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WEDDING BLOG

Mid-Century Minimalist Baltimore Wedding at Mt. Washington Mill Dye House

After falling in love with the history and the architecture of Mt. Washington Mill Dye House in Maryland, Alexis and Mark knew that they had found the perfect backdrop for the industrial minimalist wedding they had always wanted! With the help of Eventi Florals & Events and the floral talents of Crimson & Clover Floral Design, the couple hung greenery and Edison bulbs from the rafters, set up raw wood tables and copper chairs, and added bright, colorful blooms for a look that was uniquely them. Alexis was a bride after our hearts, and not just because she styled her fun and flirty Hayley Paige gown with a magnolia headpiece and sparkly Jimmy Choos! She learned hand-lettering prior to the wedding and made each of the magnolia leaf place cards for their guests — how sweet is that?! We can hardly get over how captivating these images from With Love & Embers turned out and how the couple radiated excitement from beginning to end!

The Couple:

Alexis and Mark

The Wedding:

Mt. Washington Mill Dye House, Baltimore, Maryland

My wedding day fashion could be described as modern glam with a touch of stripes and a dash of glitter! I loved everything about my dress from the subtle white satin stripes, to the asymmetric hem and the darling open back. The details were unique and it felt like the perfect dress for me. I wore my hair down with a white half flower crown. My nails were ombre french with glitter (so fun!) and shoes were ombre light blue glitter pumps by Jimmy Choo. I also had the diamonds from both of my late grandmothers’ engagement rings made into earrings for the wedding which felt very special to have a part of them with me on my wedding day. 

Mark and I originally wanted to have the wedding in DC where we met and still live, but couldn’t find a venue that we loved and was within our budget. We expanded our search to Baltimore and fell in love with The Mt. Washington Mill Dye House. The building was originally an old cotton mill built in the 1800s that was recently renovated and still has many of the original structural elements. The venue had so much potential with its tall ceilings, exposed beams, natural light, and exposed brick. We knew this was the space for us and looked no further!

The most memorable part of the day was probably our photo session with Jill and Ryan right after our ceremony. Mark and I both love to hike and are pretty adventurous so Jill and Ryan knew we would be up for anything including climbing over a tall fence into a dry river bed in my wedding dress and Jimmy Choos. It was nice to get away for a moment to enjoy our first moments adventuring as husband and wife and the photos were totally worth it!

When it comes to planning your wedding, sit down with your partner early on in the process, and have a conversation about what you do and don’t want to include in your wedding. Do you want a big wedding or a small wedding? Adult only or all ages? Religious, non-religious or hybrid? Destination or local? Ideal budget vs max budget? Then own those decisions and stand by them as a couple! Friends, family and even complete strangers may try to impose their own ideas of what your wedding should or shouldn’t be like. I’m here to remind you that this is your wedding, not theirs! It’s totally okay to skip any wedding traditions or wedding related events that don’t feel right to you. As long as both of you are happy with what you planned that’s all that matters.

I knew that I wanted hand-lettered greenery for my place cards but was trying to save money wherever I could. So a few months before the wedding, I bought a book and taught myself how to hand letter. It’s actually quite easy to learn and a great stress reliever! A few weeks before the wedding I ordered about 200 preserved magnolia leaves and began hand lettering guests’ names with gold leaf pens. I would only complete about 5-10 done per hour so you can imagine how long it took to complete 125 of them, but it was totally worth it! I was so proud of the end result and how it perfectly tied in with the overall decor. Our guests loved them so much, many of them took their leaves home with them!

Processional – “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Haley Reinhart and “Canon in D” by Pachelbel
Recessional – “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates
First Dance – “Amsterdam” by Gregory Alan Isakov

The Wedding Team:

Photography – With Love & Embers
Event Planning – Eventi Florals & Events
Venue – Mt. Washington Mill Dye House
Floral Design – Crimson & Clover Floral Design
Catering – Copper Kitchen
Cake – Sugar Bakers Cakes
DJ – DJ Phlipz
Stationery – Ruby the Fox
Makeup Artist – Makeup by Dina
Hair Styling – Shelby Anderson Beauty and Hair by Faneela
Wedding Dress – Hayley Paige
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rentals – Something Vintage Rentals
Lighting – Revolution Event Design & Production

 

Congratulations to Alexis and Mark, and a special thanks to Junebug member With Love & Embers for sharing this Mt. Washington Mill Dye House wedding! For more from this talented photographer, check out this earthy forest elopement at Ricketts Glen State Park!

