Stephanie & Reid sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G! First comes Law School? That’s right! These two love birds met at the Public Defender’s Office in Hyattsville, MD while they were both in law school. Their paths were aligned from the moment they began sharing an office. At the time Stephanie Bowles was a Student Attorney in her third year of law school and Reid Brownsmith was a Law Clerk in his second year of law school.
“ I felt like I had “lucked up” being able to share an office for the next few months with this super pretty girl.” – Reid
After a year or so of being friends, Reid finally asked Stephanie to go out on a date! Thus the beginning of their life together; they even moved to the Virgin Islands together. After one year and ten months of dating, Reid popped the big question!
“We were in Paris the week of my birthday. Reid told me that we were going on a Champagne tour and had to meet the tour group in front of the Eiffel Tower. While waiting for this imaginary tour group, Reid got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Unbeknownst to me, Reid had hired a French photographer who captured the entire proposal and then we had a one hour photo shoot thereafter.” – Stephanie
Let the Wedding Planning Begin! They contacted MasterPlan Events to plan, coordinate and design the entire wedding. On April 27, 2019, Stephanie & Reid got married and had their reception at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, MD.
The couple decided to save by cutting back their budget for stationary. The wedding invitations were made by the bride’s aunt and all of the wedding day stationery, including the welcome sign, was made using a template the bride purchased from Etsy.
“During the ceremony, the Pastor was leading me through the recital of vows. But, I became so enamored by how beautiful Stephanie was in her wedding dress and for a moment I had a complete loss for words and was unable to speak, everyone laughed and then I resumed.” – Reid
After the ceremony ended, guests were ushered into the cocktail hour space.
While the guests were enjoying cocktail hour, Stephanie & Reid viewed their reception area for the first time!
Lola, Wedding Planner Extraordinaire, seamlessly brought together the theme of Classy & Elegant with the wedding colors of purple, fuchsia, ivory, and gold. The mansion atrium was magically transformed with the use of white draping and the floor was also wrapped in white with rose decals. The sweetheart area was also adorned with the couple’s monogram.
To bring in color, the florals were a beautiful mix of bold purple and fuchsia flowers.
Photographer: Amy Anaiz
Venue: Newton White Mansion
Event Coordinator/Planner/Designer: MasterPlan Events
Florist: Dacceni Occasions
Lighting, Draping, Flooring: The LightSource Company
Chair & Linen Rentals – Eden Event Rentals
Invitations: Bride’s Aunt
Catering: N&M Divine Cuisine & Events
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Hair Stylist: Uniqueberry
Makeup Artist: Shandy
Bride’s Attire (Brand & Where Purchased):
Dress: Essence of Australia; Purchased from: Sweet Elegance Bridal
Shoes: Badgley Mischka; Purchased from: Bloomingdale’s
Groom’s Attire (Brand & Where Purchased):
Custom Tux & Shoes: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ Attire: White By Vera Wang purchased from David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: Black Tux at Nordstrom
Music/Entertainment: DJ B Eazy
Transportation: RMA Limo
Videographer: Chris Hall