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

megan + chris | modern Main Street Ballroom wedding | ellicott city maryland

You know how some people come into your life at the right time and you don’t exactly know how it happened but you count your lucky stars that they aligned when they did? Megan + Chris are those people for me.

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Not only do you easily feel like you’ve known them forever after first meeting them, but you immediately see how perfectly paired they are for each other. Just look at the way he looks at her!! We share a love of so many aspects of city life (Patterson Park love story couples unite!), urban art/murals and craft beer…

The way Chris makes Megan laugh is so honest, genuine and full of life. I can’t wait to share their wedding day with you and the 6 reasons you will LOVE Megan + Chris’ modern industrial Main Street Ballroom wedding!!!

  1. her Dad wore a kilt during their father daughter first look to nod to his Scottish heritage

  2. Megan knew she wanted her bridesmaids to wear comfortable and cute shirts while getting ready but not the typical robes or pajamas… for a fall wedding, what’s better than FLANNEL with champagne bottles being popped by the bride?

  3. they changed into personalized Converse shoes for the reception and their dance moves as they were introduced are some of my favorite EVER

  4. their signature drink menu was a nod to their pups (yay for #urbanrowpup cameo appearances at weddings)

  5. the most unique and larger than life handmade ceremony backdrop you’ve ever seen!!!

  6. Megan and Chris took advantage of their historic and picturesque location in Ellicott City and prioritized portraits throughout Main Street which meant an amazing variety of backdrops for their photos… there was even a vintage blue 1962 Ford Falcon on the Main Street Ballroom patio waiting for them!

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The inspiration for their decor started with the timing of the wedding day - it marked 3 years since Megan and Chris had their very first date. Since Chris proposed at the pagoda in Patterson Park (peek their engagement photos here!), getting ready at The Wayside Inn was a perfect way to incorporate the comfort of a spacious and historic bed and breakfast with a park-like setting for portraits before arriving at Main Street Ballroom.

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From the start of the planning process, Megan and Chris had their friends and family in mind for every detail of their Ellicott City wedding. Macy and Jeanne of Enchanting Events & Design lead the planning of their day and executed it all so flawlessly, we were so grateful for all their talent and help both behind the scenes and on-site every step of the way - they never stopped smiling!

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Cheers to endlessly celebrating your newlywed status, Mr. + Mrs. DeMillo! We loved being a part of your love story and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both!!

xo,
Naomi

Nothing but love for this incredible vendor team!

planning: Enchanting Events & Design
venue: Main Street Ballroom
getting ready (ladies): The Wayside Inn
getting ready (gents): The Quintessential Gentleman
flowers: Washday Floral
caterer: Eleven Courses Catering
dress: Essense of Australia, D2126 style
dress boutique: Amanda Ritchey Bridal
earrings: Kendra Scott
bridesmaids dresses: Adrianna Papell
bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka and Converse
suits: Jos A Bank
ties: Tie Bar
rings: Nelson Coleman
makeup: Dorsey Beauty
hair: Pins Curls Hair Artistry
officiant: Rev. Lauren Muratore
DJ: Theron Steiner
videographer: Thomas Edges
photobooth: Pixilated
invitations: Melanie Emerson
desserts: Sugar Bakers Cakes
leather jacket lettering: Adam Stab
signage: Signs of Our Lives
calligraphy: Jes Smith Designs
ceremony metal heart backdrop: Machen Art

unique and fun ways to personalize your wedding day

If there’s one thing I constantly hear from couples it’s that they want their wedding to be fun, memorable and a great experience for their guests who are traveling far and wide to celebrate their relationship…

But you know what I hear just as often that makes me even more excited for what’s to come in this industry? NON-TRADITIONAL details, elements, approaches and experiences making their way into wedding days like never before. HECK to the YES, PLEASE!!

Notice the custom hanging metal sculpture behind Megan + Chris below!? A super talented metalworker friend designed and fabricated it for them! *note to self: brainstorm how to incorporate friends talents…*

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There are so many great ways to personalize your wedding and ensure stunning and sophisticated photos. Here are just a few of the favorites we’ve seen in 2018 paired together as opposites to show you all the creative ideas out there… if there’s one thing I’m all about, it’s visual inspiration! Some bright, bold and vibrant, others moody, monochromatic and minimalist… ALL beautiful and part of the story of your best day ever!!

Let’s begin with where it officially starts for you, the RING! So many choices to hold your precious diamond… are you a Kate Spade lover? Or a Mrs. Box collector (so many colors to choose from!)? Or something with more of a handmade, textured feel?

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Which pup has the best style?! ;) 1000% YES to having your dog at your wedding! Furever & Fur Always is a great resource for all of your wedding day doggie care needs!

