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DIY Wildflower Camp Wedding in Western Maryland

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The sweetness of this 4H camp wedding is timeless. Megan and Eric chose the rustic beauty of the mountains of Western Maryland for their wedding ceremony and reception. Their outdoor ceremony took place by a small lake and their reception was in a rustic wooden lodge. They incorporated classic rustic details: flowers in mason jars, bowls of cherries and other berries, white paper lanterns, and wildflowers on the wedding cake. Megan also opted for classic DIY projects, including paper pinwheels attached to customized pencils, and oil cloth tablecloths. Megan’s dress is by Ann Taylor and the groom wore a seersucker suit from Jos A Bank. Megan also wore a custom sash from Blue Sparrow Bridal and a headpiece from Paris XOX, which she found on Etsy. Her bridal details matched the guy’s outfits perfectly! Distinguished Mountainside Guide member Susannah Storch Photography captured every lovely detail perfectly! western maryland bride and groom kiis by a lake rustic details DIY pinwheel and wooden signs

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Megan + Eric
June 16, 2012
Grantsville, Maryland

Why a mountain wedding?

It’s where I grew up and it would have been a challenge to find a more beautiful location. Plus the cooler mountain air was quite pleasant!

Where did you find your inspiration?

The starting point for our planning was actually the seersucker suit that the groom already owned and the venue which was a rustic 4-H summer camp. We went with a slightly vintage theme and everything kind of fell into place from there.

What are you’re glad you did?

1) Found a caterer we really liked– I was glad that we searched a little bit to come up with a caterer whose food we really liked. We ended up going with White Grass Cafe, a local cafe at our favorite cross country skiing spot. We were really excited when we found that they also did catering. It was a natural choice for us.

2) Found a photographer we could rely on-Susannah is a good friend of mine from college and just so happens to also be an awesome photographer. We hired her and couldn’t have been more pleased with the photos. The day goes by so quickly and the photos are something we’ll look back on for a long time. Susannah captured the day in its entirety with all the details and then some.

3) Gave up the flower fantasy-Our flowers came from a local flower farm. I had grand plans of making all the bouquets and table arrangements myself, but was really glad that I decided to let the flower farm folks take care of the arranging because even though it cost a few more dollars, it relieved some responsibilities that would have needed attending to at the last minute. Although it was a nice idea in theory, I’m glad I let it go.

Anything you wish you had done?

Practiced our first dance. We are not naturally dancers and we did not really put much thought into our first dance. It probably would have been good if we had put a little effort into dancing together beforehand because I think we would have felt a little more comfortable when all eyes were on us.

Anything you wish you hadn’t done?

I can’t think of a single thing.

What do you wish you wish you hadn’t worried about?

The weather- we planned for an outdoor ceremony and we had a back up plan as well. It was going to be so much nicer if the weather was nice and I worried a lot about the weather. It ended up being gorgeous but the wedding would have still gone off without a hitch if it had rained. We really lucked out about the weather, but it’s one of those things that you have no control over and so it really wasn’t worth worrying about!

 Clean up-We were responsible for clean-up of the venue and we were a bit nervous about being able to get everything put back together by the early afternoon of the day after the wedding. As soon as the reception was over, it was an amazing site to see our bridal party and guests who were still there spring into action and basically break down and clean up the whole place. We only had a little work to do the next day. So many hands made it light work and it was actually kind of fun! Like I said, people love to help!!

What is your very best hindsight advice?

The day goes by quickly. Make sure you pause throughout to really take it all in. When the day arrives, have as few responsibilities that you need to attend to as possible. People love to help and so take them up on it. Focus on being in the moment and trust that all is going to fall into place. It’s very special to be surrounded by so many family and friends for such a happy occasion-enjoy it!

Western Maryland Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Susannah Storch Photography | Venue: Western Maryland 4H Center | Caterer and Cake: White Grass Cafe-owner Laurie Little | Flowers: The Putman Place | Ceremony Music: Flute-Lindy Moebs, Oboe-Susan | DJ: Wally from Jonny Rock | Officiant: Reverend Edd Myers (yes 2 “d”s!) | Dress: Ann Taylor | Veil: Paris XOX on Etsy | Sash: Blue Sparrow Bridal on Etsy | Shoes: RSVP-Sadie in navy | Grooms Suit: Jos A Bank. | Seersucker ties: The Tie Bar | Cookie Favor: made by a family friend

Mountainside Guide Members

Susannah StorchMountainside Bride Preferred vendors is a distinguished member of the Mountainside Guide, an exclusive vendor directory featuring the best and most reliable mountain wedding vendors in North America. Mountainside Guide members are screened and vetted for quality of work, reliability, and professionalism, both among their peers and on review web sites.

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