Laura & Cory’s Red & Black Non-Traditional Maryland Wedding


Today we have a bride & groom who completely deviated from tradition. Laura and Cory held their wedding completely by their rules, from the choice of venue (the bride’s family’s backyard) to the meticulously personalized DIY elements down to the red and black outfits they and their bridal party wore!

non-traditional Bride in red wedding dress

Meet Laura and Cory — don’t they look awesome together? We have Unveiled Faces by Jennilyn to thank for this refreshingly unique wedding and here’s what she had to say about the quirky couple’s day:

Cory and Laura had a non-traditional wedding at Laura’s parent’s backyard. Laura is a make-up artist so she did her own makeup and hair. One of the things we take a picture of at each wedding is a shot with the couple’s rings and our rings (my husband/second shooter and I). It’s a way that we show that we support their marriage and our friendship with the couple. We’ve always taken this shot with the bouquet, but when Laura was putting on her dress, I noticed a beautiful tattoo on her back. It said “you’re the place my life begins and you’ll be where it ends.” As soon as I saw it, I knew we HAD to take the picture using her back as the backdrop. Speaking of her dress, this was definitely a first….Laura’s hair was dyed red… and it matched her red wedding dress! Her girls wore black dresses with fish nets and red flats. The guys wore all black with bright red ties. What a sharp wedding party! Laura’s parents also have barn on the property and you KNOW we had to get photographs in front of it! I loved how their red and black popped against the white and green of the barn. The centerpieces for the tables were made from branches that had fallen during a recent storm. They spray painted the branches black and stuck them in tall, clear vases with water dyed red. This group also knew how to party! When the dance floor was opened, almost all of the guests flooded out! They stayed out there for most of the night! They even had a beer pong table set up later.

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

Isn’t everything wonderful? The bride, groom and wedding party totally rocked in their coordinated red & black outfits! Let’s get to know the lovely couple a little better. Here’s Laura:

My husband Cory and I are more on the alternative side and even though I have traditional roots, we both are very non traditional. A white church wedding was something we both decided was just not for us. I had a tough time figuring out  how to incorporate all of the things I wanted with what I didn’t want. Eventually I gave up and said to myself “I’ll only do this once and it will be exactly how I want it.”

I wanted our guests to look back on our wedding and think of us and how they couldn’t imagine it any other way and how perfect it fit us. We decided to do it outside to help save cost and to give it that family cozy feeling.  We wanted to keep it as intimate as possible and to create an atmosphere where people could let their hair down and actually celebrate instead of having a stiff wedding. It was very important to us that people actually enjoyed themselves.It was very important to me as well, that our friends and family had a great time because they mean so much to us and our relationship, that I wanted it to be a tribute to them.

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

My bridesmaids wore dresses with pockets, fishnets and flat red shoes — and that was something I was very strong about because it was such a unique look from the traditional bridesmaid dress.We made sure to get something that they could re- wear.

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

As for my look, I wanted a modern ‘vintage’ style. It was a very 50′s hairstyle with a modern dress and my black tights put a personal touch on things. I received a lot of  ”of course you would come out in a red dress!”

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

Nothing in the wedding did not reflect them, everything had a significance! Here’s Laura again with the details:

The theme of our wedding was black and white with red accents. We did minimal red to tie everything together and I wore red to really stand out. The best way I used to describe it was a “whimsical modern rustic” theme. A lot of the elements in the wedding were homemade. The centerpieces were natural branches that came from my family home. The place cards and favors were all handmade, The place card table “tree” was also hand made. I had a lot of help from my bridesmaids and m.o.h (and even my very close friends that weren’t in the wedding) with all of the decorations. That made it more fun and truly sentimental.

Our food was  BBQ which was risky for a wedding but (besides it being our favorite food) its a popular place that my husband and I ate with our friends so it had a lot of sentimental value.

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

LOVE how Laura & Cory stayed true to themselves all throughout their alternative celebration:

A  lot of my guests said it was the best wedding they have ever been to and that they couldn’t picture it any other way. We never deviated from who we were and had the wedding our our dreams and no one elses.  Our goal was to have a celebration that focused on friends and family and not spend an outrageous amount for it. I wanted people to see that things don’t always have to be typical and expected  to be stunning and elegant. At the end of the day you have to stay true to yourself. The people that come to your wedding love you for who you are, so why would you ever change that?

non-traditional wedding with bride in red wedding dress

Thank you Jennilyn for sending your wonderful images of this unique wedding my way, and congratulations Laura & Cory! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. :)

Photography: Unveiled Faces by Jennilyn
Venue: private home, Maryland
Caterer: Charcoal Deli
Cake: Debi’s Cake Studio
Dress: David’s Bridal
Hair: Freestyle Hair and Day Spa
Make-up: (done by the bride, she’s a professional make-up artist) Laura Omeara Dawson
Linens: Gala Cloths

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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  1. This was such an awesome wedding, designed with so much heart. Great article and such a pleasure to see this featured!!

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