Valley Bride shares this real Maryland fall wedding story of Kara and Alex who tied the knot on the perfect fall day last October…

Kara and I live the small Baltimore experience of knowing the same people but never having previously met before. Our relationship began as most do… getting to know each other while trying to figure out if we are meant to spend the rest of our lives together.

But, after a few months we grew inseparable doing things large and small together outside of work; from cleaning horse stalls to taking family vacations overseas.

Our engagement was auspiciously planned around an afternoon of barn work together at Kara’s parent’s house, which was something we enjoyed. It’s also the place where Kara’s heart is the fullest.

I had carefully mapped out the entire proposal, including having her parents hide the photographer in their house before we arrived to the barn. Kara’s retired thoroughbred, Pete, joined me in the moment of getting down on a knee after she saw the photographer come around the corner ready to snap the moment. She said YES, and then her family appeared with a bottle of champagne to celebrate.

We set out to create a wedding that would be the perfect representation of ourselves – my father and I even created a venue/reception tent area at our family estate, while Kara handled all the hiring of the vendors and careful planning of all the intricate details; i.e., the Moscow Mule mugs to the calligraphy.

My favorite moment was pulling into the reception in our old Willy’s Jeep together seeing all of our hard work coming to life like a fairytale out of a story book.

– As told by the Groom, Alex

Vendor List:

Venue: Private Farm
Wedding Design and Planning: Dailey Forte Designs
Caterer: Linwoods
Photographer: Kimberly Dean Photos
Bridal Shop: Francesca’s Bridal
Gown Designer: Estee Couture
Florals: Eight Tree Street Floral
Groom’s Suit and Menswear: Cohen’s Clothiers
Wedding Rings: J Brown Jewelers
Tent and Rentals: Elite Tents
Lighting and Draping: Event Revolution
Videography: Rivion Films
Live Band: Bachelor Boys Band
Calligraphy: Letters by Levault
Invitations: Carlson Craft
Vintage Furniture Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Bridal Hair: Ashley Godwin, Soiree Salon
Bridal Makeup: Ida Slaughter
Copper Mugs:
Wedding Painter: Laura Welch, Artistic i Wedding
Bathroom Rentals: Freedom Septic

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