Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  We’re starting this week off with a beautiful, beachy wedding in Maryland (from a longtime reader!) that took place this past summer at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  We love hearing from brides, and we love it even more when they send us their weddings!  Sarah and Russ originally met in North Carolina and now live in Atlanta, but chose to get married in Russ’s home state of Maryland.  Sarah and Russ chose a lovely blue and white color palette and nautical details to complement their classic waterfront wedding, with beautiful images from Leslie Koehn Photographic.  Such a beautiful day!

From Sarah: Russ and I were married on July 23 at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club on the Eastern Shore, near where he grew up in the Annapolis area.  Minus the oppressive heat wave that was encompassing much of the East Coast that weekend, it was a perfect day filled with a lot of love and laughter – and just a little sweat (thank goodness for fans and an evening reception!).

We had a classic waterfront wedding.  Russ and I love the beach – we even got engaged on Rehoboth Beach – so I wanted to incorporate some seaside touches, but not overdo it.  Our colors were inspired by blue hydrangeas, my favorite flower, which fit in perfectly with our beachy theme.  A few touches like the starfish escort cards and boutonnieres and silver shell table number holders from etsy completed the look.

I truly loved every bit about my day, but I really was over the moon about my wedding gown by Canadian designer Lea-Ann Belter.  It felt as though the dress was made for me and just really made me feel special and beautiful when I put it on.

I’ll always remember walking down the aisle and getting my first glimpse at my husband – who insisted beforehand that he wouldn’t cry – beginning to tear up and try to hold it together.  It was just a beautiful moment between the two of us.

Our main priorities were a beautiful ceremony and a fun-filled reception. We wanted to have people walk away, ourselves included, saying “What a great wedding!”  We definitely splurged on the venue and getting a band instead of a DJ.  The beach club was my dream venue and I don’t think we could have found a better ceremony/reception location in the region.  We splurged on getting an eight-piece band because there’s nothing like live music, performed by an energetic group, to get people moving.

On the not-so-serious side, our reception was kicked off by a very memorable, tongue-in-cheek song composed by my family and performed with the help of our band.  It was a total shock to us and more than a little embarrassing, but it loosened our guests up and set the tone for the rest of the party.

One of the highlights of the night was our band, DC Fusion, which exceeded our expectations and had everyone, both young and old, on the dance floor all night.

If I could give any advice, I’d tell future brides to definitely get a videographer. Our only regret was not having one, and the day just goes by so fast that I wish we could go back and watch and relive some of those moments again.

The following Washington, DC and Maryland wedding professionals contributed to Russ + Sarah’s wedding:

Venue: The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Stevensville, Maryland
Photography: Leslie Koehn Photographic
Floral Design: Chesapeake Floral Art
Band: DC Fusion via Sam Hill Entertainment
Cake: SugarBakers Cakes
String Quartet: Chesapeake Strings
Bridal Attire: Lea-Ann Belter
Bride’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Bridesmaids: J Crew
Groom + Groomsmen: Ralph Lauren
Officiant: The Rev. George Black of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals or our real wedding gallery for more beautiful weddings!

Photo Credits: Leslie Koehn Photographic

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