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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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Annapolis Naval Academy Wedding

What happens when two U.S. Navy sweethearts tie the knot, you ask? Sit tight, lovelies because you’re about to find out. They celebrated with a Naval Academy Chapel ceremony followed by a Chesapeake Bay Beach Club reception, and the result is a classic, nautical-inspired day you don’t want to miss. See it all from Jennifer Lee’s lens right here.

From the Bride.. Jim and I met on a humid July evening in 2012 at a bar in downtown Washington DC. Once we struck up the nerve to speak to each other, we discovered how much we had in common: both originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, both in the United States Navy (I am a reservist), and we had many mutual friends in common. Our relationship progressed very quickly and we fell in love and got engaged within six months. On a trip to Italy together, Jim got down on one knee and proposed to me on top of the Vatican in Rome.

I originally wanted to elope in England or Italy, but it meant a lot to Jim to get married in front of our family and friends. What was supposed to be a small wedding quickly turned in to a large Catholic military wedding at the United States Naval Academy (Jim’s alma mater) in Annapolis, Maryland. Isn’t it funny how that happens?

Our vision for the wedding was “modern but classy nautical,” paying homage to our elegant wedding chapel and reception venue located on the water. Our reception venue, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, was decorated with gorgeous candelabras, cherry blossom branches, and a sunset that looked like it was painted with watercolors across the sky. Our reception unintentionally developed a definite “America” theme to it–playing Top Gun on a big screen in the background, American flags out on the dance floor, and a spur-of-the-moment rendition of “God Bless America” at one point.

The highlights of our wedding, in no particular order: the sword arch in front of the Naval Academy Chapel, the Navy officers and Jim serenading me with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” our chicken and waffle “midnight snack,” my maid of honor’s truly epic speech, our sparkler exit, and all of our handcrafted decor.

It is a cliche to be sure, but May 3rd, 2014 was truly magical and a wonderful kick off to our adventures together as husband and wife.

Photography: Jennifer Lee Photographee | Flowers: Flower Follies | Cupcakes: For Goodness Cakes | Ceremony Venue: United States Naval Academy Chapel | Reception Venue: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club | Bride's Shoes: Benjamin Adams | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Band: Gonzo's Nose | Bride's Dress: Amsale | Bride's Hair: Denita Brown Of Jewel Hair Design | Bride's Makeup: Blend | Bridesmaids' Hair: Behind The Veil | Invitation: Allison Barnhill Designs | Lighting And Stage: Perkins Productions | Transportation: Towne Transport

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Blogger Bride Caitlin Moran’s Engagement Session

From her engagement party, to the bridesmaid brunch, mini-moon guide and more, we’ve gotten a front row seat to Caitlin’s wedding planning adventures but today might be my favorite post yet. Along with her beau and Abby Jiu behind the len, she planned a park-set photo sesh and the results are what engagement dreams are made of. PS: Keep an eye on our Instagram as Caitlin shares a peeks into her last month of wedding planning. Let the countdown begin!

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From Caitlin… Hello beautiful brides, Caitlin here from Glitter Guide! It’s been a little while since I shared a Blogger Bride post because I’ve been working like crazy on all of the last minute details for our wedding! We’re almost a month away and I’m definitely feeling the pressure!

I was undecided about taking engagement photos for the longest time, but after speaking with our incredible photographer, Abby Jiu I knew we had to do them! I’m pretty comfortable in front of the camera, (being a style blogger and all) but my fiance Austin isn’t a fan. Abby encouraged us to use this practice round in front of the lens to get comfortable with each other and her. I’m so glad we did it — and now we have these stunning images that include our dog, Sullivan who won’t be at the wedding!

After coming up with several different ideas for our shoot – and a few re-schedules due to weather we ended up shooting them at a hidden park right around the corner from our house! The light was perfect and the scenery really spoke for it’s self. My friend Anne from Charleston Stems happened to be in town that day and quickly put together this dreamy bouquet that fit the color palette perfectly!

Again, if you’re on the fence about doing engagement photos – I highly suggest it. I never thought I would and now we have beautiful, professional photos not in our wedding attire that we can cherish forever.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Styling: Caitlin Moran | Dress: ASOS | Florals: Charleston Stems | Makeup: William From BareMinerals