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Coral + Navy Nautical Annapolis Wedding

With gorgeous of pops of coral and navy, this nautical wedding in Annapolis celebrates the rich beauty of the water, with simple DIY touches from the happy couple. With the help of Amie Decker Beauty & Emily Chastain Photography, the bride looked gorgeous as she walked down the aisle. Her bridesmaids wore Plum Pretty Sugar robes and Jenny Yoo dress which perfectly complimented the color palette. You won’t want to miss a minute of this gorgeous day here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Growing up in Virginia, I was captivated by the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, and I always dreamed of getting married one day on its shores. Coincidentally, the man I would marry was growing up along the same shores, but just a bit north of me the whole time!

Scott and I met on a blind date set up by mutual friends while we were living in Washington, D.C. We frequently made trips together from D.C. to his hometown of Annapolis, Maryland. As I began to realize that I was falling head over heels in love with Scott, it became increasingly evident that I was also falling in love with the charming, historic town of Annapolis. After Scott proposed during a weekend getaway to Charlottesville, the vision for our wedding came easily for us. It was to be a day of family, friends, traditions new and old, and of course – the water. There was never a doubt that Annapolis would be the perfect place for our wedding day!

To Scott and me, it was very important to weave in aspects of both our families’ traditions. We chose to get married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where his family has been attending for decades. The Annapolis Yacht Club would make the perfect place to celebrate after the ceremony, and meant a lot to Scott as he and his family are active members there. To honor my family’s traditions, I chose to wrap my bouquet with a handkerchief sewn by my grandmother, who passed away shortly after Scott and I were engaged. I also took one of her hand-stitched embroideries and had it sewn into my wedding dress. It was a special way to have my “something blue” close to my heart.

The ceremony continued our blending of traditions. We had a “unity sand” ceremony where we combined sand from a beach near my home with sand from a beach near Scott’s to symbolize our lives and families becoming one. At the reception, we wanted to reflect our love of the water by accenting the evening with nautical touches. From start to finish, guests received the full Annapolis nautical experience by enjoying a raw oyster bar and cold Dark n’ Stormy’s all night. One of my favorite DIY details was providing guests with a Polaroid camera to use for our guest book. Our guests loved taking group shots and included them in a photo album we designed, and added their messages alongside the photos. It was so much fun to look through it the next day – and it’s still our favorite keepsake from the wedding. Another very special highlight for us was the honor of signaling sunset by firing the canon for Attention to Colors. This is such a special tradition at the Annapolis Yacht Club, and we were very fortunate to have incorporated it into our day.

Every detail of our wedding was chosen for a reason, and we couldn’t have asked for a better day. Even the fickle weather of the Chesapeake cooperated for us, something you can only hope for! I think the most vivid memory of our wedding day might be the final one! For our exit, Scott and I left on a friend’s beautiful Mast and Mallard yacht, and we were so exhausted, but blissfully happy. Looking back, we could see the outline of St. Mary’s grand steeple behind our friends and family on the docks waving and wishing us farewell. It was a magical night, and we would do it all over again if we could!

Photography: Emily Chastain Photography | Videography: Black Tie Video | Event Planning: Wedding Savvy | Floral Design: Cache Fleur | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Cakes By Rachael | Invitations: Paper in the Park | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Annapolis Yacht Club | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Smyth Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Hair: Morgan Gerard | Band: Doug Segree Band | Rentals: 2hands Studios | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Nautical Annapolis Spring Wedding

I will forever adore nautical nuptials. With childhood summers on the coast, soirees of this sort are what I dreamed of as a little girl. And this beauty right here is that reality. From the bride arriving by boat, to the vows on the dock, this waterfront wedding hits a homerun. With Liz and Ryan behind the lens and Simple Flare filming every second, I’ll be reliving those childhood dreams all weekend long.

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From Liz And Ryan… Lesley and Clayton are two incredibly beautiful people on the inside and out! They met each other while in med school at the University of Maryland and quickly fell in love. They share a mutual love of the water. In fact, you could say it is in their blood. Lesley’s dad sailed across the Atlantic from England many years ago arriving in Annapolis, the place he would fall in love and welcome his sweet daughter, Lesley, into his life. He was an adventurer. And although he passed away a few years ago, he is still very much present in so many ways.

His love of the water shines through in Lesley. She is comfortable and at home on the water, most especially on Flying Angel, her family’s boat that her dad dreamed of. Her compass has never wavered, but in Clayton she has found a new North Star to adventure through this life with!

It only seems appropriate that Flying Angel escorted Lesley to the Yacht Club on their wedding day. It was her dad’s way of proudly walking her down the aisle. And we have no doubt, he is one incredibly proud dad and incredibly happy to welcome Clayton to the family!

Lesley and Clayton’s wedding was nothing short of AMAZING! Their love is so visible and present. In fact, as Lesley’s uncle shared in a beautiful poem he wrote for them, their love is, in fact, a present.

