Allison and Jonathan headed from their outdoor ceremony on the water (Check it out right here!) into their tented reception, full of the perfect little touches representing them and their local surroundings, and captured by Muriel Silva Photography. Long tables lent themselves to an intimate dinner of local seafood, little tandem bicycles peeked out from the centerpieces, and a subtle tribute to Allison’s hometown topped their delicious cake. But my favorite part may just be their interactive guest book, keep scrolling to check it out!

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From Allison and Jonathan: We had two guiding priorities: fun and tasty. All decisions stemmed from what would we find festive and delicious. We wanted the wedding to feel celebratory while balancing a relaxed and comfortable environment. We kept everything pretty simple and didn’t have a lot of unknowns. Being on the Bay made it easy to serve fresh local seafood and vegetables. We had been enjoying Rock Hall for years before our wedding and knew what to expect.

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A detail we spent a lot of time thinking through was the layout of the tent. We decided to have 5 long tables because it felt cozier and more like an intimate dinner. It turned out well. Our friends sang their own rendition of the Beatles’ “Lady Madonna” after dinner. They tailored the song to reflect us and did an amazing job of singing along with the band. It was a great and personal way to transition from speeches to dancing.

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The LOVE statue is quintessential Philadelphia and our cake topper is a pencil sharpener replica that a friend found in the Philadelphia airport for less than 5 bucks. I am from Philadelphia and loved our little nod to LOVE. We also love that our guestbook was a poster of a tandem bike that our guests decorated with thumbprints and little doodles. It is unique piece of art that will always remind us of our wedding day. 

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Allison and Jonathan’s advice to other DC-area couples:

Relax and know that everything won’t go according to plan. The day flies by – far too fast. It helped that we were prepared (slightly) for things to not go just right. Backup plans combined with flexible expectations kept us happy and relatively stress-free. We envisioned the most beautiful fall weekend and all of our plans included outdoor activities. The entire weekend turned out to be unseasonably cold and dark. We were lucky that the rain held off until the moment the ceremony concluded. We had to scrap our plans for an outdoor cocktail party and after dinner fireside s’mores. We had a tent set up for dinner and dancing and just rolled down the flaps. There aren’t beautiful sunsets in life everyday. The tent stayed dry and comfortable for the entire event. It wasn’t at all what we had envisioned, but that is OK and made it even better. We couldn’t believe how much we loved every second of the weekend.

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The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Allison and Jonathan’s wedding:

Location: Osprey Point Inn
Tent, lighting and rentals: Eastern Shore Tents and Events
Photography: Muriel Silva Photography
Flowers: Angela Ingram, Flower Child – (410) 810-9191
Invitations and paper products: Tiny Prints and DIY
Band: Richard G. Tuttle Band
Groom’s attire: Brooks Brothers and Thomas Pink
Bride’s attire: J.Crew and Magaschoni
Alterations: Maria Luz with Anytime Alterations – (301) 933-0288

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

Photo Credits: Muriel Silva Photography

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