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Are you envisioning blush floral print dresses for your girls (BHLDN/Jenny Yoo style) or more moody jewel-tones with some sparkle and beading? Maybe cool blue/green tone variations or preppy striped navy bridesmaid dresses?! Either way, mix and match looks have my heart!

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The grooms and their guys have definitely been stepping up their style game too! Most popular continues to be gray and navy suits…

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I can’t help but love slate blue suits as well, especially against an industrial backdrop like this metal wall at the Accelerator Space! This combo of light blue ties for the guys with a floral tie for the groom is making me swoon… or are you team black tie with classic black tuxes and bowties like Miles and his men?

What about fun custom shirts for your squad? Loving the preppy look of personalized pajamas and monogrammed floral robes!

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Florals… aka I never met a bouquet I didn’t love. What’s your favorite when it comes to flowers? Do you love a certain style or shape of bouquet?

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Speaking of flowers and greenery… what kind of portrait backdrops do you love? Ivy walls are always so classic and lush but mosaics add a fun artistic twist! Hint, hint: the American Visionary Art Museum has both and is one of the most unique venues I’ve ever seen that just happens to be steps away from downtown Baltimore and the waterfront… ;)

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Have you considered custom invitations for your wedding? MLC Designs created this elegant and comprehensive suite for our December couple (below) and it was the perfect way to set the tone for their festive winter wedding at the Baltimore Country Club! Programs, napkins, escort cards, drink menus and other reception signage are all additional ways to make a statement with your day of details!

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An October wedding at Holly Hedge Estate incorporated a subdued rustic theme while the whimsical vintage invitation by Hello Tenfold (with the fox save the date below) carried a botanical aesthetic throughout the suite for our Richmond, VA couple.

Loving this splash of color in a bright, garden inspired floral invitation suite paired with the floral lace on the bride’s veil! Another floral look focused on a soft romantic feel with Lauren’s lavender and gold invitation suite.

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PRO TIP: Want an easy way to bring variety to your bridal look without breaking the bank? Some brides have 2 dresses but even more frequently I’m seeing 2 totally different pairs of shoes and I LOVE IT! Shoes can easily be worn again after your wedding and they’ll make your feet smile when you change into flats to dance the night away! ;)

The hardest part is going to be narrowing down your choices…

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First looks! Inside or outside, I LOVE when couples take advantage of them… more time together means more photos before the day gets away from you, more intimate emotions and quiet moments to make memories of just the two of you…

Chuppahs and ceremony backdrops designed with lush flowers and natural elements or more minimally designed with copper tubing to accent a venue full of unique architectural features… which do you prefer?

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There are so many creative ways to feed your guests! Oyster bars, mashed potato bars, brunch bars… you dream it, it can be fed to you.

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Eleven Courses Catering (below) is one of the most talented caterers I’ve worked with and not only presents their food in artistic and beautiful ways but also ensures it tastes better than you’d ever imagine a catered dinner could taste!

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Donut towers, custom cotton candy flavors, cookie tables, smith island cakes, cinnamon rolls… who wants just cake anymore?

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Ombre tablescape, anyone? Crimson + Clover Floral Design CRUSHED this one!!

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Lighting can make such a difference in a space! When it poured at the end of Lauren + Matt’s wedding, we still were able to go outside for some epic shots on the patio at the Accelerator Space since it was tented and they had hung string lights to enhance the twinkle effect!

At Lauren + Jeff’s Holly Hedge Estate wedding, mother nature played a role in their portraits at the end of the night and I loved the opportunity we had to take advantage of creative lighting in the rain!

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Exiting at the end of the night is another way to have fun and create a lasting memory for your guests with sparklers, confetti, bubbles, lanterns or simply a fun getaway car!

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Here’s to making your wedding the best celebration it can be, full of as much personality as the two of you!! I’d love to hear from you… leave a comment with some of the unique details and elements you’re thinking of including on your day!

haven street ballroom | industrial warehouse baltimore wedding venue

Looking for a space to celebrate? Let me introduce you to Haven Street Ballroom, Baltimore’s newest industrial, airy (the inside is all white!) and quirky event venue designed with your wedding day in mind.

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From the founder of Main Street Ballroom in Historic Ellicott City, Haven Street Ballroom is nestled between a brewery and an axe-throwing bar in the heart of an industrial neighborhood easily accessible from I-95 and right down the street from my favorite East Baltimore neighborhoods, Patterson Park and Canton.

If you know me at all, you know I love my venues to have history, character, pops of color yet still neutral overall and all the quirks! Their tagline of “a blank slate with character" couldn’t be more true…

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Currently under construction but accepting bookings for events on or after May 1, 2019, I had the opportunity to capture these branding images with real Baltimore brides and it couldn’t have been more fun! Think champagne opened with axes (I stayed back!) after learning the ropes next door at Urban Axes and ending our time with a beer at their other next door neighbor, Monument City Brewing.

