As soon as I met with this bride in September 2010, I knew the partial planning experience over the next year would be a lot of fun. And I was right! I am so proud to bring you the professional pictures of the Jackson wedding on November 12, 2011! This is a couple that even though they both have busy careers/lives, they were so excited about the wedding that working with them was a perfect fit. They wanted to incorporate so much of themselves into the wedding details and every decision was well thought out; two examples being that this movie loving couple had movie candy as favors and their favorite movie posters served as a guest book.
Not only did Chris & Ashley choose to have their rehearsal ceremony and block off rooms for out of town guests at the Towson University Marriott, but it was the perfect place for everyone to get ready the day of the wedding. The wedding day was (luckily) an unseasonably warm and beautiful day in mid-November with both the ceremony and reception taking place at The Mansion at Valley Country Club. Now getting down to wedding details, I must first give a huge shout out to Nikki of Beauty N The Bride, who came to the rescue when the scheduled make up artist had a family emergency in the early morning hours of the wedding day. I got the word from bride Ashley at 7am (which is when the make up was scheduled to begin) that her make up artist had to cancel and I called Nikki by 7:15am who dropped everything she was doing to drive from Bowie to Towson and saved the day! The bride and wedding party got their hair done the day before at Cole Steven Salon with quick touch ups done by the bridesmaids the morning of the wedding. The whole day was captured by James, owner of Be Photography who was a pleasure to work with and together we got the timeline back on track (after the 2.5 hour unexpected make up delay) by cocktail hour- a true testament to his work ethic and skill. The bride, her bridal party and the father of the bride were transported from the hotel to the site in the father of the bride's company limo's. As a special treat, the father of the bride secretly planned for a horse drawn carriage to be parked a few blocks before the site so he and his daughter could arrive in style. Thanks to the carriage company, Carriages of the Capital, all the drivers and James for coordinating this secret plan.
The ceremony was held in ballroom of the Mansion at VCC and Reverend Dr. Allen Robinson presided over a wonderful ceremony. Canterbury Strings provided the ceremony music and cocktail hour music which was held, thanks to the gorgeous weather, both inside and outside the property. The ceremony ballroom was converted to the reception room thanks to the awesome VCC staff. The wedding party and family flowers in addition to the site floral arrangements were provided by a friend of the bride's father. And reception music was provided by a fraternity brother of the groom, DJ Gifted Hands. He kept the party going and the guests dancing the entire reception which included the very sweet fraternity tradition of the brothers encircling the groom singing to his new bride. The Mansion at VCC staff were so professional and on top of their game, they were definitely team players in adjusting to the new timeline and provided a delicious reception meal. This couple had two cakes, the traditional wedding cake from the now closed Sweet Bakery Baltimore and a surprise groom's cake complete with his fraternity crest from Desserts By Dana.
Last but not least, I need to thank my amazing event assistant, Kellie O'Connor, who made my life easier by allowing me to feel like I'm in two places at once! Once again, congrats again Mr. & Mrs. Jackson, it was a joy to work with you both and I wish you a lifetime of love!