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Elegant Oxon Hill Maryland Garden Wedding

You don’t have to be at an English manor to have a gorgeous and elegant garden wedding. With a team that includes talents like Karson Butler Events, Amie Decker Beauty, and MyDeejay, this couple was able to achieve that English garden wedding feel at a beautiful Maryland manor. Formal, but not stuffy, this pastel-hued elegant affair is what garden party dreams are made —the proof is in the gallery.

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Fall
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GardenManor

From the beautiful Bride… Taylor and I met our first year at Duke University and were friends for a year before we started dating in the fall of our sophomore year. We bonded over our mutual love of Duke basketball and Durham. I actually spend a large chunk of my childhood in Durham, but Taylor and I didn’t meet until college.

Our first date was absolutely fabulous. Taylor planned the entire evening. It was parents weekend at Duke so he knew that all of the good restaurants in Durham would be booked. He chose a small, nice Creole restaurant in the next town over. We had a lovely meal, then went to see a funny movie on campus. After the movie was over, we went to the Sarah P. Duke gardens to enjoy the beautiful November evening outside.

He also planned an elaborate evening to propose, but it ultimately fell through. On our 5 year anniversary, he booked a dinner reservation at Acadiana, a nice Creole restaurant in downtown DC—in keeping with the spirit of our first date— and then he made reservations at the Columbia room, a speakeasy in DC that I had been dying to go to. He had even picked out the exact spot on the walk between the restaurant and the bar—a small, quaint park. Alas, the ring that he had selected which was supposed to be delivered from the jewelry store in New York City, but the jeweler was flooded by hurricane Sandy. Since he didn’t have the ring, he didn’t propose that evening. Instead, he proposed two weeks later, once the ring had arrived, after an impromptu dinner at one of our favorite restaurants downtown: Zaytinya. We had a lovely dinner and were about to go next door to Proof for a drink before heading to a small party at a friends place nearby. We sat down for a few minutes outside the Portrait Gallery and he asked. We dated 5 whole years before we got engaged!

Taylor and I loved the idea of a backyard gathering but elevated. We wanted to keep it elegant but not too fancy. We picked our favorite colors, (mine is green, his is blue) and then we added the blush pink to make the evening feel light. We were going for was “rustic chic.” We wanted to take the casual and chic elements of a garden party, with elements inspired by the French countryside.

We knew wanted an outdoor wedding, and ironically, we chose the venue mostly because we weren’t required to have a tent and because if it rained, we could move everything inside. Oxon Hill Manor had beautiful gardens and overall, a wonderful brick patio with an incredible view of the Potomac. We loved the iron gate leading to the gardens too.

My favorite detail was the flowers which my mom helped me pick. I love dahlias and roses so we went with those as our two primary flowers. The lambs ear was a great way to add softness and get a bit of blue in the arrangements. All of them turned out beautiful and had a great mix of light pink and green. I also loved the toile napkins; they really brought the look together. The mix of stationery was another one of my favorite parts. The chargers and table runners were a way to make the wedding feel like a garden party. One other detail that I was very happy with was the color of the ceremony chairs. We went with a brown wood to keep it rustic.

The hanging floral arrangements were a way to make the unwanted tent less sterile. They turned out to be one of my favorite elements of the reception space! They made the space feel more intimate.

Taylor and I wanted something sweet—we love desserts— and something that meant something to us. The take-away cookies came from a bakery down the street that we both love. We wanted to include something from a local business.

My favorite moment was the first look. We decided to do the photos ahead of the ceremony so that we could spend the rest of the evening with our guests. I hadn’t imagined the first look being as overwhelmingly emotional as it was. Taylor’s eyes were closed as I walked to meet him in the garden.

We loved working with Karson Butler as our planners for the wedding and they made the process so painless for us. Taylor and I keep saying that having planners that understand your taste and vision is the best money to spend on a wedding. In the end, it was the best party of our lives and that was exactly what we were hoping for!

Photography: Sweet Tea Photography | Event Design: Karson Butler Events | Event Planning: Karson Butler Events | Floral Design: Highway To Hill | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Hair And Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | DJ: MyDeejay | Hotel: Lorien Hotel | Hotel: Morrison House | Hotel: Hotel Monaco Alexandria | Wedding Venue: Oxon Hill Manor | Cookie Favors : BakeShop | Favor Stickers : Little Bit Heart | Music: Sage String Quartet | Printed Details: Little Bit Heart | Rentals : Select Event Rentals

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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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Winter
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Beach Club

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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Summer
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Sweet

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 | 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 | Florals: Simply Beautiful Flowers | 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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