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With the help of their planner, Courtney Kappus of Moore & Co. Events, Laura and Neil transformed the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club into a fabulous venue that was completely unique, and totally their own! I love how they used colorful blooms to complement their black, white, and gold decor, and how fun is that marquee above the band? As they celebrated while dancing under a beautiful tent dressed with glittering lights, surrounded by rolling hills and running horses, Laura and Neil always kept their focus on why they were celebrating in the first place.

We’re so happy Jeff Frandsen of Brooke Courtney Photography was on hand to capture this lovely day!

We met at the pool of our apartment building. I was one of the first people at the pool that day and I saw him walk in. I remember everything about that moment. I willed him in my direction and he sat right next to me. I obviously said nothing, too bashful to even look up from my book. About 30 minutes passed before my friend arrived, and I asked if she wanted a glass of wine. The cute guy next to me, my back now to him, announced “I would love a glass.” Done and done. We introduced ourselves, talked till the sun set, and have been inseparable since that moment.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We wanted something different–a place where our guests had never attended a wedding before. We wanted a location that reflected the season and the beauty that is the Maryland countryside. The fox hunting club had understated elegance, and the fact that it was not a venue at all allowed us to play up a unique theme with just a few whimsical details

We wanted elegant and classic music for the ceremony that was a bit more interesting than the standard choices. We had “Stranger in Paradise” and “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera played for the prelude, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach for the seating of the families,”Rondeau” by Mouret for the processional, and “Te Deum” by Charpentier for my walk down the aisle. The recessional was to “Water Music” by Handel. Having a trumpet play seemed quite fitting given the steeplechase and fox hunt surroundings.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The whole feeling of the night was Southern–we danced under a beautiful tent dressed with glittering lights, surrounded by rolling hills and running horses. We also really like chicken and waffles and ham biscuits, so naturally, we needed to have them served at cocktail hour!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The lanterns hanging from the trees and above the dance floor made our reception so magical. I also loved the boxwood around the dance floor, the marquee sign that hung behind the band, the Rifle Paper Co. notecards we made into table numbers, the signature cocktail we named after our sweet labrador, Mya, and the overall color scheme of the day.

I borrowed a white coral beaded bracelet that belonged to my grandmother. My mother and my aunt had both worn it on their wedding days, too. For my something old and blue, I carried a handkerchief that Neil’s twin sister made for her own wedding two years ago out of their late mother’s wedding dress. It was embroidered in blue with their initials, and she gave it to me at my bridal shower. My something new was my sparkly gold glitter shoes.

Don’t miss Laura and Neil’s video from Wise Films!

Tell us all about the proposal! I hurried through the door of our home hoping to make it to a friend’s party on time when I heard “our” song playing. I turned the corner to find Neil on bended knee, in a tuxedo, with champagne, holding a ring box, sweating bullets. He told me how much he loved me and finally asked, “Laura Jane, will you marry me?”
When did y’all get married? June 7, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 155
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I had visited four shops and found a few dresses I liked, but I ended up going with something completely different than what I had envisioned. I walked out of the fitting room and felt like a movie star. The dress was simple, but elegant, and I liked being able to add my own touches with my lace-trimmed veil and sparkly beaded sash.
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We wanted our own special moment to connect before the chaos of the day, so I am so glad we chose to do a first look. It helped ease a lot of nerves so that we were really able to enjoy the day of our marriage.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Our cake was super simple because Neil and I really wanted individual strawberry shortcakes–the real kind, with a shortbread biscuit, fresh strawberries, and lemon crème fraiche.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We prioritized what was important to us and I did a TON of research. I recommend hiring a planner, as they can save you money through the relationships they have.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t drive yourself crazy striving for perfection. Don’t worry about what other people might think of your wedding details. Remember why you are celebrating in the first place, and always remain gracious.

Photographer: Jeff Frandsen of Brooke Courtney Photography / Videographer: Wise Films / Planner: Courtney Kappus of Moore & Co Events / Venue: Elkridge Harford Hunt Club / Florist: Petal and Print / Cake Baker: Mary Elliott / Caterer: Laurrapin / Rentals: Party Party and Loane Brothers / Lighting: Davinci / Band: Spectrum / Special Details: XOXO Vintage / Paper Products: The Pleasure of Your Company / Bride’s Gown: “Dakota” by Nicole Miller / Bridal Salon: Garnish Boutique / Bride’s Earrings: Kate Spade / Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel / Bride’s Sash: Untamed Petals / Hair Stylist: Devon Baltimore / Makeup Artist: Blend Makeup Artistry / Bride’s Shoes: J. Crew / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Assorted styles in Vanilla, Guava, Blush, and Opal by Amsale / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Ties: The Tie Bar / Draping: 27 Studios / Boxwoods: Plants Alive / Linens: Linen Hero / Farm Tables: Vintage Affairs

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  2. avatar Jennifer Quillen reply

    Beautiful wedding! I love the picture frame seating chart. Can you tell me where you got the picture frames?

  3. avatar Chris reply

    I really like the His/Hers framed drink idea. Can I find out if you all used a particular template?

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Have y’all been waiting for this day? We’ve had some pretty amazing giveaways on the blog in the last few weeks and I’m just dying to tell y’all who’s won!

We asked you to tell us how you and your sweetie’s personalities match so wonderfully for the chance to win 100 folded cards from Ashley Brooke Designs Tailored Wedding Collection (including one pet!)

Congratulations to our winner, Carolyn, who said, “My fiance and I are such a good match! My strengths and weaknesses are different than his so we support each other, in good times and bad. We make each other smile!”

We wanted to help you find the perfect bridesmaid gift, so we asked you to tell us about your favorite memory with one (or all) of your bridesmaids for the chance to win up to six Nico and Lala Monogrammed Picture Frames for the gals in your bridal party.

