We’re back with part two of this darling detailed wedding, check out part one right here if you missed it. Brooke, a Maryland native, and Craig, a true Midwesterner, wanted to pay tribute to both their roots at their reception… and they sure had fun with it!  Famous Maryland Snowballs and crab cakes were abound and true to Wisconsin popularity, guests were surprised with a delicious midnight snack as the night came to a close.  Brooke got pretty crafty for her wedding, designing the photo booth props and many of the paper goods herself.  In fact her, and the creative mind behind her beautifully hued flowers have their own wedding floral and decor business called granger & wit! And with that, I’ll let Shelby Leigh’s photos do the rest of the talking…

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From Brooke: I loved our first dance. I was so nervous to do a first dance, and then when it happened it was like no one else was in the room, and it was just Craig & I. Right after our first dance we had a Bridal Party Dance, so the DJ busted out “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder and our entire bridal party started dancing their hearts out with us! In the middle of this Craig decided to pull off a full back flip in the middle of the dance floor! It was crazy! But something I will never forget. So much fun.

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Craig and I had been together for 7 years before our wedding day, so I had funny signs and photo booth props that said things like “FINALLY!” and “VICTORY!” That played on the joke that we waited so long to get hitched! Craig is from the Midwest and I am from Maryland. We also had so many people attending from out of town, so we wanted to give them a taste of Maryland too! We incorporated things such as Maryland Snowballs topped with the traditional marshmallow fluff, Maryland crab cakes, white chocolate Crab Lollipops as an extra dessert, as well as the signature drink, Orange Crushes. To incorporate some Midwestern traditions, we had late-night eats – snack bags filled with subs, chips and cookies that came out around 10pm for guests to eat or take with them. It is a big trend with Wisconsin weddings to have late night food, so we definitely wanted to do that.

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Brooke’s advice to other DC-area couples:

I think when you first start the planning process, it is good to make a list of the things that are most important to you. Things that are non negotiable. I know for me, the location we ended up with was not necessarily my first choice (I wanted the reception at charming vintage mansion), but, with that being said it was more important to me that we could have the number of people we wanted (200), and that everyone be in the same room. Those were non-negotiable for us. So the venue ended up being perfect in the end! Budget-wise, I would say a big help is checking with your caterer to see if they offer the option of bringing in your own liquor. Ours did offer that, and it definitely helps with cost. I think another big thing is go with your gut with vendors. I had such an incredible time in my meetings with my vendors and bonded with them all. I was so happy to have them be a part of our special day. The vendors we picked we felt matched our personalities very well and it added to the loveliness of it all!

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The following Washington, DC area wedding professionals contributed to Brooke and Craig’s wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Trinity Lutheran Church
Reception Venue: Bulle Rock Ballroom
Caterer: Chesapeake Food Works
Day-Of Coordinator: Flaire Event Planning
Flowers- Julie Wit, Julie’s Floral Design
Photographer: Shelby Leigh Photography
Videographer: Gene DiPaula, In Motion Video
Reception Music: DJ John Paul Berry, Absolute Entertainment
Cake – Desserts By Rita
Dress & Belt: Enzoani bought at Francesca’s Bridal Salon
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jasmine bought at Francesca’s Bridal Salon
Photo Booth: Five Star Amusements
Details & Decor: Made by the bride, granger & wit
Liquor: Cork & Barrel

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

Photo Credits: Shelby Leigh Photography

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