We are obsessed with historic wedding venues, especially when the grounds are as stunning as the architecture. Jess and Jonathan’s big day, held at Strong Mansion in Maryland, fit the bill perfectly. They said their vows in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain amid lush greenery and pale pink flowers. Their wedding also included a surprise afternoon shower, a symbol of good fortune and new beginnings in many cultures. And the happy couple’s kiss beneath the rain just might be the most romantic moment of the day.
Accompanied by her bridesmaids, Jess made her way to the ceremony through the venue’s formal gardens. Each woman wore a navy chiffon gown and held a simple bouquet of white hydrangeas. The bride’s classic strapless gown was complemented by her up-swept hairstyle and jeweled barrette.
Following an intimate ceremony, the bride and groom stopped for a quick kiss in front of two emerald green doors. Guests headed to the reception which was held beneath a large candlelit tent. Flickering votives, rosy pink accents, and understated centerpieces completed the ultra-romantic atmosphere.
The newlyweds took advantage of a quiet moment to connect by the mansion’s small pond. As the sun set, the couple and their gorgeous surroundings were reflected in the calm surface of the water. Later, Jess and Jonathan embraced in the rain, celebrating their new life together and all of the joy they shared that day.