Yahoo! Winner, Brittany T, said, “I have so many memories I don’t even know where to begin. My sister is my MOH and of course, growing up there are thousands to pick from. Half are college sorority sisters and the other half are girls I went to high school with. Along the years, they’ve all seen me at my best and my worst. My favorite memory that involves all of them is asking each one to be a part of my wedding. I gave them each a bottle of wine that I made my own label for. It read “I found a man, but I still need my girls! Will you be my bridesmaid?” Along with a cute poem on the back. As much as my girls love to drink wine, they’ve all kept them as special keepsakes.”

In celebration of Amanda Judge’s newly launched collection, we asked you to tell us what your favorite bridal sash design is for the chance to win any Amanda Judge sash up to a $150 value to dress up your party frock.

Congrats to Bre, who said, “I LOVE the Cecilia! It would perfect with my dress :)”

Now we know y’all have been eagerly awaiting the results of our fantastic Maile Lani photography giveaway! We counted up over a thousand votes and are thrilled to announce the winners of our giveaway!

Biggest congratulations go out to Taylor + Zach!! We can’t wait to see your beautiful wedding! And thanks to all y’all who voted!

Last but not least, let’s give a huge congrats to Michelle W., Kathleen, and Jill S. who won our Lilly Pulitzer giveaway!

Didn’t win this time? No worries, we’ve got more fun giveaways coming up!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole

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Yahoo! We’re on a giveaway spree today! We showered our bridesmaids with adorable gifts, but now we want to bring your attention to a bit of the glitz and glam that we love about wedding accessories.

We’re thrilled to partner with Untamed Petals‘ Amanda Judge to celebrate the launch of her new collection! In addition to the pretty designs from Untamed Petals, the Amanda Judge Collection will feature jewelry and headbands + adorable party dresses. Perfect to don to the rehearsal dinner or reception getaway, no? Bonus points if you can rock a top knot like these ladies.

We were so smitten with Amanda’s belts and sashes from Untamed Petals that we featured them in our Williamsburg shoot in V4! We think they added a punch of glam to the romantic but neutral bridesmaids dresses.

Pretty sash-wearing ‘maids shot by Katie Stoops!

Y’all know that we love to celebrate with a giveaway! (And some biscuits and streamers, too.) In celebration of Amanda Judge’s new collection, we’re giving you the chance to don a pretty sash!

To Enter: There are two ways to enter!
1. Visit Amanda’s site, then leave a comment telling us your favorite sash.
2. Tweet “I just entered the @UntamedPetals giveaway on @iloveswmag!” Then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so!

Win: Any Amanda Judge sash up to a $150 value to dress up your party frock.

This giveaway closes on May 31 at midnight! Good luck!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Katherine reply

    I love the delicate detail of the “Ruby”! I would love to dress up my gown with it!

    • avatar Tanya reply

      I can’t choose! i love them all <3

    • avatar Jane953 reply

      I love Gwen! Too beautiful to wear just once, I would find occasions to wear this long after the wedding!

  2. avatar purplelarkspur reply

    I love the Calista! So pretty!

  3. avatar purplelarkspur reply

    I Tweeted!!

  4. avatar Laura reply

    The Bridgette is my favorite. I love that little touch of lace!

  5. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    I tweeted! Yes I did! : ) @babyglitz – thats me!

  6. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    I really love all the sashes they are so beautiful! If I had to choose, I would go with the ‘Aliza’. I love that it is something different and offbeat in a sense. I am also loving the Rose Gold coloring. So Fabulous!

  7. avatar Miranda reply

    I love the Ivanna or the Cecelia!

  8. avatar Taylor J reply

    Woohoo!! My favorite is the Ivy sash…the haloed oval rhinestones remind me so much of my own engagement ring…and it comes with pearls incorporated? I’m in love!

  9. avatar Taylor J reply

    tweeted :) @taykatelyn

  10. avatar kristind reply

    LOVE the Sweet Tea in Ivory…perfect rehearsal dinner dress!!

  11. avatar megan reply

    gretta is gorgeous!

  12. avatar megan reply

    and i tweeted!

  13. avatar cathy steiner reply

    love the Chloe…it looks art deco which i love…

  14. avatar Ashley reply

    I love the Aimee:)

  15. avatar Ashley reply

    tweeted @ashleyriggs

  16. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    The Ivanna is my favorite!

  17. avatar Jennifer reply

    Love the Dixie sash!

  18. avatar Anna A. reply

    I tweeted!

  19. avatar Anna A. reply

    I love the Callie!

  20. avatar Lauren Linn reply

    I love the BRIDGETTE!

  21. avatar Laura reply

    My favorite sash is Marly in white! So adorable!

  22. avatar Laura reply

    I tweeted :)

  23. avatar Patty reply

    The Aliza is amazing! My bridesmaids dresses are a very solf pink with a cute little belt and this would be a perfect gift for my sister as MOH to wear and stand out from my other girls :)

  24. avatar Stacy reply

    I love the giselle sash

  25. avatar Ashley B reply

    I tweeted!

  26. avatar Ashley B reply

    I love the Ivy sash!

  27. avatar Ashley B reply

    The adele sash is awesome.

  28. avatar Ashley B reply

    I tweeted

  29. avatar Jessica reply

    I love the June. It’s simple and stunning. Just the right amount of sparkle!

  30. avatar Camille reply

    I love love love the Gretta! It would go great on my dress!

  31. avatar Alycia reply

    I tweeted!!! love them all!

  32. avatar Bre reply

    I LOVE the Cecilia! It would perfect with my dress :)

  33. avatar Doris reply

    I love the Adele! Thanks

  34. avatar Erin reply

    I love the Aimee sash!!

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  36. avatar Kristina reply

    The Lisette!

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