Today’s wedding at Strathmore in Maryland incorporated touches of a travel theme, rich purples and slate, paired with personal moments from the couple to weave together the perfect wedding story. We loved how the couple chose such vibrant tones of purple which they infused on their wedding invitations with wax seals, travel inspired escort tickets, and centerpieces. The couple had recently traveled to Europe and wanted to incorporate moments from their vacation into the wedding reception. They made postcards with pictures they had taken in that city and wrote little letters about what they did in that particular destination on each.

The couple opted for a first look, which both said was one of their favorite parts of the entire wedding day. This allowed them to have an intimate moment for photos prior to the ceremony, and also be able to enjoy all aspects of the wedding without being crunched for time. You can see the love radiating between the pair as they posed on the beautiful Mansion at Strathmore stairs for photos. A special thank you to Amber Kay Photography for sharing their special day with us!

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From the couple: Our wedding was jokingly dubbed “The Royal Wedding” so we had some royal touches, Julia’s shower was a royal tea party and we used a wax seal on our invitations. A lot of our design inspiration came from a trip we had taken all around Europe which was reflected in the food/drinks and the decor. We decided to go with all shades of purple and gray so that everything would go together but not necessarily match.

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Tip from the Groom: Take the time to pick out a killer suit or tux and all the accessories. For a guy that almost always wears flip flops and graphic tees, I saw this as his chance to show people what style he truly had. Don’t do cookie cutter off-the-shelf with sleeves that are too short, ill-fitted shoulders, and pants that are too long. Get whatever you pick out tailored, play around with tie patterns, and explore textured pocket squares. This is your chance to shine too!

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Our favorite memory was the actual ceremony, it was beautifully delivered by Jane Beard who is an officiant but also a close family friend. We wrote our own ridiculous vows, complete with promises of puppies and Taco Bell that had the whole room cracking up and also crying. Julia’s brothers played the processional and recessional on acoustic guitars and Julia’s best friend read a Shakespearean sonnet.

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We handmade the escort cards as well as the table names. The escort cards were made to look like train tickets with the name and table of the guest and we hand dyed each one based on the guest’s food choice. Since the tables were named after cities we visited on our Europe trip, we made postcards with pictures we had taken in that city and wrote little letters about what we did in that particular place. The allgäuer schnitzel and asparagus soup were based after an anniversary dinner we had at the Hotel Rübezahl in Schwangau and we served German beer at the bar.

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Tipes and Advice from the Couple: Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box! If you aren’t religious then you don’t have to have a religious ceremony! Yes, this day is about more than just the bride and groom but it should be a reflection of your style and personalities. Go with the flow: if it gets rained out then move inside and do a cute umbrella photo shoot! Everything will be fine.

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Congratulations to Julia and Jason! Thank you for sharing your vibrant purple and slate wedding at Mansion at Strathmore with us!

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

Photography: Amber Kay Photography
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Floral Designer: Wegmans Columbia
Hair Stylist: Hypnotics Salon and Spa (Melissa)
Makeup Artist: Bryn Harvey
Bridal Gown + Headpiece/Veil: Bridal Boutique  (Mori Lee Gown)
Bridal Shoes: Mod Cloth
Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal
Groom Attire: Alton Lane
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Mansion at Strathmore
Officiant: Jane Beard
Catering: Restaurant Associates
DJ: DJ Angie D
Cake/Dessert: Merry Cakes
Honeymoon: Duck, North Carolina

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Photo Credits: Amber Kay Photography

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