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Elegant Ballroom Wedding

Having dreamt of her wedding since childhood, this beautiful Bride knew exactly what she wanted her Big Day to entail. The vision? A romantic-glam fall fête at the Belvedere & Co. Events overflowing with elegant details. Dyanna Joy Photography was on hand to capture every moment of merriment and you can see it all unfold, here!

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From the beautiful Bride… I had dreamt about my wedding day since I was a little girl, even more so than most little girls, because my mother was in the wedding industry and I was surrounded by bridal gowns every day! But I must say, our actual wedding turned out to be more amazing than my wildest dreams.

We knew that we wanted a fall wedding, so we settled on Thanksgiving weekend because I have cousins in the US Naval Academy, and they were an integral part of our wedding. It was a chilly weekend in Baltimore, but we hardly noticed. The sun was shining and that’s all that mattered! My Allure dress was the centerpiece and inspiration for the rest of our wedding planning. I loved the Swarovski crystals and beading, and the soft flow of the English Net skirt. My vision was set on a romantic-glam theme with an elegant vibe.

We chose to have our wedding ceremony at The Baltimore Basilica. My family is Roman Catholic, and the Basilica is the most iconic church in Baltimore, as well as the first cathedral in America! We felt blessed to be able to have our ceremony in such a sacred and beautiful church. My grandfather gave me away, and sharing that moment with him was the most special experience of my life.

I fell in love with the ballroom at The Belvedere as soon as I laid eyes on it. It was glamourous, yet not over-the-top. I wanted a ballroom with spectacular chandeliers, and the chandeliers in the Charles Ballroom’s could not be beat! We loved the combination of plum and gold, and the ballroom complemented those colors perfectly. With the 1930′s vibe of the iconic landmark, I really wanted the reception to feel elegant, timeless, and classy. I incorporated lots of softly-lit candles, gold sparkling placecards, and neutral uplighting. The flowers were a mix of purples, greens, and whites; matching the bridesmaids bouquets. The gold candelabras were a must, and I fell in love with them as soon as I laid eyes on them! The head table was something that we truly loved; it was amazing to be surrounded by our family and bridal party and let them know how much they mean to us.

The most important thing to us about our reception was for the dance floor to be packed all night long– and it was! My family is Italian, and adding some Italian elements to our reception was very important to me. Dancing to The Tarantella was our favorite part of the reception!

From Dyanna Joy PhotographyIt was the day after Thanksgiving. Christine was flawless in her Allure princess style wedding gown, as if she was born to wear this dress. On this day, she was the center of the universe and everyone revolved around her, admiring her beauty, her grace, and smile.

White and purple flowers were delivered, champagne was poured, and Justin couldn’t take his eyes off his bride in white.

The sun had set and it was time for the ceremony. Christine walked down the lengthy, awe-inspiring aisle, holding on to the arms of her grandfather. And when she finally made it to the front, Justin was there to take her hand, as he will be for the rest of their lives, whether it’s to ask her to dance or to help her out of a car. Her hands will always be safe in his.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks, dinner, and dancing at the Belvedere Hotel.

Photography: Dyanna Joy Photography | Videography: Buerhaus Design Videography | Flowers: My Flower Box Events | Wedding Dress: By Invitation Only Wedding Services | Wedding Cake : Baltimore Cakery | Stationary: By Invitation Only Wedding Services | Ceremony Venue: Baltimore Basilica | Reception Venue : Belvedere & Co. Events | Bridesmaid Dresses: By Invitation Only Wedding Services | Makeup: Blend Makeup Artistry | Hair: Cloud 9 Salon | DJ: C&J Entertainment | Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse | Placecards/Menu Cards/Table Numbers: Ivory Isle Designs | Wedding Dress Designer : Allure Bridals

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Simple Waterside Anniversary Session

These high school sweethearts celebrated their 4-year wedding anniversary with a simple, beautiful photo shoot with Stacey Windsor Photography, to capture — as wedding planner and Wife, Heather, says – “another happy time in our life so we can still feel thankful even during tough times.” Click through the gallery here and feel the love from this longtime (14 years!) couple!

From The Bride…My hunky husband, Jake, and I are coming up on our 4th wedding anniversary. I know 4 years is an odd number to have a big celebration, but these past 4 years have helped define us even more as a couple. Jake travels nonstop and I am always on the go with my ever growing business. The shoot took place right down the street from our house and captured both our personalities and passion for days on the water. God has not yet blessed us with children, but has given us many other gifts that make our life feel full. We have been together for 14 years and have experienced every emotion a couple could possibly handle. This love session was a way for us to capture another happy time in our life so we can still feel thankful even during tough times.

Photography: Stacey Windsor Photography | Dress: Ralph Lauren | Make Up Artist: Miranda Paige

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Golden Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding

One look at this cozy Chesapeake Bay Beach Club and it’s stop-you-in-your-tracks stunning. I mean, just look at this cake! Proving that winter weddings are some of our favorites, this piece of pretty is filled with all things sweet and a love with sharing. Stacy Bauer captured every minute of their romantic affair and it’s waiting for you here!

