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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!

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Summer
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Museum

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.

Advice:
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!

Songs
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: UpDos For I Dos | DJ: Tower Entertainment | Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom's Suit: The Suit Supply | Suits: Mens Warehouse | Venue: Evergreen Museum And Library | Bycicle Art: Charm City Quills | Earrings: Bauble Bar | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Rent The Runway | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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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: Lovely And Bubbly Events | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Blossom And Vine | Makeup: Makeup By Kevan | Hair: Hair By Melissa Elbert | Calligraphy: Allison Dee Calligraphy | Venue: Cylburn Arboretum | Ribbon: Adorn | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

Classic Garden-Inspired Solomons Island Wedding

Here at Style Me Pretty, we love a good paper suite, and this one from Amie Kesler and Cotton Press Paperie is seriously so good. And it’s just the start of this pretty day from the talents at Hitched By Heather and Alicia Jayne Florals. See every beautiful moment captured by Vicki Grafton Photography and Storymix Media in The Vault!

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Fall
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Classic

From The Couple…If we had to describe our wedding in one word, it would be magical! When we started planning for the big day, we wanted to make sure every piece and detail reflected us and our journey over the past 10 years of our relationship. We wanted it to feel like an extension of us, from the choice of music to our favorite foods to our signature drinks.

From The Bride…I wanted to keep the color palette timeless and neutral with touches of gold to really make the event feel as special and beautiful to our guests as it was to the both of us. One of the most important things to me during the planning process was the flowers! I wanted to keep the decorations simple and let the flowers and centerpieces speak for themselves. I had a vision of transforming our reception space into an evening garden filled with green vines, big blooms and lanterns with candles. Flowers were incorporated into everything from the Save the Dates, to the custom portfolio wedding invitation to the Out of Town bags.

My mom is originally from Hong Kong with her traditions deriving from Macau, a coastal region once ruled by Portugal. As a bridal tradition, she made hand sewn Portuguese bridal dolls for each Bridesmaid and female family member as a remembrance of the day. Traditional paper “cuttings” filled with macaroons were also prepared and offered for guests to take. One of my favorite features of the day was our cake that was hung under the stairway of our reception space. It was a beautiful touch and something unique that we had never seen before. All the details really turned out exactly how I had envisioned the day to be. I feel really lucky to have had the best team possible between our wedding planner, Hitched by Heather, our amazing florist, Alicia Jayne Florals and our incredible photographer Vicky Grafton.

From The Groom…I found myself taken aback all throughout the day; when I turned around at first look and saw my exquisitely beautiful bride, during our ceremony where the groomsmen and myself were impeccably greeted by a three-piece string band playing Europe’s “The Final Countdown”; at our remarkable ceremony surrounded by our family and friends.

We wanted the ceremony to be fun, elegant and thoughtful while showing off our individual personalities. I think we accomplished that. We started with passed signature drinks consisting of Jasmine’s champagne and my Moscow Mule in authentic Moscow Mule mugs. We may have warmed US – Russia relations that evening with how many Mule’s were consumed. The passed foods were equally thoughtful and delectable; zesty crab cakes on brioche with Old Bay sauce, peking duck tacos, and ahi tuna bites. Outside of the venue we had an oyster bar, serving up local oysters raw or steamed with various toppings and sauces. The food stations continued to show the effort and thought we put into choosing our menu; a dim sum station with banh mi sliders, spring rolls and kabobs, a carving station with marinated flank steak, a potato bar and finally a build your own salad station. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, the night closed with passed ice cream sandwiches, macaroni and cheese cupcakes and mini chicken and waffle sliders. I hardly need to say it, but Millof’s Catering did a flawless job delivering the menu we envisioned.

The rest of the evening was equally enchanting with good food and drinks, and even better friends and family to share them with. The wedding party introductions will always stay with me, even though we had a combined sixteen bridesmaids and groomsmen. Everyone let loose and was able to have fun with their individual introductions and songs. Another thing I’ll never forget is the incredible speech’s from my two best men, especially Chris Frantz. Love you Franchise! I’ll never forget dancing with my mother and watching Jasmine dancing with her father. And finally, I’ll never forget seeing my best friend walking down the aisle, towards me. The love of my life.

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Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Cinematography: Storymix Media | Event Planning: Hitched By Heather | Floral Design: Alicia Jayne Florals | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Kathryn's Krafty Cakes | Invitations: CottonPress Paperie | Stationery: Amie Kesler | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Star Of The Sea | Reception Venue: Annmarie Gardens | Bride's Shoes: Diane Von Fürstenberg | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Milloffs Catering | Makeup: Miranda Paige Beauty | DJ: DJ Jon Depompa | Rentals: Something Special By Tracey | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother | Vendor: Cotton Paperie

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