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Summertime Waterfront Wedding in Maryland

Exchanging vows on the shore of the Potomac river is romantic in and of itself, but add in an aisle lined with heirloom rugs and you’ve got yourself one dreamy affair. This laid-back outdoor soiree is picturesque in every sense of the word. From the barefoot Bride grooving to MyDeejay tunes, to the natural backdrop, Vicki Grafton Photography snapped it all in the gallery!


From Vicki Grafton PhotographyEllery and Michael said their vows in early September on the shore of the Potomac river in St. Mary’s Maryland. Their aisle was lined with rugs collected by the groom and a beautiful tree provided shade and the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. Overall, Ellery wanted a laid-back outdoor wedding where she could spend the whole day barefoot in the grass and celebrate with her family, friends and their pup.

From The Bride… Michael and I went to the same high school but did not meet until we were both out of college. He proposed on a hike on the top of a mountain in Vermont (I won’t talk about how he somehow got lost on the trek). We wanted our wedding to be a fun and beautiful party for our family and friends to help us celebrate the important event. We are both from Maryland, right outside D.C.. We thought finding a venue that was naturally picturesque, while still in Maryland, would be perfect.

We wanted it to be simple, casual and fun to match our personalities. I went barefoot the whole evening! We are both quite competitive, so we played “hand over hand” on a bat to determine who would say our vows first. Michael’s family business, C.G. Coe & Son, provided the gorgeous hand-made rugs to use as a stage for our ceremony and the Potomac River gave us an attractive natural backdrop. We did most of the decorations ourselves, and Butterkup Flowers provided the gorgeous flowers and helped put it all together. It was everything we wanted it to be!

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Floral Design: Butterkup Flowers | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Ken's Creative Kitchen | Hair And Makeup: Bella Salon & Spa | DJ: MyDeejay | Grooms Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: Woodlawn Farm | Cocktail Musicians: Anders Hyatt | Rentals: Bailey's Party Rentals | Rugs: C.G. Coe & Son

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Maryland Wedding by Hannah Colclazier Photography

Rise and shine, lovelies!  It’s another wonderful Wedding Wednesday here on SMP and we are about to with a bundle of gorgeous inspiration and EIGHT amazing weddings simply guaranteed to make your heart sing.  Yep, from darling DIY affairs to lovely backyard soirees, we’ve got you totally covered today.  So, sit back and prepare yourselves for a morning, noon and night of pretty… and don’t forget to spend some time perusing those galleries, where even more fabulous awaits!

Another day at SMP means another stunning wedding for me to LOVE… and this darling Maryland soiree is filling me up, head to toe, with happy.  All aglow in DIY sweetness, charming rustic details and a dreamy combination of vibrant purple, orange and gray hues, this beautiful farm fête is giving a whole new meaning to the word “perfect.”  Lucky for us, Hannah Colclazier Photography was on hand to capture every flawless moment and the gallery is simply brimming with image after image of lovely. Join me there for more!

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From the Bride… Jaryd and I met at a café in Washington D.C., where we quickly identified our mutual love of coffee and jazz music. We began dating shortly thereafter, and when it came time to plan our wedding last year, we knew coffee and jazz would play a prominent role in our wedding. We also knew we wanted to keep the atmosphere casual for our guests. Other influences that inspired our wedding were my love for the ocean (I grew up in New England) and Jaryd’s love for the beautiful countryside (he grew up in the Mountain West).

In keeping with Woodlawn’s country estate feel, Jaryd and I opted for a wedding theme that invoked a feeling of rustic elegance. I am an inveterate DIYer, and I’ve even gotten Jaryd in on the fun. (Last year, we built our own reclaimed wood table.) With a set budget and over a year to plan our wedding, I resolved to make most of the décor myself. I wanted every part of our wedding to have that personal touch that only handmade décor can bring. To give our wedding a down-to-earth atmosphere, we elected to use burlap, a rustic, natural-fiber fabric, for several aspects of our wedding. We used burlap to cover the hay bales used for seating during the cocktail hour, we wrapped it around the potted succulents used as table décor, and we used burlap bags to contain one of the wedding favors. We also made burlap table runners for each of the guest tables.

For wedding favors, we filled burlap bags with a special coffee blend we make at home, which we call the “Bernello Blend.” (“Bernello” is a hybrid of our last names.) Jaryd and I also loved the idea of using succulents at our wedding: for him, they’re reminiscent of the West, and for me, they are beautiful and wouldn’t go to waste (succulents will grow new roots if repotted). So, as a second wedding favor (which also doubled as table décor), we placed individual potted succulents at each place setting. The succulents were wrapped in burlap and tied with moss-covered wire and a tag that read “Let Love Grow.” We found a local Mennonite family to grow the succulents for us, and used the plants for both wedding favors and for the bouquets and boutonnieres! A friend and I made the table numbers using silver German glass glitter. The “Just Married” sign hanging on the front of our sweetheart table was made the same way. The table numbers made their home in the centerpieces — turquoise pots from Anthropologie filled with bright orange marigolds. Also on the tables were white candles, which sat on a bed of moss inside a clear hurricane glass. Moss was also used to cover the ring bearer’s pillow, as well as the card box at the gift table.

Wedding Photography: Hannah Colclazier Photography / Wedding Venue: Woodlawn Farm in Ridge, Maryland / Wedding Flowers: Weaver’s Flowers / Event Design: The Bride / Day-Of Coordination: Laura Underwood / Band: Felicia Carter Quintet / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bridesmaids’ + Flower Girl’s Dresses: J.Crew / Groomsmen’s Suits: Kenneth Cole / Antique Wooden Trays: Chartreuse & Co. / Fingerprint Tree: bleu de toi / Reclaimed Wood Frame for Fingerprint Tree: Frame USA / German Glass Glitter: tortoiseo / Hurricane Glasses, Chalkboard Arrow Signs; Moss Wire + Burlap Bags: Save On Crafts / Dried Moss: Dried Flowers “R” Us / Table Number Zinc Plant Labels: Superior Growers Supply, Inc. / Turquoise Centerpiece Pots, White Bunny Candles, Cake Table Letters, Sand Ceremony Jars, Save-the-Date Postcards, Cardboard Tree Stumps: Anthropologie / Signature Drink Glass Mugs: Dollar Tree / Wedding Invitations + Table Numbers: Paper Source

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