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Oh-So-Classic Nautical Wedding

Classic is just the tip of the iceberg with this beauty sent to us by Erich McVey. It’s really so much more than the perfect white tent, the nautical touches crafted by Strawberry Milk Events, and the stunning tables lined in lace and florals by The Flower Studio. So much more. It’s a love fest and proof that the team of vendors behind this affair know full well how to craft a wildly beautiful event.


From Julie of Strawberry Milk Events… We wanted Liz and Mike’s waterfront wedding for 150 guests in the quaint town of St. Michael’s MD to appear effortlessly elegant. The lovely Inn at Perry Cabin hosted their family and friends over the weekend, where they also got ready the morning of the wedding. They were married in a little stone church straight out of a storybook, followed by a cocktail reception under the lighthouse at Chesapeake Maritime Museum. Cocktail hour highlights included an oyster bar, cheese and charcuterie displays, and a refreshing Cucumber Mint Gin Fizz signature cocktail. An upscale, farm to table, southern supper with a slight 1940’s vibe ensued under a beautiful Sperry tent on the point after cocktails.

At the wedding reception, we mixed organic linens and natural textures with mirrored surfaces and gold accents to achieve a layered look that blended the best of organic and traditional. Gold chiavarri chairs donned sheer lace chair covers at Restoration Hardware wooden tables, tied together with a hemstitch white linen runner. At other tables, wooden farm chairs accented organic white textured linens, all with glamorous accents of gold and the softest blush.

The centerpieces were romantic and lush, but with an organic “just picked from the garden” feel. The couple’s bespoke gold monogram was incorporated into every detail – from the invitations, to the programs, menus, escort cards, coasters, napkins, beverage sticks and even the dance floor. The napkins at place settings were tied off with nautical rope, and placecards were attached to mini pearl nautilus shells as a nod to the surroundings. On the dinner menu: red and yellow watermelon, feta and mint salad followed by a choice between steak frites and local rockfish. The vintage-style big band set the perfect mood – which the couple danced to under the sparkling 6 foot empire crystal chandelier, which had gold leaf detailing mimicking the custom dance floor monogram.

The couple made sure to incorporate the groom’s two daughters with special additions to the ceremony program and a special family dance at the reception. Since sparklers were not allowed on property, at the end of the night, guests waved ribbon wands while the couple made their grand exit into their vintage, wooden getaway boat.

Photography: Erich McVey Photography | Floral Design: The Flower Studio | Wedding Dress: Peter Langner | Cake: Sweethearts Patisserie | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Cathedral | Reception Venue: Chesapeake Maritime Museum | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Caterer: Gourmet By The Bay | Hair & Makeup: Serendipity Salon | Band: Raggs & The All-Stars (Elan Artists) | Decor: Syzygy | Decor: Chicka | Getting Ready Photos: The Inn At Perry Cabin | Invitations + Day Of Paper: Natalie Chang | Planning + Design: Julie Of Strawberry Milk Events | Vintage Car: Vintage Limos

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Waterfront Maryland Wedding at The Inn At Perry Cabin

Waterfront Maryland weddings are basically unbeatable. They somehow mix chic and casual unlike anywhere else. This beauty is the perfect example, it’s downright stunning but yet you know the guests had a ridiculously amazing time. And with the oh so talented Jacqueline of Birds Of A Feather behind the lens to capture every moment, we’ve basically hit the jackpot of pretty. See more here.


From the Bride…We really visited the venue at the recommendation of my father. He had stayed there at least once on a business trip and told us we should check it out. Given my mothers desire to dress me in anything Laura Ashley throughout my childhood until I was old enough to protest and Walter’s childhood spend sailing on ships with his father not to mention our shared love for the water and anything nautical, it was really the perfect fit! We fell in love when we went to visit (which was in December shortly after we got engaged). We were just blown away when we saw how amazing everything looked with leaves on the trees and the sun shining! It was really sort of a whirlwind! We met in April of 2012 (on no less! ew! you can probably leave that less than romantic part out), were engaged by the end of November of the same year and then married in October of the following year. So really we met, got engaged, planned a wedding, and got married in less than a year and a half. And amazingly we still not only love each other, but like each other too!! Invitations were all handmade by me. Walter did the typeset and printing and I put them together. Place cards were typed on Walter’s antique typewriter. The note attached to the guest gift was a donation we made to a charity that is close to Walter’s heart called the Invisible Children. Amazing moments throughout the evening…sort of a blur really. My father’s speech sort of sticks with me. He is the only man I know with the ability to make a smart ass remark in one breath and bring a crowd to tears in the next. The song he picked out for our first dance says it all. Gracie by Ben Folds “You can’t fool me I saw you when you came out, You have your mama’s taste but you’ve got my mouth…

