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
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 …
The bridesmaids walked down the “aisle” to a Vitamin String Quartet version of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” and I walked with my father to “Stolen” by Dashboard Confessional.
We had a secular ceremony and we wrote our own vows.
Afterwards, we all danced off the field to “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates.
I’ll always have a soft spot for this song – as I used it in my own wedding for our ceremony processional. It’s just SUCH a freakin’ awesome song. I get goosebumps just thinking about it, and I still cry everytime I hear it ;)
Alright guys – that’s it for part one of Sarah & Steve’s amazing, alternative Maryland wedding – with a vintage, baseball theme! Check back on Thursday morning for Part 2 – a ton more from their fun portrait shots & lots of awesome DIY & baseball themed details at the reception!