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Rustic Glam Summer Wedding at Evergreen Museum + Library

I’m declaring green and gold my favorite color combo and it’s all due to this wedding right here. Michael and Carina Photography captured one romantic image after another at this summer celebration, where the cute couple, who we met back at their adorable engagement shoot, only had eyes for each other. Thanks to these pretty pics I’m in a fantastic mood this Friday morning – see more right this way!

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From Michael and Carina PhotographyThis wedding is just so gorgeous, we had to share it with you! Unfettered greenery bouquets, glittery dresses, a beautifully decorated reception hall and gold accents everywhere. Lauren and Nate really poured themselves into their big day!

Lauren, the bride, is in love with Style Me Pretty; she shared her engagement session with SMP readers. She is so excited about photography and style, it was just a joy! 

Gold, navy and green are a match made in wedding-heaven! And this gorgeous bride and groom (as well as the bridal party) absolutely rocked these colors! This wedding was modern, but classic. Fun, but elegant.

Lauren and Nate married at the beautiful Evergreen Museum in Maryland in the garden behind the museum. The stunning museum was the perfect backdrop! They have been inseparable for years and finally said “I do” in front of all their friends and family in the summer heat. We photographed their portraits in an area that reminds of a classic Italian villa. Beautiful architecture and cyan greenery.

Everyone celebrated in a beautifully decorated tent, with white fabric hanging from the ceiling and candles spread out on the farm tables. The beginning of their marriage couldn’t have been any more perfect!

From the Bride… Our love story began in grad school, where we met, and then promptly engaged in a discussion about marriage equality, which came full circle when, two weeks after we got married, everyone in the US received the right to legally marry! That discussion was the springboard for three years of long distance dating and commutes across state lines to spend time with one another while we pursued our degrees and careers. Two years ago, we moved to Baltimore together, we moved into a perfect row-house in our favorite neighborhood. It’s where Nate proposed in a perfect, private moment with just our pup, Lady, looking on.

It turns out that Nate had been planning the engagement for almost a year. He designed my ring himself, working with my mom and a jeweler to bring a picture I had saved a long time ago to life. To add even more romance, the stone in my ring is the stone my dad gave my mom on their engagement. My engagement ring could not be more fraught with meaning, or more special to me.

We got married exactly one year later, and what we knew from the very beginning was that we wanted our wedding to be very personal. We had a lot of DIY elements, like the gold foil invitations, programs and signs that I designed, the hand-painted corn hole set my dad made for us, hand-stamped favors, and decorations we’d collected throughout the year. We also knew we wanted our family and friends to experience Baltimore the way we do. We held our rehearsal dinner at Heavy Seas Alehouse, one of our favorite places in Baltimore, made sure everyone got to taste local beers and Maryland crabs at our cocktail hour, and guests received Berger cookies stamped with a thank you message as a true Baltimore takeaway. Our ceremony was also deeply personal and intimate.

In addition to having our wedding day reflect the things we love, we knew we wanted to frame the personal touches in a natural, simple and romantic setting. For us, the Evergreen Museum and Library was the perfect venue for this. It is a beautifully landscaped and intimate location. To capture the natural and personal feeling in the carriage house where we ate dinner, we used the most beautiful handmade farm tables from the sweetest couple who started Barnes Handmade Tables in York, PA. Their tables are gorgeous, so we decided on classic and simple center pieces of lemon leaf garlands, seeded eucalyptus and a few calla lilies. One of the sweetest wedding gifts we received was from Nate’s stepmother and father, who bought us one of the farm tables as our dining room table.

One detail I knew from the beginning I wanted was for my bridesmaids to wear gold. I wanted them to feel lovely and special, and I wanted their dresses to add a little glitz and glamour to our otherwise neutral and simple palette. I asked them to pick out a gold or champagne dress that made them feel beautiful. They all chose different metallic gold dresses, and they looked absolutely stunning. The guys wore blue suits, with ivory ties, and orange socks – an homage to the Orioles. For my dress, I knew that I wanted something romantic and simple, and I found a beautiful lace Stella York dress which the very talented Luda at Dalinda’s customized with a beautiful sweetheart neckline. I added a champagne sash with crystal detail to add a little sparkle and I wore a pearl pendant that my grandmother wore on her wedding day, in my hair, and sewed a piece of my mom’s beautiful wedding dress into my own, over my heart. The glitzy and romantic attire was balanced by the lovely organic bouquets and boutonnieres which our florist Maryland Bay Blossoms arranged. They were beautifully made, and very simple and non-traditional – just whisps of rosemary, eucalyptus and lavender, and a few peonies for my bouquet.

