When I learned Courtney + Dustin’s wedding would be held at Mt. Washington Tavern, I knew their guests were in for an incredibly fun and untraditional celebration! While living in Baltimore now, they met at a bar at University of Delaware and both grew up in very different places (NJ and Kentucky), so the start of their married life together was a way to highlight what they love about Baltimore and the design, decor and food/drink options at the tavern were a perfect fit!
Their ceremony was held in the Pimlico Room, cocktail hour at the Sky Bar patio and a ‘strolling reception’ with dinner stations located throughout the entire upper level of this modern tavern. Before the main festivities got underway, they got ready at the Marriott Waterfront and took advantage of the GORGEOUS summer day with a slight breeze and perfect blue skies…
With Courtney wearing an Essense of Australia gown from Amanda Ritchey Bridal that was made for twirling and Dustin in a navy Bonobos suit with a floral Tie Bar tie, these two were an absolutely stunning couple! Their joy as soon as they saw each other at the first look was one of my favorite moments; Courtney gave Dustin the biggest hug and they took some time to soak it all in before we walked to the promenade for some waterfront portraits.
If you missed their engagement photos, you need to see them here since they enjoyed Sagamore Spirit cocktails at Rye Street Tavern and there was no shortage of adorable glances at each other and lots of genuine laughter, my favorite.
Here are 4 reasons why Courtney + Dustin had such a memorable and amazing Baltimore wedding:
1. their date was 7 years EXACTLY to the day they met at a bar on University of Delaware’s campus
2. Ryan, their officiant, was also Dustin’s roommate in college and initially introduced them at the bar mentioned above
3. Mt Washington Tavern’s architecture and design is full of clean lines, bright walls inside and a deep gray exterior that made for the most moody romantic shots in the evening!
4. After a crazy long week of last minute coordination, travel, weather and wedding week stress for both of them, yesterday’s weather was better than any of us would have ever imagined or could have planned for in late August... we had a rain plan for portraits but desperately wanted them to happen outside (or maybe it was just me who was desperate about that) and not only did we take a ton on the water and outside for their first look and golden hour, but we were ahead of schedule every step of the way and that never happens, especially with a 14 person wedding party!
We are beyond grateful to have been a part of your wedding and are so excited to toast to your new adventures as Mr. & Mrs. Parrett, you kicked it off on quite a high note!!!
and working with this fabulous team was such a joy:
“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!
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.
I also couldn’t get over her pearl cathedral veil - it was so elegant, dotted with pearls of different sizes throughout the entire length.
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?!
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.
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.
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!
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! ;)