography: Audra Wrisley | Floral Design: Bella Fiori Flowers | Catering: Zeffert And Gold | DJ: Matt Daughaday | Ceremony Music: Two Rivers Chamber Music | Venue: Enoch Pratt Free Library | Wedding Coordination: Elle Ellinghaus Designs

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Glamorous Masquerade Wedding Inspiration in Annapolis

Romantic and glamorous, there’s something inherently fairtytale-esque about a masquerade ball. And this inspiration shoot lives up to that magical whimsy with stunning accessories from Jaclyn Jordan New York, romantic florals from Petals and Promises LLC and a scenic waterside setting. See all the beautiful images captured by Lissa Ryan Photography here.

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From the Pop the Cork DesignsThis elegant and romantic masquerade ball wedding inspiration came from a constant dream of mine! The color palette was made up of neutrals with pops of silver and gold with deep berry tones in the bouquets to give the event a very classy and sophisticated feel, while keeping the atmosphere cool and yet dramatic. We also incorporated a bridal getting ready portion – with this piece of the shoot, our goal was to inspire brides to capture the anticipation, the excitement, and the beauty of those moments before she walks down the aisle to marry the love of her life. There’s something so special and once-in-a-lifetime about those moments before the day begins.

The gorgeous waterfront private residence where the shoot was hosted was the perfect venue for such an elegant and yet achievable for a real bride wedding inspiration shoot. Each of the amazing artists and vendors involved in the shoot did a fabulous job creating amazing items that cohesively tied together into the masquerade theme!

Photography: Lissa Ryan Photography | Event Planning: Pop The Cork Designs | Floral Designer: Petals And Promises LLC | Wedding Dress: Enaura Bridal | Invitations: Little Bit Heart | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Boutique At Body Wellness | Hair: PSC Hair Artistry | Venue: Private Residence | Bridal Accessories: Jaclyn Jordan New York | Favors & Gifts: Marigold & Grey | Film Processing: Alpine Film Lab | Garters: La Gartier Custom Garters | Make-up Artist: Tiyana Robinson Beauty | Model: Jackie Dolan | Signs: Susan Grace Dodge Designs

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Baltimore George Peabody Library Wedding

Tradition dictates that a bride and groom should marry in the bride’s hometown, and though things have changed (hello, destination weddings!), if you’re lucky enough to come from a beautiful city like this gorgeous Bride, why mess with tradition? Maria Linz Photography captured all the charm that earned Baltimore its nickname—Charm City—and this wedding was full of it! From the Bride’s flawless hair and makeup courtesy of Amie Decker Beauty to the breathtaking setting of the George Peabody library, you’ll want to pin all the pretty.

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From the beautiful Bride… Although Mike and I grew up only 20 miles apart, we didn’t meet until we were both students at the University of Maryland. We met in the fall of 2005, and even though we were instantly attracted to one another, didn’t start dating until 2009 (some things take time!). Five years later on a gorgeous October day in Baltimore, we said, “I do!”

I was born and raised in Baltimore, and Mike moved to Baltimore as a baby, so it was important to us that we be married in Charm City. From day one, I knew our wedding reception had to be at the George Peabody Library, and luckily, Mike agreed! I studied ballet at the Peabody Preparatory, and I earned my Master’s degree in reading education from John’s Hopkins University, which owns the Peabody, so the library was important to me on multiple levels. We were married at Corpus Christi Church, an insanely gorgeous gorgeous church that happens to be one of Baltimore’s oldest. We had stumbled upon Corpus Christi a few years ago during a free organ concert at an arts festival, and instantly fell in love with the beauty and intimacy of the small-yet-grand church. It felt like fate when we learned the church was available for our wedding.

