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Annie & Kelvin’s Thai Chinese Fusion Wedding at Black Rock Arts Center in Maryland

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Images: Jerold Santa Cruz Photography

I thought it might be fun to throw something different at you guys for today. This real Maryland wedding features BOLD colors (purple, pink, red, and gold) a blend of Asian cultures (Thai & Chinese) and the setting of an Arts Center! So many blended vibes and themes – I dig it! Annie & Kelvin mixed their traditions and also threw a rockin’ wedding reception at the end. There’s a lot of different and interesting shots from their ceremony – I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!

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From the couple:

We had a blend of Asian cultures of Thai and Chinese, the colors were Purple, Pink, Red and Gold. The purple and pink represented orchid colors, used in various thai ceremonies and the red and gold are common colors representing the Chinese, where red symbolizes good fortune and joy, and yellow symbolizes neutrality and good luck. The venue was the perfect setting for us to showcase our wedding on stage and to honor the thai water ceremony, Chinese tea ceremony and western ceremony in a theatrical setting.

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My bridesmaids were involved in the floral arrangements, bouquets and boutineers all diy. All family and friends helped with the set up of the centerpieces, stage and coordination. I had my bridesmaid give an introduction for each ceremony as well.

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Julice & Steve’s DIY, Picnic Themed Woodlawn Manor Wedding in Maryland

Thrift store finds, DIY bouquets from herbs, pops of orange, and dreamy photography courtesy of An Endless Pursuit. What more could I ask for in a gorgeous real Maryland wedding submission?! (Answer: nothing). Julice & Steve poured their hearts and souls into their wedding and the end result is so beautiful. I know you guys are going to love this one.

Julice & Steve’s Natural, Picnic Themed Woodlawn Manor Wedding in Maryland

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Vendors:

Photographer: An Endless Pursuit | Venue: Woodlawn Manor | Catering: Stone Soup Catering | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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My main goal was shooting for a picnic type feel. Very casual and let nature just do its thing as far as visual aesthetics, and decorations went. I relied heavily on the trees, gardens, fences, little shacks, and the grass area from our venue.

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I chose herbs and such as our bouquets and cake decorations because I didn’t want to hire a florist and pay $3,000-5,000, even 10,000 on flowers! Therefore I opted to make my own bouquets and boutonnieres, herbs were the most affordable, easy to work with, could withstand a few days after we had assembled them.

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The reason I chose blue plaid table runners is because my favorite artist Degas used a lot of blues and orange complimentary colors, which is why I chose orange flowers.

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

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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Leigh Margaret & Inwook’s Intimate, Korean Infused Maryland Wedding

I was going to write something beautiful to introduce today’s Maryland wedding feature, but what photographer, Steve of An Endless Pursuit wrote, was so much better than anything I could have attempted. So I leave you with his words. Happy Thursday Romancers.

“This was Leigh Margaret and Inwook’s second wedding. The first one was in South Korea and then they came back to the states to have a wedding with Leigh Margaret’s family. This was a small simple wedding. It was actually in a small house/meeting room at a local Gaithersburg community pool. Despite the simplicity, this wedding was beautiful in every way to us. Leigh Margaret and Inwook were incredible to observe and document. They come from such different cultures, there are language barriers, and yet there is a common language they speak through their love. Inwook was so full of joy and delight with his bride, and he expressed it in continuous laughter.”

Leigh Margaret & Inwook’s Intimate, Multicultural Maryland Wedding in Gaithersburg

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Photography: An Endless Pursuit | Venue: Hadley Farms | Linens & Rentals: Gaithersburg Party Rental | Musicians: Peat and Barley | Catering: LaPrima Catering | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

From the Bride:

Inwook and I were already going to have a huge, fancy Korean wedding. For the party in Jinju, there were 400 people in attendance! That wasn’t exactly my style. It was all very princess-y. If I happened to be a fussy bride, maybe I would have pushed for more opulence with the American wedding. I am thankful for both parties but our second marriage celebration couldn’t have been more perfect. It was intimate, enjoyable, and lovely. Thanks to Mama Manning for making it all possible!

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We have an unlikely story: I was the English language teacher, he was the student. I’m American and he’s Korean (that’s South Korean, by the way.) But more than proving that two very different people can build a relationship, I hope we are able to encourage others to take a risk romantically. You might just find the most fantastic partner that way.

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I had always wondered if I might end up with a non-white person. Maybe that’s a strange goal in seeking a partner. I suppose, this idea rendered itself more as an “open mind.” Even with that kind of openness, I had never dreamed he would grow up across the world, in a totally different language and culture. Thanks to his superior English skills, we are able to have a decently communicative relationship. (Guys and girls don’t communicate well anyway, but throw in a language barrier…) I think we balance each other well. We are equal amounts adventurous, but he’s cheerful and I’m sassy. Maybe. I shouldn’t be proud of that…

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I find the most joy in our shared love for traveling, our desire to bless others, and appreciating our cultural differences. Inwook is so fascinating, I’m not sure if I will ever stop learning new things about him. He would probably confess that I’m rambunctious and dynamic (i.e. crazy), and that keeps him entertained.

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Sara & Mayan’s Simple Summer Garden Wedding at Antrim 1844 in Maryland

Sara and Mayan met through work and fell in love! Sara made the flower arrangements and the decorations for the wedding. Mayan’s mother and brother and sister in law flew over from Israel! I love how simple and soft this summer garden wedding is. Sara’s simple wedding makeup and soft (DIYed) romantic curls in her hair were the perfect touch to this beautiful Maryland wedding.

 Sara & Mayan’s Summer Garden Wedding at the Antrim 1844 in Maryland

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Vendors:

Photographer: Kirsten Smith Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Antrim 1844 House and Hotel | Bride and Bridesmaids Dresses: Love it at Stella’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmens Tuxes/Suits: Dana’s Tuxedo | Hair & Makeup: DIYed by the Bride | Florist: Silkflowerfactory.com and Michaels – arranged by Sara and her mom! | Caterer: The Antrim | Cake: Bakery Express Ms. Desserts | Officiant: Ellen Schwab | DJ & Uplighting: Jordan and Lior from Event Pro Live | Programs/Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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One of the reasons why we chose the venue because Mayan’s name in Hebrew means “fountain” and he is a Leo, so when we saw that the fountains had lions on them, we loved that! So fun! The venue is just amazing and the garden is so beautiful. We fell in love with the flow of the property and the luxury of being able to have everything in one place for the day’s events. I wanted bright and happy colors but also an elegant touch, so we kept a bright color scheme for the flowers and details kept a “bright and fun yet sophisticated” theme throughout.

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We kept things pretty traditional yet simple as far as the ceremony, but our timeline was nontraditional. We wanted to have cocktail hour before the ceremony and wanted to be there for it to mingle with our guests. So it was nice to spend time with them before the celebration started! I wore a different dress too so that no one would see my wedding dress until I walked down the aisle. :)

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Wendy & Nathan’s Personalized, Waterfront Wedding in Maryland

A simple quote that sums up this wonderful couples love. Wendy and Nate are so perfect for each other. Who will cross the ends of the earth, just to be in each other’s arms.

^How beautiful is that? Wendy & Nate’s Maryland wedding is chock full of personal touches (Lord of the Rings quotes in the ceremony, a bride in chucks!) that made their love shine throughout their wedding day. I think the photographer summed it up the best though — ” This couple sure showed us that, as traditional as weddings can be, making it your own is what makes it perfect. ” Boom. Exactly. Traditional or nontraditional, it doesn’t really matter as long as you make it your own.

Wendy & Nathan’s Personalized, Geek Influence, Waterfront Maryland Wedding

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Vendors:

Photography: The Messenger Image | Venue: Private Residence | Florist: My Flower Box | Cake: Catering By Uptown | DJ: Event Entertainment – Dave | b: Lisa, 1612 | Bride’s Dress: Bridal Boutique | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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My triple star jewelry (1 on the necklace, and one in each ear) was part of the “something old” since I’ve had that necklace (and it’s been a favorite) since I was 16; also, one of my sorority’s (Kappa Delta) symbols are 3 stars. I was wearing a bracelet from Nate (new-ish), a bracelet from my dad (new), and a bracelet from my best friend (old family heirloom, also my “borrowed” item). My “something blue” were my powder blue Chucks.

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The details are where it gets fun! The bride and groom both wore Chucks (as did all the groomsmen), because who doesn’t love Chucks? Also because heels are incredibly uncomfortable.

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Nate’s cuff links (my wedding present to Nate) were the Hyrulian Shield from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time because we both love gaming and it’s a shared favorite of ours.

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We chose the venue based on how easy they made the planning process. Since Celebrations had lots of experience and preferred vendors (and had the most beautiful view), we decided to use them. The colors that we chose (blue, gold, and silver) were based on what would look best on the girls and with the light blue/grey background of the waterfront venue.

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Kimie & Mario’s Modern, Grey & Orange Wedding at American Visionary Arts Museum

As far as Baltimore wedding venues go, it’s hard to beat the American Visionary Arts Museum. And though I am probably biased because one of my favorite weddings that I worked last year, happened here, Kimie & Mario’s modern, gray & orange wedding here is just another reason to love this venue. I LOVE their bold grey and orange color palette, and it worked really well in the exposed brick space. Check out all their fun details below in this real Maryland wedding feature!

