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


Matrimonial Monday: Laid-back Austin Affair

One of our nearest and dearest couple friends tied the knot this past fall and this wedding was hands down one of the most fun weddings I’ve ever attended. This group of friends is huge, loves to dance and knows how to celebrate in style. The ceremony and reception were held at Casa Blanca in Round Rock, TX. This venue was perfect for Juan and JoAnna’s style. The beautiful open space overlooking the river made a breathtaking alter and big, open porches with globe lights set just the right ambiance for the reception. Being in the heart of Hill Country, I love that the attire was cowboy boots, Wranglers and bright beautiful dresses. It was laid back and elegant all at the same time.

Wedding Favorites:

The Photography: Twinty Photography – The Rankin Twins not only take great photos, but they can also sing.

The Bridesmaids Attire: Super flattering purple dresses adorned with brown cowboy boots and their accessories of choice.

The Desserts: Juan and JoAnna aren’t big on sweets so they went with cake balls and the famous Round Rock donuts – a nice change from the traditional.

The Friends: We got in some serious QT with a ton of great friends.

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Images: Twinty Photography

Matrimonial Monday: New England Nuptials

As you may recall, the Husband’s family is from Boston so we try to get up there for a visit as often as possible. Well this month we had the perfect excuse – Chris and Hope’s wedding! They got married at a sweet little church in Weymouth and celebrated in Quincy in a great ball room with beautiful tall centerpieces. We drank many cocktails, danced, caught up with lots of family members and made some new friends.

Wedding Favorites: (1) The church – It was my favorite kind of church: small with a huge steeple; (2) the bag piper they hired to honor those Bruce Scottish roots; (3) the cocktail hour – open bar, a table devoted to cheese and great hor d’oeuvres; and (4) the late night supplemental snacks.

Matrimonial Monday: Byrd and Bleeker

I’ve been meaning to highlight this store for a while now, but was reminded when a girl at work sent me this great Fort Worth city guide from Design Sponge written by Libby, the super stylish owner of Byrd & Bleeker. This is where I ordered my wedding invitations and I was blown away with the selection, professionalism and quality of what I got. I think I really took to the owner because she is a former attorney from New York who followed her passion for paper and opened this cute Fort Worth store on Camp Bowie. I’m a paper freak and spent way too much money on my invitations, but if you are interested in doing the same, this is the place to go. She carries all of the latest designs and if she doesn’t have what you’re looking for, she’ll either track it down or get someone to create it for you. My invitations were from Bell Invito and turned out amazing. They carried over flourishes and fonts so everything matched and Libby ensured my effort was minimal (which is oh-so-nice when you are planning a wedding). Byrd & Bleeker really sealed my loyalty when they sent me a beautiful calendar thank you gift for choosing them six months after my wedding! The store is adorable and has a great gift selection with accessories from the likes of John Adler and other hot designers.

I should also mention my awesome calligrapher, Marilynn. I feel like she is one of Fort Worth’s best-kept secrets. She has been doing this for years, had the best samples and the best prices. Send me a note if you want her contact info. She’s one of the best.

Matrimonial Monday: Bachelorette Invites

Happy Labor Day! I’ve spent a wonderful weekend at my parents. It was not only my birthday, but we also celebrated my sister’s and her fiance’s engagement, which meant looking through lots of wedding magazines and spending lots of time on Pinterest.

I’m also prepping for our Charleston girl’s weekend coming up this week – just making final reservations and planning my outfits. I really enjoyed picking out the invitations for this weekend. I’ll be honest, in the past I have been underwhelmed with the selection of bachelorette invites out there. They were all hot pink and all had the same look and feel. My favorite bachelorette invite I received was one my friend Martha made for our friend Lindsay’s bachelorette. It was hand drawn, thoughtful and very-Lindsay; I loved it! But, I do not have the craftiness of Martha, so for Michelle’s bachelorette party, I began researching some print options and was pleasantly surprised by what’s out there now. We went with the “We Love Michelle” invitation from Minted. I loved this one because it really reminds everyone of why we are celebrating. (Only 3 more days until Charleston!)

Martha’s handmade cuteness

Love the rhyme

Paperless Post’s virtual invitation

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