On the day of the wedding, we both got ready at our respective family homes, surrounded by friends and family. My matron of honor was my cousin (who also happens to be a best friend, sorority sister, and former roommate), and my four bridesmaids were women who are dear to me for innumerable reasons (best friends, travel buddies, sorority sisters, roommates – these gals wear many hats!). The ladies wore floor-length champagne-colored chiffon dresses, accented by jewelry I gifted them (gold monogram bracelets and gold-and-champagne drop earrings). My junior bridesmaids were my two youngest cousins. Fun fact: my matron-of-honor and I were the flower girls in their parents’ wedding! The little girls wore white dresses with blush accents and bracelets gifted by me (pearls with their initials). I wore Watters’ Ellery gown in ivory with an extended train and a cathedral-length lace-embellished veil. My something old was the diamond in my engagement ring, which used to belong to my grandmother; my something new was the wedding gown and veil; something borrowed were a pearl bracelet and drop earrings from my mother; and blue was the bottom of my shoes.

Mike and his groomsmen gathered at his parents’ home, where they cheered on the Terps football team before putting on their tuxes. Mike’s brother was his best man, and his groomsmen included his three best friends from childhood, and my younger brother. The guys wore black tuxes, and showed their state pride with grayscale suspenders sporting the Maryland state flag pattern.

In the early afternoon, the men piled into their limo and headed into the city for pictures in Mount Vernon place, a garden-filled area outside the George Peabody Library. Shortly after, the bridesmaids and I joined the men downtown for first-look photos and the bulk of the bridal party pictures. Originally, neither of us was thrilled about the idea of doing pictures in advance of the wedding, but the sun sets early in October, and we knew it would be dark by the time our 6pm ceremony was over.

Since we were both raised in the Roman Catholic faith, it was important to us that we celebrate our marriage in a full traditional Nuptial Mass. Our 130 guests filled the church with an abundance of love and support. After the ceremony, we made our way over to the library.

We included many special touches in our wedding reception, including displaying wedding photographs of three generations of family members. We also incorporated card catalog drawers into the floral arrangements, by using them to display escort cards for the guests. In lieu of favors, we decided to make donations to five charities close our hearts. We wanted to incorporate guests in this process, so we had a table set up with five containers and a framed description of each charity and it’s importance to us (a breast cancer foundation in honor of our friends and family, a Lyme disease research foundation in honor of my father, a Parkinson’s Disease foundation in memory of my grandfather, a local reading organization for my passion for literacy, a local soup kitchen that is dear to us). Each guest was given five tokens to deposit in the jars of their choice, and then we made contributions to the charities in proportion with the amount of tokens allotted to each one.

The cocktail hour space (an exhibit hall) and main library were decorated in pink and champagne, with gold accents. The dinner tables featured lanterns with halos of flowers and tall, lush rounds of baby’s breath. As the library is so magnificent to begin with, we were very careful to select florals and decorations that would enhance the library’s beauty without distracting from it.

When I reflect back on our wedding, I am so grateful for the love and joy that surrounded us, and for the closeness Mike and I experienced on that day. The week before the wedding, a friend offered us this advice: “Once you enter the reception, don’t leave each other’s side. Everyone will be so excited to talk to you, that once you separate, it will be nearly impossible to work your way back together.” We took this to heart, and are so glad that we did – it was a bonding experience like no other!

Photography: Maria Linz Photography | Floral Design: The Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Watters | Invitations: Kindly RSVP | Ceremony Venue: Corpus Christi Church | Reception Venue: George Peabody Library | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Hair And Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | DJ: AJ Productions | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Banks | Groom's Attire: Route One Apparel | Groomsmen's Attire: Route One Apparel | Caterering: Chef's Expressions | String Duo: Chesapeake Strings | Valet: Jay's Valet | Veil: Toni Federici

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Spring Mansion Wedding at Cylburn Arboretum

Pink peonies are a surefire way to my wedding loving heart and this next springtime affair is overflowing with plenty. Returning to the place where their love story began, these college cuties wed surrounded magnolia trees and merriment. It’s a day filled with beauty and bliss that’ll have you weak in the knees. See the entire as told through the lens of Love By Serena right over here!

