Welcome back to the second half of Megan and Spencer’s romantic Maryland wedding reception. (Be sure to check out their outdoor wedding ceremony, too!) Birds of a Feather Photography was on hand to capture this wedding full of personal touches and a whole lot of handmade pretties all in a literature and science theme! Megan and Spencer’s wedding was a family affair, with everyone pitching in their talents to make the wedding memorable from the handcrafted paper roses made with upcycled books and to the DIY floral arrangements – these two carried out a true DIY labor of love!
From Megan: Rather than traditional numbers, we named our tables for favorite writers and scientists — and my bridesmaid and cousin, Katie, designed the portraits we used in each table frame. Spence dismantled and repainted them to match our red-and-gray scheme. Because some individuals were a little obscure (especially the scientists!), I made sure to include cards describing the accomplishments of each in case they weren’t familiar with, say, Jhumpa Lahiri or Robert Oppenheimer. (I learned plenty myself!)
Pairing my beloved books with Erlenmeyer flasks as vases, handcrafted roses made of upcycled books and garlands crafted from paper were just a few ways we tried to make our wedding unique. It was a true DIY labor of love!
Though I don’t believe we skipped any traditional wedding elements, we did make cost-conscious decisions: cupcakes instead of a large cake; collecting 70-plus red and black books for centerpieces from local library sales and secondhand stores; having my good friend put together our centerpieces and bouquets with wholesale blooms from an affordable Amish florist. I designed our invitations, programs and bookmark wedding favors, and Spence coordinated addressing and printing the envelopes with a favorite font from our home printer. I love the look of calligraphy but couldn’t justify it in our budget, so we made it work!
Megan’s wedding planning advice for DC-area couples: When starting the wedding-planning process, think about how you want the day to feel. Intimate or brimming with friends and family? Party central or a quiet, sophisticated affair? Pondering those questions early helped determine every aspect of our wedding: the guest list, the venue, even the season. Imagine that big moment with your spouse-to-be: who do you want surrounding you? For us, it was as many members of our big families as possible, as well as our wonderful friends. Putting together our guest list was one of the most overwhelming parts of planning, and we wound up with a collection of 220 (!) people — far more than I’d anticipated inviting. But in the end, having those we love most with us was the most important thing. And, as predicted, our final guest count was in a more comfortable range of 150.
Thank you so much Megan and Spencer for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Venue: Swan Point Yacht & Country Club
Officiant: Fran Calhoon
Ceremony Music: Erin Tennyson, pianist
Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography
Videography: Dave’s Videography
Catering: Swan Point Yacht & Country Club
Cake: Island Wedding Cake Creations
Reception Music: Elite Beatz Entertainment
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Floral Design: Sandy Ondrejcak, friend of the bride
Bridal Attire: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Attire: Alfred Angelo
Headpiece: Divine Jewel
Jewelry: Get Noticed
Bridal Shoes: Bouquets
Hair: Diane Richards, friend of the bride
Makeup: Illusions Hair Salon
Groom and Groomsmen Attire + Shoes: Men’s Wearhouse
Cufflinks: Brass & Chain
Favors: Bookmarks, designed by bride
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Photo Credits: Birds of a Feather Photography