Wedding

To make it easy for anyone looking for specific details about anything and everything involved in Brian and my wedding, all of the posts relating to planning and the big day can be found in one place on this page!

Happy Wedding Browsing!

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The Church: The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baltimore, Maryland

  • We chose the Basilica because of its beautiful decor (more on that later!) and amazing history, being America’s first Cathedral.
  • Read the recap of our wedding ceremony here.

The Reception Venue: The Four Seasons Baltimore

  • We fell in love with The Four Seasons Baltimore the moment we stepped inside.  We booked the venue the weekend after we were engaged and the hotel wasn’t even completely done on our first visit to it.  However, the modern details and the luxurious feel to the hotel completely won us over.

The Rehearsal Dinner:  Della Notte Ristorante

  • Such a wonderful night with our families and bridal party!  Read the recap and get details of the night here.

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Overall Planning:

  • Since my sister was married in 2008, the overall planning of the wedding ran very smoothly since my family already knew what needed to be done and when.  Not to mention, sharing some of her vendors helped a ton!  Read about the comparisons here.

Pre Cana:

  • Before being married in the Catholic Church, all couples must go through Pre Cana.  We chose a sponsor couple for our Pre Cana and met with them every Wednesday evening for four consecutive weeks to discuss different things such as communication, financial, sexuality and spirituality.  Click on each week for the recaps: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4.

Gift Registry: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Crate & Barrel

  • Once Brian signed to play baseball in South Korea, we were on a tight time schedule for getting things done for the wedding that were still outstanding before he left.  Registering for wedding presents fell under this category and after spending a few hours scanning items in Bed, Bath & Beyond we left the rest of our registry to being done online.  Read about our experience registering here.

Flowers:

  • My mom used to own a florist so having her help with flower arrangement and bouquet ideas and also her excellence in designing and completing them was crucial!
  • Our center pieces were a mix of pumpkin themed arrangements that you can read about here.
  • The bridal party bouquets followed the same color scheme as the arrangements for the reception while my bouquet was a more prominently white with touches of the bright fall colors we used throughout the wedding.  The bouquets were also used as the centerpieces for the head tables – each Bridesmaid had a vase for her bouquet to sit in with a pumpkin at the bottom (to match our other tall centerpieces).  This kept the bouquets fresh and also lessened the number of centerpieces that needed to be made.
  • Click here for photos of the flowers from the actual wedding day.

My Wedding DressMaggie Sottero

  • I found my wedding dress on day 1 of shopping with my mom and sister at the second Bridal Boutique we visited.  I originally really liked a dress at our first stop, Lily’s Bridal, but after opting to keep my appointment with Betsy Robinson’s later in the day, I found the “this is it” dress.
  • Read about my wedding dress shopping experience here.
  • Read about the details of my complete attire on the big day here.

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal, One Shoulder Satin Ballgown with Fan Detail

  • To begin searching for Bridesmaids dresses, I did some random browsing on the internet but quickly settled on a few styles offered by David’s Bridal.
  • After a visit to the store and some trying on of the different dresses that I originally liked (read about that here), we picked a completely different dress, that was of a similar style of the one that was my favorite from viewing online (long and one shoulder) but the satin material was more flattering in person than the chiffon (read about the final decision here).
  • Read about the final day-of attire of the girls here.

Men’s Tuxedos:  Tuxedo House

  • Brian and the groomsmen all wore tuxedos from Tuxedo House.  The groomsmen wore navy vests and bow ties and Brian white.  The style of the tuxes was standard.  Read about choosing the tuxes here.
  • See the final details on attire of the groom, groomsmen and father of the bride and father of the groom here.

Photographer:  Richard Veytsman

  • Richard did both our engagement shoot and our wedding.
  • I have known Richard since I was in middle school and when we reconnected a few years ago, I learned that he was now into photography and had started his own business with his wife, Tara.  After checking out some of his work online, I immediately said he was one day going to shoot my wedding!  So our photographer decision was quite easy!  We just hoped that he was available for the day of wedding and thanked our lucky stars when he said he was! :)

The Cake:  Iced Gems

  • Our cake came from a local bakery, Iced Gems, that we always drove by and finally decided to try it out.  We had a tasting with them (read about it here) and the baker was beyond helpful, friendly and gracious with letting us taste a huge assortment of different flavors that she offers.  We ended up going with five different flavors of cake, one for each layer!
  • Our cake topper came from Advantage Bridal and was the perfect personal touch to our cake!
  • Complete cake post can be found here.