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That’s pretty much how I envision a wedding day unfolding here: the guys hanging at Urban Axes to expend nervous energy and the after party spilling over to Monument to enjoy their unique and hand-crafted brews. Anthony and I will meet ya there for a 51 Rye (his favorite), while I’ll sip a sour... ;)

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ABOUT HAVEN STREET BALLROOM

Designed with photography in mind, all couples are welcome at Haven Street Ballroom. This historic warehouse will continue to have an industrial feel once renovations are complete, that celebrates its eclectic look and truly is a blank slate with character, the perfect place to bring your vision to life and celebrate your wedding day in Charm City!

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INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR WEDDING AT HAVEN STREET BALLROOM? HERE ARE SOME QUICK FACTS:

With warehouse venues and industrial chic weddings becoming so popular, what makes Haven Street Ballroom unique?
The minimalist policies and flexibility allow you to make the venue all your own. The flexible indoor/outdoor floorplan and unprecedented rental window of 8am-midnight, add value to your special event by giving you the freedom and creativity to create a truly customized celebration.

How many guests can be accommodated for a seated dinner?
200+ guests can be comfortably accommodated for a seated dinner with room for a dance floor, but the space is also easily divisible for smaller events.

Where do guests park?
In a private gated, surface parking lot, just steps from the front door.

How many events are hosted per day?
If you book the entire venue, then you are the only client on the day of your event.

How early do couples have access to the space on their wedding day?
As early as 8 a.m. for set up and as late as midnight for cleanup... and there is no charge for that extra time.

Are there spaces for the bridal party to get ready on site?
A private, fully-furnished bridal suite will be available with a private dressing area and hair & makeup stations.

Do couples have access to the entire facility on their wedding day?
Yes!

Are chairs and tables included with rental of the space?
Tables and chairs for 120 guests are included with the rental of the space.

Are outside caterers permitted?
All licensed and insured caterers are welcome at Haven Street Ballroom.

Is a representative from the venue going to be on-site for the duration of the event? 
Yes, an on-site venue manager will be with you throughout your event.

What does it cost to host a wedding at Haven Street Ballroom?
Introductory pricing is exclusively for clients who book their event while the Ballroom is still under construction. See early 2019 rates here.

Is the facility handicapped accessible?
Yes, the venue is 7,500 square feet of indoor space and 3,500 square feet of optional outdoor space all on one level.

CONTACT + DIRECTIONS:

Haven Street Ballroom website: www.havenstreetballroom.com
Directions: 1 North Haven Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: 410.600.7780
Contact: Kate Ansari

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Videographer: Ten Twenty Seven Films 
Signage: White Coffee Creative
Glam: Kate Face Beauty and PSC Hair Artistry
Brides: Melissa Long, Simona Noce, Jessica Jenelle,
Cashmere Jefferson, Tanaya Moore

alexis + logan | lavender and navy country club of maryland wedding

When Logan told me how the proposal story happened, I almost cried happy tears right then and there… “I realized that all I wanted to do was be with her as I stared out the window. I remember saying to myself "Well, that seems to be that...it's time to make sure I can always come home to her".

Logan, you can now officially always come home to Alexis - YAY! Your wedding day was one for the record books… I know your home will always be filled with so much humor, movie/Office quote references and plenty of fajita making nights. :)

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A touch of classic detailing in the ringbearer’s seersucker light blue suit and lavender/navy bowtie - loved how Cohen’s Clothiers outfitted this little heartbreaker!!!

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Alexis’ wedding dress by Morilee had POCKETS and the best train EVER!!

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Pops of blue against the walls and lawns of green were such an elegant look for this spring country club wedding with the sweetest flower girls!!

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So many expressions to love when bridal parties line up and CRUSH it like this! Loving the groom’s GQ face and also the ringbearer at the end, living his best wedding life!!

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That moment when the fire department walks into your ceremony after the alarms were going off falsely multiple times… yup, that happened!

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A cake topped with firemen legos because… see above!… an epic Pittsburgh cookie table and floss moves meant smiles all around! Seriously, we couldn’t love Alexis and Logan more if we tried - this couple had SO much fun at their Memorial Day weekend wedding even with clouds that threatened rain the entire time.

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Cheers to you both and all the fun, lighthearted outlook you brought to the day… can we do it all over again next May? Minus the firemen, maybe. ;) It was an absolute dream to be part of your wedding!!!

xo,
Naomi

venue + caterer: Country Club of Maryland
florist: Maryland Bay Blossoms
DJ: Music Masters
wedding dress: Morilee
bridesmaids dresses: Hayley Paige Occasions
veil: bride’s mom!
shoes: Kelly + Katie
groomsmen attire: Jos A. Bank
ringbearer’s suit and tie: Cohen’s Clothiers
hair and makeup: 100 West Salon, Timonium
cake: Grauls
invitation: White Lace
transportation: Z Best Limo

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