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From the beautiful Bride… In April 2014, Evan proposed. I was so excited and naturally went into planning mode immediately. I always thought that I would get married on a warm sunny day in the Spring or Summer. I imagined the beautiful greenery, bright sunny skies and dancing under the moonlight. Since I was unable to to plan a wedding for that Summer in a matter of months, I realized that I also didn’t want to wait a year or more to get married the following Summer either.

Before I knew it, I was considering a winter wedding, which was that sweet spot amount of time that I wanted to spend planning, about 9 months. The idea of a winter wonderland wedding started to appeal to me and I soon started looking up beautiful icy color motifs and bright white flowers. I dreamed of snow. I wanted to stay away from anything Holiday related, so was sure to avoid anything red, green or tartan.

Checking the weather leading up to the wedding was a nerve wracking experience. It went from unseasonably warm, to bitter cold and finally, 100% chance of cold rain, the entire day. My sweet friends and family repeated the old adage of “rain is good luck on your wedding day” to me as I moved onto acceptance that it would be a cold rainy mess.

The morning of the wedding it was indeed very cold and very wet, but I was more excited to marry my best friend than to worry about the weather forecast.

The wedding was located on the Chesapeake Bay with huge windows overlooking a beautiful misty view of the Bay Bridge. Guests scurried in holding gifts and umbrellas for shelter. The ceremony was held in front of a huge fireplace with beautiful gold floating and pillared candles lit and a large white wreath on the mantle. The reception had a long banquet style table where our closest family members and friends sat with 8 round tables surrounding it. We had alternating gold sequin runners that reflected the warm candlelight from all around. The tables were high-low, some with simple green and white floral arrangements with gold bird confetti scattered on the stark white table cloth; others with dramatic sweeping tree branches with tea light candles hanging from them. The reception was filled with good music, food, laughter and warmth.

The warm feeling I had always dreamed of had come true and I am convinced that the rain made it feel all the more cozy and inviting. Being surrounded in a beautiful candlelit venue, with all of our family and friends made us feel all the more content and happy to be under one roof. In the end, I never had my warm sunny Spring wedding I always envisioned; we had something better.

Photography: Stacy Bauer | Floral Design: Seaberry Farm | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Michelles Cakes | Makeup Artist: Behind The Veil | DJ: Absolute Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony And Reception : Chesapeake Bay Beach Club | Decor: 2 Hands Studios

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Glamorous Private Estate Wedding

If you’re a fan of glamorous, at-home weddings with a whole lot of romance thrown in for good measure, this pretty little affair is about to make your Monday.  Think drop-dead gorgeous blooms from Simply Beautiful Flowers, stunning pink hues and beautiful captures from Love By Serena filling the entire gallery.  Annie Banks approved?  Yes, indeed.   

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From the Bride…  After about three years of dating, Doug proposed to me at a restaurant in DC, where we celebrated our one year anniversary together. That morning, he had made a trip up to Baltimore to talk to my parents and ask for their permission. This was under the ruse that he was at work.

We chose to tie the knot at my childhood home in Baltimore, Maryland. I love the combination of gold and pink and thought that would add to the elegance of the evening. To match my love of the color pink and my sister’s dress, various shades of pink floral details were included in the design. We incorporated navy into the mix for Doug, so it wasn’t too feminine. I love crafting, so I wanted to add some elements of my own: some of the signs and straw flags (with a lot of Doug’s help). We also wanted marquee letters of our initials, so Doug decided to make them himself! He was crafting them up until the very day of our wedding!

It was the most fabulous day and, every time I hear our song “Sweet Disposition,” I begin to cry and remember the most awesome day ever. I loved celebrating with Doug, our families, and friends!

Photography: Love By Serena | Event Planning: Sarah Park Events | Florals: Simply Beautiful Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Charm City Cakes | Invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Catering: Linwoods | Band: Rhythm 6 | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Lasting Impressions | Hotel: The Inn at the Colonnade | Venue: Private Estate | Bridal Boutique: Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection | Hair Styling: Jewel Hair Design | Linens: Tabletoppers | Photobooth: Tap Snap | Photography - 2nd Shooter: Josh Gooden | Rentals: Rusty Love Vintage Rentals | Tent: Loane Bros | Valet: Courtesy Parking Services Inc.

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Coral + Navy Nautical Annapolis Wedding

With gorgeous of pops of coral and navy, this nautical wedding in Annapolis celebrates the rich beauty of the water, with simple DIY touches from the happy couple. With the help of Amie Decker Beauty & Emily Chastain Photography, the bride looked gorgeous as she walked down the aisle. Her bridesmaids wore Plum Pretty Sugar robes and Jenny Yoo dress which perfectly complimented the color palette. You won’t want to miss a minute of this gorgeous day here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Growing up in Virginia, I was captivated by the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, and I always dreamed of getting married one day on its shores. Coincidentally, the man I would marry was growing up along the same shores, but just a bit north of me the whole time!

