This wedding just makes me smile, and I hope it makes you smile, too. Laura, the talented illustrator and calligrapher behind Trial By Cupcakes (and a Snippet & Ink reader!), was sweet enough to send over some photos and some details from the day…


Laura made the illustrated watercolor map of Baltimore for her guests. Check out her calligraphy website for more information.


Laura and Stephen also screen-printed all of the invitations. She says, “It was a lot of work, and, in retrospect, I think we should have outsourced! We’re both big Wes Anderson fans, so we designed a simple invitation using Anderson’s trademark Futura font. I also did the calligraphy for the envelopes and place cards.”


The edge of Hurricane Kyle was pouring down on Maryland the day of the wedding. As Laura says, “If it’s true that rain on your wedding day is good luck, then this marriage is going to be the luckiest ever!” Laura’s bridesmaids chose their own dresses (they also made the wedding cake!).


Everything about this wedding, from the invitations to the flowers, was DIY. Together with friends, Laura and Stephen made all of the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces.


The September wedding – both ceremony and reception – took place in the former sanctuary of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baltimore, which is now rented out for events.


The ceremony included the Greek tradition of Stefana, or wedding crowns.


Stephen wore a suit from H&M. And I just had to share this wonderful story about Laura’s wedding dress: My dress was from a thrift store – I think it was $30. When I first saw it, I wasn’t yet engaged, so I (gulp) left it at the store. That night I told my best friend, Anna, about how much I regretted not just going ahead and buying the dress, engagement or not. Being the amazing friend that she is, she secretly snuck back to the thrift store, bought it for me, and held on to it for about six months, later giving it to me as the best birthday present EVER. I honestly don’t know how she was able to keep it a secret for so long, because I talked about that dress ALL. THE. TIME.


Laura calligraphed the escort cards with white ink on brown paper. Felt pennants acted as table numbers.


The night before the wedding, the couple’s friends gathered at the venue for a pizza and decorating party, blowing up giant balloons, stringing up paper lanterns and pom-poms, and moving furniture. Though the party was a huge success, Laura does say she wishes she’d had someone to take care of all the day-of logistics: I kind of regret not hiring a day-of coordinator. While I was running around to make sure everything was going smoothly, I didn’t get the chance to just be a bride and take it all in.


Laura and Stephen’s friends from Charm City Cakes (as in, the Ace of Cakes!) made the cake, including sculpting and hand-painting the fox cake topper, gum-paste dahlias and ranunculus, and creating a plaid pattern with piping.


I absolutely could not resist sharing this photo of Laura and Stephen crowd-surfing! I love it!

Congratulations to Laura and Stephen, who just celebrated their one year anniversary last month! Be sure to check out Laura’s beautiful calligraphy and custom maps over on her website, Trial By Cupcakes. And thank you also to Will Kirk for sharing these sweet photos.

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