The Hair: From Thomas’ Salon

The Make Up: Jen Seidel

The DJ:  Carl Brashears, Jr. Classic Disc Jockeys

Photobooth: OnomonoMEDIA

  • Definitely the highlight of the reception for a lot of guests!  Check out the details here.

Videographer: Jason Siemer Productions

  • Just watch our highlight video and you’ll see how amazing and talented Jason is!

Invitations:  Greetings & Readings

  • Our invitations were personalized and ordered from Greetings & Readings, a card store in Hunt Valley, Maryland.  We picked our invitations to have a more modern, personal feel to them including pictures.
  • With the invitations, our response cards were actually in Mad Lib form.  We wanted to have something to look forward to with each response that we opened and collected them all in a photo album to display at the reception.
  • Included in our invitations was directions to the hotel and church with a map of both locations that my mom and I designed and printed.
  • For all details and images click here.

The Event Painter

  • We had a professional painter painting our wedding reception LIVE while we and our guests were celebrating the night away.  Click here for pictures and the details!

Save the Dates:  Richard Veytsman

  • Our awesome photographer also was responsible for our Save the Dates.  Check out the details of here.

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Getting Ready:

Pre-Ceremony Bride & Groom’s Moment:

  • Photos of Brian and me having a moment alone (without seeing each other) prior to the ceremony.

Pre-Ceremony Photo Shoots:

The Ceremony:

  • The full rundown of the ceremony can be found here.

Post-Ceremony Photo Shoot:

  • Post-Ceremony photos were taken at the basilica immediately following the ceremony and then at Camden Yards.  Additional shots of Brian and me were taken at the Four Seasons prior to the reception as well.  Click here for the details.

The Reception:

  • The best five hours of the day were at our reception – click here for all of the details!

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Bridesmaids Thank You Presents:

  • After I got the chance to ask each of my bridesmaids to be a part of our special day, I gave them all a “thank you for saying yes!” present that told them all a little bit about the others, provided contact information for everyone and gave them a special bottle of wine called “Bridesmaid”.  See all the details of the presents here.

Bridal Party Gifts:

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Bridal Showers:

Thank You Cards:

  • We wanted personalized thank you cards prior to the wedding, I put together a “thank you” banner in our wedding colors. Then on our wedding day, we made sure to have the photographer snap a few shots of us holding it! Afterwards, he was nice enough to design a card for us using a couple images from the big day! Check out the details of making the banner and the final card here.

Place Seating Cards: 

  • We wanted something fun, yet memorable, to hold and display our seating cards and thanks to some brilliant brainstorming by my mom, one of her friends and myself our baseball card holders came to life!
  • Click here for the details and click here for photos of the cards on the big day.

Assigning Reception Tables:

  • A quick and easy (not to mention convenient for changes) way to figure out your seating chart for the day!  Click here for our method using post it notes and paper plates!

Table Numbers:

  • Again, we wanted something personalized to greet our guests at each table and while also relaying table numbers.  After a mid-summer photoshoot and some computer editing along with arts and crafts our table numbers and table number holders were completed!
  • For details and images click here and click here for photos of the table numbers on the big day.

Ceremony Program:

  • We used program templates and paper from LCI Papers and designed our own trifold program.  My aunt printed them for us (easily could have been done on at at-home printer as well) and we topped them off with a pink ribbon tied for a splash of festive color.
  • For the details and images click here and click here for photos of the programs from the big day.

Reception Dinner Menus:

  • We also used a LCI Paper  paper and template (that matched our ceremony programs) for the dinner menus at our reception.  We designed these and printed them at home.
  • For the details and images click here and click here for photos of the menus on the big day.

Hotel Guest Gift Bags:

  • We wanted to make sure all of our guests that were staying at the hotels that we blocked rooms at had a welcome gift bag waiting for them upon check in.  We put together the gift bags with treats that represented Baltimore!
  • For the details and images click here.

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