“Well, not only did we get married, but we a dream-come-true celebration, surrounded by the people we love the most.”
You might remember Becky & Bonnie from their adorable Libby Hill Park engagement pictures. Well their gorgeous, rustic DIY Maryland barn wedding will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS off! A Lovely Photo killed this one – with gorgeous light, beautiful details, and two stunning brides in a truly stunning real Maryland wedding.
Becky & Bonnie’s DIY, Rustic Maryland Wedding at Agricultural History Park Farm
From the photographer: Alright y’all, grab some snackies and a tissue, and prepare yourself for a long and tear worthy post. This wedding was spectacular, in every way possible. You may remember Becky and Bonnie from their super cute engagement session last year. I already knew after meeting this couple for the first time that their wedding was going to be a dream to shoot. I am so incredibly happy that I was able to capture such a beautiful and heartfelt celebration. You know a wedding is great when you get misty eyed just looking at the photos.
From the couple about their wedding day:
We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding, someplace with lots of green space and off the beaten path. We fell in love with our venue the moment we saw it – the gravely path leading up to the gorgeous red barn, big trees and rolling green hills in every direction. We loved that it was a real, working farm, complete with goats, chickens and pigs, and that the space is a public park, accessible for anyone to visit. Our family and friends trekked from all over to be with us on that day, from California to New York to Singapore!
Our wedding outfits were kept secret from each other until the wedding day, and in fact no one (except our tailor) had seen both the dresses up until that day. We decided to do a “first look” and we’re so glad we did – seeing each other and having a moment alone before the ceremony was one of our favorite parts of the day.
The ceremony itself was officiated by a dear family friend. We worked hard with her in the months leading up to the wedding to make sure that every element of our ceremony was meaningful to us – we wanted to combine tradition that made sense to us with things that define us as individuals and as a couple. Our officiant did an incredible job, and we felt that every word of the ceremony was intentional and personal. We integrated pieces of each of our backgrounds into the ceremony, resulting in an awesome mash-up of both of our heritages and histories. Family and friends read blessings (and an excerpt from the Little Prince!), and we read the vows we’d each written for each other. We walked down the aisle and back up again to violin and viola tunes provided by two of Bonnie’s former classmates from her time in music conservatory.
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The reception featured some of our favorite things (including Bonnie’s homemade kettlecorn and mint lemonade, Becky’s calligraphy, table markers made from vintage travel posters of places we’d traveled alone and together, and potted herbs in place of centerpieces). We handmade pretty much everything, and couldn’t have been happier with how it all turned out. We constructed a mini-DIY photobooth (really just a camera on a tripod in front of a backdrop) and had so much fun looking through the photos our guests took. Our menu was all-vegan, the beer was local to our two home-regions (the California Bay Area and the Mid-Atlantic) and our pies were handmade by family. We danced the night away to a playlist we’d pulled together ourselves, with our favorite jams from the ’50s beyond.
Whenever wedding planning was overwhelming, we reminded ourselves that even if virtually EVERYTHING went wrong, we’d still say our vows and be married, so it’d be a success. Well, not only did we get married, but we a dream-come-true celebration, surrounded by the people we love the most.
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