lauren + jeff | sophisticated rustic holly hedge estate wedding

Lauren + Jeff were married at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope, PA on a warm, drizzly day in October. While the ceremony was planned to be held outside on the brick patio, drizzle forced a move inside to the fieldstone barn at the last minute… which created the most romantic, cozy and intimate feel to their heartfelt vows.

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As soft, natural light streamed in through the south wall of windows in the stone barn, we captured the sweetest portraits of the newly married couple and their bridal party in maroon dresses and navy suits.

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This Bucks County wedding venue is steeped in history dating back to 1780 and carries with it such a sophisticated, rustic feel to each building and garden space on the property. The country estate, fieldstone barn, pond, brick patio, fountain and natural creek are all incredibly gorgeous backdrops for portraits; it was overwhelming in the best way possible!

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As Lauren walked toward Jeff for their intimate and private first look under a willow tree, a few raindrops fell but these two incredibly kind and patient souls, barely noticed anything other than how perfect the day was to be able to celebrate among close friends and family they rarely get to see.

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We couldn’t be happier for you, Lauren + Jeff!! And can’t wait to catch up when you come back and visit the East Coast again… maybe drinks where it all began?! Cheers to spending every rainy, cozy night together forever!

vendor team:

venue + catering: Holly Hedge Estate
florals: Mark Bryan Designs
dj: Synergetic Sounds
dress: Theia
boutique: Unbridaled
bridesmaids dresses: Weddington Way
groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
HMU: Daneene Makeup
invitations: Minted

sneak peeks | lynn + nick's intimate summer wedding at wyndridge farm

“we are a little weird and life’s a little weird,
and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours,
we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness
and call it love.” ~Dr. Seuss

Nick’s sister read this quote as she officiated their ceremony under a bright blue sky on the steps of the outdoor chapel at Wyndridge Farm on Saturday. Their love story began the old-fashioned way, online… ;) and Lynn “knew Nick was special on our first date. He was socially oblivious, but sweet, very handsome, and most importantly, smart.”

They designed and created so many of the details for their wedding, namely the cakes and flowers which aren’t easy to do yourself, but they blew me away. The way Lynn lights up whenever Nick’s by her side is my favorite part of their relationship - such genuine joy, kindness, respect, a sense of humor and solid teamwork kicked off the start of their marriage!

Enjoy these early sneak peeks of Lynn + Nick’s Wyndridge Farm summer wedding!

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Lynn’s bouquet was exclusively garden roses in every shade of pink and it was so lush, full and fluffy. I love garden roses for all their layers upon layers of gorgeous texture! It was such a pretty look for an outdoor summer wedding against the chic and simple timelessness of her off-the-shoulder Theia wedding dress from Garnish Boutique.

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I also couldn’t get over her pearl cathedral veil - it was so elegant, dotted with pearls of different sizes throughout the entire length.

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Based on their obsession with the Great British Baking Show (which made it’s way into their vows too) and all things sweets, you know their marriage is off to an incredible start when the groom designs, creates and bakes the wedding cake AND 12 other mini cakes. MIC DROP. He just wanted cakes that look and taste good, so why not?!

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The mini cakes were the centerpieces at each table - I love this idea because it’s not only functional, but gorgeous and uniquely personalized to them! It also allowed guests to be an interactive part of the cake cutting since they each had a table cake to cut and enjoy right away. LOVE IT.

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During the mother son dance, Nick picked his mom up and twirled her around the dance floor… cue all the happy tears! Lynn and her mom danced a waltz together that was so beautifully choreographed and full of never-ending smiles as they floated around the spacious dance floor.

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With District Remix keeping the energy high and the dance moves epic, this was a party that didn’t want to end! Speaking of epic, we had to head outside for one final shot at the end of the night - rain or not, it’s so much fun to sneak away for a few minutes to make magic outside before the night is over!

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Cheers to you, newlyweds!! We are SO happy and honored to have captured these memories for you and wish you all the bowls and bags of candy your happy hearts desire now that the wedding is over and wedding diets are a distant memory! ;)

vendor team:

venue: Wyndridge Farm
dress: Theia, Eve dress
boutique: Garnish Boutique
bridesmaid dress: BHLDN
shoes: Michael Kors, Simone sandals
rings: Brilliant Earth
groom and groomsmen custom suits: Indochino
DJ: District Remix
officiant: Lauren Lamp, groom’s sister
invitation, decor, signage, favors, flowers, cakes: bride and groom

sneak peeks | rachel + hale's kent island wedding at maria's love point

Rachel + Hale’s wedding was my first on Kent Island and wow… it set the bar as high as you can imagine. Between the picture perfect June wedding weather, a private first look on the beach, a ceremony full of so many family and friends out on the lawn, a poolside cocktail hour and sunset photos on the dock, I really don’t think they could have asked for a better day (and location) to celebrate their love!

