First Major Decision Made: The Venue

YAY! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited, relieved, happy, joyful, ecstatic, every happy adjective there is… I feel to have decided on our venue.  I was never the type of girl that dreamed about her wedding day since I was a little girl.  In all honesty I didn’t really think marriage was for me until I met Mr. Chadwick.  So, when looking for a venue I had no idea where to begin.  We looked at old mansions, farms, the Maryland Science Center, the list goes on…

But, when we arrived at our venue of choice we both we’re grinning like idiots.  I kept saying, this is really pretty, this is really pretty, haha! Chadwick couldn’t help but to join in the fun.  We have decided to say, “I do” at the Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air, MD.  I think what made us fall in love was the combination of old world charm, beautiful grounds, and the fact that they use some of the rooms as art galleries, how cool is that?!?  I think what made Chadwick fall in love with the Liriodendron was all of the above as well as the great price, seriously ladies it is affordable.  If there are any brides-to-be out there struggling to find a beautiful venue in the Baltimore area that they can afford, look no further that the Liriodendron,  not to mention that Dorothy the woman who manages the events is a doll.  She is really sweet and she’ s British, which is just an added bonus for anglophiles like myself.

So, without further ado let me introduce you to the Liriodendron..

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Venues, Venues and more Venues

There are way too many beautiful options when it comes to wedding venues.  Who knew?! Certainly not this lady!!

Luckily for the Mr. and I we have come to an early decision to keep the wedding outdoors. So that has eliminated a lot of choices but, there are still way too many.  It’s a little overwhelming.  I must admit.  I have been doing some preliminary research online.  Along the way I have been sharing little bits and pieces of the good stuff with Chadwick and I feel blessed that he is so receptive and has a lot to contribute.

I guess the biggest problem for me is my borderline stubborn commitment to not have a typical wedding…I am so determined to have our fete be so uniquely us that everyone leaves our celebration saying this was a wedding unlike any other.   My goal is not being the best wedding ever and certainly not the most elegant and no where near the most expensive, but the most US!  As most of my friends and family will agree I have a big personality and Mr. Chadwick is right up there with me with his, so I want to make sure I do both of us justice.

So far this is some of the inspiration that has gotten the wheels turning as to where to host our beautiful day:

The gorgeous Victorian rose garden at Antrim 1844, a classic choice.

The gorgeous Victorian rose garden at Antrim 1844, a classic choice.

The rooftop terrace at the Maryland Science Center, a more urban, funky  spot.

The rooftop terrace at the Maryland Science Center.  A more urban, funky spot.

Roop's Mill, a hometownish historic landmark in Carroll County.  When the Mill was deserted I always hoped someone would restore it and they have and it's beautiful.

Roop’s Mill, a hometownish historic landmark in Carroll County. When the mill was deserted I always hoped someone would restore it and they have. And it’s beautiful! Plus, Mr. Chadwick has spoiled me with the Spa treatments here so, it’s been a special place for us.

Chadwick and I have both enjoyed frequenting the Baltimore Farmer's market and supporting local farmers.  Plus, it's a true homage to both of our families.

Farm to table: Chadwick and I have both enjoyed frequenting the Baltimore Farmer’s market and supporting local farmers. Plus, it’s a true homage to both of our families’ histories.

If any of brides or grooms out there have some advice on what helped you choose a venue PLEASE SHARE!!

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