The Secret Garden with hints of white, blush and gray- Emily & Ben tie the knot

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Emily & Ben tied the knot this past September on the 7th at the beautiful, historic Waverly Mansion. The couple picked the venue because they fell in love with the intimacy, the history of the building and the gardenscape of the grounds. Inside the Waverly they loved the staircase, the book shelves, and all of the historic furniture. They were excited how lush everything was where the ceremony took place and could envision our photos and it was exactly what they wanted. Emily commented that the inspiration came from one of her favorite movies The Secret Garden.


Their vision for the wedding day was a romantic theme with a ton of greenery and hints of white and blush. The bridesmaids wore a whimsical dove gray and the guys looked dapper in their gray suits. The bride featured many heirlooms passed down from her late grandmother. Including the hairbrush and mirror set. Her something blue pin that was pinned to the bouquet and a gemstone brooch ben supported on his suit jacket. Both families had a love for old corvettes which they brought as a fun getaway car for the couple.


Emily & Ben met back in highschool during the Calvert Hall mixer. Emily said Ben got them in trouble and they were both sent to “dance jail” with the religion teacher until the end of the event. Emily said “I was furious, but I bet the teacher that I could beat him in a game of Go Fish (which he happily agreed to play) in exchange for our freedom. I ended up winning the game and we got to go home, and the rest is history” Emily and Ben are a very fun loving couple. Ben reminds me of a good old country boy who loves to joke around. Emily is a vibrant ball of energy that lights up any room when she walks in. Together they are silly and laugh a lot but they still love to be romantic and their love and warm personalities is super infectious to those around them.



Emily got ready at her parent’s home with her all her girls. She loved spending the day getting pampered and hanging out with her ladies before heading over to the venue. However, she said her favorite part of the day was rounding the corner of the aisle to see Ben. She said he looked so calm but so excited at the same time and quote “I truly fell in love with him again in that moment. The whole day was perfect, but I think that moment was my overall favorite.”

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Emily loves Sloths. Her bridesmaid gifted this little fella to her as a wedding gift. He had to make his debut for the big day decked out with a fabulous new hairstyle.

Emily loves Sloths. Her bridesmaid gifted this little fella to her as a wedding gift. He had to make his debut for the big day decked out with a fabulous new hairstyle.

Ben gifted Emily this beautiful pearl necklace. When she put it on with her dress it brought out the tears. Emily was so happy and truly felt like a bride.

Ben gifted Emily this beautiful pearl necklace. When she put it on with her dress it brought out the tears. Emily was so happy and truly felt like a bride.

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Ben & the guys got ready down the road at Turf Valley & Resorts. The sipped on whiskey and shared some laughs. Ben’s dad brought his vintage corvette car for some fun photo opportunities.

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Emily and her MOH went to the venue first to set up for the father daughter first look. She was so excited for her Dad to see her for the first time in her dress. Emily is very close with her family so this moment was extra special for her.

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Featured her grandmother’s hair brush set. Emily recreated a photo her grandmother had taken of her before her wedding. You could feel her spirit all around Emily.

Featured her grandmother’s hair brush set. Emily recreated a photo her grandmother had taken of her before her wedding. You could feel her spirit all around Emily.

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We found a nice open spot for some golden hour goodness before we headed back to the party!

We found a nice open spot for some golden hour goodness before we headed back to the party!

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Emily is super funny she had everyone in tears with her dancing!

Emily is super funny she had everyone in tears with her dancing!

At the end of the evening guests cleared out so the couple could share one final dance. A nice private intimate moment between the two before they said their goodbyes and headed off in the getaway cars!

At the end of the evening guests cleared out so the couple could share one final dance. A nice private intimate moment between the two before they said their goodbyes and headed off in the getaway cars!

Now that they are married the couple is most looking forward The companionship and partnership! Emily stated “We've been best friends for years and to know we'll always have each other is such a comfort. Ben is truly my best friend and my rock. I can't imagine going through anything- wonderful or horrible- without him right by my side. We're partners in everything we do and I cannot wait to watch that friendship and partnership continue and grow!”



Congratulations Mr & Mrs Unkles!!!

