When Ally and Dan first visited Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood in January, it was hard for them to imagine what a spring wedding would look like. “It was freezing cold and covered in snow, but we fell in love with the venue. We liked the natural and quiet setting, especially imagining the greenery and blooming flowers.” Their vision became a reality, with a clear and bright wedding day in early June.
The outdoor ceremony, with 105 guests in attendance, was customized to fit Ally and Dan’s personalities and values. Ally’s cousin sang “Here, There, and Everywhere” by The Beatles. The couple chose to do a traditional handfasting ceremony and ended with an Irish blessing. The bridal party was made up of a matron of honor, a best man, two flower girls and two ring bearers.
A color palette of mint green, peach, and coral made up the decor. Many special details were incorporated, including pieces of fabric from her grandmother’s wedding dress and mother’s wedding hat, in Ally’s flower bouquet . The cake topper, hand painted wooden pegs, showed the couple in their wedding attire and also showed off their cat, Senna.
When asked what she enjoyed most about having a wedding in Frederick, Ally said, “We enjoyed making lots of trips up to the Frederick area together and getting to know the area. We discovered some great restaurants and made frequent stops at Flying Dog Brewery after wedding meetings.”
Dan is an accountant and Ally is a social worker. They reside in Arlington, Virginia.
First dance: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” Starship
How they met: through a mutual friend
The proposal: on a weekend trip to Cape May, NJ
Advice to others planning a wedding: “Take your time, mix in fun along the way, and stay true to yourselves.”
Getting Ready :: Hampton Inn, Frederick
Reception :: Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood**
Catering :: Canapes**
Photography :: Spence Photographics**
Flowers :: Blossom & Basket**
Rings :: Ascot Diamonds
Dessert :: Candy bar by Gateway Candyland
Band :: Lloyd Dobler Effect
Videographer :: Jon Key
Transportation :: A Touch of Class
Officiant :: Norman Ross