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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 …

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Capitol Wedding: Melany & Jun’s Offbeat, Modern Korean Wedding in DC

My search for nontraditional and unique weddings in the Washington, DC area is endless. Which is why, when I find weddings like Melany & Jun’s (courtesy of Melanie Yu Photography), I am reassured that my goal is attainable and there ARE offbeat couples in this traditional city – I just need to keep searching!

Melany & Jun’s Korean/Taekwondo wedding is AWESOME. Thanks to Melany, I get to share ALL the details too! The laid-back bridal hairstyle, the awesome dress (and even more awesome necklace Melany donned), the non-matching groomsmen attire, and my favorite: their offbeat & nontraditional “first dance”.

Melany shares…

Picking the Grand Atrium for our reception was a no brainer. They were, by far, the most cost effective venue – which provided catering, decorations, an open bar, and DJ services all inclusive! There were no hidden charges – the open bar and bartender was an EXTREMELY CHEAP flat rate for 4.5 hours. There was no corking fee if we decided to bring additional/specialty alcohol; no service fee to cut and serve our custom wedding cake (they offer a variety of cakes within house, as well); etc. Our DJ’s had a great voice and was very easy to work with as I was trying to pick and plan the reception agenda. I’ve also heard from a number of people that they loved the 2-level floorplan. It was certainly unique to have a bar/lounge feel on the main floor – complete with a fireplace and leather lounge chairs – and a separate dining level upstairs that overlooked the dance floor below.

My original wedding dress was an unconventional one I picked up on a whim from Nordstrom. It was an empire waistline gown by Sue Wong, crystal band below the chest, then a full-length skirt covered in white feathers. It was very pretty, but the more and more I thought about it, I really wanted to have a more “traditional” dress for wedding photos. I couldn’t fathom spending an uber crazy amount of money on a dress I’d only wear once (plus the fact I had already bought and altered the Sue Wong gown), so I scoped out dresses on preownedweddingdresses.com. I fell in love with one, prayed that it would fit, and went for it. It was perfect & very “me”.

The blusher veil was purchased back when I thought I was going to wear the Sue Wong dress, so I kind of bought it to match that. The big white flower and feather accent matched the feathers on the original gown pop, but I liked it so much that I didn’t want to buy a different one. Luckily, the “new” dress was quirky enough to compliment the veil and the overall look when I put everything together became eclectic, which is sort of how I define my fashion sense.

The necklace I picked up from Urban Outfitters one day. I wanted a statement necklace because everything else was so white (I NEVER wear white – with the exception of my taekwondo uniform). I looked at some necklaces at Swarovski, but everything I found would make the overall look too “pretty” or too “wedding”. I liked the Urban necklace because it was funky. The earrings I wore were from college days. It was just by coincidence that I had something already laying around that matched the necklace.

My fishtail hair was something I picked literally 5 hours before my salon appointment. haha. I didn’t really care much about my hair. I didn’t even die it to cover the grays…

I love how cool & confident Melany looks right before the “first look”.

I am obsessing over Melany’s bright blue fingernails too! OMG LOVE this!

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