A big shout out and thanks to all the vendors: 

Venue: Waverly Mansion

Catering & Cake: Catering by Uptown

Florals: Scentsational Florals

DJ/ Entertainment: DJ Jimmy T Entertainment LLC

Dress/Shoes: Betsy Johnson

Glam: Brushed Beauty LLC



8 Detail's you NEVER want to skip on your wedding day

Tuesday Topics!

8 Details you don’t want to skip for your wedding day vision!

Little details make up a picture perfect wedding. Today we are going to talk about 8 details that make up a picture perfect wedding and also create great guest experience!


  1. A memorable entrance

Now this has two parts. First creating a memorable ceremony entrance is a must. This is the first time most of your guests and possibly your significant other is seeing you. You want it to be a moment that is unforgettable for both you and your guests. Creating the right visual for that moment you have been dreaming of takes some thought. Having things like a beautiful floral arch or some type romantic visual to stand as the centerpiece really helps to create that romantic feel. 

The second part is creating a memorable entrance into the reception. The reception area is the first grand entrance you make as newlyweds. Dress is up with floral centerpieces, soft lighting, candles and subtle pops of color. When walking into the reception it should feel warm and inviting as well as visually appealing and have a touch of WOW factor. Remember having a visually pretty reception area will make your wedding photography that much better. 


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2. Directions & Signs

Having clear, direct and reliable directions are a must. Guests need to know exactly where they are going. Including an address is a must but adding visuals such as maps and written directions goes a long way. You don't want your guests getting lost between the highway exit and the chapel parking lot. If you spell it out for them, they're more likely to be on time and the entire day has a better chance of running smoothly. In terms of visuals for the venue. For the day of, create signage for each wedding spot (the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception) directing guests where to go. Also if needed and the venue doesn't have clear visuals make signs for the bathrooms as well! ( I can’t tell you how many times guests get confused or lost trying to find where to go for the ceremony or more often the bathroom on larger properties) Keep in mind this isn’t just a helpful tip for guest experience but it’s also great images to tie in to the final wedding vision. 

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3. Escort Cards

When directing you guest’s where to sit for dinner and what table they are seated at during the reception. Consider pretty, fun escort cards. Having things like romantic acrylic signs with beautiful calligraphy can go along way. Want to do something unique or on theme with your wedding? Consider doing something out of the box like individual champagne glasses, succulents, Fall leaves, personalized puzzle pieces, etc… Make it YOU.

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4. Guest Books

Having a guest book is a fun way to look back at all the friends and family that came to celebrate your big day. Show off your creativity and make it a fun, interactive activity. 

Ask guests to contribute to a scrapbook by providing a Polaroid camera: They can take a selfie then pop the photo into a book and sign next to it. Or, use your engagement session images and create an album for your guests to sign. You can also do fun alternatives like have them sign game pieces like scrabble. Whatever you decide make it special to you as a couple. Something you can use and cherish forever.

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5. Stylish menu cards

Now this might seem like something you could skip. However incorporating fun menu cards to the tablescape even if its a buffet is a great way to help your guest experience. Some of your guests may have food allergies or diet needs and having a clear menu of what is being offered is a great way to help them make a decision. (This is a very helpful tip if you are having a buffet.) This tip also ties in with tip #2, having clear and direct signage. The menu cards or signs also makes great storytelling visuals for your reception.



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6. Bar Decor

Bar decor is a fun way to spice up your reception details. Some of my favorite details I have seen is signs that show your wedding instagram handle. Or signs that list your signature cocktail/ cocktails. Go a step further and place personalized koozies with your wedding info for guests to  help keep their drinks cold. It’s also a fun party favor for friends and family to take home and keep reusing. 

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7. Party Favors

Party favors to me are super special. These really can go along away as far as saying thank you for coming and your support. I love when couples make it unique to them and create a cute give away for their guests. Fun ideas are plants, Pet favors if you are dog & cat people, homemade cookies, honey, whiskey, signature maple syrup or BBQ sauce. Make it significant to you two and make it special for your guests.

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8. A stylish exit! 

