When this bride and groom started planning their Maryland wedding ceremony and reception, they knew that a laid back atmosphere and chill vibe was crucial to the entire day. They paired their relaxed vision with their parents desire for a more formal reception to create a rustic wedding that was perfect for their guests. A couples often find out, compromise is a huge part of planning a wedding. From the parents vision to the preferences of each the bride and groom, coming up with a plan for a day that guests and the couple will love is so important! Liz and Will created their perfect setting with an outdoor cocktail party that included a bluegrass band and wedding lawn games, coupled with a fully stocked bar of their favorite libations. We especially loved the unique reception centerpieces that were a mix of textures including wood branches, moss, and lush colorful florals against burlap runners. Thank you to Kim Newton Events for sharing this fun, rustic wedding with us today!
From the Bride: “My groom and I are laid-back people who just would have ended up with a grill and a tent if we had planned by ourselves. My parents have been to enough classy events that they also had a vision of something more refined. When those two visions were put together, I feel like we got the best of both and I was really happy with the temporary world that was created.”
“In order to find their table, we had an old palette with hooks set into it. Each person had an old-fashioned key with a tag hanging, which included their name and their table assigned by whoever said the quote. My mom constructed the whole system and completed the calligraphy on the keys. Keys were a theme that ran throughout the event. It is the minor league team who hosted our rehearsal dinner, the symbol of a shared family sorority, and the name of the school that I work at. “
“The most important part of our wedding was that our guests had a fun-filled and well taken-care-of experience while still maintaining a laidback atmosphere. In order to do this, we held an indoor/outdoor cocktail reception complete with games and a live bluegrass band. My dad strongly advocated that more bartenders don’t add too much to the budget, but can make a huge difference. Walking into a wedding and immediately waiting in line can change the tone of the evening. Along with our families, and friends we just love to dance at weddings. We kicked off the dancing with a few songs before dinner.. “
“Each table had a quote from a favorite book or musician of ours. I had been collecting passages from books for years and my husband is both a literature and jam band lover. We tried to pick quotes that related to our relationships at that particular table. Will‘s parents actually chopped down a tree from their yard and cut the logs into slices. My mom then wrote the quotes in calligraphy and decoupage them onto the slices. Matt, our very talented florist, did a great job incorporating these pieces in with the flowers.”
Best advice from the couple: “Get a videography. My dad twisted my arm to get one and there were so many times throughout the night that I just remember thinking, “This is so amazing. I’m so glad it’s being taped.”
Congratulations to Liz and Will! Thank you for sharing your beautiful rustic farm wedding with us today!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Wedding Planner: Kim Newton Weddings
Photography: Paired Images
Videography: 5ive Star Media
Transportation: KV Limo
Floral Designer: To the 9s
Ceremony Venue: All Saints Episcopal Church
Reception Venue: Walkers Overlook
Bridal Salon: Betsy Robinson Bridal
Bridesmaid Attire: J. Crew
Grooms Attire: Brooks Brothers
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Photo Credits: Paired Images