Miss Langford, Albanese united in marriage
Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 8:01 pm
A softly-lighted evening on the water’s edge at the historic Inn at Perry Cabin in Saint Michaels, Md., was the setting for the outdoor wedding ceremony of Jennifer Lee Langford and Matthew Dominick Albanese, both of Annapolis, Md.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Langford of Hickman, Ky., and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Albanese of Farmingville, N.Y.
The Rev. David Flaherty of Baltimore officiated the double-ring ceremony.
As guests were seated by usher David Langford of Annapolis, brother of the bride, they walked down an aisle lined with tall glass cylinder vases containing white candles with white rose petals and orchid accents at the base. The altar was artistically decorated with two tall white satin pillars displaying large clusters of white Dendrobium orchids. Also adorning the altar were two oversized glass cylinder vases with white rose petals and orchid accents at the bases and finished with white block candles.
The music was performed by a string quartet playing in a nearby gazebo.
“Canon in D” signaled the entrance of the groom and his parents.
Mrs. Albanese wore a two-piece champagne suit embellished with gold damask. The bride’s mother, ushered by her son, followed. She wore a floor-length iridescent blue two-piece dress. Each mother carried a hand-tied bouquet of white Phalaenopsis orchids secured with white satin ribbon.
The groom and other male members of the wedding party wore traditional black tuxedos with black bow ties. The groom wore a boutonniere of Phalaenopsis orchids accented by bear grass with natural wrap stem. Other male members wore boutonnieres of double white Dendrobium orchids with bear grass and green accents secured with natural-wrapped stems.
“Trumpet Tune” signaled the entrance of the wedding party.
Serving as maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Deanna Morris of Lexington, Ky. She wore a soft iridescent olive green floor-length layered ruffled dress and carried a freestyle bouquet of white Dendrobium orchids secured with white satin ribbon.
Tom Albanese of Piedmont, Calif., served his brother as best man.
The bride, escorted by her father, began her entrance to the traditional “Bridal Chorus.” She was radiant in a strapless silk organza wedding gown. Her dress was designed by Lex Bridal of Annapolis. Her gown featured a sweetheart neckline and a fitted drop waistline with an elegant finish of soft bustles all around her gown. The back featured a low “v” with covered silk buttons and a sweep train. Her Russian birdcage veil featured Russian net with a side comb designed with a white mini ostrich plume with rhinestone accent.
The bride chose round diamond cluster earrings and a diamond bracelet to complement her attire. She carried a beautiful natural hand-tied bouquet of white Phalaenopsis orchids with bear grass accent, which was secured with a white satin ribbon.
Flaherty welcomed everyone and had an opening prayer. He read Colossians 3:12-14. After the exchange of vows and rings, “The Lord’s Prayer” was recited in unison. Flaherty then gave the blessing of the couple and the pronouncement of marriage. The traditional “The Wedding March” by Mendelssohn was used as the recessional.
Immediately following the ceremony, the bride’s parents honored their daughter and her new husband with a reception held on the terrace and in the Commodore Room at the historic Inn at Perry Cabin.
Guests moved to the terrace for refreshments before dinner. Canapés of goat cheese and cream cheese with herbs on pumpernickel, mini chicken kabobs and scallops wrapped in bacon with mango barbecue sauce were served. Guests were entertained by a quartet. Vases with leaf liners were filled with white tulips displayed in modern lopsided presentation and were used to decorate the tables.
After refreshments on the terrace, guests were seated at elegant long dining tables draped in white linen in the Commodore Room. A seating chart and place cards were provided to assist guests. Each table featured two 36-inch-tall glass cylinder vases overflowing with white Dendrobium orchids flanked by two 20-inch glass cylinder vases filled with loose orchid stems surrounded by a trio of frosted white votives, flanked by two 12-inch cylinder vases with loose orchid stems.
The wedding cake table, overlaid with white linen, featured a four-tiered cake with alternating layers of chocolate with raspberry preserves, yellow with strawberry marmalade and lemon curd. Buttercream icing covered the layers, each decorated with Swiss dot green ribbons around the bases. The cake was topped with flowers. Boxes of honey-powdered sugar pecan nuts were given as favors.
Preceding the meal a toast was given to the bride and groom by the best man.
Guests were served delicious salads of mesclun greens, crumbled feta, pine nuts and tomatoes with balsamic vinegar dressing and their choice of an entrée. These included filet of salmon on puff pastry with julienne vegetables, new potatoes and champagne beurre blanc; tenderloin of beef on confit with red bliss potatoes and roasted onion and apple smoked bacon and grilled asparagus; marinated breast of chicken with grilled vegetables, red bliss potatoes and basil pesto; or vegetarian/leek, mushroom and gruyere strudel, sautéed spinach, porcini essence. Freshly-baked rolls and creamery butter completed the menu.
Guests mingled and enjoyed the beautiful music throughout the evening. Following the bouquet toss, the couple departed for their stay at the historic Inn at Perry Cabin.
On the eve of the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Albanese hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Rams Head in Annapolis to honor their son and his bride-to-be. Attending were members of the wedding party, family members, friends and out-of-town guests.
Guests were seated at white linen-covered tables. Flaherty gave the blessing.
Guests enjoyed a menu of garden salad, followed by a choice of an entrée of Mediterranean Marylander, New Boss Steak and Shrimp, Dr. Porkentstein, Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Diablo or Martini Pasta; plus coffee, tea or soda; and warm rolls.
A Hickman community and Woodland Mills First Baptist Church gift tea was held at The Citizens Bank in Hickman.
Hostesses were Gail Black, Karen Langford, Carol Coulson and Laurie Lane, all of Hickman, and Lisa Stewart, Brenda Gray and Mayme Denton, all of Union City.
Miss Langford chose a cream silk dress with a copper color polka dot border and chiffon waist sash for the occasion.
The hostesses presented Miss Langford with a Wilton Armetalle grill tray featuring fish handles.
Special guests for the occasion were the groom-elect’s mother; the bride-elect’s sister, Deanna Morris from Lexington; and the sister-in-law of the bride-elect sister, Casey Morris from Clay City, Ky.
At the entrance was a four-foot-tall basket filled with a beautiful floral arrangement. Just inside the building, the guest registry sat on an antique table which belonged to Miss Langford’s great-grandmother, the late Hazel Burcham.
The serving and gift tables were draped with white table cloths. Two 24-inch crystal vases filled with spring flowers and a beautiful arrangement of lighted crystal candle holders graced the center of the gift tables. Tall crystal vases filled with a spring mixture of forsythia, lilac and yellow daffodils, interspersed with sprengeri fern, were positioned on the serving tables.
An array of delicious homemade cakes baked by the hostesses, nuts, homemade mints and a refreshing punch made by Karen Langford were served from crystal appointments.
Miss Langford enjoyed an afternoon of opening gifts and reminiscing with classmates and friends.
Published in The Messenger 6.24.09