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.
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.
It’s time to kick off another Wedding Wednesday which means we have seven of the loveliest affairs coming your way all live long day. Think everything from a beautiful outdoor shindig to a lovely ballroom soiree. Up first is a Maryland affair that’s putting the “P” in pretty in a major way. I’m talking a drop-dead gorgeous bride and groom, a breathtaking Brittland Manor backdrop and a Sottero and Midgley gown that is the literal definition of layered lovely. Kristen Marie Photography snapped up every moment and it’s a DIY masterpiece that you can’t afford to miss. See it all here.
From the Bride… Right from the start we knew we wanted an intimate wedding. We couldn’t wait to get married and were excited to get everyone we loved in one place at one time to celebrate with us. I liked the idea of something outdoors, so I searched for a venue that had beautiful grounds, where we could have all the events in one place. I wanted our guests to just come and relax and get lost in the day. Brittland Manor was the first place we looked at…and the last. The grounds were perfect and the house was situated right along the Chester River. Our family stayed all together in the two houses on the property for the whole weekend.
The most exciting part of planning the wedding was deciding on the décor and style. I came up with a combination of vintage and whimsy. I wanted it to be unique (nothing cookie cutter) and I like to think I put a lot of love into the details. I gave new meaning to DIY — from the flag bunting and the flower arrangements, the menus and the table numbers, the hanging mason jars and the escort cards. I made more trips to the craft store than I’d like to admit, but looking back, I had a lot of fun doing it. Kevin let me monopolize our one-bedroom apartment with my DIYing, bless his heart. Although he did start grumbling when I took over the entire living room floor with flag cutouts. For the record: I left a walking path!
Family and friends helped so much on the days leading up to the wedding – checking in on us, helping to transport everything to the venue and pitching in on those last-minute finishing touches. Our wedding was everything we wanted it to be. I really tried to take it all in – the beautiful surroundings, the people I loved, the tastes, the feelings, the sounds, the moments with Kevin. I loved every minute!
We see a lot of weddings around here and each one is gorgeous in its own right but the weddings that we positively adore and can’t quite seem to get enough of are the home-spun affairs. The weddings that are built from the ground up by friends and loved ones. This Maryland wedding is one of those beauties and it is about as sweet as they come. From the homemade cakes to the head over heels in love couple, we just can’t seem to shake our wedding crush. And the photography? Beyond. Adam Barnes was on hand to capture all the love and he did so to complete and total perfection. Wedding Art is what we like to call it. There’s even more gorgeous to pore through in the gallery so be sure to have a looky-loo.
Adam Barnes not only captured the gorgeous images, but he switched up his cameras and caught even more of this beautiful day…
From the Bride…
Our wedding took place at Running Fox Farm in Chestertown, Maryland. We fell in love with the venue, especially knowing that we would be doing everything ourselves, it gave us a great place to start! We loved the open fields, the rustic feel of the barn, and the elegance of the manor. It was really important to us that our guests felt involved and close to us. Matt is from California, and I am from Maryland, so we had guests traveling from all over the country. The whole property has such a romantic and intimate feel to it, which is exactly what we wanted for our wedding day.
I had such an exciting and unique opportunity in that I was able to design and help create my wedding dress! This was such a fun experience. I love lace and tulle, and the seamstress, Suzanne, did an amazing job of bringing my vision for the dress to life. It was my absolute dream dress, and it held so much sentimental value knowing that I helped create it. One thing that made our wedding incredibly special was all of our friends and family that were so willing to share their gifts and talents with us. Matt’s dad is a pastor, and he officiated our wedding. My sister-in-law’s mother, Janae, is incredibly talented and worked with me tirelessly on the design of the wedding. My friend and bridesmaid, Lauren, made our wedding cake. A family friend is an electrician, and he strung all the chandeliers and lights from the trees. The list goes on of the amazing people that shared their gifts with us. At one point during our reception, Matt and I just stopped and looked around, so incredibly humbled and thankful for the people that helped make our day so amazing. The details and planning were fun, but looking back, I remember how easy it was to get caught up in them. In the end it didn’t matter because on that day, they were exactly that: details. The details and design of our wedding wouldn’t even be in existence had I not found an amazing man who asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. On the day, our vows, our family, and friends there supporting us, surpassed everything else.
Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography / Ceremony: Running Fox, Chestertown, MD / wedding cake was made by a friend (and bridesmaid) Lauren Petri / All the cakes were made by a family friend, Maureen Czebotar / Tarts: Whole Foods in Annapolis / Flowers: Dawn at Severna Park Florist / Event design: Bride and Janae May (family friend) / Invitations: Bride and Wade Smith (friend) / Shoes: Ann Taylor / Dress: Designed by Bride, made by Suzanne Reams