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To give you a taste of what makes this adoring couple so special, here’s how they answered… “what's your favorite thing about your fiancé?”

“I don’t know where to start with this question. If there weren’t a million reasons, we wouldn’t be engaged. Hale is my support, my reason to better myself, and my other half. We fill the gaps that the other cannot on a day-to-day basis. He is intelligent, kind almost to excess, and has a super power that gets people to open up to him where they normally wouldn’t. We each need each other.”

Hale’s answer: “I’m not allowed to answer that right now. It’s pretty much my vows word for word. I agree with everything Rachel said. :)”

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Their father daughter first look and his expression was simply priceless! Such pride…

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I’ll never forget how Rachel responded when we said to just enjoy each other and this moment, right before he saw her for the first time… “you won’t have a problem getting us to smile…”

Is their joy and love for each other not the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen?! She was absolutely right though… these lovebirds just wanted to snuggle up, get cozy and enjoy every minute of their wedding day, together. Which is exactly what I love about our couples! Photos are a huge priority. Rather than focus on the details and mingling during cocktail hour, Rachel + Hale prioritized portraits: of them, their families and their friends, out by the water.

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Do you see this sky?! Cotton candy skies at golden hour are my FAVORITE. I couldn’t believe how perfect the light was! Not only at the dock but then turning the opposite direction, the pale peachy glow along the rocks and grassy hill was just as beautiful too. Weddings at Maria’s Love Point are so picturesque with so many different places to explore for portraits. It was a match made in heaven for a couple that wanted nothing more than intimate, heartfelt meaning to their day.

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When Rachel’s sister, the Maid of Honor, surprised them with the shoe game as part of her speech, the whole tent was roaring in laughter. They had the best matching answers, every time and of course both answered “me!” to the question of who loves the other most.

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Here’s to a lifetime of love, laughter, and exploring all the medieval castles together! Congratulations again, newlyweds!!!

vendor team:

venue: Maria’s Love Point Bed & Breakfast
planning + design: The Otherside Creatives
hair: Lauren Riesett
makeup: Attomic Cupcake
cake: Sugarbakers Cakes
catering: Windows on the Bay, Dennis Walz
DJ: My Deejay
florals: Petal Pusher
officiant: Carole Kerr

sneak peeks | marissa + brooks' sage green and navy musket ridge wedding

Marissa and Brooks’ wedding day was so effortlessly elegant, colorful and classic all at the same time… these two are just so photogenic, so in love and so sweet in the way they care for each other and their close friends and family.

Having both attended Stevenson University, their wedding party was so much fun and full of energy! Celebrating years of friendships, siblings, a love of baseball (and hot dogs) and ALL the good weather we could have asked for at Musket Ridge Golf Club just outside Frederick, I don’t think I’m alone when I say I didn’t want the day to end… don’t miss the final shot of the night, showing off their late night snack choice at the end of this post!

If you haven’t already, you need to see how Marissa’s love of bright colors, dogs and golden sunlight started at their engagement session (where her ring nestled among sage green leaves just happens to be a perfect connection to the bridesmaids dress color from their wedding day that I had no idea about months earlier…) LOVE when the little details all relate and form one cohesive aesthetic like that! Kinda like we always planned it… ;)

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I love the color scheme Marissa chose: Show Me Your Mumu dresses in sage green with bright pops of pink, coral and orange bouquets surrounded by eucalyptus leaves and greenery. Simple, elegant, vibrant and modern!

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Brooks plays, coaches, lives and breathes all things baseball, so baseball themed groomsmen gifts were obviously going to be part of their day. These personalized baseball bat mugs (from Lumberlend Co. ) with each groomsmen’s name and role at the wedding were so fun to see being used while they got ready!

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Love when brides embrace comfort and wear Kate Spade Keds in white glitter as their all-day wedding shoes! Perfect for a golf club wedding and outdoor ceremony with lots of steps down to the aisle! :)

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Marissa, you are A VISION! Is it just me or does this bridal portrait look like something out of a magazine?

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I loved this series of dances with Marissa and all of the important men in her life!

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Their reception was filled with so much energy among their favorite people! Catoctin Hall at Musket Ridge created such a picturesque backdrop filled with natural light, a gorgeous fireplace behind their sweetheart table and once the sun went down, glow sticks and a hot dog bar (!) to end the night. This fun-loving couple threw quite an epic party!!

