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Sweet Southern Maryland Wedding at Sotterly Plantation

It doesn’t get any sweeter than a Bride who dons her grandmother’s wedding dress. The dress she’s fawned over for years, and dreamt about wearing. When her day came, the dress wasn’t the only perfect piece of her day – every single thing this Bride dreamed of came true and then some, making this gallery from Krista Jones not only beautiful, but oh-so-special. 

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From the Bride…Korey and I first met in high school. We were friends and that friendship followed us to our separate colleges. Sophomore year of college our friendship turned into more and we decided to give dating a try. 6 years later he is my best friend and we are now husband and wife.

I have lived in many places and seen many beautiful landscapes, but the beauty of St. Mary’s County has my heart and I wanted to showcase this beautiful place to our family and friends. We decided to hold the wedding at Sotterley Plantation. With its view of the stunning Patuxent River, beautiful up kept gardens, a large rustic barn, and a rich history behind it, it was the perfect spot to dedicate our lives to one another surrounded by our favorite people. Some of our family members drove from down the street to be at our wedding, while others flew in from different countries. They all made it a priority to be there for us on our special day, and we cannot express how much we appreciate each one of them.

Every girl dreams of their perfect wedding dress, lucky for me the one I dreamed of was the same one I tried on many times as a little girl while playing dress up with my twin sister. I was blessed to have the opportunity to wear my mother and grandmother’s wedding dress on my wedding day. With the help of Janice Martin, I designed a wedding dress that fit my personality and our time period while also showcasing the beautiful 1950’s lace wedding dress worn by two important women in my life. My grandmother bought the dress in 1950 for 75.00 dollars and she wore it on June 24, 1950 when she married my grandfather. Then 34 years later my mother wore the dress when she married my father on February 11, 1984. They preserved the dress and on May 17, 2014 I wore the slightly different version of this antique beauty.

Family and friends mean a lot to Korey and I, so we were very excited to include them as much as possible in our big day. Korey’s father and mother had a huge part in helping to create our beautiful rustic wedding – from our 32 flower boxes to the hand painted wine and beer signs, to the antique milk cart and the cast iron drink tubs. They worked tirelessly to find and make anything and everything we imagined to complete our vision for the wedding. Though my parents are both living abroad and couldn’t be with us for all of our hands on preparation, we could not have had the wedding of our dreams without all they contributed. They listened to our ideas through late night phone calls and skype sessions and helped us execute the perfect day. Not only do we have amazing family, Korey and I are blessed to have very helpful, kind, and loving friends. This is seen partly through our very large wedding party. Eleven on each side seems a bit much but Korey and I both agree that you can never have too many friends. Our wedding showcased a lot of our talented friends, from our first dance singers, to my hair and makeup stylists, to the band and the bartenders and our amazing wedding cake baker, Deanna Pinno. Our wedding coordinator, Jeannae Pinno, was also a good friend along with our Pastor Matt Hall.

Looking through our beautiful wedding pictures, done by the wonderful Krista Jones, we cannot take the smiles off our faces. Krista captured the feeling of our night perfectly, family, friends, love and laughter in the calm serene countryside. Everything was perfect, we would not change a thing. The perfect beginning to our Happily Ever After.

Photography: Krista Jones | Videographer: The Pros | Florist: Weaver’s Flowers | Flowers: Weaver’s Flowers | Wedding Dress: Janice Martin (restyled) | Wedding Dress: Vintage Janice Martin (restyled) | Wedding Cake: Deanna Pinno | Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Bailey's Catering | Catering: Bailey’s Catering | Band: Whiskers | Cake Topper: AntoArts | Plantation: Sotterly Plantation

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Classic Raleigh Wedding at Angus Barn

I might be a little bit biased, but I wholeheartedly believe this is one of the sweetest weddings you’ll ever come across. As a guest I can tell you that as stunning as the images from Nancy Ray are – and trust me, they’re ridiculously stunning – they capture a mere faction of joy felt on that day. From Anna’s heirloom veil, to the bluegrass band that played through the night, it’s Southern tradition with a twist and you can click right here to see for yourself.

