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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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I am so excited to blog this wedding! It was one of my favorites from the couple to the details to the location! Callie and Kyle were seriously some of the nicest people I have ever worked for & their families were the same way! Their wedding day was a classy mix of details, her dress was gorgeous, and honestly no one felt stressed the entire day–it was wonderful.

Wait, scratch that, there was a little stress. Callie had this gorgeous aisle created with floating candles with rose petals (it was dreamy-take a look below). However, as the guests were exiting the room they just kept breaking! I think guests kept knocking them over–all of a sudden there were massive puddles of water (there was a ridiculous amount of water in these vases) everywhere! Luckily everyone exited the room safely and the staff at the Engineers Club worked quickly to clean it up. However, Callie and Kyle’s first dance more than made up for it! It was something I was looking forward to all day–they danced to the same song that BOTH of their parents had danced to for their first dances! How meaningful is that?!

Callie and Kyle-thank you for having a gorgeous wedding day and for allowing me to be a part of it!

Venue & Catering: Engineers Club of Baltimore

Photographer: Anne Canon Photography

Florals: Blossom and Basket

Band: Bachelor Boys

Hair and Make-up: Metro Elegance

Cake: La Cakerie

 

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For me this was a no brainer, this vendor is so easy to recommend to anyone reading this blog. I truly haven’t found a more experienced, responsive, and amazing hair and make-up artist like Ashley. She owns Glam Bridal Beauty and sits high on my recommended vendor list. I asked her to answer a few questions for me, check out her answers below!

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A Natural Portrayal Photography

What sets Glam Bridal Beauty apart from other on-site hair and make-up companies? 

While there are many fab Bridal Hair & Makeup companies to choose from, I believe it is important to find the right fit for your Bridal Hair & Makeup goals, as well as the right warm personality & strong talent for your Wedding Day. Our goal is to bring a calm, positive, friendly presence to your getting-ready-vibes.
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Amanda Summers Photography

Why should a bride hire you? 
Our goal is to represent you well from our professional set up to our Glam dress code. We come equipped with ring lights for the perfect lighting, everything H&MU, lashes, airbrush foundation, etc. We stay up to date with past, present, and upcoming H&MU trends, and can emulate any Pinterest photo you bring us. Our goal is also to bring your H&MU dreams to reality, so we are always open to your requests for adjustments & perfections! We have 100% positive reviews about finishing on time(often early!)! We have a team of Lead Stylists & Hair&MU Prep Assistants who work seamlessly with any size Bridal Party! With 50+ weddings per year, we are time quote professionals, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
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Amanda Summers Photography

What is your favorite part about your job? 
While my all time fav part of Glam is to make a Bride look & feel beautiful on her Wedding Day, I also LOVE getting to know their story, the magic of how they met, everything Bridal. I love that moment when the Bride looks in the mirror and gasps at her beauty. I love the moment when the Bridal party Ooh’s and Ahh’s at the Bride’s finished H&MU. I love the moment when I get a review from a Bride who is still basking at her Bridal H&MU Beauty. I have worked with the BEST Brides in the world.
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Liz Fogarty Photography

What is one piece of advice you would give to a bride and groom as they are planning their wedding? 

Enjoy every moment! Trust your professionals. Read Reviews! Hair & Makeup are a vital part of your Perfect Day. You do not want to go cheap on H&MU while splurging on photography – they work together & it is important to look and feel the most Glam on your Wedding Day – Soft & Natural, Vintage Romantic, High Glam – whatever your look, it should be flawless in person & in photos!
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Liz Fogarty Photography

 
How can we (hair & make-up and wedding planners) work better together?

One thing I absolutely appreciate about Sara Reynolds Events is that she trusts Glam & the timelines we give for H&MU services. She does not question or doubt our time frames, nor does she pressure or stress our Glam Team at the end about time. She ensures that we have everything that we need, and she is SO organized! I have worked many Weddings with her and I am so impressed with how kind she is to the vendors, and the level of calm that she brings to each Wedding Day I have worked “with” her! Sara is A+ in my book. Love working with her, I know you will too! (Shameless plug) 😉
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At the end of May I was back at one of my favorite venues-Star Bright Farm. It is hard to describe this venue if you haven’t visited. They are only allowing 10 weddings a year at their property so each wedding is so unique and special. The venue owners truly become your friends during the planning process & it is not unheard of for the bride and groom to stay up well into 3am chatting with them after their wedding is over. Your wedding day always feels like you are getting married on an old friend’s property.

Lisa and Mike were literally my most relaxed bride and groom. Lisa just wanted to remember her dress, license, and rings-the rest of the day she just kept saying “that is why you are there, but honestly, I don’t care because I will be married to my best friend”. This is the best mindset to have about the wedding day. True love will always win over florals or napkins or even drink selections. But you know what was the total winner of this wedding day? The food. Lisa works at The Corner Pantry and they catered the wedding. My assistant and I are still talking about the food from this wedding. It was literally the best food I have ever eaten. Come check out Lisa and Mike’s perfect wedding day!

Venue: Star Bright Farm

Photographer: Patrick McGuire Photography

Catering: Corner Pantry

Florals: Mary-Ruth Chapin

Officiant: Rev. Kirsten Westbrook

DJ: Mebaa from Event Pro

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