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When I tell you that Brett and Matt’s wedding is going to be THE wedding to see in 2017; I am not kidding. Their wedding is going to be GORGEOUS! In two short weeks Springfield Manor will be draped in fabric & flowers, vintage details, and turned into one rocking party. For now, come meet this adorable couple and be on the lookout for their wedding blog post!

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Brittany Thomas Photography

How did you two meet? 
We met at work, as Assistant State’s Attorneys in Frederick County. I had been at the position for about 10 months when Matt interviewed for an opening. I heard from the interviewing attorneys that they may have hired “my husband,” and they described him as tall, well-mannered, and good-looking.  We didn’t date for a while, and tried to keep it secret even longer, but I eventually realized that the hiring committee was right!
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How did he propose? 
After Matt left the State’s Attorney’s Office for private practice, he organized a surprise proposal at one of Brett’s attorneys meetings.  Only a few people were in on it, one of whom was the State’s Attorney. At the end of the meeting, he told the group of prosecutors that he was going to start a “5 questions” game in order to get to know each other better. The attorney whose turn it was would stand in front of the group and answer 5 questions about themselves from the audience, and I was “first up.” After a few questions from the group (who is your favorite band, what is your favorite holiday, etc.) Matt busted through the back door of the grand jury room and bent down on one knee with a question of his own! I was in total shock. He had asked my parents months before, and both sets of parents came up that night for a celebratory dinner at the Wine Kitchen.
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What do you think will be your favorite part of your wedding day? 
My favorite part I’m sure will be seeing Matt standing at the end of the aisle waiting for me, and seeing all of our family and friends enjoying what we have worked so hard to plan!
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Can you provide some planning advice to brides in the thick of it right now? 
It can be so overwhelming to plan an event of this magnitude, but just remember to chose what you love, hire good people, and enjoy the day!
What are you most looking forward to about married life? 
Making a life with my husband and Chip!
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Where do I even start with these two? Seriously! In case you missed their intro post, here, these two contacted me with about 6 months to plan their wedding. I was still working full time and I just remember putting “meetings” on my calendar, sneaking off to the quiet conference room and making phone calls to venues pleading to see if they had any availability in October. And then we found one! Luckily, since these two are so active in their church we were able to pull a lot of talent from their congregation on short notice. John’s dad married them, their DJs were family friends, the florist had done the flowers for every single Correlli wedding, and their photo booth was donated by a member of the church.

I had to constantly remind myself throughout the planning process that Christiana was the first of her friends to get married. Her wedding was actually the first she had attended! I met with both of them constantly to ensure we were on time with tasks and that this poor girl wasn’t overwhelmed with all the to-dos! We were in the final countdown and I went to their house to go over some last minute details; I don’t remember exactly what I said to Christiana but she looked at me and said “I am way more focused on the marriage now. I know you have complete control over the wedding day.” Friends, this. For a bride to feel that confident in me AND to realize that everything we are doing had such a larger purpose. Man, I am tearing up just writing this.

I think my favorite part of their wedding day was actually a surprise to me up until the rehearsal! Mr. Correlli announced that John can kiss his bride (yay)! However, their first act as husband and wife was to take part in communion together. I melted into a tiny ball of emotions when I heard that. They were very clear that the Lord would be the center of their marriage-it was so beautiful.

Christiana and John, thank you both for being amazing clients and for refocusing me when I needed it the most.

Venue: Elkridge Furnace Inn

Photographer: Chelsea Blanch Photography

(Second Shooter: Megan Bennett Photography)

Florals: Heavenly Flowers

DJ: KoKo Brothers

Escort Cards Display and Signage: 2Hands Studio

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Allow me to introduce you to Ashleigh & Brian! Ashleigh is the owner of Type A Invitations. Her work is phenomenal. Seriously, go check her out! These two sweethearts are getting married on New Years Eve in the Baltimore World Trade Center. We will be front row center for the fireworks over Inner Harbor. This is going to be quite the party and I am so excited to help make her vision come true!

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How did you two meet? 

Brian and I met on the internet. The extended version is here. (Seriously, you should look at this JUST to see Brian’s picture from his OK Cupid profile, you won’t regret it!) 

How did he propose? 

We had just finished signing all the closing papers on our first home and headed over to our new home! We get to the house and Brian walked me to the back door, out onto our deck, and our entire backyard is filled with family and friends. I see my parents (whom I believed to be in Myrtle Beach) and then my sister (supposed to be in an all-day meeting) and then Brian grabbed my hand and got onto one knee. Before I even had time to absorb what was happening, Brian pulled a small box from his pocket, opened it and said, “Ashleigh Nicole Meusel, will you marry me?” webashleighbrianproposal06P I N I T

What do you think will be your favorite part of your wedding day? 

The moment that Brian’s first sees me when I’m being walked down the aisle by my dad.


Can you provide some planning advice to brides in the thick of it right now? 

