A couple week’s ago I got invited to this super fun DC wedding vendor party at Eastern Market and got to catch up with Rochelle (one of the editors of Charm City Wed and owner of Hair by Rochelle). She asked me if I would ever be interested in featuring her own wedding – as it was super DIY, super offbeat, and in a park in Maryland. I told her – WELL DUH, of course I would! To make the feature even more special, we decided to feature it today, the 3-year anniversary of when Rochelle & Matt actually got married, in a tiny park between traffic lanes in Baltimore city.
Rochelle & Matt’s Offbeat, DIY Park Wedding in Baltimore City, Maryland
Photography: The Light in Us Photography | Flowers: DIY | Cupcakes: DIY | Decorations: DIY | Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Their Own | Hair & Makeup Artist: Friend of the Bride, Ashley Scheiner | Venue: Eutaw Place Median Park
On their relationship and how they decided to get married:
First of all, we got married really quickly after meeting. From the day we met to the day we got married was just about 6 months. We just KNEW. And no one could tell us other wise. (Good thing he’s perfect for me! :)
When we started discussing what we wanted for our wedding, we both independently thought, “wouldn’t a community block party be awesome?!” but didn’t want to ask each other. It took a few days of chatting before Matt just blurted it out, and I said “NO WAY I WANT TO DO THAT TOO!” You see, him and I met through the church we go to in our neighborhood, which has a huge heart for uniting the surrounding community. The area we live in has a very affluent neighborhood bordering a poorer neighborhood, and we wanted to have a wedding celebration that invited everyone from all walks of life and in doing so, helping to break down socio-economic and racial barriers. We don’t see ourselves as “rich white people” trying to help “poor black people”, which is the mentality a lot of white people have and we’re trying to buck against. We’re merely a family living in the city that wants to build relationships and break stereotypes.
^this is awesome.
We decided that we would have a very non-traditional wedding day. It wouldn’t be a “ceremony” followed by a “reception”. We would have a block party, and structure it so everyone could enjoy the block party fun first (bounce house, velcro wall, face painting, barbeque, hula hooping), then we’d break and have people sit for the short ceremony, then we’d recommence the fun stuff along with music and dancing.
Click inside for SO MUCH more of Rochelle & Matt’s offbeat “block-party” wedding in Maryland.