As vaccinations have spread and the threat of COVID is reduced, couples are finally getting the parties they’d always wanted. Rachel and Alejandro are one such couple. When the pandemic derailed their original plans, they had to come up with plan B. Their solution was to keep their original wedding date, but have a very small event. Then in July 2021, they threw their bigger celebration for friends and extended family.
While their original plan was to only hold a reception, they ultimately decided to hold a brief ceremony as well for those who couldn’t attend the original wedding last year. This kind of hybrid was a smart approach that let Rachel and Alejandro have an intimate event in 2020, and a bigger celebration now that it’s safer. Everybody wins!
The wedding took place at Main Street Ballroom in Ellicott City, MD. Couples love Main Street for its historic charm and modern amenities. Originally a stone warehouse built in the 1920s, it’s been updated with polished concrete floors and industrial touches while letting the stone walls take center stage. As a neutral space, it can be a lovely backdrop to weddings of all styles.
Photographer Nicol Belvedere caught the laid back style at Rachel and Alejandro’s Ellicott City wedding. The couple did a great job choosing relaxed music to go with the vibe. It started with the bridal party’s entrance to Ho Hey by The Lumineers. Then Rachel’s processional was accompanied by Can’t Help Falling in Love by the king himself, Elvis Presley. After their short second ceremony, the couple beat a happy retreat to Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles.
A 30-minute cocktail (half)hour gave everyone a chance to grab a drink before the reception got started. They kept things upbeat with You Make Loving Fun by Fleetwood Mac for the bridal party introductions. And then they kicked off the party with Footloose by Kenny Loggins for Rachel and Alejandro’s grand entrance. Gotta love Loggins.
Ellicott City wedding DJ Steve Hartka loved this wedding for its easy breezy style. No need to get anxious on a day as chill as this one! A food truck brought flatbread pizzas to the reception, and a photo booth by Maryland’s DJ gave the guests a way to make a shareable memento.
Rachel and Alejandro’s first dance was to Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs. Then Rachel and her father danced to My Little Girl by Tim McGraw. Later, DJ Steve hosted an anniversary dance, which is one of our favorite dance floor traditions. For the song, the couple chose Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Frankie Valli, which was a fun choice.
For the last song of the night, the party rocked out to Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money. Why don’t more weddings end with this banger? We don’t know, but we think they should. Maybe we’ll start a petition. It all ended with a sparkler exit.
This party may have been delayed, but we think it was worth the wait. Rescheduling your celebration in Ellicott City or anywhere else? We’d love to help. Contact us to get that party back on the books!
All photos by Nicol Belvedere
Wednesday, August 18, 2021