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Even before their engagement, Katie had already envisioned her dream setting for her and Scott’s wedding, and when she spotted Murray Hill in a local magazine, she knew it was the perfect place to carry out that vision. With the help and guidance of their planner Grit & Grace, plus stunning blooms by Holly Heider Chapple, Katie and Scott welcomed guests to an understated, yet completely beautiful, wedding celebration. And, while their wedding cake was the focal point of their dessert buffet, how fun is it that they had “his and her favorites” up for grabs, including cookies and dairy milk for Scott and mini cannoli and French macarons for Katie? Personalized touches like that are always so special!

Big hugs to our friends and Blue Ribbon Vendors Jodi and Kurt Photography for sharing this sweet day with us!

I was absolutely in love with my wedding flowers. Holly was so spot on with her floral design. We wanted to include subtle shades of green, white, and yellow, with pops of coral poppies. Unfortunately, the time of year made poppies a bit harder to find, so Holly warned me early on that she would do her best but couldn’t guarantee that she would be able to get them. However, the day of, when I received my bouquet, it was overflowing with poppies. Holly had managed to find them from a local grower, and they couldn’t have been more beautiful.

How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We did premarital counseling with Scott’s brother, who officiated the wedding, and his wife. The premarital counseling was very helpful for us, as we were able to continue to learn more about each other and how we approach life and faith.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did write our own vows. We both struggled with finding the perfect words to describe our love for each other, but knew that we both wanted to try to use our own words in front of our family and friends. Scott’s favorite line of my vows was when I promised to continue to listen to country music as long as it wasn’t too twangy (I didn’t like country music prior to meeting Scott, but now am a huge fan!). My favorite part of Scott’s vows was, “From the first time we met in the parking lot of a softball field, I knew that you were going to be someone very special to me. Your laugh, your smile, your eyes, and your yoga pants all told me I had finally found the partner I had been longing for.”

On our way home from getting engaged, Scott had already downloaded a local wedding magazine on his iPad for me to look through. I already had a vision in mind for the setting, and while flipping through the pages, I stumbled upon one of the real weddings featured in the magazine that fit my vision perfectly. It was a barn wedding with Edison string lights that were simple, understated, and so beautiful. I immediately told Scott that that was where I wanted to have our wedding. The following week, we visited Murray Hill and fell in love with the property and it’s owners, Peggy and John. With a ceremony location overlooking the Potomac River, a beautiful garden and reflecting pool for the cocktail hour, and a whimsical stroll through the woods to get to the three-sided barn on the property, they had everything that we had envisioned for our special day. We knew we didn’t need to look any further and booked our wedding date that same day.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Without a doubt, our wedding would not have been as big of a success without Megan Pollard from Grit and Grace. We had looked into several other vendors in the area, but, by chance, interviewed Megan first. We left that first meeting with Megan and cancelled all other interviews with other planners. She was exactly who we were looking for. Megan was there day and night to provide her professional (and personal) opinion on anything and everything we needed. She understood what we wanted and knew how to make it happen. As our big day came to an end, marking the end of our professional relationship with Megan, we texted her as we rode away from the venue to ask if we could be friends now. She simply replied, “I’m glad you feel it too.”

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Some of our favorite details of our wedding were our table numbers and guest book. Each table was the name of a city that Scott and I were fortunate enough to travel to over the course of our relationship. To tie into the travel theme, our guest book was a vintage atlas with a sign that said “Eat Well & Travel Often–Let Us Know Where We Should Go.” We wanted our guests to show us their favorite spots in the world and give us some ideas of where we should travel to in the future.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We both are big bourbon lovers. Our signature cocktail during the cocktail hour and reception was Woodford Bourbon and Ginger Beer. Although, in true Southern style, we spent most of the evening enjoying the Woodford on the rocks!

