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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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! ;)
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!
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!
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 foundationof 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!
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!)
Where do guests park? Surface parking lots are available on-site.
How many events are hosted per day? Just yours!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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…
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!)
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.
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.
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…*
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?
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!
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!
The grooms and their guys have definitely been stepping up their style game too! Most popular continues to be gray and navy suits…
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!
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?
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… ;)
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!
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.
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…
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?
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.
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!
Donut towers, custom cotton candy flavors, cookie tables, smith island cakes, cinnamon rolls… who wants just cake anymore?
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!
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!
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!