Glad to see you back for your second dose of color for the day from Muriel Silva Photography! (Check out the first one, the outdoor wedding ceremony in Maryland, too!) Shannon and Adam have quite the passion for swing dancing, and for the outdoors so they brought both into their reception. I love what they did with their centerpieces, using potted plants that doubled as favors for the guests, and their awesome first (swing) dance, which set the stage for the rest of the evening quite well!


From Shannon: Our favorite things to do are swing dancing and enjoying the outdoors so we wanted to showcase the beautiful outdoor views at our venue and were happy to find a space with a big dance floor that overlooked such beauty.


We love to travel so instead of table numbers we named our tables after places that we have traveled to together and made signs with a photo from each of those places. We also had our guests sign an airplane propeller instead of a guestbook because Adam is a pilot. We are all about the outdoors and preserving the beauty of nature so rather than traditional favors and center pieces, we used clusters of small potted flowers that our guests could take home and plant in their own gardens.

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Our first dance had to be one of the best, most special moments of our day. Swing dancing has been our favorite activity together since the very beginning of our relationship so we picked a classic Frank Sinatra song, “Fly me to the moon,” as our first dance since it also incorporates flying. The DJ accidentally played another Frank Sinatra song “Come fly with me” instead, which had been our second choice. He quickly realized the mistake and transitioned us right into the correct song, giving us two wonderful first dances together. 

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Towards the end of the night we got everyone on the dance floor for what has become a tradition among our friends – the “Journey Shot.” Everyone breaks out singing to “Don’t stop believing” and toasts at the chorus. It was so much fun and even those who weren’t familiar with the tradition loved it.


The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Shannon and Adam’s wedding:

Venue & Catering: Hunt Valley Golf Club
Photographer: Muriel Silva Photography
Floral Designer: Radebaugh Florist
Cake: Artistic Desserts
Hair: Bee Beautiful Green Salon
Dress: Watters from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Bride’s Shoes: Shubar from Ma Petite Shoe (Purple) and Anthropologie (White)
Suits – Jos A. Bank
Groom’s shoes: Aris Allen

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Photo Credits: Muriel Silva Photography

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