Chesapeake Bay weddings and nautical décor go together like two peas in a pod, just as it did with Shelby and Jonathan’s elegant summer wedding in Annapolis. (Before you go on, make sure to check out their classic wedding ceremony first!) With a yacht venue and a preppy punch of color, Shelby and Jonathan pulled off a nautical inspired fete styled in seaside perfection. And as a Maryland girl, I’m totally loving the mix of monkey knot and the crab pot escort cards! See it all captured beautifully by Mike B Photography right here…

Maryland Wedding Reception

From Shelby: Our wedding was intimate, elegant, and a little bit casual. We had our wedding at the Annapolis Yacht Club, so I wanted to keep that in mind when thinking of the color pallet and design elements. We stuck with navy blue as the anchoring color and used accents of pink, silver, and green.

Maryland Wedding Reception Pink Centerpieces (2) Maryland Wedding Reception Sailor's Knot Table Numbers

Maryland Wedding Reception Sailor's Knot Escort Card

One of my favorite details were the place cards, table numbers, and menus. My mom and I designed and printed the menus and table numbers, and I think that they brought in a nice touch. We used monkey knots to hold the place cards and table numbers which I think brought in another nautical element without being too much!

Maryland Wedding Reception Crabbing Basket Escort Card

Maryland Wedding Reception Signature Drink

Maryland Wedding Reception Pink Centerpieces (1)

Maryland Wedding Reception Navy Blue Menu Maryland Wedding Reception Ruffle Cake

Maryland Wedding Reception Mini Pie Favors

Maryland Wedding Reception Mike B Photography

Shelby’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:

Hire the vendors you feel comfortable with – it makes a world of difference! For me, the first time I met our florist, I knew that she got the vision I had, and it made communicating with her so much easier. Having a vendor who understands you makes the whole process so much smoother. The weeks leading up to the wedding, I wasn’t stressed because I knew everyone understood what we wanted.

Maryland Wedding Reception Sparkler Exit

Thank you so much Shelby and John for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: St. John’s College
Reception Venue: Annapolis Yacht Club
Wedding Planner: Polly Bomstein
Photography: Mike B Photography
Flowers: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design
Bridal Attire: Watters from Love Couture Bridal
Hair: Bridal Concepts by Christy Aspinwall
Makeup: Nicole Palermo
Band: Encore
Cake: Fiona’s Cake

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Photo Credit: Mike B Photography

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