Martha and Art’s Baltimore wedding is so beautiful, it’s like something straight out of a painting! They chose an unusual venue for their reception, a glass blowing studio with a cool kind of industrial vibe, and incorporated tons of gorgeous mercury glass and beautiful florals for a stunning and incredibly elegant wedding reception. Muriel Silva was on hand to capture the images from the day, starting as Martha got ready in her custom Jill Andrews wedding gown!
From Martha: We wanted a wedding that would be beautiful and glamorous but have a little bit of edge so it would be unique. Our initial thoughts on color palette were gray, aubergine and amber. It’s a really beautiful and different color combination. In the end, the purple and orange ended up being accents to classic gray and silver, and it couldn’t have been more beautiful!
I’m 5’11” and I knew that it was going to be a challenge to find a gown that both fit me perfectly and looked exactly the way I wanted. Jill Andrews Gowns custom made my dress and it was the most incredible thing I’ve ever worn (and probably will ever wear). The entire process of seeing the gown develop from sketch to reality was a dream, and it was amazing that the corset was designed specifically to fit my body. I couldn’t have asked for anything better!
Our favorite memory from the day is our ceremony. We both loved the ceremony and thought the pastor did just an excellent job with a really personalized sermon.
Walking into our reception was also a lot of fun!! It was great to see all those months of planning come to life with all of our family and close friends. It couldn’t have been more enjoyable.
We planned on having about 60 or 70 guests, so it was important for us to find a venue that wouldn’t dwarf our guest list. Our reception was held at Corradetti Glass Blowing Studio and Gallery, which was a gorgeous yet industrial-looking place, and right across the street was this gorgeous pool with tall columns that spit out flames. The Corradettis were so kind to turn these flames on for our wedding; it was a really unique thing that a lot of people loved.
My husband really wanted to have cheese and crackers during the cocktail hour, and I didn’t really see how that would work with passed hors d’oeuvres. Our amazing caterer excellently suggested a cheese, bread and fruit station. It was a huge hit! We had so many guests tell us that our wedding was one of the first ones they had been to where they weren’t hungry all evening.
Our wedding was about having all of our family and friends together at a beautiful and enjoyable party. In the end, it’s all about the relationships and people in your life, and we felt that our wedding was a true celebration of that.
Martha’s advice for other DC-area and Baltimore couples:
I loved working with the vendors in Baltimore. I think it’s great to have a strong vision of what you would like, choose a vendor you feel confident about and then let them bring it to life using the talents that they bring to the table. Your vendors are professionals for a reason! Additionally, I would highly recommend at least having a day-of coordinator. My mother’s friend, who is a very organized person, took on this task. It was great for all of the vendors to have a single point of contact on the wedding day, and it was a major stress reliever for me! In the end, though, the biggest piece of advice is to just enjoy the wedding day. It goes by so incredibly quickly.
The following Baltimore and Washington, DC area wedding professionals contributed to Martha + Art’s wedding:
Ceremony Venue: Zion Lutheran Church
Reception Venue: Corradetti Glass Blowing Studio and Gallery
Photograhy: Muriel Silva Photography
Catering: Chef’s Expressions
Floral Design: Bella Fiori Couture Floral
Bridal Attire: Jill Andrews Gowns
DJ: My DeeJay
Bridesmaid Attire: Betsy Robinson’s Bridal
Photo Credits: Muriel Silva Photography
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