Did you see Amy and Stephen’s riverside wedding ceremony in front of a vintage riverboat on the Eastern Shore of Maryland? After all of their pretty photos with  Daniel Bostwick Photography on the riverbank, they headed inside for a fun and festive wedding ceremony. By collecting vintage bottles, classic books, antique lamps and all sorts of other unique decor items, they were really able to transport their guests to the 1800’s. They also used the beautiful hand painted works of Momental Designs to tell their love story to their guests. Right down to the “cake wheel” each element and every decor piece was thoughtful and special to Amy and Stephen, we just love it!

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From Amy: Our primary objective was to make sure that our guests had fun and a unique experience. It was very important to us that all our guests get a taste of our personalities as well as have a great time in the process. We wanted everyone to leave thinking that they had just experienced something that they had never seen or done before. There were so many personal details that it is difficult to tell them all.

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With so many friends and family involved during the week before our day (we started decorating about three full days before) it was exciting to be together and know that everything had personal touches. Both of us recall the first time we saw the venue completely transformed. It was breathtaking and it brought tears to my eyes. Having friends and family so closely involved made it all the more personal and emotional. Everywhere we looked, our eyes met something that was hand-crafted by someone special. The vintage touches made it seem so authentic and so unique. I truly have never attended a wedding as unique as ours and many of our guests said the same.

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Kristy created hand-painted artwork and signs to highlight and explain every detail so that the guests knew exactly what to do. Each table centerpiece included vintage Mark Twain books, oil lamps, flower arrangements in vintage bottles and other small tokens reflective of the 1800’s. The table names were songs chosen specifically for the guests at that table and when the DJ played “their song,” each table was directed to get up and start the dancing.

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The wedding cake stand was custom-built by Stephen with vintage spools to hold the five different cakes we chose from Bay Country Bakery and the design on the cakes was inspired by the blue embroidery on my gown. Instead of a traditional dollar dance, we had a cake wheel, with delicious cakes donated by family and friends. Guests were able to try their luck and win a cake to take home to their families. We also had our videographer do mini-interviews with the guests to find out their best marriage advice. 

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 My husband is an avid culinary genius, so it made sense to have him create a crab seasoning to be given as favors at the reception. Kristy’s favor tags reflected our personality as well as the culture of the Eastern Shore.

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Amy’s advice for other DC area couples:

Choose your venue carefully. Don’t spend all your money on location fees or packages that include things you don’t need. Choose a venue that reflects your personalities and the rest will fall into place. Have fun with the planning, do it together, choose details mindfully. Start simple and make it your own. If it has special meaning for you as a couple, do it.. if it doesn’t, leave it out. There’s no sense spending money on something you and your guests won’t enjoy or remember. Don’t underestimate what you can create with the help of family and friends, you’ll appreciate and remember that more in the end.Finally, don’t underestimate the power of stationery in telling your story. No one will know about the handkerchief your mother-in-law lent you or your grandmother’s ring if you don’t tell them somehow. Use stationery to your advantage, it really can make the moment.

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Thank you so much Amy and Stephen for sharing your love story with us! The following Washington DC area wedding vendors contributed to Amy and Stephen’s wedding:

Venue: Suicide Bridge Restaurant
Officiant: Capt. Bill Tyndall
Photography: Daniel Bostwick Photography
Videography: Tuckahoe Videos
Stationery: Momental Designs
Flowers: Fifty Flowers (ordered in bulk and designed by MOH’s mother)
Bride’s Dress + Veil: Alfred Angelo
Bride’s Shoes: Nina
Parasols: Bella Umbrella
Groom’s Attire: Casual Male
Groomsmen Accessories: Hats in the Belfry
Linens: La Tavola Linen
DJ: DJ Krazy Kue
Cakes: Bay Country Bakery

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

Photo Credits: Daniel Bostwick Photography

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