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Wedding Season

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

It has been a busy and full wedding season and if I don't start blogging the gorgeous weddings of the year I am going to get behind! Let's start with the first one of the season, shall we? Lizzie & Everett...

It has been over a year ago since Lizzie, Everett and I started planning their wedding together. Time really flew by, but it tends to do that when you have a Bride, Groom and Parents of the Bride that are so amazing and fun to be with. The months leading to the wedding were filled with menu tastings, floral designing, sketching out décor together, wine tastings with the caterer, glasses of wine at our meetings {wink}, and some serious fun picking out linens at Select Event Rental’s show room. Lizzie’s Mother is from Guatemala so she added some Guatemalan flair throughout the wedding and I sure had fun learning about the culture!

I also have never witnessed a family that would do so much for each other, it was so refreshing.  Lizzie, the gorgeous bride, wanted a surprise of cherry blossom trees at the cocktail hour for her Mother. Everett, the Groom, and I shared conversations about surprising Lizzie at the wedding. The Parents of the Bride hired Poe, the Raven’s mascot, to surprise the groom during the reception (at the end of the welcome speech I had the band play Seven Nation Army and out came Poe).  You could feel the love from every angle! PS-With all of these surprises going on, picture me making sure I say the right thing in front of the right people and the putting the right things on the right timelines for the right people so no one found out about each other's surprise..…whew, can you say tougher than it looks!

She chose the Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore, but unlike alot weddings held there, which are in the stunning carriage house, she wanted the breathtaking manicured gardens of the Evergreen tented for her reception. That means we started from scratch on a bed of grass.  That week, the construction began: the enormous tent went up, the gorgeous fabric liner and (soon to be covered in 70 pounds of flowers) chandeliers were hung, heaters were brought in, cherry trees delivered, gorgeous overlays being spread upon the tables, escort cards being hung on hanging boxwood walls, buckets of flower petals poured down the patio stairs, lighting over 300 candles and of course, Poe, sneaking in during the cocktail hour to change. The weather report called for a slight chill, but otherwise a sunny and beautiful April day. Gina, Jillian and I were ready. 

Lizzie looked absolutely stunning when I saw her. I remember the moment Gina and I knocked on the window on the car door as she was waiting to enter the church with her Father. She looked up at me with a huge smile as her dress shimmered from the intricate sewn on details; she looked absolutely flawless. Lizzie walked down the aisle to her handsome groom and the evening began. It was a divine night with an amazing couple and their amazing family.  I was so lucky to be a part of it. 

Photographer: Michael Conner Studios
Wedding Planner & Design: ELLE DESIGNS (hi!)
Hair & Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty
Caterer: Zeffert & Gold
Ceremony Site: Corpus Christi Church
Florist: My Flower Box
Tent, Lighting & Staging: Loane Bros.
Tables, Chairs, Linens: Select Event Rentals
Wedding Cake: Flavor Cupcakery

Photos by Michael Conner studios & a few of my phone thrown in here and there…