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Nautical Navy Blue Summer Inn Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 29, 2014

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Starr and Chris were married at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Md. on August 22. “We had looked at tons of wedding venues in the NOVA and DC areas during the two months after we got engaged,” Starr said. “They all had things we liked, but were always lacking something. When we drove into Easton and saw Tidewater Inn, we knew it was perfect for our vision. It had everything we wanted and more! It had the charm and elegance, but also had the big reception room and hotel for guests to stay. We signed that day.” The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown with a ruched bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Kate Spade peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a three-piece light gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, hydrangeas, and anemones. “We decided on a classic navy and white with silver color scheme,” she said. Guests were greeted outside the garden courtyard with handkerchiefs for their tears of joy during the ceremony. “Most people have heard the song ‘Selfie’ where the lyrics go, “but first, let me take a selfie,'” Starr said. “Well, Chris thought it would be hilarious for us to take a wedding selfie after we said our vows. So the DJ started up our recessional music and then quickly changed it to the song. Then, we literally stopped and took a selfie. It’s great because no one really knew about it, and the faces in the photo are of our guests, and they are so fun and full of laughter.” Did you notice the customized anchor motif flag above the altar? Totally “trude.” The reception took place inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, chevron runners, round centerpieces, and votive candles. “There were so many details at our wedding,” she said. “We found lots of unique pieces throughout our planning process, but our favorites are the ones that have now been incorporated into our home. We found an awesome wire sailboat card holder and an anchor marquee sign, which are in our living room. Lastly, we had a signature drink named after our dog, Skully. We named the drink ‘Skully’s Revenge.’ The drink was pretty good too. (One part ginger liquor, one part white cranberry, 1 part citrus vodka, and a twist of lemon).” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Know what your priorities are,” Starr said. “Once you know what you really care about for the wedding, everything else is just extra, and it makes it easier to edit your needs and expectations. And if you do little things at a time, it won’t feel so overwhelming.”

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Vendors:

Photography: Bonnie Sen Creative Photography | Venue/Caterer: Tidewater Inn | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Jewelry: Romance Diamond Bridal Collection | Hair and Makeup Artist: Jordan K. Winn & Co. | Groom and Groomsment Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: Jim Sullivan | Ceremony Musician/DJ: Crow Entertainment LLC | Invitations: Paper Snaps | Floral Designer: Seasonal Flowers | Cake: Cakes by Melinda 

Nautical-Themed Connecticut Shoreline Summer Wedding

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 25, 2014

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Jessica and Brian tied the knot at Guilford Yacht Club in Guilford, Conn. on August 16. The bride looked flawless in a strapless gown with a ruffled skirt. She wore her chestnut hair up in a low bun, and opted for royal blue heels as her “something blue.”  She carried a bouquet of  thistle, amaryllis, roses, eucalyptus, veronica, and amaranthus. Jessica was particularly happy about the way her bouquet turned out. “I did not want a traditional bouquet of roses,” she explained. “My florist listened to my ideas and created the perfect bouquet for me.” The groom looked dapper in a gray three-piece suit and navy necktie. “We were looking for a venue on the water,” Jessica said. “The property is gorgeous and allows for privacy from the rest of the club.” The pair exchanged vows right on the edge of the water in front of 130 family members and friends, who blew bubbles as they recessed down the aisle as husband and wife. The reception was held inside the yacht club, and guests sat at round tables with blue linens and mini sailboat centerpieces. Guests received limoncello favors at their seats. The newlyweds dined at a sweetheart table featuring personalized buoys as chair decor.  Guests ate, drank, and danced the night away as Jessica and Brian enjoyed their first day as a married couple. Her wedding planning M.O.? “Relax and have fun; don’t stress over things that are out of your control like the weather!”

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Vendors:

Photography: Donna Cheung Photography | Bride’s Dress: Corrine Weddings LLC | Bride’s Shoes: ABS by Allen Schwartz | Venue: Guilford Yacht Club | Catering: Gourmet Galley Catering | Cake: A Little Something Bakery | Hair Stylist: Salon Aleez | Officiant: Fr. Mike Aparo | Flowers: Roses for Autism

Nautical-Themed Rainy Day Wedding in Connecticut

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 28, 2013

Chelsea & Bill

June 7

Mystic, Connecticut

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It was the perfect combination of two things that made us love the venue.  Most importantly, I’d say was being right on the water – the beautiful view of the river was captivating.  (Sadly, we weren’t able to enjoy the outdoors as much as we would have liked due to the heavy rain that day.)  The second thing was the rustic feel of the reception room – we loved the unique vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and antique wooden bar.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. My bridesmaids wore different colored shoes, which were brought together by the floral arrangements

2. The centerpieces – many people collected clear and blue vases for us over the past year, so that we could have the eclectic, colorful arrangements I had imagined.  My dad made the wood circles.  And lastly, the table numbers were photos of Bill and I at that age.

3. The arbor – my dad made it with wood and wrought iron (his signature touch since he is a farrier/blacksmith).  We love that we will be able to have this piece from our wedding day in our backyard.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Our love story during the ceremony – our officiant, who is a romance novelist, wrote a “love story” from questionnaires we filled out, which basically told the history of our relationship.  The story she created was amazing,and it made our guests laugh quite a bit.  It epitomizes the atmosphere that we wanted for our wedding – thoughtful, personalized and fun.

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Leslie & Matt

April 27

Cleveland, Ohio

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Q & A with the Couple:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It is truly a hidden gem in downtown Cleveland.  Not many people know about it and when you walk in, you are truly enamored by the grandeur and history of it.  It was beautifully charming and expressed both of our personalities.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. I wore the same train that my mom wore on her wedding day and my sister wore it on her wedding day as well.
  2. Matt and I met sailing and my Dad actually introduced us.  My Dad passed away about a year before our wedding and Matt took one of the sails from my Dad’s boat to make the ring bearer’s pillow.  He even sewed it himself.
  3. We bought two sailboats (actually, Christmas ornaments) for our wedding cake to represent the way we met.  We painted them in our wedding colors and now we can hang them on our Christmas tree every year.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Matt:  The first look. The first time I saw Leslie in her wedding dress, I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful she looked. 

Leslie:  Walking outside of my mom’s house and seeing Matt waiting for me for our first look.  He looked so excited and so emotional. I couldn’t wait to see him, kiss him, and marry him! It was the perfect day and I don’t think I ever stopped smiling.

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Blue and White Nautical Summer Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Alexandra on Mar 28, 2013

Beth & Craig

July 14

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We already loved Farmington, having visited over the years, but the Jefferson Room sealed the deal! It’s a gorgeous two-story room with amazing light, which is perfect for bridal portraits and the bouquet toss. 

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Tall centerpieces from Pat’s Florals, heirloom lace veil from groom’s family, and amazing custom invitation suite from Fannon Fine Printing.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Have fun! If you throw a great party and you’re having fun, your guests will too!

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Driving off in the groom’s antique car to the reception. The groom’s brother (and best man!) worked hard to get the MG running and looking good before the big day. It was nice to have that time alone before heading into the craziness of the cocktail hour.

 

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