When you know very clearly your own style, it’s easy to design a beautiful wedding. Such was the case for a Frederick, Maryland fall wedding that was held at Volt Restaurant. Aesthetically speaking, it was one of my all time favorites. Everything about this wedding was sophisticated: from the creative food from Volt, to the floral art work created by En Masse, to the bride and groom’s personal style. So much so that En Masse won the Best Floral Design for an Event or Meeting in Bizbash’s 2014 National Event Style Awards! For more photos, check out Kami Swingle’s blog and En Masse’s blog. Enjoy the recap! Vicky
Style: Modern inspired by the colors of the fall season and Volt’s architecture
Color: Persimmon red, black, dark orange, brown
Synopsis: As guests arrived, they were greeted with sparkling wine and signature cocktails to start the celebration. For an intimate ceremony, guests stood in a circle surrounding the couple who stood in the center under a suspended floral installation as they exchanged their vows. The ceremony was officiated by the groom’s brother and the bridal party consisted of the groom’s son (best man), the bride’s niece (maid of honor) and their other niece and nephews. After the ceremony, guests lunched on an assortment of seasonal, scrumptious passed canapes and stationary items from oysters to goat cheese ravioli. To start the dancing, the couple danced for the first time as husband and wife to the song “You Are” by Lionel Richie, joined by the groom’s son midway. The groom, an accomplished drummer, joined his band, Detached Retina, for a few songs.
Decor: The decor was inspired by the rich colors of the fall season and 19th century Gilded Era architecture of Volt. The description on the restaurant’s website, “Victorian elegance with contemporary, urban sophistication” very much describes the style of the wedding as well. The style first manifested itself in the invitations with a strong neutral base color of black and cocoa shimmer, highlighted with a pop of Persimmon. The cocktail-style luncheon reception encouraged guests to move about the restaurant’s indoor space and outdoor ivy-lined brick courtyard. En Masse created several installations that hung on the walls of the main dining room. To highlight the center of the tent, she also created a suspended floral arrangement that was whimsical yet elegant. Cocktail tables were dressed in a vibrant red tablecloth with an orange circular pattern, topped with rich colored flowers in a pierced metal container.
Rich and vibrant floral art wall installations, bouquet, and table arrangements by En Masse. All Photos: NK Swingle
En Masse created the hanging floral canopy for the ceremony in-the-round to add some color to this otherwise white tent. Photo: NK Swingle
Love the ivy-walled courtyard. Photo: NK Swingle
Venue & Catering: VOLT Restaurant, Frederick, MD
Wedding Planning: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Photography: NK Swingle, Kami Swingle and Aaron Forrester
Floral Design: En Masse
Baker: Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery
Band: Detached Retina
Makeup Artist: Lorna Basse
Hairstylist: Jessica Wilson
Linens: DC Rental
Tent & Equipment: Grand Rental Events
Transportation: Reliable Limo
Wedding Gown: Love Couture Bridal
Invitations: Rich Little Bird
The unique designs of this wedding made it a lot of fun to plan. Planning a restaurant weddings can be challenging. Check out more fall weddings and Maryland weddings.