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wedding vendor spotlight | eleven courses catering | maryland wedding caterer

Since it’s been a minute since our last wedding vendor spotlight, I’m SO excited to bring this series back and pickup right where we left off… with loads of eye-candy for you to help design your wedding to be one that leaves people speechless because it’s so YOU.

Today’s spotlight features an incredible local maryland wedding caterer that is one of the most artistic and inventive teams I’ve had the honor of working alongside! Eleven Courses Catering’s culinary creativity constantly has me asking “how are you going to top this?” and then they do… every time!! (ps – how’d ya like that sentence’s alliteration?) Melissa and Jim have such a passion for designing a culinary experience like no other with every event they’re a part of – it’s so refreshing to see how open to new ideas and collaboration they are (and as another husband and wife team, they get even more bonus points in my book!).

If you don’t already follow them, go do it now – eleven courses catering!

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What led you to pursue a career in catering?
When I met Jim in college, he cooked an amazing dinner for me on our first date. It was love at first bite. I was so blown away by how he could take a few simple ingredients and create something, almost melodic to eat. I was so inspired by him that I started organizing dinner parties for friends and family (I have a design background and loved creating the perfect table setting) – from there we launched a private chef company and a few years later turned into exclusively large-scale events.

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What is your favorite aspect about working with engaged couples and within the wedding industry?
I love that we never cater the same wedding twice, each couple is so different and unique – there stories are their own and the fact that we get to be a part of each one makes my heart sing. We are part of a day that ends up being a lifelong memory – talk about an incredible feeling of euphoria!

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What are some creative ways couples can stay within their budget when it comes to their menu planning?
I love this question. Sometimes less is more, so scaling back on the number of options, without compromising quality or flavor profiles can be a very effective budgeting strategy. If you wow your guests with a phenomenal one entrée option or two, vs three of four – it can be such a win win!

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Where would you go if you were planning a honeymoon right now?
I am pretty lucky because Jim and I take a culinary tour each year to a different spot on the globe, scouring the world, looking for inspiration to bring to life through our chef-curated, ever changing menus. These trips always feel honeymoon-esque to me! We just got back from a trip to Italy, next up is Peru.

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Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in everyday favorites – reimagining classic dishes with modern twists, or taking a single ingredient and loving on it to create dishes that show it in a new way; color schemes always conjure up whimsical ways to create new recipes too – and of course there is the change of the seasons and our culinary tours. I also get a ton of inspiration from our clients, their backgrounds and stories.

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Favorite recent read or podcast?
With three littles ones, my time to read or listen to something besides Moana or nursery rhymes is pretty scarce haha, but Jim always seems to have a book in tow – and I revel in excerpts he reads me – most recently was The Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich. He usually has something to do with food or music on his nightstand, haha.

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Any exciting upcoming projects or collaborations we should watch for?
We recently were invited back on Good Day L.A. to talk wedding trends for 2018, we will be returning to Houston as guests on Great Day Houston, as well as, hosting another event at the national Health Museum there. We love being able to share our recipes and stories with local and national audiences. We were also selected as the March of Dimes – Celebrity Chef of the Year, which will be officially announced next month. Such a complete honor and dream for us!


Well deserved and so exciting! I can’t wait for us to work together at M+C’s September Main Street Ballroom wedding… if you’re looking for a wedding caterer that will design a show-stopping menu, work with any dietary needs/restrictions and still making the most beautiful and delicious food you’ve ever had, your search is over! 😉

photography: Urban Row Photography
caterer: Eleven Courses Catering
wood cutting boards: Words with Boards
venue: Accelerator Space
air plants: B Willow
napkins: Moss & Surf

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abigail + mike | accelerator space bmore kitchen wedding | baltimore wedding photographer

helllooooo, party people! I’m so excited to share Abby + Mike’s wedding day with you (and I apologize for it being long overdue!), so we’re just going to dive right in… 🙂

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at our last accelerator space wedding of 2017 (see the first two here and here!), we had the absolute honor of capturing the love of an adoring and super sweet couple that has a tight-knit family and wanted to enjoy their day as a celebration of the love of those that got them to where they are today!

ps – there’s one word that comes to mind for the neutral color dress Abby’s sister / MOH chose and the bouquets that Radebaugh’s provided: STUNNING!

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what better way to enjoy everyone assembled comfortably in one space than with lots of natural light, industrial windows with views of a killer sunset and an outdoor patio with cafe lights hanging overhead! The Accelerator Space is different than any other Baltimore wedding venue you’ve seen before – a floor to ceiling metal panel wall, artifacts from its car dealership warehouse days, worn wood floors, multiple skylights, entry doors made out of salvaged industrial windows, the uniqueness factor goes on and on – it can comfortably hold 275 people inside for a seated dinner and 100 people outside on the enclosed patio for cocktails!

