Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Blackthorne Inn Wedding: Christine + Shaun

The first time we talked on the phone we fell into easy conversation, and I instantly felt like Christine was an old friend.  I was amazed by how much we had in common.  She's a graphic designer, which I used to do in my former day job.  And when she told me she would be designing a lot of the elements of her wedding by herself, I got really excited.  I love seeing that extra personal touch on a wedding day.  And this day?  Well, it was full of personal touches and meaningful elements, right down to the venue they chose for their ceremony and reception.

Out on a drive in the countryside one day, Christine and Shaun happened upon Blackthorne Inn, which is owned by an Irish family.  It couldn't have been a more perfect setting for the pair, who have Irish blood running through their veins.   The mix of an Irish Inn atmosphere set in the countryside was the jumping off point for all of Christine's planning.  Her color scheme of navy, green and white paved the way for a country preppy DIY wedding.  

Christine and all of her sweet and fun girls got ready upstairs at the Inn.  She wore her Red Sox robe as a reminder of when she and Shaun met - at a Nationals vs. Red Sox game in DC.  

Ahhh, Christine, you are stunning!!

Their ceremony music was performed by Celtic Music for Weddings.  It added a beautiful sound as it carried softly through the country air.

Shaun's mom and Christine's mom...

Shaun and Christine incorporated the Celtic tradition of a handfasting ribbon into their ceremony (otherwise known as..."Tying the Knot"!).  She even made her own.

Christine's custom invitations...

"Find your table and grab a drink!"

Bride's drink: Sam Adams Summer Ale
Groom's drink: Miller Lite

This cigar bar is in honor of Christine's dad.  The smell reminds her of her dad enjoying a cigar outside on a cool night when she was younger, and she wanted to show a small thank you to the man she admires, loves and who has taught her so much.

Guests signed these jerseys as a "guest book."  Red Sox for Christine; Nationals for Shaun.

A father's love...

Christine's brother was her Honor Attendant.  He was fortunate enough to take a short leave of absence from the Navy in order to be in his sister's wedding, and it couldn't have meant more to her.

Shaun's sister was his Honor Attendant, and she crafted a sweet and hilarious marriage song for her brother and new sister-in-law.

Ohhhh....these desserts!!  In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, these two opted for a dessert bar that had guests ready to dive right in!

This being a small world, Shaun actually went to my high school!  We didn't know each other, but his name was familiar as I talked with Christine that first time on the phone.  So this wedding was extra fun because there was a bit of a mini-reunion from our old school!  I had such a great time chatting with guests and former classmates, and capturing them having a blast on the dance floor.

Christine and Shaun, I can't express how amazing it was to be a part of your day.  You two are the sweetest, kindest, and most fun-loving couple I know.  THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to capture such special memories!!  xoxo...

2nd photographer: Kea Dupree Alfred
Venue: Blackthorne Inn
Florist: MelleFleur
Hair and Makeup: Belle Soeur
Ceremony Music: Celtic Music for Weddings
DJ: Musical DJs
Dessert Bar: Market Salamander

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