Scott and I met on a blind date set up by mutual friends while we were living in Washington, D.C. We frequently made trips together from D.C. to his hometown of Annapolis, Maryland. As I began to realize that I was falling head over heels in love with Scott, it became increasingly evident that I was also falling in love with the charming, historic town of Annapolis. After Scott proposed during a weekend getaway to Charlottesville, the vision for our wedding came easily for us. It was to be a day of family, friends, traditions new and old, and of course – the water. There was never a doubt that Annapolis would be the perfect place for our wedding day!

To Scott and me, it was very important to weave in aspects of both our families’ traditions. We chose to get married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where his family has been attending for decades. The Annapolis Yacht Club would make the perfect place to celebrate after the ceremony, and meant a lot to Scott as he and his family are active members there. To honor my family’s traditions, I chose to wrap my bouquet with a handkerchief sewn by my grandmother, who passed away shortly after Scott and I were engaged. I also took one of her hand-stitched embroideries and had it sewn into my wedding dress. It was a special way to have my “something blue” close to my heart.

The ceremony continued our blending of traditions. We had a “unity sand” ceremony where we combined sand from a beach near my home with sand from a beach near Scott’s to symbolize our lives and families becoming one. At the reception, we wanted to reflect our love of the water by accenting the evening with nautical touches. From start to finish, guests received the full Annapolis nautical experience by enjoying a raw oyster bar and cold Dark n’ Stormy’s all night. One of my favorite DIY details was providing guests with a Polaroid camera to use for our guest book. Our guests loved taking group shots and included them in a photo album we designed, and added their messages alongside the photos. It was so much fun to look through it the next day – and it’s still our favorite keepsake from the wedding. Another very special highlight for us was the honor of signaling sunset by firing the canon for Attention to Colors. This is such a special tradition at the Annapolis Yacht Club, and we were very fortunate to have incorporated it into our day.

Every detail of our wedding was chosen for a reason, and we couldn’t have asked for a better day. Even the fickle weather of the Chesapeake cooperated for us, something you can only hope for! I think the most vivid memory of our wedding day might be the final one! For our exit, Scott and I left on a friend’s beautiful Mast and Mallard yacht, and we were so exhausted, but blissfully happy. Looking back, we could see the outline of St. Mary’s grand steeple behind our friends and family on the docks waving and wishing us farewell. It was a magical night, and we would do it all over again if we could!

Photography: Emily Chastain Photography | Videography: Black Tie Video | Event Planning: Wedding Savvy | Floral Design: Cache Fleur | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Cakes By Rachael | Invitations: Paper in the Park | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Annapolis Yacht Club | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Smyth Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Hair: Morgan Gerard | Band: Doug Segree Band | Rentals: 2hands Studios | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Rustic Chic Maryland Farmhouse Wedding

You know what’s sweet? Marrying your soulmate on the farm where you first met. Graced with gorgeous gowns and stunning florals, from beginning to end Karson Butler Events packed their celebration with personality. From the vintage band, to an Orange Crush cocktail stand laced with Meant To Be Calligraphy, to the Bride’s seriously fun wedding gift, Katelyn James captured the ultimate celebration!

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From Katelyn James PhotographyWhat makes Harrison and Rachel’s Chic Farmhouse Wedding unique? They were married on a family farm where they first met! The groom MADE the vintage BANDSTAND! They LOVE Orange Crush and so they incorporated Orange Crush cocktail stands into their reception! Harrison surprised Rachel with a SCOOTER as her wedding gift! Gorgeous blush and coral bridesmaid floor length gowns! Sperry tent, farm tables and chair garland made their reception extra stunning! She went on a trip with a college roommate for the weekend… and like most weekend roadtrips in college, I’m sure she was just expecting to have a good time. I highly doubt that Rachel ever thought that a road trip to the eastern shore is where she would meet her future husband. Harrison and Rachel actually MET on Harrison’s grandfather’s farm in Snow Hill, MD. Several years later, they celebrated their wedding on the same property. How special is that?! What a dream!! From the old barns to the country roads without lines on the sides, I felt like I was back at home. Michael and I grew up in a very rural area and so country settings for weddings have a soft place in our hearts. We absolutely loved how personal and welcoming their whole wedding day was! From beginning to end, you could feel the love that Harrison and Rachel have for their friends and family. There wasn’t one detail left undone and one of the best aspects of the event was the handmade bandstand and pergola over the dance floor. Harrison made all of that himself! I was so impressed! The love and hard work that went into making this family farm a wedding venue was so evident. Michael and I loved being a part of this beautiful day! And if it wasn’t already awesome enough, we had the chance to work alongside the amazing Amber and Emily of KARSON BUTLER EVENTS! These girls get. stuff. done. Everything came together beautifully. From the Orange Crush specialty drink station to the first dance right at sunset, it was all so perfect. Enjoy this backyard beauty!!
Photography: Katelyn James Photography | Planner: Karson Butler Events | Calligraphy:Meant To Be Calligraphy | Bakery: Kermit’s Bakery | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Bridesmaids: Garnish Boutique | Catering: Ken’s Creative Kitchen | Church: All Hallows Episcopal Church | Dress Designer: Martina Liana | Florals: Highway To Hill | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair:Behind The Veil | Invitations: The Papery | Makeup: About Phace | Reception Venue: The Shockley Farm–Private Residence | Wedding Dress: Wedding Atelier

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