I have a really gorgeous, small budget Maryland wedding to share with you this morning. When Amber Wilkie Photography dropped this beauty in my Two Bright Lights inbox, I nearly jumped off the couch with excitement.
This wedding is GORGEOUS.
And has all those hand-made details and personal touches that I just swoon over. Plus, the bride, Olivia is one of the nicest people I have encountered, and she has shared some really amazing, and personal details with me to post along with her gorgeous pictures.
You are all in for a real treat :)
Olivia & Eric’s beautiful, small-budget Maryland wedding
About the couple from Amber Wilkie Photography:
Olivia and Eric met in Afghanistan while working on various military projects. When Eric ended up stationed in Williamsburg, they knew they could continue their relationship.
I always tease my couples about having kids and most of them get nervous and evade the question (makes for good laughing photos!) but Olivia didn’t blink and said they’d be trying for children right away. These two didn’t want to have a big party and instead opted for a very classy but still relaxed event at a local restaurant.
Olivia on the Maryland wedding venue selection:
Venue: We wanted an all-in-one, indoor location to avoid weather, transportation, and herding issues. Because a few guests would be making our wedding into a day trip, we decided on a late morning ceremony with lunch. I searched opentable.com for well-reviewed restaurants that people had voted as “good for groups”. From there, I perused a few menus and photos before narrowing the list down to three restaurants. I emailed all three to ensure availability (explaining we were planning both a ceremony and reception), and lunched at them to get a sense of their ambiance, service, and food.
From the moment I drove up to La Ferme and met with the owner, Alain, I knew this was the place. Charming, intimate, unpretentious…perfect. The layout of La Ferme was conducive for the small, intimate ceremony and reception we wanted. Alain was very accommodating and flexible, and through his experience with past weddings at the restaurant, had good ideas and suggestions for flow, seating arrangements, where to hold the ceremony, and so on.
How it all began …
Eric and I met on deployment, but it took us a while to become friends because our lives were tightly defined by our jobs and mission. We eventually became work-out buddies and developed a routine of eating chow together after the gym. Maybe because we were in a war zone, our conversations tended to be soul-searching and meaningful. Still, it took several thousand miles, a couple of unsuccessful relationships, and a few, long months before Eric and I reconnected at home and saw the potential in “us”. We were engaged the following May, and planned the wedding for July!
Despite only having a couple of months and a budget of $3000, the wedding planning was smooth, surprisingly stress-free, and done almost completely online. Having a guest list of 30 helped quite a bit. At first, I went to theknot.com for planning advice and tips, but was quickly overwhelmed. I definitely didn’t need that many checklists or reminders, so instead, I made a simple list of things we needed and how much I was willing to spend.
Olivia’s friend Kim made all the flower arrangements from flowers purchased from Whole Foods! Talk about DIY flowers.
My friend, Kimberly, volunteered to do the flowers as her gift to me. We went to Whole Foods, I picked out what I liked, and she put it all together! She’s pretty talented that way.
Click inside to see more of Olivia & Eric’s intimate, small-budget Maryland wedding!