Heather and Richard met at a mutual friend's birthday brunch. They hit it off and Richard messaged Heather afterwards. According to Heather, Richard took a huge risk in the use of puns in his message. It went along the lines of, "Would you be interested in being a 'Smooth Criminal' and going to the Michael Jackson themed Cirque du Soleil? Just 'Beat It' and have a good weekend!" He thought he took a huge risk sending a pun-inspired message but unbeknownst to him, Heather likes to refer to herself as the #PunQueen. So she replied, much to his disbelief, "I heard that show is a real 'Thriller'. All the 'Pretty Young Things' have seen it"! I guess you could say it was meant to be; or maybe, it was just, "The Way You Make Me Feel!"
After 5 years together, while on a holiday trip to Iceland, Richard proposed under the Northern Lights! "It was truly magical, just as it has been from the beginning," says Heather.
Not only are the couple two of the sweetest and kindest people you will ever meet, this dreamy bohemian design was breathtaking to see it come to life! The wedding took place in their hometown of Baltimore and kicked off with a rehearsal dinner at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Sarah Brookhart Photography was there to capture all the fun details, Rising Virgo to film, and SRS Events planned every detail. You can see all the images in the full gallery.
Heather's dress and veil are custom designed by and from Modern Trousseau, Baltimore. She requested a big bouquet and Eight Tree Street Floral Design delivered! Her bouquet included King proteas, white ranunculus, baby blue eucalyptus, olive branches, white Veronica flowers, white local dahlias, wax flowers, larkspur in white, scabiosa flowers white, include pops of dark cherry with scabiosa flowers in small touches, Italian ruscus, smilax and clematis vines, silver dollar eucalyptus, and white garden roses.
The guys got ready at the couple's townhome in the city, while the ladies got ready at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore complete with a waterfront suite.
PRIVATE VOW READING
After getting ready at the Inner Harbor and having an intimate first look and private vow reading on the pier, the couple and wedding party headed towards the venue.
It was a crisp fall October day, perfect for their outdoor ceremony, complete with a copper arch filled with florals and pampas grass and lots of lanterns.
The venue is about 10 minutes outside of the city, the charming yet industrial The Mt. Washington Mill Dye House. Originally built in 1810 by the Washington Cotton Factory to bring manufacture textile goods to Maryland, the Mt. Washington Mill is the third oldest existing cotton mill in the United States. The venue has exposed brick and beams, and has an outdoor courtyard perfect for a ceremony or cocktail hour. The inside reception space is perfect for a hanging installation and bistro lights, just as we designed for the wedding. The couple's mutual friend became ordained to officiate their sentimental wedding ceremony.
Cocktail hour kicked off with a popular signature drink named after their kitty, Luna. It was a hit with the guests, tasty and matched the color scheme:
Titos vodka, raspberry puree, thyme simple syrup, fresh squeezed lime juice, peach bitterLuna cocktail napkins also complemented the cocktail.
Seating Chart Ideas
The seating cube display outside of the room let guests know their table assignments.
Reception Table Decor
For the tablescapes, SRS Events had two versions, long farm tables and the round tables, and f course the sweetheart table. Honeywood Rentals provided farm tables that included lush greens of eucalyptus, ruscus, salaal, olive branches and pops of white, ivory and deep red florals from roses, snapdragons, larkspur, black dahlias, astilbe, and lisianthus from Eight Tree Street Floral Design.
Taupe tapers in modern gold holders, dark grey water goblets, gold flatware, maroon napkins and calligraphied magnolia leaves completed the long tables.
The round tables featured a gold compote centerpiece with O'Hara garden roses in white, majolika spray roses, anemones, dark red dahlias, red astilbe, scabiosa pods, eucalyptus, pepper berry greens/berries, agonis greenery (dark red), seeded eucalyptus and bay leaves. A textured ivory linen, amber goblets, gold flatware and gold votives completed the tables. The sweetheart table was a smaller rented farm table (which was perfect for two) and had a long greenery garland with pops of florals, lanterns, and a hanging greenery installation serving as the perfect focal point for the reception. Antique toasting flutes completed the look.
Private Reception Space
The newlyweds had a private reveal of the reception space, and it brought tears to the bride's eyes! The sweetheart table was framed by a hanging greenery install, and a wooden farm table with the repurposed lanterns from the ceremony and greenery garland accented with florals. Magnolia leaves at the place settings with calligraphed with guests' names.
Signature Cocktail + Mini Cake + Donuts
After dinner, the newlyweds cut into their mini cutting cake (the couple opted for a small cutting cake, flavored lemon and thyme) but they treated their guests to donuts for dessert with flavors fig and goat cheese, chocolate sprinkles, and salted caramel.
As a surprise for the groom, the bride had a cigar roller, who has a huge hit! They were sent off with a sparkler exit. As guests departed they had McDonald's cheeseburgers and fries to snack on, one of the couple's favorite guilty pleasures.