Planning the perfect Frederick wedding when the groom-to-be is 10,000 miles away in Australia wasn’t easy, but Caitlin and Nathan pulled off their July wedding despite the distance.
“This wedding was a huge deal for everyone. Nathan and I have been long distance for the majority of our relationship, so most of my friends didn’t meet him until our wedding. Everyone was so excited to finally meet him and see us together. It was so special taking this next step in our lives with the love and support of our friends and family.”
Nathan and Caitlin met through mutual friends at a rugby party in Towson. “We actually hated each other when we first met!” Caitlin said. But after continued talks, the two ended up having a lot in common and began dating. “We dated for about four months when Nathan and his family returned to their home in Australia. We decided to try out long distance and we never looked back.” The couple has been together for four years.
“We didn’t see each other before the ceremony, but we touched hands and my photographers captured the moment,” shared Caitlin. “It made me even more excited to see him. I also loved the first look with my dad. It was such a special moment and I’m glad I was able to share that with him.”
The couple had six bridesmaids and six groomsmen in their bridal party for their outdoor wedding ceremony at Stone Manor. 138 guests were in attendance for their sunny day. In order to feel closer to her late grandparents, Caitlin walked down the aisle with a handkerchief that belonged to her late grandmother, pins her late grandfather always wore, and her late grandmother’s pearl necklace.
The couple placed an Australian and an American flag on each table at their reception, as well as share some Australian gifts for wedding favors.
Nathan is a chef and Caitlin is a crime analyst. Caitlin currently lives in Frederick, while Nathan is still in Australia as he waits for his American visa.
First Dance: Still the One, Shania Twain
Advice: “Don’t forget the real reason you’re getting married. It’s easy to forget and get caught up in looking for perfect Pinterest weddings”
Venue: Stone Manor Country Club**
Catering: Carriage House
Photographer: Living Radiant Photography
Entertainment: Phantom Shadow**
Planner: Classic Occasions by Caitlin
Bride and Bridesmaids: TLC Bridal Boutique**
Groom and Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse
Dessert: Stone House Cakery**
Flowers: Abloom, Ltd.**