Today’s wedding took place at the charming Gramercy Mansion just outside of Baltimore.  Jessica and Ryan took advantage of the beautiful gardens and antique decor, planning an outdoor ceremony and reception, all accented by beautiful floral arrangements in rich fall tones and peacock feathers.  Jacqueline from Readyluck Photography was on hand to capture all of the lovely details, including some of the family heirlooms and DIY touches that Jessica incorporated throughout the day!

 

From Jessica: Ryan and I wanted our wedding to be full of warmth and antique charm.  Our venue, the Gramercy Mansion, a tudor, cottage-style mansion with eclectic decor, was the perfect place to help our vision come to life.  We wanted to reflect autumn’s rich tones in a non-traditional way in our color scheme.  We chose deep, reddish plums, lush blue-greens, and cream throughout our design.  We added a touch of whimsy by accessorizing lightly with peacock feathers.

 

 

 

 

I love that I was able to incorporate family heirlooms into my wedding accessories.  My grandmother gave me several antique brooches, which I adhered to the tops of my shoes and to my bouquet.  She also gave me my “something blue,” a lace handkerchief, which my florist wrapped around the stems of my bouquet.  Throughout our decor, we selected elements that were or seemed antique, and I loved being able to carry a piece of my grandmother’s story with me down the aisle!

 

Ryan and I decided to do a “first look” instead of waiting to do our pictures during the cocktail hour.  Our photographer helped arrange our meeting- Ryan waited in a backyard gazebo with his back turned toward me.  As I approached him, our photographer captured our expressions as we saw each other for the first time.  

 

 

I had been apprehensive about giving up the classic moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle, but I am so grateful for our first look moment.  It allowed us almost an hour of intimacy before our wedding to soak in our joy and enjoy each other.

 

We held our ceremony outside in Gramercy’s beautiful gardens and our reception on the portico and first floor living areas of the mansion.

 

 

 

 

From start to finish, Ryan and I were 100% involved in the details of our wedding.  We wanted it to be a personal experience for us and our guests and added touches of our personalities and story wherever we could, from the invitations, which we designed and crafted, to our hand-made favors – sachets of mulling spices, a recipe we created and tested ourselves!

 

Jessica’s advice to other DC-area couples:

Throughout our planning process, we often felt challenged to stay within our budget.  Vendors consistently offered bigger, better, tempting options, but by prioritizing, we were able to keep extraneous spending to a minimum.  At the end of the event, the things that mattered most were the family and friends we shared it with.  I would encourage brides and grooms to push to stay within budget and to get creative with DIY projects when they can!

The following Washington, DC area wedding professionals contributed to Jessica and Ryan’s wedding:

Venue: Gramercy Mansion
Catering: Hunt Valley Catering
Photography: Jacqueline from Readyluck
Floral Design: Fleur de Lis Florist
Ceremony Guitarist: Ben Sherman
DJ: Electra Entertainment
Cake: Yia Yia’s Bakery
Wedding Attire: Leesburg Bridal and Tux
Hair + Makeup: Sweet ‘n Sexy Hair

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Photo Credits: Jacqueline from Readyluck

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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