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Kim & Brandon’s DIY, Intimate Maryland Wedding at Woodlawn Manor

Today’s real Maryland wedding has everything I look for in submissions: a personalized ceremony and reception, a bride in chucks, DIY details made by the bride’s mom, mismatched bridesmaids, and so many fun, original details all based on things that were meaningful to the couple. Kim & Brandon picked a venue, color scheme, and details all based on decisions that were dear to their hearts and personalities. Add all this to the gorgeous weather they had at their completely outdoor wedding (no tent! gutsy.) and you’ll see why I had so much trouble narrowing down today’s wedding feature to under 35 pictures! Thanks to Voula Trip Photography for the images!

Kim & Brandon’s DIY Maryland wedding at Woodlawn Manor

offbeat maryland wedding bride in chucks


Photographer:  Voula Trip Photography | Linens and Coverings: Gaithersburg Party Rental | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Officiant: Seneca Creek Community Church | Photo Booth: Silly Shotz | Makeup Artist: Blend Event | Cake Designer: Caked Up | DJ: DJ Tim Dogg | Event Planner: Weddings By Tanzi | Venue: Woodlawn Manor | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How they met:

Kim and Brandon met at a church youth event. Kim was in the kitchen helping with clean-up when she was introduced to Brandon. We didn’t make a big deal of it then but we eventually became friends. It was an accidental “date” for movies and froyo (our friends blew us off because of other plans) that we realized we had something worth exploring further. A few months later, over Pho, Brandon told Kim about his growing feelings for her. We decided to put our all in discovering the potential of our relationship and the rest is history! We quickly discovered each other’s passions, strengths, weaknesses, and faith and quickly become inseparable.

stunning black bride offbeat DIY paper flower bouquet

The proposal:

The day Brandon got the ring, Kim was stopping by his place for dinner. He made a delicious meal and could hardly wait for her to finish it to pop the question! Despite being in the privacy of his home, he was still very nervous. Kim said “yes! of course!”. She really appreciated the moment being just between them two since she’s not a big fan of being the center of attention when sharing intimate moments like this.

DIY offbeat paper flower bouquet offbeat groom custom van sneakers DIY paper flower boutonniere

Kim and Brandon were all smiles throughout the whole day. They were so excited to get married to each other that their joy just shines through in their images.

offbeat intimate woodlawn manor maryland wedding

Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of Kim & Brandon’s intimate, DIY Maryland wedding at Woodlawn Manor.

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Sarah & Steve’s Offbeat, Alternative Maryland Baseball Wedding ~ Part 1

This morning I get to share Part 1 of a fan-freaking-tastic Maryland wedding. This wedding has everything that I strive to showcase on my blog. I cannot thank Sarah (the bride) enough with submitting her wedding to me – it reinforces my hope that more DC area weddings CAN be offbeat, alternative & non-traditional.

Lucky for you all, I got so many awesome pictures of Sarah & Steve’s offbeat, DIY baseball-themed Maryland wedding, that I am splitting it into 2-parts! Part 2 will be featured on Thursday! Ok, enough from me – let’s get to it.

Sarah & Steve’s Alternative, Offbeat Baseball-Themed Maryland Wedding


Ceremony and Reception Space: Ripken Stadium (Aberdeen, MD)
Photographer: Barnyard Photography
Floral Designer: Bouquets by Bell
Dress & Veil: Davids Bridal
DJ: A.I. Entertainment
Invitations and Mad Libs gifted by: Fold (invites)
Cake: The Bride’s Mom!
Hair and Makeup: Michelle Faith Ogden of Chesapeake Salons

About the couple:  

Steve and I met 6 years ago through mutual friends but it was far from love at first site.  We would see each other out in Baltimore or at parties from time to time but we never really talked or showed any interest in each other.  Two years after we met, Steve randomly showed up when we were out for my birthday.  For some unexplained reason, there was an immediate spark.  We went out on our first date shortly thereafter and have been together ever since.

I am a student going to school to be a Middle School social studies teacher.  My husband is a software developer.

love the design of these wedding madlibs!

love bride Sarah’s birdcage veil and soft, vintagey curls. Sometimes it’s nice to see a bride leave her hair down!

On having their wedding at a baseball stadium – using a ton of DIY and vintage elements:

My husband and I are complete opposites.  I love the 1940’s and 50’s, vintage, soft colors, and rustic elements.  My husband on the other hand, loves modern, red and black, and sleek.  He also happens to be OBSESSED with baseball (the Baltimore Orioles in particular).

