Sweet and Dreamy Backyard Wedding

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There’s something about a backyard wedding that makes us swoon! This wedding was nothing short of a magical day! It’s a DIY wedding full of beautiful florals, elegant chinaware, and sweet, intimate moments. Katherine & Alex’s day had a boho style with soft, romantic touches. It’s definitely an Eastern Shore wedding to remember!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Coral Dove Photography
VENUE: Private Estate
CATERING: Shore is Delicious, Catering by Teresa
FLORAL DESIGN: Bouquet: Florals Unique
DJ: Naked Nation
HAIR | MAKE-UP: Tawny Letts & Jenna Hokanson (bridesmaids)
TENT: Parties Etc.

Colorful Spring Engagement Inspiration at Deep Creek Lake

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Hellloooo, spring!! This gorgeous and colorful engagement session from Jessica Fike Photography is the perfect welcome to a new season. Taylor and Chris are getting married in just 12 days! How exciting!! The zinnia fields of Sang Hill Farms add such a pop of color. And the docks of Deep Creek Lake add such a fun element in capturing this couple’s love story! Congrats Taylor & Chris!

Photography: Jessica Fike Photography

Elegant NYE Wedding at Mt Washington Mill Dye House

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FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
Sarah and Clint's wedding was the last day of a very, very rainy year. Of course, it also rained - because, 2018! Their wedding was an awesome celebration of the love of two incredible people. They actually met on NYE several years prior and chose that day for their wedding. It made it so special and meaningful! They even had a noise maker that they had kept from that first New Year's Eve party all those years ago. Details were kept very simple and classy and fitting with a new year's eve theme! The rain didn’t stop this celebration!

PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTOBOOTH: Photography by Brea
EVENT PLANNING: Erin Powell with 1423 Events
VENUE: Mt Washington Mill Dye House
CATERING: Linwoods
FLORAL DESIGN: The Flower Cart
PRINTED MATERIALS: Minted
DJ: Dance Masters Entertainment
WEDDING GOWN: Morilee by Madeline Gardner from Park Avenue Bridal
CAKE + SWEETS: Linwoods
HAIR | MAKE-UP: Jamie Adams with Swept LLC
STRING TRIO: Canterbury Strings
LIGHTS: Event Dynamics

Woodsy Engagement Session

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It’s FINALLY spring over here in Maryland!! Is anyone else excited for the blooming flowers, green grass, and amazing sunshine? I thought it would be fun to say goodbye to winter with a gorgeous, snowy engagement session from Amanda Macphee Studios!

FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER
There’s just something about the snow and a winter engagement session that gets me! Nathalie & Bobby spent some time adventuring with me for their engagement session, and I had a great time getting to know them better. The snow made for the perfect backdrop for this winter wonderland. I also love that their brought their dog, Lyla – after all, isn’t your pup a member of the family, too?

I love getting to know how my couples met – everyone’s story is so different! Nathalie & Bobby met through their church, St. Mary Orthodox Church, where they’ll be getting married in June. Nathalie knew of Bobby first – she would come home from college and sit with her mom in the back, while Bobby sat just a few rows up. Her mom always encouraged her to introduce herself, but she was nervous. In October of 2013, Nathalie and her mom went to the church’s yearly Dinner Dance at St. Luke’s Orthodox Church (where their reception will be!). That was the night that Nathalie & Bobby finally met, and it wasn’t without a few memorable moments! Bobby went up to Nathalie to introduce himself, but was unfortunately just a little bit clumsy, and spilled red wine everywhere! They talked for a little bit, but got too nervous to ask for the other’s phone number. A mutual friend made sure that they got each other’s phone numbers, and the rest is history!

LYLA’S STORY
Nathalie & Bobby’s love story wouldn’t be complete without talking about their love of Lyla. Nathalie got her back in college. When Bobby met her for the first time, she was less than 2 years old. He quickly fell in love with her and now can’t imagine life without her. They call her Lyla Bear, which may be the most precious thing ever.

EVERY GIRLS DREAM
I’m not sure that it gets much more romantic than this. Nathalie & Bobby took a trip to Paris, France last March. A few days into their trip, they took a train out to the Palace of Versailles. They walked through the palace and made their way to the expansive gardens. On a tree-lined path, Bobby asked Nathalie if he could officially be Lyla’s dad. Nathalie was a little confused, until he said, “Will you marry me?” She was completely surprised, and, of course, said yes! They spent the rest of the day walking around in the gorgeous gardens dreaming of the future.

NO TRUER LOVE
These stories are my favorite, because for so many, there’s that defining moments, and Nathalie and Bobby clearly just knew. Nathalie says that she knew that Bobby was the one because she never met anyone else who was so respectful, patient, kind, and warm. She says that he not only supports her in everything that she does, but knows how to put a smile on her face even in the most stressful of situations. Bobby says that he prides himself on making Nathalie into a Memphis Grizzlies Fan! He loves that they both love to travel, and that he couldn’t have asked for a better traveling partner – someone he can have endless conversations with and that will laugh as his jokes.

Photography: Amanda MacPhee Studios

ikamCreate | Vendor Spotlight

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Name Kirby-Jay Conyette

Hometown
I am originally from the beautiful twin isle of Trinidad and Tobago, and up until quite recently, I resided in the prettiest city, Annapolis.

Area of Expertise
I am a silk and paper floral artist, and pointillism illustrator. I specialize in floral backdrop installations and intricately- designed hand-painted collectibles.

