Elegant, Vintage-Inspired Evergreen Museum & Library Wedding | Liesl & Daniel

Liesl and Danny’s Labor Day weekend wedding was filled with real emotion and joy as they started their new chapter together. It was so wonderful to see Liesl and Danny reunited, given that the majority of the planning process he had been deployed overseas serving our country. I loved working with Liesl and her sweet mom Kris to perfectly curate each detail for this wedding. They have such fabulous taste and were totally willing to be creative and think outside the box, which for me as their wedding planner was a dream!

Our design inspiration came from Liesl’s vision of old world Jane Austen and fairy magic, and the Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore was the perfect venue to make it happen. Effortlessly elegant was the name of the game! Neutral, soft colors, lots of greenery and pops of dusty blue were just so stunning in this setting.

Guests were invited to arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start for welcome cocktails (always a great idea in my book!), and then headed through Evergreen’s sprawling manicured gardens to witness the happy couple’s I do’s. For their reception in Evergreen’s Carriage House, an epic floral installation by Steelcut Flower Co. served as a backdrop for the head table, along with wreaths of soft greenery floating above guests’ tables. Vintage-inspired furniture pieces and tabletop details completed the look. The celebration continued well into the night with dinner and dancing, plus a tarot card reader to boot!

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Check out more of this wedding via the highlights film below, captured by Just Hitched Films!

Wedding Venue | Evergreen Museum & Library

Photographer | Merkle Photography

Wedding Planner & Designer | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Videographer | Just Hitched Films

Hair and Makeup | Vintage Veils

Florals | Steelcut Flower Co.

DJ | Evan Reitmeyer, My Deejay

Catering | Rouge Fine Catering

Stationary & Calligraphy | Stephanie B Design

Wedding Dress | Garnish Boutique

Specialty Rentals | White Glove Rentals

String Musicians | Two Rivers Chamber Music

Linen Rentals | BBJ Linen

Tarot Reader | Elite Tarot

Lighting | Event Dyanmics

Photo Booth | Pixilated

5 Must Have Tips For Your Wedding Day Timeline

Ohh, the wedding day timeline. Its something you may be putting off until the final weeks leading up to the big day for several reasons. One, because it's certainly not the most fun part of the planning process, and two, it sounds simple enough, right? Not so much! Us planners can tell the difference between a thorough and realistic wedding day timeline versus those which could potentially cause major wedding day hiccups.

Given that photography plays a major role over the course of the entire wedding day, I've asked some of the DC area's best wedding photographers for their tips on timelines to give you insight from both a planner and photographer's perspective. Read on to learn five must have tips to ensure your timeline is on point for the big day!

 
Dyanna LaMora Wedding Day Timeline
 

1. You need ONE master timeline

Decide early on which of your vendors is going to prepare your master timeline. Ideally, it should be your wedding planner working in conjunction with your photographer - someone who is going to manage your day from the moment you begin hair and makeup to the last dance at the end of the reception. I have seen brides with different timelines from their photographer, their venue, their caterer and their DJ and while it's great to have all this help, too many cooks in the kitchen can be a recipe for disaster! Think about it - if one vendor's timeline is even 10 minutes off from someone else's, it will cause a domino effect of a delay that trickles down for your entire day. This is why it's super important to have one timeline, and to share and review that timeline with your vendor team to ensure everyone is on the exact same page. For all of my clients, whether Event Management or Full Planning, I review the timeline in detail with each vendor and receive their input before finalizing. 

Wedding Timeline Tips Maryland Wedding Planner

2. Be generous with time for dress and prep 

Once your hair and makeup is complete, you will need to figure in a block of time for getting on your dress. To help get a realistic estimate, I suggest timing how long it takes to get your dress and shoes on at your final dress fitting appointment; then add sufficient time for bridal portraits on top of that. Bonnie, of Bonnie Sen Photography shared, "the most common mistake is not leaving some time for bridal portraits and putting on the dress. I like to draw it out to 30 to 45 minutes to include some posed photos of just the bride before seeing anyone."

Photographer Dyanna LaMora pointed out the importance of allowing enough prep time for your bridesmaids, as well. "Make sure you leave extra room for the bride and all her bridesmaids to get ready in the morning. If the girls run late with hair and makeup, the whole day can go off schedule and there will be less time for photos."

Maryland Wedding Planner Timeline Tips

3. Determine the sunset time

If you plan to do any wedding photos outdoors, its important to include the sunset time in your timeline. This will help guide the best time in terms of lighting for newlywed and wedding party photos. Bonnie recommends outdoor photos take place 30 minutes before sunset in the city, or 15 minutes before sunset in an open landscape. 

Depending on your wedding month, the sunset time will also help determine when your ceremony should begin and end, to allow your photographer enough time to capture those sought after golden hour photos! 

4. Know the length of toasts in advance 

Be sure to ask your best man, maid of honor, or anyone else giving a toast to time it out so you can include this in your timeline. Better yet, give your wedding toasters a time limit to keep their speeches under! Three to five minutes per speaker is ideal. There's nothing that throws your timeline off more than a speech or surprise photo slide show presentation at a wedding that lasts for 45 minutes; and yes, it happens all the time! Communicating expectations with everyone involved in your wedding day, especially those speaking, is key to managing your timeline. 

5. Leave sufficient time for newlywed and group photos 

Many couples underestimate the time it takes to capture newlywed, family and wedding party photos. The more generous you are with your photo time, the better! Dyanna suggests, "60 minutes for bride and groom, 30 minutes for bridal party, and 30 minutes for family formals is ideal." In many cases, you can manage this time by doing a first look and having your wedding party photos taken BEFORE the ceremony, then newlywed and family photos taken after the ceremony during cocktail hour. 

I hope these tips are helpful!  What  other timeline tips or questions do you have? Let us know  the comments below!

Images:  Dyanna LaMora & Dani Leigh Photography