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I hope you’re enjoying the bright and beautiful water views and soaking up the sun on your honeymoon - you deserve all the happiness in the world! Enjoy your new Mr. + Mrs. status, lovebirds!! #itsmillertime ;)

vendor team:

venue: Musket Ridge Golf Club
photography: Urban Row Photography
videography: Lee Russell Films
florals: Blossom and Basket Boutique
DJ: Wizer Productions
officiant: Wade Keenan
hair: Heather Rea Style Studio
makeup: Lenne Parr
dress: Stella York
boutique: Posh Bridal
shoes: Kate Spade Keds
bridesmaid dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
groomsmen attire: Capital Custom Clothiers
groomsmen gifts: Lumberlend Co.
personalized canvas ‘guestbook’: Miss Design Berry
donuts: Sweet & Savory Bake Shop
transportation: On the Town Limousines
invitations: Minted Weddings

sneak peeks | tessa + marshall's anchor inn wedding

Tessa and Marshall are two of the most lighthearted, joyful, playful, genuine, sweet, carefree and head-over-heels-in-love couples we’ve had the pleasure of capturing!

Their wedding was full of the most beautiful scenery to compliment Tessa’s golden glow, vibrant red hair and Marshall’s beaming smile. Getting ready at an Airbnb not far from the Anchor Inn, we suggested doing their first look along this wooded drive, with so much beautiful, diffuse and soft light shining through the trees. It was PERFECTION and set the tone for even more incredible moments throughout the day along the waterfront and docks during golden hour!

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The romance and dreaminess of this moment is one of my favorites of their entire reception! Their first dance song was ‘I get to love you’ by Ruelle and I definitely cried happy tears behind my camera. The lyrics are so good!

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And then we recreated the magic outside on the pier…

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Cheers, cuties!!! Have the best time on your honeymoon in Greece!

vendor team:

venue: The Anchor Inn

catering: Catering by Uptown

videography: Harrison Films

florals: Calla Designs, Vivian Eng

DJ: Rick Miller

Wedding dress: Casablanca Bridal

Boutique: Potomac Bridals

Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations: Simply to Impress

sneak peeks | emily + joe's intimate fells point wedding

Emily + Joe's wedding was filled with so much love, laughter and BRIGHT sunshine... which was much deserved after Emily had emergency appendix surgery only 4 days before this!

Planning a wedding from afar is no easy feat and these two had quite their share of curveballs thrown at them over the last year, but Emily had the best attitude about it all and now they're FINALLY newlyweds!

The ceremony took place on Bond Street Pier overlooking the Domino Sugar plant and the historic industrial backdrop of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. I'm overjoyed to share these sneak peeks with you from their intimate wedding at The Inn at Henderson's Wharf!

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This floral arch by Floral Impressions perfectly framed the ceremony view to show off so much of Baltimore’s charm!

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Can we take a minute to admire Emily and Joe’s sense of style and classic elegance??? His paisley suit paired with the polka dot bowtie and her veil detail… both so rich in texture and pattern, I can’t even!

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GROOMS: 3 things to know before your wedding

Let’s be honest… as a groom, you have a lot less on your to-do list than the bride. That doesn’t mean you can’t master the things you do need to know and show up ready to go, ahead of schedule and with time to relax!

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Here are 3 things we know you usually don’t think about on the daily, so you may want to practice and wrap your head around them in advance, with plenty of time before your actual wedding day:


1. How to tie your bow tie (watch THIS video and practice in advance!)... or buy a pre-tied one. We won’t tell. Pro Tip: PLEASE don't just start watching YouTube videos the minute we show up!

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2. Similarly, how to pin your boutonniere on. Ask your florist for tips on attaching it and/or make sure someone who will be with you while you’re getting ready (either another groomsmen or your mom) has done it before and feels comfortable with that responsibility! The last thing we’d want is to spend time waiting for 10 guys to figure this out and have to help each other get theirs on before we can start taking photos. Your mom is always welcome to pin yours on if she is dressed and can be in the pictures, but help for all the other groomsmen is what we see often lacking and very much needed.  

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3. When the photographer is ready to take your getting ready photos, you should be 90% of the way dressed! No one wants photos of you in a t-shirt and boxers on your wedding day. ;)

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If you are getting ready in a hotel room and we are starting photos there, all the groomsmen should be fully dressed. As the groom, you should have your shirt and pants on with your tie, shoes, socks (the more fun, the better: colorful stripes? fave sports team? ode to MD?), cuff links, watch and any other meaningful items, in one spot for us to capture right before you put them on. Getting ready photos actually means photographing you as you get your jacket and shoes on, putting the final touches on your tie / cuff links and buttoning your jacket.

