Mariah and Richard’s Intimate Manor Wedding in Maryland

Mariah and Richard's love story began in high school where the two first met. Although Richard started attending a different school after that year, the seed of love was sown, ready to be nurtured into the most meaningful of relationships. They remained in touch, coming back together when Mariah moved to New York for college - where their love truly blossomed...

Continue reading all about Mariah & Richard's love story and experiences in their intimate Manor wedding in Maryland.

Bride & Groom: Mariah & Richard
Occupations: Patient Service Coordinator & Enterprise Driver
Wedding date: 07/01/2017
Wedding location: Historic Oakland Manor (Columbia, MD)

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Richard and I met in high school back in 2007. Following that year, he went to a different school but kept in touch. We starting talking a little more frequently in 2011 when I moved to New York for college and we started dating in October of that year. He proposed right after my graduation in Madison Square Garden on 5/17/15!

How did you know they were “the one”? Richard and Mariah have been sweethearts since high school and have lasted through long distance throughout college. They both hold a strong bond with their families and have both pursued education and a success that carries over into their relationship!

Describe your wedding style. Mariah fell in love a gorgeous princess ballgown with long, embroidered sleeves. She incorporated henna tattoos to embrace her Trinidad heritage.

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? When searching for a wedding venue, I was looking for a place that would allow me to bring my own food. I am from Trinidad and would love to include traditional Trinidadian food to my guests. I also wanted to be able to have the ceremony and reception in the same place. Historic Oakland Manor allows us to incorporate my cultural heritage as well as accommodate my large family! It was perfect for us.

Favorite item on the menu: Jerk chicken! We had a fusion of Caribbean and American food served buffet style!
First dance song: Ryann Darling's "I Choose you"

What is your best memory from your wedding? We had a feet washing unity ceremony, humbling us to not only love each other for our entire lives, but a love for god.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Love god first, and the love for each other will never fail.

Photography: Ardensea
Wedding Planner: Renee Chapman of All Things Elegant Events
Cake: Sugar Bakers Cakes
Hair: Micheala Agyeman
Makeup: Makki Araya
Dress: St. Anthony's Bridal; Eve of Milady
Bridesmaids dresses: David's Bridal
Tux: Men's Warehouse, Joseph & Feiss
Officiant: Bishop John Jones
Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Nilla (sapphire blue)
Garter: Self-made
Jewelry and Headpiece: Indian jewelry to represent my Indian heritage
Flowers: (all arranged by the Bride)
Venue: Historic Oakland Manor (Columbia, MD)

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