Montgomery County police officer weds a former EMT at a Maryland farm bed and breakfast

Schmidtten from the start

The wedding of Montgomery County police officer Mike Schmidt and former EMT Alivia Crawford included photos with alpacas, the theme song from The Office and a Mission BBQ buffet

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Photo by Sarah Houston

The ceremony: Alivia’s father passed away when she was a child, so she asked her grandfather to walk her down the aisle. She gave him a tie with a patch inside that read, “Thanks for walking beside me today and always.” “We both cried like a baby when I gave it to him,” Alivia says. The bride and groom incorporated beloved pop-culture references into their ceremony and vows. “Mike said he would go through the depth of Mordor to find me, which is a reference to The Lord of the Rings,” Alivia says. They exited the ceremony to the theme song from The Office.

Photo by Sarah Houston

The reception: After the outdoor ceremony, guests went inside the venue’s barn for dinner and dancing. The bride and groom performed a choreographed entrance dance they’d learned at Arthur Murray Studio in Silver Spring. There was a Mission BBQ buffet. “We both love Mission BBQ and what they stand for,” Alivia says. “They’re very pro-police and pro-fire department and military.” A photobooth was set up next to the farm’s alpaca pen. “They walked right up to people as they were taking photos,” Alivia says. “The alpacas were super social.”

The babymoon: Alivia got pregnant a little more than two months after their wedding. They’d planned on going to Antigua for their honeymoon in the spring but learned there had been an outbreak of the Zika virus, which is known to be especially dangerous to pregnant women. Instead, they babymooned in Aruba in July when Alivia was seven months pregnant. During their five-day trip they enjoyed snorkeling at the site of a submerged shipwreck, a couple’s massage and a five-course dinner at an exclusive restaurant.

Photo by Sarah Houston

Vendors: Barber, The Suite Barbershop; bartenders, Creme de la Creme; bridal party hair and makeup, UpDos for I Dos; catering, Mission BBQ; ceremony and reception music and photobooth, AJDJ Entertainment Services; florist, Maryland Bay Blossoms; gown, Essense of Australia; invitations and programs, Your Wedding Project on Etsy; photographer, Sarah Houston Photography; tuxedo, Joe by Joseph Abboud; videographer, BE Videography.

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