And They Danced By The Light Of The Moon

June 16, 2012


Beautiful, beautiful wedding!! Caroline and Kris were married in an outdoor chapel under the trees surrounded by music, hydrangeas, owls, pussycats, many friends and their families. The reception was held a short walk away at my aunt and uncle’s house where we enjoyed a gauntlet of appetizers, a delicious buffet by Dogwood Baltimore, a Manhattan toast and a selection of homemade desserts that my aunt and cousin Mary Jane made. The night ended under the stars with a family musical performance. We had a wonderful time!!


Check out those fabulous Aussie hats!!


Vow renewal : )



A song performed by my talented cousin Chris


Love down under –



Welcome drinks!


Finger foods as we entered the backyard –






Kegs – a wonderful selection!


And Manhattans for a crowd – a family tradition!


[Toasting with Matt’s glass while he photographs : ) ]


Dinner buffet – delicious!!


I particularly loved the lamb börek and the blackberries!



The beautiful bride!


And groom!


Uncle Mel (who is 102 years young!) and Aunt Betty started off the dancing


Before Beaner stepped in!


The FROSTINGS!! Amazing.


And homemade blackberry apple pies <3


As the sun set, Chris, Uncle Chris, Beaner and Anna, plus more sang a few songs


And Matt rekindled his love for the banjo!


They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.


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1 Sana June 17, 2012 at 12:01 am

Outdoor weddings are so lovely :)


2 Lynn @ the actor's diet June 17, 2012 at 12:06 am

Stunning! All of it! Congrats to the happy couple.


3 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 17, 2012 at 12:14 am

That first picture is absolutely gorgeous, Kath! Looks like a lovely wedding, especially those desserts 😉 (hahah kidding..kinda)


4 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy June 17, 2012 at 12:25 am

Your grams is simply adorable. I love the look on her face. The wedding looks beautiful and fun, outdoorsy style. Fun to see all the different ways people do their weddings, especially bc I’m in the beginning stages of planning myself.


5 Gretchen June 17, 2012 at 12:29 am

Love Grandma’s face with the drink! 😉

Looks like fun!


6 Denise June 17, 2012 at 12:39 am

102! Wow! Those are some good genes! It looks and sounds like you all had a marvelous time at the wedding. I love that it was so different and simple and yet memorable. :)


7 Christine @ BookishlyB June 17, 2012 at 12:48 am

I am so impressed that at 102 he’s out there dancing. Amazing!


8 j3nn June 17, 2012 at 12:58 am

What a gorgeous wedding!! Everything was just lovely. I’m glad everyone had a great time. Congrats to the newlyweds!!


9 Kathy W. June 17, 2012 at 1:30 am

What a perfect summer wedding! (and oh, those cakes!)


10 Angela June 17, 2012 at 1:37 am

What a beautiful wedding! I love the bride’s dress very simple and pretty.


11 NurseJulie June 17, 2012 at 1:38 am

Lovely pictures! Your uncle Mel dancing is priceless. I can only hope that I will be able to dance at his age.


12 Roxanne June 17, 2012 at 1:59 am

I like nontraditional weddings like this one… they are so much fun!


13 Khushboo June 17, 2012 at 2:01 am

Sounds like a wonderful wedding and I gotta say- fruit is so photogenic :)


14 Antonia @ healthinspirations June 17, 2012 at 2:06 am

What a wonderful location for a wedding. You, your sister and of course the bride looked beautiful! I can’t believe your uncle Mel is 102 years old. He must have done something right!


15 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 17, 2012 at 2:23 am


The opening picture, how gorgeous!

And then the food, the berries, finger foods, the carved oranges, the drinks..oh Kath, wow! And you look great. Love the “vow renewal” pic too :)


16 Alexis June 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

Oh my gosh, her dress was my reception dress for my Mexican wedding! She added the sheer top layer right? Or at least they didn’t have it with that when I bought it, but that was 2 years ago. It’s Nicole Miller! I got it off Ruelala and had the skier completely chopped off and it was the most fun cocktail dress ever. So fun to see how we both had the same dress yet wore it so different!


17 Alexis June 17, 2012 at 2:30 am

Skier = skirt


18 Heather June 17, 2012 at 4:01 am

Hey Kath

Loved your photos…what a pretty wedding!

Off topic: I stumbled upon this on Etsy and it just SCREAMS Matt! xoxo


19 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) June 17, 2012 at 5:10 am

Lovely wedding! I adore her wedding dress. It is stunning. What a fun night!


