Karley and Sam are both deeply passionate about everything they do, their jobs, their family, and their friends. They are particularly passionate about each other. In the Winter of 2016, when Karley returned home from a business trip to Sam and his daughter having made a beautiful dinner she knew she was in for something special. There in their kitchen Sam purposed to her (a place that they both hold deer). Working in event planning herself, Karley was very excited to plan a day that perfectly expressed her and Sam’s relationship. She captured those expressions through the little details throughout their wedding; hand picking the cocktails and liquor served, the Chinese New Years themed photobooth props, incorporating the same flowers into her bouquet that her grandmother had had herself, the entire set list, the soup bar, and the carefully coordinated hunter green used in the bridesmaids’ dresses and the groomsmen’s pocket squares.
They celebrated their wedding with family and friends in the Belvedere’s Charles Ballroom; a beautiful space that serves every type of wedding perfectly. During their cocktail hour, guests were offered an array of hor dourves, including a soup bar that was absolutely delicious. After a night of dancing and celebrating, the bride and groom took their friends to the Owl Bar for a late night pizza party where they celebrated the rest of the night.
Dress: Allure Couture
Makeup/Hair: Up Do’s for I Do’s
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Videographer: Tom Bowen
Here’s a fun story of Law and Order that’s a little different than what you’ve seen on television. Sam, an Assistant State’s Attorney, and Brian, a Baltimore City Police Officer met through mutual friends while both were working in downtown Baltimore. The two began dating and fell in love quickly. While on vacation in Napa, CA in a wine vineyard Brian asked Sam to be his wife.
Baltimore is important to these two. Their wedding took place before the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon; placing the iconic Baltimore landmark in the backdrop of their wedding ceremony. Sam’s best friend (also an attorney) presided over the wedding ceremony. Their reception took place at the Engineers Club, just on the other side of the monument. A place that they feel embodies Baltimore (or if you ask Sam, it’s because it looks like Hogwarts inside).
Venue: Engineer’s Club
Florist: Sensational Florist
Band: Bachelor Boy’s
Dress: BHLDN by Anthropologie
Remember Snowmageddon, the blizzard of 2010? Elana and Ben certainly do. Both were living in Bethesda at the time and met while weathering the storm at their favorite local watering hole, the Quarry House Tavern. The two talked through the night and the next day when Ben asked if Elana wanted to talk more, she agreed. Their first official date was set. Five years later, while navigating a corn maze, Ben asked Elana to be his wife.
The two celebrated their wedding at the Antrim 1844 on a beautiful summer day as they share a deep love for historic B&B’s. The ceremony took place beneath a beautiful chuppah that Ben had made himself. It was adorned with amazing flowers by Wicked Willow. The ceremony was truly beautiful and deeply passionate. They danced the night away with family and friends at their beautiful reception.
Ceremony: Antrim 1844
Dress: Saks Jandel
Flowers: Wicked Willow
Invitations: Jolly Edition
DJ: Derek Romanoff
Video: James Bonato Video
Catering: Antrim 1844 Smokehouse Restaurant
Dessert Buffet: Starry Night Bakery
Katie and Tony met in Hawaii on Match.com in 2014. Tony messaged Katie but did not getting an immediate response. Katie, who created the profile in 2009 at the urging of friends and family, rarely checked it. But shortly after Tony messaged her, Katie decided to make more of an effort. She updated her profile and started to return messages — including those sent from Tony. The two hit it off. Match.com messages turned into emails, which turned into texts and eventually into talking on the phone. Katie said she was “completely smitten” by Tony. Despite Katie recalling that the first date was filled with the standard awkward moments, the next day at work she was saying, “I’m in love, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it.” She happily deleted her Match.com profile and has been in love ever since. On New Year’s Eve 2015, Tony proposed in their home in front of their three dogs.
The wedding was imbued with Hawaiian touches, as the two live in Ewa Beach, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Guests were greeted at cocktails with an Hawaiian trio, along with orchid leis flown in from Hawaii and a Hawaiian style buffet. And, Katie had a surprise special hula dance for Tony that she learned for the wedding. Malia Humschild from Lanikai, Hawaii, taught her the dance. Congratulations!!!
Event Planner: Lee Kendall with Elizabeth Bailey Weddings
Ceremony: St. Alphonsus
Reception: The Four Seasons Baltimore
Florals: Blue Vanda Designs
Linens: Table Toppers
Band: Night Song
Video: Wood Room Films
Cake: Sugar Bakers
Groom’s Cake: Yia Yias Bakery
Rentals: Event Pro
Second Photographer: Brandon C.
Lauren and Martin met while in a study group back in their college days. Martin used asking for Lauren’s notes as a reason to get her phone number. It didn’t take long for them to start dating. Their romance quickly blossomed as these two pursued called medicine. Martin, currently in his residency, and Lauren, currently on her way to her MD were engaged at the same restaurant where they enjoyed their first date. After he proposed, the two met their parents at a different restaurant just down the road.
The weekend started with a welcome/rehearsal party at the American Visionary Art Museum on Friday. The ceremony and reception was held the next day in downtown Baltimore at the Peabody Library. The library seemed a most fitting location to hold their ceremony, as a library was where their relationship originated. Beneath gorgeous florals designed by Wicked Willow, the two said “I do.” Occassions Catering provided a dinner of roasted lobster tail with garden risotto. Dessert was the Flight of the bumble bee and Sugar Bakers cake. Guests were sent off with chocolates from Baltimore’s own The Velvet Chocolatier. And the entire night was brought to a close with a flurry of pink ribbons.
