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Courtney & Matt: A Modern Wedding in Monkton, MD

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Courtney & Matt in Monkton, MD
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Courtney and her bridesmaids wore custom-made heels that were created using the same silk shantung from the bridesmaid dresses. A mocha brown bow adorned the toe.
The Monogram Shop of Sparks, Sparks
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To match Courtney’s bouquet, Matt wore a boutonniere made of bearded wheat on his lapel.
Fleur de Lis Florist, Baltimore, MD
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Courtney and Matt’s guests found their seats via small, chalkboard plant stakes, which were displayed outside the reception tent on flats of wheatgrass.
Monogrammed Events by The Monogram Shop of Sparks, Sparks
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Wreaths of pink dahlias marked the newlyweds’ seats at the reception.
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The rectangular tables, which were named after the site’s different gardens, were set with vine-patterned napkins monogrammed.
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Instead of a traditional wedding cake, guests enjoyed mini cupcakes monogrammed with Bs. The cupcakes picked up the chocolate and mocha palette of the bridesmaid dresses.
Chef’s Expressions Catering, Timonium
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Wooden troughs filled with spheres of dried flowers and herbs topped off the reception tables, with pink cockscomb mixed in for a pop of color. Cylindrical arrangements -- including curly willow, faux chestnut branches, dahlias, and hypericum berries -- were also set up on the tables.
Monogrammed Events by The Monogram Shop of Sparks, Sparks
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Courtney and Matt’s guests picked up sweet treats from a candy bar before they left. Handmade lollipops, custom-wrapped chocolates, and other pink and green candies were displayed in old-fashioned glass jars.
Monogrammed Events by The Monogram Shop of Sparks, Sparks

Courtney & Matt in Monkton, MD

Courtney and Matthew (Matt) met at the University of Connecticut. Sharing all the same classes their first year, “we spent many long studio nights together, day after day and month after month,” Courtney remembers. Even after their schedules deviated, the two were inseparable and soon fell in love. After graduation, Courtney took a job in Matt’s Connecticut hometown while Matt went to grad school. The Bride Courtney Bello, 29, landscape architects The Groom Matthew (Matt) Bishop, 29, landscape architects The Date October 7 The two toughed it out long-distance for several years, eventually both moving to the bride’s home state of Maryland. By then, Courtney was “anxiously awaiting the proposal,” she says. Matt knew this, so he knew it would be tough to surprise her. One weekday night after dinner, Matt cleared Courtney’s plate, poured her a glass of wine, and, just as fast, got down on one knee. “Right there in our kitchen!” Courtney recalls. “Needless to say, I was completely surprised.”
- Kate Wood
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  • Fleur de Lis Florist
  • Monogrammed Events by The Monogram Shop of Sparks, Sparks
  • Chef’s Expressions Catering, Timonium
  • Monogrammed Events by The Monogram Shop of Sparks, Sparks

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