Hanna & Jamison’s Personal, DIY Woodend Sanctuary Wedding in Maryland

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  • September 16, 2014

You might remember the insanely gorgeous Hanna & Jamison from their AWESOME Union Market engagement session in DC. If not, check it out, or just scroll to begin viewing the insane beauty of their wedding day, capturing PERFECTLY by Porter Watkins Photography. I seriously cannot imagine anyone else capturing this wedding – Porter killed it, and Hanna & Jamison poured themselves into their wedding (its obvious) and the result is breathtaking. Enjoy ever pin-worthy image. I know I already have.

Hanna & Jamison’s Personalized, Gorgeous Woodened Sanctuary Wedding in Maryland

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Vendors

Photography: Porter Watkins Photography | Wedding Coordinator: The Plannery | Venue: Woodend Sanctuary | Catering: A Main Event | Cake: Room 11 Cake, Katie Ross cake, Parkway Diner cake | Ceremony Music: Randy Barrett Trio | Reception Music: DIY iPod | Florist: H. Bloom | Hair Stylist: Meg at Eastern Confederate

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– When Jamison and I got engaged, we sat in the National Arboretum and contemplated our next steps. Driving straight to Reagan National and flying to Vegas, heading to the DC courthouse then taking off to Paris, having a small ceremony on my parent’s farm, having a big party with our friends and family in our beloved city; these were all appealing options. In about 15 minutes we made the call. The decision was simple, we’d be happy getting married in a courthouse, in our living room, or on a faraway cliff so long as we had the legally binding ceremony and some sweet outfits. But, we reasoned, how many opportunities do we have in our lives to bring our tribes together? When would we next be able to bring my four big families, his close-knit extended family, and our friends from DC and all over the world together? We needed to party with our people.

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That became the core of the entire wedding process and simplified how we made decisions about the day. Instead of using the loaded “W” word, we thought Party. We host parties all of the time and we’ve never given out a welcome bag, hence we did not fret about welcome bags. Music, good food, and alcohol; these are central elements to our kind of party, so that’s where we put our money. Also, we liked the idea of snazzy outfits and I used to operate a small organic gardening business so I wanted a lot of local, seasonal flowers. We wanted the whole day to feel like a beautiful Sunday party in a park with our nearest and dearest.

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Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of this gorgeous Maryland wedding!

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Jamison’s father, Ric, married us. The three of us wrote the ceremony together and Jamison and I wrote our own vows. Both of my moms and Jamison’s mom walked down the aisle and both of my dads walked me in. It was wonderful to have all of our parents involved in the ceremony.

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Our friends and family made the wedding happen! Our friend Katie baked two of our cakes (red wine dark chocolate and vanilla citrus!) and they were delicious. Jamison and I each asked our best friends from high school to give readings during our ceremony and it was wonderful to have them involved.

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Our wedding parties were amazing. They brought such joy to our day, helped us stay calm, gave eloquent toasts, looked just gorgeous, made up cheers and dances, and sang at the top of their lungs from 8am till we left the after party. As we were leaving Satellite Room, the bartenders told us that we had really fun friends. We agreed.

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We made our own playlists and Jamison set up our speakers with help from the wedding party. We made our own signs. I hunted for vintage handkerchiefs, cake plates, and ball jars. Negotiating contracts and managing a complex Excel wedding budget? haha. I think wedding planning was our do-it-together project!

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The wedding was on a Sunday and the ceremony started at 11:30am followed by bourbon mint lemonades and local Chocolate City beer before lunch. We all hung out on the beautiful Audubon lawn and played games, talked, and ate cake till 5pm when we took off for an after party with a larger group of friends at Satellite Room behind 9:30 Club. We love the outdoors and music, Jamison proposed on a picnic, and we eat Sunday Dinner with friends most weekends, so all of this just came together and made sense to us.

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Our friend Brittany introduced us in 2008 and she was Jamison’s Best Woman. Two of my closest friends, Dan and Alex, were Bridesmen.
My litmus test for caterers was their enthusiasm for making deviled eggs. When A Main Event told us that they wanted to serve three kinds of deviled eggs with cocktails we knew we’d found our match! They also source from local producers, compost and recycle, and grow some of their own greens. Sustainability-focused and delicious!

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Congratulations Hanna & Jamison! Your wedding was absolutely stunning and I love how personal you made it. A special thank you again to Porter Watkins Photography for sharing her beautiful images of today’s Maryland wedding feature.

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