Meet Three Local Couples Who Did it Their Way
Weddings are like snowflakes: No two are ever exactly alike.
Fortunately, the Towson area offers a dazzling array of vendors and services that make it easy for couples to plan a special day that’s chock-full of personal touches. In the stories and photos that follow, you’ll meet three pairs of local newlyweds who each did it their way.
Samantha and Connor Walsh
Wedding: St. Pius X Catholic Church
Reception: The Mansion at Valley Country Club
Ever the romantic, Connor Walsh put a lot of time and thought into making the perfect wedding proposal to his sweetheart, Samantha. It was on a swing he crafted himself that he popped the question. Intent on preserving that moment, Samantha made sure the swing had a prominent place at the couple’s wedding reception. Guests could admire it as it hung from a tree on the grounds of the Mansion at Valley Country Club, a popular wedding venue tucked away on Jeffers Road in Towson.
Samantha, whose dress came from Allure (with alterations from the Bridal Boutique in Columbia) chose Radebaugh for her flowers and Sugar Bakers in Catonsville for the couple’s three-tiered wedding cake, mousse cups and strawberries. As a playful addition to the dessert menu, Samantha and Connor also offered their guests a selection of treats from Diablo Doughnuts in Baltimore—and a late-night snack of soft pretzels, courtesy of the Mansion.
Music: Mixing Maryland (Reception DJ)
Wedding Programs and Signs: Designed by Samantha on Zazzle
Kate McGrain and Andrew Caporaso
Wedding and Reception: Gramercy Mansion, Stevenson
Photographer: Lauren C Photography
One look at the gorgeous Gramercy Mansion and its grounds in Greenspring Valley, and Kate McGrain and Andrew Caporaso knew they’d found the ideal spot to celebrate their nuptials. Gramercy “encompassed our hope for a garden wedding, while also feeling like home,” Kate says.
As they planned their big day, she and Andrew were committed to being as resourceful as possible.
“Obviously, weddings are expensive, so we tried to reduce, reuse and recycle to limit our footprint and costs,” Kate says. “We wanted the focus to be on the moments and people of the day.”
In keeping with that philosophy, Kate turned to Local Color Flowers—a Baltimore-based floral design business that is committed to responsible use of resources, supporting the local economy and promoting neighboring farms—for her flowers.
“While we had mentioned a color palette, since Local Color uses flowers and plants that are local and in season, the bouquets and centerpieces were a surprise the day of!” she says.
The couple’s close friend Justin White officiated, and Baltimore caterer Zeffert and Gold provided the delicious fare, including an ice cream sundae bar “to honor my mom’s mom and brother,” Kate says.
“It was a fun way to have them there in spirit.”
Looking back, the couple couldn’t be happier with the way their wedding unfolded.
“We wanted to savor as much as possible of the day and to have folks be present with us, so we asked for no photos during the ceremony, and we wrote moments into the ceremony to pause and drink it up,” Kate says. “And we had the most fun garden dance party we could have asked for!”
Hair Stylist: Kimi Harbaugh
Makeup Artist: Amber Sgueo
DJ: Baltimore Premier Event Solutions
Marah and Colin Radcliffe
Wedding: St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville
Reception: The Mansion at Valley Country Club
Photographer: Maria Linz Photography
When it came time to pick a venue for their winter wedding reception, Marah and Colin Radcliffe opted for the traditional: the Mansion at Valley Country Club, where both of Marah’s older sisters had celebrated their receptions.
“The staff is amazing to work with, and the venue is so picturesque and classic. There is a gorgeous spiral staircase, wide outdoor porch and beautiful fireplaces,” Marah says. “To top it off, the food was amazing, and everyone raved about the crab cakes.”
The couple also kept it all in the family with their cake topper, using the figurine that had adorned the top of Colin’s parents’ wedding cake. But the younger couple’s cake had a decidedly more contemporary flair: Ashley’s Sweet Beginnings, in Kenilworth Mall, whipped up a luscious three-tiered vanilla cake with cream cheese icing and raspberry filling, encircled by gold ribbon.
Another memory Marah will always cherish: “Colin and I both have big families that live in the area, and we wanted to make sure they could be included as much as possible,” she says. “My five nieces and nephews were the flower girls and ring bearers—and they were precious.”
Hair: Lisa Kastellorizios
Makeup: Makeup by Farren
Videography: Say Yes Media
Photographer: Annabelle Dando Photography