I promise you’ll be amazed and inspired by Amy and Stephen’s wedding on Maryland’s Eastern Shore! Once they found the Suicide Bridge Restaurant with its waterfront views and paddle riverboats, Amy and Stephen were off planning their vintage-inspired wedding complete with period decor, antique bottles and classic books all overlooking the Cabin Creek. You might have seen their wedding featured in the spring 2013 Bridal Guide Magazine! Amy’s maid of honor just so happens to be one of the most talented artists in the wedding industry, Kristy Rice, owner of Momental Designs. Kristy and her team worked with Amy and Stephen to create a truly personal wedding invitation suite and day-of paper story unlike anything I’ve seen. One of my most favorite parts? Amy and Stephen put their wedding vows into a bottle and set it free in the creek! (Don’t forget to come back later this morning to see their truly inspired reception too!) Along with images from Daniel Bostwick Photography, I’ll let Amy tell their story…
From Amy: Our vision was born when we discovered the venue of our dreams: Suicide Bridge Restaurant. We discovered this off-the-beaten path gem with stunning river views, vintage riverboats, and amazing food and service. When we first saw the riverboats with their authentic paddle-wheels and period decor, we felt as if we had stumbled right into a Mark Twain novel. Our vision grew as we began to explore antique shops and auctions and collect pieces of history, straight out of the 1800′s. We love the water, classic literature, and antiques, so the ideas began to flow quickly and freely. Stephen was a former professional poker player, so the riverboat gambling theme fit right in with our vision for the cocktail riverboat cruise. My best friend/maid of honor and I stumbled across a collection of vintage oil lamps at an antique shop early on in the process which became one of the focal points for our reception.
Our stationery was all custom-designed by my best friend and stationery designer, Kristy Rice of Momental Designs, with our vision in mind. We collected vintage bottles with the idea of message in a bottle invitations and Kristy took the idea and ran with it. Our guests received a package in the mail that was not only an invitation, but also a hand-painted keepsake to remember us by and preview the day to come. The programs were inspired by a cruise itinerary and included not only the order of ceremony and song lyrics, but also a short blurb about each of the bridal party members and ceremony participants and how we knew them, as well as the story of our rings, which are family heirlooms.
The flowers were purchased in bulk from FiftyFlowers.com and the bouquets and centerpiece florals were designed by my maid of honor’s mom with the help of my bridesmaids and family. Vintage brooches, buttons, and handkerchiefs added that 1800’s touch. My bouquet was wrapped in leftover satin from my mother’s wedding gown. The groom wore his father’s pocketwatch and the boutonnieres were hand-made from decks of riverboat playing cards. Kristy and her team crafted the cards into flowers with tiny dice in the center, incorporating our riverboat gambling theme. The bright flowers perfectly complemented the bridal party’s attire in black and grey, with colorful parasols for the girls and smart suspenders and bowler hats for the guys.
Thank you so much Amy and Stephen for sharing your ceremony with us! Don’t forget to come back later this morning for their reception. 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
Photo Credits: Daniel Bostwick Photography