Exist’s are a great way to end the evening. It’s a great way for guests to send you off and say goodbye. This is also a great way to end your photo coverage with an epic, fun send off. If you are having a night wedding using things like sparklers, wish lanterns, or glow sticks are great options. If it’s a day wedding this could be options like bubbles, having guests throw rice or confetti or flower petals. Also consider leaving in style with a fun getaway car :)

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Racing the Rain! High School Sweethearts Tie The Knot

This wedding is featured!!! Go check it out on Frederick Weddings Blog

https://frederickweddings.com/real-weddings/summer-lodges-at-gettysburg-wedding-real-frederick-wedding-kasey-and-johnathan/

Kasey & Jonathan are two of the sweetest people I know! These two love birds went to the same high school as me so I have been lucky enough to have known them for years and was super excited when they reached out about their wedding. High School sweethearts is such a rare thing to find these days but these two are truly deeply in love and you can see it when they look at each other and radiate happiness.

The two love birds tied the knot on July 6th at the Lodges in Gettysburg, PA. Now we all know July is a hot month and this July was no exception. It was quite a scorcher outside but the views were stunning and the happiness from everyone attending made a little sweat worth it. They offered their guest the cutest fans to keep cool during the ceremony. However because it was so hot and it’s summer we could see the rain clouds coming as soon as the bridal party started walking towards the isle.

We luckily finished the ceremony & all of the bridal party and couple shots outside before racing indoors as it down poured.

Kasey & Johnathan danced the night away with their family and friends and even got to end the night with a sparkler exit once the rained stopped!

Kasey opted for simple but meaningful bridal details. The couple went with a rustic anchor theme and featured the colors mint, navy blue and silver.

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The brides cute little nephew helped keep everyone laughing and smiling. He even helped the flower girl down the isle!

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The couple’s theme was nautical with a hint of country! Jonathan wore his cowboy boots with cute nautical details!

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The guys took their part outside for some group shots. They sported their matching groomsmen Yeti’s to keep the drinks flowing and cold!

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Back in the Brides room we geared up for the Daddy Daughter first look which I think is one of the most special moments of the big day!

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The girls decided to make a little trip to the near by covered bridge for some pre ceremony Bridesmaids pictures!

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For the ceremony the couple gave out the cutest fans for their guests to stay cool

For the ceremony the couple gave out the cutest fans for their guests to stay cool

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During the Ceremony the dark clouds came in fast. We had little time to work with before the rain!

During the Ceremony the dark clouds came in fast. We had little time to work with before the rain!

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Once we raced inside before the downpour we gathered the family for family formals then continued our couple session before dinner.

Once we raced inside before the downpour we gathered the family for family formals then continued our couple session before dinner.

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A big thanks to all of the vendors!!

Vendors:
Venue: The Lodges at Gettysburg**

Catering: Carriage House**

Photography: Jenna Davis Photography

Entertainment: The Dapper DJs**
Dessert: Main Street Sweet
Flowers: Fiddlestix
Hair & Makeup: Gloryridge Salon

Blushing Blues and Southern Charm- Morgan & Ryan tie the knot at Antrim 1844

Morgan and Ryan are one of the sweetest couples. Their wedding was absolutely magical. The couple chose dusty blues, navy and timeless wedding details!

The two tied the knot this past August at Antrim 1844 in Maryland. They were married in the gardens on a beautiful Friday afternoon. Antrim has a touch of southern charm which fit perfectly with the newly wed’s style.

The two celebrated with all their friends and family dancing to the amainglty talented band until ending the night with a long line of sparklers for the exit! To say the wedding was perfect wouldn’t do it justice!

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Morgan & Ryan chose to see each other for the first time when walking down the isle. However Morgan choose to surprise her bridesmaids, father and grandparents with a first look. She cleverly kept her wedding dress a secrete until the big day so she could share the magical moment with more then just her groom!

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Ryan looks so sharp in his Navy suit! Such a timeless groom look.

Ryan looks so sharp in his Navy suit! Such a timeless groom look.

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The ceremony took place in the gardens! Antrim House has the most romantic court yard filled with pastel blooms and a gorgeous fountain!

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Congratulations Mr & Mrs Varley!

Shout out to the amazing vendor team!

Venue: Antrim 1844

Dress: Gamberdella's

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids-Jenny Yoo

Groomsman: The Black Tux

Flowers: Ann's Garden laurie@ann's-garden.com

Cake/Cupcakes: Sugarbackers

Band: 76 Degree's West through East Coast Entertainment

Make Up: Make up By Victoria O'Neill

Hair: Megan Brackna

As Seen in The Knot Magazine