Blog PostSamantha & Dom: 07.04.20 Real Wedding

Julie Ambridge December 12, 2020

Photographer: High Contrast Photography / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from Elegant Touch Bridal & Tuxedo / Suit: Elegant Touch

I had long dreamed of having my wedding on a holiday like my parents’ (St. Patrick’s Day). Given that we first met on the 4th of July in 2016 and because I love all things classic, summery, and patriotic, a wedding date of July 4, 2020, was an obvious choice. Dom was on board, partly due to navy blue being included in the color palette, which is a nod to his Alma mater, Penn State.

Invitations: Kindly RSVP Designs
Rings: Littman Jewelers
Hair & makeup: Swept, LLC

COVID-19 threw some punches but we pulled it off through the help of family, friends, and great vendors like Sarah of High Contrast Photography. There were changes in the timeline that included hair, makeup, venue, catering, cake, and more, but our amazing family pitched in and even did vendor pickups for us.  We were blessed to have a solid change of plans that allowed for an intimate rehearsal dinner in our new home with a big, Italian spread (typical for get-togethers in our big, Italian families). 

We scaled down our wedding ceremony to 15 people and were still able to be married on our special date by Father Lou, who married my parents 31 years ago!
Seeing people in the pews in masks for your wedding is a unique memory you definitely won’t forget.

Florist: Flowers by Katarina

Dom memorized his vows and helped guide me through mine as I forgot everything after listening to his perfectly flawless execution. The most important thing was that we were getting married on our special day.  It was a constant in a world of so much uncertainty right now.

Ceremony Location: St Mark Roman Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Private Residence

We had a ‘Mini-ception’ with our aunts, uncles, cousins, and wedding party that were able to see us the day of our wedding.  We had our first dance, father-daughter, and mother-son dances among nature and distanced ourselves from our guests.  We still enjoyed a dip in the pool, great Baltimore pit meats (like our original menu), delicious cake, and even fireworks in the distance to end a fantastic day. We were beyond blessed for our 2020 marriage and celebration. We are looking forward to the big party next year with all of our guests! 

Written By: Samantha R.

Cake: Meringue Cake Studio / Caterer: Fast Eddie’s