Hey party people! Welcome back to Sarah and Stephen’s dance party (I mean, wedding!) in Baltimore. If you missed their wedding ceremony, be sure to go back and check that out first! For their reception, their guests moved into gorgeously stunning room full of vases and candles and flowers – need I say more!? As they mentioned, their goal was to have tons of fun on the dance floor, and from what I can tell, it looks like everyone had a great time! Jennifer from egomedia photography was able to capture all of these fun memories plus a few pretty details. And, Sarah did one of my favorite wedding beauty moves: hair down for the ceremony and hair up for the reception!

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From Sarah: We chose The Four Seasons in Baltimore for the waterfront balcony views, food and service. The decor was modern and I chose a citrus color palette, orange and green, to give the room a summery feel since it was indoors. My Mom surprised me the day of the wedding by splurging on the china I had been coveting, but had not chosen–gold rimmed stemware. Our wedding objective was simple: one giant dance party with our closest friends and family. I’m happy to say that our vision was realized. It was important for us to throw down for the band. We had seen the band, Gazze, perform before with crazy costumes and high energy sets and knew they would be a great fit.

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From Sarah: We were blessed to have a huge network of support to help with the wedding. My husband’s family owns a bakery in Washington DC, Clement’s Pastry Shop, that created our beautiful wedding cake as gift. They also donated all of the petit fours and party favors, which were delicious monogrammed cookies.

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From Sarah:  Despite the indoor air conditioning, by the end night, guests were drenched is sweat from dancing. From the the start of the reception to the end, the dance floor was packed. My biggest shock was when my Dad got up and sang, “My Girl,” with the band. I couldn’t have been happier to see that he was having a blast. Another highlight of the night was when a surprise wedding gift appeared on the dance floor from our friends from NYC. We opened a large box full of colorful sunglasses with the bride and groom names for all the guests…Even my Grandfather got on the floor – no one had ever seen him dance before!

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Sarah’s advice for other couples planning a wedding: 

Like many brides, I began the planning by compiling ideas on Pinterest. However, as I went along, I stopped because it made me feel like there was a standard that I had to meet instead of my own. My tip would be to get a wedding planner, even at the most basic level, if possible. I realized that I didn’t need to reinvent the wheel, someone had already cracked the code. By the end of the process, my wedding planners and I became friends.

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Thank you so much Sarah and Stephen for sharing your wedding love story with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Four Seasons Baltimore
Photography: egomedia photography
Officiant: Joseph Tomassoni
Ceremony Music: Mauro of Porcelian Raft
Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Bailey Weddings & Events
Stationery: Paper Source
Floral Designer: Blue Vanda Designs
Hair: 100 West Hair Studio
Makeup: Double Take Makeup Artistry
Bridal Dress Shop: Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Shoes: Giovanni Rossi
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Groom’s Attire: Bonobos
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Reception Music: Gazze
Cake & Desserts: Clement’s Pastry Shop

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Photo Credits:  egomedia photography

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