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Tying the Knot

A Fairy-Tale Wedding in Baltimore

After 11 months of planning, countless hours spent on Pinterest and numerous blog posts, Jeff and I are officially husband and wife. Woohoo!

On November 1, we said “I do” in front of about 130 of our family members and closest friends at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

It was wonderful, but it wasn’t perfect. And any bride who tells you her Big Day went off without a single hitch is a complete liar.

But … it doesn’t matter!

Missing boutonnieres, mixed up table numbers and a minor (okay, major) meltdown are insignificant when it comes to marrying the love of your life.

Although we were initially hesitant, I’m so glad our photographer Kathleen Hertel told us the benefits of a first look.

Because we had an evening wedding in the fall, the sun wasn’t exactly on our side. In an effort to get better pictures, we opted for a private first look us – just the two of us (and Kathleen and the videographer). And it was lovely!

Jeff’s reaction in the picture above was priceless and made it all worth it – even if he backed away from me at first. Payback, I suppose, for walking away when he proposed.

It was so nice to have some alone time as a couple before the craziness of the day ensued.

I can’t thank my family and friends, especially my sister/maid of honor and bridesmaids, enough for all of their support, love and encouragement. It certainly takes a village to plan a wedding … and some good girlfriends to keep the bride calm.

Most importantly, I’m so happy to be married to the man of my dreams and I’m so excited to see what life has in store for us! 🙂

Below are some additional sneak peeks from our photographer:

Dress with bubbles

Kiss with dolphins

Black tip reef kiss

Dress with dolphin

(Photo Credit: Kathleen Hertel Photography)