Burgundy and pink ethereal wedding at Strong Mansion in Dickerson, MD

January 1, 2020

When Britt got in touch with me, she had a super creative and unique vision for her wedding.  She said she wanted a luxurious party in a venue that felt like it had been there forever.  She wanted rich burgundy and dusty pink tones with wispy, ethereal greenery and natural earthy textures and she wanted to nod to the art deco influences of the mansion.  Tall order…. but I think we did it!  Britt was a dream to work with, and because she had such a developed vision for her wedding, while still allowing me to have a creative vision, the designs truly felt collaborative.

Britt’s bouquet was incredible, so unique!  We even added some pheasant feathers at the last minute.  This bouquet contains garden roses, spray roses, astilbe, astrantia, snapdragons, stock, ranunculus, and assorted greenery, including ferns and plumosa.  I loved the addition of the broach for an even more personalized touch.


Instead of bouquets, Britt also made a cool choice to have her bridesmaids wear really amazing wrist corsages.


The men’s boutonnieres were burgundy ranunculus with a little bit of fern and other greenery.


The ceremony was sweet and intimate.  There was a gorgeous display of handkerchiefs “for your happy tears” with a dramatic urn arrangement.  It was pretty windy on the day of the wedding, so it wasn’t set up quite the way we originally planned, but I think this is such a lovely touch for a ceremony space.  We moved the floral arrangement down lower into the dresser so that it was protected from the wind! We also decorated the chairs with ferns and burgundy stock.


The reception space was really one of a kind.  Britt and Cameron chose a lot of rented furniture to decorate the tent space to give it a more intimate space.  There were gorgeous upholstered couches and armchairs, and beautiful accent tables to create little intimate sitting areas throughout the space.  There were a combination of round and long tables.  For the round tables, we decided on huge, lush tropical greenery arrangements sitting on top of tall gold stands.  This gave a nod to some of the art deco influences of the mansion.  For these pieces, I used monstera leaves, banana leaves, palm leaves, and a little bit of ruscus around the bottom.  These designs (and all the rest in this post) were completely foam free as well!


The long tables were decorated with a runner of greenery, and to really elevate this look, we added bronze bud vases of additional greenery to add a second layer to the look.  I loved how the bud vases were filled with wispy-er foliage, which added height to the table while still allowing guests to see across the table.


The head table was a combination of the two designs, and this particular picture shows a few other special elements of the tent.  Britt and Cameron chose a loveseat instead of chairs for their place at the head table, which was such a great way to add even more personality to the evening.  We also hung smilax vines around the entire perimeter of the tent, which helped give the feeling that the tent had been there as long as the mansion.  We placed a vase in front of Britt’s seat so that she could enjoy her bouquet all evening!


Britt’s cake, like everything else about this wedding, was SUPER unique!  There were multiple cakes and multiple different cake layers.


There was one more gorgeous detail that really made this wedding unique.  We did a beautiful foam free staircase installation full of greenery and flowers to match the reception space.  I loved the touch of candles!  This space made a great photo-op for Britt and Cameron, as well as their guests.


A few more pretty pics…


I love the intimacy of this shot.  The couple took some time to just be with each other and enjoy some delicious food.


This smile!!!


SO many thanks to Nessa K Photography for the beautiful images!!

Other credits:

Venue: Strong Mansion

Planner: Kelley Cannon Events