“…And so to the present both a time to be glad
And a loving present to her loving dad
Gift wrapped with their wedding vow
Their gift of love for ever now
To Lesley and Clayton man and wife
A present and a future happy life.

Friends and family share in their happiness
Wish them a life of love and all that’s best
A home that is warm and full of song
A life that is rich their love so strong
Lesley and Clayton two families now united.
Sutherlands and Alexanders, happy and delighted.”
– Owen Sutherland

Lesley and Clayton’s wedding day was so simple and so elegant. The florals were absolutely stunning and fit the decor in the most perfect way! Anne from Charleston Stems wowed us and Lesley too! (Lesley had no idea what the florals were going to look like. She gave her friend and trusted wedding professional permission to do anything that she wanted with the florals!) They were absolutely stunning and stand out to us as the most perfectly fitting wedding florals we have ever photographed!

Lesley and Clayton’s wedding day ended with a proper send off for Lesley and Clayton on the Flying Angel! It was the perfect way for them to set sail to the beginning of their lives together as husband and wife… and now Dr. and Dr.! 

Photography: Liz And Ryan | Videography: Simple Flare | Wedding Planner: Wedding Savvy | Bakery: Palate Pleasers | Stationery: Paper In The Park | Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate | Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil | Band: Doug Segree Band | Groom's Attire: Jos. A Bank | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Ceremony Music: Chesapeake Strings | Venue: Annapolis Yacht Club | Bridal Gown: Elizabeth Johns | Florals: Charleston Stems | Rentals: 2 Hands Studios | Rentals: XOXO Vintage Rentals

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Love Drunk Valentine’s Day Inspiration

This inspiration proves that behind every great party is a delicious cocktail and this one has the Cardamom Rose as the leading lady. With a nod to Alice in Wonderland – think painted roses + drink me tags from Laura Hooper Calligraphy,  and a beautifully styled bar cart, Strawberry Banke Events craftedone very cute “Love Drunk” Valentine’s party. See even more photographed by Krista A. Jones right here!

From Laura of Strawberry Banke EventsFor this Valentine’s-inspired shoot, we wanted to bring out the playful, “love drunk” nature of Valentine’s Day by using a whimsical, recognizable theme to freshen up the typical Valentine’s Day decor. We chose to pull Valentine’s references from the timeless story of Alice in Wonderland (i.e. Queen of Hearts, painting the roses red, etc), and incorporate them into a modern, everyday bar cart vignette. Aiming to modernize a very romantic-heavy holiday with quirky little “Alice” touches, we executed the shoot in a black, white and fuschia color scheme, accented with bright pops of gold.

Simple, tightly packed roses (as well as some painted red!) are in keeping with both the book theme and the Valentine’s holiday without seeming overly cliche, while tiny apothecary bottles are grouped as bud vases reminiscent of Alice’s whimsical “size-altering” potions. Small gold stacked tea cups are a chic, contemporary nod to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The Cardamon Rose signature cocktail is another play on the rose-marked holiday, with a fresher, unique flavor combination. For a less complicated Valentine’s cocktail, we substituted pretty, blush-toned sparkling Rose (for typical champagne), garnished with a simple rose petal for a special touch.

Cardamom Rose Cocktailrecipe from Apothecary courtesy of Design Sponge
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  • 1.5 oz of Hendrick’s gin
  • .75 oz of Rose syrup (homemade or store bought)
  • .25 oz of Fresh lemon juice
  • .75 oz of Fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 2 dashes of Peychauds bitters
  • 1 Cardamom Pod
Instructions
  1. Lightly muddle one cardamom pod at the bottom of shaker.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake for 20 second, then strain over fresh ice to remove the cardamom pod.
  3. Add a splash of seltzer water.
  4. Garnish with rose petals or fresh lemon wedge.

Photographer: Krista A. Jones | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Barcart: Society Social | Boutique Gift Boxes: Haven Court | Cocktail Napkins: Kate Spade | Design + Styling: Laura Boyd + Meg Hale Of Strawberry Banke Events | Glassware : Anthropologie | Macarons: Sweet Hearts Patisserie | Restaurant: Blackwall Hitch | Vintage Furniture: XOXO Vintage REntals

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Roses + Rings Event at Mervis Diamond Importers

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so the timing couldn’t be better for the Mervis Diamond Importers Roses and Rings Event from February 7-8, 2015. Not only will there be a large selection of designer rings to try on + experiment with different looks, but there’s discounts and special pricing as well! Something sparkly is calling my name…

Be sure to make some time to check out the Mervis Diamond Importers Roses and Rings Event — your fingers will thank you! Happy shopping, lovelies! xo

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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 | Wedding Coordinator: Wedding Savvy | Florist: Silverstems | Wedding Cake: The Palate Pleasers | Invitations: Cink Art | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil Beauty | Band: “Playlist” Entertainment Exchange | Transportation: Annapolis Trolley | 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

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