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  • one of my favorite aspects of Abby + Mike’s relationship is that Mike’s dog Fran, is ultimately responsible for officially bringing them together forever after dating on and off after meeting at Towson University, their senior year… dog love stories are the best!! so we made sure to incorporate Fran in their engagement photos at Hampton Mansion to show off her important role! 🙂
  • when designing their wedding day, Abby wanted it to be as relaxing and stress-free as possible; she did just that by prioritizing many family-oriented aspects… they got ready at her sister Hannah’s beautifully decorated home, asked only siblings to be in their bridal party and had a first look with her dad that truly made everyone tear up, even Abby herself, despite clear direction that she wasn’t going to cry! ;)(pro secret: it’s inevitable – I’ve yet to see a bride NOT tear up at a father daughter first look!)justin alexander wedding gown
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  • the reception details complimented the space and added a personalized touch; her sister Hannah designed and wrote out the drink menu on an old window as well as the welcome sign on a mirror! escort cards were displayed on a huge oversized frame and the table centerpieces were low yet full of soft tones and glowing lanterns… perfection!
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  • during cocktail hour, the abundance of natural light and casual, comfortable atmosphere of the Accelerator Space was on display with tables on wheels setup in the center of the room to allow people to move freely exploring the space and mingling. I love these tables!signature drink menu accelerator space cocktail hour
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  • last but not least, the dessert table… made up of cinnamon buns from Blue Moon Cafe, Insomnia Cookies and cupcakes from La Cakerie, it was a sweet tooth lover’s dream and a perfect way to end the night! I loved how they incorporated local bakeries and dessert offerings uniquely special to them. 🙂View More: http://urbanrowphoto.pass.us/abigailmikewedding112517

Here are some of my favorite moments from the start of their day to the last dance… enjoy!! I hope more couples embrace the real meaning of this special time in your lives, as Abby + Mike did, by surrounding yourselves with friends and family as much as possible during the big day!

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Congratulations again, newlyweds! Here’s wishing you a lifetime of love, happiness, warm days and lots of sweet treats along the way!

xoxo,
Naomi

kudos to the most fabulous vendor team that made this gorgeous day seamless and possible!

photography: Urban Row Photography
wedding dress: Justin Alexander
dress boutique: Betsy Robinson’s Bridal
hair and makeup: Up Dos for I Dos
flowers: Radebaugh
ceremony: St. Marks Church, Catonsville
reception venue: Accelerator Space
DJ: Club Ouzo, Bradley Maxwell
bridesmaid dress: Show Me Your Mumu
groom attire: Jos A Bank
caterer: Innovative Gourmet
invitation: The Brumby Nest

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wedding vendor spotlight | blush floral design studio | maryland wedding florist

Happy Wedding Wednesday to you! Although in all honesty, I’m still completely thrown off with what day it is this week – is anyone else? Please tell me I’m not alone…?! New Year’s Day falling on a Monday has been quite confusing for my brain, ha!

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The one thing that is very clear to me though, is how rewarding and wonderful it is to consistently work with such talented teams of wedding vendors in Baltimore and the surrounding areas… our 2nd vendor spotlight (peep the first one here if you missed it!) showcases Blush Floral Design Studio, and owner/designer, Linda Montuori!

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I feel so lucky to have been introduced to Linda and her stunning work while designing a photoshoot with Courtney of Moore & Co. Event Stylists. As part of the Be More Inspired collective of wedding professionals, Courtney and Linda have worked together many times; as soon as I showed Courtney my vision for the greenery-filled bouquet, she recommended working with Blush… I couldn’t be happier and definitely shrieked with excitement when she first showed me a sneak peek of this amazing fern-filled bouquet that simply overflowed with texture and industrial elegance!!

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What led you to pursue a career in floral design?

I started my career in floral design after working in marketing for several years. As most people do at one time or another, I went through a phase of  wondering what I wanted to do when I grew up. I always loved visiting local florist shops when traveling through a new town or city.  If it had a great window display, I was in!  I always felt so inspired seeing unique flowers and designs (and there is nothing like the smell of a floral shop).

Eventually, I  stopped into my local florist and literally begged for a job.  I started out washing buckets, taking orders, and over time, I learned all aspects of running a florist shop. But my world changed when I started designing!

I decided to start my floral design business specializing in weddings. After my wedding business started to flourish while working out of my garage studio,  I moved my studio into a beautiful building that I now share with other wedding professionals.

