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Vintage Inspired Annapolis Wedding

When a beautiful planner bride (hello, 2Hands Studios) marries her childhood sweetheart, magical things happen.  Magical things like lush, romantic blooms crafted by Cache Fleur, a breathtaking reception filled with golden glitter and some seriously sweet moments captured by Natalie Franke.  See them all in the full gallery, then stay awhile in The Vault for even more vintage inspired pretty.

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Summer
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Elegant

From Natalie Franke… Adriana and Kevin have been together since childhood. Their love story so beautifully intertwined that both of their families celebrated this day with joyful tears and beaming smiles. I absolutely loved the moment when Adriana put on her dress, the bridal party portraits at the State House, and seeing her wedding day vision come to life. The incredible team at 2hands studios, where Adriana is an extraordinary planner, came together to make this wedding one of the best I’ve ever experienced!

From the Bride… The theme to our wedding is an elegant garden feel. Soft, romantic, timeless, with pops of our personality and family. Sea foam is the color we selected, because it is relaxing and reminds us of the water. Kevin proposed on a dock!

I wanted something a little fun but not too extreme. We incorporated little touches of family with photos of each married sibling, parent and grandparent on the patio, Kevin’s grandmothers broach on my bouquet, my grandmothers jewelry, and some of our families favorite foods. My bouquet is also wrapped in my mothers veil.

Photography: Natalie Franke | Cinematography: Drawn To The Image | Event Planning: 2Hands Studios | Floral Design: Cache Fleur | Wedding Dress: Bridals by Elena | Cake: Cakes by Rachael | Invitations: 2Hands Studios | Ceremony Venue: St. John Neumann Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Historic Inns of Annapolis | Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil | DJ: DJ KRock | Transportation: Extraordinar Limousine | Photography - Assistance: Madison Short Photography | Photography - Assistance: Kate Ann Photo | Rentals: Rentals to Remember | Vintage Decor & Furniture: 2Hands Studios

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Intimate Ceremony at Quiet Waters Park

Intimate weddings have always, and will always, be my absolute favorite affairs. Where love is the detail that shines through every moment, and the couple is the prettiest detail of all. So this wedding captured by Hillary of Lauren Fair Photography truly is my dream. Her photographs will forever a capture a day this family will cherish forever, and when you read the Bride’s description below, you’ll realize just how special they really are. Add in those stunning florals from Alicia Jayne Florals, and this wedding completely has my heart. See why here.

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Summer
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From The Bride…Brent and I first met in 2007 at a concert with some mutual friends. I always remembered thinking how cool and fun he was. Shortly after, I went off to school in South Carolina and he moved to Baltimore. We always stayed in touch throughout the years though — wishing each other happy birthdays and sending texts and messages here and there. During this time, Brent became closer with my circle of friends and apparently always asked about “your friend Kim” to my best friends.. I thought this was cute. Once I graduated and moved back home, I went to Baltimore to celebrate his 29th birthday, and as they say, the rest is history.

Brent proposed in January of 2014. He made me the most perfect breakfast where we shared a fancy bottle of champagne for mimosas. At this point, I didn’t think anything of it, until I noticed my plate was clean and he didn’t even touch his food. As soon as I asked “why aren’t you eating” he got down on one knee and proposed. It was the sweetest moment of my life, even though I wish I could remember what he all said.. I think some can all relate to this.

We began to plan our August 2015 wedding. As Brent can attest, there were moments of complete stress (only on my part though). Searching for a venue was the worst, but after several weeks, we found the perfect location. Vendors were locked-in and all our details started to fall into place.

A few months before our big day, my family received news that my father, who had been battling cancer close to three years, only had a few months left to live. Brent and I struggled with this. We weren’t sure what the right thing to do was. Eventually, we decided to postpone our August 2015 wedding and move it to August 2016.

As we sat in the hospital, I told my dad the news. I was so afraid that postponing our August wedding would upset him but it was completely the opposite. He was so understanding and comforting. He had a smile on his face; he was amazing. That same week, Brent and I made plans to have a small, intimate wedding ceremony at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis Maryland. We absolutely love this park — we take our great dane pup there on a weekly basis. Plus, I’ve always imagine having engagement pictures done here so to have our wedding photos taken in the beautifully sunlit woods was something special.

On June 12th, my dad walked me down the aisle and gave me away to Brent. It was something I cannot describe — I was overjoyed. We were surrounded by our closest family and friends. They were all here for Brent and I, as they all watch my father give his only daughter away.. I was overwhelmed with so many emotions.

Just two weeks later, my father passed away. I cannot put into words what this day meant for us and my family but we are beyond grateful to have these memories and photographs, and to look back on and cherish them for the rest of our lives.

Photography: Hillary For Lauren Fair Photography | Floral Design: Alicia Jayne Florals | Wedding Dress: Lulus | Ceremony: Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, Maryland | Reception: Chart House | Makeup : Blend Makeup Artistry | Groom's Attire: Black Lapel | Officiant: Annapolis Wedding Chapel

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Romantic + Traditional Maryland Wedding

This is what happens when romance, tradition and whimsy meet up at a picturesque seaside setting: a whole lot of awesomeness.  Think stunning blooms from Flowers by Alison, beautiful details styled by Both Coasts Style (the MOB and SOB!) and a bride who really knows how to rock a Monique Lhuillier. See it all captured by Alyssa Maloof right here, then head to The Vault for even more seaside lovely.

