By Eli Wohlenhaus
Styled Shoot | Photos By In His Grace Photography
Location: Oxon Hill Manor | Oxon hill, Md
Perhaps better than any state, Maryland cannot be rivaled when it comes to having beautiful gems nestled quietly between all the hustle and bustle. In Oxon Hill — less than 2.5 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., and across the street from a premier outlet mall — stands Oxon Hill Manor.
Since 1711, a mansion has stood on these grounds that neighbor the Potomac River. A fire in 1895 burned the original mansion and ownership has changed hands many times, but in 1976 the Manor came under control of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
By 1978, it became listed under the National Register of Historic Places. Shortly thereafter, the Oxon Hill Manor Foundation was leased 15 acres and the site of the house where it stands now. Restoration immediately began and it has been open to the public since 1982.
The beautiful landscaping is an open invitation to springtime, with the English gardens, rose bushes, reflecting pool and stunning view of the river.
Oxon Hill Manor balances its history and beauty with a modern appeal for soon-to-be-weds. For models Jason and Amy Brown of Easton, Md., it was the idyllic place to revisit their love story.
In 2007, Amy went to the Talbot Country Club for a traditional gathering with other teachers, which she was at the time. As luck would have it, a friend of a friend in the group would show up and the relationship “teed off.” That man was Jason.
Golf would become a regular part of their life together. For Amy it was a continuation of something she started while at McDaniel College, where she was a member of the school’s team. For Jason, it became a necessary respite from his job as a Certified Public Accountant where he is a “workaholic” as described by Amy.
The Talbot Country Club wasn’t done playing a part in the lives of the two lovebirds, however, as it played host to the Browns’ wedding reception.
Despite the parents of 3 having never done any kind of modeling before, Amy felt right at home in the English gardens. Now an entrepreneur, Amy owns and runs Garden Treasures in Easton — “The Eastern Shore’s Boutique Garden Center & Gift Shop.”
She also was able to feel right at home in her dress as it was the same one she wore back in 2010 when Jason and her officially said “I do.”
Despite the Browns not being used to any kind of modeling, the stage was set by Christina Maddox of Heaven Sent Weddings. For Maddox and her team, Amber Gray of OHH My Hair and Tanya Robinson of TDR Makeup knew just what to do to match the style of the historic mansion and grounds.
To further match the aesthetic of Oxon Hill Manor, stationery was done by Cari Colclough of Turnage and Watts in Kent Island. To tie it all together was the aptly-designed golf cake by Sweet Bobbies Cake Creations out of Cheverly.
With spring in the air and a spring in his step, Jason donned a tuxedo from Matthews Formal Wear of Wilmington, Del.
With hair and makeup done and the grounds prepped thanks to Sharon Williams, the facility director of Oxon Hill Manor, Laura Olson of In His Grace Photography got to work bringing our magazine to life once again.
Oxon Hill Manor
6901 Oxon Hill Rd,
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Planner & Designer
Christina D. Maddox
Heaven Sent Weddings
In His Grace Photography
OHH My Hair
Makeup Tanya Robinson
Matthew’s Formal Wear - Tailors
Potomac Floral Studio
Sweet Bobby Cake Creations
Turnage and Watts