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Molly and Brian were married at the Elkridge Club back in June. The Club has a special place in Molly’s family as her grandparents, her parents, and now her have all been married there! I loved being a part of day filled with so much joy and tradition. From the design aspect, we kept up with a very traditional country club look, however, I love that Molly wanted to mix it up a little with pops of polka dots in surprising places. (Be on the lookout as you scroll through the photos!) However, my most favorite detail of their wedding day was their marriage table! They had photos of family member’s wedding days going as far back at 1913! It was amazing to see so many strong marriages represented on the first day of their marriage.

Molly and Brian-thank you for allowing me to be a part of such a special day!

Venue & Catering: Elkridge Club

Photographer: Lauren Daue Photography

Florals: Radebaugh’s Florist

Band: JukeBoxx

Cake: Graul’s Bakery

Hair: Glam Bridal Beauty

Make-up: Blend Make-up

Strings: Chesapeake Strings

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Sarah and Tanner are getting married at Sarah’s farmhouse that has been in the family for seven generations. How cool is that?! They are also having a Quaker ceremony which has been such a fun learning experience for me. There is no officiant, moments of silences, sharing of personal stories, and no true ending. At first my timeline loving heart was having a mini panic attack about this but now that we have talked through everything, I am so excited to watch this ceremony!

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Brittany Thomas Photography

How did you two meet? 
So a little back story… Tanner grew up in the small town of Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and I went to school at Washington College also in Chestertown. So there were 4 years we could’ve met. We even had mutual friends/acquaintances and there are only like four bars in Chestertown. So most likely we were in the same place at some point or another. Anyway, two weeks after I graduated in 2012 and moved home (to the Western Shore), I started a summer internship at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis. I was assigned to work with a research archivist who was from Chestertown on a project documenting early African Americans living in Londontown. This cute archivist and I really hit it off and a month later, we had our first date. It happened to be the night of the infamous derecho… and our date ended with us being stuck in the Navy Stadium parking lot where I had parked for work because there was no power and the electric gate didn’t work. We had to call the police to get us out! We spent the summer falling in love and two years later moved in together on a little rented farm where we now live with our two dogs, two cats, four chickens, and two horses (down the road).
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Brittany Thomas Photography

How did he propose? 
The first week of May 2016, it rained a lot. But Tanner, who had talked to my parents and bought a ring over a month before, was getting really anxious and excited and couldn’t keep a secret much longer. That Wednesday (May 4) the rain finally stopped for a while. My sister texted me to see if I wanted to go to the azalea gardens at Brighton Dam with my parents (literally two minutes down the road from us). I was TOTALLY oblivious and suggested I bring my nice camera and tripod so we could take a family photo to give our mom for Mother’s Day. She, of course, thought that was a great idea. So I got home from feeding the horses and asked Tanner if he was interested in going. He agreed, but not very enthusiastically. So (luckily) I changed out of my barn clothes and we met my parents and sister there. We wandered around taking pictures and admiring the beautiful flowers. Tanner was quiet – I thought he was grumpy. Turns out… he was SUPER nervous because when my sister asked to take a picture of Tanner and I, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Who would’ve thought the most blah day of the work week would be so exciting? We celebrated with my parents, went out to dinner at our favorite local restaurant, called his family, visited my grandmother, and went home to have champagne 🙂 It was perfect.
What has been your favorite part of wedding planning? 
My favorite part has been thinking of personal touches that are unique to Tanner and I. It’s so easy to get caught up in the Pinterest world and what’s currently a fad. So I’ve been trying to focus on what’s most important to us as a couple. I’ve also really enjoyed spending time with my mom and grandmother while working on planning.
What is one piece of advice you can give to a bride planning her wedding right now? 
If I were only to pick one, I’d say make time to go on dates with your husband-to-be and don’t talk about the wedding. As our wedding fast approaches, it’s been important for us to spend time together not talking about it. They don’t have to be fancy dates or expensive ones. Just go for a walk in a local park or get ice cream. Also (because I apparently can’t follow directions and just say one thing), don’t compare your wedding to other weddings. Focus on planning a wedding that fits you and your fiance. If you don’t want to do a bouquet toss because you find it gimmicky, don’t do it. If you want to cut the cake even though people might find it cliche, do it!
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Brittany Thomas Photography

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding day? 
I can’t WAIT to marry Tanner and celebrate with all our close family and friends. But I am also very excited for our Quaker ceremony at the farm where I grew up. My parents were also married in the style of Friends and celebrated their wedding at our farm 33 years ago. I am so honored to continue the tradition in a place that has been in my family for seven generations, and to be able to share that tradition and begin a new family with Tanner. There aren’t words to express how excited/happy/giddy I am about that. I can’t wait to officially be his family.
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Brittany Thomas Photography

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Vanessa and Tyler came into my inbox as an email from the “BergerKings”. At first I was wondering what this nonsense means (and almost dismissed it as spam) but then I read over their email and realized they had the most awesome mash-up of names, ever. I actually told them I needed them to book me simply so I could blog about how awesome this is–and here we are! They are getting married at the beginning of September and I can’t wait to see this rustic chic wedding come together!