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We’re Starry-Eyed Over This Rustic Celestial Wedding on a Private Vermont Farm

If you think Madison and Ken’s celestial wedding is incredible, just wait until you read the story behind it! Their wedding day was set at a private family farm and was entirely inspired by the starry night they saw on their first trip to their farm while they were dating. To recreate that magical night, the couple set up a clear tent, hung dozens of star lanterns, and added celestial-themed details that took their guests on a wildly romantic journey. Petals Vermont then rounded out the overall rustic look with tons of greenery and red blooms. Even more captivating than the details, though, was the love and the gratitude Madison and Ken exuded throughout their entire day. Thanks to their fabulously talented photographer, Hannah of Ramblefree Photo Co., we felt every ounce of emotion these two poured into each other and into their guests — it was truly a sight to behold!

The Couple:

Madison and Ken

The Wedding:

Private Farm, Orwell, Vermont

From the very beginning, it was important to us that our wedding be a true representation of who we are as a couple. We wanted our guests to see hints of us in all elements of the day. It was also very important to us that our guests (almost all of whom traveled from New Jersey to be with us) had a spectacular time and felt loved and appreciated. Creating that feeling began with selecting our venue. We often visit Ken‘s aunt and uncle at their farm in Vermont (one of our favorite places to be) and we were so fortunate that they allowed us to host our wedding there.

The first time Ken took me to visit the farm, as we were arriving near Orwell in the middle of the night, he pulled the car to the side of the road and we laid down on the ground to look up at the stars. It was a special moment, and the vision of that night sky never left us. So, we wanted to encourage all of our guests to take a moment to look up and appreciate the same view. Our starry night theme grew from there — complete with a clear tent and star lanterns.

As we planned, we tried to make sure everything we included in the day felt true to us and what we love most–from the save-the-dates (camp-themed notebooks) and campfire (which represented our love of camping and the outdoors) to the dinner music (all from bands we had seen live over the years) to the lawn games (which represented the game nights we host for our friends) to our insistence that there be delicious, unfussy food (including the BIGGEST cheese board) for our guests to nosh on and good booze on tap to drink (mainstays at all parties we host as we love to cook).

We decided that we wanted to write our own vows early on in our planning process, but we still wanted to recite some of the same promises to one another. Together, we wrote a set of vows that we would both repeat to one another, then each of us wrote our own personal vows that we read to each other for the first time during the ceremony. Ken wrote about a night he surprised me by driving me out into middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania in the middle of the night to watch a meteor shower. I wrote about one of the first conversations we ever had. Reading the vows in front of our loved ones felt so personal and powerful, and it helped tell the story of how we fell in love.

One piece of advice I read early on was to only choose things to include in your wedding that really speak to you, and I think we took that to heart. Nothing was included in our wedding “just because” and we spent a lot of time curating elements that best conveyed how we felt about the day and each other. It was hard work, but the end result was so rewarding. It was truly a day that we will never forget. Trust your gut and have fun planning, what made our planning experience so enjoyable was that we treated it as an opportunity to reflect on our journey.

Because our guests traveled from so far, it was important to us that they felt appreciated and cared for, so there were lots of special things to take home! Welcome boxes were given out at the hotels that included trail mix, local chocolate, and planispheres depicting the constellations, among other odds and ends. At the wedding, enameled camp mugs with s’mores fixings inside were given out, as well as serape blankets.

We spent a lot of time on DIY elements for the wedding! We packaged our save-the-dates and helped design our invitation suite. For the decor, we stained and finished the wood moons used for the seating chart and place cards, stained and finished the cornhole boards and moon backdrop my uncle built for us, and built our ceremony arch. Lastly, I embroidered the embroidery hoops with constellations to use as our table numbers, assembled our welcome boxes and the s’mores favors, and assembled and hung all the star lanterns. PHEW!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Ramblefree Photo Co.
Floral Design – Petals Vermont
Catering – The Great Northern
Cake – Cafe Provence
DJ – Digital DJ
Videography – Echo in Dreams
Stationery – Honeybee Paper Co.
Vow Books – Field Notes
Hair and Makeup Artist – Finishing Touch
Wedding Dress – Hayley Paige
Bridal Accessories – Tilly Thomas Lux
Reception Dress – Charlie Bear
Second Shooter: Alyssa Hitchcock
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – BHLDN
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – Indochino
Rings – Craig Brady
Transportation – Betcha Transit
Rentals – Vermont Tent Company and The Hanging Lantern Company
Signage – Sweet Caroline Collective
Photo Booth – Photo Booth Planet

 

Our biggest congratulations to Madison and Ken, and a special thanks to Junebug member Ramblefree Photo Co. for sharing this incredible celestial wedding! Love this whimsical theme? This celestial Joshua Tree elopement is out of this world!