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From Love By Serena… This spring, I had the pleasure of documenting Amy and Christian’s love for one another. The two of them met while studying at John’s Hopkins University in Baltimore, so it was fitting for them to come back to their place of origin for the big day. They said their vows to one another at the lovely Cylburn Arboretum and we spent a beautiful spring day amongst the blossoming Magnolia trees. It truly couldn’t have been more perfect and a huge thanks goes out to the talented Elle Ellinghaus Designs for making everything run so smoothly!

Photography: Love By Serena | Videography: Reflexion | Floral Design: My Flower Box Events | Stationery: The Pretty Paperie | Catering: Rouge Fine Catering | Band: Infusion By Washington Talent | Officiant: Ceremony By Heather Saul | Transportation: American Limousines | Hotel: The Inn At Henderson's Wharf | Wedding Venue: Cylburn Arboretum | Beauty: Behind The Veil, LLC | Desserts: Sweet Hearts Patisserie | Event Planning & Design: Elle Ellinghaus Designs | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Music (Ceremony): Canterbury Strings | Rentals: Party Plus Rentals | Rentals: AFR Furniture Rental | Rentals: Chicka | Rentals: Select Event Rentals

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Summertime Waterfront Wedding in Maryland

Exchanging vows on the shore of the Potomac river is romantic in and of itself, but add in an aisle lined with heirloom rugs and you’ve got yourself one dreamy affair. This laid-back outdoor soiree is picturesque in every sense of the word. From the barefoot Bride grooving to MyDeejay tunes, to the natural backdrop, Vicki Grafton Photography snapped it all in the gallery!

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From Vicki Grafton PhotographyEllery and Michael said their vows in early September on the shore of the Potomac river in St. Mary’s Maryland. Their aisle was lined with rugs collected by the groom and a beautiful tree provided shade and the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. Overall, Ellery wanted a laid-back outdoor wedding where she could spend the whole day barefoot in the grass and celebrate with her family, friends and their pup.

From The Bride… Michael and I went to the same high school but did not meet until we were both out of college. He proposed on a hike on the top of a mountain in Vermont (I won’t talk about how he somehow got lost on the trek). We wanted our wedding to be a fun and beautiful party for our family and friends to help us celebrate the important event. We are both from Maryland, right outside D.C.. We thought finding a venue that was naturally picturesque, while still in Maryland, would be perfect.

We wanted it to be simple, casual and fun to match our personalities. I went barefoot the whole evening! We are both quite competitive, so we played “hand over hand” on a bat to determine who would say our vows first. Michael’s family business, C.G. Coe & Son, provided the gorgeous hand-made rugs to use as a stage for our ceremony and the Potomac River gave us an attractive natural backdrop. We did most of the decorations ourselves, and Butterkup Flowers provided the gorgeous flowers and helped put it all together. It was everything we wanted it to be!

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Floral Design: Butterkup Flowers | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jcrew | Catering: Ken's Creative Kitchen | Hair And Makeup: Bella Salon & Spa | DJ: MyDeejay | Grooms Attire: Jcrew | Groomsmen's Attire: Jcrew | Wedding Venue: Woodlawn Farm | Cocktail Musicians: Anders Hyatt & Angella Irwin | Rentals: Bailey's Party Rentals | Rugs: C.G. Coe & Son

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Elegant Oxon Hill Maryland Garden Wedding

You don’t have to be at an English manor to have a gorgeous and elegant garden wedding. With a team that includes talents like Karson Butler Events, Amie Decker Beauty, and MyDeejay, this couple was able to achieve that English garden wedding feel at a beautiful Maryland manor. Formal, but not stuffy, this pastel-hued elegant affair is what garden party dreams are made —the proof is in the gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride… Taylor and I met our first year at Duke University and were friends for a year before we started dating in the fall of our sophomore year. We bonded over our mutual love of Duke basketball and Durham. I actually spend a large chunk of my childhood in Durham, but Taylor and I didn’t meet until college.

