I really love when we have the opportunity to feature truly intimate weddings, of just a handful of guests and with a few hand-picked, inspiring details. Stefanie and Sonia’s Maryland wedding from Nessa K Photography is just that. Outside of the beautiful moments captured, the unique ceremony backdrop really captivated me. I mean, check out that floral garland. Amazing! And that’s just the start of this warn, inviting and stunningly detailed day.

Wedding Dress Bride Getting Ready

From Stefanie: We wanted a small, intimate ceremony. It was just us and about 12 guests. We aren’t really into formal sort of events so we kept it relatively casual. Our wedding style was sort of “Rustic Romantic” with a small ceremony outside and a one table dinner reception inside a rustic lodge.

Wedding Compass

I wore a pearl necklace that my father had given to my mother to wear on their wedding day. My father passed away in June of last year just a few months before the wedding. My mom gave me a locket with a picture of my dad and a picture of my dad and me when I was a little girl. The locket was added to my bouquet for the ceremony. Sonia’s father had passed away when she was 18 and she was given a pocket watch with her father’s picture inside and she wore it during the wedding also.

Wedding Toms Yellow and White Bridesmaid Bouquet

Maryland Outdoor Wedding First Look

Maryland Wedding First Look

Sonia and I were married on our ten year anniversary. We are not DC natives, we both are originally from Alabama and came up to DC to get legally married. We signed the marriage certificate the day before the ceremony at the Martin Luther King Memorial. Getting our marriage certificate was pretty special, I think because it was and remains an obstacle for our relationship to be legally validated in this country.

Wedding Seneca Creek Seneca Creek Wedding Portraits Wedding Bouquet

Maryland Wedding Attire Cabbage Rose Wedding Bouquet

Outdoor Weddings

Intimate Maryland Wedding Portraits

Intimate Wedding Ceremony

Cabbage Rose Wedding Decor

Unique Ceremony Backdrop

Seneca Creek Wedding Ceremony Simple Ceremony Chair Decor

At the wedding things happened in a fast blur. Sonia and I had both written our vows, but in extreme nervousness we decided to just say the vows our officiant had prepared and to read our personal vows to one another later. In a way, it’s almost regrettable having backed out here out of nervousness but at the same time it is a beautiful memory…reading each other our handwritten vows late that night in our hotel room just the two of us.

Wedding Ceremony in Maryland

Maryland Seneca Creek Wedding Ceremony

Maryland Wedding Ceremonies Gray Bridal Party Attire

The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Stefanie and Sonia’s wedding:

Venue: The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
Caterer: Main Event Caterers
Photographer: Nessa K Photography
Wedding Planner + Floral Designer: Elegance & Simplicity
Officiant: Tiffany Newman
Cake: Kendall’s Cakes
Bridal Shoes: Toms

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: Nessa K Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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