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Trish & Ned’s Vintage Inspired, DIY Maryland Wedding at Glen Echo Park

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Images: Cassidy Duhon Photography

 It’s no secret how I feel about Glen Echo Park and I am SO pumped to get to work my first wedding there next year. However, I especially love today’s real Maryland wedding at Glen Echo because of the way the couple chose to go more vintage than bright/carnival themed. It makes the Bumper car pavilion look SO different, no? Ned & Trish picked a FABULOUS list of DC area wedding vendors and threw in a ton of vintage touches and DIY projects. Trish, being a graphic designer, had fun with the wedding invitations, and I love the pop of whimsy the oversized paper flowers throw in! Plus the couple opted for good old fashioned ice cream cake and I think this is just the BEST wedding cake idea EVER! Thanks to Rebecca Dick of Blue Canary Events for submitting this one!

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We chose the venue because we just loved the vintage aspect to it and the open air of the structure. It gave us that barn/outdoor feel without being far from the city and it just had so much more character. The carousel was amazing and we wanted something fun for our guests to experience. Actually when we saw the carousel, we were just entranced and we even moved our wedding date from October to late September so we could make sure the carousel was going to be open. A lot of our family is from out of the area, so we wanted to give them a broad view of all that DC has to offer – it’s not just all monuments and pillars!

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However, with this awesome unique venue, we didn’t want to go too overboard with a carnival theme. A lot of people suggested things like balloons, pin stripes, and lollipops, but we really just wanted to let the setting speak for itself. I also tried to steer away from having set colors and make it a broad color palette. We ended up going with a lot of pinks, peaches, neutrals and turquoise.

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Christina & Edward’s Eclectic, Handmade Smokey Glen Farm Wedding in Maryland

A gorgeous summer wedding at Smokey Glen Farm, Maryland – what more do you need me to say? I love the casual, laid-back feel of this wedding. With the handmade, eclectic details, and causal elegance in the attire & decor, Christina & Ed had a beautiful Maryland barn wedding with so many fun details. Thanks to Roman Grinev Photography for sharing this one!

Christina & Edward’s Handmade, Casual Smokey Glen Farm Wedding in Maryland

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Photographer:  Roman Grinev Photography | Makeup Artist: Bridal Artistry team member | Floral Designer: Floral & bloom Designs | Venue: Smokey Glen Farm | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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The day started off at their home nearby where Christina and the bride’s maids were all getting ready. All the ladies were pretty relaxed as they got ready while wearing their matching robes. Christina opted for a very elegant, yet casual wedding gown, which completely matched her personal style that was evident throughout their home.

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I met the guys at Smokey Glenn Farm just before the ceremony and they were definitely in a very relaxed mood. The part of the farm where the ceremony and reception happened was amazing. It was very relaxed, intimate, and had plenty of activities to keep everyone happy including its very own miniature golf course which all of the guests took part in. Christina and the ladies arrived and it was straight away to the ceremony which was held just beneath the barn which hosted the reception. All of the details of the ceremony were perfectly suited to the relaxed country feeling of their day.

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Margaret & Justin’s Vintage Carnival Themed Wedding at Union Mills

Love this simple Maryland wedding feature today! It features a TON of DIY and the most adorable vintage carnival theme! Margaret & Justin got married at Union Mills Homestead and wanted something rustic and vintage. So once they decided upon the historic mill as their venue, the vintage carnival theme fell right into place. They shared, “It allowed us to play up both of our tastes. I love everything vintage and Justin likes the rustic look, so it was the perfect compromise. The theme came together beautifully and was perfect for our venue.”

Thanks to Brenda Murphy Photography for sharing this one with us!

Margaret & Justin’s Vintage Carnival Themed Wedding at Union Mills in Maryland

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Vendors:

Photographer:  Brenda Murphy Photography | Flowers: Blossoms & Baskets | Catering: Kountry Kafe Katering | Bridesmaids Shoes: Blowfish Shoes | Bride’s Shoes: Chinese Laundry | Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: JCPenney | Bridesmaids Dresses: Old Navy | DJ: Shewsical | Hair & Makeup: Bladerunner | Bride’s Jewelry: Antique Stores | Event Venue: Union Mills Homestead Foundation, Inc. | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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All paper ware (like the place cards and table numbers) my husband made and we printed at Kinkos. My brother made the cut out face board and we borrowed the popcorn machine. Basically we made pretty much everything ourselves.

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Diggy & David’s Relaxed, Outdoor Tent Maryland Wedding at Snow Hill Manor

Not a lot of details for today’s Maryland wedding feature from Sarah Gormley Photography – but not that there is any thing wrong with that. Sometimes we love dialing it back from the overly planned, overly styled weddings, and giving you all just plain & gorgeous images that show the real, raw love and happiness of a wedding day.

Diggy & David are a super relaxed couple, that self describe themselves as “photo avoiders” (meaning they don’t like to have their photos taken). They didn’t want their pictures to come across “posey” or fake. And so they hired a photographer that could capture their true emotions, at ease. Couples that are wedding planning – I can’t stress enough just how important this is! If you are camera-shy or don’t like having your pictures taken, then you really must find a photographer that can work with that!!

Diggy & David planned a beautiful & relaxing “family reunion style” wedding on the grounds of Stone Hill Manor in Maryland. It included a tent, BBQ-style catering, and some seriously rad decor from DIYva Designs (just wait until you see the tassel backdrop from their ceremony!).

Diggy & David’s Casual Outdoor Maryland Wedding at Snow Hill Manor

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Vendors:

Photography: Sarah Gormley Photography | Venue: Snow Hill Manor | Coordinator: DIYva Designs, LLC | Catering: Rocklands BBQ | Rentals: A Grand Event Rentals | Cake and Cupcakes: Sweets By E | Photobooth: Bash Booths | Hair: Alison Harper & Co | Makeup: Faces by Stephanie

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Now THIS is a “reaction to seeing the bride” shot!

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Capitol Wedding: Elizabeth & Trevor’s Rustic Meets Elegance, Maryland Wedding

Happy Thursday! Today we have an elegant Maryland wedding to share, courtesy of Voula Trip Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. Elizabeth & Trevor decided to infuse their love of nature into their wedding day, so they worked in a TON of bright green colors and used natural flowers and stones throughout their wedding decor.

Their laid-back wedding had a rustic feel, with yard games at the reception, but the overall look still maintained an excellent sense of elegance. Liz & Trevor personalized their wedding, every place they could, and it completely shows in this fun, modern Maryland wedding feature!

 Elizabeth & Trevor’s Rustic & Elegant Maryland Wedding at Woodlawn Manor

Vendors:

Hair Stylist:  Salon H2O
Floral Designer:  B Floral by Shelly Bagdasian
Reception Venue:  Woodlawn Manor
Dress Store:  I Do I Do Wedding Gowns
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Joseph a banks
Our proposal story

In August 2011 we had been dating for about 7 years. We were on vacation with my family at our favorite place, my family’s cabins on lake Memphremagog in Quebec. When we talked about marriage in the past I had always told him that I did not need an engagement ring, so I was extremely surprised when he gave it to me one evening while we watched the sunset over the lake from the deck of our cabin. The ring turned out to be perfect for me because it was a beautiful conflict free, fair trade solitaire. My whole family was surprised and elated when we ran to the dock to share it with them. It was a great evening.

I came up with the colors and overall scheme the night we got engaged. We were in our favorite place and I was inspired by the colors around us. Green has always been my favorite color and I picked the shade that matched some of the ferns and birch leaves around the cabins.

I chose gray because I loved how the birch leaves looked against the gray trunks and how the moss looked on the gray rocks around the lake.

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