20 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself June 17, 2012 at 5:25 am

That is the prettiest wedding ever! I love her dress. I hope I am still out dancing at 102 years old :)


21 Emilia June 17, 2012 at 5:55 am

Absolutely gorgeous photos! I adore the idea of an outside wedding like that, so romantic and beautiful. :)


22 Jodie June 17, 2012 at 6:12 am

Great wedding, love these casual laid back weddings! Is the groom an Aussie? I ask because you quoted down under & the Aussie hats :-)


23 KathEats June 17, 2012 at 8:01 am

Yes he is! And he and Caroline live in Tasmania


24 Jodie June 18, 2012 at 6:33 am

I did see later on a previous blog that u said he was an aussie…i started reading the most current blog first & worked my way backwards catching up! I’m an Aussie follower of your blog, you must visit Australia one day!!!


25 Jennifer June 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

Just like a fairytale! Beautiful!!! Don’t we all hope to be like Uncle Mel. :) How sweet that he started off the dancing. Those will be cherished pictures.


26 Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) June 17, 2012 at 6:43 am

How beautiful! I especially love the last picture!


27 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde June 17, 2012 at 7:20 am

Your grandma is so stylish! You have some very beautiful women in your family :) This looks like an amazing celebration. And I am so impressed that your 102 year old uncle started the dancing – wow, what an inspiration.


28 Andrea June 17, 2012 at 7:30 am

Matt plays the banjo?! How cool is that!! It’s interesting to see what different weddings are like…the only weddings I have gone to so far are big European catholic weddings – church, then reception hall!


29 KathEats June 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

Used to…but still fun to play a little! He also plays the guitar and mandolin


30 TeacherTeacher June 17, 2012 at 7:32 am

What a lovely wedding! I hope you have time to see the tall ships before you leave the Baltimore area. They’re all over the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Canton and Locust Point. They’re advertising it as a Sailabration remembering 1812, Fort Mc Henry,etc.


31 KathEats June 17, 2012 at 7:59 am

I’ve been to the harbor many times (and Fort McH!) but sadly won’t make it this trip


32 Carla June 17, 2012 at 7:48 am

I love reading about your trips to Maryland…they make me miss Bmore so much! I also LOVE the Natty Bo welcoming table. In my very humble opinion, that is one of the best “hipster beers”! Also, totally unrelated, but I love your mom’s haircut! It’s really flattering on her!


33 Hillary June 17, 2012 at 7:49 am

Dogwood caters weddings?! They’re one of my favorite restaurants in the city—we just went there for my birthday last weekend!

Also, do you think your cousin would be ok with you sharing the name of the outdoor chapel? It looks absolutely stunning.


34 KathEats June 17, 2012 at 7:58 am

Send me an email :)


35 Jen June 17, 2012 at 8:02 am

Beautiful! Are they returning to Oz to live after this? A long way to travel for his side of the family!


36 Kayla June 17, 2012 at 8:02 am

what a lovely wedding! you and matt lead such exciting lives, I love reading all about it :)


37 mary @ minutespermile June 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

gorgeous photos! love the kegs and natty bohs. what a creative wedding!


38 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

What a lovely wedding! So great that the weather was good for the outdoor festivities! Everything looked so personal. Much better than the overly “planned” type of wedding where every thing looks non personal.


39 Kim June 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

Chills! This is the vibe I hope for our wedding (a little over a month away!).


40 samantha @ peach in the city June 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

beautiful wedding!


41 Susan Mc June 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

What gorgeous pictures, and what an awesome wedding celebration…perfect mix of tradition and modern but all so warm and personal!
My fav pic (hard to choose one) but I LOVE your mom and her bro and the fist bump… it looks like he’s trying NOT to smile, but just can’t contain himself! :-)
Safe travels home!


42 Amy Wiginton June 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

Loved the fist pump too!


43 Mom June 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Oh thanks! That was my brother’s idea. He doesn’t seem the type but there’s nothing like a wedding for being extra mellow.


44 Angel7 June 17, 2012 at 8:24 am

Your grandma looks so pretty!

And I love the floral dress on you — perfect for an outdoor wedding!

Beautiful wedding & reception!!! Wonderful foods as well!


45 Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 17, 2012 at 8:31 am

LOVE her wedding dress. And loving the casual vibe of the wedding…something to keep in mind! :) Glad you had a good time!


46 Kel June 17, 2012 at 8:46 am

I know you have shared wedding pics before, but for some reason, these made me tear up! It was at the “vow renewal” picture that I think the tears kicked in. Beautiful wedding and a beautiful couple.

Thank you for continuing to share your daily journey with us Kath!


