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A few weeks ago we had an enormous baby shower surrounded by all our friends and family in Connecticut. Guys, if you told me this a short six months ago I probably would have called you a big, fat liar and proceed to break down in tears. It is still so surreal to me (even as he is kicking me while I write this). WE ARE HAVING A BABY!

When my mom asked me what I wanted for the shower, I was very honest…I wanted a party! We had spent two years trying and SO many people loved us through that season of life. I wanted to give them a day that they would enjoy. I wanted a way to thank them for all their love. We brainstormed ideas for the “typical” baby shower (ladies only, in a small room, with bland chicken breast). Then late one night I found a taco truck and emailed my mom. I am 100% sure she thought I was insane but being the great mama she is, her response: “if that is what you want Sara, let’s do it”! Thus, the fiesta was born! I had WAY too much finding adorable details for this (come on, “I’d hit that” cocktail napkins?! Mini pinatas?!) My favorite detail? The koozies. I emailed the vendor literally joking and asked if they had a baby wearing a sombrero. She emailed back “how about a baby wearing a sombrero shaking maracas?” HOW do you say no to that?! (Photographers-divert your eyes, these are all iPhone pictures)

Taco Truck Catering: Taco Loco 

Invites and Signage: Bloomberry Designs

Fiesta Decor: Amols’ 

Mini Pinatas & Drink Stirrers: LulaFlora 

“Can’t Touch This” & “I’d Hit That” Cocktail Napkins: TulleandTwig

Custom Koozies: SipHipHooray

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Beth and Marc are such troopers! They are the last of my displaced Elk Manor couples. Luckily they had a little over a year to find a new venue when Elk Manor closed unexpectedly. Their new venue is still on the water and it should be a beautiful wedding day! I am so excited to see these two get married.

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Kriston Bethel Photography

How did you two meet?

One was in PA, the other in VA. How did we bridge 150 miles and several states? One Click.

It all started on eHarmony. Marc was at the end of his subscription, while Beth was at the beginning. Each of us having no luck in finding a partner in crime, until an errant message on the site prompted Marc to increase the geographical range of his searches and then Bam! The picture of beauty and intelligence appeared as an option and Marc’s mind was made up. This was the woman he was going to reach out to. Thankfully, Beth saw the same in me and a match was set.

After months of communicating on the site, texting each other, phone calls (one even 8 hours long!), and a few work trips in between, the date was finally set. November 15th, 2015 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA was the day that we first laid eyes on one another and a 12 hour date later our hearts opened. Ever since that day our hearts have remained open to each other and as the solace between us continues to grow as I moved from one state to another the bond between us grew stronger.

One click was all it took for our happiness to begin anew with each other.

How did he propose?
I proposed to Beth on Christmas morning 2015. I purchased the ring and told Beth that it wouldn’t be ready until after the new year, little did she know I already had the ring in hand and was planning to surprise her on Christmas morning. This part is important because I had involved Beth in the choosing and designing of the ring, and due to to this she thought she couldn’t be surprised. Long story short, she was so surprised she couldn’t speak and had to be asked twice what her answer was.
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Kriston Bethel Photography

What has been your favorite part of wedding planning?
Beth’s favorite part was selecting the music for the ceremony and reception. She is an uber audiophile! Marc’s favorite part was the food tasting and selecting the different types of cakes.
What is one piece of advice you can give to a bride planning her wedding right now?
Don’t rush the engagement or wedding planning. Enjoy being engaged, give yourself time to plan and help avoid nervous breakdowns. We recommend at least a year and a half from proposal to wedding (that way you can be sure to get the venue you want)
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Kriston Bethel Photography

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding day?
No lie, having it being over… but that’s a bit morose. (Hey, they speak the truth and I appreciate that!) We are looking forward to spending time with friends and family celebrating. Also seeing all of our planning come to life, with the help of our amazing wedding coordinator. Most importantly getting to see each other and making promises to love each other through thick and thin.
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Kriston Bethel Photography

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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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