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Intimate Spring Wedding at Strong Mansion

I melt for weddings like this one. Why? Because this couples’ love truly seeps through the screen by way of Sarah Bradshaw‘s images. Their Strong Mansion wedding was a perfect reflection of their relationshop and their families love for them (they even whipped up those gorgeous blooms), and you can see every gorgeous detail unfold here.

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From Sarah Bradshaw Photography…”I know you don’t have summer plans,” Will (or “Wigi”) said to Jason. “Come work at Calleva with me. It just may be the best Summer of your life.” Jason and Wigi were in the Peace Corps together, and had formed a fast friendship. Wigi and Molly were old friends from home. Molly ALSO worked at Calleva Outdoor Adventures over the Summers. But I’m not sure any of them could foresee the perfect love story that grew out of that quiet little invitation to “come spend the Summer that teaches people to love outdoors. But Jason and Molly… they fell in love quickly. They’re both the kind of people who give and give and love and serve and give some more— Jason is a teacher, Molly is a social worker, and both dedicate their lives to helping kids. They bonded over International travel and humanitarian relief, but soon went from friends to best friends, and then fell in love. Years of dating long-distance, then moving to the same city to be near each other, and then transplanting to a new city together, created a sweet depth to their love. Soulmates, best friends, lovers, and each others’ solid ground— their wedding was a perfect picture of all of that. They married at Strong Mansion on Sugarloaf Mountain, the same mountain where they met and first fell in love. They shared a private first look, during which they wrote and spoke their own vows to each other, then publicly committed to each other before friends and family, and danced the night away. (flowers were done by family)

Photography: Sarah Bradshaw Photography | Invitations: Zazzle | Ceremony: Strong Mansion | Reception: Strong Mansion | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Main Event Catering | DJ: Shew-sical Entertainment | String Quartet: St. Charles String Quartet | Bridal Gown Designer: Watters | Bridal Gown Store: Love Couture Bridal | Hair & Makeup Artist: Alison Harper & Co | Photobooth: Your Moment Photo Booth

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Romantic Stone Manor Country Club Wedding

With so many dreamy shots of this gorgeous wedding at Stone Manor, we had the hardest time choosing our favorites! Every moment is magic, from the beautiful Bride getting ready for her big day to the most adorable flower girls. Captured through the lens of Elizabeth Fogarty, you won’t want to miss any of it in the full gallery right here!

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From Elizabeth FogartyRick and Marina’s wedding at Stone Manor Club was simply perfect. It had the perfect combination of romantic and traditional elements.

Marina got ready with her bridesmaids in their beautiful robes, which Marina actually made! All her details, from her jewelry to her shoes came together beautifully for that timeless bridal look. She picked gold nude shoes to compliment the pink palette of her wedding day. Her bridesmaids wore different shades of pink and coral, which was the perfect twist to the traditional same colored dresses. Both her flowers girls wore pink flower crowns, which was so cute!

Rick was all smiles all day, specially when he saw his bride. It’s so great to see a couple so in love. After their wedding, they went to Paris for their honeymoon.

Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Flowers: Ory Florals | Wedding Dress: David Tutera | Wedding Venue: Stone Manor

Organic + Elegant Spring Wedding Inspiration

As we enjoy these last few days of spring and get ready to dive into the vibrancy of summer, I’m personally soaking up as much pastel prettiness as I can. Case in point? This darling shoot from Stacy Bauer and Lauren Niles Events. For those of you newly engaged planning on a spring 2016 wedding, you’ll want to get your pinning fingers ready for this bit of spring gorgeousness!

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From Lauren NilesInspired by the gorgeous architecture of University Baptist Church, I chose soft pastels and lush texture to provide contrast to the soaring archways and creamy facade of the building. Since the style of the church reminded me of the beautiful churches I’ve visited in Rome, we styled with European gardens in mind, but were decidedly modern in our approach by mixing crystal pedestals and cymbidium orchids into an otherwise organic tablescape. A mix of white and ivory pillars in mass, lemon leaf garlands, vintage china, upholstered high back chairs and beautiful calligraphy completed this dreamy and incredibly romantic styled shoot.

