"We think the spot is going to be beautiful," says Christina. "It's also meaningful to us — to me in particular — because I do a lot of work with community open spaces in Baltimore. So, it's significant to us that we're spotlighting this mansion that was, at one point, the center of one of Baltimore's biggest parks...The Mansion has so much character. And the lawn will be good for kids."
"The theme is probably simplicity," says Christina. "We didn't want to have a huge extravaganza. So, we're just trying to keep it simple and as a reflection of us and our family and friends."
She says the couple wanted to use things they already have, when possible.
"We want to use things that are meaningful to us," she says. "So, we're using some vintage tablecloths — a mix of white, colors and patterns — that we have from my grandmother...Neither of my mother's parents is living so it's nice to have some tributes to them."
That applies to their wedding bands.
"The wedding ring uses some diamonds from my grandmother's wedding ring and one of those diamonds is also in Andrew's wedding band," Christina says.
The wedding favors also incorporate the couple's love of traveling.
"For place cards, instead of having people's names, we're going to have a little photo of them — with us whenever possible — in a little 2x3 frame," says Christina. " They'll pick up the picture of them and it will have the name of a city that has some importance to Andrew and me, which will tell them what table [they go to]. Like, there is a table called Madrid because Andrew spent a lot of time in Madrid." .
Friends of Christina's mother — Ann Hughes and Theresa Cannone — are doing the flowers.
"Ann's bringing in wildflowers from her garden," says Christina. "We love the colors my grandparents used in their wedding — coral and sea foam green. We're just having some wildflowers and coral roses in Mason jars on the tables."
That will probably be the same for her bouquet.
As far as her dress goes, Christina is keeping much about it secret.
"I will say it is from the 1930's and has been in my family," she says. "I'm having it altered by Jill Andrews Gowns...Jill is very conscious of keeping the integrity of the period of the gown, although she's removing the sleeves because it was initially used in November...It does have a train. Jill explained to me that at the time the dress was made, they didn't bustle the train. But there was this little loop you put around your wrist to lift the train when you wanted to dance."
Andrew is wearing a dark suit he already has.
Two caterers are involved in the buffet dinner. Pierpoint's Nancy Longo is doing hors d'ouevres, crab cakes and vegetarian entrees. Andy Nelson's Barbecue will offer pulled pork.
The wedding cake is not a priority. But dessert is covered.
" We're hoping to get it from Graul's," says Christina. " But, we're having sort of a Baltimore theme, with Berger cookies, Otterbein cookies and sno-balls."
Andrew said he had just two criteria for the reception.