The first thing on the agenda today is to wish you all, especially you military loves, a happy Veteran’s Day. We want to thank each and every one of our military members, past and present, and their families for their service, and we’re starting to spread the love thick with these two. Sarah and Walter met while he was at the Naval Academy and got through his second deployment the best way I could imagine… by planning this beautiful wedding! Captured by Natalie Franke Photography, the wedding is everything we could possibly imagine to honor a day like today… love, laughter, and so much pretty.
If you like that… you’re going to LOVE this video from Clickspark!
From the beautiful bride… Walter and I met back in 2008 while he was attending the Naval Academy. Five years later we returned to Annapolis to say “I Do.” Our vision for the wedding was nautical chic; however, we wanted to keep it casual and intimate. When we found the Anchor Inn, we immediately kenw that this was the right venue for us. It fit our vision perfectly and provided us with that relaxed elegance we were searching for. The Anchor Inn is a hidden gem tucked away on the Chesapeake Bay. Three sides of the building are surrounded by water, so the ballroom actually sits just above the waves.
Walter and I had a two year engagement because of Walter’s deployment. Because of that, I was blessed with a long time to plan (well as much time as you can get while going to law school!). I relied heavily on Pinterest to keep track of all my ideas and I lived on Style Me Pretty. However, my vision would never have come to life without my phenomenal vendors. There are no words to describe how amazing our photographer Natalie Franke was! I can’t decide what is more remarkable: her talent or her warm personality. You really feel like you are working with a close friend. She is a dream photographer and I felt honored to have her as our wedding photographer. Lee Morton of Clickspark was another incredible vendor. Lee’s passion for what he does pours out in his work. We really felt like we had the “dream team” with Natalie and Lee. We are so thrilled to be able to look back at these memories, as they captured them, over the years. Katie of Petal & Print makes the most gorgeous flower arrangements. I really wanted beautiful, but simple, floral arrangements and she definitely came through for us!
There were also many DIY projects that my family and friends helped me with . My mother drove around to various antique stores in Rhode Island to purchase all the centerpiece jars and she also made the watercolor escort cards. My amazing Matron of Honor, Bekah Kane, made the nautical ceramic pieces displaying an anchor and Maryland blue crab. She also made the Mr. & Mrs. ceramic chair signs. One of my favorite pieces is the beautiful wooden memory box that we used for both our card box and guest book photos. The box was built by my stepfather of Sabella Handcrafted in Jamestown, R.I. It was really incredible to look around at the details and see traces of our loved ones.
Photography: Natalie Franke | Videography: Clickspark | Florist: Petal & Print | Wedding Cake: SugarBakers | Invitations: Wide Eye Designs | Ceremony Venue: Naval Academy Chapel | Reception Venue: Anchor Inn | Bridesmaid Dresses: Wtoo Maids | Catering: Catering by Uptown | Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani: Casablanca | Bridal Boutique: Pure English Couture Bridal House | Hair & Make-Up: Behind The Veil