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A Vibrant, Alice In Wonderland Themed Wedding at the Gramercy Mansion in Stevenson, Maryland

Kelly Lockner (37 and a marketing specialist) and Richard Mosmiller’s (29 and a firefighter) was anything but average. The fun loving planned a festiv

Kelly Lockner (37 and a marketing specialist) and Richard Mosmiller’s (29 and a firefighter) was anything but average. The fun loving planned a festive Alice in Wonderland-theme affair that totally blew guests away. “I love the stories and movies and thought it would make a really fun wedding theme,” says Kelly. “It took Rick some time to warm up to the idea, but he came around eventually…We kept the theme a secret from our guests and it was a great surprise for them to take a trip down the rabbit hole to a mad tea party.”

While the reception was all about the unexpected, the couple took a more classic route for the ceremony. The day unfolded in the Gramercy Mansion gardens, where Kelly and Richard exchanged vows and performed unique traditions like Celtic knot tying, a sand ceremony and a celebratory wine toast. The festivities continued inside the mansion, where the couple took their guests on a fantastical trip into their own interpretation of Wonderland.

With the help of Eventi by Diana Venditto, Kelly and Richard transformed the Tudor-style mansion in a whimsical, vibrant scene with a mix of eye-catching color, vibrant patterns and softer details like pastels and lace. “We enjoy unique and slightly off-beat things and we are both young at heart, so we wanted our wedding to reflect our fun, big-kid sides,” says Kelly.

The reception decor had a subtle duplicity, playing off both the Disney and Tim Burton interpretations of the story. The ceiling was awash with giant paper flowers from Thailand in brilliant jewel tones, while the reception tables felt tea-party-ready with dainty floral dishware, elegant floral centerpieces and antique lace linens. Table numbers were displayed on oversized playing cards and chairs were mismatched for a distinctively eclectic feel. Signature cocktails were named after key characters in the story and the couple even incorporated a tented vignette with a hookah, giant playing cards and neon mushrooms.

The decor in and of itself was enough to keep guests entertained for hours, but the couple kicked things up a notch with food stations, a lively DJ and a photo booth with an eight-foot, hand-painted mural of Alice in Wonderland. A tip for the taking from Kelly and Richard: “We definitely recommend hiring a wedding planner. It allowed us to relax a little and enjoy the process of planning our wedding. Also, enjoy your reception! Don't worry so much about making the rounds to greet and thank everyone because there isn't enough time to get to everybody. Eat the food, drink the drinks, dance and have fun! Your guests aren't likely to be offended if you get caught up in enjoying your wedding and forget to say hi.”

MLC Designs took the reigns of Kelly and Richard’s stationery, transforming their vision for their wacky and wonderful affair to the next level with stunning antiqued parchment, fancy flourishes, script font and playful black-and-white checkered detailing. The invitations were accented with navy ribbon and sealed in a box. “The guests were definitely surprised and everyone complimented them,” says Kelly.
Taking full advantage of all that the Gramercy Mansion had to offer, Kelly and Richard hosted their ceremony outdoors in the gardens before whisking guests off for a night of celebrating in true Alice in Wonderland style.
To play up the garden’s lush natural setting overlooking a valley surrounded by tall, majestic trees, the couple lined the aisle with long, lush eucalyptus garlands.
Kelly and Richard incorporated a number of personalized elements into the ceremony proceedings to ensure it was reflective of who they are as individuals and as a couple. Celtic music played by a live string trio filled the air, speaking to Richard’s Irish heritage, as did a traditional knot-tying custom. The pair also presented roses to their mothers and performed a sand ceremony with their 18-month-old son. To cap it all off, the pair did a celebratory wine toast before heading inside for the reception.
“I wanted a unique, whimsical dress to go with the Alice in Wonderland theme and I looked at all types of dresses online but I just couldn't find one that had everything,” says Kelly. The couple’s planner then referred her to designer Jill Andrews and after just one consultation, she came up with the ultimate whimsical gown. “It’s a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind gown with a sweetheart neckline and a double satin bodice with a heart motif, cascading crystal beading and snowflake lace panels on the sides and back,” says Kelly. But the dress’s standout feature was the skirt, which featured tiers upon tiers of ruffled organza, Alencon lace, gilded Venice lace, raw-edged satin, each of which was alternated with ombre hand-dipped ostrich hurl that gradually changed from white to cerulean blue. “The dress is convertible, detaching just above the knee, which was great for dancing at the reception,” says Kelly.
Wanting to incorporate both Tim Burton and Disney’s interpretation of the classic novel, Kelly and Richard offset the elegant, tea-party-appropriate reception tables with a statement ceiling installation. The pair sourced giant paper flowers in brilliant hues from Thailand and strung them along the ceiling, along with twinkling fairy lights for an undeniably whimsical look.
Each and every detail was chosen with purpose and the table numbers were no different. Kelly and Richard used oversized playing cards to number all of their reception tables, a nod to the Queen of Hearts and her army.
As a nod to the Mad Hatter’s tea party, the tables were dressed with vintage-inspired glassware and mismatched floral china, giving the tablescapes an elegant, feminine vibe. Dark navy napkins popped against the pastel dinnerware, with theme-inspired menu cards tucked into each one.
The centerpieces were the perfect combination of classic elegance and dramatic romance with a mix of rich red and white blooms and greenery displayed in everything from ceramic pitchers to stone vases alongside lush garlands of eucalyptus dotted with mercury glass votives.
Artistic Desserts pulled out all the stops for Kelly and Richard’s wedding cake, designing a five-tiered confection that perfectly captured the Alice in Wonderland theme. Tea pots, playing cards and even a top hat were incorporated into the design and as a finishing touch, the cake was displayed atop a black-and-white checkerboard.
As a nod to their one-of-a-kind theme, Kelly and Richard guided guests to their seats with the help of whimsical hand-calligraphed playing cards. The number or symbol on the card corresponded to the guest’s table assignment.
Instead of a traditional dinner, Kelly and Richard offered three different food stations, each baring an assortment of delectable dishes, which were paired with signature cocktails like the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter.
Even the cocktail napkins got in on the Alice in Wonderland themed action, each baring an illustration of the White Rabbit and a quote from the book.
Both Kelly and Richard transitioned their outfits for the reception. Kelly’s convertible, custom-designed gown transformed into a playful cocktail-length number and Richard ditched his Class A uniform for a tuxedo with cerulean blue vest and an orange bow tie.