Photography: Jacqueline Campbell Of Birds Of A Feather | Planner: Tisha Schiefle Of The Inn At Perry Cabin | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Bride's Shoes: Franco Sarto | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Makeup By Kevan | Hair: Serendipity Salon | DJ: My DeeJay | Groom's Shoes: Crockett And Jones | Grooms Attire: Dash's Of Old Town | Hotel: The Inn At Perry Cabin | Catering + Wedding Cake: The Inn At Perry Cabin | Design + Florals: Amaryllis Inc | Tent: Sugarplum Tents | Wedding Dress Via: Love Couture Bridal

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Garden Wedding Inspiration from Amber Housley + Cyn Kain Photography

What do you get when a host of talented wedding gurus join forces for a Chesapeake Bay photo shoot? Gorgeousness my friends. Absolute gorgeousness. With design and styling by Amber Housley, images by Cyn Kain Photography, florals by Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, hair and makeup by Amie Decker Beauty, treats by Charm City Cakes, and fashions from Hitched Bridal, this Perry Cabin shoot is so sweet you’ll want to sink your teeth right in. In addition to bringing us a boat-load beautiful inspiration they were also kind enough to share the recipe for this tasty southern cocktail. You can feast your eyes on even more of this feminine photo shoot right here in the gallery.

From Amber Housely… We designed this photo shoot to represent the gorgeous lush gardens of the Inn at Perry Cabin with the peony flower being our main inspiration. Likely to be called the official summer flower of the south, the stunning peony makes its appearance in the floral arrangements, paper goods, table linens, and even the Christos dress style name!

We chose a soft, feminine blush pink palette with accents of gold and coral to reflect the traditional charm and freshness of the landscape. The Inn at Perry Cabin is in the town of St. Michaels, Maryland and is made famous in the movie “The Wedding Crashers.” This quiet retreat on the Chesapeake Bay is not only perfect for a gorgeous destination wedding, it would also make for an amazing, intimate honeymoon. The property features a long and expansive driveway, white columns, lush gardens, quiet pathways and historic romantic charm. Some of the blooms and blossoms featured are straight from the inn’s gardens and pathways. The bouquets and reception table florals were exquisitely designed by Holly Chapple.

The peony illustration was representative of the gardens of The Inn at Perry Cabin. The gold metallic cardstock backing pairs well with the blush pink and ivory tones of the coordinating elements. The calligraphy typeface was chosen as a nod to the historical roots of the venue, but also to add a touch of elegance and formality to the garden affair. Vintage stamps in coordinating colors were used on the mailing envelope.

To continue the peony and garden details of this wedding style, florals of various garden varieties that complimented the venue’s gardens, were contained in antique compote vessels and paired with formal glass beaded pillar candles from the family’s own personal collection. The main centerpieces were displayed on gold vintage mirrors. To help bring a modern touch to the table, we used soft linens in a blush pink with peony rosettes and shimmer confetti. There was also a nice mix of metals from the mirror frames, the flatware and candle votives. The unique table linens are a welcome break from the norm. Produced by Nuage Designs, they bring extra texture and interest to the dining table. Soft and feminine florals help anchor the dressy fabrics and bring it together in a stunning dimensional look.

The peach-apricot heart cut cookies would make for a great favor to be made at home with family, using farm fresh local fruit. This could also be a passed-down family recipe. Packaging them up in a muslin bag with custom tag makes the perfect guest treat. Our specialty kids table not only takes all the colors and patterns up a notch, but also includes a sweet surprise box filled with all sorts of kid-friendly goodies. And of course, two cakes are always better than one! Have trouble deciding on a cake design? Why not have two! These gorgeous designs by Charm City Cakes are displayed on gold-framed mirrors.

Our model, Heather, was recently married in Washington D.C. Her husband is a baseball player for the Nationals.

