Beautiful Southern Soiree in Maryland :: Mia & Christian

Our friends from A Bryan Photo are back today to share this beautiful Southern soiree with us. Mia and Christian’s June wedding took place at the beautiful Belmont in Elkridge, Maryland, and though the morning of the wedding was full of heavy rain and wind, the sky cleared just an hour before the ceremony and made for a picture perfect wedding…



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Mia wore a gorgeous gown by Oscar de la Renta purchased at Mark Ingram’s Bridal Atelier in New York.


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Mia embellished basic paper parasols with pink paper petals for the flower girls. Mia owns bridesmaid dress boutique, Garnish, and she chose dresses by her friend Anna Elyse for both the flower girls and the bridesmaids.


All of the stationery, from the invitations to the programs to the menus, were designed by Mia’s friend Katie at Chelle Paperie (you may remember Katie’s wedding feature from a while back). Peach and cream were used throughout, as well as a dragonfly motif inspired by Mia and Christian’s china pattern.




Mia shares a bit about the ceremony: Our officiant was the pastor that baptized me when I was a little girl. My family is from South Carolina and we were raised Southern Baptist. To give a little feel of the south to the wedding, we jumped the broom after our ceremony, a family tradition which is followed on my mother’s side.




A gospel choir sang the guests into the cocktail hour, where the sipped Arnold Palmers in the Belmont’s gardens.


Christian and his groomsmen wore navy blazers and khaki pants purchased at Peter Elliot in New York, as well as coordinating neckties.




All of the flowers were arranged by Mia’s friend Shawn at The Floral Studio, a boutique right next to Mia’s shop.


Since Christian’s favorite pastime is sailing, the couple wanted to incorporate a small nautical element in their decor – he came up with the idea of including goldfish in the centerpieces.




Favors were tiny copies of the book I Like You by Sandol Stoddard, which was also included as a ceremony reading.





The four-tier buttercream cake had alternating lemon and chocolate layers. Mia’s mother helped choose the other treats for the dessert buffet, including cookies, cupcakes, chocolate covered fruit, macarons, and fruit tarts.




The night ended with confetti poppers! Also, I had to share this wonderful detail with you, from Mia: My husband had a little surprise for all of us and was called on stage later in the evening and played drums with the band. He had apparently traveled to new york and practiced with them after telling me he was going away on a business trip. It was an awesome surprise and got all of our guests excited!




Congratulations Mia and Christian! Such a classic, Southern wedding – thank you so much for sharing with us. And thank you to A Bryan Photo for sending over these incredible photos – beautiful work as always. Oh, and if you’re a bride in the Maryland area, check out Mia’s boutique, Garnish!







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