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Crystal & Nick: An Outdoor Wedding in Pasadena, MD

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Crystal's bouquet of zinnias was a last-minute change from the red anemones she originally wanted. Their season ended just two weeks before the wedding! These flowers still conveyed the rich, rustic look Crystal was going for.
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For an airy, natural style, Crystal's maids carried simple bundles of baby’s breath wrapped with cornflower-blue ribbon.
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The couple let the waterfront location speak for itself, only adding a chiffon-draped arch as a focal point and cones full of baby's breath to spruce up the chairs.
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The bride and groom turned to TheKnot.com for their escort card inspiration. They attached their homemade cards to ribbons by clothespins, and then strung them from the gazebo to blow freely in the breeze.
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A row of square mirrors topped with baby's breath and zinnias highlighted the length of each banquet-style table. Blue, pintuck linens worked in the other color in the scheme, while photos of the couple's cats served as the backdrop for the table numbers.
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To reserve Crystal and Nick's chairs and amp up the decor, handmade letters ("B" for bride and "G" for groom) in the wedding colors hung from the backs.
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Strawberries topped the tiers of the buttercream-frosted cake instead of the heavy cake toppers. They were modeled after the couple's Miis, their avatars on their Nintendo Wii video game system.
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The 80s cover band, Judo Chop, ventured into the 90s for the couple's first dance: the UB40 version of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love," which Crystal describes as "the most romantic song in the world."

Crystal & Nick in Pasadena, MD

Crystal and Nick have known each other so long, they don’t recall meeting! They do know that it was in the 8th grade, two years before Nick asked Crystal to the Sophomore Social dance, where they shared their first kiss. The Bride Crystal Dugan, 24, online producer The Groom Nick Nikish, 24, project coordinator The Date September 1 The couple dated all through high school, but took a break for their first semester of college. They got back together for a year-and-a-half of long-distance dating before Crystal transferred to Nick's college. Six years after the Sophomore Social, Nick proposed at Crystal's favorite place—the ocean. It happened at night, during a walk along the beach. "I don't remember what he said, but I of course said yes!" says Crystal.
- Carrie Chambers
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