Welcome back to Baltimore’s waterfront for part two of Maria and Arnat’s wedding (Did you miss their Baltimore wedding ceremony seen here?) from Ethan Yang Photography! The reception is where their unique venue choice really had a chance to shine, with planes, trains and everything in between. Guests we’re able to explore some of the museum’s offerings before sitting down to dinner, dancing the night away and enjoying late night photo-boothing and burger snacking!
From Maria: The airplane overhead sealed the deal since Arnie served in the US Air Force and worked at the BWI Airport. At the end of the day, we wanted to make sure our guests really enjoyed themselves at our wedding, and at every decision we asked ourselves how we could make it more fun for them? So we had the museum open a few of the exhibits during cocktail hour so that our guests would be able to take in a little bit of Baltimore’s history before dinner. We splurged on a photobooth during the reception which was a huge hit with our guests, young and old – nearly everyone took a turn in it!
I found out about Arnie’s obsession with Star Wars on our first Halloween together when he showed up in full Storm Trooper armor… So when I found Storm Trooper cufflinks and Princess Leia & Han Solo cake toppers on Etsy I knew we had to have them.
Having attended college in New York, I think that nothing beats a White Castle slider when it comes to late night snacks. Even with the nearest White Castle restaurant is 150 miles away, we found a way to surprise our friends and family with a late night snack that really hit the spot! Our favors were our favorite Baltimore treat – Berger cookies fresh from the bakery. If you’ve never had the pleasure, it is a soft cake-like cookie topped with a thick layer of chocolate fudge, and I could probably eat an entire box in one sitting if no one was there to stop me. I know a lot of people think favors are not appreciated, but I don’t think any of these were left on the tables at the end of the night!
We were so lucky to have wonderful friends who offered to transport us via boat from our venue which located on the water in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood . At the end of the night we boarded their boat which was decorated with a “Just Married” sign in lights, were handed glasses of champagne and enjoyed a scenic cruise through the Inner Harbor and back to our hotel in Harbor East. I couldn’t have asked for a more unique and special end to a perfect evening!
Maria’s advice to other DC-area couples:
I’d advise others to be flexible throughout the planning process, we originally started out wanting an outdoor ceremony in October, but by the time we began looking at venues we weren’t able to find anything in October, so November it was. At first we were disappointed, but we ended up with an absolutely gorgeous November day while most of October was cold and rainy – so it all worked out for the best! Try not to get stressed out by all the timelines and checklists that you’ll find on wedding websites and magazines. We booked the things that were important to us early on (venue, DJ and photographer), and then took our time with the rest. Booking our vendors based on our priorities also meant that when we went a little over budget on the high-priority items, we could still cut back in areas that were less important to us, like flowers and linens. I searched for bargains on everything – I bought my shoes on Ebay, used a Groupon for our photobooth, DIY’d all of our paper products, and scoured Etsy for everything from my crystal sash to the gumpaste flowers on our cake. I really embraced the challenge of sticking to my budget!
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Maria + Arnat’s wedding:
Venue: The Baltimore Museum of Industry
Caterer: Atlantic Caterers
Planner: Eventi Planning
Florist: Divine Designs & Events
Officiant: Rev. Bill Teyssier
Photography: Ethan Yang Photography
Videography: HereAfter Film
Photobooth: Lovely Day Photo Works
Hair: About Faces
Make-up: Behind the Veil Beauty
Bride’s Dress: Betsy Robinson Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Columbia Bridal Boutique
Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Banks
Photo Credits: Ethan Yang Photography
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