47 Liz June 17, 2012 at 8:48 am

The bride looks like Anna Paquin! So beautiful. And I love her dress!


48 Elisabeth June 17, 2012 at 10:12 am

I thought the same thing!

It looks like a beautiful, fun outdoor wedding – I’ve only been to Catholic church weddings with very formal receptions. I think I’d enjoy the outdoor wedding much more! 😉


49 Kamaile June 17, 2012 at 8:55 am

Gorgeous bride! You look radiant as well. :)


50 Christena June 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

I loved the title of this post! Seems like your family has lots of sweet traditions. The wedding was very pretty – the first photo and the last are my favorite. I think they seem to capture a certain mood.The photo of you toasting (from the side) is very nice and flattering.

Those deserts look great. And can I just say that I think your grandmother is awesome? I think she looks super fun and sassy and cool!! :)


51 Susan June 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

Your family sure knows how to put on a wedding!


52 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

Looks like a fun evening! The first photo is absolutely GORGEOUS!


53 Amy Wiginton June 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

Beautiful, beautiful pics, Kath!! You can feel the love that you and your family share through all of these pictures. Loved seeing them! Happy Father’s Day to Matt.


54 Amanda @flecksofgreen June 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

Stunning! The whole gathering seems perfect! I love the ribbons in the trees–they’re so beautiful! The food all looks amazing. The lighting and atmosphere is so romantic too. Just wow!


55 Jennifer June 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

Yeah Natty Boh!! Were Berger cookies also in attendance?


56 Meagan June 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

Her dress was soo soo pretty! What a fun night it must have been :)


57 Sarah @ Fresh Living June 17, 2012 at 10:47 am

Uncle Mel put a smile on my face right away! How amazing that he is so young at heart. Beautiful!


58 kyla June 17, 2012 at 11:04 am

What a beautiful wedding! Congrats to the newlyweds!

I’ve said it before but I will say it again. You really should consider photographing weddings!!


59 KathEats June 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

:) I love to do it for fun, but I don’t think I am good enough for anything bigger in scale!


60 Karen June 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I’ve too have said it before, and yet am saying it again..I know your plates are more than full at the moment, but really, you excel at capturing the magic when photographing special events! Truly, I’d hire you in second if we lived closer, Kath! :)

Wonderful photos; gorgeous wedding!


61 Becca June 17, 2012 at 11:08 am

Thank you, Kath, for showcasing this wedding! I, sadly, have no weddings to attend this Summer, so I am living vicariously through your wedding recaps (here’s hoping that you have more to attend this Summer! haha).

Did you have a Manhattan toast at your own wedding?


62 KathEats June 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

No, wish we had! We did serve Manhattans though :)


63 Mari June 17, 2012 at 11:23 am

Gorgeous bride! So obsessed with her wedding dress!


64 Molly @ RDexposed June 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Uncle Mel-the life of the party! Literally.


65 Amy June 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I love your sister’s dress she wore to the wedding! Where is it from?


66 Larbs June 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

Francescas! Thanks:)


67 Randy June 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Congratulations to the very happy couple!

Uncle Mel and Aunt Betty are precious.

A great time for all; how fun.


68 Mari June 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Beautiful pictures! Beautiful wedding!
This is sort of an odd question, but I love your sister’s dress – do you know where it is from, by any chance?


69 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio June 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm

What a beautiful wedding! Makes me so excited about mine. I hope y’all had a wonderful time!


70 gina June 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Looks like such a fun family wedding! And I love Aunt Betty’s top…so stylish:)


71 Pam June 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

What a gorgeous setting! Looks like a blast :)


72 Abby June 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Your wedding ring is beautiful! The wedding was just lovely! :)


73 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats June 18, 2012 at 2:45 am

Her dress was beautiful, as was yours! That wedding looks like something out of a storybook, magical and oh so gorgeous!


74 Natasha June 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

Small world – a photo from this same wedding appeared on my facebook news feed this morning – turns out the groom is the brother of one of my high school friends!(I’m from Australia, obviously!) Looks like it was a really beautiful wedding!


75 KathEats June 18, 2012 at 10:34 am



76 Emily @Emily's Olives June 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

This wedding is AMAZING! And it’s giving me inspiration for my own wedding!


77 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

The wedding looked beautiful! So happy you had nice weather for it! I spotted the Natty Boh, wouldn’t be a Baltimore wedding without it! :)


78 Sarah June 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm

What a beautiful wedding!!

My favorites were the brides’ hair and the hydrangeas!! Everything looked absolutely exquisite!


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