Today’s wedding from Studio Juno is all about fun, fun, fun – and is full of LOTS of personality.  Carrie and Matt were married at The Baltimore Museum of Industry last summer, with a stylish wedding that combined nautical and urban details and mixed personal details with classic elegance.  Plus, this wedding has one of the most touching and beautiful Father of the Bride toasts I’ve ever seen, you definitely don’t want to miss it!

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From Carrie: Fun! That was what was most important to us – that our guests have a great time.  For us personally, we just wanted the wedding to reflect us as a couple as much as possible.  We wanted it to be very personal.  It had to be a mix of city and beachy, stylish yet relaxed and comfortable.

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I definitely didn’t have a specific vision in mind when I started, and found the idea of a theme to be quite daunting.  Vendors kept asking me what my theme was and I didn’t have one – garden, carnival, vintage, etc.  I am from the Eastern Shore, so grew up with the beach being a big part of my life.  I had always pictured a beach destination wedding, but when Matt and I got engaged it just was not the right thing for us.  We really wanted a wedding in Baltimore with all of our friends and family.  We wanted the wedding to be very “Baltimore” too, so that is where we started.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry captured the city perfectly!  With the local history, casual and funky vibe and the location on the harbor with views of all of the city, it definitely captured Baltimore.  We added Natty Bo in cans to our drink list and crab cakes to the menu and that completed the Baltimore element!  From there, I wanted to add in beachy touches, so we did that through colors (beachy blue and grass green), our ceremony decorations, a blue crab on our response card, our card box, and flip flops for the dance floor.  We love wine too, so we had wine corks as our place card holders, and wine bottles of our favorite wines (our own that we drank and saved throughout our engagement along with the help of family and friends) as the table number holders.

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I worried that because all of these things together weren’t a cohesive “theme” that I saw on wedding websites that it wouldn’t all come together properly.  However, it couldn’t have been better!  To any brides worried over having a theme I would say as long as you pick some colors to remain constant throughout, and you let the wedding showcase your personalities, it will look and feel fabulous!  Also, just remember that your guests might not even notice some of the things that you incorporate so you shouldn’t get too stressed about them.  For example, the wine bottles probably meant nothing to our guests, but they meant a lot to us, and that was all that mattered!

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Our ceremony was my favorite memory from the entire day.  Really, the entire thing could not have been better.  It really seemed like we were the only two people there during our ceremony. We had a close family friend as our officiant, and we worked with him to write our own ceremony.  We wanted the ceremony to be very much about the two of us getting married.  It had so much meaning for both of us, and was really beautiful and reflective of how we feel about each other.

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Good food, drinks and music were the main priorities for our wedding.  We splurged on our caterer and our photographer.  We wanted the food to be delicious, for the service to be impeccable, and to end up with photos that we would love and that really captured the essence of the day.

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Our table numbers were our favorite wedding detail!  It seems strange, but ours were very personal.  We had 25 tables and there was a photo of each of us at the age of each table number.  Our parents sent us tons of photos from growing up, and we spent lots of time sifting through them to pick our favorites.  My husband made them all, and people absolutely loved them.

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Our first dance was so much fun! I felt like I was having the time of my life during it.  We danced to a studio version (not album) of Michael Franti’s Say Hey (I love you).  We had taken swing dancing lessons a couple of years prior, so we did swing.  It was fast and fun, and the guests loved it too.

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My Dad does not enjoy public speaking, so for a while I wasn’t sure if he would make a toast at the wedding although he knew I really wanted him to.  He is a musician though, so he took the mike with his guitar in hand.  He sang the song Daughter, by Loudon Wainwright, and added a verse at the end that he wrote for us.  It was so incredibly touching and special.

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Carrie’s advice for other DC-area brides and grooms:

Enjoy it! It is so easy to get stressed with the planning, but you are planning a huge party that is all about you as a couple.  At the end of the day you will be married, and that is why you are doing it all.  Get creative to make it personal, and use the internet and blogs for ideas.

The following Baltimore and Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Carrie and Matt’s wedding:

Wedding Venue: The Baltimore Museum of Industry
Photography: Studio Juno
Caterering: Linwoods
Day of Coordination: Entertain Me Event Planning
Floral Design: Divine Designs & Events
Ceremony String Quartet: Hill Chamber Music
Reception DJ: MPK Productions
Videography: Daniel Regner
Invitations and Stationery: The Pleasure of Your Company
Wedding Dress: Betsy Robinson Bridal Collection
Bridesmaid Attire: Coren Moore from Garnish Boutique
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo House
Transportation: The Limo Lady

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Photo Credits: Studio Juno

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