A Natural Summer Wedding at Thorpewood in Thurmont, Maryland

Katie Brockett (30 and a special-education teacher) and Rob Brockett (28 and a senior marketing manager) became friends over Facebook. They became fri

Katie Brockett (30 and a special-education teacher) and Rob Brockett (28 and a senior marketing manager) became friends over Facebook. They became friends in real life once Rob moved back Stateside after living for a couple of years in France. Rob would take Katie out for a beer when she was upset because of bad first dates with other guys. It wasn't until one of Rob's friends made a pass at Katie that Rob realized he wanted to be with her. This laid-back and fun-loving couple's wedding took place at Thorpewood, a mountain retreat in Thurmont, Maryland. Their summer wedding was natural and rustic. Katie and Rob were married under a wooden wedding arch at their forest ceremony, where their guests were seated on benches made of wooden logs. Their barn reception was decorated with arrangements of books, candles and daisies. Signs written in Scrabble tiles directed guests to the dessert table, where they could find an array of cake pops, cupcakes, chocolate-drizzled popcorn and cookies. Scrabble tiles were also used to indicate table numbers. "Rob and I play Scrabble all the time, so we incorporated it into our decor," says Katie. This airy, refreshing wedding beautifully represented Katie and Rob as a couple.

Katie wore a strapless trumpet-style gown on her wedding day. She carried a beautiful bouquet with roses, astilbe and greens.
Katie's bridesmaids dressed in blush lace dresses and carried bouquets of astilbe.
Rob's groomsmen wore gray suspenders and gray ties with their gray trousers. Rob sported a gray vest.
"We were not afraid to laugh at a joke or make fun of ourselves during our 'special moment.' We felt at ease and comfortable and wanted the atmosphere to be very laid-back. "
The summertime ceremony took place in the forest at Thorpewood. Guests sat on benches made out of wood logs.
Katie and Rob were married under a wooden arch that was decorated with baby's breath.
Centerpieces at the reception consisted of stacks of books on wood slabs with small vases of daisies. Table numbers were indicated with Scrabble tiles.
The sign for the dessert table read "All you need is love and dessert" in Scrabble tiles.
Instead of a wedding cake, Katie and Rob served their guests an assortment of cupcakes arranged on a tier stand. They also served cake pops and other desserts.
The reception was held in a rustic building at Thorpewood, which featured wood floors, a flagstone fireplace and exposed wood beams illuminated by string lights.