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Woodland Romance Wedding Inspiration

As much as the coastal views of Annapolis are strikingly beautiful, the woodlands have a loveliness all of their own. Hello Love Events and Natalie Franke brought that loveliness to life in this romance-filled wedding goodness. Organic lettering from Meant To Be Calligraphy pairing so sweetly with EightTreeStreet‘s wild florals, elegant full length gowns from Ava Laurenne Bride and so much more. Click here for the full gallery.

From Hello Love EventsWhen I reached out to Natalie Franke Photography to collaborate on a woodland romance wedding styled shoot in Annapolis, MD – I was pretty nervous! I had been dreaming of this shoot coming to life for months and knew that she was one of the few photographers who would do it justice. Some people may not put ‘Annapolis’ and ‘Woodland’ together when thinking of wedding themes, but what many people do not know about Annapolis is that it is definitely NOT just about boats, boats, and more boats. Although the charming city does lay way to some BEAUTIFUL spaces for that type of theme – hiding in the rough are some AMAZING natural environments such as this private residence lent to us by a friend. The dreary rain-threatening day was SO nice to us with lighting and provided the perfect backdrop for this shoot.

This shoot was inspired by woodland nymphs and their idea of a romantic wedding – very classy while keeping connected with the beauty provided by good ole mother nature. The main elements included were the BEAUTIFUL alternative wreath bouquets, the gorgeous head-pieces, and the breathtaking floral ‘table runner’. We also wanted to make a statement with our non-traditional sweet options to include the sweet pie bar and naked cake. Not every couple wants the traditional cake and it’s okay to step out of the box and try something new! Of course we wanted to stray away from the traditional print invitations and go with the more natural hand-written calligraphy for all of the stationery pieces and they complement the naturalistic feel for the shoot.

For the furniture, we also went went with a bit more of a vintage feel with a touch of rustic – they complemented each other well! There was also an absolutely beautiful beach located nearby the venue so we grabbed some shots of our bride in a different dress, as well. We just couldn’t resist!

Photography: Natalie Franke | Floral Design: EightTreeStreet | Formal Attire: Ava Laurenne Bride | Furniture Rentals: XOXO Vintage Event Rentals | Hair + Makeup: Bobby Pins & Blush | Mini Pies: Cakes By Rachael | Models: Ava Laurenne Bride | Naked Cake: The Cake Courtesan | Private Residence: Annapolis, Maryland | Stationery/Paper Products: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Styling/Coordination: Hello Love Events

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Natalie Franke Photography


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Rustic Glamour Barn Wedding

Good lighting makes a big difference, which is yet another reason why we’re so enthralled with outdoor weddings here at SMP. And this sweet wedding at the Mathwig Event Barn is no different. We also love the bride’s jeweled details in her hair and footwear against the rustic background. So romantic! So sit back and feel the love pouring out of every frame in this video from Matt Stambaugh Media.


I first met Tara and Wade through an amazing wedding coordinator (Courtney Faulkroad) after Tara was looking for a filmer. As I’m finding out this world is such a small place, Tara actually attended college with Stevie, a past Matt Stambaugh Media bride!

Meeting up with Tara and Wade for lunch for a consult, I knew their wedding day was going to be an absolute blast. Picture everything I could look for to film and boom, Tara and Wade had it!

My favorite weddings to film would be outdoor weddings and receptions as the lighting is perfect and there is so much room to move around! The Mathwig Event Barn is simply incredible!

Photography: Anna Kerns | Cinematography: Matt Stambaugh Media | Event Planning: By Design Wedding And Events | Reception Venue: Mathwig Event Barn | Makeup: Jordan K Winn & Co

Matt Stambaugh Media and Jordan K Winn & Company are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Uber Customized Wedding Packages + A Discount!

When we talk about weddings being all about the details here at SMP, we mean it wholeheartedly! From the dress to the table setting to day-of transportation, you simply don’t want to miss a thing. And that, my dears, is where Uber comes in.

Using an incredible mobile technology platform that connects riders with drivers with the click of a button, Uber makes getting anywhere in style easy and convenient. Perfect for both budget-savvy and high-end affairs, Uber offers a luxury black car service that will make getting to and from all your wedding weekend events amazingly simple. Located in over 120 cities worldwide, Uber even has customized wedding packages (including VIP rides for the bride + groom!) which give discounted transportation for your guests.

Head over here for more information and to fill out a form to get started with your custom Uber wedding package! And just for our readers, Uber is offering $20 off for all new users! Simply use code SMPMIDATLANTIC when signing up.