Wedding of the Month!

I’m so excited that Baltimore Bride magazine has featured us as their Wedding of the Month! ♡

Wedding of the Month Kate & Tom | sunshine & the bear

Looking through all of the photos again and answering their questions made me so happy! It was like reliving the moments all over again…

See original post here for all of my answers & more photos!

Occupations: Kate runs the media relations department for the National Aquarium and Tom oversees digital marketing for a company in Columbia, MD.

Wedding Date: May 31, 2014

Number of Attendees: 120

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Number of Attendants: Six bridesmaids, four groomsmen, two ring bearers and one flower girl.

How You Met: Although Kate and Tom originally met through joint work meetings, their relationship truly flourished through Twitter. 140 characters at a time, they grew closer and, after hanging out a few times, they knew it was something real.

katekatebear thefrontrowe engagement | sunshine & the bearThe Engagement: Tom proposed in Boston with the help of his adorable nephews. Kate was teaching the boys how to do gymnastics, so at first she barely realized what was going on. They sweetly asked if Kate would be their aunt . . . then immediately after, if everyone could go mini golfing.

Wedding Design Inspiration: Kate and Tom’s style is a quirky take on classic . . . their own fun twist on the simple and elegant.

What was unique and special about your wedding: Kate and Tom had a blast trying to balance between nerdy and elegant. But, whatever they did, it just needed to feel like “them.” Kate and Tom had superhero action figures holding place cards, succulents in Kate’s bouquet, a raw bar and sake at cocktail hour, fried chicken as a main course option and more. It was all Tom and Kate, all the time.

Favorite Details: The nerdy, the food and the TomKat. The same nephews who helped with the proposal helped as Kate and Tom’s ring bearers and rocked superhero bow ties. Kate and Tom tried not to take it too far, but incorporated Tom’s love of comics where they could. The food was incredible. PABU (now closed, unfortunately) was one of the couple’s favorite restaurants so why wouldn’t they host their reception at PABU! There was sushi for miles, chilled coconut lemongrass soup and incredible main dishes. PABU’s pastry chef took Kate’s love of pies (yes, pie not cake!) to a whole new level, making traditional and many more pie creations including a coconut pie milkshakes and chocolate pie shots. The team at PABU created a signature drink for the newlyweds called the TomKat. It was made up of some of their favorite things and it was the BEST. Bourbon, fresh peach juice, honey and mint. What more could you ask for? Put it in two cute Mr. and Mrs. Mason jar mugs from etsy and Kate and Tom were set for the night!

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Most unexpected event on the day of the wedding: The congratulatory spout from the Baltimore City Fire Boat. While out taking photos, Kate and Tom’s friend got the boats attention and gave them a watery salute.

Piece of advice: Kate was given one piece of advice that brought her through the wedding (even the head chef of Pabu leaving the week before the wedding!): Pick three things that matter most for your wedding. Those things are what you spend your energy, money and stress on. Everything else is just in the details and will work itself out!

Honeymoon destination: Hermitage Bay, Antigua

Bridesmaids’ attire: Lula Kate from Baltimore’s local Bella Bridesmaid shop.

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Cake: No cakes for them…PIE all the way! The Four Seasons lead pastry chef Dyan Ng, took Kate and Tom’s favorite pie flavors and made them incredible creations! Peach melba pie was traditional, as Kate’s favorite. Coconut pie became a coconut pie milkshake. Chocolate pie became a chocolate pie shooter. Pecan pies were cut up and made into fried pie bars.

Caterer: PABU

Flowers: JJ Cummings

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Groom and Groomsmen attire: Tom wore a beautiful navy tux while his groomsmen wore black tuxes. They all had their own special cufflinks and comfortable, stylish sneakers.

Hair & Make-up: Stacie Snyder is an angel, who made Kate look and feel like a beam of sunshine for her special day!

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Invitations: Tom designed the save the dates, incorporating their superhero theme. Then Kate and her mom designed the official invites together. They were printed by Bella Figura.

Location: The Four Seasons

Music: Kate’s brother played acoustic guitar for the wedding and they had the talented DJ Jason Gray at the reception.

pete redel photography - bmorerowe weddingOfficiant: Nelle Somerville, the couple’s close friend, got ordained and performed a touching ceremony.

Wedding Dress: Kate’s dress was strapless Marisa design with ivory alencon lace over a café silhouette.

Wedding Planner: While they didn’t have an official planner, Kate credits Four Seasons planner, Shannon Toback, who made their lives unbelievably easier while planning AND during the day of!