Welcome back to part two of Katie and Marcus personal and oh-so stylish wedding in Maryland! After they said their vows on the steps of an old estate home in front of loved ones with beautiful springtime weather, they moved under the tent for loads of fun and games and one incredible wedding cake with a secret surprise! Be sure to check out their wedding ceremony here if you missed it. Katie and Marcus kept their wedding simple and personal by infusing their celebration with the talents of their friends and extended family, including a aunt who was the floral designer, a friend who was their officiant and even a best friend who made their wedding cake. We love it when everyone gets involved to help make it that much more meaningful for the bride and groom! Every part of a wedding can be a place for decor and personal touches and Katie and Marcus certainly used every opportunity they had to make their wedding spectacular right down to choosing a special, vintage glass for each guest. A big thanks to Michelle Van Tine Photography for sharing Katie and Marcus’ tented wedding in Maryland with us.


From the bride: My dad’s speech was one of my favorite moments from our wedding day. He commands attention in a room and, boy, did he get it! His speech was heartfelt and funny. If I ever had a question about how he felt about me marrying Marcus that speech really showed me how happy he was and how much he loved Marcus as well. Also Marcus’s vows were so beautiful and heartfelt. He got teary-eyed when saying them and it was the sweetest moment we’ve ever shared.

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Instead of place cards Marcus and I went around to antique shops and thrift stores and bought a different glass for each one of our guests. We put their table number on it and that’s the glass they used to drink out of all night and that was super cool! Everyone loved it and we really thought about each person when picking a personal glass for them.

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My husband’s aunt did our flowers, which were simple, but clean and perfect. She used baby’s breath, hydrangeas, lavender, which are all simple flowers, but made a huge statement. Also, my maid of honor and best friend since I was eight, made our wedding cake. (The cake was actually fake, so it wouldn’t wilt and we had sheet cakes in the back, it worked out perfectly!)

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We splurged on the wedding band and the rented furniture and thank goodness we did! The band was amazing! They had a great vibe about them and sounded unbelievable. The furniture really tied everything at our wedding together. We used farmhouse tables, antique couches and chairs, barrels as cocktail tables, which was a beautiful combination.

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Katie’s advice from for other Washington DC area couples:

Make sure that you pick one or two things that mean a lot to you and don’t worry about the small stuff because no one remembers the rest anyway.

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Congratulations to Katie and Marcus! Thank you for sharing your big celebration in the Washington DC area with us!

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

Videographer: Kevin Hayes Media
Photography: Michelle Van Tine Photography
Stationery: Etsy
Calligraphy: A friend of the couple
Transportation: A Touch of Class
Floral Designer: The couple’s aunt
Hair Stylist: The couple’s cousin
Makeup Artist: Tania Osinaga
Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander
Bridal Salon: Posh Bridal Couture
Bride’s Shoes: Nike
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bloomingdale’s
Groom + Groomsmen Attire + Shoes: Macy’s
Groom’s Accessories: Nixon Watch
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Rockland Estates
Officiant: The couple’s coworker
Ceremony + Reception Music: Bachelor Boy Band
Rentals: A Vintage Affair
Catering: Dj’s Catering
Cake/Dessert: Mallory Staley

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: Michelle Van Tine Photography

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