Caitlin and Ethan wed in a cozy hemlock grove at the Woodend Sanctuary at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Md. After the ceremony, the couple celebrated with guests in a historic home on the premises, decorated in natural candlelight, coral and cream floral arrangements by Edge Floral Event Design and lots of heartfelt details – Caitlin designed all of the darling wooden signs through her company, Caitlin Creative Works. / Images by Stephanie Messick Photography and second shooter Krysta Norman.
Says Caitlin, “Ethan and I agreed that we wanted to get married outdoors, while still nodding to the classic Washington DC style. Our venue provided both, and we couldn’t have been more pleased. We were married in the hemlock grove, and celebrated in the historic home with our family and friends!
My dress was the first dress that my mom actually picked out in the salon! I didn’t fall in love with it on the hanger, but tried it on, and it was the last dress that I tried on. I knew as soon as I saw myself in it that it was “the one.” I purchased my dress at the first salon that I visited!
My favorite special touches from our wedding day were all in the details. Our goal in planning our wedding ceremony was to highlight our friends and family who have supported our relationship. My grandmother and Ethan’s mother both shared our selected scriptures, and we shared a cup of wine in a goblet from my mother’s crystal. The wine was from one of my bridesmaid’s trip to Napa that she gifted to us as an engagement gift. We wanted our friends and family to feel relaxed and cared for during our reception. Caitlin & Ethan’s Love Story | Ethan and I met at Virginia Tech and were friends for a long time before we officially started dating. He may disagree, but I think it was the secret to our relationship’s longevity! Ethan followed me back to the DC area after we graduated, thanks to us both receiving job offers in my home state of Maryland!
My favorite memories of our wedding day were all of the surprises that our family and friends had planned for us. My little brothers sang a Rascal Flatts song for us, and the groomsmen sang for us too. Both heartwarming and hilarious!
Our escort cards were calligraphed with each guest’s first name only, which was an intentional decision to remind them how special they are to us. I gifted a bouquet to my friend who was next to get married in lieu of a garter toss.
Ethan and I cut our wedding cake with the same silver cake knife and server that my grandmother and grandfather, and Mom and Dad used at their wedding. My grandmother and grandfather are no longer with us, so we wanted a way to subtly honor them on our wedding day.
Caitlin leaves us with some advice: “One of my bridesmaids gave us the best advice at our rehearsal dinner, and I pass it on to anyone I know getting married. Never leave your spouse’s side on your wedding day! We loved that all of our memories of our day were the same, since we spent the whole day together.”
Caitlin and Ethan honeymooned in Newport, Rhode Island.
Credits: Photographer: Stephanie Messick Photography | Second shooter: Krysta Norman | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Woodend Sanctuary at the Audubon Naturalist Society | Florist: Edge Floral Event Design | Wedding Gown Paloma Blanca – Love Couture Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply, Murray’s Toggery Shop, Tie Bar, Brooks Brothers | Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany and Co.; family heirlooms | Bride’s Veil: Paloma Blanca – Love Couture Bridal | Bride’s shoes: Something Bleu – BHLDN | Bridesmaids’ attire: Alfred Sung – Rosalin’s Bridal | Invitations + Paper Goods, Signage: Caitlin Creative Works | Cake: Main Event Caterers | Caterer: Main Event Caterers | Hairstylist: Liz Moirano at Progressions Salon and Spa | DJ: Ian Lade of Digital Sound Services | String Trio: District Trio | Officiant: Pastor Jan Lookingbill of Emmanuel Lutheran Church