The best advice we received during wedding planning was to enjoy every second by making it personal. We took that advice to heart, and it made our wedding better than we could have ever imagined. Almost every decision we made had meaning behind it.
Photographer: Candace Brecht Photography
Reception Venue: Federal House Bar and Grille
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s
Hair: Pins n Brushes
Makeup: Natalie Harris Makeup Artistry
Music: DJ Cuban from Entertainment Exchange
Candle Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Florals: Ann’s Garden
Day of Coordinator: KO Events
Videographer: Serio Visuals
Bagpiper: Mike Binnie
Transportation: Towne Transport and Urban Eventours
We were raised in Annapolis and are high school sweethearts who graduated from Annapolis High School in 2009. We both ventured south for college—Zach initially attended The University of Alabama, and then later transferred to Anne’s school, The University of Southern Mississippi. It was important for us to incorporate some southern aspects while also providing our guests with a classic, downtown Annapolitan wedding that thoughtfully portrayed our love for family and each other. We began the day at our respective parents’ homes, which was special for us.
A trolley took the girls to Acton’s Cove Park for pictures prior to the ceremony, while the boys modeled along the South River. Anne walked down the aisle to an organ and trumpet resounding Trumpet Voluntary. As a tribute to Anne’s father’s Scottish roots, a bagpiper led the guests down Main Street to the reception at Federal House.
In honor of Anne’s Cuban mother, DJ Cuban got the party started. Once the dancing started on the black and white checkered dance floor, it didn’t stop until the send-off! Zach and Anne love nothing more than watching football and sports together. Therefore, the sendoff incorporated foam fingers with, naturally, an impromptu singing of Seven Nations Army by the guests. One of favorite parts of the reception was when Federal House led us to a “secret” balcony door that we did not know about in order for us to make a surprise appearance above the dance floor. The look on all of our guests’ faces was pure joy.
Seeing everyone we love having so much fun was a memory we will always cherish. Other special notes: Anne used watercolor for the paintings found on the invitations, reception cards, and guest-seating chart. She also drew the Natty Boh and Utz Girl image that was featured on the foam fingers. The saying on the drink koozies is a saying that Anne’s mom loves to say. Zach wore a houndstooth cummerbund and bowtie to represent his love for Alabama football. As her “something borrowed,” Anne wore Zach’s Aunt’s earrings that she wore at her own wedding. Her engagement band is Zach’s grandmother’s. Our wedding “hashtag”, “GetErSpencer”, was a spin-off from Zach’s childhood lawn care service called “GetErDone,” and our first dance was “Twist and Shout” by the Beatles, a song we have considered “ours” for the past decade.
For future brides and grooms: If you use the advice we received, you will without a doubt have the most magical day of your life filled with an abundant amount of love.