A June wedding in the Annapolis area of Maryland is a special time indeed! The days are long with light and the swampy heat embraces us all with the sweet waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
This particular June morning, Emily and her ladies were up early to start the day at Gibson’s Lodging on Price George Street in Downtown Annapolis. A beautiful historical home, decorated with bright whites with plenty of natural light through the old windows. Emily fell in love with just about every dress she tried on, but went with a high-neck line and open back design for a very classic look.
While the girls got ready the boys headed over to the the USNA Chapel where the ceremony was to be held. Groom, John is in the Navy and wore his dress white uniform in preparation to see his bride.
Emily’s father walked her down the blue carpeted aisle of the Naval Academy Chapel. At the Alter, Emily and John tied the knot in a glorious ceremony. Keeping with the Navy tradition, the new husband and wife emerged from the chapel, passing through the sword arch and down the white granite steps. The guests cheered as the couple kissed and raised their arms in huzzah.
The gardens at the US Naval Academy are gorgeous, so we took a stroll through the flowers and got some perfect summer shots before heading off to the reception venue.
Bride Emily grew up in Sherwood Forest, a waterside community on the Severn River in Annapolis, MD. She has many fond memories of playing in the retro-style clubhouse. “The venue can be transformed into something different every single event,” Emily said. So that’s exactly what she did. She wanted to deck out the clubhouse with brightly colored flowers, giving a garden party feel. She also loved, and had to include the staple of the Sherwood Clubhouse, the cooler canoe, which allows guests to dig in and grab a drink of their choice. Since groom, John is in the Navy, they incorporated Navy traditions as well like place cards attached to a nautical chart of the Chesapeake Bay. Emily and John’s first dance was to, You Make My Dreams Come True, by Hall & Oates. “We loved the lyrics and wanted a more upbeat song to dance to,’ said the couple.
After a delicious dinner and many heart-warming speeches, a beautiful strawberry amaretto cake, crafted by Sweet Hearts Patisserie, was served, the prefect taste for a warm summer night. The dance floor was kept hopping all evening long as warm breezes blew off the Severn River, keeping guests refreshed and jovial.
A special event and summer garden party to remember was Emily’s vision for her wedding and this day delivered more than she even imagined!
Venue & Venors:
Pre-Ceremony: Gibson’s Lodging
Flowers: Floret & Vine
Hair & Make-Up: Behind the Veil
Planner: 2Hands Studios
Catering: Ken’s Creative Kitchen
Music: Doug Segree Band
Videographer: Rivion Films
Cake/Dessert: Sweethearts Patisserie
Decor Rental: Honeywood Rentals