Real Wedding | Natalie & Matt- Chestertown, MD

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Hello, Studio Swoon readers! I’m Natalie and I write over at Natalie Merrillyn about design, fashion, and life. I started my blog when I was planning our wedding almost two years ago {can’t believe how time flies}! I’m so lucky to have found someone as incredible as Matt — a huge thanks to Tamra for featuring our little story!

Bride getting ready

Natalie and Matt Wedding

Wedding dessert table

Natalie and Matt Wedding

Natalie and Matt Wedding

Natalie and Matt wedding

black bridesmaids dresses

Wedding cake

Bride and Father

wedding ceremony

Natalie and Matt Wedding


Matt and Natalie Newman

September 4, 2010 – The Running Fox, Chestertown, Maryland

Love Story
Matt and I met through a mutual friend, who he knew from undergrad and I knew from my hometown. Matt lived in Los Angeles and I lived in Maryland, so our entire dating relationship was long distance. We emailed, called, Skyped, and flew back and forth as much as we could. He even flew out to Sydney, Australia {twice!} when I was living there for six months. Looking back I think that experience really shaped us and brought us closer together. We worked really hard to stay close and connected, even from across the country {and world!}.

Proposal Story
Matt flew in to meet me on the east coast, in South Carolina while I was in school. Despite the horrible weather that had cancelled his first flight, he was insistent about this visit and finally made it. We met up at our favorite coffee shop. From the beginning of our relationships, coffee shops had always been our “place” to relax and have alone time after our flights to visit each other. We sat down to do some reading but Matt was acting super antsy and weird. I wish I could remember everything that Matt said to me, but he had the sweetest speech. He got down on one knee , held out the prettiest ring I’ve ever seen, and proposed. I squealed a big “YES!” Afterwards, I started making calls to my family to tell them the news. As I was on the phone, I turned around and saw my parents, brothers, and sisters, walking into the coffee shop. Matt had asked them to drive the ten hour drive from Maryland to be with us on our day. It meant more than anything to have my family with us to celebrate. Everyone was crying, it was one of the happiest days of my life!
Wedding Story
We wanted our wedding experience to be unique, intimate, and romantic. We really wanted our guests to feel important and know how important they were to us as well, so we kept things on the smaller side.
I loved how so much of our family and friends were involved. Matt’s dad officiated the wedding, my cousin sang and played guitar, my brother played the bagpipes. My friend and bridesmaid, Lauren made our wedding cake. The list goes on of all of our amazing family and friends who pitched into make our day extra special.
Favorite Detail
It’s hard to pick one, but I loved that we had hanging, lit chandeliers at our outdoor reception. It was my absolute dream come true and the atmosphere was amazing. The outdoor lighting really helped us create that intimate feel we were going for, our guests loved it!
Thanks so much for having me, Tamra!
Vendors: Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography / Ceremony: Running Fox, Chestertown, MD / Wedding cake: Friend + bridesmaid, Lauren Petri / Desserts: Family friend, Maureen Czebotar / Tarts: Whole Foods in Annapolis / Flowers: Dawn at Severna Park Florist / Event design: Bride and Janae May (family friend) /Invitations: Bride and Wade Smith (family friend) / Shoes: Ann Taylor / Dress: Designed by Bride, made by Suzanne Reams
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15 Responses to “Real Wedding | Natalie & Matt- Chestertown, MD”

  1. Samantha Penner

    What a sweet story! I love Natalie, and I am so inspired by love stories that survive miles of distance. Her wedding photos are gorgeous, too!

  2. Thenowstylebook

    Natalie!!! You look so incredibly gorgeous. The dress, the veil the flowers the cake…everything… You did a fabulous job evoking a romantic feel!! xoxo

  3. Erin

    Beautiful photos and story. I love that there is cake and an entire dessert table. hat is my kind of wedding:)


  4. designstiles

    I want to frame that second photo. That would be really weird since it’s not mine, but that photograph is beautiful!


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