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If you are meeting us at another location to have your portraits taken (for example, at the spot where you’ll have your first look or even outside the church or venue), then we’ll just capture portraits of you 100% ready to go - adjusting your tie / cuff links and buttoning your jacket make for beautiful and classic getting ready shots.

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What NOT to have nearby…

Piles of clothes / bags / food / beverages strewn about. A little tidying up in the room (or corner of the room) that gets the most natural light will go a long way and make your photos that much better!

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If you’re able to quickly do all of these things, just think of what it really means: you can pour another glass of bourbon, scotch or grab a can of Natty Boh and relax with the guys. ;)

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BRIDES: 3 important details to have with you at your wedding

Over the years of capturing countless weddings, I’ve noticed 3 things that come up time and time again that are small on their own but can make a big difference in your photos, your physical comfort and even your mindset that day.

Brides, here are 3 important things to have with you on your wedding day that you may not have thought of… (ps - a blog post specifically for grooms is coming soon!)

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  1. A second pair of shoes to wear

    This allows you to have your fancy (high heeled!) shoes captured in detail photos and worn during the ceremony but then change into a more comfortable flat or wedge for portrait time and dancing…

    Speaking of shoes, if your ceremony is outside and you’ll be walking down a grassy aisle with you or your ‘maids wearing heels, make sure to get heel protectors so you don’t sink in the grass!

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Sparkly Badgley Mischkas or any of Kate Spade’s wedding shoes are always a classic way to go!

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2. A nice hanger or a thoughtful way to display your dress if it’s more than 1 piece

I always bring a solid white wood hanger with me for your dress in case you don't have one, but use this as a fun excuse for something your friends or family can gift you that will definitely be captured in detail photos!

I’m LOVING these simple, solid gold (or rose gold) hangers and in gun metal for the guys!

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3. Knowledge of how the bustle of your dress works

Pro tip: Take a video of it while at your last dress fitting so you have a reference when it comes time to bustle it after the ceremony; you won't want to be away from your guests for 20 minutes trying to figure it out and remember how it works - who wants to miss that precious time at cocktail hour?!

The best bustle I've ever seen was done so intuitively: the seamstress color coded the loops and buttons that were supposed to be matched and connected together so it only took 3 seconds to do. Why aren’t they all done like that?!

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And what NOT to have with you…

  • a hair band / FitBit / AppleWatch on you or your bridesmaids wrists. This dark black line/square distracts from the beauty of your photos and time/steps are not what you should be worrying about on that day! (…this also applies during your engagement photos and maybe even more so, then)

  • Your phone. It goes without saying (I hope), but this is the one day EVERYONE else will document for you... and instead of a device, you should be present and either hold your spouse's hand, a drink or your bouquet. ;)

Hope this helps ensure your best day ever is that much more comfortable, beautiful and easy to manage in the final weeks leading up to the big day!

sneak peeks | erin + greg's spring accelerator space wedding in baltimore

Erin + Greg’s love for each other is so effortless and genuine. They’re the kind of couple that put others at ease whenever you’re in their presence and have a wonderful circle of family and friends that do the same… I knew their wedding day would be incredible because they are so sweet and down to earth!

What I didn’t know was how perfect the weather would be and how wind would be our biggest challenge! Give me spring breezes, a full tulle ballgown and a 20 person bridal party any day… at the Accelerator Space with a couple like this, making magic is easy.

For now, enjoy these sneak peeks and know much more is soon to come!

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The new ‘den’ at the Accelerator Space definitely made my heart skip a beat when I saw it setup with a lounge near the fireplace… I was patiently waiting for guests to clear out so we could capture Erin + Greg enjoying a quiet moment to themselves!

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While they chose not to see each other before their ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church, this decision was so meaningful because it was the church both Erin and Greg were baptized in (for Greg, it was just last week that he became Catholic!) and Erin grew up attending.

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The Accelerator Space is one of our favorite venues that provides an incredible backdrop for photos in all 4 seasons… believe it or not, Erin + Greg’s was the first wedding we captured where the ramp plantings were all green and in bloom!

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Huge thanks to this talented vendor team:

planning: Heather St Clair Events
venue: Accelerator Baltimore
DJ: District Remix
florist: Misa Floral
HMU: Vintage Veils
boutique: Garnish Boutique
dress: Stella York
bridesmaid dresses: Amsale
catering: Rouge
rentals: White Glove Rentals
cake: Sugar Bakers
shoes: Badgely Mischka
groom and groomsmen attire: Joseph A Bank

See more of our Accelerator Space weddings here!

rosewood farms | modern minimalist barn | maryland wedding venue

If you love the idea of a rustic wedding but you envision more of a modern chic look and timeless elegance to your day, Rosewood Farms is your venue… especially if you want a barn wedding but you don’t want a dark barn!

