OnLove: The Details

Sunday, August 16, 2009; 12:00 AM

Annette Hibbert and Tim Nelson wanted a wedding that would be pure fun for their friends and family. After reserving the old bumper-car pavilion at Glen Echo Park, they decided on a "vintage amusements" theme for their big day and everything -- from the cocktail-hour games to the old-fashioned candy bar favors -- was made to match.

The food: Matters of Taste Distinctive Catering set up a barbecue feast for the couple and their 120 guests. After snacking on popcorn and peanuts for hors d'oeuvres, the guests were served pulled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, coleslaw and potato salad. Hibbert made a gluten-free wedding cheesecake for her and Nelson, and the rest of the guests indulged in other varieties of cheesecakes.

The dress: Hibbert found her strapless, ivory dress at Filenes's Basement's Running of the Brides in New York. She and her friends dressed up like "Baltimore Hons" for the day and came away -- after some scrambling -- with the perfect gown.

The photography: The couple hired StoryMotion Studios for their big day.

The ambiance: Fun. Fun. Fun. With no wedding planner, Hibbert and Nelson got to flex their own creative muscles. They devised a mini-golf game called "Find the One" and a ring-toss station where guests could test their aim with a faux garter. Seating cards were tied around lollipops and bright yellow carnations popped out of vintage popcorn buckets. Red, yellow and blue flip-flops were provided for guests with sore feet.

First dance: "Waiting on an Angel," by Ben Harper.

-- Ellen McCarthy

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