I hope you are ready for a dose of super sweet this morning! Christine and André hosted an intimate Maryland elopement wedding ceremony at the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville, where a few of their closest friends and family gathered to celebrate this stunning couple as they said, “I do!” Their elopement wedding ceremony was a long time coming – the pair have been together for ten years! Christine and André knew they would be together forever and made no rush to get married. Their no-fuss big day was just what they wanted, and exactly what they knew would eventually happen when they met on that very first date long ago. We love how relaxed they look as they finally tied the knot! And, the fashion, oh the fashion – Christine’s v-neck wedding dress is so spectacular! Special thanks to Anny. Photography for capturing every intimate moment of this beautiful small, yet perfect, wedding in Maryland.

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From Christine: Our number one priority was to get married. We knew we were going to marry each other since our first date, 10 years ago on March 17th. Our second wedding day priority was to have both our families there, as they have all been the best of friends since we introduced them. We chose to skip the traditional wedding and reception duo and save money for our beautiful future together!

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I was lucky, my wedding dress fit perfectly right off the rack. It was also the first one my sister-in-law pulled off the rack when we entered the store. Love at first sight! 

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My favorite wedding day moment was when my groom kissed his bride, me…and we were married! We had an amazing wedding party. Both sets of parents and our siblings were there. We were missing my youngest brother who was in the middle of midterm exams at his university in another state.

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We didn’t have a formal wedding reception, so we missed our husband and wife first dance. Instead, during our honeymoon in Honolulu, one of our friends played our song and recorded our husband and wife first dance on a short cliff overlooking the ocean. It was amazing! As magical as it was, it wasn’t our first dance…

On our wedding day, we rushed home after the ceremony, I took off my shoes, my husband pressed play on his phone and pulled me in close. We danced, as man and wife, to the song we have been listening to for 10 years. It was one of the sweetest moments.

As soon as our song ended and we finished our dance, our siblings came barreling in with pizza and Baskin Robin’s Oreo ice cream cake – André’s favorite!

What an amazing wedding day!!

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What Christine wish she knew before she began planning:

Involving everyone in wedding planning is very difficult and can be very frustrating. I wish we knew this so we wouldn’t have spent so much time trying to make everyone happy.

And, her advice to future Washington DC area couples:

If getting married is that day you’ve looked forward to all your life, don’t waste it with stress about colors and schedules. A traditional wedding and reception was what we started planning for, but the stress about details and decisions made it less and less about us. We ended up having a courthouse wedding with a photo shoot afterwards. The photos captured the magic of our beautiful wedding day with our families. Our stress free smiles were bright, happy, and sincere!


Congratulations to Christine and André! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Maryland elopement with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Location: Montgomery County Circuit Court
Photography: Anny. Photography
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Hair Stylist: Tania at Bella Bethesda Salon
Makeup Artist: Khiara at Sephora in Bethesda
Bridal Gown: Encore by Watters
Bridal Salon: Anonymously Yours
Bridal Shoes + Groom’s Shoes: ALDO
Jewelry: TJ MAXX
Groom’s Attire: Stark Suits
Groom’s Accessories: All of his watches are by Skagen

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: Anny. Photography

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