Intimate fêtes with friends and family can make for the most meaningful day! E & B got all the little details just right! With Readyluck capturing all of it, you know you're in for something beautiful!
From the couple...
Tell us your love story!
Erin & I met quite serendipitously at Newport Folk Festival. At the time we didn't realize how appropriate this was, but traveling & music are passions we share. Though we knew of each other before this weekend, it was at the NFF that we really met. Erin saw me walking down the sidewalk & called to me from a passing car. We continued to run into each other throughout the festival & ended the weekend by spending an entire day in Boston together, where I was living at the time. Before Erin boarded her plane to NC, we had made plans to see each other again. That was in August, and the following fall was a whirlwind of traveling to concerts together & making every excuse to be together. Driving up & down the eastern seaboard was a regular occurrence. Within a month, we had traveled across the country together, met each others families, including two sets of nephews, & most importantly; fallen in love.
What was most important as you planned your wedding?
As we were planning our wedding, we were given the advice from a friend that when a guest leaves a wedding, it's great to look back on the weekend & say, "that was so them." For two people that had never imagined their wedding, this was the advice we needed. With this in mind, we wanted to really focus on what was important to us. It came down to quality time & quality food. Since we now live out west, getting the chance to really spend time with our closest friends & family was the most important to us & after that we wanted to give out guests a great farm-to-table meal. We decided the best way to spend quality time with our friends & family was to keep the wedding small, so we capped it at 30 people. After reading about Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore & falling in love with it's farm-to-table commitment, we knew this was our spot. Outside of the wedding night, we also invited all our guests to spend the rest of the weekend on the eastern shore relaxing by the water so that we could have more quality time with the folks that are most important to us.
What was difficult & what was easy?
Some of what was difficult in the planning process stemmed from being far away from where it was all going to happen. Erin & I now live in Colorado, but our families live back east in Virginia & Maryland, so we planning on getting married & having our reception in that area. We had to plan everything from afar & we wouldn't be on the east coast until just a few days before our wedding. Though, at time, this was tricky, it also meant that we had to work with people we really trusted to do what we wanted. Luckily, we found some great folks to help out & that simplified planning.
Woodberry Kitchen has an even planner who was great to work with & in general, the restaurant is the epitome of great service. Being that they are a farm-to-table establishment, we knew the details of the menu could change depending on what was fresh, so we just put our trust in them & it was amazing. Another important aspect for us was photographs. We wanted to have the night professionally documented in a way that authentically captured the event & the people in the photographs. We worked with Eddie from Readyluck & he did exactly that, while being excellent to work with. All-in-all, having great people to work with made the event pretty easy for us as brides.
What significant details should we know about?
When we were thinking about wedding details, we wanted to strike a balance between traditions & what felt most like us. Since we had the actual marriage ceremony in DC without most of our guests, we wanted to find a way to make the dinner special & festive. So, for the we asked our friends & family ahead of time to think of a toast, speech or funny story to share at the dinner. We had some excellent, heartfelt toasts, as well as some hilarious & embarrassing stories. This turned out to really make the night so special & personal. Another small detail. Cake is not our first choice when it comes to dessert, so rather than a wedding cake, Woodberry Kitchenmade two favorites that truly were us - a fresh peach cobbler with homemade ice cream & a flourless chocolate cake. Yum!