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Lura and John are married y’all. Finally. The one consistent theme during the toasts from the best man and maid of honor was how they never thought this day would come. But it did. It was a hot & humid August day where the air was thick and felt like a second layer of skin. The bridal suite was full of giggles and anticipation as Lura stepped into her dress. John eagerly waited in the groom’s suite always asking if it was time to get dressed and see his bride. And then the first look happened. The bridesmaids looked on from the kitchen windows with squeals and tears. Lura truly had some of the best girls by her side that day. Oh, and the father/daughter dance?! Cue the waterworks, folks. I knew this family for a short while but I saw how fiercely that Papa Bear loved his cubs.

On a personal level this wedding day was full of accomplishments. First, it was my 30th birthday. I was a bit hesitant to take on this wedding, at first. I mean who doesn’t want to celebrate their 30th birthday?! But I WAS celebrated by a great couple and their gracious family. I got a birthday card and a totally awkward birthday dance in the middle of the reception :). Lura and John also completely trusted me with their floral design. It was so fun to walk her through the process of choosing her flowers, picking them up and then watching the buckets of blooms transformed into exactly what we had talked about in our consults. I was so proud to bring everything to the venue!

Venue: Walkers Overlook

Photography: Brittany Thomas Photography

Wedding Planning & Floral Design: Sara Reynolds Events

Catering: Zeffert & Gold

DJ & Photo Booth: J White Productions

Hair and Make-up: Down the Aisle in Style 

Transportation: A Touch of Class 

Cake & Cupcakes: Kupcakes & Co.

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Bettina and JP are getting married at my FAVORITE place, ever. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. They are planning an elegant, classic, nautical wedding at Navy Point. They have hired some top notch vendors to make their day happen; it is going to be an amazing day and I can’t hardly wait! For now, get to know this sweet couple <3

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How did you two meet?

We met at a summer BBQ through friends, very much the old fashioned way after online dating in a big city failed us both.  I brought veggie kebabs and approached the two guys manning the grill — one of them now my handsome fiance, and the other JP’s amazing cousin and best man — and asked if they wouldn’t mind adding a few green items to the mix.  The meat-lovers obliged.  Although JP and I are different in many respects, we were both instantly intrigued by one another.  That connection quickly grew into a relationship and it’s been the best journey together ever since.

How did he propose?

JP proposed at the Inn at Perry Cabin on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on a brisk December afternoon.  He surprised me with a weekend getaway touted as trip to relieve some stress before a big move we had planned the following weekend.  Before dinner, he suggested we enjoy a glass of wine on the grounds overlooking the Miles River.  He had a bench beautifully decorated and he handed me a small gift — I love Christmas ornaments and JP had worked with his dad to design two special ornaments — the first said “B” (my nickname) and the second “Marry me?”.  When I looked up (after bursting into happy tears), he was on one knee.  It was one of the happiest moments of our lives and a day we will never forgot.

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What do you think will be your favorite part of the wedding day?

We feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to get married in beautiful St. Michaels, a town that holds such a special place in our hearts.  In many ways it’s where our story began — it’s where we took our first weekend trip as a couple and where JP proposed last December.  Having St. Michaels as the backdrop on our wedding day will definitely be one of the highlights for both of us.

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Can you provide planning advice to brides in the thick of it right now? 

Our biggest piece of advice to couples embarking on the planning process is to take a moment before all the craziness begins to prioritize what are the most important aspects of your wedding and what, if push comes to shove, you can live without.  We picked 3 or 4 things at the start — e.g., a great band, delicious food (crab cakes!), beautiful photography, and of course, a wonderful planner — and they became guideposts as we navigated decisions about how to shape our big day.

What are you most looking forward to about married life?

Growing as a couple as we continue to build our life together.  We recently bought a house and are looking forward to making it our own, enjoying married life, and eventually starting a family.

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I am still not ok that this wedding is over. You see, Amanda and Min are one of the first clients I ever booked! Amanda was ON TOP of her game and booked me way back in May 2015 for her June 2016 wedding (girl after my own heart). For the longest time it felt like her wedding was never going to come and then boom it was May 2016!

