An Elegant Backyard Wedding in Ellicott City, MD

Anna and Kyle's high school relationship blossomed into something more at the bride's childhood home in Ellicott City, MD.  For their ceremony and rec

Anna and Kyle's high school relationship blossomed into something more at the bride's childhood home in Ellicott City, MD. For their ceremony and reception, the couple went back to where it all began and hosted a charming backyard wedding filled with locally sourced and inspired DIY decor, paying tribute to their seven-year hometown romance.

Anna wore a timeless Jim Hjelm lace gown with her hair in an elegant updo.
Anna and Kyle cleverly combined their cocktail hour, escort cards and favors by tying seating assignment tags around mason jars. Guests were encouraged to fill the glasses with their signature cocktails, enjoy them throughout the night and take them as a parting gift.
The couple worked with chef Beej Flamholz to create a memorable menu with a rustic presentation.
Anna and Kyle gave an intimate feel to the guest book table by hanging personal photos from twine that was strung across distressed wood frames.
Anna's princess-cut engagement ring features a round, pave diamond setting and matching wedding band.
Chef Beej Flamholz and his team prepared a creative menu for guests to enjoy during the backyard reception.
A modern monogram cake topper and a few fresh flowers were the only additions to the simple buttercream cake.
Tables were marked by dark wood number cut outs propped against simple candlelit lanterns.
Local Color Flowers created Anna's rustic bouquet by delicately blending peonies, garden roses and lamb's ear.
The chalkboard-inspired stationery with cut-out trim gave a rustic feel to the DIY ceremony programs.
Guests were encouraged to relax during Anna and Kyle's cocktail hour and enjoy the casual southern seating perfect for the backyard reception.
The couple exchanged vows at the bride's childhood home followed by a tented backyard reception.
Simple mason jars, fastened with twine, hung from black Shepherd's hooks and were filled with lush white peonies.
The feminine, DIY invitations were printed on a watercolor floral stationery and completed with lace belly bands, twine ties and kraft paper envelopes.
The bridesmaids selected their own long, chiffon gowns in varying muted shades, which complemented the groomsmen's floral ties.
The bride and groom displayed their personal signature drink selections on a chalkboard sign with a white antique frame.