We’re back with party two (Did you see part one of this outdoor spring wedding in Maryland?) of Erika and Sam’s wedding from Meredith Hanafi Photography and it’s sure to put a spring in your step! (Ha, I couldn’t resist!) Their pretty in pink reception tables laid the ground for tulip centerpieces and lanterns inspired by their travels. In an impressive ode to their priorities, and their lifestyle, family photos were hung throughout the outdoor space and the menu was entirely vegan!
From Erika: We asked both sides of our family to provide family photos and wedding photos from the past, including pictures from grandparent and great-grandparent weddings. We hung these pictures on trees outside and they helped to reflect the family-feel of the wedding.
The centerpieces on the tables were themed around countries both Sam and I had traveled to. We made lanterns together for the table centerpieces featuring photos taken in the countries we have visited – it was a bit of a glue gun mess, but it turned out great.
Erika’s advice to other DC-area couples:
We thought about the things that would last memory-wise from our wedding for us and the guests. This meant photography was a lot more important than specific songs played, so we picked a photographer before we picked a playlist. People should be prepared for everything to be twice as expensive as it should be just because it has the word “wedding” attached to it. I think being realistic about budget (inviting 100+ people will cost a lot!) and also trying to picture what the day should look like so that you can plan what to buy early on, instead of needing to make last minute decisions, helps a lot. Also realize that the details are less important than the overall spirit of the day so it is ok if you can’t afford every detail of your dream wedding (we couldn’t) because nobody will notice or care. For vendors, we got recommendations from friends, which helped us feel confident that we would get what we wanted, and helped us save money.
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Erika and Sam’s wedding:
Venue: Woodend Sanctuary
Caterer: Festive Foods Catering
Photographer: Meredith Hanafi Photography
Floral Designer: Diamond Events
DJ: Steve Yates
Ceremony Music: Katie and Logan Acoustic Music Duo
Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper & Company
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Photo Credits: Meredith Hanafi Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights