Bailey and AJ

Dickerson, Maryland

 

 

Photography | Gabriele Stonyte Photography | @gabrieles_photos

Venue | Strong Mansion | @strongmansionatsugarloaf

Rehearsal Dinner Venue | Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center

Floral Designer | Kentlands Flowers & Bows | @kentlandsflowersandbows

Gown Salon | Blue Sky Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses | BHLDN | @bhldn

Men’s Attire | The Black Tux | @theblacktux

Men’s Attire | J Crew | @jcrew

Hair Stylist | The Curl Girl

Makeup Artist | DC Beauty Squad | @audrey.denison

Ring Designer | Honolulu Jewelry Company | @honolulujewelrycompany

Caterer | Canap├ęs Catering | @canapescateringfrederick

DJ | Double-E Mobil Music

Invitation Designer | Paper Source | @papersource

Accommodations | 10 Clarke

Strong Mansion, located on Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson, Maryland is a romantic, vintage theme wedding venue. The grounds offer three ceremony sites, formal gardens and a tented patio that can accommodate up to 175 guests. This area is surrounded by the natural beauty of the views and forest.

 

Bailey & AJ met on Bumble in 2016 when AJ was starting his second year of law school at Georgetown University and Bailey had just moved to the city for work. AJ proposed in August 2018 on Flat Island near Oahu, Hawaii, where his family is from. They wanted their special day to be very simple with their Hawaiian and Scottish heritage reflected in the music and flowers.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

We wanted to keep our wedding very simple. Our wedding color was purple and with a natural backdrop as pretty as our venue, a theme wasn’t really necessary. We had touches of our Hawaiian and Scottish heritage in the music and flowers.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Our wedding decor was nature. We were married outside near a beautiful pond that did not need much decoration. We did force the bride’s dad, brother, and bridesmaids to put together the arbor for the ceremony so that was pretty DIY.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

We had floral bouquets, centerpieces, and arbor decorations. The flowers were a mix of Scottish and Hawaiian styles to represent the bride and groom. We loved our florist and were amazed in particular with the arbor decorations and the bridal bouquet.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

Both coming from families who love Disney, we had Disney music (both from the movies and background music that is played in the Disney parks) played during dinner. During the cocktail hour and processional, we had Hawaiian music and Scottish music to represent us.

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

AJ found his suit during a shopping trip at J. Crew. He loved the color and texture of the suit. AJ chose the bowtie because it was different and a bit quirky. Bailey found her dress during a shopping trip with her mom in her hometown of Portland, OR around the holidays last year. Originally looking for a lace dress with long sleeves, she decided on a whim to try on something very different and ended up loving it. The dress was handmade in London for a previous bride and Bailey purchased it from a vintage store to reduce the environmental impact that the bridal dress industry is having. The veil was handmade by the bride’s mom and included aspects of her mother’s dress. The hair and make up were styled to compliment the style of the dress.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met on Bumble in 2016 when AJ was starting his second year of law school at Georgetown University and Bailey had just moved to the city for work. AJ proposed in August 2018 on Flat Island near Oahu, Hawaii, where his family is from.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

Getting married. As beautiful and special as the day should be, we focused on not forgetting to be most excited to be entering our marriage.

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

You only have to plan this thing once! Remind yourself that on days where picking out linens seems like the end of the world. Also, remember what you both want and fight for that against other opinions – trust me, you’ll hear a lot of them!