If Monday’s wedding was all about being relaxed and laid back, today’s wedding is all about classic sophistication and elegance.  Mary and Nathan’s wedding at the Elkridge Furnace Inn incorporated unique personal details along with family and Jewish wedding traditions (including one of the most beautiful ketubahs I’ve ever seen!), all in a picturesque rustic outdoor setting.  Inbal More was on hand to document the wedding, starting as Mary and her attendants got ready for the big day!

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From Mary: We wanted the wedding to be elegant and sophisticated but not extravagant.  I love blues and purples and I knew that would work well for my bridesmaids.

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We pinned a piece of lace inside my dress that had been a part of five generations of weddings!  It was originally a piece of my great-great-great grandmother’s veil in her 1872 wedding.  I also wore my sister’s Vera Wang veil and hair pins as something borrowed.

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My husband’s family is Jewish (and mine does not have a religion) so we incorporated a few Jewish elements into the wedding.  For example, they had his family Rabbi fly in from Atlanta for the day.  He was very accommodating and explained all of the Jewish traditions like the chuppah, the signing of the ketubah and the smashing of the glass to the audience as the wedding proceeded.

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In Jewish weddings, it is traditional for the ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) signing ceremony to take place in front of a small group of family and witnesses prior to the larger ceremony.  Mary found her stunning papercut ketubah on ketubah.com!

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One of my best friends from my childhood is a man (who is also gay) and he was ecstatic to be my “bridesman” and stand with the other bridesmaids during the wedding.  Don’t be afraid to alter wedding traditions to customize your wedding.

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My husband and I wanted to incorporate some of our favorite items in our hotel gift bags and wedding favors.  In the gift bags for out-of-town guests we included Route 11 Crab Chips and for our favors we asked Teaism to make mini salty oat cookies for the guests to take home.  They are the best cookies in DC!

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Mary’s advice for other DC-area couples:

The day goes by so fast and you are not going to see everything and everyone but the photographer and videographer will.  If you are going to splurge on something get a second photographer or videographer in addition to the first one.  You will not regret it.  This will be the only record you will have after the event and it will last forever.  Make things as easy as possible for yourself by getting vendor recommendations from the venue or from other vendors.  Many of them know each other and enjoy working together, and they have likely been to hundreds of weddings in the area.  Don’t be shy about asking for recommendations, even if you don’t actually book that person.

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My favorite part of all was the “chair dance” or the hora.  It was scary and at the same time exhilarating to be bouncing precariously in a chair above the dancing crowd as I tried to grab my new husband’s hand in the bobbing seat next to me.

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My favorite memory from our wedding is dancing with our friends at the reception.  It was difficult to break away from talking to all of the guests but when I finally did, I had the best time dancing with everyone and just enjoying the moment.

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The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Mary and Nathan’s wedding:

Venue: Elkridge Furnace Inn
Photography: Inbal More
Floral Design: Eden Floral Design
Ceremony Musicians: Virginia Virtuosi
Reception DJ: Bill Marsh from Carlysle Entertainment
WeddingCake: Artistic Desserts
Videography: James Ryan Films
Hair and Make Up: Salon Marielle
Favors: Teaism Salty Oat Cookies
Ketubah: Ruth Stern Warzecha via ketubah.com

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals or our real wedding gallery for more beautiful Washington, DC area weddings!

Photo Credits: Inbal More Photography

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