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Napa Valley Inspired Rehearsal Dinner in Maryland

The rehearsal dinner: a time to sit back and breathe before the beautiful chaos of the big day. It’s an intimate event for relaxing and celebrating with only the closest of family and friends – which is why hosting a backyard dinner party is such a fabulous idea. With a 43-person long table and a string of globe lights against the June sky, Victoria Clausen Florals set the perfect Napa Valley inspired scene for an amazing affair. Check out all the pics by Living Radiant Photography here.

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From Living Radiant PhotographyThis past June 7th, Living Radiant Photography joined Victoria Clausen Floral Events who put on a beautiful Napa Valley Inspired Rehearsal Dinner in the backyard of a newly married couple. They married the following day at Caves Valley Country Club. This 43 person long table was set out under a beautiful June sky with globe lights. The wooden table set was set with white antiqued lanterns, mason jars covered in burlap and jute, with a sweet breeze in the air to compliment it. The background was a wooded scene and rolling hills.

Photography: Living Radiant Photography | Floral Design: Victoria Clausen Florals | Catering: Classic Catering | Lighting: Event Dynamics | Linens: Table Toppers | Venue: Private Residence

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Classic Wedding By The Chesapeake Bay

When I think of the Chesapeake Bay, the first thing that comes to mind is mouthwatering crab cakes. But a really close second? Jaw-dropping weddings! Everything about this seaside soiree at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club is classy and timeless, from the rustic accents to the fresh flowers, and it’s captured below in this sweet video from Dorothy Cinema Co. Kick off your week with a smile (thanks to Natalie Franke!) and click here for all things gorgeous.

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From the Bride… Chris and Ellen’s wedding took place July 13, 2013 overlooking the Bay Bridge in Stevensville, Maryland. The nautical setting of the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club was balanced by soft, natural hues. Pale blush garden roses, amnesia roses and rustic accents complimented the floral arrangements and vintage rentals. Personalized ceremony touches included a prayer book from the groom’s paternal grandfather and a bible from the brides maternal grandparents. The rings were tied on top with twine symbolizing the beautiful joining of two families.

To balance the summer heat, an Arnold Palmer Station was set up for guests over the ceremony site. An entertaining moment was when the groom grabbed the microphone and surprised Ellen by speaking from the heart. Guests later enjoyed a cocktail hour munching on mini grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, grilled chicken skewers and ahi tuna wonton crisps. Entertainment included the band Black Tie, of Washington Talent Agency.

As the night concluded, guests visited a vintage inspired photobooth and candy bar. Gourmet cupcakes were complimented by an ice cream bar. Guests also completed personalized mad lib cards at each place setting in lieu of a guest book. As the sun set over the Chesapeake Bay, the perfect evening drew to a close, perfectly punctuating Chris and Ellen’s wedding day.

Photography: Natalie Franke | Photography: Natalie Franke | Videographer: Dorothy Cinema Co | Floral Design: Intrigue Designs | Floral Design: Intrigue Designs | Cupcakes: Kupcakes And Co | Invitations: Ashley Cecil | Entertainment: Black Tie Of Washington Talent Agency | Officiant: Divine Transformation | Chesapeake Bay Beach Club: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club | Makeup And Hair: Behind The Veil | Vintage Rentals: 2hands | Wedding And Bridesmaid Dresses: Garnish Boutique

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Annapolis Naval Academy Wedding

What happens when two U.S. Navy sweethearts tie the knot, you ask? Sit tight, lovelies because you’re about to find out. They celebrated with a Naval Academy Chapel ceremony followed by a Chesapeake Bay Beach Club reception, and the result is a classic, nautical-inspired day you don’t want to miss. See it all from Jennifer Lee’s lens right here.

From the Bride.. Jim and I met on a humid July evening in 2012 at a bar in downtown Washington DC. Once we struck up the nerve to speak to each other, we discovered how much we had in common: both originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, both in the United States Navy (I am a reservist), and we had many mutual friends in common. Our relationship progressed very quickly and we fell in love and got engaged within six months. On a trip to Italy together, Jim got down on one knee and proposed to me on top of the Vatican in Rome.

I originally wanted to elope in England or Italy, but it meant a lot to Jim to get married in front of our family and friends. What was supposed to be a small wedding quickly turned in to a large Catholic military wedding at the United States Naval Academy (Jim’s alma mater) in Annapolis, Maryland. Isn’t it funny how that happens?

Our vision for the wedding was “modern but classy nautical,” paying homage to our elegant wedding chapel and reception venue located on the water. Our reception venue, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, was decorated with gorgeous candelabras, cherry blossom branches, and a sunset that looked like it was painted with watercolors across the sky. Our reception unintentionally developed a definite “America” theme to it–playing Top Gun on a big screen in the background, American flags out on the dance floor, and a spur-of-the-moment rendition of “God Bless America” at one point.

The highlights of our wedding, in no particular order: the sword arch in front of the Naval Academy Chapel, the Navy officers and Jim serenading me with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” our chicken and waffle “midnight snack,” my maid of honor’s truly epic speech, our sparkler exit, and all of our handcrafted decor.

It is a cliche to be sure, but May 3rd, 2014 was truly magical and a wonderful kick off to our adventures together as husband and wife.

Photography: Jennifer Lee Photographee | Flowers: Flower Follies | Cupcakes: For Goodness Cakes | Ceremony Venue: United States Naval Academy Chapel | Reception Venue: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club | Bride's Shoes: Benjamin Adams | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Band: Gonzo's Nose | Bride's Dress: Amsale | Bride's Hair: Denita Brown Of Jewel Hair Design | Bride's Makeup: Blend | Bridesmaids' Hair: Behind The Veil | Invitation: Allison Barnhill Designs | Lighting And Stage: Perkins Productions | Transportation: Towne Transport

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