Recipe for the Southern Sunset:

- Add ice to old fashioned glass
- 1oz. Southern Comfort Peach Liqueur
- 1 dash of grenadine syrup
- 1 dash of fresh lemon juice
- Fill remainder with Orange Juice
- Top with Peach Slice

Photography: Cyn Kain Photography / Event Design + Styling + Planning: Amber Housley / Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, LTD. / Venue Location: The Inn at Perry Cabin / Invitations + Paper Goods: Amber Housley /  Wedding Dress: Christos (Peony) via Hitched Bridal Couture in Washington, DC / Lace Bolero: Chaviano Couture / Accessories: Hitched  Bridal Couture / Hair + Make-up: Amie Decker Beauty / Cakes: Charm City Cakes / Linens: Nuage Designs / Garter: Minetta Lane

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The Inn at Perry Cabin Wedding from CinemaCake + Susan Stripling

This wedding had me at that adorable ring bearer. Sweet little ring bearers in the cutest duds ever plus puppies? Kryptonite. (You can even catch a few of his sweet dance moves in the fantastic highlight film). So now that I’ve professed my adoration for that adorable ring bearer, I’ve got two more to make. Yep, I’m feeling sappy today. The highlight film from CinemaCake Filmmakers. You HAVE to block out a few minutes of your day to watch this. And I mean block out – because it is so intimate, you totally feel like you’re right there with this beautiful bride and groom on their big day. And you’ll cry. At least I did. And finally, I must profess my total and utter love for this Maryland wedding, captured brilliantly by Susan Stripling Photography. It’s so romantic and beautiful, filled with some of the most perfect little details I’ve ever seen. See all those pretty little deets in the full image gallery!

I just can’t wait to show you the highlight CinemaCake sent our way – so before we get too far into the affair, here we go. Warning – grab some tissues. And I hope your mascara is waterproof.

CinemaCake Filmmakers on Vimeo.

Evan shocked me when he proposed in Monte Carlo in 2007 – so much so that I thought he was kidding. On the flight home I immersed myself in wedding magazines and lived wedding all the time. Our plans became so big, so overwhelming we both took a step back and said we want simple and we want elegance. At this point I found Style Me Pretty and it was my “ah ha!” moment.

I wanted to merge my simple upbringing in rural Pennsylvania and our busy city lifestyle in Baltimore. I wanted elegance with a touch of whimsy. As a child my parents vacationed in Saint Michaels, MD at the Inn at Perry Cabin. I have fond memories of watching the sailboats from the patio and chasing my sister through the gardens.  I realized this place felt like home and this was where I wanted to be married.

Our wedding of 120 could not be accommodated indoors so we resorted to an outdoor tented reception and ceremony.  My ceremony was rained out so the Inn quickly turned one of their indoor spaces into a ceremony site. Candles filled the room with a rose petal runner and copper lanterns lined the aisle. My florist made huge flower and moss balls which were relocated from the lawn to the ceremony site and then moved to the tented reception. They added that touch of whimsy I was looking for. My florist also made hanging cones from birch bark that were intended to hang from the tree branches along with small glass globes illuminated with tea lights. The birch cones were relocated to the tent and filled with David Austin roses. Although it was not the waterfront ceremony we were expecting, it turned into something beautiful and warm–and believe it or not– a welcomed surprise despite the rain.

My Watters & Watters dress looked handmade and vintage and paired perfectly with my red Valentino d’Orsay pumps. My husband wore a blue and white striped suit with a gardenia boutonnière.  My bridesmaids wore beige colored linen, knee length dresses and carried bouquets of cream hydrangeas.

I hired the fabulous Susan Stripling to freeze the day and CinemaCake to capture the moving visuals. At the entrance to our tent we hung place cards on an old barn shutter I found at an antique shop. The place cards from Kate Spade had sayings that read “Playing Footsie is Encouraged” or “Save room for Dessert”.

One of my favorite childhood movies is Alice in Wonderland, and to add to the whimsy theme we lined champagne glasses and attached coffee stained hang tags that read  “drink me,” which our guests enjoyed. The kids table was outfitted with oversized lollipops and small trinkets to keep them busy. I really loved the tissue poms I found on Etsy and bribed my attendants’ with wine and kind sentiments to help make smaller poms into napkin rings. Most of the women at the wedding actually wore them as bracelets after dinner.

I would say the home run of the evening was our photo booth from Baltimore Photo Booth Company. They provided props and I honestly could not fathom the amount of joy it would bring my family. Everyone, including my 80 year old grandmother, was in the photo booth laughing hysterically. They were able to take home a souvenir and the photo booth company also gave my husband and me a book with a copy of each photo taken that evening. We had an after party by the huge fireplace inside the inn. I had rented couches and the Inn provided pillows and blankets. Everyone enjoyed rum spiked cider, peppermint hot cocoa and roasted s’mores.  It was a great end to a fabulous day.

Photography: Susan Stripling Photography / Cinematography: CinemaCake Filmmakers / Flowers: Mary Ruth Chapin / Event Planning & Design: The Bride & Groom / Venue: The Inn at Perry Cabin / Entertainment: MyDeejay & Sage String Quartet / Shoes: Valentino d’Orsay / Dress: Watters & Watters / Photo Booth: Baltimore Photo Booth

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