Catherine and Thomas met while Attending Linganore High School. “I remember meeting freshman year in English but he says we met junior year of high school. We were in the same class club, and he got my number from a mutual friend,” said Catherine. The two began dating in 2009. Thomas left Maryland to attend art school in Chicago, but the two continued to date long distance for five years.
Impending rain threatened their outdoor ceremony at Ceresville Mansion, but stopped right as the ceremony began. The couple had six bridesmaids and six groomsmen in their wedding party. 130 guests were in attendance.
“When the pastor said ‘you may kiss the bride’ my husband did not wait the two seconds we were instructed to the day prior so the pastor would be out of the pictures. Then we had to kiss again.”
The couple, having dated since they were 16, had many photographs to share of relationship. Photographs were sprinkled throughout the wedding reception of their seven year courtship.
The groom’s band, The Belvederes, drove from Chicago to Maryland to perform at the wedding reception. The band played the first dance, the father-daughter and mother-son dances. “They brought such joy and life to the day and made it even more special because they came all that way to support their friend.”
On each table the couple provided anniversary cards. Guests were asked write memories from the day or well wishes to the newlyweds to read on their future anniversary dates. The wedding favors were drumstick pencils, a homage to the couple’s vocations- Thomas is a drummer and Caroline is a teacher.
Thomas is originally from New Market, and Catherine from Mt.Airy. They currently live in Chicago. The couple honeymooned after the wedding in Ireland.
First dance: ‘Every Single Word’ Original song by groom’s band, The Belvederes
The Proposal: “We went for a walk by the lake near his house to a weeping willow tree. He explained how much he loved me and wanted to be with me forever. At first I asked if he was being serious, and then when he got the ring out I shook my head yes. I was so surprised I didn’t start crying until we started walking back to his house.”
Advice to other couples: “Enjoy the engagement as much as possible, and didn’t stress out over planning. The day goes by way too fast, and try to enjoy every minute of it.”
- Reception location: Ceresville Mansion**
- Photographer: Turner Photography Studio**
- Wedding attire: (dress/suit/etc): TLC Bridal Boutique**
- Dessert: Angel Cakes
- Flowers/decor: Blossom and Basket Boutique**
- Music/entertainment: The Belvederes