Real Wedding | Candace + Steve

When a young couple starts their new life together in a setting rich with tradition and history, beautiful things happen. Candace and Steve said “I Do” in one of the most amazing historic churches I’ve ever seen. Next, they celebrated their marriage with a joyous afternoon reception at a classic Georgian mansion.  Gorgeous flowers, stylish bridesmaids’ dresses and Candace’s elegant gown helped to marry tradition with modern style. Congratulations to this charming couple!

Candace + Steve | August 21, 2010 | Baltimore, Maryland

The ceremony

We fell in love with the Baltimore Basilica as soon as we saw it, and we’re so glad we were able to have our marriage ceremony there.  The building is beautiful and has a lot of history – it is “America’s First Cathedral” and the architect, Henry Latrobe, used the U.S. Capital for inspiration. My favorite part was exchanging vows as well as sitting next to Steve at the altar, looking out at all of our family and friends and feeling so lucky that they were all there to witness our wedding.

The reception

Our reception was held nearby at The Mansion at Valley Country Club.  It was built in 1858, and I loved the historic Georgian style.  What really sold us on the location was the little bar off of the ballroom, which was decorated with sports memorabilia (my husband is a huge sports fan).  Our reception was in the afternoon and we met some of our friends out in Baltimore later that night, so we were able to spend more time with them. It made us feel like our wedding lasted all day!

How Candace felt in her wedding dress

Elegant, beautiful, classic

Why she decided to sell her wedding dress

I thought about selling my dress for a while, in part because we could use the extra space and money.  In the end, I decided to sell it because I like the idea of the dress getting more use – it seems like a shame for it to only be worn once when it was so good to me! So I’m hoping that it brings another bride the same luck it brought me on my wedding day:)

Candace’s dress: Pronovias, Malaga

Photography: Rich Dutchman