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Sara and Dan

Dan + Sarah

Giving thanks for love

In November of 2012, a few days after chatting at a Thanksgiving potluck at their alma mater (University of Virginia), Sarah and Dan went out for a coffee that forever changed the course of their lives. Fast forward four years, and the happy couple chose Baltimore as their wedding destination. Sarah had fallen in love with the city during the summer of 2014 while working at a law firm, and the next spring, the duo decided this would be the perfect place to commence their life together.

They were drawn to the Monaco’s great location and historic feel, accented by beautiful marble steps and stained glass windows. The ceremony, which took place in the Athens South Ballroom, was performed by Natalie Tyler at Weddings Quick and Sweet, who turned a couple minor trip-ups into laughable moments and helped “make the ceremony feel like a truly special and intimate event.”

Afterward, the newlyweds savored a few precious minutes of low-key together time as they took formal photos on the Monaco steps. During the reception, they enjoyed dancing and talking with all their loved ones, many of whom live several states away. One of the most special moments for the couple? The musical send-off, as the whole room circled up to sing “The Good Old Song,” a tradition from UVA, where the couple’s paths first serendipitously crossed.

Sara and Dan
Sara and Dan

“Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful throughout the entire wedding weekend! The food was wonderful, and the wait staff was extremely attentive.”

Sara and Dan
Sara and Dan

“All of our guests were impressed with the quality of the meal and the way that the bartenders had memorized what people were drinking and were able to prepare fresh drinks without having to be asked to replace them.”

The room set-up showcased gold Chiavari chairs and beautiful décor by Crimson & Clover floral, which included stunning flowers, lanterns along the aisle, and a garden arch.

Sara and Dan
Sara and Dan
Sara and Dan
Sara and Dan
Sara and Dan

Over the last year, Emily had fun making map-themed décor items; her DIY projects ranged from the programs and votives to bunting and favors.

“We really appreciated the convenience that the Monaco provided in such a beautiful setting; all of our guests loved being able to stay in one place together, alongside the wedding party and right in the building where the wedding had been held.”

Sara and Dan

Photography by Ilia Fouladvand