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Here Comes the Bride: Katie and Alex

By Britney Gross, Intern

The bride, who resides in Edgewater with her soon-to-be husband, Alex Vahsen, is a kindergarten teacher in Silver Spring.

The bride, who resides in Edgewater with her soon-to-be husband, Alex Vahsen, is a kindergarten teacher in Silver Spring. Photo provided by the bride.

Katie Tress (soon-to-be Vahsen) is a Southern Maryland bride who is ready to say “I do” this weekend. As Katie prepares to walk down the aisle, let’s take a look back at her journey.

Mr. Right
“Alex and I met in 2009,” Katie recalled. “He had just graduated from Towson, and I was doing my student teaching internship through UMD.” The couple met through Katie’s best friend and maid of honor, Casey Dasch, who knew Alex from middle and high school.

“It’s really special that she knew both of us before we knew one another,” Katie said about her maid of honor.

The beautiful couple has been together for almost five years and will say their “I do’s” Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront in downtown Annapolis.

A Picture Perfect Venue
When the time came to choose a venue for their wedding day, the decision was easy. The couple selected the Annapolis Waterfront Marriott where they’ve shared many anniversary dinners and celebrated other special occasions in Pusser’s Caribbean Grill, the restaurant within the Marriott.

“We’d always talked about getting married there,” Katie shared. The couple did their research and reserved the last open date in October for their fall wedding.

“We’re really excited because it’s a great location — right in downtown Annapolis on the water and by the harbor,” Katie said.

The ceremony will take place on the rooftop deck where guests can enjoy the beautiful view on a crisp autumn day in downtown Annapolis.

Falling in Love
The couple will have guests falling in love with their décor and theme for the evening. The reception will have guests feeling festive with the décor chosen by the couple themselves. “We tried to choose a lot of fall colors and our decor is rustic,” Katie said.

Guests can expect “…a lot of rustic fall elements like fall foliage, burlap, lanterns, mason jars, [and] branch arrangements for the tables,” she added.

The Day She Said Yes…to the Dress
The only thing Katie knew when she first entered Bridals by Elena was that she wanted a romantic gown. Katie expressed this desire and her budget to consultant Terri, who works at the boutique in Gambrills. The search for Katie’s dress was officially underway.

“[Terri] explained to me that there were only a few basic dress styles and after that it was mostly about embellishments and fabric,” Katie said.

After choosing a lace, A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline, Katie embellished. “I purchased a sparkly belt to have sewn on the dress off of Etsy and I added cap sleeves that can be detached,” she said, adding, “I will wear the sleeves during the ceremony and take them off for the reception!”

The bride also had her dress tucked to resemble a fit and flare gown. These details easily transformed a classic A-line into Katie’s dream dress.

The Tech-Savvy Bride
Katie was tech-savvy during the planning stages leading up to her special day. “I’ve used The Knot and Wedding Wire websites to read reviews on certain venues and vendors that I’ve contacted,” she said. “Wedding Wire is really helpful because you can read reviews from other brides, find out locations of different vendors, and get direct contact information.”

The bride-to-be also used Shutterfly quite a bit while planning the wedding. “When we got our engagement photos done, I uploaded them to Shutterfly, and I’ve ordered prints for various things involving the wedding,” she said.

The couple is framing a photo from their engagement shoot for guests to sign at their rehearsal dinner, but Katie had a photo signature book made through Shutterfly for guests to sign the day of the wedding.

Katie’s Advice
With her special day right around the corner, Katie shares her advice for fellow brides-to-be. “Relax and enjoy this time — it goes by so fast, and it’s so easy to get caught up in all the little plans and details, but you have to remember that on the day the only thing that really matters is that you’re getting married,” she said.

“This is a special time that you can never have back; so enjoy it with your fiancé, your family and your friends. I think that the planning process can be as fun as you make it — Alex and I have really enjoyed this special time in our lives!”

Best wishes to Katie and Alex!