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Catherine Marie Winders & Joseph Preston Baker, II

George Street Photo & Video

Occupations: Cat is an assistant vice president of marketing for OneMain Financial; Joe is a graduate student at University of Maryland Smith School of Business.

Number of Attendees: 140

Number of Attendants: 6

How You Met: Everyone always says the moment you stop looking for him, he will be there waiting. Well, sure enough – everyone was right. Joe and I met at Baltimore Washington International Airport, both traveling on the same round trip flight to Texas for work. We met before take-off. By the time we landed back in Baltimore, we had our first date on the books. A short 5 years later, we got married.

The Engagement: Joe proposed on the NCR Trail. When we first started dating we ran together each day to train for the Baltimore Half Marathon, then the Philly Marathon, and then the American Odyssey. He would wait in the parking lot each day after work for me to arrive and meet him for our training run. Proposing on the trail where we had run so many miles together was perfect.

Wedding Design Inspiration: Joe and I spend so much time together outside that we knew we wanted to be outdoors for our wedding. Plus, I love the juxtaposition of formal wear—bride and groom—against a natural background. So, when we learned Irvine Nature Center hosted weddings I almost keeled over. Joe and I have both volunteered at the center several times and knew it would be the perfect fit for us.

What was unique and special about your wedding: We gave away succulents as our favor. Many of our friends and family still have them growing in their homes today.

Favorite Details: We had a family friend make our cake topper. They were two birds that were to sit on the cake facing each other. When our cake was delivered and the birds were added to the top of the cake . . . it suddenly became apparent to everyone that our “love birds” looked like a mustache. It made for great photos!

Most Unexpected Event on the Day of the Wedding: For the big day, we opted for a traditional church ceremony, and then planned for our guests to head over to Irvine for a cocktail hour while we took photos. But, as the story goes, nothing really ever goes as planned. The morning of the wedding, I went with my sister to pick up our flowers from Talmar. I was so nervous to see how they turned out that I almost cried when I saw them. They were stunning. Absolutely perfect. Unfortunately, while we were gone my grandfather, who had traveled into town for the wedding, suffered a stroke. Full disclosure: he is still with us today and doing great with his recovery. This is not a sad story. The word spread quickly among all our family and friends who were attending the wedding. One by one, everyone came together for us. Friends and family hopped into the car and moved into action. They delivered the flowers to our different venues, made last minute drop-offs at the church, even met my mother at the hospital and stayed with my grandfather so she could come and get her hair and make-up done with me. People came out of the woodwork to help us. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. After the ceremony, the bridal party snuck away and went to the hospital to see my grandfather. While the day began with beautiful weather, a storm blew through town during our visit with him. When we made it to Irvine for the reception, it was still misting, but the light was beautiful so we dashed into the woods to take some quick photos. After an amazing day full of high highs and low lows, Joe and I posed in the middle of the field. The sun came out, and a full rainbow appeared directly above us. We felt pretty darn loved at that moment, and never could we have asked for anything more.

Piece of advice: Your wedding is one of the only times you will have all the people you love and care about together in one place. Remember that as the day flies by, and do your best to take a moment to appreciate everyone around you and soak in all the love.

Honeymoon destination: Dominican Republic

Location: Timonium United Methodist Church (ceremony); Irvine Nature Center (reception)

Bridesmaids attire: J. Crew

Cake: Sweets by E

Caterer: Manor Tavern

Flowers: Talmar Farms

Groom and Groomsmen attire: Men’s Warehouse

Hair & Make-up: Image Is Salon

Invitations: Crane

Music: Lou D’adamo Entertainment , Harpist: Chris VanDyke

Officiant: Rev. Francie Dailey

Transportation: Z-Best Limousine

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Wedding Planner: We used a day-of coordinator, Caroline Senatore

   
   

Catherine Marie Winders & Joseph Preston Baker, II

George Street Photo & Video

Occupations: Cat is an assistant vice president of marketing for OneMain Financial; Joe is a graduate student at University of Maryland Smith School of Business.

Number of Attendees: 140

Number of Attendants: 6

How You Met: Everyone always says the moment you stop looking for him, he will be there waiting. Well, sure enough – everyone was right. Joe and I met at Baltimore Washington International Airport, both traveling on the same round trip flight to Texas for work. We met before take-off. By the time we landed back in Baltimore, we had our first date on the books. A short 5 years later, we got married.

The Engagement: Joe proposed on the NCR Trail. When we first started dating we ran together each day to train for the Baltimore Half Marathon, then the Philly Marathon, and then the American Odyssey. He would wait in the parking lot each day after work for me to arrive and meet him for our training run. Proposing on the trail where we had run so many miles together was perfect.

Wedding Design Inspiration: Joe and I spend so much time together outside that we knew we wanted to be outdoors for our wedding. Plus, I love the juxtaposition of formal wear—bride and groom—against a natural background. So, when we learned Irvine Nature Center hosted weddings I almost keeled over. Joe and I have both volunteered at the center several times and knew it would be the perfect fit for us.

What was unique and special about your wedding: We gave away succulents as our favor. Many of our friends and family still have them growing in their homes today.

Favorite Details: We had a family friend make our cake topper. They were two birds that were to sit on the cake facing each other. When our cake was delivered and the birds were added to the top of the cake . . . it suddenly became apparent to everyone that our “love birds” looked like a mustache. It made for great photos!

Most Unexpected Event on the Day of the Wedding: For the big day, we opted for a traditional church ceremony, and then planned for our guests to head over to Irvine for a cocktail hour while we took photos. But, as the story goes, nothing really ever goes as planned. The morning of the wedding, I went with my sister to pick up our flowers from Talmar. I was so nervous to see how they turned out that I almost cried when I saw them. They were stunning. Absolutely perfect. Unfortunately, while we were gone my grandfather, who had traveled into town for the wedding, suffered a stroke. Full disclosure: he is still with us today and doing great with his recovery. This is not a sad story. The word spread quickly among all our family and friends who were attending the wedding. One by one, everyone came together for us. Friends and family hopped into the car and moved into action. They delivered the flowers to our different venues, made last minute drop-offs at the church, even met my mother at the hospital and stayed with my grandfather so she could come and get her hair and make-up done with me. People came out of the woodwork to help us. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. After the ceremony, the bridal party snuck away and went to the hospital to see my grandfather. While the day began with beautiful weather, a storm blew through town during our visit with him. When we made it to Irvine for the reception, it was still misting, but the light was beautiful so we dashed into the woods to take some quick photos. After an amazing day full of high highs and low lows, Joe and I posed in the middle of the field. The sun came out, and a full rainbow appeared directly above us. We felt pretty darn loved at that moment, and never could we have asked for anything more.

Piece of advice: Your wedding is one of the only times you will have all the people you love and care about together in one place. Remember that as the day flies by, and do your best to take a moment to appreciate everyone around you and soak in all the love.

Honeymoon destination: Dominican Republic

Location: Timonium United Methodist Church (ceremony); Irvine Nature Center (reception)

Bridesmaids attire: J. Crew

Cake: Sweets by E

Caterer: Manor Tavern

Flowers: Talmar Farms

Groom and Groomsmen attire: Men’s Warehouse

Hair & Make-up: Image Is Salon

Invitations: Crane

Music: Lou D’adamo Entertainment , Harpist: Chris VanDyke

Officiant: Rev. Francie Dailey

Transportation: Z-Best Limousine

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Wedding Planner: We used a day-of coordinator, Caroline Senatore