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Mattie & Justin | Thorpewood wedding | Thurmont, MD

Mattie and Justin got married at ThorpeWood in Thurmont, Maryland – a drop-dead-gorgeous setting for one heck of a wedding. Mattie cried all day long, she and Justin made out like crazy and her mom even got in a Wendell Barry quote. Also: composting toilets (really! ThorpeWood has composting toilets!), a million pennant flags cut out from maps and a “pine cathedral” (seriously). Mattie and Justin:

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I got a little confused when I first arrived and ended up using my venue scouting time literally hiking up switchbacks. On the plus side, I communed with nature.

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Thorpewood’s getting-ready space is actually a locker-room-type shower area. Otherwise, it’s perfect!

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Apparently there are scads of ceremony options at the place, but Mattie and Justin went with the old pine cathedral. Not a bad choice, really.

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Mattie losing her ‘ish.

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Making out after the ceremony.

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Still making out.

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We had an actual golf cart escort to drive us around the property and all the lovely spots to do portraits.

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I went rogue and disregarded things like ponds, barns and gazebos in favor of amazing afternoon light…

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…and this killer pine grove (Brenizer, 14 images, I believe).

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And then, bless their hearts, they humored me by walking down to the creek, through actual woods, so we could get this shot (and the first image in the post). I could leave you with the impression I’m such a bad-ass, I got in the water, but it’s not true – a big rock was jutting out into the stream.

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ThorpeWood has a delightful lodge feel.

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One of my favorites ever. Flower girls checking out the scene from the loft. Unscripted, I promise!

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Rocking the casbah, as it were.

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Congratulations, you guys!

Mattie and Justin’s vendor team:
Ceremony and reception venue: ThorpeWood
Catering: Canapés Catering
DJ: DJ D-Mac
Florist: Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm
Cake: A Touch of Icing Bakery (Waddington, NY)
Cider: Kaneb Orchards
Hair & Makeup: Structures Salon (Frederick, MD)
Mattie’s beautiful dress: Tara Keely from Katherine’s Bridal Boutique (Alexandria)
Mattie’s shoes: Corso Como
Justin’s dashing suit: Alton Lane (DC)

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