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Patriotic Backyard Wedding in Maryland

Veterans Day is a special day on SMP. It’s a day where we can take a minute to stop and thank all the men and women – past, present and future – who put their life on the line to make our lives as sweet as they are. We honestly feel honored to celebrate. So this patriotic pretty captured by Krista A. Jones is serving as our big ol’ virtual hug for all of those Veterans out there who make our world a safer place - from all of us at SMP, thank you, thank you, thank you.

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From The Bride…We were married on a gorgeous day exactly one year after we got engaged in Annapolis, Maryland. The forecast called for rain all week but when we woke up on Saturday morning there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and a cool breeze fought back the June heat. Like many of brides, I dreamed about my wedding day since I was a little girl – a big white dress, a gorgeous venue, my best friends by my side, the love of my life waiting at the end of the aisle – all culminating in one fantastic party. What I could not have imagined was how much more meaningful my dreams became when they were translated into reality. That big white dress was a custom combination of two different Modern Trousseau dresses that my mom and I picked out together. Our venue was my father’s gorgeous home where so much of our love story had played out – from summers spent by the pool just getting to know each other, to boat rides on the Severn and South River’s where we eventually got engaged, to the two months my husband actually spent living with my father right before we got engaged. Our bridal party was made up of our best friends from college – the ones that watched our relationship grow from the very beginning and encouraged us to treasure what we had found in each other. The boy waiting at the end of the aisle? He exceeds my wildest dreams every day. And that fantastic party? Well the tone was set for that when Bill Murray crashed my husbands bachelor party and the video of his inspiring speech went viral. It was like our own personal PR campaign for the fabulous party to follow.

We were actually engaged and married on Flag Day. If you knew my husband you would know that he is obsessed with anything covered in an American flag and his favorite holiday is the Fourth of July. So while Flag Day is no Fourth of July, the date seemed like a perfect match. We were also married about 5 minutes down the river from the Naval Academy and thought incorporating small touches of the American flag into our day would be a fitting tribute. Instead of flower petals or ribbons we were saluted by miniature flags as we left the church. We had custom designed American Flag cornhole sets made for cocktail hour and my husband even gifted each of his groomsmen American flag socks, cuff links and shorts which they did not hesitate to parade around in.

While my entire family is from the Mid-Atlantic, my husbands family is almost entirely from Ohio. In order to celebrate them we incorporated some fun Ohio traditions into our food choices. One of our cocktail hour appetizers were little cornbread cups filled with the very distinctly Ohio style chili. For a fun treat after the cake, we flew in the most amazing Cincinnati ice cream from Graeter’s. However, I couldn’t ignore my Maryland roots and we were sure to find a spot for the classic Maryland crab cake on our menu as well.

In terms of overall decor we wanted to keep it as simple as possible in order to really celebrate our gorgeous venue. We were so absolutely lucky to have a location right on the water that is beautiful in its own right so we stuck to a palette of mostly textured whites with some soft pinks mixed in. We also added a pop of silver and some sparkle here and there as a fun accents.

I will never forget looking up at the tent from the dock after the sun went down. We could see the twinkling lights reflecting off the water and hear the sounds of the band playing while all of our favorite people in the world danced the night away. While it may be cliche, I now understand why so many brides say their wedding day was the best day of their lives. We floated through the day on a cloud of complete and utter joy and everything we ever dreamed of was executed to perfection. None of this would have been possible without our amazing vendors and we are so thankful for all of the hard work they put in. We will treasure these memories forever.

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Videographer: Clickspark | Florist: Silverstems | Wedding Cake: The Palate Pleasers | Invitations: Cink Art | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil Beauty | Band: “Playlist” Entertainment Exchange | Bride's Dress: Modern Trousseau | Crab Mallots: Bay Imprint | Groomsmen's Shorts: Chubbies | Groomsmen's Socks: K.Bell | Love Is Sweet Print: The First Snow (Etsy) | Mirror Signs: Ikea Mirrors With Lettering | Photo Booth: Annapolis Photo Booth | Private Residence : Bride's Father's Home | Transportation: Annapolis Trolley | Wedding Coordinator : Wedding Savvy

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Charming Parisian Garden Wedding Inspiration

I can’t seem to pull myself away from these pristine images from Krista A. Jones. It’s all Parisian charm with a hint of boho glam, in the classiest kind of way. I couldn’t help but lead with the gorg hairdo that Jewel Hair Design perfected (a must-pin!), and beyond that lies so much more… freshly plated peonies, pastel macarons, gilded place settings and one seriously stunning ring. See it here.

