Say hello to Britt and George Lewis. They celebrated their wedding at The Belvedere on February 28, 2015. Since then, the Lewis’ have attended various events, visited the Owl Bar, and truly have immersed themselves in our Belvedere family. We are so privileged to get to know them both, individually and as a couple, because they are the type of people that keep you smiling when you are around them. Almost a year and a half after their wedding date, they still have that newlywed look in their eyes, and we are lucky to not only have them as one of our couples, but as our friends.
Here, Britt shares the story of how they got to “I do.”
(Wedding photography, by Merkle Photography)
How did you meet?
George and I met through a mutual friend at a birthday party. We were both recently out of long term relationships. At this point I was ready to get out there and meet someone new, but I never thought I would end up finding my husband at a party full of alternative/punk rock musicians, when my favorite band is the 90’s pop rock band Hanson.
What was your first impression?
At the party my friend from high school changed the music and put on “Mmmbop” by Hanson and I was mortified. I don’t typically start out by telling anyone who my favorite band is, since I have always been made fun of for it, and especially not to a new cute guy I just met. I also couldn’t believe that this new cute guy didn’t think I was a total loser because of it. At that moment, I knew I wanted to get to know him better.
When did you know he was the one?
I knew George was the one after pulling many all-nighters just staying up and talking and laughing.
I feel like George and I never run out of things to discuss and our relationship is just one really long conversation. I am a realist introvert and he is a romantic extrovert which I think is what makes us work so well; we bring out the best in each other.
How George proposed….
George proposed the day before our four year dating anniversary which so happened to be the day of Thanksgiving that year. Every year we go around the table saying what we are thankful for, and every year I say “I am thankful for Nickelodeon,” (which was a running joke between me and my brother since we were little), and this year was no different. After cooking all day, George got down on one knee and said he was thankful for me and asked me to marry him. Of course I said ‘yes’, but not after asking “Is this real life?”
The highs and lows of the engagement period….
I think weddings or any big life event either brings out the best or the worst in people. It was a roller-coaster of emotions which I think brought George and I even closer. We learned who would always have our backs, and we kept those people close.
Choosing the Belvedere….
Two weeks after we got engaged we called the Belvedere to come for a site visit. I knew I always wanted to get married in February (even with the risk of snow in Maryland, crazy right?) because my grandmother Janet once told me about how her office Christmas Party always took place in February, which she really liked since it is right after you are slammed with the holidays. Having an event in February gives you something to look forward after the post-holiday high has worn off. On our way to the site visit my mother was telling me, “you know, we do have to look at other venues” which I wasn’t hearing since I knew I wanted to get married at the Belvedere since our second dating anniversary. After dining at a nearby restaurant, I saw the building’s beautiful architecture for the first time and I was sold. Then we met Kat. After going through all of what the Belvedere had to offer and keeping Kat at her job way past her hours due to great conversation, my mother turns to me and says “we don’t need to look anywhere else.”
The biggest surprise (for better, for worse…) of your wedding day
My mother paid our band (the best band) The New Monopoly, extra money to learn “Mmmbop” and I had no clue until it happened. It’s the one moment I wish I had captured on video, crying of happiness and dancing and singing with all my closest friends and family. It was priceless.
Advice to other brides….
BElieve in YOUrself. Try not to let others get in your head too much and dictate all of your decisions. If you want to have some of your closest guy friends (‘bridesmen” as I call them) standing on your side or a wedding gown that is not white, do it. If you want to skip the parent dances and bouquet toss, do it. Straying away from what is considered “tradition” will not make your wedding any less of a wedding. And people should respect your decisions. It’s your day, do watcha wanna!
Life as a married couple is…
Life as a married couple is…very much the same. We did recently buy our very first home right here in Charm City! Getting married just reaffirmed our commitment to each other and we have the documents to prove it! Thanks to Belvedere and Co. Events, we have stayed in contact with many of our Belvedere friends, wedding vendors, and often attend events that Belvedere and Co. Events’ host! The Belvedere reminds us of such a memorable day and time leading up to the day to look back on, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!
Who: Britt D’Antonio and George Lewis
When: February 28, 2015
Where: The Belvedere. The ceremony was held in the Palm Ballroom, followed by a cocktail hour in the John Eager Howard Ballroom. Then guests were invited to the Charles Ballroom for the reception.
Flowers: Pops of Plum/Intrigue Designs
Photography: Katie Merkle
Band: The New Monopoly
Food: Belvedere & Co. Events. Hors d’oeuvres included mozzarella carozza, bacon wrapped scallops, prosciutto wrapped chicken and an antipasto and baked focaccia display. Guests enjoyed a dinner of a Seasonal Berry Salad, Steak Diane (a center cut filet mignon with roasted mushrooms and cognac peppercorn sauce) and a Maryland Crab Cake.
Wedding Cake: Little Italy, a cinnamon cake filled with cannoli cream and iced with buttercream, by Baltimore Cakery
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