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Peach Summer Wedding at The Oaks

This perfectly peach soiree from Natalie Franke is Southern charm to a T, with a fresh nautical vibe mixed in. The bridesmaids donning Donna Morgan pop beautifully against the stunning Bride, while whole peaches stuck with glittered flags top place settings and gilded crabs make an appearance. Oh, and when you head to the gallery, make sure to start with this blue-tied fellow. Isn’t he the cutest?

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Summer
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Inn
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Vintage

From Natalie FrankeA Nautical Wedding inspired with Southern Charm + Chesapeake Living! The bride and groom took a vintage getaway car away from the ceremony to a marina where they zipped into their reception by boat! The tables at the reception were adorned with shimmer, peaches, and little golden crabs! The florals were an organic mix of soft corals, creams, and pinks! Everything about this wedding was spectacular!

No matter how hard I try, there are no words that could adequately express how incredible Kim and Andrew’s Wedding was! Rarely do you see two people so unconditionally and unequivocally in love. At any given moment throughout the day, if you looked for the bride and groom, you could expect to see Kim laughing and Andrew looking at his gorgeous wife with the biggest smile.

One of my favorite moments of their wedding, immediately after the ceremony, was when Kim surprised Andrew with a convertible ride to the docks! When we arrived at the Marina, there was a vintage boat waiting to escort the couple into their reception! It was such a sweet gesture and an amazing moment for the couple to relax together before the festivities got underway!

Photography: Natalie Franke | Florist: Seaberry Farm | Cake: Julie Bakes | Invitations: Seahorse Bend Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil Beauty | DJ: MyDeejay | Officiant: Michael Feehley | Location: The Oaks Waterfront Inn | Photography - Assistance: Kate Ann Photo | Rentals: 2hands Studios | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Vintage Limousine: ConCours Vintage Limousine

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Romantic Fall Seaside Wedding Inspiration

Summer may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a bit of beachy inspiration now does it? Floral & Bloom and Love Buggs Events thought so too. They’ve crafted up an unrefined, flowy kind of pretty in the form of wildly beautiful blooms, sweeping calligraphy by Written Word and a Claire La Faye dress that’ll have you aching to twirl. Head to the gallery for more from Reverie Supply.

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Summer
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Beach
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Elegant

From the Event Designer, Divinity BoggsThe inspiration for our style shoot comes from a bride that is in love with the ocean. Being close to the sea refreshes her spirit and brings tranquility and renewal to prepare her for the next chapter in life. Our ideal bride is an empowered, free spirited woman who has a positive outlook on life and is not limited by anything.

Our vision for our bride’s table set-up and overall dress was to look effortless and romantic. We wanted to complement the flow of the ocean with light flowing fabrics on the tablescape, the bridal gown and veil. Natural earth tones of the beach and fall season were incorporated through seashells, tarnished silver and florals to represent the boldness of her spirit. Adding enchanted handwritten calligraphy and tapered candles was the finished touch we needed to complete our dreamy beach look.

From the Photographer, Sally Pinera from Reverie SupplyFall is a time where our surrounding colors are intensely bright and warm. Our vision was to create a dreamy seaside inspiration shoot during this beautiful season. To resemble the colors of fall, the shoot was set to be done at sunrise with pink and orange skies radiating in the background. The shoot began at the peak of sunrise and radiated all across the water. It was absolutely breathtaking! It was as if fall was painted across the sky and reflected onto the blue water.

The location of the shoot was at Brownies Beach. The beach was surrounded by high cliffs and covered in shells, fossils and broken down driftwoods. It was the perfect backdrop to design our romantically surreal shoot. Against this background, we were able to embody the colors of fall: rich burgundy, dark greens, pops of mustard yellows, mauve reds and soft earth tones. We incorporated lots of different elements that accentuated the theme by using things such as clam name cards, taupe linen menus with beautiful calligraphy, seashells, mustard yellow table runner, vintage metal and wood chairs, and even a wonderfully hand stitched clam journal!

Photography: Reverie Supply | Event Planning: Love Buggs Events | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Claire La Faye | Cake: Buttercream Bake Shop | Bracelet: Camilla Christine Bridal | Makeup Artist: Real Doll Makeup | Calligraphy: Written Word | 1st Viel: BHLDN | 2nd Viel : Christina Camilla | Beach: Brownies Beach | Bridal Robe: BHLDN | Clam Journal "Book Of The Sea": Odelae | Shoes : BHLDN | Vintage Rentals: Rusty Love Vintage Rentals

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Sunlit Chesapeake Bay Engagement Session

Not only is this sunny love sesh on the Chesapeake dreamy-as-ever (hello, gorgeous Vince Camuto dress!), but the story that brought these two lovebirds together is poetic to say the least. A love that blossomed from a lifetime of friendship resulted in these stunning images from Justin & Mary and we can’t get enough.