My favorite part of our wedding day was the ceremony. Even though it was very very very hot, I couldn’t have had a better time. I felt so present, and I couldn’t take my eyes off Nate; I felt so connected.

I thought I would be so nervous walking down the aisle, but my dad made me laugh and smile the whole time. And then when he shook Nate’s hand, he said “Nate, do you see the smile on my daughter’s face? Please make sure she never stops smiling.” It was such a sweet moment.

The whole ceremony was very personal and special to us. We asked our mutual friend whom we both met in grad school, right before we started dating to officiate! Two of our good friends, recently married, read a few beautiful words about love and growing together. My godmother asked our guests to warm our rings, and it felt really special to have all of the people who have been a part of our individual stories, become a part of our story together.

Our recessional song was “Sexual Healing” performed by the Hot 8 Brass Band, which is a funky New Orlean’s parade-style version of the song. We love it, and as we walked down the aisle it made us laugh and smile, watching everyone sing along before they realized what they were singing!

Right after cocktail hour, we danced our first dance to “The Book of Love” by the Magnetic Zeroes. We had danced to this song one night on vacation several months earlier, when it was just the two of us on a covered porch listening to our iPod. We decided then that it was just the right balance of cheeky and romantic for us. After our first dance, our wedding party and parents joined us for a dance to “Luckiest” by Ben Folds. We didn’t have a traditional intro, and this ended up being the perfect way for us to have a special moment for our wedding party and parents with all of our guests looking on.

During dinner, my mom and dad welcomed everyone, and my brothers and Nate’s friends gave toasts. They were funny, and touching, and we laughed and cried and then we ate, and danced, and chatted with friends.

We didn’t want to go the traditional desert route, so we purchased three delicious almond amaretto cakes from a local bakery, and my dad, who is an amazing cook, made traditional Italian biscotti.

We danced and danced and danced after dessert, and I couldn’t have had a more fun evening. Everything about our wedding was so personal and thoughtful and perfect. I loved every minute of it.

Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Floral Design: Maryland Bay Blossoms | Wedding Dress: Essense Of Australia - Stella York | Cake: Sugar Bakers Cakes | Catering: Zeffert And Gold | Makeup Artist: Jamaya Moore | Hair Stylist: Jewel Hair Design | DJ: Music Masters | Tuxes: Kenneth Cole | Officiant: Andrew Feldhouse | Hotel: Hotel Monaco | Wedding Venue: Evergreen Museum And Library | Bridal Boutique: Amanda Ritchey Bridal | Bridal Jewelry: Heirloom | Bridal Shoes: Schutz | Event Planning & Styling: Lauren Niles Events | Farm Tables: Barnes Handcrafted Farmhouse Tables | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Paper Goods: DIY By Bride

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Elegant Historic Clynmalira Estate Wedding

To say we’re obsessed with this Bride’s ruffled collar wedding gown is an understatement. It’s perfect for this elegant wedding at a historic estate owned by the Groom’s parents, while pops of yellow through a billy button bouquet and shoes bring a bright and cheery feel to the festivities captured by Mary Neumann Photography. See it all in the full gallery right here!

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From Mary Neumann PhotographyIn designing her wedding, Paxton used her talents to create an elegant, lovely, unforgettable day. The day oozed class, from the ruffled collar on her stunning gown, to the navy suits on the Groom and his Men, and even a vintage Rolls Royce – the details were flawless. Add with the Historic Clynmalira Estate (owned by the Groom’s parents!) as a backdrop, this wedding was beyond gorgeous.

The guests included friends from Europe and the most loving of family and friends. In short – the ultimate celebration. Paxton and Matthew are some of the most genuine and lovely people I have had the pleasuring of working with, so that makes this day even more meaningful… a perfect day for the most perfect of couples.

