sneak peeks | kelsey + bryan's modern gray wedding at frederick douglass

One look at these two together and your heart just melts! The vibrant, contagious smiles on both of their faces stayed there all day; we couldn’t have been happier to be a part of Kelsey + Bryan’s modern waterfront wedding at Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park in Baltimore, one of the city’s oldest existing waterfront industrial buildings.

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To say their day was perfect is an understatement! Here are 7 reasons why this September wedding is one I’ll want to repeat over and over:

  1. dramatic clouds with no precipitation, no squinting and no harsh shadows; we had our pick of portrait locations because the clouds provided such even light

  2. a gentle breeze coming off the harbor as they recited their vows on a historic pier between two absolutely stunning sailboats, Lady Maryland and Sigsbee

  3. family that traveled from across the country and the pond to witness the beginning of their marriage together (some had never been to a big city like Baltimore!)

  4. a wedding party that helped us run ahead of schedule the entire time which rarely happens and made me so happy for them and the endless amount of photos we were able to take… my favorite of the day was when we found scooters right in front of the metal doors at Frederick Douglass and this too-cute-for-words couple, hopped on for a photo like it was their JOB!

  5. the ice cream sandwich bar with cookies made by the groom’s mom and ice cream by Taharka Bros… we won’t talk about the mini donut burger appetizers that Copper Kitchen provided during cocktail hour (!)

  6. the bride’s dad built wooden lanterns that were the perfect ceremony and cocktail hour decor filled with eucalyptus, greenery and anemones.

  7. and if all of that wasn’t enough, guests enjoyed a prime view of fireworks across the harbor from the dance floor during the reception (that were completely unexpected and a happy accident, thanks to Fort McHenry’s Defenders Day)!

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We are so happy and honored to have gotten to know you two over the last year and hope you have the most memorable and relaxing honeymoon in Key West! Here’s hoping they can make you a Camden Crush to sip on the beach!! ;) Cheers to the new, #marriedmacks!

shoutout to the incredible vendor team!

venue: Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park
florist: Bay Blossoms
DJ: Paul Parrinello
Officiant: Rev. Lauren Muratore
catering: Copper Kitchen
dessert: Taharka Bros. Ice Cream + cookies by groom’s mom
hair: Allison Harper & Co
makeup: Swept LLC
wedding dress: Casablanca
dress boutique: Savvi
groomsmen attire: The Black Tux
groomsmen accessories: The Tie Bar
invitations: Etsy + couple DIY
reception decor: Event Dynamics
transportation: Apollo Transportation

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

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

kathryn + casey | vibrant fall wyndridge farm craft brewery wedding

These lovebirds are absolutely beautiful people inside and out; I’m SO excited to share Kathryn and Casey’s vibrant fall wedding day with you! Their September wedding date held so much meaning because Kathryn’s grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at that same time!!!

You need to read on to learn about the prominent piece of her wedding jewelry that her grandma made over the course of 20+ years… it made me tear up when I first heard it, such a beautiful way to incorporate a tangible family heirloom over the years!

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But first, a quick recap of how their love story began…

Having been together since high school, Kathryn + Casey officially started dating in 2009 over Qdoba and Blockbuster (movie + mexican food?! ...my kind of date night!) and have bonded over a love of being outdoors, part of a close knit family, their furbaby, Cooper (who may or may not have his own Insta...) and spending summer nights enjoying a cold beer outside on the patio with cafe string lights above. These are my kind of people!!!

When Kathryn told me their wedding venue was going to be at Wyndridge Farms in Dallastown, PA, I knew it was THE perfect place for them… I also did a happy dance because of all of the unique and beautiful backdrops I knew we’d have for portraits: a modern red barn, metal brewery architecture, idyllic rolling hills and an incredible outdoor chapel to start!

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The back of Kathryn’s Essense of Australia wedding dress was exquisite and fit her perfectly… I love how all the color and texture in her elegant garden-inspired bouquet compliments the dress too! You’ll also notice all of the hand-lettered calligraphy and signage throughout the ceremony, reception and paper goods that the bride did herself!! I’m honestly in awe of the vision Kathryn had and how beautifully it all came together.

