A Rustic, Romantic Wedding at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Lauren Ratzlaff (28 and a home remodeling designer) and Stephen Weber (28 and a government contract officer) met in sixth grade at their local church'

Lauren Ratzlaff (28 and a home remodeling designer) and Stephen Weber (28 and a government contract officer) met in sixth grade at their local church's dance. "He was my first slow dance, and he even worked up the nerve to ask for my number at the end of the night," says Lauren. The two remained friends throughout the years, and they always joked about that first dance together. After college, they began casually dating, and it wasn't long after that things became serious. After a year and a half of dating, Stephen proposed onstage in front of a crowd of 800 people during a dance performance that Lauren was partaking in. Their rustic, romantic fall wedding took place at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Due to inclement weather, Lauren and Stephen were forced to move their ceremony indoors to a nearby pavilion. Nevertheless, the ceremony was beautiful and warm, with string lights lining the aisle from above and an illuminated backdrop flanked by barrels with vibrant flower arrangements. The barn reception also featured string lights and draping across the wood beams above. Farmhouse-style dining tables were decorated with burlap runners, candles, pumpkins and flower arrangements with carnations, coxcomb, dusty miller and garden roses. Lauren and Stephen gave their guests honey favors, which doubled as their escort cards, and they enjoyed a scrumptious meal of brisket and barbecue for dinner. "The entire day was full of love," Lauren says. "I believe that guests take their cue from the couple, so as long as we were stress-free and having fun, so were our guests!"

Classic Round-Cut Diamond Ring and Encrusted Band
Lauren looked beautiful in a champagne Maggie Sottero wedding dress with an ivory lace overlay. The dress featured a champagne ribbon sash. Stephen complemented her in a gray suit.
Lauren carried a gorgeous bouquet with red coxcomb, pink and ivory ranunculus, blush and peach garden roses, dusty miller and hypericum.
The bridesmaids dressed in floor-length, pale blush dresses, which were purchased and fitted from a seamstress on Etsy. The groomsmen donned gray suits with gray and champagne striped ties.
Bride and Groom at Smokey Glen Farm in the Fall
The aisle was lined from above by string lights, adding height and dimension to the pavilion in which Lauren and Stephen were married.
At the altar, bouquets of orange carnations, pink and ivory roses, Queen Anne's lace, red coxcomb and dusty miller were arranged on barrels.
First Kiss at Romantic, Warm Ceremony
Fun Chalkboard Signs at the Reception
Escort cards were attached to small jars of honey, which also functioned as Lauren and Stephen's wedding favors. The honey is from Lauren's aunt and uncle's farm.
String lights and white linens were draped across wood beams in the barn where the reception was held, creating an eye-catching visual effect.
Centerpieces at the farmhouse tables included hydrangeas, garden roses, carnations, coxcomb and stock flowers.
The farmhouse-style dining tables were covered with burlap runners and featured pumpkins and candles as decor.
Table numbers were hung from small shepherd's hooks that stood on wood slabs.
Groom Dancing With His Mother to Live Music