Magalys + Brian’s Real Frederick Wedding

Stephanie Kopf Photography shared Magalys and Brians Real Wedding story with us:

“I have some great news for youuuuu” the planner sang to Maggie as she popped her head into the bridal suite. We had all been listening to the wind and rain batter the fogged window panes for a while, and when the planner exclaimed that the forecast had shifted and the storm was on its way out for the rest of the day, we all exhaled a collective sigh of relief.

Maggie and Brian vowed to spend the rest of their lives together at Ceresville Mansion, just outside Frederick. The ivy-woven altar, the lush greenery and classic architecture of the mansion surrounding it, and even the clouds that danced above us after the storm… it was all enough to set a tone of excitement and romance as Maggie slipped into her fairytale gown. While Maggie enjoyed the company of her adoring bridesmaids and family, Brian and his groomsmen put the finishing touches on their swanky getups in the room across the hall. After the storm kindly made its way elsewhere, Maggie and Brian were ready for their intimate first look. Brian had a chance to marvel at his stunning bride, and they shared a few quiet moments alone before everything got started. From then on, the day was a whirlwind of happy tears, joyous embraces from loved ones, and a heck of a dance party.

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Photography :: Stephanie Kopf Photography

Venue :: Ceresville Mansion

Cake :: Fancy Cakes by Leslie

Dress :: Serendipity Bridal and Events

Jennifer + Henry’s Real Engagement

Henry is an architect, so when he decided to propose to Jennifer, he had some high in the sky aspirations of how he would do it – and he made it happen! First, he handmade five large puzzle pieces and sent Jennifer on a scavenger hunt to find all of them. This took her on flights up and down the East Coast, seeing loved ones and meaningful places along the way. Once she had gathered the first four pieces, she only had one left – the one that Henry had carved into a puzzle piece/ring box combo. Once she retrieved the final puzzle piece, Henry proposed… and how could she say anything but yes! Marcella Treybig Photography shared their Ellicott City-based engagement session with us.

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Spotlight on: Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery

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Photos by Jenna Shriver Photography

Driving along U.S. Route 15 near Thurmont, your eye is drawn to a beautiful property up on a hill, with lovely grounds and a stunning manor house. This is Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery, one of Frederick County’s newest wedding venues, opening officially in Spring 2014. Springfield Manor is the sister site to Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, and both are known together as The Manors of Frederick.

Springfield Manor is a beautifully renovated estate, with all of the charm of a Southern mansion and all of the amenities and sophistication of a modern wedding venue. Contributor Jenna Shriver took a tour of Springfield Manor last summer, to give us an inside look at all this wonderful venue has to offer.

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 Springfield Manor allows for two different reception options. The renovated bank barn can accommodate up to 150 guests. Rustic beams and beautiful farm tables create a lovely setting. Glass panel garage doors expand the view, and open to allow the event to flow directly on to the adjoining patio. The elegantly constructed ballroom is perfect for events of up to 299 guests. A serpentine sun porch and terrace allow for a unique cocktail hour setting.

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Much of the interior of the manor home is available to the wedding party for getting ready, including a groom’s suite and areas outside designated for a whiskey and cigar celebration.

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The beautiful Catoctin Mountains provide a stunning view for ceremonies performed at the permanent pergola.

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With amazing grounds and beautiful interiors, Springfield Manor is a wonderful venue for couples looking for a stylish, yet comfortable place to host their wedding ceremony and reception.

Mary + Geoff’s Laid-Back Gambrill Wedding | Real Frederick Weddings

Mary and Geoff were married at the beautiful Gambrill State Park, just outside Frederick. This wasn’t your typical traditional wedding. Mary wore a short green dress. Geoff changed into a Flying Dog T-shirt minutes after the ceremony. They cooked their own crabs. (Basically, it was super awesome.) Mary and Geoff live Downtown Frederick and wanted to incorporate their love of nature into their day. They invited only their closest friends and family to keep the day intimate. After a sweet ceremony officiated by their friend, they headed to Gambrill’s  Tea Room for a crab feast and dancing on the outside deck. Our own editor, MK of Mary Kate McKenna Photography, captured this perfect summer wedding… enjoy!

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Venue :: Middletown Overlook at Gambrill State Park
Catering :: Beefalo Bob’s Catering (pit beef)
Pies and Flowers :: Catoctin Mountain Orchard
Dress :: BHLDN
Geoff’s ensemble :: J. Crew