Jennifer, Brock and their wedding guests moved from the outdoor garden setting for the ceremony inside to ballroom for their wedding reception in Maryland at the beautiful Overhills Mansion. If you missed their sweet garden wedding ceremony, be sure to check it out here. Their celebratory wedding reception was full of pinks, corals and pretty watercolor details! We love all the DIY inspiration in their big day, right down to the delicious wedding favors made by the bride and festive photo booth.Jennifer and Brock were going for a fun and easy-going vide for their wedding and they certainly achieved it! They are beaming with love throughout their entire wedding, but it’s the dance party that really shows the fun that was had by all on their wedding day. Big thanks to Britney Clause Photography for the beautiful wedding reception images you see here!
From Jennifer: Brock was insistent on an open bar at our wedding to keep all the wedding guests in good spirits. We prioritized finding a wedding venue that felt like “us” and would allow us to have everything we wanted for our wedding day: an outdoor wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, an indoor wedding reception, an affordable open bar, good food, and lots of flexibility on all the rest. Overhills Mansion was perfect in every way, and it just happened to be located in the same town where we had just purchased our first house, so it was extra special and extra “us.”
Being a pretty enterprising couple, we chose to skip on a lot of things that we thought we could do ourselves, which also helped us to keep our wedding budget on track. We used our own playlist on our own laptop instead of hiring a DJ or band and we had a friend MC. For the dessert, we bought a little 6″ cake just for slicing and then served chocolate mousse for dessert. We tried to make our own cake but the buttercream did not want to cooperate – SugarBakers to the rescue! My aunt and uncle volunteered to video-record, so we did not have to hire a videographer. For a photo booth, we used a camera with a self-timer as a DIY photo booth so no one would have to man it though a friend ended up enjoying staying there taking pictures most of the night anyway!
I love crafting and it was really important to me to hand-make as much of our wedding details as I could and Brock helped, too, of course! I designed all our wedding stationery (save-the-dates, invitations, programs, menus, table numbers, signage, place cards, etc.). I also made the photo booth backdrop out of crepe paper, and I home-baked all the wedding favors, which were sugar cookies stamped with “Brock and Jen.”
Brock’s favorite part of our wedding was hearing all the thoughtful, heartwarming, and hilarious toasts by our family and friends at the reception. The toasts were truly wonderful, and had everyone both in tears and in stitches.
Jennifer’s advice for other Washington DC area couples:
For us, finding the right wedding venue was key, as it helped us set the tone of the wedding and focus all our planning accordingly. To find the right place, I stalked local wedding blogs to get an idea of what was out there, and then once I had a few places in mind, I scoured photography blogs to see whole sets of images from weddings at those locations. Seeing whole weddings like that — instead of just a few stock images from the venue’s website — helped me get a feel for each venue and envision the possibilities for our own wedding there. Once we chose our venue, everything fell into place very naturally – mainly, because our venue was so wonderfully helpful! They gave us a list of recommended vendors, which was how we found the hotel and transportation we used for our guests, and we adjusted our color palette to fit with the setting. I knew I wanted coral, but the addition of gold was inspired by the mansion’s decor.
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Ceremony + Reception Venue, Linens, Lighting + Rentals: Overhills Mansion
Photography: Britney Clause Photography
Ceremony + Reception Music: iTunes
Officiant: Mark Barber, friend
Caterer: Whitehouse Caterers
Cake/Dessert: Small cake for cutting from SugarBakers Cakes; dessert (chocolate mousse) by Whitehouse Caterers
Favors: Made by the bride
Floral: Liz Borst, family friend
Videography: Aunt + Uncle
Stationery + Calligraphy: DIY
Transportation: Hampton Inn BWI
Hair Stylist: Mindy Whalen, Wedding Tresses
Makeup Artist: Laura Kazakos, Baltimore Bridal Makeup
Bridal Gown: Alfred Angelo
Bridal Salon: Victoria Reed’s
Bridal Shoes: J. Renee
Jewelry: Groom’s grandmother’s pearls
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss from Nordstrom
Groom’s Accessories: Groom’s mother’s cufflinks
Groomsmen: Their own shoes + suits
Ties: The Tie Bar
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Photo Credits: Britney Clause Photography