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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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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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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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Abby Capalbo

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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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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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Romantic Spring Wedding at United States Naval Academy

This Bride claims she’s not a crafty person but I beg to differ. Not only was her wedding filled with fantastically done DIY projects but she also sewed beautiful lace trim to her mother’s tulle veil; that my friends is dedication and skill. This fab style extended to her bridesmaids – all decked out thanks to Weddington Way – and the combination of chosen colors makes me downright giddy. Krista A. Jones captured every shade and these pics are what I like to a call a great midday pick-me-up.

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From the Bride… We love the look on people’s faces when they ask us where we’re from and we answer separately, ‘New York City’ and ‘a really small town in South Carolina.’ Meeting each other and falling in love must have been destiny because so many things had to fall into place just right for it to happen. Luckily, my best friend/Maid of Honor knew what she was doing when she introduced us. Her (then) boyfriend attended the Naval Academy and David accompanied him to South Carolina for the USC vs. Navy football game in September 2012. They stayed at our apartment for the weekend and David and I spent hours talking in the kitchen. A year later our friends convinced us to catch up via Sykpe and the next thing I knew, I was buying a plane ticket to visit him in Annapolis.

We wanted the wedding to be reflective of both of our families and cultures – which can be difficult when two cultures and families are so different (I’m Southern and David is a Polish New Yorker). The food really helped pull the cultures together and we even did a celebratory shot of Spiritus (Polish vodka) as a nod to David’s family members who traveled from Poland to attend the wedding.

I was a budget-conscious bride, so I decided to make anything that we needed for the wedding that wouldn’t be suitable as décor in our home. I’m not a very crafty person, but I can get creative when I need to! My favorite DIY project was the ‘Need a Ride?’ taxi signs and business cards that provided guests with information about Uber and local transportation options.

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to wear my mother’s cathedral length veil on my wedding day. After purchasing my lace and tulle wedding gown, I realized that my mom’s tulle veil was beautiful but definitely needed lace. After finally finding the perfect lace trim, we spent a weekend with the veil laid out in the kitchen floor hand sewing the lace around the edge. It was hard work but totally worth it!

Another special touch was our cake topper. David loves Batman and after seeing a Batman and bride cake topper on Pinterest, I knew we had to have it. One of my best friends from college took up clay molding as a hobby while recovering from cancer treatments and volunteered to make it for us. It was a perfect touch on our cake!

Choosing the Naval Academy was an easy choice for us and dictated which date we chose for the wedding. With only seven months to plan, finding a reception venue was a bit trickier. Luckily, we stumbled upon the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and fell in love. It had the romantic feel we wanted and was the perfect combination of an indoor and outdoor space. Our wedding date was the only date available for the spring and summer, so we knew it was meant to be!

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Videography: Ben Franco | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: The Main Ingredient | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: United States Naval Academy | Reception Venue: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Philip Merrill Environmental Center | Rings: Zales | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: The Main Ingredient | Makeup: Caitlin Meyer | Hair: Caitlyn Meyer | Transportation: TowneTransport | Bridal Boutique: White | Bridesmaids' Dress Shop: Weddington Way | Cake Topper: Willow Tree | Headpiece: Sara Gabriel

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