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Local Weddings: Brittany and Harry in Prince Frederick

Mar 26, 2012 06:07PM ● By Anonymous

The couple. "Harry and I met and began dating at the ripe old age of 15," Brittany says. That's when the two of them served on a mission trip to inner-city Baltimore. "We began talking, and in true teenage fashion, we each told our mutual friend [groomsman Jason] that we liked one another so he could pass along the message." In 2009, five years into their relationship, the couple took a trip around Maryland visiting vineyards. Shortly after touring Running Hare, their eventual wedding location, Harry proposed to Brittany over a picnic lunch.

Photos From The Wedding

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Photos by Katelyn James Photography

The venue. The wedding venue was of utmost importance to Brittany, and she has a lot of qualifications to go along with it: "We wanted a venue that would be unique, would allow us to host an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception (in case of rain), and that was breathtakingly beautiful," she says. "Running Hare Vineyard gave us all of those things are more." Additionally, because the venue is just less than two hours away from their home in York, Pa., it gave the feel of a destination wedding without the hassle of planning from afar.

The menu. During cocktail hour, some 170 guests of the newlyweds noshed on crab dip, spinach dip, cheeses, fruit, crackers, and breads, while sipping assorted beers and Running Hare Vineyard wines. The dinner menu included Caeser salad, Pasta Primavera, Herb Fire-Roasted Chicken with Summer Salsa, Haricot Verts, rolls, and Tomato Mozzarella salad. After feasting, "The atmosphere shifted when the dance floor opened to an incredible party!" Brittany says.

The music. Speaking of the dance floor, Harry and Brittany twirled to Brad Paisley's "She's Everything" for their first dance. "I have a lot in common with the girl that Brad Paisley sings about in the song," Brittany says. Later, she danced with her father to Heartland's "I Loved Her First," while Harry and his mother swayed to "My Wish," by Rascal Flatts.

After the wedding. The new Mr. and Mrs. Claridge headed down to Topsail Island in North Carolina for a week at Brittany's family beach house. "This is one of my favorite places in the world, and I loved spending time with my new husband there," she says. As for married life, "Harry seeks every opportunity to show me love and serve me as his wife, and I have loved trying to do the same for him."


Venue  Running Hare Vineyard, Prince Frederick
 Florist  Intrigue Design and Décor, Annapolis
Cakes/Dessert  Sugar Bakers Cakes, Catonsville/Dessert Bar: Heather Van Winkle
Caterer  Maryland Country Caterers, Owings Mill 
Dress designer  Anjolique 
Bridesmaid Dresses  Mackenzie Michaels
Stationer  Emilie Friday, Etsy (Custom logo); Print Your Party, Etsy (Invitation design) 
Calligrapher  Rachel Carl Company, Etsy
Favors  Candy Buffet 
Videographer  Josh Gooden Cinematography, Harrisonburg, Va.
Photographer  Katelyn James Photography, Richmond, Va.  
DJ/Entertainment Richard Green Entertainment, Va.
Day of Coordinator  Anna Burke Events, Bowling Green, Va.  
DJ/EntertainmentHair/makeup Behind the Veil, Annapolis