Welcome back for part two of Jessica and Rob’s outdoor Maryland wedding from Emily Chastain Photography. If you missed the fun in part one, head here to check it out, and then get ready for more excitement and spontaneity at their reception! Now, Jessica is a self-proclaimed “Dancing Queen” and couldn’t even wait for their chosen first dance song to play before her and her new hubby hopped on the dance floor! The fun didn’t stop there. The laughter and love in these photos makes me wish I was right there with them!


From Jessica: Rob and I love wine and honeymooned in California but visited “mom and pop” wineries in Carmel Valley. While we were engaged we saved all of our wine corks and used them as our place card holders. My mother was not pleased that there was going to be a bathroom trailer on site at the wedding, so she wanted it jazzed up… luckily Rob’s mother is good friends with a local landscaper who brought in shrubs and flowers.


My guest book was a finger print tree that all my guests thumb printed and signed. It is now hanging in our living room and is a great remembrance of our special day.




For the introductory song I chose “Firework” by Katy Perry and I had certain times when my parents, my in-laws, wedding party and finally my husband and I were introduced. Well, if you know me well I am a dancing queen! I get so excited that my adrenaline starts to pump. As I was waiting for Rob and I to be introduced I could not hold it in any longer so I started to dance in the background! As soon as the D.J said our names I started to dance! And my husband was dancing with me (my husband being NOT the dancing king)! He did great! He followed me right around the floor, twirling me, dipping me and just keeping up. Before we knew it the song was over and everyone was clapping and cheering (people were even dancing at their seats). I could honestly say that we do not even remember our real first dance song! What an impromptu favorite memory!

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We splurged on our food (cocktail hour and dinner). At cocktail hour we had a raw bar, cheese station, and many passed hors d’ oeuvre. At dinner we had local crab cakes, locally raised beef tenderloin, homemade fresh pasta with sauce and a variety of fresh and local veggies. All the prep and cooking was done on sight. The caterers cooked everything to order and in front of our guests. So everything was fresh, hot, and perfectly cooked to their liking.



Jessica’s advice to other DC-area couples:

My advice… if you think you need it, you do! Our wedding was outdoors which gave us a lot of space to work with. We had a guest book area, a bourbon and cigar bar that was in a different location than the regular bar, and a dessert table. Yes, they were a hit but I feel as if if we had made signs to direct everyone they would have a greater chance to enjoy them! This is your only day when you have everyone that you love dearly all in one place, ENJOY YOURSELF! Let the little things go and look at the big picture and how truly blessed you are!


The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Jessica and Rob’s wedding:

Venue: Brittland Manor
Caterer: Gourmet By the Bay
Photographer: Emily Chastain Photography
Florist: The Flower Child Shop
DJ: Steve Moody Entertainment Connection
Brides wedding dress: Maggie Sottero from Kleinfelds
Grooms Attire: Suit from Jos A Bank, tie and pocket square from Mens Warehouse
Cannolis: The Grande Family at Roma Pizza, Chestertown, MD
Cake: The bride’s co-teacher, Cheryl Plummer
Comfort Station Savior: Speakman Nursery and Landscaping

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: Emily Chastain Photography

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