When the wedding menu and the wedding cake are top priorities, you have today’s fabulous foodie inspired wedding in Maryland where it was literally raining cherry blossoms on a gorgeous spring day! Laura and Connor held their celebration at the beautiful Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Maryland where friends and family gathered outdoors in the garden for the ceremony (when luckily, it didn’t rain!) and then under a tent on the property for a gorgeous rustic chic wedding reception. The bride is a food blogger, so the menu was a top priority for the pair, as was the cake! And this cake cutting was no typical slice, because the couple cut the cake using a sword that belonged to the groom’s great grandfather, a tradition in his family. What a fantastic idea and tradition to pass down to future generations! The rest of the wedding day was planned to perfection by Janice at Bellwether Events to be a rustic dream that was pretty in pink and dark woods with burlap table runner accents and even a fountain woven in as part of the decor. The coral bridesmaid dresses were a fabulous accent against the masculine wooden table numbers, making their wedding reception the perfect blend of his and hers. But, my favorite detail has to be the mini foods that were served, including tiny ice cream cones and savory cones filled with french fries. I’m getting hungry just looking at these foodie wedding photos! A big thanks to Washington DC area wedding photgorapher Michelle Lindsay Photography for sharing Laura and Conner’s Washington DC area wedding with us!
From the bride: Our main priorities for the wedding were focusing on our family and friends, and creating a memorable and intimate evening for all of them! As far as wedding details, we are both incredibly passionate about food (I’m a full-time food blogger!), so the wedding menu and wedding cake were both very important to us!
One of our favorite wedding details was the day itself – the week leading up the wedding was unusually cold and it originally was going to rain. We were planning on having our wedding ceremony outdoors. Luckily, it cleared up and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect! The cherry blossoms were in bloom and there were literally petals raining down on us while we were taking some of our wedding photographs. Michelle, our wedding photographer, was able to capture our wedding day perfectly!
Aside from that, our family and friends’ speeches at our wedding reception were incredible and made the night so special and memorable. It really was one of the best days of our lives!
We created personalized postcards as opposed to having a traditional wedding guest book. My parents have mailed and sent us one each week since the wedding. It’s a great way to celebrate the first year of marriage and a weekly reminder of what a special day our wedding was to us!
We tried very hard to focus on aspects of the wedding that we felt like we would remember and value the most at the end of the day. We were focused on creating a beautiful wedding reception area, but not going overboard on any particular detail.
For example, we spent the majority of our floral budget on the table centerpieces, rather than spending money on ceremony flowers. We also re-purposed bridal bouquets as floral centerpieces and more.
Our wedding theme was elegant and intimate. We had a neutral, soft color palette with some rustic details, such as a reclaimed wood farm table for the head table with a custom burlap and lace table runner.
It is also a custom in my husband’s family to slice the wedding cake with a family sword. The sword itself is Connor’s great great grandfather’s, who was in the Navy and part of the Greely relief expedition in the Arctic in 1881. It was used by Connor’s grandparents and parents and is a tradition within the family!
Advice from the bride for other Washington DC area wedding couples:
My wedding planning advice would be to narrow down your wedding guest list and start researching venues in advance. Surprisingly, there are few wedding venues in the Washington DC area that can accommodate a large wedding reception or ceremony. Because of this, depending on the season, these wedding venues can also book up fast!
If your wedding budget allows it, hire a day-of wedding planner! They will put your mind at ease on the wedding day and I can’t imagine not having that peace of mind in the last eight weeks leading up to the wedding. Our wedding planner, Janice of Bellwether Events, made the process much less stressful. She also had years of advice and experience to offer!
Next, ask friends and family for references for wedding vendors. References and recommendations for wedding vendors are a life-saver when it comes to wedding planning.
Don’t sweat the small stuff on your wedding day and during the wedding planning. There are so many details involved in the wedding planning process and they all seem so important at the time of planning, but its important to focus on the areas of the wedding that matter most to you. At the end of the day, are you really going to remember things like plate chargers and cutlery? Probably not!
Congratulations to Laura and Connor! Thank you for sharing your rustic-chic tented wedding wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Michelle Lindsay Photography
Ceremony + Reception Location: Oxon Hill Manor
Wedding Planner: Bellwether Events
Florist: Sidra Forman
Caterer: Occasions Catering
Hair/Make-Up: Alison Harper & Co
Videography: Thomas Bowen Films
Bridal Gown: Matthew Christopher
Bridal Salon: Nordstrom Tysons Corner Wedding Suite
Bridal Shoes: Benjamin Adams
Headpiece/Veil: Sister’s Veil
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Jos A. Bank
Officiant: Gail Epes (family friend)
Linens: DC Rental
Cake/Dessert: Wildflour Fine Baking Co.
Table Runner: Etsy
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Photo Credits: Michelle Lindsay Photography