If I were getting married in the Maryland area, I can say with absolute certainty that we’d be being photographed by Jocelyn of Studio Matthews Photography. You might think this is because she takes really stylish wedding photographs (true). But that’s not really it… the real reason is I *like* Jocelyn. She’s been a sponsor of this blog for a long time now, and she even wrote a little article for the site on negotiating with vendors. But really, she’s talented, she’s kind, and she’s really down to earth. She also shot Nathalie & Cory’s stunning green wedding, and you guys are going to love it. The bride, Nathalie, wrote up all the details for you, including a plethora of etsy links. Natalie, take it away….
Cory and I were married on a hot Sunday afternoon in the Hemlock Grove of Woodend Sanctuary in front of 60 guests.Where your wedding was held: Woodend Sanctuary is an old mansion built in the 1920s that houses the Audubon Naturalist Society, the largest and oldest independent environmental organization in the Washington, DC region. Woodend Sanctuary also strives to be as green as possible in their practices.What made your wedding creative: I am a full-time graphic designer and am also lucky enough to work at Gilah Press + Design, a letterpress studio located here in Baltimore, so of course I had to design all of the paper goods in the ceremony!Some other creative touches: Writing our own vows the night before the ceremony. After the rehearsal dinner we holed ourselves up in our hotel and wrote them next to each other. We tried reading them to each other over and over again so that we couldn’t cry at the ceremony (we’re very emotional people) but we still could barely get through them during the ceremony. The tears were non-stop!We wanted some sort of photobooth after seeing a similar setup in Lena Corwin’s wedding. We found a big patterned fabric of green berries at our local thrift store, tied it to rope that spanned across two trees and used that as the backdrop. Our wonderful photographer, Jocelyn of Studio Mathewes set up lights and wrote down times on a chalkboard that let guests know when they should show up at the booth to get their photo taken. As the night went on and people drank a little more, the photos turned out even more hilarious.
A lot of my friends wanted to assist us with anything they could the day of, and boy, were they a big help. A few of them brought over the cupcakes, others escorted guests to the ceremony and brought gifts inside the mansion, and family members were always on hand to keep us stress-free and make sure we were having as much fun as possible. I don’t know what I would have done without them.