Chris and Eileen first met while living in the same dormitory at the University of Maryland. Chris was introduced to Eileen through mutual friends and not long after, they started spending every day together.
“After holding onto the ring for six months trying to plan the perfect moment to pop the question, I took Eileen to a vineyard at the bottom of Sugar Loaf Mountain for wine tasting and live music. Afterward, we proceeded to take a sunset hike up the mountain.”
100 guests were in attendance for their April nuptials, including five bridesmaids, five groomsmen, and two flower girls. “We really appreciated that our officiant took a moment to let us breathe before the ceremony started, and made us take a moment to look and reflect on all those in attendance for our big day. It was overwhelming and wonderful all at once.”
“We did not want a formal affair, so went with a laid-back boho vibe to fit the gorgeous venue – using different kinds of jewel tones for the reception decor and floral arrangements. Less is more at Thorpewood.”
Eileen is half German, so the couple incorporated a German log sawing tradition into the reception. “The crosscut saw we borrowed was quite the antique and we almost didn’t get it sawed through. Since in German tradition this sets the tone for the rest of your married life, this was a bit of a nerve-wracking moment. Chris saved the day by grabbing the log before anybody knew what was happening and smashing it in half over his knee.”
Chris is a heavy equipment operator and Eileen is a language program officer. They currently reside in Silver Spring.
First Dance: Route Around by Rebelution
Honeymoon: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Venue: Mountain Memories at Thorpewood**
Getting Ready: Hilton Garden Inn Frederick
Photography: Love and Adventure Photography
Rings: Miki’s Treasures
Flowers: An Elegant Affair
Hair and Makeup: Elements of Style
Entertainment: DJ Jeff Kimbone
Transportation: Rill’s Bus Service