Take a deep breath…or 5! And remember that this day is about more than the table cloth material, what the cake looks like, and if you have uplighting or not. It’s about you and your fiancé’s love for each other, making an eternal bond, and celebrating with those closest to you. That’s what’s most important.

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What are you most looking forward to about married life? 

Even though I’m incredibly independent and have very progressive views about women’s rights and our roles in marriage – I’m really looking forward to being able to say that I’m “Mrs. Brian Robinson.” It makes me so proud that I’ll be able to say that I am Brian’s wife because he’s such an amazing man. Adding that title to my identity is an honor.

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Get ready to “ooh” and “ahh” over Alicia and Ian’s travel-themed wedding at Stone Manor Country Club! Do you remember them from their blog post? These two LOVE to travel–I mean they went to Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand for their honeymoon (I tried really hard to convince them I fold easily in a suitcase and to take me with them; they weren’t into it) & got engaged in Paris! This was another picture perfect wedding day and makes me so grateful for this job.

Everyone arrived at Stone Manor Country Club giddy with excitement. I immediately went to work unpacking all of Alicia’s details–globes, travel tags, mini Eiffel Towers, suitcases, there was not a detail she hadn’t thought about. The first look was filled with massive smiles and maybe a few tears. The bridesmaids looked on with such joy and then joined them for some gorgeous bridal party photos. The ceremony had so many personal stories woven throughout, the cocktail hour was filled with amazing music (guys, they requested Bone Thugs and Harmony, it was epic), and then the real party started. The dance floor was packed all night! Even long after the last dance guests were mingling about and commented about what an amazing wedding day it was. Alicia and Ian–thank you for coming back into my life and allowing me to help with your love story!

Venue: Stone Manor Country Club

Catering: Carriage House Catering

Coordinator: Sara Reynolds Events 

Photographer: Alicia Lacey Photography

Videography: BE Videography

Flowers: Sweet Blossoms

Cake: Sugar Bakers

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This sweet, sweet couple is getting married in less than a month! Nicole contacted me a few months ago because she hit “the wall”. The infamous wedding planning wall; where making decisions is no longer fun anymore and if one more person asks for your opinion you will freak out. She had gotten to the point where she needed to book a florist. Guys, if you don’t know flowers then flowers are very overwhelming. That was Nicole. We met for our consult and she pulled out The Knot color swatch chart and started obsessing between these two shades of purple. I think when I grabbed the colors away from her, told her to take a big breath, and that none of that was needed she felt a million times better. So here we are with a booked florist, all decisions made, and just finishing up the last minute decor items! These two are so in love and I can’t wait for their wedding day!! (Also, can we talk about their adorable snowy engagement session? In.love.)

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Cronin Hill Photography

 How did you two meet? 

We met in high school math class. He sat next to me and thought I was cute so he asked my friend for my number. And we haven’t stopped talking since 🙂

How did he propose? 
He proposed with a scavenger hunt on November 27, 2015 (Black Friday). Black Friday is my favorite day of the year and I went shopping with my mom and sister in the morning. Then Christine (his sister) met up with us and we went to go get our nails done. He had a dozen glitter dusted roses waiting for me at the nail salon with the first clue. I had two other clues and then I found him waiting for me at the end of the scavenger hunt. He proposed in front of a fireplace at a local winery it was so perfect. (Guys, I love this, like, more than I can tell you)
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Cronin Hill Photography

What do you think will be your favorite part of your wedding day?
 
 I think my favorite part of our wedding day will be having everyone we love in the same room at the same time. I’m excited to see everyone dancing and drinking and eating and having a really good time in Pennsylvania all because Tom and I fell in love!
Can you provide some planning advice to brides in the thick of it right now? (Disclaimer: I did not tell her to say this)
My planning advice would be definitely DEFINITELY have a wedding planner. If you’re a bride like me and can’t stand up for yourself, you need a wedding planner. Even if you can stand up for yourself, it gets really overwhelming and things you didn’t think would take a lot of effort- do. Sara has really made the whole wedding planning process so much easier and more enjoyable! Tom and I say all the time we don’t know how this wedding would have happened without Sara! I also suggest using Vistaprint! The call service is amazing. They can design you anything you want and it’s so affordable! I’m a little obsessed with them!
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Cronin Hill Photography

What are you most looking forward to about married life?
We’re most looking forward to being able to officially call each other husband and wife. We are also looking forward to having a partner for the rest of our lives, in good times and bad we will always have each other, no matter what. It might sound stupid but wedding planning has definitely taught us we need to be a team and be on the same page. It definitely helped us grow as a couple and has made things outside wedding planning easier because now we know how to balance each other’s strengths and weakness and it really showed us that we function better together than apart. (Can you see why I love them? They get it. Your wedding is so much more than one day. It is your start to forever. Your marriage means so much more than one day)
Stay tuned for their beautiful wedding day at Wyndridge Farm!
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