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6 Wedding Themes That are Trending in 2020

July 17, 2019 | juliette

photo by Button Up Photography

As hard as it is to believe, 2020 is just around the corner! And do you know what that means? A whole new crop of incredible wedding themes, of course! Couples continue to get more and more creative each year, putting unique twists on old favorites and elevating current themes to fit a more modern look. From desert chic to tropical opulence (or “tropulence”), these six wedding themes will be everywhere in 2020.

Desert Chic

Desert chic is a perfect theme for boho brides who want to add elegance to a desert landscape. This theme is all about enhancing the natural surroundings with colors that either complement or make a bold statement to stand out. It’s a little less Southwest-inspired and more city-inspired but with a totally organic feel.

photos by Sarah Linda Photography, planning by Heartthrob Weddings and Events, venue:The Ruin Venue, floral design by Tropic of Flowers, wedding dress by Rue De Seine and LoversLand, rentals from Signature Party Rentals and Circa Vintage Rentals; see more from this wedding here!

photo by SambaJoy Photo & Art, planning by Wild Heart Events, venue: 29 Palms Inn, floral design by Idlewild Floral, rentals from Folklore Vintage Rentals; see more from this wedding here!

Moroccan

Moroccan has been trending for a very long time, and we’re not seeing it slowing down anytime soon! The best part of choosing a Moroccan theme (besides the fact that it’s stunning) is that you can really go all-out or keep it subtle. Maximalism is definitely haven’t a moment right now, which is ideal for Moroccan themes. But minimalist Moroccan is still very much a thing and is ideal for couples who want a theme without overwhelming their venue.

photos by Tali Photography, planning and venue: Villa Taj Marrakech, floral design by Catherine Villier, wedding dress by One Day Bridal, rentals from Maev Weddings; see more from this wedding here!

photos by Jordan Voth Photography, planning by Crosby & Jon, venue: Rancho Las Lomas, floral design by Soiree Floral Design, wedding dress by Galia Lahav, rentals from Archive Rentals; see more from this wedding here!

California Cool

California cool can mean so many different things to different people. So, for 2020 weddings, we’re seeing California cool as fresh and elegant. Elegant winery settings, all-white weddings attire and decor, and luxurious floral designs are all part of creating this look. So, it’s elegant without all the fuss.

photos by Anna’s Photography, planning by So Eventful, venue: Viansa Winery, wedding dress by Ines Di Santo, rentals from Encore Events; see more from this wedding here!

photos by Britt Crowe, planning and floral design by Hitched Planning + Floral, wedding dress by Anomalie; see more from this wedding here!

Wanderlust

When we say a “wanderlust” themed wedding, we don’t just mean adding travel-inspired decor. (That is, of course, a beautiful option that we still love!) The wanderlust theme for 2020 will be less about the decor and more about embracing an epic locale. Think weddings on cliffs, overlooking mountains, or in the heart of downtown city streets. These are the weddings that, when you see photos, instantly make you want to jump on a plane to anywhere. It speaks to the experiences-over-materials trend that’s growing in every aspect of life, and it’s definitely producing some seriously swoon-worthy weddings!

photos by Lighthouse Photography, planning by Santorini Glam Weddings, reception venue: Kamares Apartments, floral design by Betty Flowers Santorini, wedding dress by Grace Loves Lace, arch rental from Weddings & Whimsy; see more from this wedding here!

photos by Nisha Ravji Photography, ceremony venue: The Medici Fountain, reception venue: Ellsworth, floral design by L’Artisan Fleuriste, wedding dress by Grace Loves Lace, groom’s apparel by De Fursac; see more from this wedding here!

’70s Rock and Roll

Don’t worry, retro weddings are still very much a thing! But couples are adding a rock and roll edge to their ’70s-inspired weddings, and we are here for it! In addition to retro palettes, they are combining vintage and country decor, nudie and leather details, and classic elements to evoke this golden era of time and music.

photos by Sarah Murray Photography, venue: Buxton Hall, floral design by Springvine Design, wedding dress by Morgane Le Fay, bridal party jackets by Rusty Cuts, groom’s apparel by Union Western Clothing, rentals from East West Vintage and East Fork; see more from this wedding here!

photos by Hana Alsoudi Photography

Tropical Opulence (aka Tropulence)

You heard it here first: tropical opulence is going to be such a huge trend for weddings in 2020 that it needed its own word! So, what is tropulence exactly? It’s luxurious and lavish with a tropical twist. So, while the organic and natural feel of boho tropical weddings will never go out of style, tropical opulence takes it one step further with gold accents, lush florals, and luxurious textures.

photos by Button Up Photography

photos by Kathrin Krok PhotographyTracy Krapf, venue: Wolkenburg, floral design by Shabby Chic Events, wedding dress by Eddy K; see more from this wedding here!

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