Happy Monday everyone!  Today we have a stunning St. Patrick’s Day wedding in Baltimore from tPoz Photography to share with you!  Laura and Rick are Maryland born and raised, so they chose the Pier 5 Hotel on the Baltimore waterfront as the perfect venue for their wedding.  Since they met on St. Patrick’s Day, it seemed only fitting to choose the holiday for their wedding celebration as well!  Of course, green played a large role in the color palette, but Laura also chose gold and white for a fun play on a “Pot of Gold” theme (I love the gold sequin trim that Laura used as a bouquet wrap!).

From Laura: Our wedding day was one filled with love and happiness, surrounded by our family and closest of friends… just the way we wanted it!  We wanted a very personal wedding ceremony and a very Baltimore reception! Rick and I met on St. Patrick’s Day and I’m half Irish, so the holiday has come to have several meanings for us.  Adding our wedding to the festivities made perfect sense!  Once we set the date for the Saturday after St. Patrick’s Day, everything for an Irish themed wedding easily fell into place.  I wore one of my favorite pieces in my mother’s jewelry collection, a gold and diamond cauliflower cocktail ring, as my “something old” to fit our Pot of Gold theme.

Keeping mostly to a green, gold, and white color scheme, our save the dates had a shamrock design and our invitations were on green and white paper with a gold shimmery ribbon.  All the florals were done in greens and whites, with green hydrangeas, queen anne’s lace, and bells of Ireland as the focal stems.

Pier 5 Hotel provided the ideal backdrop for our wedding.  Rick and I are both Maryland born and raised and when we met lived on seperate sides of the city – Federal Hill and Canton.  We wanted someplace that would reflect us and our lives.  Pier 5 is right in the middle of both sides of town, on the water, and was simply perfect!

It was very meaningful for me to walk down the aisle on my own.  My father passed away several years ago but I was fortunate enough to have already had that moment with him the first time I was married.  It was important to me to keep and honor that special time with me as his own and so I pinned a gold locket to my bouquet with a picture inside of him giving me away the first time.  It was my way of having him walk me down the aisle again.  To have had someone else do it wouldn’t have meant as much and I didn’t want anyone his take that place in my memory.

One of the first decisions we made about the wedding was to not have a bridal party.  Instead we decided to have our ‘wedding party’ consist of my one neice as flower girl and our nine nephews we had between our two families.  Matching green polo shirts on the boys helped carry the green color scheme in their attire and was truly something they could wear again!  Plus it gave us a chance to include all the kids in a very special way and not leave anyone out!

Our ceremony was very personal.  We selected all the dialogue with the help of our officiant and friend, Amanda Tate.  It reflected everything Rick and I felt about what marriage should be, what a wedding is about in bringing family and friends together, and a whole community supporting that love and partnership.  We had read the vows several times over when planning the ceremony and chose to say the same ones to each other.  What we didn’t realize until the ceremony was how long it took to say them out loud!  When Rick was FINALLY through repeating after Amanda, everyone just starting laughing together at the same time!  Truly fitting with our “Live, Laugh, Love” theme!

We incorporated traditional Celtic handfasting into our ceremony and my neice, our flower girl, tossed ‘gold’ rose petals down the aisle from her ‘Pot of Gold’ flower basket.

My favorite quotes ever is “Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much” which I was also able to incorporate as a secondary theme from small decor touches in the reception, in our cermony content, and even our thank you cards.  They’re great words to live by!

We wanted to make sure our guests felt like they were at a party, could mingle and simply enjoy the event, and not feel tied to a timeline.  We wanted the ceremony and reception at the same venue so once the ceremony was over, it instantly rolled into the reception.  After being announced, we opened the dance floor right away and got everyone on their feet!

Our favors were little pots of gold filled with gold wrapped truffles and a sweet Irish blessing attached that read, “May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold; and at the end of all your rainbows may you find a pot of gold!”

Laura’s advice for other Baltimore and Washington, DC area couples:

DIY items are great helpers when trying to save in a budget…but don’t get in over your DIY head!  Weigh the time the project will take you to complete against the cost of it being professionally done and truly see which is the better value!  Borrow the craft tools, materials, and goods where you can so it doesn’t cost you as much, especially if it’s a new project you’ve never tried before.  If you get bogged down with decisions, just remember that the day is about the marriage that you’re entering into with the one you love and about the life you are promising to have with them.  Focus on that.  Then everything else will fall into place as it should and stay an enjoyable process for everyone involved.  The best weddings come to a happy bride and groom… not a couple that’s fighting over every detail.

The following Baltimore wedding professionals contributed to Laura and Rick’s wedding:

Venue + Catering: Pier 5 Hotel
Photography: tPoz Photography
Bridal Attire: Amanda Ritchey Bridal Beauty
Groom Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Officiant: Rev. Amanda Tate
DJ: Music Masters
Floral Design: DIY
Cake: Friend of the Bride & Groom
Hair & Makeup: Zina’s Day Spa
Stationery: Zazzle and Paper and More!
DIY Supplies: Save on Crafts, Wedding Linens Direct, JKM Ribbon & Trims
Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals or our real wedding gallery for more beautiful weddings!

Photo Credits: tPoz Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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