Despite the rainy weather, Emily and Ryan had a picture perfect and elegant Four Seasons Baltimore wedding last summer. The couple chose their Maryland wedding venue for its 180-degree harbor views, the elegantly modern ballroom, and the polished service that always accompanies this beautiful hotel. The ceremony was scheduled to take place on the terrace near the pool deck, but high winds and record-breaking heavy rains nudged their ceremony indoors. The bride made the most of her situation, and instead of processing around the corner of a building through the rustling wind, Emily emerged through delicate ivory drapery, creating a romantic new look. The bride said that relocating the ceremony indoors was no longer a sacrifice, and they loved their plan B!

Prior to Emily and Ryan meeting one another, each of them had lost a parent. They chose to pay homage to their late parents in several ways; during the ceremony a single rose was set on the chairs where each parent would have been seated. The couple also shared their first toast as husband and wife using the champagne flutes that had belonged to Emily’s parents. The loving tributes during their wedding ceremony and reception kept their loved ones present during their special day while still keeping the day feeling joyous and loving.

We loved the delicate, neutral hues of ivory, blush, and dusty pink florals paired beautifully with mixed metallic and glass candle holders that made up their reception decor. The couple transformed the room into a tasteful yet elegant statement for the transition from ceremony to reception. Thank you to Emily and Ryan for sending us their beautiful Four Seasons wedding to share with our readers, and Dave McIntosh Photographics for capturing their day so perfectly!

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From the Bride: “I wanted to incorporate an elegant, romantic theme with a sophisticated neutral palette of ivory, champagne and white hues. The Cobalt Room at the Four Seasons exhibited the perfect ambiance to highlight my overall vision with gorgeous harbor views and a modern ballroom with delicate textures that made it very easy to accessorize the room with soft wedding décor. We were able to incorporate an overall neutral theme from my custom ivory lace dress to the textured champagne/taupe linens which complimented the bridesmaid dresses and floral designed centerpieces with mixed metals throughout the room.”

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“There were so many wonderful memories from our wedding day so it is difficult to just chose one. I will say that seeing each other for the first time at our first look was so memorable that I will never forget the look on Ryan’s face when he saw me for the first time in my wedding dress. Another emotional moment was when our officiant revealed the top 5 things we love about each other as a different twist on traditional wedding vows. “

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“Our priorities were that we wanted to make sure that it was a great party with a rocking band and plenty of food and drinks! Our guests loved the live band and the late night food station as the night came to an end. The ice-cream cake served with family style desserts were also a huge hit!”
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“Neither of us are fans of traditional wedding cake, but we absolutely love ice cream. A multi-tiered ice cream cake was the hit of the evening. Unlike a traditional cake that would be on display for all to see throughout the evening, this cake had to be kept in hiding for most of the night in order to stay fresh and frozen! In its place, prior to its unveiling, was a hand-made sign that teased the guests as to what was to come. It simply read, “cake coming soon.” “

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“Having our first dance choreographed and seeing the look on everyone’s faces when we nailed our dance was perfection. I have a dance background so learning steps is second nature to me but for Ryan it was new to him. The fact that he was flawless spinning me around the dance floor was amazing.

Ending the night on a high note was when our band played “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey as Ryan and I jumped on stage with the lead singer Shelli and belted out the chorus like we were rock stars. Our guests gathered in front of the stage as if we were famous asking for an encore. Can’t beat that!”

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Tips from the Bride “Looking back on our special day, I realized that you cannot control everything when planning a wedding. There will be a few curve balls thrown your way but at the end of the day, the most important part of any wedding is not only sharing your nuptials with close family friends, but knowing you are going to spend the rest of your life with this one special person no matter what happens and enjoy the celebration!”


Thank you so much Emily and Ryan for sharing your elegant Four Seasons Baltimore wedding with us. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Four Seasons Baltimore
Wedding Planner: Plan It Perfect
Photography: Dave McIntosh
Invitations: Lavender Paperie
Videography: Zinnia Films
Floral Design: Crimson and Clover Designs
Bridal Salon: Betsy Robinson Bridal / Enzoani
Veil/Headpiece: Betsy Robinson Bridal
Beauty: Updo’s for I Do’s
Bridesmaids’ Attire: jim Hjelm
Groom Attire + Shoes: Jos A Bank
Ceremony & Reception Entertainment: Nightlife Band
Rentals and Linens: Select Event Group
Lighting: Event Dynamics
Wedding Cake: Cold Stone Creamery
First Dance Choreographer: Katie Gruzs
Signage: Brooke Granger
Honeymoon: Turks and Caicos

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