Aspen Wye River Conference Centers Wedding: Debbie + Matt

Debbie and Matt first laid eyes on each other in a 1920s themed house party in early January 2011. It was a night with epic ice storm, but that did not deter the two of them from attending the party in their own way – by driving and walking. After a second time of introduction, they could barely stopped talking for the rest of the evening. Shortly after that, both of them started seeing each other almost every week in group settings, mainly so they could see each other again. That led to more and more frequent meetings until they finally kissed and officially started dating.

In 2014, after months of painstaking planning, Matt planned to pop up the question. He chartered a small plane to Outer Banks, followed by a short drive to Jockey’s Ridge State park. Debbie and Matt hiked up to the top of the highest sand dune, and while Debbie got distracted by Matt, he fished out the ring box and dropped on one knee. In her excitement, she almost knocked him over but Matt held her at bay, and just asked Debbie to marry him. Of course the answer was yes!

Afterwards, the couple searched for a their wedding venue. They fell in love with Aspen Wye River Conference Centers immediately. In Debbie’s own words, “We immediately knew it was a perfect fit for us. Driving up to the property feels like a scene from Gone with the Wind. The property offers a plantation feel and is surrounded by a beautiful river. Also, the venue offered a private space for us to be with our family and friends for the entire weekend. It was a weekend long wedding rather than the traditional five hour wedding. The fun never ended!”

This moment of the first dance below is one of my favorite shots of the day.

Bride and Groom's first dance. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Bride putting up her veil. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Matt was almost speechless when he first looked at Debbie in her wedding attire.

Groom seeing Bride for the first time in her wedding gown during first look. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing during their first glance. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom laughing. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Debbie’s gorgeous wedding dress from the Enzoani collection.

Bride's gorgeous wedding dress from Enzoani collection. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride kisses Groom. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Matt posing with his Best Man and Groomsmen.

Groom with Best Man and Groomsmen. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Debbie with her Maid of Honor, Bridesmaids, and Bridesman.

Bride with Maid of Honor, Bridesmaids and Bridesman. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

I love being able to witness and capture Matt’s expression upon seeing his wife-to-be, Debbie, walking down the aisle.

Groom crying seeing Bride walked down the aisle. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Debbie walked down the aisle escorted by the Father of the Bride while her Mother looked on with a beaming smile.

Father of the Bride escorted his daughter down the aisle during processional. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom holding hands during wedding ceremony. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Cute little flower girl among the wedding guests. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing after the wedding ceremony. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

They’re officially Husband and Wife! The newlyweds walked together while guests tossed rose petals during the recessional.

Guests toss rose flower petals to Bride and Groom during the recessional. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing on the dock by the river. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Love the way the playful wind blew the veil. The effect was simply breathtaking.

Groom kisses Bride by the water while wind blowing veil. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing during romantic photo session. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride walking while Groom holding her wedding gown train. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Lovely blossoms served as table centerpieces created by florist Seasonal Flowers.

Lovely table centerpiece at sweetheart table by florist Seasonal Flowers. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom laughing listening to toast speech. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom's engagement ring and wedding bands. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Romantic and hilarious moments during the cake cutting.

Bride and Groom laughing during cake cutting. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom feeding cakes and smashing cake onto each other. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The two-tier wedding cake and cupcakes were designed by Fraiche Cupcakery.

Two-tier wedding cake by Fraiche Cupcakery. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Debbie and the Father of the Bride performed a surprise fun dance in the middle of a serious Father-Daughter dance.

Bride fun dancing with her father during father daughter dance. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride having fun dancing with bridesmaid and guests. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Check out this bouquet-tossing sequence. Watch what happened among the ladies in waiting.

Bride tossed the wedding bouquet to female guests. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Female guests trying to grab wedding bouquet. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Two girls grabbed hold of the wedding bouquet and fell. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Omg! And here’s the winner!

One girl got the wedding bouquet got up from floor. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom removed garter belt from Bride. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom tossing garter to male guests. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom laughing and dancing with their friends. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom during romantic session in the library. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Congratulations, Debbie and Matt!
May you both live happily ever after! 🙂

Leo Dj

 

Vendors

Venue, Hotel, and Catering: Aspen Wye River Conference Centers

Coordinator: Kathie Cowell

Officiant: Brennon York and Kristine Fargotstein (friends of bride and groom)

Hair and Make up: Bridal Beauty Associates

Dress: Enzoani

Tuxedo: Mens Wearhouse

Florist: Seasonal Flowers

Cake and Cupcakes: Fraiche Cupcakery

DJ: Mark Maskell

Cards: Wedding Paper Divas

Decorations: DIY

 

 

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