Welcome back for more wedding romance and elegance in downtown Baltimore! Emily and John exchanged marriage vows in traditional ceremony at their wedding in Baltimore and it was only fitting that when it was time to celebrate, they did so in style at the Four Seasons Baltimore. To see more from their big wedding day and catch all the beautiful imagery from their wedding ceremony, just click here. At their wedding reception, muted tones set the mood for what was to be anything but a muted party (the bride and groom even got up on stage with the band!). The gold and blush pink tones were oh-so romantic and the guests were oh-so ready to celebrate Emily and John’s romance! The details of the day were classic and timeless, but with touches of personality, like a signature drink for the happy couple. And the food, well, as you can expect, looks delish and we really love their wedding cake idea and the rational for their wedding saves and splurges. But, my favorite wedding moment might have to be the confetti drop on the dance floor at the end of their wedding night! Special thanks to their wedding planner Elizabeth Bailey Weddings for sharing Emily and John’s wonderful Baltimore wedding photos by the talented, Carly Fuller Photography, with us.
From the bride: We wanted our wedding to have a classic, yet modern setting that also had a romantic and elegant ambiance. Our wedding day color palette included tones of blush, whites, and golds, which inspired the soft romantic elements. The grand ballroom at the Four Seasons Baltimore definitely gave off the classic modern feel and the pre-function cocktail room overlooks the Inner Harbor, which we loved. We enhanced the classic elements, romanticism and elegance of the ballroom with large gold candelabras at the head table, lots of soft pink and white floral arrangements in short and tall settings, and lots of candles! The rustic and modern element was also further translated at our wedding with the succulent arrangements in the cocktail and reception in the main ballroom and things like the log rounds at the cocktail reception. Additionally, the spot lighting over the reception tables definitely added to the romantic feel and the lighting at the bars and dance floors with the drapery helped o inspire a clean, modern feel. It is tough to describe our wedding in words, but somehow it all came together and captured our wedding day perfectly!
Our main wedding priorities were the band and music, the food and alcohol. It was important to us that our wedding venue was at a central location in Baltimore that would be easy for our families and friends from across the country (California, Florida, NYC, DC and Eastern shore of Maryland, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, etc,) and around the globe (UK, South Africa, etc.) to get too. We also splurged on an after wedding party with an additional hour of open bar and a Karaoke DJ, which was a huge hit.
We didn’t do table favors and in lieu of that we had welcome bags for all of our guests at the hotels since none of our guests were local. We also had a photo booth for wedding guests to sign our guest book and also take a copy of the photo home. Since desserts were included in our catering agreement, we ordered our cake from Graul’s (a local grocery chain), and saved quite a bit of money. The cake was stunning and they were able to copy a photo I showed them and matched it perfectly. We also didn’t do a farewell brunch the day after our wedding as John and I typically sleep too late to make it to the brunch, and didn’t think it was an area that rationalized a splurge.
Advice from the bride for other Washington DC area couples:
I have plenty of wedding planning advice! Starting with some of our wedding vendors. Elizabeth Bailey Weddings was our life line for all of our wedding planning and helped us with everything from budgeting to making sure that we had everything we could have ever dreamed of at our wedding. We couldn’t have done it without her and her relationships with local wedding vendors, including her recommendations for our wedding photographer, Carly Fuller, who really is a genius and just an awesome person to be around all wedding day. And of course, Spectrum, the band that was recommended to us from Washington Talent Agency. Spectrum crushed it and played all of our favorite songs, got us up on stage to belt it out with them, and really just kept the party going all night. They were AWESOME and we got so many compliments on them.
My last piece of advice is that you need to be realistic around a wedding budget, especially if you expect to invite +150 people!
Congratulations to Emily and John! Thank you for sharing your fabulous dance party wedding reception with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Carly Fuller Photography
Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Bailey Weddings
Stationery: The Pleasure of Your Company
Transportation: Extraordinar Limousine
Floral Designer: Wicked Willow
Hair Stylist: Mardi Mack
Makeup Artist: Natallia Ivchankova
Bridal Gown + Salon: Monique Lhuillier Bridal Boutique
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: Roman Malakov
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Bridesmaid Accessories: Sylvie Rose Bar Necklace (Dana Rebecca Designs)
Groom’s Tux: Tom James (Custom Tux)
Groom’s Shoes: Gucci
Groom + Groomsmen Accessories: Tiffany Bull & Bear Cufflinks
Ceremony Venue: Saints Philip & James Catholic Church
Officiant: Father David Mott
Ceremony Music: Dr. Sean O’Connor
Reception Venue + Caterer: Four Seasons Baltimore
Rentals: Party Rental LTD (Table settings) and AFR Rentals (Furniture)
Linens: Select Event Rentals
Lighting: Event Pro
Reception Music: Spectrum via Washington Talent Agency
Cake/Dessert: Grauls Cake
Cocktail Reception Music: Amilcar Cruz (Flamenco Guitarist)
Wedding After Party Karaoke DJ: C&J Entertainment
Photo Booth: The Entertainment Playground
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: Carly Fuller Photography