Every week I meet with amazing  couples who put their trust in me to create fabulous floral designs for their wedding! I am truly blessed.
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What is your favorite aspect about working with engaged couples and within the wedding industry?

I always ask my couples how they met. I find their stories to be fascinating and I definitely believe in fate!

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What is one piece of advice you’d share with the bride and groom to keep in mind during the wedding planning process? 

Keep it personal! Hire vendors that you trust and then turn it over to them to take the stress off.

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What are some creative ways couples can stay within their budget when it comes to their wedding florals? 

My advice is to focus on three floral focal points… the bouquets, a ceremony focal point and your centerpieces. Other elements are great to add but are not a necessity when working on a budget (i.e., bar arrangements, powder room, cocktails etc.). Also, be open and let your floral designer use your Pinterest inspiration as a springboard to a new original interpretation specifically for you.

urban-row-photo-industrial-chic-wedding_0005Where would you go if you were planning a honeymoon right now? 

Right now? I would choose adventure mixed with relaxation, so today, I would choose Switzerland (if you ask me during the peak of wedding season, I might say just put me in a beach chair and don’t make me move).  🙂

Where do you find inspiration?  

I might see something in a magazine or on Pinterest or in a store that just catches my eye and before long I am in my studio trying to recreate it with my own twist. I love an afternoon with my design staff where I present an idea that is in my head and we try to figure it out. They inspire me!

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Favorite recent read or must-listen-to podcast?

I can’t live without my kindle. I love to read historical fiction! I just finished a great book called Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, which was inspired by the life of  a real world war II heroine. I also enjoy a good love story!

Any exciting upcoming projects or collaborations we should be on the lookout for?

Looking forward to spring wedding season starting soon! One of my 2017 spring weddings was featured on Artfully Wed in September!

Thanks again for sharing your time and talent with us, Linda! I love hearing how a keen interest led you to develop your passion into the successful business it is today and look forward to capturing your florals as part of future Urban Row couples’ weddings!!

What types of vendors are YOU interested in learning more about? Questions about all the things event designers/planners have a hand in? Looking for an experienced caterer that can accommodate dietary restrictions while still presenting a deliciously unique and memorable menu for you and your guests?

Send me an email and let me know the vendor spotlights to focus on moving forward (naomi@urbanrowphoto.com)! I love collaborating and sharing my experiences with the most talented, local Baltimore wedding industry pros I’ve worked with and meeting new ones to learn from!

xoxo,
Naomi

styling + planning: Moore & Co Event Stylists, Be More Inspired Wedding Collective
venue: Accelerator Space
dress: Martina Liana
boutique: K and B Bridals
hair: BTV Beauty
jewelry / hairpiece: Faye Daniel Designs
makeup: Elegance Artistry
boutonniere: B Willow

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accelerator space | industrial chic wedding | baltimore wedding photographer

I’ve been waiting (not very patiently I might add) to share this dream come true of a styled shoot with you and I’m so excited to finally show off the incredibly creative team that came together at the Accelerator Space! Ever since I stepped foot inside, I knew it would be an amazing space to capture – I couldn’t be more excited for all of the newly engaged couples that will find themselves getting married here!

Here’s a quick sneak peek for now… all of the details will be coming soon in future posts, with featured vendor spotlights so you can learn more about what makes these fabulous professionals so passionate about the work they do. Speaking of passionate entrepreneurs, if you like delicious food, don’t miss out on the goodness that is found just beneath the Accelerator Space: B-More Kitchen. Baltimore’s food incubator is just as inspiring! See more from my time with the chefs, here and here.

If the suspense is killing you, you might want to check out our ‘wild + free’ feature up on Baltimore Bride! 😉

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The inspiration for this shoot came from the idea of contrasting the history and character of the previous life of the Accelerator Space as a car dealership/warehouse (mixed metals, glass, bold, clean lines) with a variety of lush, geometric greenery to balance the mixed metal elements and celebrate a late springtime love. Because if there’s one thing I can’t get enough of, it’s a combination of texture, greenery and soft romantic details!!

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fun fact: Anthony is my better half in many ways, but especially when it comes to styling details, tablescapes and hand modeling!! I’m not even joking one bit.

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Cheers to celebrating together in a space full of history, character, and loads of light… just like the story of the two of you.

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photography + design: Urban Row Photography
planning + styling: Moore & Co Event Stylists
draping: 27 Studios
bride + groom’s attire: K&B Bridals
jewelry/accessories: Faye Daniel Designs
air plants: B Willow
concrete planters: 3 Angles
napkins: Moss & Surf
table, chairs, cutlery: White Glove Rentals
wooden cutting boards: Words with Boards
stationery: Tomahawk Design Co.
stamps: Verde Studio

 

 

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