So, we were at a bit of a crossroads when it came to planning the wedding.  We both wanted the wedding to represent both of our personalities so we decided to try to pull off a vintage inspired baseball wedding.  I didn’t want our wedding to be to “themed” so we tried really hard to keep the baseball elements still classy.

And OH did they succeed …

On the baseball stadium wedding venue:

It was my husband’s dream to be married on home plate at Camden Yards.  However, they do not allow you to get married on the field there.  So, we chose Ripken Stadium (an O’s minor league stadium) instead.  It proved to be much more budget friendly anyway!

During the ceremony our guests sat in the stands and the pastor (my stepdad) stood at home plate.  He then called in the groomsmen (who were in the dugout) and they each ran up to line up on the first base line.

Then, he called my husband who came running up from the bullpen to ACDC’s “For Those About to Rock.”  Clearly, this was not a black tie affair so we tried to keep things quirky and fun.

Yes. The husband entered the wedding reception by running from the bullpen to ACDC. I just cannot get over the awesomeness of this.

Click inside for a TON more pictures from this awesome vintage, offbeat baseball themed wedding at Ripken Stadium in Maryland! There is SO much more to share …

Capitol Inspiration: Patterned Bridesmaids Dresses

To say I am somewhat obsessed with the notion of a bride doing something different, fun, or common-sense driven (no, chances are anything made from tulle or taffeta will not be worn again. sorry), is quite possibly an understatement.

I’ve already expressed my opinion multiple times about how I adore mismatched bridesmaids, and am a huge supporter of the “pick your own flattering dress” idea (like I did!), but there is yet another trend I have seen strumming along, that I just had to see more of:

Patterned Bridesmaids Dresses

Thanks to our new guest blogger Charlotte Jarrett, we have some awesome inspiration for any couple looking to do this for their own bridesmaids! Take it away Charlotte …

Is there anything worse than a bride surrounded by clone bridesmaids?

[via Bridal Galleria]

I honestly can’t stand seeing a wedding party where the bridesmaids are in the exact same dress, shoes, jewelry, and hairstyle. Not only does it look ridiculous to match everything perfectly, it’s unrealistic. Unless your bridesmaids actually ARE clones, not all of them are going to look their best in the exact same style dress.  We’ve all seen the variation on picking a color and fabric and having every girl pick a different style dress, but that’s old news. That’s been done, and it’s boring.

If there is anything that will make your wedding day fresh and fashion forward, it is mixing and matching styles, colors, and patterns to create a look that is both visually appealing and cohesive.  Enter the patterned bridesmaid dress. I love the idea of using a patterned dress to make a statement. Whether you choose floral, stripes, or polka dots, putting one or two bridesmaids, or the whole group in something other than a solid satin will set your wedding apart from the norm.

A few of my favorite patterned and unique bridesmaid looks:

Love this orange/turquoise/chocolate combo.  So fresh and fun!

[via The Knot weddings]

I love the muted tones of this one. I like how the lace is a subtle use of pattern in the dresses, and is perfect for the bride who wants something different, but not overpowering

[via Flickr]

I love this eclectic mix of patterns…talk about a look that’s so different, but comes together perfectly!

[via Design with Chon]

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Capitol Nontradition: Nonmatching Bridesmaids’ Dresses

I think I’ve told you all that I am going to be  a bridesmaid next summer (if not … I am going to be a bridesmaid next summer). I am excited about this for a number of reasons, but one of them is definitely that it has given me a whole new source of ideas to blog about!

[via Kelly Braman Photography]

I have always had my opinion of bridesmaids dresses and where the idea came from that you should make all your girlfriends, of differing shapes, sizes, haircolor, and fashion sense, fit into ONE dress. I’d love to know who started that tradition and I am beyond happy to see that it is one tradition that has been steadily fading from the wedding scene for quite some time now.

My friend Amanda (whose wedding I am going to be in!!) has decided she wants mismatched bridesmaids dresses for her 7 maids with bright, bursts of different colors. She isn’t sure yet whether that will be one dress in different colors, or all different dresses and colors, OR just accents of different colors … but regardless, it has given me the opportunity to find some awesome inspiration for different, brightly colored, mismatched bridesmaid dresses.


Let’s start with just the shoes first

[Joanna & Justin’s Real Capitol Wedding]

Now let’s add some mismatched brightly colored shoes & bouquets

[via One Reputation]

Another version of mismatched, brightly colored bridesmaids ~ with just the accents

[via Wedding Channel]

Getting there … same dress in different, bright colors

[via Wedding Bee]

Read more inside to see some more mismatched bridesmaids dresses!

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