After a season of uncertainty, the sun shone brightly on Sunday, September 7 as Danielle and Joe (diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma on his brain)prepared to fulfill their dream of starting a new life together. All the festivities took place inside the idyllic La Banque de Fleuve, a beautifully renovated historic building in Havre de Grace, Maryland where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay. Originally constructed as the First National Bank in 1904, this one-of-a-kind venue set the perfect tone for this long awaited day.
The theme was casual country chic with the bridesmaids in strapless ivory lace dresses and cowgirl boots (flower girls, too) and all the men wore tan suits minus the jacket and accessorized with pink ties. Danielle looked confident and calm in a sweeping strapless ball gown accompanied by a simple updo.
Every element of the ceremony was given a personalized touch—from Danielle and Joe reading their own vows—to Joe’s daughter reading something she wrote for the couple. In addition to Joe’s daughter, Danielle’s two daughters and son were prominently featured in the wedding party. To further signify the joining of their two families, all four kids participated in a sand ceremony with their parents.
After sealing it with a kiss, it was time to celebrate. Guests headed upstairs for cocktails and a chance to get silly in the photo booth. Back downstairs the ceremony site was transformed for dinner and dancing with a mixture of natural wood accents in the table number holders and centerpieces, and festive mason jars.
Taking advantage of the beautiful weather and surroundings, the evening ended with a sparkler sendoff into a future Danielle and Joe will bravely face together.
Our Michigan chapter granted this wish and we’d like to thank all the phenomenal Maryland vendors that worked with them to make Danielle and Joe’s day one they’ll never forget:
Gimmie Style Salon