Photography: Stacy Bauer Photography | Event Planning: Lauren Niles Events | Florals: My Flower Box | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Wedding Dress: Garnish Boutique | Cake: Baltimore Cakery | Church: University Baptist Church | Make Up: Heather Rae | Hair: Erica Groh | Calligraphy: Poppy And Scooter | Groom's Attire: Bine And Bas | Linens: La Tavola | Vintage Rentals: Xoxo Vintage

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Romantic Backyard Southern Maryland Wedding

If rain is supposed to be good luck on your Big Day, then what about flooding?! This Bride and Groom – who got married at the Bride’s parents’ waterfront home the day of a massive flash flood – think so! Thanks to quick thinking by Hitched By Heather, this Birds Of A Feather-captured wedding went off without a hitch, and was completed with late night sliders, dancing under the stars, and surprise fireworks!

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From Hitched By HeatherJess and Ray were wed at the Bride’s childhood home. It was a magical day where there were laughs, tears and dancing under the stars, literally. The Bride wore a stunning Vera Wang gown and a smile for days. The Groom picked out a custom made suit that fit him like a glove. Rewind to exactly one year before their Big Day to when I first met with the blushing Bride and those were the very few details that were on her must list.

Through the entire planning process, Jess knew she wanted a light and airy wedding with pops of color and fun. That was accomplished by bright white linens, light gray stripes, pinks petals and natural elements like green grass, blue water and twinkling stars. The real design elements came when arranging the backyard to have a separate ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dancing section. Four unique areas with room for 200 people. I was up for the challenge.

When getting married at an outside space, the weather can never be trusted. The night before, the entire east coast flooded, including the picture perfect wedding location. After a few hours of moving around, the ceremony location was relocated from a water view, to a garden view. Luckily, the Bride’s grandparents lived right next door and have a beautiful garden that played part as a stunning backdrop.

Cocktail hour was conveniently located under the parents’ wraparound porch and was paired with acoustic tunes and a boat full of beer. Dinner took place under the large pole tent where the Bride and Groom’s favorite foods were served in stations inviting guests to mingle and enjoy the tranquil scenery. For toasts and dancing, guests were ushered to the area beside the tent where the dance floor was located with beautiful lights overhead. The wraparound couch made it possible for guests with aching feet to sit and watch, and still partake in the fun.

The evening was nothing short of magical as it ended with a surprise firework show from the Bride’s uncle. The extremely talented duo, Birds of a Feather, captured Jess and Ray’s day to perfection. Their natural light photography skills were the type of artistry needed to give the photos the same feeling that was had on the wedding day. The love between these two were apparent through their handwritten vows, pure happiness and endless laughs. It was a true honor to help bring this wedding day dream to reality!

From The Bride…We had always distantly known the other from high school on, however it wasn’t until my 2008 fall break at the annual Thanksgiving Eve party that Raymond offered to buy me a drink. He didn’t know it but I saw him scrambling through his pockets for cash he didn’t have on him and soon he was asking one of his friends to borrow a few dollars in order to keep to his promise, and the rest was history. A year later, we couldn’t deny that we were falling in love and we spent the better part of the next 5 years apart as I completed my schooling. We knew we were going to make it official; it was just a matter of when.

Raymond and I got married at my parent’s breathtaking waterfront home in beautiful Southern Maryland. The natural beauty of the landscape speaks for itself so we wanted to keep the décor light and clean — mostly whites with shades of light grey and pink in the dresses and flowers. I am what some might call “basic” and never need a pop of color. The green grass and blue skies took care of that piece! We held our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all within the backyard and while cohesive, they all felt like their own space. To start off the day, my girls and I got ready in a hotel suite overlooking the beautiful Patuxent River while Raymond and his boys got in a few games of basketball and relaxed with the same view of the Patuxent River at a friend’s home. After the ceremony, Ray told me he had broken his hand playing basketball, AFTER I had spent the past 20 minutes squeezing his hands with excitement. And while most couples go on honeymoons the next day, we spent the afternoon at the hospital getting his hand casted.