From Justin & MaryGorgeous dress alert! This, in its most beautiful form, is Lauren and Matt. Nothing less, nothing more, just fate that makes you look at each other and say “is this really us; is this really OUR story?” Friends since they were born, these two have managed to fall in LOVE. Their elegant bayside engagement shoot was captured by Justin & Mary Marantz during the most glowing golden sunset. The location is this couple’s most sacred place, the docks of the small town of Port Deposit at Tome’s Landing Marina. This hidden gem’s location is only known by boaters and locals with waters feeding to the most popular boating destinations. This session is full of pretty and soft color! Talk about a breathtaking dress, an adorable couple, and gorgeous scenery! This session is a MUST see!

The story of Lauren & Matt…Somewhere in Chapter 18 of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic The Scarlet Letter, he had the absolute brilliance to state that “love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world.” The story of Lauren and Matt is somewhat in between the newly born and deathlike slumber recounted by Hawthorne. The reality of destiny, and the finality of knowing that nothing else matters, is an awe-inspiring experience. This, in its most beautiful form, is Lauren and Matt. Nothing less, nothing more, just fate that makes you look at each other and say “is this really us; is this really OUR story?”

Around 1980, Karen Halupke and Renee Keefe met in the back of a car during a work-related drive. After briefly exchanging pleasantries, the two began informally recognizing that this chance meeting could, in fact, be the beginning of a lifelong friendship. By the late 80′s, Karen had welcomed two girls into the world, the second being named Lauren Anne. Meanwhile Renee gave birth to a baby boy 14 years into her first son’s life, naming him Matthew Kevin. As the two women grew closer, so did their families. Their husbands became good friends, their kids would play nicely in side rooms during dinners, and holiday and milestone gift exchanges became commonplace. Destiny was already working her magic, despite a wandering eye’s refusal to notice a bond which today is undeniable, and yes, borderline chilling.

Lauren and Matt had a common childhood and adolescent upbringing, with, of course, a few bumps in the road along the way. On the Jersey Shore, Matt made his way through elementary school before moving on to preparatory school and then college in Delaware. Lauren, meanwhile, spent her younger years in Hamilton, NJ through elementary, junior high, and high school. Her lifelong passion for art and design made the Art Institute of Philadelphia an easy choice for college; placing Lauren about a 35 minute drive north of Newark, DE where Matt was living and attending school. This was entirely irrelevant however, as the relationship between the two did not extend beyond anything more than a “hi” or a simple recognition of existence at yet another family get-together. Lauren was busy with her life, Matt with his. Memories of the past were simply that; memories, not motivation to experience more or recognition that destiny was calmly waiting for the opportunity to expose her power.

Through the web of social media, the justification of instant means of communication, and a chance work-related visit to Philadelphia by Matt, the initial dose of fate was introduced to the equation. Matt and Lauren began talking on an increasingly regular basis, spending some limited time together, and eventually feeling comfortable enough to attend Lauren’s older sister Krisitin’s wedding in July of 2009 as “friends.” Two weeks after this wonderful occasion, things would change drastically. Fueled off of a lifelong passion and a tremendous opportunity, Matt picked up and moved from New Jersey to Texas to become a collegiate basketball coach at Tarleton State University. He would spend the next three years in Stephenville, TX with only sporadic visits back to the east coast, mostly for holidays and maybe a long weekend here and there. The two stayed in touch, but it was nothing more than a text here or a Facebook post there. It seemed as if destiny was in the back seat, just as Karen and Renee once were. It was behind a driver, which was the equal, yet completely separate, lives which Lauren and Matt were leading. It was determined to not try any harder to show its face, and just let what is meant to happen, happen. And that is EXACTLY what occurred.

After making the decision to return to the east coast permanently in July 2012, Matt knew that a life without Lauren was COMPLETELY out of the question. Although it took some convincing that he was actually moving back (i.e. texting Lauren a picture of the packed U-Haul), the two knew that something had clicked and was completely undeniable. Destiny didn’t even have to show herself. Lauren and Matt knew whatever was going on was VERY real, very different. Soon after, it was easy to see and feel that mutual attraction and interest was quickly being replaced by love, support, and visions of the future. As the days became months, and the months a full year, there was no question that even a lifetime together wouldn’t even be sufficient for all of the laughs, love, morning coffees, adventures, and feelings of loneliness when the other person was gone for just a day. So then, on November 23rd of 2013, in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, Matt looked Lauren in the eyes, got down on one knee, and told her that he couldn’t live without her. Forever, just like the only numbers in the date of the engagement (1, 2, 3), there will only be three things: Lauren, Matt, and the love which they will eternally have for each other. Just like Hawthorne said, whether love is newly born, or aroused from somewhere previously unknown, the brilliance which it radiates throughout life is what is truly special, truly distinctive… truly, the Lauren and Matt story.

Photography: Justin & Mary | Dress: Vince Camuto | Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil, LLC | Bouquet: Amanda's Florist | Casual Shoes: Sperry | Hair Color: Jolie Salon & Day Spa | Her Casual Wear: Banana Republic | His Attire: Ralph Lauren | His Jeans: Lucky Brand | His Shoes: Florsheim | Location: Tome's Landing Marina | Necklace & Earrings: Kate Spade | Our Family Boat: Three's A Charm | Sandal Designer: Stuart Weitzman | The Ring: Carroll's Jewelers