Images: Sweet Caroline Photography
I‘ve been a bad blogger this week. I know, I know. The day job has been crazy, and I’ve been sleeping kind of crappy, and there just feels like 100 other things going on. Today’s real wedding makes up for the lack of posts though – because let me tell you, it is GORGEOUS. Like, knock your socks off beautiful. Stunning winter details, jealousy inducing florals, the most beautiful brides, and so many personalized details. You are going to LOVE this one.
We wanted everything to feel personalized, to feel like fall, and Baltimore, and love!
When the guests arrived at the hotel they were greeted with Pumpkin jam from my hometown of Culpeper, VA. We homebrewed pumpkin beer for the wedding favors and had labels made featuring the name, “Date Me, Pumpkin,” which was a play on the (perhaps absurd) amount of times I asked Meagan to go on a date with me before she finally agreed.
The Chuppah we were married under was built by Meagan’s dad. Instead of the more traditional tallit covering, we chose to use a white shawl from Meagan’s mom, Dawn. Dawn passed away unexpectedly in July of 2016. She helped Meagan design my engagement ring and she brought us champagne and plastic flutes on the first night we moved into our new house. She was just so excited for the wedding planning to begin and an incredible person, so it was important for us to have her incorporated into our special day. Beyond the covering, we hung her bracelet on the bamboo corner of the chuppah and left an empty chair in the first row in her honor.
The venue is stunning… weathered stone, exposed brick, ceiling to floor windows, truly gorgeous. We wanted to keep it fairly simple and just add a few components to further emphasize the existing beauty. We draped café lighting from wall to wall and placed peach up-lighting in the corners of the dance floor. Our florist, West Virjeni took it from there and our incredible photographer, Sweet Caroline was able to capture it so wonderfully.
We gave Jeni, very little guidance beyond our venue name and budget, but my gosh, she exceeded all expectations! We walked into a fall wonderland, a fairy tale. Barn tables dressed in greenery and gourds, apples and candles. She used an array of vases, offering a balanced and eclectic visual. Deep maroons, white blooms, pops of everything autumn. Stunning.
We skipped the traditional guestbook and replaced it with a typewriter. Table letters, instead of numbers. We found rustic green shutters at an antique market and had Meagan’s dad put stands on them to create a more defined entry for the walkway. Instead of vows, we dug out seven years of love notes and shared some of our favorite lines. And to top it off, I surprised Meagan with the Oriole Bird! She’s been a diehard fan her whole life.
Photography: Sweet Caroline Photography | Venue: Washington Mill Dye House | Florals and styling: Westvirjeni | Catering: Copper Kitchen | Planning: Chrissy Goldberg and Jen w/ Copper Kitchen | Invites, Hand Letter & Signage: Casie Clardy |Other rentals: Barnes Farm Tables | Added bonus: the Baltimore Oriole mascot was in the house!