Vintage-inspired weddings will always have a special place in my heart, and I love the personal touches that Melissa and Trevor incorporated into their Baltimore wedding at the Evergreen Museum & Library from Sweet Tea Photography.  Melissa and Trevor were married on a very popular wedding weekend in September – 9/10/11!  They incorporated soft romantic elements in a delicate gray and yellow color palette.  So pretty!

From Melissa: We wanted a look and feel that was warm and inviting, with romantic and vintage touches to bring everything together.  We put together a lot of the décor and details on our own, which made it even more satisfying to see everything come together the way it did.  A big part of what really made everything come together was our reception location: the carriage house of a mansion built in the 1800s.  It was such a unique space that really provided the perfect backdrop for our wedding.

Trevor surprised me the day of our wedding.  Right after I put on my gown my mom had me lift up the bottom layer, at the bottom was a sewn in message from Trevor, “I’ll love you always and forever.”  The message was sewn in his own handwriting and onto a piece of his Mother’s wedding gown and then onto my gown.  It’s hard to describe how I felt when I read the message, I was so happy in that moment, and I’m very grateful to be able have something so special that I can hold to forever.

Our seating chart was displayed on vintage mirrored windows that normally hang in our kitchen.  We made the table centerpieces by hand and found a vintage suitcase at a thrift store to hold the cards we received from our guests.

Our centerpiece boxes were my favorite detail from the day.  The wood was repurposed from an old barn.  We built the boxes ourselves and gave them to our florist.  I thought they turned out great and really helped create the look we wanted.

Another favorite detail from our wedding day would be our guest book.  It took us awhile to figure out what we wanted and decided on doing a thumbprint guest book.  We had seen a tree version, where guests left their thumbprints like leaves on a tree.  To make it more personal we asked my talented brother Doug to draw our home and have strings coming out of the top so the thumbprints would look like balloons (picture the house in “Up”).  The drawing came out perfectly, it looks exactly like our house, I was so amazed and grateful to my brother for putting so much time into it.  The guest book hangs up on our wall and is a daily reminder of our incredible day.

I’ll never forget our first dance.  We asked my Dad and my cousin Danny to sing an acoustic version of “In My Life” by The Beatles.  I grew up listening to my Dad sing and play the guitar or the piano, I knew from the beginning that I would want him to perform on my wedding day.  Danny is a music teacher by day and the lead singer of the band by night, so it only seemed fitting he perform with my Dad.

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

I read A LOT during the planning process, between blogs and magazine I read all about the different do’s and dont’s. I think you just have to figure what is important to you. Once thing I will suggest, if you plan to DIY, make sure you really look at what you are taking on and if the finished product will be what you want.  We decided to put together our invitations on our own.  We had them designed by A Printable Press and then everything else was up to us.  I love how they turned out, but if I had to do it all over again I would probably spend the extra money to have them done for me.

The following Baltimore wedding professionals contributed to Melissa + Trevor’s wedding:

Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral of Incarnation
Reception Venue: The Evergreen Museum & Library, Baltimore, Maryland
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography
Catering: Zeffert & Gold
Floral Design: Heavenly Flowers
Hair: Christopher J. Salon
Invitations: A Printable Press
Cake: Patisserie Poupon
Bridal Attire: Watters Gown from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection, Shoes by Kate Spade
Bridesmaid Attire: J. Crew
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Tommy Hilfiger
Photobooth Rental: We Love Photobooths

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Photo Credits: Sweet Tea Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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