A Vintage Wedding in Glen Echo, MD

Carrie and Jon had been dating for a year when Jon decided to propose. He had originally planned to take advantage of a work trip to Venice and pop th

Carrie and Jon had been dating for a year when Jon decided to propose. He had originally planned to take advantage of a work trip to Venice and pop the question there, a couple of weeks before Christmas. But it was cold and Venice was experiencing their worst floods in 20 years. “Not a good situation for a romantic gondola ride,” says Carrie. The Bride Carrie Hale, 32, a homemaker The Groom Jonathan (Jon) Carr, 32, an engineer The Date April 4 So instead, John asked Carrie to be his wife at the site of their second date—under the Community Bridge Mural in Frederick, Maryland. Shortly after, Jon was offered a job in Puerto Rico, so the couple only had three months to plan their vintage, amusement park-themed celebration.

Cotton Candy Favors
The bride, an avid swing dancer, chose her favorite swing band, Blue Sky 5, to perform the first dance song, “A Kiss to Build a Dream On.”
Instead of flowers, the couple used functional centerpieces on the dinner tables. They filled clear, plastic tubs with bottles of bright Jones Soda and ice.
“The theme was much more important to me than colors,” says the bride. Carrie and Jon first looked for vintage pieces and then stuck with the colors that were available, like reds and blues. They incorporated fun, vintage boxes, stickers, and candies to complete the look.
The couple’s invitations were cute replicas of old amusement park signs, while the RSVPs were made to look like amusement park ride tickets.
Jars full of colorful rock candy adorned the cocktail tables along with gumball machines and other vintage candies.
For sentimental reasons, Carrie chose to hold their reception in the Spanish Ballroom and Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, where she has been dancing for years.
In lieu of traditional flowers, Carrie carried a bright red bouquet of paper blooms, designed by the matron of honor.
Since the reception was held at a dry venue, Carrie and Jon treated guests to a “non-cocktail” half-hour, complete with old-fashioned popcorn and cotton candy.