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Vintage

From Krista A. JonesIf Marie Antoinette had a more relaxed, laid back little sister, this would be the perfect wedding for her. We drew our inspiration from the chic couple who wishes to have a glamorous but small, intimate wedding. The shoot mixes the formality of eclectic vintage accents with a hint of a bohemian garden vibe. A soft palette of blush pinks, ivory, and gold paired with bits of sparkle and antique china help create a look that is polished, glamorous and a little bit un-done.

The existing vintage inspired decor at Blackwall Hitch paired well with chic candelabras and elegant gold garlands from Intrigue Design & Decor. Jewel Hair Design created the most incredible up-do reminiscent of Marie Antoinette herself and Amy from XOXO Vintage rentals brought in the most gorgeous vintage settee.

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Wedding Dress: Annapolis Formal | Hair: Julie Flury, Jewel Hair Design | Florals: Intrigue Design & Decor | Invitations & Paper: Allison Barnhill Designs | Linens & Table Settings: Party Plus Baltimore | Macaroons: Sweet Hearts Patisserie | Makeup: Angela Papa, Behind The Veil | Restaurant: Blackwall Hitch | Styling & Design: Charlotte Jarrett Events | Vintage China, Props, And Settee: XoXo Vintage Rentals

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Nautical Yet Elegance Maryland Wedding at The Annapolis Yacht Club

I’ve been starring at this stunning Maryland wedding for some time now, and I don’t think I’ll be looking away anytime soon. Just take a peek at these gorgeous images form Krista A. Jones and you’ll see why. I’m just obsessed with this wedding’s gorgeous blend of maritime touches with pure timeless elegance. The result is a soiree I simply can’t get enough of, and you can see why here.

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From The Bride….Both Matthew and I were born and raised in Maryland. We love the state, and most especially, the city of Annapolis. The beauty and character of this historic, sailing town has always charmed us. What better place to celebrate our marriage than the place we have always known and loved? St. Mary’s is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen, and with my father’s love of sailing and my grandfather being a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, these two venues were the perfect choices for our ceremony and reception sights.

There is a painting by my Great Uncle Leo that inspired the old world design of our wedding. This painting, which was on display at our reception, depicts two sailing ships on a stormy sea. This maritime style was woven throughout our wedding, from my father’s hand drawn motifs on our wedding paper components, to the muted blues and grays in the florals and decor–and, of course, we will never forget firing off the cannon for evening colors!

My mother’s side of the family is from Louisiana, and in my travels there, I have absolutely fallen in love with the culture–the upbeat music, delicious food, southern traditions, and fun atmosphere—just about everything! Matthew and I both went to New Orleans for our Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties, so it is now a mutual love! We wanted to incorporate some of the elements and traditions true to this special place into our wedding. After our church ceremony, The Bay Winds Dixieland Band set the tone by playing lively jazz for guests as they sipped on a variety of cocktails, including our signature drink, which was chosen in honor of our first dance, “La Vie En Rose”. Following cocktail hour, The Rollex Band took the reception to the next level and completely filled the dance floor. Before cutting the cake, the bridal party and parents of the bride and groom pulled ribbons and pearls out of the wedding cake to reveal charms of fortune. Delicate chocolates from Sucre Boutique in New Orleans were placed on the tables as favors for guests. We couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate being married than with good music, good food, good friends, and some southern flair. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Videography: D Carpenter Videography | Wedding Planner: Wedding Savvy | Floral Design: The Spectacle Shop, Nick Codd | Wedding Cake: Fiona’s Cakes | Invitations: Paper In The Park | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Annapolis Yacht Club | Jewelry: Haute Bride | Rings: Radcliffe Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil | Band (Cocktail Hour): Bay Winds Dixie Land Band | Band (reception): The Rollex Band | Bridal Gown: Lazaro | Transportation: Towne Transport

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