I love that we are able to show off today’s real wedding of Highway to Hill owner Jo and her handsome husband Robb. Not only is Jo an amazingly talented florist and local DC wedding vendor, but an all around sweetheart! The couple knew that they wanted their wedding to feel “fall,” but not run with an overarching theme, so they tried to pick a palette with some more muted fall colors and some warm jewel tones. The product was a cozy, inviting atmosphere that worked well with the Antrim 1844 venue in Maryland- romantic florals, candlelight, a roaring fire and tables full of delicious food contributed to this feeling. They were married the weekend before Thanksgiving, after 15 years of dating! The couple infused their love of live music in their ticket inspired escort cards and menus, and the bride’s mother created a delicious looking cookie bar for guests to take home as favors or to enjoy whilst dancing the night away. We love the rich and textured look of the bridal and bridesmaid’s bouquets, which are very reflective of Highway to Hill’s floral aesthetic. We also loved how Jo paired her bridal gown with a fur shrug to combat the chilly November day; thinking ahead to your accessories can add another layer of interest to portraits! Thank you so much to Sweet Tea Photography for sharing this beautiful Maryland Antrim 1844 Wedding.
From the Bride: We met the first day of school at St. Mary’s College in MD. We were in the same orientation group, and were good friends all through school until we started dating senior year. We didn’t have a first date in the traditional sense—but we did spend a lot of time enjoying the beautiful campus at St. Mary’s. We dated for 15 years before we were engaged. Can you believe it? Robb asked me to take a trip back to school for the annual Governor’s Cup yacht race, an event close to my heart after I spent three summers in school working on it. We enjoyed an afternoon of walking the dogs around campus and through historic St. Mary’s City, and Robb proposed near our old dorms.
We designed our invitations, programs, menus and escort cards and I arranged the flowers with my Mom. My aunt made the most adorable groom’s cake in the likeness of our Lakeland Terrier, Guinness! While I enjoyed working on the flowers, I really loved so many of the details it’s hard to pick one that was my favorite.
Advice from the Bride: Trying to find time for planning my own wedding was hard to do. But the outpouring of offers to help from family and friends made our day so special, and as stress-free as possible. I would recommend future bride’s to just enjoy planning the event, be patient with your partner, and plan your budget according to what’s important to you both.
When we were all seated for dinner, it felt like an early Thanksgiving for us. All of our friends and family together, and as it was the weekend before the holiday it was so fitting. We loved all of our vendors and are so happy to have the most beautiful photos as memories of our special day! Lisa Marie of Sweet Tea Photography shot our engagement session and we knew she would be an excellent fit after that. We also happened to work on quite a few weddings together over the months before our wedding day where Lisa Marie shot primarily with film which was something we were really attracted to.
Congratulations to Jo and Robb! Thank you for sharing your charming Antrim 1844 Maryland wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography
Beauty: Updo’s for I Do’s
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Antrim 1844
Floral Designer: Highway to Hill
Bridal Gown Salon: Betsy Robinson Bridal Boutique
DJ: My Deejay
Cake/Dessert: Snickerdoodle’s Bakery
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Honeymoon: Grand Cayman
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Photo Credits: Sweet Tea Photography