Photography: Mary Neumann Photography | Floral Design: Flowers & Fancies | Wedding Dress: Church Street Bridal | Cake: Nancy Longo | Stationery: Conner Designs, LLC | Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Historic Clynmalira Estate | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Hair And Makeup: Hot Locks Salon, Wendy And Emily | Band: The Swingin' Swamis | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A Bank

Classic + Nautical Chesapeake Bay Club Wedding

I officially have a new favorite wedding tradition: this gorgeous Bride and her best friends bought beaded belt to adorn their wedding dress and each lady wore it on her big day. How sweet is that! And there’s so much else to love from this gorgeous wedding, thanks to an amazing team of vendors including Krista A. JonesMyDeejayTidewater Inn, and the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. See all the loveliness here.

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From the Bride… Brian and I met during my second year of college at the University of Georgia. His sister, Emily, and I became friends while living in the same dorm our freshman year and the following year Brian and his parents came down to Athens to visit. After a group dinner where Brian and I met and discovered our mutual love for food, I knew he was special. We spent the next two years in a long distance relationship flying back and forth between Maryland and Georgia. One of our favorite things to do when I would visit him was to go to Annapolis. We would spend hours walking around and sitting on the benches down at city dock and eventually that became the exact place where Brian got down on one knee and proposed over five years later! Between our love for Annapolis and the fact that Brian grew up across the Bay Bridge on the Eastern Shore, where we spent countless weekends, we knew we wanted to get married somewhere near the water. We chose to get married at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club after falling in love with the gorgeous views! There aren’t enough words to describe how incredible our wedding day was and how much it meant to us to have our family and closest friends there to celebrate with us. From the delicious seafood to the Dolle’s caramel popcorn, Smith Island Cakes and country music, our wedding truly captured Brian and I as a couple. One of the most special things for me was that I got to wear the same beaded belt around my dress that my two best friends wore during each of their weddings. All of our vendors went above and beyond to make our day so special and we can’t thank them enough! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever smiled, giggled, or felt as much pure joy and happiness as much as I did throughout the day!

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Floral Design: Seaberry Farm | Wedding Dress: Allure | Cake: Classic Cakes | Invitations: Knots & Pearls | Jewelry: Zachary's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Hair & Makeup: Up Do's For I Dos | DJ: MyDeejay | Venue: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club | Bridal Boutique: Betsy Robinson | Getting Ready: Tidewater Inn

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Nautical Navy + Peach Chesapeake Bay Wedding

If you’re a sucker for classic nautical details with a touch of peachy sweet floral goodness, then prepare to fall in love. Captured by Love By Serena on the summer shoreline of Chesapeake Bay, these sweet nuptials (preceded by an even sweeter mountaintop proposal story!) are the perfect blend of classic, preppy, sweet and dreamy, and I can’t stop pouring over every darling detail in the gallery here!

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From Love By Serena… It was November 7th, 2010, and the Baltimore Ravens were taking on the Miami Dolphins at home. JJ went to the game with a co-worker, and after the game, JJ’s coworker convinced him to meet some of his friends for hot wings and a beer at Mothers’ Bar and Grill (aka the purple patio).

Katie was watching the game with friends. She had just moved to Baltimore from Harrisburg, and she was excited to explore this new city! Though she wasn’t the type to go out on a Sunday, her roommates persuaded her to go to the purple patio to meet up with some friends.

After arriving at Mother’s, J.J. and his coworker eventually found a table with his coworker’s friends. It came up in conversation that their new roommate, Katie, would be joining them in a bit. When Katie arrived and sat down right across from him, J.J. couldn’t help but fall in love with her infectious smile.

J.J. and Katie hit it off right away, and they chatted all night. J.J. got her phone number that night and he asked her out for sushi two days later.

After dating for nearly two years, J.J. knew Katie was the one, and bought her engagement ring in early December 2012, but didn’t know exactly how he would propose. He wanted it to be special, and he wanted to get a photo if possible. He had thought about proposing on Christmas, but he figured they would probably be in pajamas which would not make for the best picture in the world! J.J. was stumped, so until he could figure it out, J.J. hid the ring in a cabinet beneath his kitchen table!