During our first few weeks of dating, Scott was set on convincing me to like country music. He kept sending me lists of songs to listen to and I kept putting it off until he finally sent along Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted.” He said next to it “I think you’re really going to like this one.” When I finally listened to it, I realized all the lyrics perfectly described my feelings for him…I was hooked. I knew at that moment that that would be our song. The father/daughter dance was to The Cranberries’ “Dreams” (acoustic by Katey Sweeney and Jonathan Padden). The first concert I ever went to was with my dad to see The Cranberries on my 10th birthday. The concert was unforgettable and such a special moment for me and my dad that I wanted to honor it by having one of the songs for our dance. I also spent months trying to convince my son, Malcolm (10 years old), to dance with me at the wedding. He was a little shy and said he didn’t know how to slow dance. I said that it didn’t have to be a slow song and that he could even choose a country song if he wanted. Malcolm decided on one of his favorite country singers, Luke Bryan, and had an absolute blast dancing that night. It was the perfect way to start off the party and invite our guests to come join us on the dance floor.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Scott and I met through mutual friends while playing co-ed softball. Scott was new to the Northern Virginia area after growing up in Virginia Beach. The softball team was short a few players one Saturday morning, so his roommate invited him to come out and play. The first person Scott met as he strolled onto the field was me! After a few more softball games and a trip to a wine festival, we realized we had a connection, and the rest is history.
Tell us all about the proposal! I joined Scott at a business conference at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota, Florida. After coordinating with the hotel staff and his co-workers, the stage was set for the big event. The backdrop would be the hotel’s beach club at sunset, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Using a book we had been working through, “101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged,” Scott began to go through questions he had created to set up the big question. The final question Scott asked was, “Will you marry me?”
When did y’all get married? May 30, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 187
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. Finding a wedding dress was a lot harder than I had anticipated. I am more of an independent dresser–not one to go out and shop with others because I hate the pressure. Having a slew of people join me as I picked out one of the most important garments of my life was a little overwhelming. I bought a dress that was beautiful and timeless, but it wasn’t me. When it came in nine months later, I realized I made a mistake. I quickly started researching other options and stumbled upon Nicole Miller’s Janey Gown from BHLDN and fell in love. It was everything I wanted in a gown, and had a quick turnaround time so it arrived just in time for the big day.
Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Scott and I decided not to do a first look, since we had both always dreamed of that moment when you turn the corner and see your husband/wife for the first time as they walk down aisle. We were a little more traditional in that sense and feared we would regret missing out on that opportunity. However, in hindsight, that is one aspect of our wedding we had wished we had been more open to. I was able to do a first look with my dad and son, and the pictures we captured from that moment were some of my favorites from the day. It also would have probably helped to calm my nerves to see Scott beforehand.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and Ephesians 5:21-33
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. While we had a wedding cake, the focal point was our dessert buffet. Scott grew up in a household where–to this day–his family receives milk from a milkman who delivers directly to their home. He and his brothers had a ritual every night of having Oreos with dairy milk. I, on the other hand, have a deep love for cannolis and macarons. We decided for our wedding day that the desserts would speak to “his and her favorites,” including chocolate chip and Oreo cookies with shots of dairy milk, mini cannolis, French macarons, and sugar cookies in the shapes of softballs and baseball bats.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We were able to save money by purchasing our own alcohol for the wedding. It was a little extra work to coordinate amounts and make sure it got to the venue, but in the end, it was worth it for the money we were able to save.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? At one point during the reception, everyone was on the dance floor and “Wagon Wheel” came on. Everyone started singing in unison and then all of a sudden, Scott, Malcolm, and I all got hoisted up on people’s shoulders and were sitting above the crowd watching all the happiness and joy around us. We felt completely supported (both physically and emotionally) by all our loved ones and were absolutely elated.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t forget about the real reason you’re getting married; you love your partner and want to spend the rest of your life with them. Wedding planning is filled with deadlines, stress, and compromise. At the end of the day, always realize being married and planning a wedding are two different things, with one distinctly more enjoyable than the other!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Since our big day, we’ve added a four-legged friend to our family. Harper is a beagle/lab mix that we rescued from South Carolina. She is a Southern belle at heart, but won’t hesitate to enjoy a good pair of leather shoes from time to time. We will continue to travel and eat our way through our bucket list of vacation spots.

