If bright colors are your jam, you’re going to love today’s Maryland wedding from Meaghan Elliott Photography! To pop against the navy bridal party attire, Ellen and Brad chose vibrant hues of oranges, blues and pinks. This palette worked seamlessly with their waterside venue. There’s lots of fun detail ideas to steal in this big day, you better hop to checking it out!

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From Ellen: Our wedding was a day filled with laughter, happy tears, love and lots of dancing! Brad is from outside of Philly and I am from outside of Chicago. So, when we were thinking about our wedding we both decided we wanted to show our guests an area that we both love, the DC area. So, from the very beginning of wedding planning we wanted a wedding that was on the Bay somewhere close to Annapolis. Having a waterfront wedding near the Naval academy inspired me to chose navy for the girls bridesmaids dresses.

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I have to admit my favorite detail was my dress. I loved everything about my dress from the lace, to the sweet heart neckline, to the gorgeous flower that my bridal consulant, Nancy, added to the dress. The flower actually was removable and doubled as an accent to the dress during the ceremony then a hair piece during the reception. I felt gorgeous in my dress and Brad thought I looked pretty good too!

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My grandparents on both sides of my family have passed away along with my two aunts on my dad’s side of the family. So, it was extremely important to me to have family participate during our ceremony. My cousin sang “One heart, two hands” during our unity candle. Brad’s brother-in-law did the reading during the ceremony. I also wore my grandmother’s brooch on my bouquet to have her with me as I walked down the aisle.

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We really just wanted people to feel like they were on a mini-vacation. We added vibrant accent colors to the florals. We had indulgences like lobster bisque and birthday cake martinis.

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Ellen’s advice to other DC-area couples:

I would suggest to DC-area couples to pick a venue that has done their fair share of weddings. They will know how to handle any situation that might arise on your wedding day. They also know how to make a wedding flow and be on time. I would also suggest to make the ceremony about your marriage and your family but make the reception about your guests. Splurge on an open bar or on having another form of entertainment besides dancing. We had a photobooth and it was a big hit. I think it is also important to say no to things that you don’t want to incude in your wedding day. You can’t please everyone. However, do try to please your finace. It is his/her day too!

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The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Ellen and Brad’s wedding:

Venue + Catering: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Photographer: Meaghan Elliott Photography
Floral Designer: Fantastic Flowers
DJ: Friendly Entertainment
Hair: Mindy Whalen
Make-up: Nicole Palermo
Transportation: Chesapeake Charter
Officiant: Rev. David BG Flaherty

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: Meaghan Elliott Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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