J.J. and Katie had been planning to visit one of their favorite couples, Maddie and Billy, who moved from Baltimore to Tucson, AZ in late 2011. In mid-December, J.J. and Katie finally decided to book the flight so they could visit their friends between Christmas and New Years. During discussions with Maddie and Billy, Katie and J.J. had planned to drive up the picturesque Mt. Lemmon at some point during the trip. J.J. determined this would be the perfect place to propose!

On December 30th, the last full day of J.J. and Katie’s trip to Tucson, and the day they had planned to drive up Mt. Lemmon, J.J. shared his plan to propose with Maddie and Billy. They planned to have J.J. to convince Katie to get up on an iconic rock on the mountain for pictures. During the photoshoot, J.J. would bend down on one knee and ask Katie to marry him. Maddie made sure Katie looked beautiful before they left, and Maddie agreed to bring extra cameras.

When they reached the top, JJ and Katie were both nervous. Katie had just been boosted onto this rock with cowboy boots, and she had no idea how she was going to get back down! J.J. was of course afraid of dropping the ring off the mountain. After about 5 takes on the pictures, JJ finally worked up the courage to ask… and she said Yes!

 The rest is history!

Photography: Love By Serena | Videography: Monachetti | Event Planning: Lemon And Lime Event Design | Floral Design: Intrigue Designs | Wedding Dress: Bridals By Elena | Stationery: Jeff Trautz | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Baltimore | Catering: Rouge Fine Catering | Hair & Makeup: Varuna Aveda Salon Day Spa | Lighting: Event Dynamics | DJ: DJ Chris Hart | Men's Ties: Vineyard Vines | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Towne Transport | Wedding Venue: Historic London Town And Gardens | Bride's Sash: Bella Bridesmaids | Shoes (Bride): Kate Spade | Shoes (Groom): Mercanti Fiorenti | String Musicians: Chesapeake Strings

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Colorful Mansion Wedding in Maryland

Classic and elegant with the perfect pop of color, this Maryland wedding captured by Dyanna Joy Photography is nothing short of magic. From the love this couple obviously shares to their perfectly executed party at the Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel, this gallery of images is an absolute dream.

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From Dyanna Joy PhotographyAlexis and Matt promised forever under the sky and clouds, on the grounds of the Antrim 1844, nestled at the foot of the rolling Catoctin Mountain in Central Maryland. Built in 1844, Antrim was once a thriving plantation and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

From the peach and ivory colored roses to the sunset, their wedding day had a warm glow to it. Alexis was stunning in her Allure princess ballgown and cathedral veil. Her bridesmaids were so delightful, both in personality and in their bright orange dresses.

Their was dancing and dinner. Guests enjoyed delicious cake, an open air photo booth, and sending off the bride and groom with a sparkler exit.

She knew he liked her, but he was never quite sure if she liked him back.

Although Lexi and Matt met through mutual friends the summer before their sophomore year at the University of Maryland, it took some time before Matt was able to build up the courage to ask Lexi out on a date.

Matt found himself studying more at the library on campus to be around her. And Lexi acted like she enjoyed playing Settlers of Catan and intramural basketball.

Then one day, a friend of Matt’s mentioned to him, “what girly girl would keep saying yes to playing the game Settlers of Catan with you if she wasn’t interested?” Once Matt heard this, he began to think that he might actually have a chance to be with her.

And when he finally asked her out, Lexi joyfully accepted his request to go ice-skating in D.C. She also later accepted his request of marriage…joyfully.

Photography: Dyanna Joy Photography | Videography: Black Tie Video | Flowers: Shelly Black | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake : Simply Desserts | Invitations : Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering : Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel | Makeup: Up Do's For I Do's | Hair: Victoria And Albert Hair Studio | DJ: J White Productions | Groom's Attire: Macy's | Groomsmen's Attire: Macy's | Venue: Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel | Bridal Boutique: Betsy Robinson Bridal | Invitation Inserts: Allie Kohr Design | Linens: Gala Cloths | Open Air Photo Booth: Social Print Co.