Jacquelyn and Bill attended college together on the eastern shore of Maryland so they thought it was only fitting to have their wedding in the area; they fell in love with The Oaks Waterfront Inn in Maryland. The venue doubled as a home base for the weekends activities, which helped provide an intimate wedding weekend including an “I Do BBQ” for the rehearsal dinner and “Tea with J&B” as a thank you breakfast to their out-of-town guests. We loved how they infused a warm, cheery, and whimsical color palette of peach, yellow, aqua, and navy to keep the wedding feeling nautical yet still full of vibrant spring inspiration.
We loved their wedding invitation suite, which included a knot featured on the actual invitation and a nautical inspired fabric envelope liner with a gold twine knot. The same nautical inspired fabric pattern was used in Bill’s blindfold for their first look, decorative pillows for the sweet heart table, display table liners and also created a finishing touch to their ceremony programs. We loved the fun play on “tying the knot” and how their Maryland based planner, Savvy Celebrations, helped style their wedding!
From the Bride: I often refer to our wedding as a wedding weekend. We truly appreciated our family and friends traveling to the resort towns of Easton and St. Michaels, and we wanted to show our gratitude by hosting a memorable weekend for them. Guests were greeted with a welcome box that reflected the design of our wedding invitations. The boxes included a welcome message, weekend itinerary, transportation information, restaurant and sightseeing recommendations and special eastern shore treats paired with a story of why each was meaningful to us.
At our ceremony setting, our florist created a whimsically styled backdrop with an organic feel using a combination of fresh foliages with multiple randomly knotted ropes that hung from a covered pier. Small watertight vessels were filled with floral blossoms and hung from the knotted ropes to add pops of color to the backdrop that complemented the scenic view of the water from the covered pier.
During the ceremony, our guests were able experience a deeper meaning of what the word “knot” meant to us. Instead of using candles or sand to demonstrate our commitment, we chose to tie a fisherman’s knot. Yes, we actually tied the knot! Our dear friend Kendra − who introduced my husband and I back when we were teenagers – guided us through the tying of the fisherman’s knot, for it is the strongest tie there is and its bond will not break, only becoming even stronger under pressure.
I have no regrets about deciding to skip the favors. If you create a pleasurable wedding experience for your guests from start to finish – there is no need to send them home with a trinket they will never use. Welcome boxes, transportation, and great food and music go a long way. We decided to donate to three charities that we actively support, instead of favors. We felt the finest gift is one which helps others live longer and healthier lives.
Tips from the couple: Don’t hire just a wedding planner – hire someone that has event design experience too. Even if you can only afford a “day of” planner, it is well worth the investment. They help you stay within your budget, determine your priorities and actually enjoy the planning process. Most importantly, you can spend time with your guests on your wedding day – not your vendors.
Congratulations to Jacquelyn and Bill! Thank you for sharing your whimsical spring nautical wedding in Maryland with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Wedding Planner: Savvy Celebrations
Photography: Ashley Michelle Photography
Beauty: Up Do’s For I Do’s
Headpiece/Veil: Unveiled Bridal Designs
Bridal Salon: Annapolis Formal and Tuxedos
Ceremony and Reception Venue: the Oaks Waterfront Inn
Officiant: William Duffy at Ceremonies by Bill
Floral Designer: Mobtown Florals
Stationery: The Round Envelope
Band: John Paul-Berry from Absolute Entertainment
Rentals: Select Event Group
Cake/Dessert: Sugar Bakers Cakes / Gauls Market
Cocktail Hour Musicians: Kavoossi Music
Grooms Attire: Brooks Brothers
Transportation: Black Water Paddle and Pedal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal / J. Crew Cardigans
Ceremony Music: Julia Kim
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Photo Credits: Ashley Michelle Photography