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From Nancy Ray… I am thrilled to share Anna and Ben’s Raleigh wedding with you. If I can summarize this wedding with one word, it would be “sweet!” The first look, the groom’s unending tears, the heirloom veil from the mother of the bride, the unique dress that fit Anna’s personality perfectly, the pickle mason-jar favors, the beautiful floral printed stationery, the photos on display from weddings gone by, and hands down, the best father-daughter first look I’ve ever photographed – there was a sweetness to this wedding that is hard to put into words. Even the milk glass and the lacy toms (worn by the bride) were perfect examples of the vintage charm that Anna and Ben love. I’ll never forget this couple, their precious families, and the sweet atmosphere of their wedding day. Anna and Ben sure have friends and family who treasure them individually, and now, as a couple. What a sweet, sweet day!

Photography: Nancy Ray Photography | Floral Design: Flowers On Broad Street | Wedding Dress: Traditions By Anna | Cake: Blue Moon Bakery | Invitations: Paper Daisies Stationery | Ceremony Venue: Kirk Of Kildaire | Reception Venue: The Pavilions At The Angus Barn | Shoes: Toms | Catering: Angus Barn | Bluegrass Band: The Hey Brothers | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Hair + Makeup: Hairlines | Veil: Mother Of The Bride's Veil | Wedding Dress : Lula Kate

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Intimate Backyard Eastern Shore, Maryland Wedding

This wedding is my everything. Intimate, lovely and charming to the core, tucked in this gallery (captured beautifully by Krista Jones) is everything I adore about weddings. The mother of the Groom sums is all up when she said, “We arrived here as strangers and left as family” – which honestly gave me chills. Because when you take a peek at the pretty below, you just know it was true. See even more here.

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From the Bride…We decided to opt for a very small, intimate, family-only wedding so our families could really get to know one another (and frankly, so we could avoid the stress of planning a big bash). Most of our families had never met and because everyone stayed at the house together it was a really relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. As my mother-in-law elegantly put it, “We arrived here as strangers and left as family.” In fact, we are already talking about a reunion there in 2016 because we loved the house and had such a great time. My sister-in-law got ordained online and did such a fabulous job during the ceremony. Thank God for the Internet!

I tied a photo of my Dad, who passed away in 2012, to the bouquet, along with a piece of lace from my Mom’s wedding dress. I purchased the dress from a boutique in New York called Saja with my Mom, mother-in-law and sister-in-law in tow. We all started crying when I came out wearing it so I knew it was a keeper. I found my lace ballet flats at the last minute at H&M! So comfy and perfect (& crazy inexpensive)!

The invitations were created online using Minted.com & Zazzle.com, two great DIY invitation websites that I highly recommend. My older sister created the program and the menu and I got this lovely blue crab stamp from Paper Source in Georgetown.

We got buckets of springtime flowers from a local florist called Seaberry Farm. Our moms and sisters and aunt spent the afternoon putting them together and it was a great way for them to get to know one another and bond a bit (or so I like to think). Luckily enough, the house we rented on Chesapeake Bay happened to have these lovely blue mason jars that were perfect for the aisle.

My awesome uncle and brother-in-law spent several hours hanging up twinkle lights on the porch. It was a great opportunity showcase their impressive handymen skills. They had never met before and got along right away.

Instead of throwing rice (which can be bad for birds and tough on lawns), we had decided to throw colorful sprinkles instead. My Mom and Mom-in-Law made the lovely holders using doilies & scotch tape.

Photography: Krista Jones | Flowers: Seaberry Farm | Wedding Dress: Saja NY | Rings: Mervis Diamond Importers | Catering: Bistro St. Michaels | Dessert: Four And Twenty Blackbirds | Invitation Design: Minted | Invitation Printing: Zazzle | Private Home: Private Home

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