Belmont Historic Manor in Elkridge MD was the place where Rebekah and Jeffrey have chosen to celebrate the day they started their new family, surrounded by their family and friends. It was a day filled with love, happy tears and so many unforgettable moments.
Bekah and Jeff have met at the West Virginia University. They started dating, but before Jeff decided to pop the question, Jeff had asked Bekah’s fathers permission and planned a special evening involving their closest friends and family. he said to her “I love you so much, I love you more and more every day, will you marry me?”. Bekah fighting back tears shook her head yes and then finally out loud said “yes” for the crowd to hear. Click HERE remember their engagement love story.
Enjoy their beautiful wedding photos below and take an insight on their planning experience.
Attention: if you were a guest at their wedding, please visit the private gallery on this link.
Daysy: How long after you were engaged did you get married?
Bekah & Jeff: About 9 months
Daysy: What would be your top 3 planning tips for future couples?
- Get what you can done earlier rather than later, don’t put things off until the last minute
- Remember that the day is about you and your significant other, and not so much about anyone or anything else
- Plan so that the day of your wedding you are not responsible for anything except for getting ready and relaxing
Daysy: Based on our wedding planning experiences, what advice would you give people who are still planning their wedding?
B+J: Accepting help from others, and designating a coordinator. Also to let the little things go, the day will still work out!
Daysy: Where did you have your wedding? Why did you choose the location?
B+J: The Belmont Historic Manor. We chose this location because we loved its beautiful grounds, and it accommodated our large guest group of 250 very well.
Daysy: How would you describe the style of your wedding?
B+J: Rustic, Elegant
Daysy: What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
Daysy: Did you have a first look before the ceremony? If yes, how can you describe that moment?
B+J: No we did not. It was important for us to wait until that moment at the ceremony to see each other and I am glad we did. We both cried as soon as we saw one another and that is a feeling I will never forget.
Daysy: The Best Thing about the day:
B+J: The best part of our day was the actual marriage ceremony. The happiness we both felt after that moment of reading our vows to each other, was a feeling that made the rest of the night wonderful
Daysy: What was your color palette and wedding style? What inspired it? Tell us about the flowers, stationery and decor you chose.
B+J: The wedding style was inspired by a fall look, I have always liked greens and whites so those colors are really present in our flowers. My mother, Laura Stern, designed all of the ceremony and reception flowers, along with the bouquets and boutonnieres. The yellow was inspired by the fall seasonal colors. The grey purple color I chose for the bridesmaids was because I felt that was a color that really did look good on anyone. I also allowed my bridesmaids to individually choose their own style of dress, which I thought turned out nicely especially because everyone has different body types.
Daysy: What are your honeymoon plans?
B+J: We plan to travel to a beach this winter, somewhere all inclusive for at least a week so we can relax
Daysy: What is the worst thing that happened on your wedding day, and the best thing that happened?
B+J: The worst thing that happened was neither of us were really able to eat any of the food. The best thing that happened was exchanging our vows. We kept these as a surprise from each other and I am glad we did because it was way more special hearing it for the first time.
Daysy: What was the most difficult detail of your wedding to agree upon?
B+J: We really didn’t have much arguments about the actual wedding plan. It is hard to figure out timing especially with such a large bridal party and guest list.
Daysy: What moment of your wedding day did you get anxious the most?
B+J: I was anxious to see how everything turned out with our decorations and flowers and table seatings but once I the ceremony music started I was more excited than anything and all of my anxieties kind of went away.
Daysy: Describe any personal or special touches that helped make Your Wedding Memorable
B+J: The Belmont had golf cart accessibility so that elderly guest could be taken to the ceremony and reception spaces of the venue. They also had plenty of bathrooms for guest, this was extremely nice for such a large guest party. There was plenty of food and drink being served at all times thanks to Monaghan’s catering team. Personal decorations, flowers and lights were placed nicely throughout the ceremony and reception spots thanks to Bonnie Leyh with Interior Stylings.
Daysy: Tell us about your cocktail hour and reception! What was on the menu? Did you have any special entertainment?
B+J: Cocktail hour was a relaxing time for guests, we had drinks available including an orange crush bar. The cocktail hour menu included, orange chicken bites, jerk chicken, crab balls, meatballs, and eggrolls. We also had fun games available for guests as they waited to be seated for dinner. Games like cornhole and jenga located outside of the reception tent, by the birdbath area of the manor.
Daysy: Who decided on the wedding song for walking down the aisle and why?
B+J: Jeff picked the walking down the aisle for the bridal party and I picked the bride entrance song. This was a song a new would be special to us both. Jeff also picked the recession song for once we were married. This was a fun upbeat song that kind of celebrated us becoming married.
B+J: Reception was absolutely wonderful. Our bridal party introductions were entertaining and made the crowd laugh. Our first dance was so personal, although we were surrounded by so many people, it really felt as though it was just the two of us. The speeches were absolutely great. My father brought the guest to tears with his father of the bride speech, as the maid of honor and the best man speeches also touched the crowd while creating lots of laughter. All of the guests created a large circle on the dance floor to sing “country roads” by John Denver. We were surrounded by so many awesome friends and family who danced the whole night!
Daysy: Which element(s) of your day best reflected you as a couple? What did you do to make guests feel special?
B+J: We really wanted our guests to relax and have a good time, we wanted a long reception and we made sure to have the first dances, bouquet and garter toss, cake cutting, and speeches all done by 6:30 pm so guest could freely enjoy the manor after that.
Daysy: Who caught the bridal bouquet?
B+J: Lisa O’Keefe
Daysy: What was the most fun detail of your wedding to plan?
B+J: Picking certain music and songs I think was the most fun part of the wedding. These were songs that really reflected on us as a couple.
Daysy: After the day has passed, would you have anything you have done differently?
B+K: I do not think I would have done anything differently. We were so happy on that day and we did not want the night to end.
Daysy: How did you feel when the wedding planning was all over?
B+J: Relieved! It was worth every bit of planning, work and detail, but with that being said I was so glad the hard work and planning of the day was over.
Photography: Daysy Film & Photo
Makeup & Hair: Rebekah Anderson – Instagram : bekahbeauty
In Styles: Nichole – Instagram : nicholeeanneebeauty
Officiant: Frank Anderson – Cousin of the groom
DJ: Matt Beigel
Dress: Columbia Bridal, in Columbia MD (Dress designer- Mikayla)|
Bridesmaid Dresses: JJs House.com
Groom’s Attire: Joseph A. Bank
Caterer: Monoghans Catering
Cake: Ms. Desserts
Wedding Coordinator: Rachel Lepson
Venue: Belmont Historic Manor