Tyler and Luke met on August 2nd, 2007 in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore City, just an hour north of the District. Their chance bar encounter turned in to a classic love story when Luke proposed to Tyler in Federal Hill Park over looking the Inner Harbor two years later on August 1st, 2009. The bride and groom were married just a few months ago at Lansdowne Resort, located in Loudon County, VA near Leesburg.
Tyler tells us, “We picked Lansdowne as our ceremony and reception location for its ability to hold the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, and the reception as well as provide rooms for our guests at a reasonable rate. We liked to call it our “wedding compound”. It was also a great location for its proximity to Dulles airport for the large number of out of town guests and for the beautiful grounds which included three pools, 2 golf courses, and a huge spa. At the end of the day we wanted everything to be easy – for us and our guests. Lansdowne followed through, their staff was friendly and efficient and provided us with the wedding of our dreams.”
After booking Lansdowne Resort, Tyler’s parents (John and Amy) and Luke started in on the details. They chose fuschia and charcoal as their wedding colors with black as an accent. After meeting with a family friend who was starting her own invitation business, they decided to use a charcoal and black paisley background with bold fuschia coloring. The paisley would become a theme throughout the wedding from the save the dates and invitations to the cake and linens.
As Tyler’s parents are from Atlanta, GA, Tyler purchased her Amsale Serena wedding gown at Bridal’s by Lori salon in Dunwoody, GA (the salon is now featured on Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta). Monte Durham, the salon’s fashion director, was from the DC area and recommended Remona Soleimani of Bridal Hair by Remona as a top hair stylist in the area and Remona was able to recommend Nour Kazoun of Made Up Art Makeup as the best make-up artist. Tyler exclaims that “Remona and Nour could not have done a better job and I felt like the most beautiful bride for my wedding day.” Of course, at District Weddings, we agree about these two Favorites!
Tyler’s friend and bridesmaid, Kim, suggested that she check out the headpiece Alyssa Milano wore for her wedding which was featured on the cover of People Magazine. After investigating the designer, Tyler fell in love with the headpieces from Maria Elena. She chose a very romantic piece that complimented her dress and her wedding day hair style.
As June 26th, 2010 turned out to be an incredibly hot day, Tyler and Luke provided guests at the ceremony with sandlewood fans with their names and wedding date. They proved to be incredibly useful for them men in suits and a good way to entertain the children.
At the ceremony, bells Tyler’s great grandmother had collected on her travels throughout the world were placed on the front two rows for family to ring as Tyler and Luke were introduced as man and wife. Tyler’s parents, John and Amy, also had these same bells rung at their wedding 36 years ago.
The happy bride shares, “At the end of the day we wanted our wedding to be fun and enjoyable for people. The day was not just about us, but it was about all the people coming to the event who had loved and supported us along the way. A chance for them to celebrate our love and to imbibe on some good food and drink, while dancing the night away.”
The fabulous vendor team:
Ceremony and Reception Site: Lansdowne Resort
Floral and Decor: Divine Designs & Events
Photography: Paired Images
Officiant: Say “I do” Your Way, Jim Campbell
Ceremony Music: Cherry Blossom String Quartet
Hair: Bridal Hair by Remona
Make Up: Made Up Art Makeup
Bridesmaid Dresses: Betsy Robinson’s Bridal, Priscilla of Boston
Linens: Select Event Rentals
Lighting: Frost Lighting