Side note: one of our previous Urban Row brides is the bridesmaid buttoning Kathryn’s dress in the photo below (hi Abby!) and one of our future Urban Row brides is also a bridesmaid (hi Marissa!)… all 3 of these ladies share a love of dogs like I do and have included their #urbanrowpup in either their wedding or engagement photos!

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Venues that have separate and spacious getting ready suites for both the bride AND the groom are hard to come by, but you can find them here! Wyndridge maximizes the natural light that pours into each space so each side of the bridal party has a ton of room to relax, prep and look their best in, not to mention easy access to outside AND the upstairs reception space… and DOG FRIENDLY facilities!!!

Hello, Cooper… the BEST golden doodle dog of honor there ever was!

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Kathryn’s grandma started her pearl necklace the day she was born and added a pearl to it on each birthday, culminating in the final pearl in the strand for her wedding day…! Hello meaningful bridal jewelry, I want more of you! (*hint, hint, future Urban Row brides*)

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This might be my favorite image of the first half of the day mainly because every single person is so full of genuine joy… and those colorful bouquets completely POP against the mix of dusty blue and green Show Me Your Mumu bridesmaid dresses!

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Sparkler exits are such a fun way to end the best day of your life with everyone cheering you on! Wyndridge makes it so easy to capture with their outdoor patio forming a perfect path to exit and kiss your best friend in front of all of your family and friends.

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Kathryn and Casey, we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of the official start to your incredible love story, 10 years in the making… CHEERS to the best paw-rents Cooper could ask for! We love you both and are constantly wishing we could do it all over again... how about a first anniversary trip back at the farm? :)

venue: Wyndridge Farms
flowers: Flowers by Bauers
dress: Essense of Australia
dress boutique + veil: Claire's Fashions
bridesmaid dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
bride's shoes: Jack Rogers
ring: Saxon's Diamond Center + Kay Jewelers
bride's makeup: Lauren Merrick
bridesmaids' makeup: Jaclyn Kelly Price
hair: Colleen Kelly
officiant: Mike Antinozzi
suits: Generation Tux
ties: The Tie Bar
DJ: Club Ouzo Entertainment
invitations/signage/decor: Kathryn, the bride :)
desserts: Lancaster Cupcake

sneak peeks | lauren + jeff's elegant fall holly hedge estate wedding

I’m a huge believer in learning something new from every experience you go through and every person you meet… so with this sneak peek, I’m sharing 3 things I learned from Lauren + Jeff’s October wedding at Holly Hedge Estate.

  1. no matter what the weather forecast says, always carry at least one clear umbrella in your trunk.

  2. groomsmen should always check their pants BEFORE the wedding day to make sure they’re the right color and no one has black in what was supposed to be a sea of navy. just sayin’… LOL! It’s the best way to eliminate delays in portrait time if you don’t need to wait for the best man to drive 40 minutes to Men’s Wearhouse and back. ;)

  3. being in a relaxed state of mind is the most important thing you can bring to your wedding day… the ceremony was moved inside at the last minute and it started raining right before their first look… despite the unexpected cloudy, drizzly and dreary weather, we captured amazing moments of Lauren + Jeff, their family and the best day of their lives! we’ll always capture you in the most flattering way possible, you just need to give us some quality time with the love of your life!

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I can’t get over how absolutely stunning their Fall wedding was, amongst so much love from all over the country and with a ceremony in the stone barn that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house!

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Lauren’s timeless sense of style and elegance came together so beautifully at Holly Hedge; from the subtle texture and intricate beading on her Theia scoop backed wedding gown to her classic white strappy heels and classic low bun updo…

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Fall weddings have my heart… if you want in on this magical time of year, you know where to go to reach out! Now I need to go for a walk in the crunchy leaves that haven’t turned color yet but are still falling down… yikes!

vendor love:

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

lauren + jeff | general warren inn romantic garden engagement

lauren + jeff | general warren inn romantic garden engagement

A beautifully historic Pennsylvania inn was the backdrop for so many moments in their relationship, so it had to be the location of their engagement session! Spoiler Alert: Jeff’s surprise proposal will bring tears to your eyes…

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