It was the only day of the entire year that the East Coast flooded — and I mean the whole backyard was covered in water that morning. Two hours before the ceremony, my wedding planner, Heather, scrambled to relocate the whole ceremony to a different spot in the yard that had magically dried out. I had no clue what I was walking into with all the last minute changes that had to be made. Heather enlisted the help of our family and friends to recreate the ceremony to be even prettier than I had imagined, without ever worrying me about any of the details. It wasn’t until the next morning that I saw the various pictures of the water taking over the yard and all things wedding, but our amazing photographers managed to capture all of the beauty without anyone ever knowing it had all been covered in water that morning.

From our hand written personalized vows to the cocktail and reception band… from the s’mores bar to the late night sliders… from the dance floor under the stars to the end of night fireworks… our goal was to create a personal feel. We wanted anything but traditional and with the help of our amazing wedding planner, family, friends, and vendors who helped our vision come to life, we had the wedding of our dreams.

My life has vastly changed in the past few years, and while I could’ve chosen to focus on the imperfections, I instead chose to believe in our love and have never been more sure of anything in this world.

Photography: Birds Of A Feather Photos | Florist: Davids Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Caterer: Milloffs Catering | Hair: Katherine Rae Bridal Beauty | Band: The Piranhas | Venue: Private Residence | Ceremony Harp Music: Elizabeth Herrera | Rentals: Baileys Rentals | Wedding Designer And Consultant: Hitched By Heather

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Airy Garden Wedding at Aspen Wye River

Confession? Garden weddings are my ultimate obsession. I’m a sucker for pretty pastel hues accented with rustic details and this next elegant affair from L Hewitt Photography hits the spot. From pretty paper goods a la Gus & Ruby, to the bridesmaids’ beautiful Jenny Yoo gowns, it’s all waiting for you in the gallery

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From L Hewitt Photography… Christine and Adam’s wedding wedding was held at the Aspen Institute at Wye River. Its grounds lie among sprawling countryside and have the feel of an old handsome plantation or estate, with its tree-lined paths, secret walled gardens, hedge corridors.

I can’t think of anywhere more romantic to wed than Christine and Adam’s ceremony site, nestled within the grove of weeping willows.

The couple worked with the talented ladies of Lemon and Lime Event Design to create an ambiance that was airy and natural for their wedding. The decor featured soft blushes and ivory florals and linens, rough wood for the canopy, twine wrapped bottles, lanterns and candles — all anchored by the glamour of gold painted bottles and chargers.

Many of the table decorations were made for functionality as well as pretty tablescapes. The goal was to reuse many of the things they made for their wedding in their own home. Adam constructed many of the boxes on the tables himself.

In the garden, party lights swayed in the breeze, and guests mingled among statuary and stately trees. Wreathed in clouds, the moon soared overhead as the couple made their way into the tent to greet their friends and family for the first time together as husband and wife.

Bay Country Bakery crafted small desserts for the guests, including doughnuts, which was new for me, and a delightful treat!

Photography: L Hewitt Photography | Videographer: Shaking Hands Production | Florist: Seasonal Flowers | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Invitations: Gus & Ruby | Hair And Makeup: Behind The Veil | DJ: Mixing Maryland | Officiant: Rabbi Peter Hyman | Ceremony Music: Chesapeake Strings | Bridesmaid Dress: David Meister | Bridesmaid Dress: Vera Wang | Bridesmaid Dress: H&M | Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo | Desserts: Bay Country Bakery | Location: The Aspen Institute At Wye River | Planning & Design: Lemon & Lime Event Design | Signage, Escort & Place Card Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter

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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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