Kimie & Mario’s Modern. Grey & Orange Baltimore Wedding at the American Vision Arts Museum

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Vendors:

Photographer: Kathleen Hertel Photography | Venue: The American Visionary Arts Museum | Catering: Absolutely Perfect Catering | Cake: Cakes By Maria (Friend of the family) | DJ: Absolute Entertainment | Dress: Betsy Robinson / Designer Maggie Sottero | Grooms & Groomsmen Suits: Mens Wearhouse / Designer Vera Wang | Hair: Amy Johnston | Makeup: Chrissy Forbes | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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We met about 7 1/2- 8 years ago at a local bar through mutual friends. I was just out of a long term serious relationship with my sons father. Of course I was attracted to him with his good looks and sweet dance moves. But he is a genuine, kind, caring, funny and a all around good guy. But what made me love him even more was how he not only treated me but the way he was/is with my son.

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At that time Mario wasn’t even 21 ( I know we met in the bar ;) ) and I never would of thought that a guy would take on what he did. He treats him as if he was his own. He proposed on December 24th 2011. He came home from a Ravens game and I was surrounded by gifts to wrap. Like every year we exchange one gift on Christmas Eve, usually pjs. I opened mine and it was a beautiful album filled with pictures throughout the years of us dating. I got to a certain page which was blank and turned it and it said “Our Engagement” and he tugged on my arm and asked me to marry him.

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As far as the design of our wedding. We are Os fans so used the orange and grey not only for that but to be a little different from the usual wedding colors. We wanted something more modern.

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Heather & Jeremy’s Springtime, Mint Green Wedding in Maryland

This super-rad springtime weather has got me in a great mood, despite my new day job being insane, delving into some crazy personal life things, AND nearing the middle of my busy wedding season. I’m tired yes (as I sit here at 9:30pm writing this post, thinking about that 6:00am alarm to go for a run), but the love keeps me going. Heather & Jeremy are SUPER sweet and their springtime Maryland wedding isn’t chock full of details, but it IS chock full of beauty and love. PLUS the photographer, Elizabeth Fogarty Photography and I are working together this Saturday at C&J’s wedding – so it’s only appropriate that I’m featuring one of her weddings this week.

And man, these images make me SO freakin’ pumped that C&J booked her for their laid-back BBQ wedding in the ruins of Patapsco Female Institute. Let’s just all do a sunshine weather dance ok?

Heather & Jeremy’s Springtime, Mint Green Maryland Wedding

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Vendors:

Photographer: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography | Venue: Piney Branch | Flowers: Country Florals by Emily Hester | Cake: The Broken Cookie | Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal | DJ: Source 4 Entertainment | Hair Stylist: Melissa at Aaron Robert Salon | Makeup Artist: Courtney at Aaron Robert Salon | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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From the Photographer:

Talk about a SWEET couple. These two were all smiles on their wedding day. It was a perfect, full of sunshine, day. Everything came together so perfectly, from her flowers to the bridesmaid dresses. They are actually middle school sweethearts. Well, he did call her fat. But college changed it all and Jeremy fell hard for Heather. He is an engineer and she is a pre-school teacher. They have a little boy named max. This is truly a fairy tale.

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From the bride:

“My favorite color is green and we knew that would definitely be our primary color! Originally we were going to go with green and yellow until my Sister in Law and I saw a bouquet online with a green and purple color scheme and I instantly fell in love!! We chose the green color based on the girls dresses which were Clover from David’s bridal and then knew deeper purple would work well with that!

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David & Garrett’s Heartfelt, Personalized Maryland Wedding at Walkers Overlook

I’ve blogged a ton of weddings in the 3+ years I’ve been running this blog. Some really stick with me, where I can quite vividly call back from memory the images I laid out and the details I typed. This will be one of those weddings. Mostly because of the emotions that you can seriously FEEL coming out of every. single. image that Leo Druker Photography captured. But the natural, laid-back, details also help. Walkers Overlook, a wedding venue in Maryland, gave David & Garrett that a rustic, homey feel they were going for and their wedding vendors just executed the overall wedding day perfectly.

This, my engaged friends, is why you hire vendors that are not only professionals, but are a match to your personality, style, and nuances. Because then they can create a wedding day like this – one that emanates you and your partners’ feelings, desires, and emotions. I seriously feel like I KNOW these two people just from their wedding pictures. And I sure as hell wish I could have been in attendance at this wedding! But enough from me, more from Leo, David & Garrett.

David & Garrett’s Heartfelt, Personalized Maryland Wedding at Walkers Overlook

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 Vendors

Photographer: Leo Druker | Venue: Walkers Overlook | Florals & Lighting: Edge Flowers | DJ: Bruce Pike | Grooms’ Suits: Custom Suits from My.Suit | Officiant: Friend | Catering: Eat & Smile

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We each had our suits custom made from My.Suit (www.mysuitny.com). We wanted to “go,” but not “match.”

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We opted to not have a specific color palate, nor did we intentionally choose any particular colors. We are inspired by natural elements and asked that the decor reflect the time of year (October). Our one main request was that the florals/decor have an unfinished edge and they used stone, metal, and glass to maintain that feeling.

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On their venue:

We wanted a space that felt like it could have been our home and had a rustic edge. They have a vintage car which they allowed us to use as a bar at the reception.

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