I loved all the elegant details that Amanda planned for the wedding from the ornate centerpieces to the string quartet. Every piece of Amanda and Min’s wedding matched the elegant Strong Mansion backdrop. Her hair was swept up in a classy french twist and her ballroom gown had me thinking of Disney princesses all night. Oh, and can we talk about their clever hashtag?! Min’s last name is Aung. Their hashtag was #straungwedding (for Strong Mansion, get it?!). The little things amuse me. (Make sure you scroll to the bottom and check out what Min had planned for his groomsmen!)

Venue: Strong Mansion

Photographer: Brittany Thomas Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Sara Reynolds Events

Catering: Canapés Catering

Cake: Wegman’s

Florals: Scentsational Florals

Limo: A Touch of Class

Hair and Make-up: Structures Salon

DJ: Shew-sical Entertainment

String Quartet: Carlisle String Quartet

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I am jumping back into my vendor spotlight series (it has been on somewhat of a hiatus while wedding season was going on)! The Silver Swan Bayside is this hidden gem venue that I recently had the chance to visit. Wow, friends, wow…the unobstructed views of the Bay! I think I have a new venue crush!

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What sets your venue apart from other waterfront properties?

Customer service. We provide hospitality and an experience of a lifetime. We only do one event at a time, so our clients don’t have to worry about anything and all of our focus is on them. Your sales person is with you from start to finish and executes your event, no passing off or working with someone who doesn’t know you. (This is crucial! Not all venues do this. You can be working with someone for 12+ months and on the day-of only have a person who has been “briefed”)

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Why should I get married at Silver Swan Bayside?

We have the best views of the Chesapeake! We have the highest standards and commitment to hospitality; our focus is on our clients. We provide the complete package of breath-taking beautiful surroundings, excellent food, service with care and friendly sales managers that get to know their clients.

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What is your favorite “part” of your venue? 

The view! And the quiet, remote location; we are a destination close to the major cities, it’s a getaway without the drive!

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What is one piece of advice you would provide to brides and grooms?

Work with a professional that knows their stuff, who has good connections and gives you a vibe of really caring about your special day.

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I miss this couple. Good thing we have plans at the Tiki Barge next week (high five)!

When I originally received Christina’s inquiry it was extremely formal. I am pretty sure she addressed it “Dear Mrs. Reynolds”. She said she wanted a Baltimore wedding but wasn’t sure of what else. I was a little nervous to meet them but I prepared for the meeting by gathering some information about venues. I knew, even before the meeting, that I was dying to work at Mt. Washington Mill Dye House…it has so much potential!

Apparently I spoke Christina’s love language because I told her and Andrew to meet me at Starbucks. We chatted a bit about the wedding and she knew she wanted an indoor forest/garden as her theme. I then asked her the golden question: “Have you looked at venues yet?” FRIENDS, she slide across a picture of Mt. Washington Mill Dye House and said that was really the only one she had looked at and she loved it. The skies opened and the angels sang. Ok, just kidding but I knew right at that exact moment (never mind all the great conversations leading up to that point) that these were my ideal clients. We had such an incredible relationship all throughout the planning process and were totally in sync the entire time. They were relaxed, in love, knew what they wanted, and had such genuine joy leading up to their wedding day. The wedding day was amazing. We nailed the indoor forest theme! Her friends and family were so gracious and had such a great time at the wedding. Honestly, I would plan this wedding again and again and again…

Photography: Brittany Thomas Photography (Second Shooter: Hannah Leigh Photography)

Wedding Planning: Sara Reynolds Events

Church: The Shrine of the Sacred Heart

Venue: Mt. Washington Mill Dye House

Catering & Cake: Linwood’s Catering

Floral Design: My Flower Box Events

Lighting: Event Dynamics

Invitations: Paper in the Park

Furniture Rentals: 2Hands Studio

Hair and Make-up: Down the Aisle in Style 

Rentals: Select Event Rentals

Canopy and Tree Rentals: Plants Alive!

Signage: Buffy Weddings

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