How did you get your start in Floral Artistry and Illustration?
A quote by Jean Vanier comes to mind, "Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness." I have always loved acrylic paints, but I was never able to master the techniques of acrylic painting. Instead I would fill my blank canvases with thousands of tiny dots and floral details using hundreds of tubes of acrylic paints.My friends loved them; they found the details in my designs mesmerizing, so I began transferring them to every object I could find: candle holders, bottles, tea cups and shoes. ikamCreate was born. A year later, a friend requested a floral backdrop for her event. My illustration technique was not suitable for a project of that magnitude, so I introduced small silk flowers and larger handcrafted paper floral elements into my composition. I have been designing floral backdrops and 3D art pieces for events and homes ever since.

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What has been the highlight of your career?
I practice celebrating all the little things. Two of my highlights are:

1) This year, I created my 1st floral shop display window installation for HERE, a pop-up shop currently located on popular Main Street, Annapolis!

2) I provided floral planning and decor for my 1st out-of-state wedding last year - hello Ohio!

How would you describe your work?
My work can be best described as whimsical, intricate, and on my end, tedious joy.

What is your best piece of advice for brides planning their wedding?
Take a deep breath! Focus on the beautiful journey you're about to begin and let your vendors handle the wedding details. We’ve got you!

What trends do you hope to see come and go in 2019?
As a whole, I love trends. They shake things up a bit in the design world. Yes, everyone wants that look or color palette, but I've found that my clients always opt to have a variation of a trend with their own unique twist.

When you’re not working in weddings, what are you up to?
My floral design extends beyond weddings. I provide installations for many different events, bridal showers, baby showers, graduations, fundraisers and more. I also design 3D paper floral accent pieces for homes and offices. My floral work keeps me busy, but in my downtime you can find me binge watching a series or two on Netflix.

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Winter Sunset at Holly Hills Country Club | Styled Shoot

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FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Chanon from Holly Hills reached out to me to see if I could coordinate a styled shoot to showcase their property and to show couples how wonderful a winter wedding can be! With snow in the forecast, we were able to pull this shoot together in nine days. I love a golden glow and sun flare, so being able to capture golden light in the snow made this so amazing!

My vision had a touch of art-deco with the jewelry, velvet, and beaded gown. Keri's bouquet was inspired by the one I wanted to use at my own wedding (had I not gotten married in negative 18-degree weather in Maine where my flowers would have frozen and wilted immediately!) Our models, Keri and Travis Gahman, are a former wedding couple of mine who are coming up on four years of marriage. Chanon really wanted photos at one of the three bridges at Holly Hills as that is one of their wedding selling points. We wound up shooting at 2:00 in the afternoon and caught a herd of deer running through!

Photographer: Barbara Badstibner Photography LLC
Event Planning: Barbara Badstibner Photography LLC + Chanon Zimmerman of Holly Hills Country Club
Venue: Holly Hills Country Club
Florals: Ory Custom Florals
Wedding Gown (Place of Purchase): Justin Alexander provided by TLC Bridal
Cake + Sweets: The Farmers Daughter Bake Shop
Hair + Makeup: Felicia Pendorf for JKW Beauty
Other Vendors: Assisted by Jessi Vaughn and Amanda Summers

Amy Scripts | Vendor Spotlight

Name Amy Scripts

Hometown
Pasadena, MD

Area of Expertise
Calligraphy!

How did you get your start in Calligraphy?
I honestly just wanted to learn. I was volunteering at my sorority’s recruitment almost two years ago and started doodling in a notebook (one of many very late nights during recruitment). I then started writing and decided I wanted to learn calligraphy. From there, I bought how-to books, made an Instagram account to hold myself accountable to progress and practiced often; and have been scripting every day since!

What has been the highlight of your career?
I’ve been able to do the wedding signage for my two best friends and honestly that was AWESOME! I knew most of the people at both weddings and it’s always cool to be invited to a wedding you’ve helped to do the decor for. In addition to those two weddings, I’ve met some really awesome people since I started doing calligraphy! Baltimore is such a small town and it’s really cool to have been able to meet people that I never would have otherwise through doing this and connecting on things we’re passionate about. 

How would you describe your work?
One of a kind and ever changing! I think calligraphy is really cool because every single piece is a little different. Handwriting varies calligrapher to calligrapher so I think it’s really neat that no two pieces will ever be exactly alike. It’s also always changing (for the better, I hope!) based on practice, learning different forms, etc.

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What is your best piece of advice for brides planning their wedding?
Have fun!!!!! It’s the one day that you get to entirely plan to share and celebrate your love for your partner. Let both of your style’s show, don’t stress over small details, and HAVE FUN planning the greatest party of your lives! 

What trends do you hope to see come and go in 2019?
Right now I’m honestly all about the jacket trend - more denim and more leather, PLEASE!!!! There’s nothing I want to see go. Is that weird? I love LOVE and I love weddings so much! I feel like each one is unique and that’s what makes them so special. Maybe the apron dance tradition can go because I never have cash - or let me make you a sign with your Venmo that we can put on the dance floor so even the cashless guests can dance! ;)

When you’re not working in weddings, what are you up to?
I have a day job outside of weddings. I’m a digital and creative account manager and work with lots of different companies in the area. I love meeting new people and networking, so it’s the perfect compliment to my calligraphy/wedding business. I also love spending time with my boyfriend, taking spin or barre classes, and loving on our Cavapoo puppy, Coco.