Bride’s Dress: Amsale
Groom’s Tux: Christopher Schafer Clothier
Planner: Elizabeth Bailey Weddings
Hair and Makeup: Gregory Dean
Flowers: Wicked Willow
Venue: The George Peabody Library
Catering: Occasions Catering
Cake: Sugar Bakers Cakes
String Quartet: Crystal String
Videography:Thomas Bowen Films
Lights/Rentals: Event Pro
Party Rentals: Party Rental
Band: The Elements
Favors: The Velvet Chocolatier
Maggie and Joe met on the squash courts in 2010 at the University Club of Washington. Little did Joe know that Maggie was an accomplished squash player from her university days. A romance budded between the two as they continued to pursue their careers; Joe as senior counsel in the United States House of Representatives and Maggie as a consultant in the Washington office of Accenture.
The two were married on a beautiful Saturday in August in a small church in Owings Mills that Maggie’s grandfather had a hand in designing and building. The ceremony was beautiful, classic and casual with the groomsmen in Nantucket red with navy blue blazers and bridesmaids in blue striped short dresses. The wedding celebration took place under a tent in beautifully decorated, in the backyard of Maggie’s parent’s house.
Event Planning & Designing: Elizabeth Bailey Weddings & Events
Makeup: Debbie Federico
Hair Stylist: Donna Hollis
Ceremony: St Thomas Episcopal Church
Florist: The Floral Studio
Catering: Classic Catering
Linens: Table Toppers
Rentals: Select Event Rentals
Tent: Loane Bros.
Band: In Full Band
Cake: The Cake Studio
Limousine: Extraordinary Limousines
Lauren and Steve met in undergraduate at James Madison University. It took some convincing for Lauren to give Steve a chance; but once she did, the two have been inseparable since. Lauren went on to attend University of Maryland where she got her Master of Social Work and Steve began work as a Paramedic/Fireman for Prince William County. Knowing how important family is to Lauren, Steve made his plans to propose while all of her family was in town. Decorating their apartment with rose petals, candles and champagne; Steve proposed with their whole family present.
These college sweethearts gathered with their friends and family at the Woodholme Country Club to celebrate their wedding day. The beauty of their first look and multi colored rose petal ceremony (flowers from Blue Vanda Designs and Sharlene Sherman Events) was only matched by the intensity of the rain storm that happened that night. So if the old saying is true, and rain is good luck, these two have it in buckets. After the ceremony, the Woodholme Country Club’s catering staff presented an amazing set of hors d’oeuvres inspired from cuisines around the world. The reception was amazingly covered by the band Nocturne. It was a beautiful evening all around.
Event Planner: Sharlene Sherman
Bride’s Dress: Betsy Robinson
Groom: Tuxedo House
Florist: Blue Vanda Designs
Venue & Catering: Woodholme Country Club
Cake: Debi’s Cake Studio
Video: Black Tie Video
Invitation: Papers Plus
In 2012, as Emily got ready to head out to the Towsontown Festival, little did she know that she’d be meeting the one she’d want to spend the rest of her life with. But later when a mutual friend introduced her to Jared there were sparks. Fast forward 3 years, lots of laughs, and tons of adventures later, Jared would propose to Emily on a cold Februrary night in Philadelphia (the night, in fact, before her cousins wedding!).
On a steamy day at the end of June these two lovers would say their vows before a huge collection of family and friends in the stunning St. Alphonsus Church located in downtown Baltimore. The bridal party was stylishly clad in traditional black and white but did it with their own flare of pazazz; the girls rocking adorable black cocktail dresses (from Monique Lhuillier) and the guys timeless black tuxes. The reception was held at the George Peabody Library with truly amazing food provided by Chefs Expressions.
Bride’s Dress: Betsy Robinson’s Bridal
Florist: Fleur De Lis
Catering & Cake: Chef’s Expressions
Ceremony: St. Alphonsus Church
Reception: The George Peabody Library
Jaclynne and Dean got married on the most beautiful day in June in downtown Baltimore. This adorable couple lent their energy and their love to making the most beautiful of wedding days. Celebrating with their friends and family at The Belvedere & Co., they blended high society with deep romance. With the help of their 22 person wedding party and their closest family and friends they celebrated the night away in The Belvedere & Co.’s many different ballrooms ending the night with an after party in the Owl Bar.
Dress: Garnish Boutique
Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse
Flowers: Floral Impressions
Catering: Belvedere & Co.
Cake: La Cakerie
Venue: Belvedere & Co.
Band: Bachelor Boys Band
Hair: Image Is…Salon
Beauty Consultant: Arial Lewis
It’s often said that soul mates are fated to be together. When Ryan’s cousin, Samantha, set him up with Dena, fate showed its hand in Dena’s fortune cookie. “Your love life will bring you great happiness.” The two have always shared a deep passion for sports (particularly the Ravens and the Orioles) and for traveling, whether it be a day trip or a weekend get away. In January of 2015 Ryan proposed with a note in the mailbox leading Dena to her beautiful ring.
Dena and Ryan had the most beautiful of spring days for their wedding at the Elkridge Furnace Inn. While the outdoor festivities were cut short by an unexpected rainfall there was more than enough room inside to accommodate all of their family and friends. The beautiful peacock theme of the wedding reflected in the men’s pocket squares, the ladies bouquets, and the center floral arrangements.
Dress – Betsy Robinson – WToo by Watters
Hair – Hair by Amy J
Make-up – Flawless Finish
Florist – Fleur de Lis
Wedding Planner – Plan it Perfect
Venue/Food/Cake – Elkridge Furnace Inn
Lights/Drapes – Event Dynamics
Tent Decor – Select Event Group
Invitation Designer – Sincerely Yours
Ceremony Music – Da Vinci Strings
Band – Onyx