When one of your best friends is a floral designer/grower and she has a son who is a Botanist, and that Botanist Son marries a Botanist Lady, and YOU get to photograph that wedding!? That’s what I call EPIC!
Caitlin and Will’s worlds collided when one of their mutual friends successfully defended her thesis and they all got together to celebrate! Caitlin’s first sighting of Will was of him singing loudly to Party in The USA.. she said it was totally love at first sight ;-) They both finished at William and Mary and moved to Will’s hometown of Hertford NC for a while as Caitlin finished up her Masters. That’s when Jerry and I got to know them as we bonded over kittens, being Winfallians and styled shoots that Will’s Mom and I made them model for!
I admit I have had a girl crush on Caitlin’s earthy, vintage style since meeting her. I knew without a doubt when they told me their good news of being engaged that Caitlin’s adorable style would be all over their wedding day! They decided to get married in Maryland, close to Caitlin’s family and chose the fascinating Brick Chapel of 1667 in St. Mary’s City! There was so much history surrounding the location for their wedding! Jerry and I spent the whole 4 hour ride home researching so many interesting facts about the Chapel and St. Mary’s City!
Among the cornflower blue hues and silver compotes and natural wood elements, of course Will and Caitlin chose to highlight their botanical backgrounds too with some out of the ordinary floral elements and the most amazing seating chart ever. Each table was named after one of Caitlin’s favorite wildflowers! Will’s Mom Sybil found some incredible ingredients to use among their floral design. Including Honey Wart, Bells of Ireland, Sword Fern, Hosta, Hellabore, Bupleurum, Orchids, Yellow Yarrow, Fiddlehead Fern, Dutch Iris, Cattails, Echinacea, Scabiosa, Veronica, Succulents and – in my opinion, the coolest – Pitcher Plants at the base of the table arrangements! I’m proud to say I inherited a few of those pitcher plants that live on my back porch now, hopefully eating up all the mosquitos ;-)
Their Wedding at The Brick Chapel of 1667 and reception at the quaint Brome-Howard Inn was relaxed and lovely and perfect. They drove away in Caitlin’s Volkswagen Bug with a cowbell on the back, just as Will’s Mom and Dad had on the back of their wedding day car in 1980.
Just as you were thinking this was all the celebrating you get to do for Caitlin and Will – well get set! Because their Hertford, NC Happily Ever After Party at Will’s Parent’s home on the Yeopim Flowers Farm will happen on July 1! More celebrating to come for these two!
Ceremon y Venue // The Brick Chapel of 1667
Reception Venue // Brome-Howard Inn
Floral Design // Yeopim Flowers
Rentals // Bailey’s Party and Rentals
Catering // Blue Wind Gourmet
Makeup Artist // Brides by Victoria
Hair Artist // Patty Eskierski, Family Friend
Cake Artist // Michelle’s Cakes
DJ // Becky, Family Friend
Coordinator // Karen Clough, Family Friend