Our first date was absolutely fabulous. Taylor planned the entire evening. It was parents weekend at Duke so he knew that all of the good restaurants in Durham would be booked. He chose a small, nice Creole restaurant in the next town over. We had a lovely meal, then went to see a funny movie on campus. After the movie was over, we went to the Sarah P. Duke gardens to enjoy the beautiful November evening outside.

He also planned an elaborate evening to propose, but it ultimately fell through. On our 5 year anniversary, he booked a dinner reservation at Acadiana, a nice Creole restaurant in downtown DC—in keeping with the spirit of our first date— and then he made reservations at the Columbia room, a speakeasy in DC that I had been dying to go to. He had even picked out the exact spot on the walk between the restaurant and the bar—a small, quaint park. Alas, the ring that he had selected which was supposed to be delivered from the jewelry store in New York City, but the jeweler was flooded by hurricane Sandy. Since he didn’t have the ring, he didn’t propose that evening. Instead, he proposed two weeks later, once the ring had arrived, after an impromptu dinner at one of our favorite restaurants downtown: Zaytinya. We had a lovely dinner and were about to go next door to Proof for a drink before heading to a small party at a friends place nearby. We sat down for a few minutes outside the Portrait Gallery and he asked. We dated 5 whole years before we got engaged!

Taylor and I loved the idea of a backyard gathering but elevated. We wanted to keep it elegant but not too fancy. We picked our favorite colors, (mine is green, his is blue) and then we added the blush pink to make the evening feel light. We were going for was “rustic chic.” We wanted to take the casual and chic elements of a garden party, with elements inspired by the French countryside.

We knew wanted an outdoor wedding, and ironically, we chose the venue mostly because we weren’t required to have a tent and because if it rained, we could move everything inside. Oxon Hill Manor had beautiful gardens and overall, a wonderful brick patio with an incredible view of the Potomac. We loved the iron gate leading to the gardens too.

My favorite detail was the flowers which my mom helped me pick. I love dahlias and roses so we went with those as our two primary flowers. The lambs ear was a great way to add softness and get a bit of blue in the arrangements. All of them turned out beautiful and had a great mix of light pink and green. I also loved the toile napkins; they really brought the look together. The mix of stationery was another one of my favorite parts. The chargers and table runners were a way to make the wedding feel like a garden party. One other detail that I was very happy with was the color of the ceremony chairs. We went with a brown wood to keep it rustic.

The hanging floral arrangements were a way to make the unwanted tent less sterile. They turned out to be one of my favorite elements of the reception space! They made the space feel more intimate.

Taylor and I wanted something sweet—we love desserts— and something that meant something to us. The take-away cookies came from a bakery down the street that we both love. We wanted to include something from a local business.

My favorite moment was the first look. We decided to do the photos ahead of the ceremony so that we could spend the rest of the evening with our guests. I hadn’t imagined the first look being as overwhelmingly emotional as it was. Taylor’s eyes were closed as I walked to meet him in the garden.

We loved working with Karson Butler as our planners for the wedding and they made the process so painless for us. Taylor and I keep saying that having planners that understand your taste and vision is the best money to spend on a wedding. In the end, it was the best party of our lives and that was exactly what we were hoping for!

Photography: Sweet Tea Photography | Event Design: Karson Butler Events | Event Planning: Karson Butler Events | Floral Design: Highway To Hill | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Hair And Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | DJ: MyDeejay | Hotel: Lorien Hotel | Hotel: Morrison House | Hotel: Hotel Monaco Alexandria | Wedding Venue: Oxon Hill Manor | Cookie Favors : BakeShop | Favor Stickers : Little Bit Heart | Music: Sage String Quartet | Printed Details: Little Bit Heart | Rentals : Select Event Rentals

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