The heart behind this wedding? A small, family-focused celebration held at a historic Cotton Mill turned venue space. “Industrial chic” is always a win in our book and Alyssa Maloof’s images are the proof. More in The Vault!
From The Bride…We were just about to sign the lease on a venue out of town when my aunt called to say she thought she had found somewhere perfect. She was a short five minute walk away in a building that was part of the original Cotton Mill our apartment building had been transformed from. The Elm, a carriage house nestled away on a side street hidden by a garden of trees and gorgeous flowers, was it. It had the history of our own home wrapped into it and gave us our quintessential Baltimore wedding.
My husband and I are both rooted in our families and wanted to keep our wedding small and centered around them and the things we love, good food, good music and good people. My aunt and my mom (along with the help of some very gracious friends) not only transformed the Elm into the most magical place for our wedding, but also catered all of the food. From the crab cakes made from my grandmother’s recipe, to the cakes my mom baked for dessert, our bellies and hearts were full.
We were married in the garden of the Elm after which our family and friends ventured up to the carriage house’s beautiful alley for cocktail hour where they sipped on John Daly’s and were entertained by a family friend shucking raw oysters and two of our favorite bartenders from a local Hampden restaurant. After dinner, we danced the night away to Jr. Cline and the Recliners, a local band no stranger to entertaining a crowd, even if it included learning few requested tunes on the spot.
Everything from the location of our wedding to the planning, decorating and cooking done by family and friends made our wedding intimate and personal in every way and created a night filled with so much love.
Photography: Alyssa Maloof Photography | Floral Design: Flowers by Alison | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Invitations: Simply Noted | Ceremony Venue: The Elm | Band: Jr. Cline and the Recliners | Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis | Matron of Honor’s Dress: Reformation
If you’re in the boat of believers that lavender filled celebrations are exclusive to France, then we invite you to peek at this gallery from Caroline Frost Photography. Because lucky for those of us that are stateside it’s a celebration that proves this flowering plant is all inclusive and perfect for any celebration. Complete with a crazy cool funfetti cake and handfuls of fragrant purple pretties, it’s a day dreamed up with the incomparable Kari Rider Events and we’ve got the entire day waiting for you in The Vault!
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From Kari Rider Events…Villa Brusca is nothing if not a gathering place. The waterfront escape near St. Michaels, Maryland, has welcomed countless guests in the 15-plus years since Rich and Sandy Brusca purchased the scenic retreat. For their daughter Dana, Villa Brusca is an anchor, a constant source of treasured memories with the people she holds most dear. Never was the family property more special, though, than when she began sharing it with Colin Watson. A visit to Villa Brusca was one of the first trips Dana and Colin took together as a couple, the beginning of a love story destined to come full circle.
An invigorating mix of nostalgia and possibility filled the June air when Colin and Dana said “I Do” overlooking Villa Brusca’s scenic shoreline. An elegant, Tuscan-inspired celebration followed—a dream of soft lavenders and cool grays swirled with white-washed farm tables and natural wood accents, all beneath a sweeping sailcloth tent. “An intimate backyard wedding, only bigger,” as Dana put it. And another cherished memory to add to the Villa Brusca file.
Photography: Caroline Frost Photography | Event Planning + Design: Kari Rider Events | Wedding Dress: Temperley London | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. | Catering: Gourmet By The Bay | Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper and Company | Band: Project Orange | Transportation: Towne Transport | Venue: Villa Brusca | Beverage Services: Hair O' The Dog | Floral Design + Rentals: Amaryllis | Rentals: DC Rental | Tent Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents and Events
There is nothing, and I do mean NOTHING cuter than a fur baby in a bow tie. *Enter* Reece the Labradoodle who crashed his humans’ engagement session and loved every second of it. Elizabeth Fogarty captured the fun and we can’t get enough!
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From Elizabeth Fogarty…Winston and Taylor are just the sweetest couple ever, and so is their engagement session! Winston looked handsome in his navy suit and Taylor is simply gorgeous with her side braid. They brought key details like a romantic bouquet and her very own ring box from Tiffany. Taylor is truly living every girl’s dream. Winston is head over heals for her and asked her to marry him with her dream ring. The BEST part of this session really is Reece the labradoodle. He pretty much stole the show with his adorableness. He just had to be with his humans the whole time. And let’s talk about his bow tie! This engagement session is just perfect from beginning to end.
Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Floral Design: Radebaugh’s Florist And Greenhouse | Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Hair + Makeup: Audrey Bethards | Location: Glenview Mansion
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