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Bekah Kay Creative

How did you two meet? 
On a good old-fashioned blind date. Our mutual friend (who’s actually our Officiant) set us up. He worked with Tyler at the time, and was the then-boyfriend, now-husband of Vanessa’s Matron of Honor. Our first date was at a cocktail bar in Alphabet City, where we stuck around for a few rounds of Moscow Mules (V) and Old Fashioneds (T) before heading to a dive bar down the road.
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Bekah Kay Creative

How did he propose?
We had a trip planned to Vancouver and as we were planning some hikes and day trips in British Columbia, Vanessa found a picture of a lake with a glacier in the background causing the water to be a bright turquoise color and a fallen tree in the middle of the lake. There was no information or location of the picture, but she said “if this is a real place, we have to find it and go while we are there.” Tyler took that and ran with it – eventually locating the exact spot about 3 hours north of Vancouver, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. There were a series of 3 lakes on the hike and this was lake #2. Tyler had photographers hiding up at lake #2 to capture the moment. We ventured out on that log where Tyler proposed kneeling over the glacier water. The very next person to go out on the log fell in – we’re still not sure why Tyler thought it was a good idea to hand Vanessa the ring over the lake but somehow all went according to plan! We spent the night off the grid in a cabin in the woods with no wifi or cell service, before returning to Vancouver for a few days. The trip was capped off by a sunset train ride down the Washington coast to Seattle, where we met up with Vanessa’s family.
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Gerard Karl Photo

What has been your favorite part of wedding planning? 
It’s a toss-up between finding our band and tasting our food and drinks. We loved dancing to (most of) the music together, and stumbling on our wedding band at 1:40am 🙂 We also were lucky enough to share our food and wine & beer tastings with our parents, which was very special.
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Bekah Kay Creative

What is one piece of advice you can give to a bride planning her wedding right now?
Don’t get wrapped up in the checklist nature of planning. Step away from wedding stuff regularly to do the things you both love to do, and when you are in planning mode, be sure you’re putting love into the process as opposed to simply ticking boxes.
What are you most looking forward to about your wedding day?
Having all our friends and family together in one place.
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Bekah Kay Creative

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I was so excited to help Becca and Josh get married! They were my very first Naval Academy couple and it was quite the learning experience! I am former military so all the rules were completely foreign to me but it definitely snapped me back a few years to get used to the protocols again.

Becca and Josh were married on the random 90 degree day at the end of April. We were charging ahead with beautiful 70 degree days and then bam, 90 degrees. Everyone was such champs and literally kept their cool all day regardless of the weather. The ceremony went off without a hitch, the bagpiper played as the bride, groom, and all their guests walked the streets of Annapolis from the ceremony to the reception, the speeches were heartfelt and tearful, the band killed it with a packed dance floor all night, and, of course, all the Navy folks grabbed the mic at the end and serenaded Becca with “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling”. It was a great night.

Becca and Josh–thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day <3

Ceremony: Naval Academy Chapel

Reception: Governor Calvert House

Photographer: Neil Landino Photography

Florals: Gateway Florist 

Band: Round Midnight

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts 

Hair & Make-up: Up Do’s for I Do’s 

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Wow, I am having such a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that it is time to introduce you to my fall wedding couples! How is it almost August?! Insanity.

Anyway, Lizzy and Alex are getting married on September 2nd with a church ceremony followed by a reception at the Irvine Nature Center!  I loved Irvine when I was there for a styled shoot and I am SO excited to see this wedding come to life! I won’t spoil the details now because that is what their wedding blog post is for! For now, come meet these sweethearts!

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How did you two meet? 
Alex and I met in college through mutual friends. We were both students at Goucher College during the big snowstorm of 2010 and because of all the snow, classes were canceled for almost a week straight.  During that time, we really started spending time together and developed a strong friendship. About 3 months later at Goucher’s annual “Get Into Goucher” day (a festival for the whole school with food, musical acts, and games) he kissed me and the rest is history!
How did he propose? 
It was Saturday, December 10, 2016.  He bought tickets for a lunchtime Spirit Cruise around the Inner Harbor. It was something I had always wanted to do and even though it was cold outside, it was really fun! Then he said he wanted to go “walk around” at Goucher for exercise. (I should’ve known something was up.) So we went over to the campus and started walking around and reminiscing.  Finally, we ended up at the chapel and decide to go inside. I start joking around about getting married there and playfully walking down the aisle.  When I got to the front, he starting making nervous jokes and finally he said “so, do I have to get down on one knee?” In complete shock, I said “well, that depends!”  He got down on one knee and proposed.
What has been your favorite part of wedding planning? 
I have really enjoyed dreaming up our perfect day and working with the vendors to make it happen.
What is one piece of advice you can give to a bride planning her wedding right now? 
The wedding day is only one day and it is your day! I try to keep the perspective that it is only one day, so if things are not perfect, life will go on. Alex and I have also tried to stay true to what we want throughout the planning process. There is rarely another time in your life where you and your significant other get to throw a party for yourselves the way that you want!
What are you most looking forward to about your wedding day? 
I am looking forward to spending the day with everyone that we love and marrying my best friend!
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