176 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 | BETHESDAMAGAZINE.COM
THE PROPOSAL: Daniel planned to
propose at a spot on the University of
Maryland campus where the two often
ate lunch outside. But the forecast for the
intended day included torrential downpours. Instead, he covered the apartment
where they lived with rose petals and
candles, made a special breakfast and
woke her up early to propose.
WEDDING COLORS: Gold and slate
gray, accented with deep purples and
pinks. “Raspberry and sangria, I called
them,” Kate says.
NUMBER OF GUESTS: 150
WHAT MADE THE EVENT SPECIAL:
“They kept a lot of the bank’s charm,”
Kate says of the reception venue.
The bathroom floors are covered in
adhered-on pennies and there’s a chandelier made of safe-deposit box keys.
The cocktail hour took place in what
had been the bank’s vault.
FAVORITE MOMENT: The first look,
outside before the ceremony. “It’s such
a surreal feeling—the day of your wedding,” Kate says. “Seeing Danny really
calmed me down.”
GETTING PERSONAL: Kate and
Daniel gave guests a bag when they
checked into the hotel that included
New York apples and a fake newspaper
they created with articles about how
they met and their dog. At the reception, cocktail napkins had facts about
the couple printed on them, such as
their favorite food (Daniel’s was bagels)
and their celebrity crush. “We knew we
wouldn’t get to spend a lot of time with
each person at the wedding,” Kate says.
So the couple spent the two weeks prior
to the big day writing notes to each
guest. Waitstaff delivered the notes
between the first and second courses.
FUN TOUCHES: Cocktail hour
included a grilled-cheese bar and a
custom drink that the couple had
enjoyed on a trip to Mexico: a “royal”
mojito made with champagne instead
of soda water. Guests were given cotton
candy as they left the reception, a nod to
the amusement park Kate’s father owns.
SPECIAL DETAILS: “Pearl is my
birthstone, so we used a lot of pearls
throughout,” Kate says. The escort card
table had a gold oyster shell filled with
pearls and a sign reading, “The world
is our oyster but you are our pearls.”
A small pearl bead was affixed to each
escort card. Pearls were also incorpo-
rated in the cake and Kate’s dress.
COST-CUTTING TIPS: “Do a lot of
research—everything’s online,” says
Kate, who found a cake she liked on
Pinterest and had a bakery re-create it.
GOWN: A Monique Lhuillier lace gown
with champagne underlay, a keyhole
back and pearl buttons, purchased at
Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in
THE HONEYMOON: A trip to Thailand
THE DETAILS: Cake was provided by
Make Me a Cake Next Door; calligraphy, Ink Revival; catering, Mazzone
Catering; event planner, Katie O. Weddings and Events; flowers, Fleurtatious
Designs; invitations, Jenny C. Designs;
music, John Charles Cook (ceremony)
and Nonstop Music (reception); photography, Tracey Buyce Photography;
videography, Clark+Walker Studio.
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