Wedding Wisdom

Charm City Love Story

Credit: Cellar Door Photography

Welcome to Wedding Wisdom! Every week, wedding planner Tami Smallwood-Brown, CEO of blush|WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING FIRM, gives tips to help you plan your dream nuptials from engagement to “I do.”  This week, Tami makes the switch from planner to bride and shares her own love story and real wedding.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

When my co-worker asked what I thought about the new guy in the office, Cameron, I responded with a resounding, “I don’t!” Little did I know that my “don’t” would one day turn into an “I do!”

When the idea of dating Cameron came to mind, I admit I thought we would have nothing in common and, although Cameron apparently thought I was undoubtedly beautiful, he felt the same way.  He was sure that I was “stuck up” and I just knew he was too laid back.  Thankfully, a greater power kept us curious enough to agree to a date. He asked me out and I gave in to the schoolgirl feeling I secretly got when he came around. We met for fried cheesecake at Baltimore’s infamous Thai Restaurant and, boy, were we wrong! The date was nothing less than amazing.

Cameron, who now works as a firefighter in Washington, D.C., proposed on Mother’s Day…nearly two years to the day of our first date. We had planned to meet at church that Sunday and spoke over the phone in the morning. When I left for service with my mom and daughter, I was surprised when I saw some writing on the windshield of my car, thinking that it had been vandalized in the middle of the night.  After my initial panic attack, I read the words, “Happy Mother’s Day…and…,” Cameron and his mom appeared as well as other members of my family. Four balloons tied to the car finished his request, “Will” “You” “Marry” “Me.” I turned to back to Cameron in bewilderment and found him on bended knee.

Paying homage to the city where we fell in love and the colleges we attended, the wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful chapel on Goucher College’s campus—his alma mater and the reception at  Morgan State University where I earned my undergraduate degree.  The wedding was the perfect blend of the our individual style and personalities.

My personal style was reflected in the ceremony details with the neutral tones of champagne, cream and pewter.  The ceremony was very traditional and “romantic.”  Blooms of hydrangeas and roses filled the chapel and completed my bouquet.

The reception was reflective of Cameron’s personality—bold and colorful.  The combinations of fuchsia (my color) and teal (Cameron’s color) accented the pewter and champagne base tones of the ceremony’s color palette.  The reception was all about the turn up!

My favorite wedding details were the style contrast and inclusion of our differences coming together in the wedding details.  Specifically, I loved the programs.  The pewter backing was a reflection of Cameron—sturdy and strong.  The actual paper was ivory, more traditional, and formal…that’s all me.  I also loved the cocktail lounge with the slide show of pictures journaling our journey in life and together.  The personalized menus make the list, too.