Our wedding was nothing short of an adventure. Right off the bat, Danny and I knew we did not want our wedding to be your standard cookie cutter day. We wanted our day to be a celebration and reflexion of us and more of an epic party for all of our closest friends and family than a stuffy traditional ceremony and reception. Having come from an artistic background and as head designer of my own women’s clothing brand, I knew I wanted to curate and design the aesthetic of everything down to the custom napkins on the table. But we did not just want to make it look pretty – we wanted to make it fun and personal!
I started my wedding planning process by designing a custom wedding print to lace through the entire wedding. It started by not being able to find bridesmaid dresses that were the high end printed look I was going for while also being a reasonable price – SO I decided to design my own! The floral print not only was a fun and bold way to add pattern to the whole wedding but also contained personal elements like our names and date. The print was used for the custom designed floor length tiered gowns I created for my gorgeous bridesmaids, in addition to the groomsmen’s ties and pocket squares, the table napkins and even the wedding invitations!
For our venue, we were lucky enough to use our close family friends gorgeous waterfront estate in our hometown of Annapolis, MD where we both grew up! Not only were we able to be on the water but could create our whole wedding world in a backyard we had spent many of summer nights swimming and drinking wine with family- how special is that! When it came down to the caterer we knew we wanted something unexpected, easy, and GOOD- and being total foodies and pizza groupies there was no other choice then Timber Pizza Co. based out of DC- which also just so happens to be owned by our close friend and groomsmen Chris Brady. What goes great with pizza and booze- amazing tunes of course! But we didn’t want just any old wedding band- we wanted to JAM- so somehow we convinced local 80’s cover band Weird Science to come play for us. Picture a packed sweaty dance floor of all ages screaming the words to Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight” and you’ve only pictures a glimpse of the true magic that occurred.
Guests were welcomed in for the ceremony with pre made Moscow mules and wait for it- TAP BEER. Yes- we built a tap beer wall out of barn wood for our guests to self poor their own beverages all night- with a hand made light up beer sign and hand painted handles crafted myself. The ceremony was quick but oh so personal. We asked family friend and owner of the home to marry us (with his online officiant certificate) and he went beyond what we could have imagined – even incorporating a surprise traditional keltic element that included our parents in the ceremony. After we kissed, Danny and I danced down the aisle to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen to kick off the party.
In addition to a patio and garden cocktail hour, we entertained guests with the digging up of an upside down whiskey bottle Danny and I had buried a YEAR before in a superstitious attempt to ensure good weather (its an old southern tradition). I of course buried my favorite bottle of red wine as well for good measure. For the under tent reception, tables were adorned with gorgeous and effortless wildflower arrangements put together by Dannys sister and previous floral designer. Each table setting had our custom printed napkin and a handwritten note by either Danny or myself that served as a name tag- which people LOVED! The dance floor was lit by twinkle lights and giant rattan lanterns that hung over head and Danny and I sat at a hand painted table I designed to match our color palette. After pizza the party really started and lots of dancing and regrettable video footage was captured. On the bands one break Danny and I led a crowd wide belting of Bohemian Rhapsody. We ended the night by an array of gourmet hand made cakes made by my beautiful mom and a late night McDonalds buffet! Those who stuck around late witnessed OR partook in the fully dressed pool party initiated by my husband- in his custom tailored suit to note.
Overall, the wedding was a collaboration of love and labor from some of our favorite people and it could not have been more perfect. It was so amazing it inspired me to launch a 2021 wedding collection that gives brides a way to create a high end UNIQUE aesthetic from bridesmaids dresses to table settings for their special day without runway prices. My weddings outcome was just too special not to share with other brides out there who don’t want the same old traditional thing that everyone does.
I hope this gave you a true window into the best night ever!