An Intimate Vintage Wedding in Historic Annapolis

October 21, 2011

Jennifer and Brian brought together their closest friends and family for an intimate civil ceremony in historic Annapolis, Maryland.

Jennifer and her sister made her amazing bouquet out of vintage brooches. They followed this tutorial on Fancy Pants Weddings and it didn’t even take long to make!

Jennifer and Brian always knew that they didn’t want a big wedding. They chose the Annapolis location because it reminded them of a New England coastal town – Brian is from Connecticut and he and Jennifer met there in nursing school. Once they saw the charm of the courthouse, they knew it was the perfect fit.

Jennifer says, “It was just a happy day for both of us. We had been talking about it since we met.”

Jennifer and Brian had such fantastic style and the historic buildings really complemented their look.

Restaurant: Piccola Roma
Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcake
Groom’s Suit: www.indochino.com
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Cole Hann
Bride’s Purse: Etsy’s Liberina Bags
Rings: Etsy’s titaniumknights
Veil: Etsy’s MarlaJDesigns
Earrings: Etsy’s MeredithGrace
Necklace: Etsy’s Two Little Doves

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A Garden Wedding Full of Blooms

October 14, 2011

On a gorgeous day in late September Svetlana and Scott were married in a garden full of colorful flowers at Mrs. K’s Tollhouse in Silver Spring, MD.

The bride says, “We could not be happier and more blessed to have met each other. We grew up in different parts of the world. I am from Russia and my husband was born and raised in Maryland. We had completely different upbringings, educations, religious backgrounds, and friends…. yet it is so amazing how similar we are and how we have the same dreams and aspirations!”

Svetlana’s family traveled from Russia to walk her down the aisle.

The outdoor oasis made for an elegant ceremony and a relaxed cocktail hour on the large patio.

All of the bouquets and centerpieces were lovely. I was amazed to learn that the bride made them all herself! When I asked her about it she said, “My aunt is a florist in Russia. As a child I loved spending all my time with her and watching her make amazing arrangements. When I decided to do all my own wedding flower arrangements, I knew I needed to give her a call! After a few trips to a craft store I was ready.”

The couple was so happy to have everyone together, “It was especially meaningful to see a room filled with people who loved us and were thrilled to see each of us so happy; all to witness the beginning of a long life of love, commitment, and adventures to come.”

Mrs. K’s Tollhouse is a really unique venue, converted into a restaurant from a Tollhouse in 1930. The house is divided into many dining rooms and still maintains its historic pinewood floors and includes Benjamin Franklin era novelties. The entire lower level is a dining area encompassed by an incredible wine cellar.

Location: Mrs. K’s Tollhouse Restaurant, Silver Spring, MD
Catering Manager: Christina Indianos, Mrs. K’s Tollhouse
DJ:  Marc Wilner, Washington Talent
Cake: Classic Bakery
Bride’s dress: Jacqueline Exclusive, Filene’s Basement
Bride’s shoes:  Me Too, Zappos
Bride’s rings:  Tiffany & Co.
Bride’s Hairpiece: Claire’s
Groom’s ring: Jared’s
Groom’s Suit: SYMS
Hair and Makeup: Jordan Winn
Floral arrangements: All created by the bride, Svetlana

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A School-Book Romance

October 13, 2011

Shanté and Chris had a really fun school-themed wedding with lots of DIY creations made by the bride! The couple met in middle school and used elements from their school days to inspire the entire day, starting with the invitation.

Rather than using a limo, everyone got into the perfectly on theme, school bus to head over to the reception. It made for some really fun and unique photos.

Every table was designated by a subject, including home economics, art and music.

Guests took home a brown bag lunch favor with goodies from a traditional school lunch along with handmade bookmarks.

Check out their engagement shoot at Love, Chalk and Dancing.

Officiate: Elder Barbara Belton (The Great Exchange, Riverdale, MD)
Reception: Mid-County Community Center
Makeup: Ericka Sykes, Renetta Jones, and Dekeda Johnson
Hair (Bride & Groom): Patrice of His & Hers Unisex Salon
Centerpieces and Flowers: DIY creations by the Bride
Coordinators: Cohesion Entertainment
Cakes: City Girl Custom Cakes and Marlene Superville (Mother of the Groom)
Dress: David’s Bridal altered by Nimrod Goings Designs
Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Videography: All Occasion Video by Ria
Singers: Crystal Blair & Bride

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Here’s to My Brother and New Sister-in-Law!

October 11, 2011

Mike and Kristen had a beautiful vintage-style wedding at the Bella Piazza Winery in Plymouth, California. My whole family traveled from the East Coast to be a part of the celebration. Eric and I were super excited to be guests at the wedding, but of course we did have to take sooooome photos!

I’ve never seen Kristen look more beautiful! I just love her Etsy hair piece and vintage look.

I’ve also never seen my brother look more happy. Walking back down the aisle he almost looked like he was going to burst.

My Grandma was worried about traveling so far, but it would not have been the same without her.

Oh, look! It’s me and Eric at a wedding and we are not wearing black! (Special thanks to my Uncle Dave for taking this shot!) And we were able to have some wine! The Bella Piazza specializes in Zinfandel, but they also had an excellent port. I love this shot of my dad with all the barrels and my very happy parents together below.

The weather in California is amazing. We didn’t have to worry about rain and the temperature was perfect for open windows and outdoor dancing.

Congratulations to my brother and my new sister-in-law Kristen!

Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz


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Congratulations Yolanda & Matt

October 10, 2011

Yolanda and Matt were married at the Christ Chapel in Northern VA. The day began with some really fabulous shoes and pearls…

The reception took place at Madigan’s Waterfront in the heart of Occoquan, Virginia. Yolanda and I both share a love for the color orange. It is so warm and happy and looked brilliant and beautiful in her bouquet and on top of her cake.

Yolanda and Matt danced into the night with gorgeous chandeliers and lights swirling around them.

Photography by: Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz
Special Thanks to all the vendors:
Pastor: Clifford Burroughs, Christ Chapel, Woodbridge, VA
Madigan’s Waterfront Venue Coordinator: Cathy Madigan
Dj: Blackhawk Entertainment, Anthony Ratcliff
Makeup: Leila Griffith
Flowers: Flower Gallery
Rings: Jared
Bride’s Bracelet: Tiffany’s

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