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Summer
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ChurchTented
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Elegant

From the Bride… My sister’s wedding set an ideal for how I wanted my own wedding to look and feel. Little did I know, my future husband was also in attendance, with that very same thought.

Almost four years later exactly, Sean and I exchanged vows in the same small church where my sister and parents were married. Much of our wedding was drawn from the occasion where we met, though we insisted on personalizing our day. My mom and sister of Both Coasts Style fulfilled the request perfectly, managing to still incorporate the same trappings of life, love, and family.

Boats ferried our guests across the bay of my hometown to a waterfront reception. Everyone was greeted with custom cocktails in vintage coke bottles, bottled by my brothers. My mom and sister gathered the perfect decor to complement the bay side venue: old bait and tackle shop signs, a fire pit surrounded by antique Adirondacks, and vintage couches set up in vignettes across the property. They thought of every detail — even making oyster shell garland to hang on the seafood shack, where we served oysters and clams.

We added our own flair by hiring a local celebrity and Rod Stewart impersonator, Sir Rod Stewart. He confused a few wedding guests, until he ignited the dance floor alongside fireworks, singing Maggie Mae. I have never seen smiles and laughter brought about so instantaneously.

Every inch of our wedding felt personal and represented so much of who we are as a couple. Everything from the food, to the flowers, to the service was contributed by our closest family and friends. This is undoubtedly why everyone felt a little bit of magic on our wedding day.

Photography: Alyssa Maloof | Event Design: Both Coasts Style | Floral Design: Flowers by Alison | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Simply Noted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Reformation | DJ: DJ Waxx | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Back Bay Bungalows : Back Bay Bungalows | Live Music: Sir Rod Stewart | Tent : Coastal Tented

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Elegant Naval Academy Wedding in Annapolis

I have such a soft spot in my heart for military weddings, and it goes far beyond the handsome uniforms and traditions. What really gets me is the couple. You can tell they have already been through so much, and they wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else in the world. How could you not love that? And when such a wedding plays out through Joy Michelle Photography‘s images, I couldn’t be happier.

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Summer
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Elegant

From Joy Michelle PhotographyStephanie and Daniel tied the knot at the USNA Chapel on a sunny day in June and held their reception at the Alumni Hall (in the Bo Coppedge Room) offering sweeping views of College Creek and the Severn River.

They incorporated nautical elements into their decor including stripes, rope knots for their centerpieces and beautifully done calligraphy seating charts/tags. There were so many beautiful little signs, details, and decor elements throughout the whole wedding but one that stood out to me was the memory display to their friends who could not attend and were deployed overseas. They marked each name with a beer.

Can we just pause and take a moment to appreciate Stephanie’s all blush peony bouquet wrapped in blue and navy stripes?! Talk about romantic elegance!

Something old: Lace from bride’s grandmothers wedding gown wrapped around the bride’s bouquet.
Something new: South sea golden pearl earrings. A gift from the groom on his first deployment.
Something borrowed: Anchor pin. borrowed from Mrs. Lauren Cline (pinned to the bouquet).
Something blue: Bride’s shoes. A gift from the groom. (Designed by Badgley Mischka).

I’m a hybrid wedding photographer and this wedding was photographed with a mix of film and digital photography.

Photography: Joy Michelle Photography | Videography : Clickspark | Event Planning: Wedding Savvy | Floral Design: Scentsational Flowers | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Caroline's Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Naval Academy Chapel | Reception Venue: Alumni Hall | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Calligraphy: Christy Scaljon | DJ: Absolute Entertainment | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Gown Boutique: Blush Bridal | Letterpress Invites: A And P Design Co. | Make Up Artist: Stacie Snyder | Rentals: Rentals To Remember | Table Numbers: 2Hands Studios

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Romantic Downtown Annapolis Engagement Session

Having first met in downtown Annapolis, this couple couldn’t think of a more perfect place to have their engagement session! What could be more romantic than sneaking in kisses on a park bench and eating ice cream by the harbor, all under the spell of the city’s historic charm? Alysia & Jayson Photography captured it all in the full gallery right here!

From Alysia & Jayson PhotographyIt did not take us any time to figure out that Taylor and Jared were an incredibly authentic and dynamic duo. They have a most genuine love for one another and amazing chemistry that could not be hidden from our cameras. It was an absolute joy to photograph and get to know them.

Their love story began in the beautiful and quaint historic downtown Annapolis, and so there was no hesitation or question as to where we’d photograph their engagement session. We spent a beautiful evening roaming these charming streets, talking and sharing stories. We are so honored to be photographing their Naval Academy wedding next June.

From the beautiful Bride-To-Be… Jared and I met in the heart of downtown Annapolis at McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar. My sister and I stopped in for a quick drink. Jared had built the courage to approach me and nervously asked me for my phone number after some small talk! After many wonderful dates and 7 blissful months of dating, Jared proposed to me on a wintery December night in Chicago. Jared recently graduated from the Naval Academy and I call Annapolis home so we couldn’t think of a more perfect place to be married! We chose the Naval Academy’s Alumni House to have the reception. The ceremony and reception will encompass the historic heart and romanticism we fell in love with.

Photography: Alysia & Jayson Photography | Dress: BCBG Max Azria | Make-Up: Ashley Alana With Red, White & Beautiful | Location: Annapolis

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