Dreux, a Redskins cheerleader, and Patrick, a financial advisor, knew one another four years before they began dating. But once they became a couple, things got serious quickly for the Maryland natives.
On their wedding day, Dreux traded her cheer uniform for a Martina Liana gown and a sweet, beaded flower crown. Patrick chose a classic light-grey suit and tie for himself. And their bridesmaids and groomsmen wore floor-length Champagne-colored dresses, and dark-grey vests and bowties, respectively. Photographs by Marlayna Photography.
Dreux and Patrick first met working at Outback Steakhouse in Hunt Valley. One night, a group of friends from the restaurant decided to go out for drinks. There, after working together for four years, the pair hit it off.
Eighteen months later, Patrick sent Dreux on a scavenger hunt through all their favorite places in Baltimore. Dreux went to restaurants and date spots, until the final clue took her to the Canton Waterfront where Patrick was waiting along with Dreux’s closest friends and family. “He dropped down to one knee and popped the question,” says Dreux. “I of course said, Yes!”
One year later, a friend performed Patrick and Dreux’s ceremony at the Stone Manor Country Club in Frederick. At the beginning of the ceremony, the couple released white balloons in honor of Dreux’s father and Patrick’s best friend, both of whom had passed away. Instead of choosing an overall theme or feel, Dreux and Patrick focused on making their wedding feel as personal as possible.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests moved to the tented reception, outfitted with layers of white and gold. The couple kept the decor simple, trading elaborate floral centerpieces for single stems and simple gold vases.
Dreux and Patrick shared their first dance to the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris,” sang by Jonny Rez. Then, Dreux and her brother surprised Patrick and the guests with a choreographed dance to a compilation of hip hop songs.
Instead of a traditional cake, guests enjoyed a donut bar, mini mason-jar cakes, and cheesecake. Signature cocktails included Something Borrowed: Sangria, and Something Blue: Blueberry Vodka and Lemonade. In lieu of favors, the couple donated money to two local dog shelters: BARCS and K-9 Lifesavers.
The pair will spend their first anniversary honeymooning in Banff, Canada.
Bride’s Gown: Martina Liana from K&B Bridals Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux Makeup Artist: Ida Slaughter Event Planner: Veronica Hensley from Perfectly Planned Caterers: Carriage House Inn Transportation: Touch of Class Limousines Music/Entertainment: DJ Dave Holmes from Event Entertainment Invitations: Minted Girls Prep Shirts: DesignPunch Cheesecakes: Sweetz Cheesecakes Donuts: Sparkling Sweets Boutique
Hand-lettered Signs: Leah Mandel Art & Design Mason Jar Cakes: bakedNC