The words “modern” and “farm” aren’t often spoken in the same sentence when it comes to weddings, but Carey and Wendy totally made it work for their wedding in Maryland last summer. They were married at Carey’s family farm, an Antebellum residence outside of Annapolis, with Mike B Photography there to capture the entire day. The couple settled on an orange color palette and set to work creating a wedding environment that blended seamlessly with the rest of the surroundings – all in less than 6 months! Luckily Carey comes from a family of event planners, so they had the situation under control for the big day.
From Carey and Wendy: Orange is our favorite color and we had to have it in our wedding. We also wanted to have the wedding and ceremony outdoor on the family farm where Carey grew up. The color palette was further developed once the bridesmaids’ dresses were chosen, which were orange and pale yellow. Our style was simple and contemporary, which had to be seemlessly integrated with a traditional Antebellum home. The flowers followed suit with our color theme, with beautiful hydrangeas, and yellow and orange roses for the wedding ceremony.
From Carey: I have so many favorite memories from that day…walking into the reception for the first time, everything was so overwhelming, from the excitement of the guests to the beauty of our surroundings; my wife’s smile walking down the aisle; my wife not leaving the dance floor once the dancing started; my 79 year old mother getting down on the dance floor, the band playing Metallica for me and nailing “Enter Sandman”; one of my groomsmen writing a song about the farm I grew up on and surprising us with it by performing it with his guitar and another friend singing it (this brought tears to my eyes)…the list goes on and on….
From Wendy: Where do I begin….being surrounded by all the love and support from family and friends was truly amazing; the beauty of the design for both the ceremony and the reception; the look of love and happiness on my dad’s face as he walked his baby girl down the aisle; getting married on the farm that contains so many memories for Carey and his friends; watching my husband be lifted in the air by his friends during a Metallica song; having a great friend of ours sing our wedding song with her amazingly gorgeous voice; and the look on my husband’s face when he saw me for the first time as I walked down the aisle.
The reception contained many different assortments of orange and yellow flowers in contemporary vases on each of the tables. The tables were arranged with pale yellow and striped orange linens which enhanced the color theme. We also felt it was very important to have a seated dinner for our 300 guests.
Our main priority for our wedding was for everyone to have fun, including us. We did not want to be worried about anything on the day of the wedding. We wanted to be royalty for a day. It was important that it be as magical and fun as possible. We also had to have an awesome band that played up to date music and got the guests excited to be out on the dance floor. One of our main priorities was to have a great photographer. We had heard so many horror stories from friends about their photographers’ mishaps with the wedding pictures. Mike Busada, our wedding photographer, was able to capture the essence and beauty of our wedding day. I could not have imagined a more professional and efficient photographer for our special day.
Carey and Wendy were kind enough to share a bit of advice (okay, a lot of very useful advice!) for other DC-area brides and grooms:
On Planning and Budgeting: Plan a year out, not 6 months like we did, it was very stressful, and very rushed. It would have been nice to enjoy the engagement activities a little longer. Develop a budget before you decide how many people you want to invite to the wedding. We did the opposite and it was a costly decision.
On Priorities: Make a list of what you find to be the most important when it comes to your wedding and then budget from there (such as wedding photographer, band, food, venue, flowers…and so on). Do not be stingy when it comes to finding a wedding photographer. Make sure you feel comfortable with who you choose and that you will get quality pictures – this is all you will have to remember the day when it is all said and done. Don’t fret too much on wedding favors, most of the guests forget to take them with them anyway.
And finally… Stop every so often during the night to take in everything… the night will fly by and be over before you know it!
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Carey and Wendy’s wedding:
Event Design and Production: Hargrove III Events
Photography: Mike B Photography
Floral Design: Janet Flowers Wedding and Event Design
Catering: Occasions Caterers
Invitations and Day of Coordination: Rave Reviews
Band: Washington Talent Agency
Sound and Lighting: Event EQ
Tenting and Rentals: Select Event Rentals
Cake: Sweet Sues
Wedding Dress: Bridals by Elena
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Photo Credits: Mike B Photography