Photographer: Jodi and Kurt Photography | Planner: Grit & Grace | Venue: Murray Hill | Florist and Lighting: Holly Heider Chapple | Caterer, Cake, and Dessert Baker: Ridgewells Catering | Rentals: DC Rentals | DJ: Premier DJ Services | Signs: Sweet Carolina Collective | Paper Products: Brave Creative Design | Bride’s Gown: “Janey” by Nicole Miller | Bride’s Headpiece and Earrings: Ayajewellery | Hair and Makeup: Claudine Fay | Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew | Menswear: Jos. A. Banks | Dance Floor, Chalkboard Escort Card Board, and Furniture: Revolution Event Design & Production | Tent: Capital Party Rentals | Welcome Bag Cookies: Fresh Bakes | Ceremony Musicians: St. Charles String Quartet | Floral Linens and Cocktail Tables: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Invitation Suite: Haute Papier | Custom Koozies: Christine Meahan Designs

Grit & Grace and Jodi Miller Photography are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Jane Nash reply

    What a beautifully written piece perfectly describing my daughter, Katie and son-in-law, Scott’s wedding! It was an absolutely magical day filled with so much happiness, joy and LOVE! Great attention to every detail created a true weekend that all of their guests truly enjoyed. We are so fortunate to live in Loudoun County with an abundance of highly artistic, experienced and professional wedding providers. From the venue, the gorgeous flowers, the dresses, delicious food and cake, music and so much more, it was an extraordinary and special wedding event always to be remembered leaving memories to be celebrated year after year! Congratulations on your upcoming 1st wedding anniversary, Katie and Scott!

  2. avatar steven reply

    Wow, what a beautiful wedding, just perfect!

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I love when a couple’s wedding day design stems from a meaningful idea, and blooms into something so lovely, like Beth and Dave’s! Since Beth was marrying into Dave’s Irish family, she mentioned to her wedding planner and paper designer that she was thinking about including a pattern with a Celtic feel to it. Eventi by Dianna Vendito and MLC Designs knocked it out of the park with the print they found, and the way they added fabulous pops of kelly green throughout their designs. Beth and Dave felt the importance of family was a Southern value that must be included in their wedding day–they not only wanted to honor their loved ones with time spent together, but also with sweet mementos of their late grandparents tied into the details. Be sure to read about their maid of honor’s speech–it’s a good one!

We’re delighted Marta Locklear was on hand to capture Beth and Dave’s wedding day!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I first went shopping for my wedding dress without having any particular style in mind. With the help of my mother, sister-in-law, and maid of honor, I narrowed it down to three dresses I really liked and assumed that with time, I would be able to pick one. However, I decided to go to one more bridal salon to look, because Dave’s mom had not been able to come on the first shopping trip and I wanted to include her. The salon consultant helped pull some dresses based off of the ones I had liked at the other salon. I was hesitant to try on one that she had pulled because it was a cut that I thought I had eliminated, but once it was on, I knew it was the one.

Our first reading was Tobit 8:4b-8, selected because it focuses on the married couple praying together, which is something Dave and I do every night before going to bed–we read a prayer book that was given to him by his deceased grandmother. Our second reading was Romans 1 5:1b-3a, 5-7, 13, which we chose because of its message of “welcoming one another, as Christ welcomed you,” which we felt reflected how we want our home to always be a welcoming place, especially for out-of-town family and friends. Our Gospel reading was Matthew 5:1-12a, the Beatitudes, because it is a code for us on how to live a full, long life together.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? It was important to us that our ceremony and reception venues showcased classic Baltimore, the city we grew up in and fell in love in. The ceremony took place at St. Ignatius Church in a historical area of Baltimore. I had joined that church when I came home from college and some of my extended family also attended that church. The reception was held at The Elkridge Club, which had the traditional, classic, Southern feel we were looking for. It was also located just minutes from where Dave went to high school and where I grew up, so it felt like home.

