The Law Meets Love: Stephanie + Reid

Weddings

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. 

Stephanie looked beautiful in her gown from Sweet Elegance Bridal.
“We pray that God gives you a long life, good health, serenity and peace. Amen”
The groomsmen looked quite dapper in their suits from the Black Tux!
The bridesmaids looked lovely in their White by Vera Wang dresses purchased from David’s Bridal.
Always My Sister’s Keeper.
Thank you mom for being my first love.
“The love between a mother and her daughters is forever.” – Unknown
“The fact that I am marrying the man of my dreams is all that matters.” – Anna Bell

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.

“Here in my heart I believe, your love is all I’ll ever need.” – Luther Vandross

“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

I now pronounce you Mr. & Mrs. Reid Brownsmith!

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.

“Love is what happens when two hearts find their happy place right beside each other.”
“Spin her around under the lights, ’cause I’m just a father making the most of this moment in time.” – Jason Blaine
“Bridesmaids for a day, but a best friend for life…” – Unknown
Four words that describe the wedding: Glam, Lit, Joyous, Jaw-dropping or THE BEST DAY EVER!
Special Thanks to photographer Amy Anaiz for capturing these beautiful pictures that will last a lifetime!
I don’t want anyone else to have your heart, kiss your lips, or be in your arms because that’s only my place.” – Unknown
“Thank you, my love, for always making me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world.” – Everyday Power
“I love that you are my person and I am yours, that whatever door we come to, we will open it together.” – A.R. Asher

Wedding Vendors

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

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