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Local Wedding: Abigail and Timothy in Rock Hall

Apr 28, 2014 06:37PM ● By Anonymous
The Proposal. As classic film buffs, the two go to the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Los Angeles every year. “It’s a very special event for us because we bonded over old movies and we’re both rather old souls,” Abi says. “At the opening night party of TMC Fest 2012, he got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful ring he designed himself.”

The Venue. Abi and Tim held their vintage garden party wedding at the Inn at Huntingfield Creek in Rock Hall with 75 guests in tow. “We had searched high and low for a venue. While some were visually stunning, none of them engendered a sense of home. At Huntingfield, we found the class and beauty we desired, with a wonderful homey feel…Best of all, the Inn is dog friendly, which meant we could have our furry family with us on our special day as well.”

The Bridal Party. Tim and Abi took a unique approach to enlisting the maids and men of their bridal party. In total, their party included 30 people, almost entirely family: all of their siblings, nieces and nephews, and many cousins. The bridesmaids each wore their choice of dress in J. Crew’s “dusty shale” shade. “The younger girls, including the flower girl,” Abi says, “wore dresses they helped design by Fox ‘n Lilly, which made them feel extra special.” To symbolize the presence of Tim’s mother and father, both of whom have passed, Tim and Abi married under a floral arch; they also included a dedication to Tim’s parents in the program.

The Ceremony. Tim and Abi’s wedding day was unseasonably hot, but fortunately the two had planned a rather short ceremony. “My wedding planner Kari Rider found beautiful old church pews which helped to create the feeling of an outdoor cathedral,” Abi says. “She also helped us find the most amazing officicant, a retired professor who was able to work our love of literature into the ceremony with wonderful quotes from favorites such as Herman Hesse…It was important for us to incorporate music we both loved, and members of our amazing band were able to turn Tim’s favorite punk songs into appropriate processional music. I walked down the aisle to “A Song for the Asking” by Simon and Garfunkel and we returned down the aisle together under flower petals to “Oh! You Pretty Things” by David Bowie.”


The Personalization. To celebrate their shared love of writing and drawing, Tim and Abi opted for notebooks as favors. “We had a vintage-looking cover designed featuring our beloved Airedale Terrier and rescue mutt with our other great love, books,” Abi says. “We paired these with Blackwing Pencils, a favorite of many writers, artists, and composers throughout the 20th century. Our great love of music, new and old, was reflected in our outstanding band and rather eclectic choice of ceremony music. We had literary quotes everywhere, from programs to the ceremony, featuring pieces we found especially meaningful. Somehow everything seemed to fit together and create a beautiful day.” In addition to cake, Tim and Abi served donuts. “Tim has an absolute donut addiction and luckily I had seen Carpe Donut, an incredibly good organic donut truck featured in a wedding blog,” Abi says. “Thankfully they were willing to come all the way from Charlottesville, VA. They served the richest, most decedent Italian drinking chocolate (hot chocolate) along with donuts so sublime I have been wanting them ever since.” When the sun went down, guests took breaks from dancing in the air-condition barn to challenge each other to games of glow-in-the-dark bocci ball.

The Dancing. With an old-school style, Tim and Abi were carefully selected the music and entertainment for their big day. Fortunately, Abi’s mom discovered Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palm Orchestra, “the most amazing band that played wonderful classic tunes from the ‘30s and ‘40s in a way that got absolutely everyone up and dancing,” Abi says. Doc Scantlin was even kind enough to let us use his classic car for some of our photos.” The two took dancing lessons before the wedding, but aren’t sure much of it stuck for the first dance. “Of course we forgot everything, but I don’t think we even noticed,” Abi says. “I’m not even sure we knew our feet were touching the floor, we were so happy.”


The Future. With the details and expenses of planning their wedding, Tim and Abi decided to post-pone their honeymoon for a year. Currently, they’re planning a trip to Italy and Turkey. And married life, they say, is wonderful. “Tim and I are such great partners that married life is really a joy,” Abi says. “We have been together and best friends for a long time but getting married really helped to focus us on the future. We have been furthering our school and work experience and planning for a new addition to our wonderful little family.”

The Inn at Huntingfield Creek, Rock Hall

Dutch Blooms, Chestertown

Fiona’s, Severna Park

Joanne and Jim Rich, owners of The Inn at Huntingfield Creek

Paloma Blanca, Love Couture, Bethesda

Bridesmaid dresses:
J. Crew

Men’s attire:

Mangan Jewelers



Drew Noel Photography

Donut Truck:
Carpe Donut,

Cake Topper:


Flower Girl and train barer dresses:
Fox’n Lilly,

Wedding Planner:
Kari Rider Weddings and Events

First Dance:
“I Get a Kick out of You”

Father/Daughter Dance:
“What a Wonderful World”