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Rosewood Farms, a new wedding and event venue in Elkton, MD is all sorts of gorgeous and I can’t wait to show you the spaces that make it so special to get married here!!

Disclaimer: when I visited and took these photos, it was in February and the landscaping wasn’t complete. You can imagine how gorgeous it will be once leaves are on the trees and greenery and blooms surround everything! ;)

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Included below are quick facts about capacity, logistics and what truly makes Rosewood Farms a unique Maryland wedding destination (with easy access from Baltimore, Washington DC, Delaware and PA); hope you find it to be a helpful resource! 

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ABOUT ROSEWOOD FARMS:

Before buying the 44 acre property in May of 2017, it was a winery and poultry farm. Now, the property has been transformed into a prestigious wedding and event venue, with no detail overlooked!

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INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR WEDDING AT ROSEWOOD FARMS? HERE ARE SOME QUICK FACTS:

With barn venues and rustic chic weddings being so popular, what makes Rosewood Farms unique?

The Rustic Barn is a showstopper! Built on the stone foundation of the original barn, this is a rustic chic ceremony space like no other. The mezzanine balcony overlooking the ceremony is perfect for photo opportunities as well as ceremony musicians; the space directly beneath the ceremony (the original barn’s foundation!) serves as a great cocktail hour space that opens onto the patio with views of the pond just a short walk away.

For weddings, all spaces are included in rental of the venue. They are climate controlled, handicapped accessible, and have restrooms. With getting ready suites only a few steps from the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception sites, it doesn’t get much more convenient than this!

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How many guests can be accommodated for a seated dinner?

The 6,000+ square foot Rose Barn venue is spacious enough to hold a reception for up to 275+ guests. With 20’ ceilings, an 8’ chandelier and a grand stone fireplace, there is no shortage of space, character and elegance to add to your day! The rocking chairs right outside on the patio overlooking the pond, are such a perfect place to take in the view if you need a break from dancing!

The Silo Bar at the back of the reception space is so unique and large enough to fulfill all of your beverage needs with seating and a counter along the wall extending around the perimeter (I told you… the Rosewood family has thought of everything for you and your guests to have the best time!)

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Where do guests park?
Surface parking lots are available on-site.

How many events are hosted per day?
Just yours!

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Are there spaces for the bridal party to get ready on site?

Yes and gorgeous ones at that. The Suite is an intimate cottage-like farmhouse that has been transformed into the perfect place for your bridal party to get ready comfortably and just a short walk to the ceremony at the Rustic Barn!

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Two beautifully decorated dressing rooms have space for you and your bridal party to get dressed, while the hair and makeup space is expansive, has great lighting and lots of comfortable seating.

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The kitchen, dining area and sitting area all have tons of seating and amenities to help put your mind at ease before you see each other for the first time!

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The Lounge is the perfect place for the guys to unwind and hang while they get ready: a pool table, leather couches, wooden barn doors (heyyyy perfect portrait spot!) and outdoor patio access make this space a groom’s dream come true!

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Are outside caterers permitted?

With superior service and high quality food, Rosewood Farms has hand-picked caterers for you to choose from. This is the only vendor you are required to select from their list. See it here! The kitchen shown below is part of the Suite where your bridal party can get ready and enjoy all the snacks, sandwiches and mimosas…

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Is a representative from the venue going to be on-site for the duration of the event?

Yes! A Venue Manager will be there to make sure everything associated with the venue runs smoothly.  If you would like more personalized assistance on your wedding day, you should consider hiring a Day-of Coordinator to help move things move along smoothly. +(Note: this is not required by the venue, but as a photographer who has seen countless instances of how integral and priceless a good coordinator/planner can be, I highly recommend you consider one rather than have a family member helping in this role!)

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Are there nearby hotels for guests to stay?

An Embassy Suites, SpringHill Suites and Courtyard Marriott are approx. 15-20 minutes away, in Newark, DE.

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What does it cost to host a wedding at Rosewood Farms?

Rental rates are provided upon request and vary depending on the time of year and day of the week.

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CONTACT + DIRECTIONS:

Rosewood Farms website: https://www.rosewoodfarmsmd.com/
Directions to Rosewood Farms: 1316 Singerly Road, Elkton, MD 21921
Phone: 443-350-9938
Contact: Katie White or Chrissy Timlin