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Romantic Spring Wedding at Historic Hotel

I dare you to find a wedding more timelessly elegant than this Maryland “I do.” Set at the historic Antrim 1844, it’s got charm like you wouldn’t believe in a sea of neutral shades, and the gallery from the fabulous Kirsta A. Jones? It’s guaranteed to make your Monday soooo much sweeter.

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Spring
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Romantic

From The Bride & Groom…We did our best to make sure all the details of our wedding reflected us as a couple as well as our family history.

It was important for us to find a venue that could host all of our wedding activities since it was the first time our families would be meeting. Our friends and families rented out the adorable houses and stayed on property the entire weekend. We held our rehearsal dinner at the Smokehouse Restaurant Friday night then hosted a Welcome Party for out of town guests after the dinner. It was so special to us to have everyone all together in such an intimate setting.

The dessert table was one of my favorite parts of the wedding! It was a way for us to incorporate several different heritages. Steve’s mom and god mother made all the Greek pastries and Amy’s mom made the mini pecan pies (in honor of her southern roots). Steve’s Aunt, who was born and raised on Smith Island, made the Smith Island cakes (chocolate, coconut and pineapple).

Smith Island is a small island (current population= 364 people) at at the southern-most part of the Eastern Shore and is only accessible by Ferry. Steve always loved going to his Aunt & Uncle’s for any party because they’d always have a Smith Island cake (at least one). The cakes are very laborious. Each layer is baked individually and stacked one on-top of another to create 7 layers stuck together with deliciously rich icing. 7 layers is the “official” sign that it was made on Smith Island….it’s recent popularity has spurred many to bake 8-10 layers but the pros learned over the years that anything over 7 tends to topple over.

Our save the dates, invitations, menu cards, etc had the same design on each of them. Steve incorporated that design and customized the corn hole set for the wedding. The lawn games (Jenga and Ladder Golf) as well as the wedding sign came from Sean Pumphrey.

Photography: Kirsta A. Jones | Flowers: Violet's Florist | Wedding Gown: Tara Keely | Wedding Cake: Gateau Monique | Invitations: Anne Marie Gaines | Rings: Zachary's Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Jessica Tiddes | DJ: AJ Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Antrim 1844 | Lawn Games (Jenga & Ladder Golf): Play With Wood | Wedding Signs: Play With Wood

Amsale, Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm Occasions are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. JLM Couture, Inc and Krista A. Jones Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Classic Manor Wedding

Fridays with a dash of classic elegance are sort of my thing.  Because if ever there was a perfect start to the weekend it’s a stunning bride in Enzoani, a dapper groom in uniform and some of the most beautiful details you have ever seen.  Pair that amazing combo with a breathtaking backdrop like the Great Oak Manor and we have ourselves one fabulous gallery (thank you, Krista A. Jones).  Join me there for more.

And a sweeter than sweet film from Jamie Forzato… you’re welcome.

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Spring
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Manor

From Krista A. Jones… Becca and Ned met on a blind date their senior year of college at the University of Maryland. Although Ned was committed to commissioning into the army and Becca to teaching English in Austria for two years, they couldn’t help but start a relationship. After a two year cross-continental relationship, thousands of flight miles, hundred of emails, and a deployment, Becca relocated to El Paso, TX to join Ned.

From the beginning of their engagement, Ned and Becca envisioned a classic Maryland wedding on the water surrounded by friends and family. As they embarked on planning the wedding from Texas, Ned stumbled across a picturesque bed and breakfast in Chestertown, Mayland called Great Oak Manor. Great Oak Manor provided the perfect backdrop for a three day celebration including a Friday night roast of the bride and groom, outdoor Saturday reception and Sunday farewell brunch.

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Videography: Jamie Forzato | Flowers: Connie Clark | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Allure | Caterer: Adam’s Ribs | Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil | DJ: Royal Music Service | Cake Topper: Weddingstar | Coordination: MeZo Events | Venue: Great Oak Manor

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Sweet Southern Maryland Wedding at Sotterly Plantation

It doesn’t get any sweeter than a Bride who dons her grandmother’s wedding dress. The dress she’s fawned over for years, and dreamt about wearing. When her day came, the dress wasn’t the only perfect piece of her day – every single thing this Bride dreamed of came true and then some, making this gallery from Krista Jones not only beautiful, but oh-so-special. 

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Summer

From the Bride…Korey and I first met in high school. We were friends and that friendship followed us to our separate colleges. Sophomore year of college our friendship turned into more and we decided to give dating a try. 6 years later he is my best friend and we are now husband and wife.

I have lived in many places and seen many beautiful landscapes, but the beauty of St. Mary’s County has my heart and I wanted to showcase this beautiful place to our family and friends. We decided to hold the wedding at Sotterley Plantation. With its view of the stunning Patuxent River, beautiful up kept gardens, a large rustic barn, and a rich history behind it, it was the perfect spot to dedicate our lives to one another surrounded by our favorite people. Some of our family members drove from down the street to be at our wedding, while others flew in from different countries. They all made it a priority to be there for us on our special day, and we cannot express how much we appreciate each one of them.

Every girl dreams of their perfect wedding dress, lucky for me the one I dreamed of was the same one I tried on many times as a little girl while playing dress up with my twin sister. I was blessed to have the opportunity to wear my mother and grandmother’s wedding dress on my wedding day. With the help of Janice Martin, I designed a wedding dress that fit my personality and our time period while also showcasing the beautiful 1950’s lace wedding dress worn by two important women in my life. My grandmother bought the dress in 1950 for 75.00 dollars and she wore it on June 24, 1950 when she married my grandfather. Then 34 years later my mother wore the dress when she married my father on February 11, 1984. They preserved the dress and on May 17, 2014 I wore the slightly different version of this antique beauty.

Family and friends mean a lot to Korey and I, so we were very excited to include them as much as possible in our big day. Korey’s father and mother had a huge part in helping to create our beautiful rustic wedding – from our 32 flower boxes to the hand painted wine and beer signs, to the antique milk cart and the cast iron drink tubs. They worked tirelessly to find and make anything and everything we imagined to complete our vision for the wedding. Though my parents are both living abroad and couldn’t be with us for all of our hands on preparation, we could not have had the wedding of our dreams without all they contributed. They listened to our ideas through late night phone calls and skype sessions and helped us execute the perfect day. Not only do we have amazing family, Korey and I are blessed to have very helpful, kind, and loving friends. This is seen partly through our very large wedding party. Eleven on each side seems a bit much but Korey and I both agree that you can never have too many friends. Our wedding showcased a lot of our talented friends, from our first dance singers, to my hair and makeup stylists, to the band and the bartenders and our amazing wedding cake baker, Deanna Pinno. Our wedding coordinator, Jeannae Pinno, was also a good friend along with our Pastor Matt Hall.

Looking through our beautiful wedding pictures, done by the wonderful Krista Jones, we cannot take the smiles off our faces. Krista captured the feeling of our night perfectly, family, friends, love and laughter in the calm serene countryside. Everything was perfect, we would not change a thing. The perfect beginning to our Happily Ever After.

Photography: Krista Jones | Videographer: The Pros | Florist: Weaver’s Flowers | Flowers: Weaver’s Flowers | Wedding Dress: Janice Martin (restyled) | Wedding Dress: Vintage Janice Martin (restyled) | Wedding Cake: Deanna Pinno | Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Bailey's Catering | Catering: Bailey’s Catering | Band: Whiskers | Cake Topper: AntoArts | Plantation: Sotterly Plantation

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