Unique details and creative touches from a Summer wedding in Middletown, Maryland
Photography: Abby Jiu
Venue: Stone Manor Country Club
Catering: Carriage House Catering
Donuts: Carpe Donut
Calligraphy: Pretty Mail Calligraphy
Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Ltd.
Event Planning: Ritzy Bee Events
1. Inside the Box • Reception centerpieces were vintage wooden boxes filled with white hydrangeas, ‘Sahara’ roses, scabiosa pods, gooseneck loosestrife, and seeded eucalyptus.
2. Good Points • Wooden signs were calligraphed with directions for guests: “Good Times” led to the reception tent and the band, and “Hokie Country” pointed to the lawn and virginia tech cornhole set, paying tribute to the couple’s alma mater.
3. The Pod Squad • Bridesmaids carried rustic bouquets with ‘Sahara’ roses, dusty miller, scabiosa pods, gooseneck loosestrift, ranunculus, rice flowers, silver brunia, seeded eucalyptus, and burlap highlights.
4. Forever Stamp • To personalize the invitations, the couple bought vintage stamps from Etsy.com: a Maryland stamp (her home state), a Virginia stamp (his home state), a football stamp since he played college football, and a flower stamp to reference their summer wedding.
5. Bow Wow • Sporting a green bow tie, the bride and groom’s French bulldog, Clyde, lounged in the bridal suite before greeting guests during the cocktail hour.
6. Ivory Towers • Inside the tented reception, the head table boasted two iron stands with arrangements of ‘Sahara’ roses, white hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus, snapdragons, spray roses, stock, larkspur, and various pods and grasses.
7. Bells Will Be Ringing • The bride purchased vintage tin bells online to play off an Irish wedding tradition to have a “ringing of the bells.” A message tied with jute to each bell read, “Help us celebrate in summer style, and ring this bell as we leave the aisle.”
8. All Natural • Tied with twine and burlap, the bridal bouquet featured peonies, ‘Patience’ cabbage roses, ‘Sahara’ roses, dusty miller, nigella pods, scabiosa pods, gooseneck loosestrife, ranunculus, balsa wood flowers, rice flowers, nandina berries, and cream-painted Japanese spray roses.
9. I Do’s and Donuts • The bride always brings donuts (her father’s favorite treat) home to her family on holidays, so she arranged to have a donut truck at the cocktail hour as her way of keeping up the tradition.
10. Paper Trail • The bride designed all of the printed materials including the menu, with Appalachia Press, one of her favorite stationers.
11. It’s a Wrap • Floral-printed robes from Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie were the perfect bridesmaids gifts and kept the maids comfy as they toasted the bride before the ceremony.