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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

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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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Romantic Washington D.C. Meridian House Proposal

Grooms, take note: this is how you plan and pull off the perfect proposal. It has it all: an absolutely gorgeous ring, family and friends in on the secret, and took place where the Bride-to-be has always dreamed of getting married. This handsome groom thought of everything and thanks to Kimberly Florence Photography, who captured it all, you can share in the newly-engaged couple’s bliss here.


From The Groom…Whew! A lot of excitement and nervousness. I began planning the big day about one-and-a-half months ago. Of course, I started with the ring. My recommendation to all guys who are planning on getting engaged is drop subtle hints about rings and she will give you hints or idea. I think it’s very important to buy a ring that she will love and have no problem wearing in public. Being that Adeline is big into event/wedding planning, she has seen or heard about these amazing engagements, so I wanted to be able to impress her and have her look back and say “Wow! My engagement was amazing.” Once the ring had been purchased and was being made I decided to start the conversation with a few of her closest friends and family to see if they could be a part of her special day. Once I had her friends and family on track, I had to begin planning all other aspects: venue, flowers and clothing for her. I would recommend to all future grooms planning an engagement to make sure you give yourself and others plenty of time to prepare—it may seem like plenty of time but it creeps up on you fast.

My whole idea of the engagement was a mini scavenger hunt which led her to her friends and family along the way. After Adeline left for work that morning, I began the day by picking up one of her friends that was secretly staying at her mom’s house who had flown in the day before. We picked up some small flowers and snacks for all the girls who would be staying at her mom’s house to help Adeline get ready. I wrote out three cue cards/hints of the scavenger hunt and gave them to the individuals who would be a part of the day. Her first card instructed her to go to a nail salon so she could have her nails done. (Guys make sure her nails are done before you propose.) One of her friends was waiting at the nail salon for her where they got her nails done and the second cue card was given to her, which instructed her to go to her moms house where more of her friends were waiting. At her mom’s house Adeline had three dresses to choose from that I had purchased ahead of time. Once Adeline had hair and makeup done by friends, she was given her third cue card where she was picked up by a black car Uber and driven to me at the venue. I chose the Meridian house venue because this is where Adeline has always dreamed of being married.

Photography: Kimberly Florence Photography | Floral Design: Conklyn's Florist | Dress: ASOS | Jewelry: Diamonds Direct | Venue: Meridian International Center