Matrimonial Monday: Coastal Maryland Wedding

My best friend, Michelle, married Rob (who my Husband and I love!) this past November in an absolutely beautiful wedding and reception in Annapolis, Maryland. This was not only the first wedding where I’ve had the unbelievable honor of being the matron of honor, but it was also the most elegant wedding I’ve ever been too. Michelle has had a huge impact on my adult style, which is probably one reason I loved it so much. She is unbelievably detail-oriented and was probably the least-stressed bride I’ve ever seen. She planned a super elaborate wedding while studying for the bar and didn’t forget a thing – every piece of paper was designed by the same graphic designer; she had rain boots that matched pashminas and throws on the patio just in case it rained; she had swizzle sticks and cocktail napkins and adorned every place setting with rosemary – the Polish symbol for love; beautiful signs told you where to go to drink, sit and party; and personalized matchbooks (which Michelle collects) were tied to sparklers for the send off …it was an unbelievably beautiful and fun wedding. (P.S. I intend on devoting a whole post to Michelle’s dress.) I loved Michelle’s photographer and she did a great summary of the event accompanied by her awesome work:


Chesapeake Bay Beach Club:: Michelle+Robert

Courtesy of tPoz Photography

Rosemary. It is the polish symbol for love, but you didn’t need a symbol, to know that love was abundant at Michelle+Rob’s Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding!

While everyone prepped for the wedding at the Westin Annapolis Hotel, Julie Flurry from Jewel Hair Design, and Ryan Krasney of Blend helped to glam up the girls. Michelle excitedly slipped into her Anna Maier (custom by Charles Bunstine) gown, with the help from her mother and maid of honor. She made time to call her grandmother who couldn’t be with them, and a big smile spread across her face as she shared her excitement.

After a beautiful wedding ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Annapolis, I got to spend time with the bridal party and the stunning bride and groom at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Between the beach, the cornhole games, and the toasty warm (thanks to some heaters!) rooftop cocktail hour, this brisk November day was just brimming with sunshine and laughter. Some of my favorite details of their wedding included the chalkboard seating chart, the three different cakes provided by Sugarbakers, and the Hot Cocoa and Cider bar. Plus – the rooftop space was just so cozy, despite the temperature! And you know I always love when the dance floor is packed, courtesy of Devin from MyDeejay!

I could tell that Michelle and Rob put so much thought and effort into every little detail, to make this wedding truly about them as a couple. From the table settings with photo frames, to the crab cake toppers, to the photos of their parents on their wedding days – you really got a sense of how special the relationship that they shared is.

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Hotel :: Westin Annapolis
Ceremony Venue :: St. Mary’s Church Annapolis
Reception Venue :: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Chesapeake Bay Beach Club – Tavern by the Bay
Wedding Gown :: Anna Maier (custom by Charles Bunstine)
Bridal Store :: Hitched
Florist :: Crimson & Clover Floral Design, Inc.
Deejay :: Devin from MyDeejay
Bakery :: SugarBakers Cakes
Transportation :: Bayside Limos
Linens :: Party Rentals LTD
Chalkboard Seating Chart :: Sara Metzger
Invitations+Paper Goods :: Laura Nehls of Letter Box Inc
Hair Stylist :: Julie Flurry of Jewel Hair Design
Makeup Artist :: Ryan Krasney of Blend
2nd Photographer :: Natalie Franke Photography


Traveling Tuesdays: New England

Everyone says Fall is the best time to go to New England because of the changing colors of the trees and I don’t think they were exaggerating. It is absolutely beautiful. The trees are amazing, there are mums on every porch and the air is crisp. We were in Boston for Chris and Hope’s wedding, but we squeezed in a lot of other things between the festivities.

Our very first stop was the Sam Adams Brewery (priorities, people!). One of the best tours ever. The tour guide was hilarious and very informative, we got to sample 3 different beers and a trolley took us to one of the famous Hollywood-Boston bars, Doyle’s who has some of the best clam chowda (my attempt at the Boston accent) in town.

Our next destination was the Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston close to Fenway Park. If you are in Boston, this should be a mandatory trip. We tried six different types of oysters (from a selection of about 20), the lobster roll and a few of their craft cocktails. All of it was out of this world. The design of the restaurant is amazing with an industrial coastal feel – there was clustered pendant lighting, lots of light woods and stainless steel. Oh and the graphics of the menus and business cards and signage is amazing – so much so that I bookmarked Oak’s handiwork back in September without even realizing it.

We (mostly the Husband and his uncle) spent several hours filling in some holes in the family tree, which involves a little Marble Orchard hunting. It sounds morbid, but these New England cemeteries are beautiful.

Chris (the Husband’s cousin and groom of the weekend) raves about this Tony’s Clams on the North Shore and we’ve never had time to go, so this time we made a point to fit it in. It did not disappoint. So much fried goodness! They also do it steamed, which I might try next time, but oh my – the clam strips were AH-MAZING (I hate when Penny says that on Happy Endings, but sometimes it just needs to be used).

My favorite stop of the trip was the United First Parish Church in Quincy. I’m a total nerd for American History and there is not only one former president buried there, there are two! The tour of the church is really good with tons of interesting facts and history, plus you get to tour the crypt. The Husband and I immediately went home and bought his and her John Adams and Abigail Adams biographies.

One of the Husband’s favorite stops was Fort Independence, the oldest Fort in America. It is located in South Boston and is massive. My favorite was the state flag display. The fort has gone through 5 revisions to get what you see today. Its pretty crazy to think about what went down there.

One of South Boston’s staples is the famous Amrheins Restaurant that has been around for a really long time. We went for the Brunch buffet that was most excellent. This is also where we discovered Ciderhouse Whiskey (keep an eye out for this in an upcoming Law School Thursday).

We almost missed our flight because of it, but we made one last stop at JFK’s childhood home. Rose Kennedy bought this house after her son’s death and restored it to close to its original state from when they live there. The Kennedy history is just so interesting and this is a really neat glimpse into more of their beginnings.

There is so much to see and do in this city, but we definitely crossed off a few things on this trip. Can’t wait for the next one. And, check out our last trip to Boston, here!