When our wedding planner, paper designer, and I were brainstorming, I had mentioned I was thinking about including a pattern that had a Celtic feel to it, because I was marrying an Irish family. She found this wonderful kelly green and white interlocking print that we used on the save the dates, napkins, corn hole sets, drum shade, and throw pillows in the lounge.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? One Southern tradition we included was burying a bottle of bourbon. We buried the bottle upside down one month before the wedding and my father dug it up the day of the wedding. We enjoyed it with our wedding party after the ceremony on the way to the reception but, despite our best efforts, it still poured rain briefly at the beginning of our reception. In addition, the importance of family is a Southern value to us. We were happy to spend some time that evening with one set of Dave’s grandparents, and we made sure to remember our other grandparents that day with little mementos of them. My necklace was made from Dave’s other grandmother’s engagement ring, and tied to my bouquet was one of my grandmother’s wedding bands and a ring my other grandmother had given to my mother when she was 16 years old.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment of the wedding day was finishing our first dance, where it felt like it was only the two of us in the room, and realizing that we were lucky enough to be in a room with all our friends and family in one location.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Dave and I met through a mutual friend in 2009. At the time, my sorority little sister from college and I were attending medical school together. We went out to celebrate spring break and ended up hanging out with some of her friends from high school, one of them being Dave. He and I ended up hanging out a few more times before going on our first official date that spring. He later revealed he knew he wanted to continue to date me because I brought him soup one evening when he was sick–we have been together ever since.
Tell us all about the proposal! For our annual vacation, Dave and I had planned a trip to Aruba in February 2014. We woke up early to go to the airport, but I was still frantically running around trying to pack last minute items. Dave was patiently sitting on the couch waiting for me and asked if I was all done packing, which I finally confirmed. He then said, “Well then, there is just one more thing…” and got down on one knee and proposed. We called our families to tell them, but waited to tell everyone else until we got back from our trip, so we had the whole week to soak it in and celebrate just the two of us.
When did y’all get married? May 16, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 220
Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We decided not to do a first look because when we thought about what we envisioned for our wedding day, it was having that special moment of seeing each other for the first time just before saying our vows. One of my favorite things at weddings is seeing the look on the bride and groom’s faces when they finally lock eyes while she’s coming down the aisle, and we are so glad we had that moment for our wedding day.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We had a traditional Catholic ceremony, so we did not write our own vows.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Dave and I are not big dessert fans, but did always grow up eating strawberry shortcake for our birthdays, so we had a strawberry shortcake for our wedding cake. We served it with homemade ice cream.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our favorite detail of the wedding was something we did not even plan. Our maid of honor was inspired by one of our engagement photos for her speech. Dave and I had taken our engagement photos in a park near our home and recreated a photo of my grandparents sitting on a park bench in that same park as an engaged couple, 70 years before us. My maid of honor went to the park leading up to our wedding and interviewed couples who were sitting on park benches, asking them for relationship advice she could read to us on our wedding day. She had friends hold up poster-size images of us, my grandparents, and those couples sitting on the park benches while she relayed the advice for our marriage. It was so incredibly special and unique.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? By having a wedding planner, we did not have to spend all of our free time getting lost in planning the details of the day, and instead, we spent time with each other, building our future. We also attended a marriage preparation weekend through our church.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? One large expense we cut to save money was deciding not to hire a videographer. Instead, we made sure to select a photographer that we felt would truly capture all the moments, expressions, and emotions of the day.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are excited that my work schedule will be improving soon, and we hope to travel more as a couple. We are also looking forward to one day starting a family of our own and creating wonderful memories and traditions with our children.

Photographer: Marta Locklear | Planner and Florist: Eventi by Diana Venditto | Ceremony Venue: St. Ignatius Church | Reception Venue and Caterer: Elkridge Club | Cake: Graul’s Market | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Lighting: Loane Bros., Inc. | Band: Millennium | Special Details: XOXO Vintage | Paper Products: MLC Designs | Bride’s Gown: “Dominque” by Augusta Jones | Bride’s Hair Accessories: Betsy Robinson | Hair and Makeup: Behind the Veil / Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Fielding Flowers” by Shoshanna | Menswear: JoS. A. Bank | Linens: I Do Linens and La Tavola | Candles and Flatware: Vintage Affairs | Drum Shades and Bars: Revolution Event Design | Late Night Snack: Canton Pretzel Store

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  1. avatar Zookbinders Wedding Albums reply

    Gorgeous choice of colors! Beautiful wedding!

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