Featured bride: Nikki

MD, DC and VA, Wedding Style & Decor

Since I've started working at Brides Local, I can't help but take my work home with me. I'm always asking friends about weddings they've been to—some have gotten pretty sick of me begging for the scoop on every detail, from the flowers to the cake to the dress. Recently, a friend of mine raved about a May wedding she had been to on Maryland's Eastern Shore, so I knew I had to interview the bride, the sweet and lovely Nikki, to get the inside story on how she planned everything. Here are some snippets of our chat...

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Where did you and Josh get married?

The Oaks, an Inn in Royal Oak, Md.

Why did you decide to get married there?

We got engaged at my parents' house in Royal Oak. We both love the area because it is relaxing, beautiful, and a special place for us.

We chose The Oaks because it has an outdoor area for the ceremony and a beautiful indoor area for the reception. The Oaks also do so many weddings during the year that they have excellent relationships with many of the vendors in the area, so vendors are familiar, comfortable and excited to do weddings there.

How long did you have to plan your wedding?

14 months

What kind of style or feeling did you want your wedding to convey?

I think I would describe it as casual elegance. We tried to make it has personal as possible and reflect things that were important to us. We wanted it to be about more than the wedding ceremony itself, but instead a weekend for people to get together and enjoy the area and spend time together with us. We did a golf outing, games, kayaking, swimming Saturday before the rehearsal dinner. We had shuttles to get everyone to the rehearsal, which we held in a tent on the water at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and all went to a bar in town afterwards.

What was your favorite part of planning?

I think my favorite part was planning things with Josh that made the wedding special and unique for us. I liked taking dancing classes beforehand. It was a fun thing that we could do together that didn't involve a lot of the other logistical details related to weddings that can get overwhelming.

How did Josh participate in the planning process?

We did the tastings together and met with the photographer together beforehand. He picked out the attire for the groomsmen, and also picked out what he wore. We did the place settings together.

What was your favorite part of the wedding day?

Seeing Josh when I walked down the aisle (he really didn't want to see each other before the wedding, so we didn't even though many people thought it would be easier to do the pictures beforehand). We are both really happy we did it this way.

What advice would you give brides-to-be planning their weddings?

Decide which parts of the wedding are important to you and which aren't. You shouldn't obsess about every part of it, so limit the parts you are going to obsess over and determine which parts you can let go of.—Kim Forrest, Assistant Editor, Brides Local Magazines

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