We’re back with Jessica and Josh’s Maryland wedding reception from Readyluck Photographers, fit for the likes of Marie Antoinette! Did you miss their romantic wedding portraits that kicked things off? Their evening garden party was full of unique florals, modern typography, DIY decor and delicious bites. How’s that for the makings of a perfect post-elopement celebration? I can’t get enough of the detail of this wedding, and I can guarantee you’ll be right there with me, too!

Cabbage Rose Centerpieces Pink Cabbage Rose Wedding Flowers

From Jessica: I’m in love with Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film, Marie Antoinette, so we incorporated influences from the movie–serving Sofia bubbly from the Francis Ford Coppola vineyard and playing songs from the movie soundtrack at the party. Marie Antoinette also favored pink garden roses, which were the flowers we chose for the tables, along with an array of wildflowers in mason jars, to keep the casual garden party feel. I chose muted summery colors for the theme: coral, aqua and pale grey.

Ring Shot Rose

Wildflower Wedding Centerpieces Black and White Wedding Menus

My Marie Antoinette obsession doesn’t stop there. For my bachelorette party, we rented out The Charles Theater in Baltimore, MD and had a private screening of the film! We brought plenty of champagne. In addition, I love the look of handmade weddings, so I nixed the bridal shower and instead invited my mom, my mother-in-law and all my girlfriends over for a champagne and crafts party to help make the decor. They slaved away making the fabric pompoms, fringe garland and paper rosettes. I’m eternally grateful.

Fringe Wedding Garland

Wedding Cheese Table Caprese Wedding Hors Douevres

Gourmet Wedding Cheeses Proscuitto and Olives

Wood Plank Appetizers

Strawberry Beer Hours doeuvres

Feather Pens Guest Book Wedding Cookie Table

Casual Maryland Wedding Reception Maryland Wedding First Dance

Maryland Bride

Outdoor Maryland Wedding Reception

Wedding Reception Bubbles

Maryland Wedding Reception

Candles and Cabbage Roses Wedding Berry Parfait

Wedding Paper Pinwheels

Colorful Polka Dot Wedding Cake Polka Dot Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake Cutting

Tented Wedding Reception

Jessica’s advice to other DC-area couples:

I’m a huge proponent of making lots of lists and timelines! Things change daily, so you will often need a new set of priorities–it helps keep you less stressed and more flexible. Don’t be afraid to make your own traditions and pare things down. All the gorgeous wedding blogs and Pinterest boards and magazines can make gathering inspiration overwhelming. At some point, you have to cut yourself off. I made only a few of the 10-plus craft ideas I had wanted to do, and I’m so glad. Otherwise, I think my fingers may have been bleeding the day of the party!

Happily Ever After Party

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

Caterer: b Bistro
Photographer: Lindsay of Readyluck Photographers
Floral Designer: J.J. Cummings
Tent: Loane Bros.
Cake: Charm City Cakes
Stationery Designer: A Printable Press
Stationery Printer: Catprint
Groom’s Suit and Shirt: Express
Groom’s Tie: South Moon Under
Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham from Rizik’s
Bride’s Headpiece: Twigs & Honey
Bride’s Shoes: Lavender by Vera Wang from Nordstrom

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: Readyluck Photographers

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