In August 2011, just over two years after they first met while working at Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen, Jackie Beal and Corey Poloyka celebrated their first night in their first home together. The milestone was made even more memorable when Corey popped the question and the newly-engaged pair began dreaming of their September 13, 2014, wedding. The couple teamed up with the bride's mother Deanna Beal, and her friend, former event planner, Laura Yockel, to coordinate their stunning day at Holbrook Hollow Farm in Reisterstown, Maryland. "Corey and I wanted an elegant, outdoor estate setting," Jackie says, and their farm venue (which just so happens to be the home of the bride's best friend Alex Wooden and his family!) was the perfect property to bring that vision to life.
"It was wonderful for me to get married on the farm, which is filled with memories from growing up," Jackie says. Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of the property, the bride and groom planned a vintage-inspired celebration with a foodie twist. Read on to see every moment of their open-air nuptials and farm-to-table reception, as captured by photographer Lindsay Hite of Readyluck.
Jackie already had plenty of happy memories with friends at Holbrook Hollow Farm, so it was the groom's turn to enjoy the property with his pals. Corey and his groomsmen spent the wedding morning shooting clay pigeons over the pond.
It was important to both the bride and groom that they wed in a gorgeous outdoor space, and the expansive, elegant lawns at at Holbrook Hollow Farm home were just what they wanted. "We had spectacular views of their three-acre lake throughout the day," the bride says.
Jackie's striking strapless lace Legends by Romona Keveza wedding dress was the very first wedding dress she tried on while shopping with her mom and sister. A beaded belt, blue satin Badgley Mischka heels, and a birdcage veil completed her look. For a personal touch, the bride wore a gold maple leaf in her hair, a gift from the Canadian groom's aunt.
She went totally classic with a white and blush bouquet of garden roses, dahlias, and spray roses.
When it came to picking dresses for her bridesmaids, Jackie only considered options she felt confident her attendants would be able to wear again. Their navy lace Adrianna Pappell dresses were beautiful at the wedding and were versatile enough for future formal occasions. Jackie kept their arrangements simple and sweet; each 'maid carried a fluffy bundle of baby's breath.
Corey and his groomsmen all donned dark grey pinstriped suits, but the groom stood out thanks to his gray and white wide-striped tie.
As one of two flower girls, the couple's two-year-old daughter Michaela was enthusiastic about being a part of her parents' big day. Both young attendants wore light pink satin dresses with a chiffon overlay and ivory belt. Each donned a baby's breath flower crown and carried baskets filled with pink rose petals.
The large side yard of the farm offered a unique setting for the ceremony. The couple exchanged vows in front of a partially built garden house with an expansive lawn behind them. Guests were seated in church pews along an aisle decorated with apple crates filled with ivory mums, the ideal accents for an early fall wedding.
Minutes before the ceremony was set to begin, Michaela ran onto the front lawn for all the guests to see. The bride's mother and sister ran after the precocious flower girl and brought her back inside so that the processional could begin with a proper introduction of the bride. Once order was restored, Jackie's father walked her down the aisle while a classic Louis Armstrong album played on a vintage record player.
During the ceremony, the bride's best friend, groomsman Alex Wooden, read the lyrics to "Everything" by Michael Bublé.
Cocktail hour moved guests from the side yard to another outdoor space where everyone could enjoy oysters and drinks. Then, the party moved to a tent where friends and family could dance the night away with a breathtaking view of Holbrook Hollow's lake. Farm tables were arranged in a 'U' shape, with the bride and groom's head table placed front and center. Each table's focal point was an ivory lace table runner with a gorgeous centerpiece of blush, pink, and ivory flowers in silver revere bowls.
Place settings utilized a mix of different vintage gold-rimmed plates and antique stemware that the mother of the bride contributed. Soft, glowing light came courtesy of ivory citronella candles, which were placed in each votive to ward off unwanted visitors.
Guests sipped on the couple's signature cocktail, Government Mules, as they dined on a hand-picked menu. "We wanted to share the flavors and ingredients of the Mid-Atlantic with our friends and family", the bride says. "Everything was cooked on-site over charcoal or smoked in the Caja China."
Along with a traditional white tiered wedding cake, Jackie and Corey treated friends and family to a selection of pie.
At the end of the evening, the couple drove home as husband and wife in a friend's vintage car.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Holbrook Hollow Farm || Bride's Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza || Hair: Haute Blow Dry Bar || Makeup: Makeup by Jakki || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Florist: Petal and Print || Catering: Woodberry Kitchen || Tent: Loane Brothers, Inc. || Photographer: Lindsay Hite of Readyluck
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