Ever notice how most love stories are about teens and twenty-somethings? In film, literature, and television, it seems like all the romance is reserved for people on the short end of 30. And that’s a real shame because so many real, true love stories come later in life!
Take lovely couple David and Renata. Their winter wedding in 2021 was a formal blending of their families, as this happy pair finally tied the knot after a year-long COVID delay.
The day’s setting was the Elkridge Furnace Inn, a historic Colonial manor-turned restaurant and event venue in Elkridge, MD. We love this space for its classic brick facade, shady gardens, and flexible celebration tent. It’s as pretty in the winter as it is in the summer, which was a good thing for photographer Samia of Samia’s Studios. She was on hand to document the day, making sure that every special moment was saved for posterity.
The ceremony took place in the celebration tent, where the guests (65 in all) were protected from the December chill. The music for this pretty ceremony was all baroque (circa 1600-1750), creating a majestic, stately vibe. The bridal party entered to the Air movement of Handel’s Water Music Suite, originally written for England’s King George I. Regal, no?
Then Renata made her grand entrance to the classic Canon in D by Pachelbel. She chose a baroque version, played on the period-appropriate harpsichord. And after the vows and smooches, the happy couple were escorted out of the venue to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 (originally dedicated to a Prussian prince.)
After cocktail hour on the first and second floors of Elkridge Furnace Inn, everyone headed back to the celebration tent for party time. While the ceremony was all baroque, the reception was brought up to speed and into the modern day. The bride and groom made their first appearance as husband and wife to Beautiful Day by U2. Then they took to the dance floor for their first dance to Make You Feel My Love…but why go with the Adele version when you have a talented singer in the family? Renata’s daughter sang instead, creating a wonderful way to involve another family member.
After the first dance, the rest of the family was invited to join the couple on the dance floor to Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran. With that, the dance floor was open and the party could begin. While this was a smaller crew, they still had plenty of fun. You don’t need a huge guest list to have a fantastic event!
For the cake cutting, the couple chose Marry Me by Train. The couple also had a photo booth at their reception, letting their guests create instant momentos of the celebration.
At 8:15 PM, the wedding guests sent David and Renata on their way with big smiles and a cheerful sparkler exit. We’re so happy that this sweet couple found each other, and that they were able to come together into one big happy family.
Thursday, April 7, 2022