Erin and Jeremy’s cheery Maryland waterfront wedding at Silver Swan Bayside is the perfect mixture of summertime nautical and pottery barn chic. The couple used a natural color story of tan, yellow, and white to transform the already picturesque setting into a nautical summer soiree. Their outdoor wedding ceremony took place on the boardwalk in front of the bay on a cloudless perfectly sunny afternoon. Erin and Jeremy radiated such joy in their photos, that you can’t help but smile as you walk through the happiness of their wedding day! Our favorite moment from their day was their special reception sendoff with sparklers before they were whisked away by boat on the Maryland bay! How fun would that exit be?! Thank you to Kim Newton Weddings for sharing today’s nautical Maryland Bayside wedding with us!

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From the Bride: I absolutely love beach and nautical everything! I would describe my wedding as Coastal Living meets Pottery Barn. Oh and did I mention I’m obsessed with Pottery Barn?! I knew I wanted to get married on the water somewhere and so we found the perfect venue right on the Chesapeake Bay, right outside of city center Annapolis called Silver Swan Bayside. I wanted a classy, simple, modern nautical/beach themed wedding which is where the style from Coastal Living and Pottery Barn come into play. My colors were definitely appropriate for the whole Nautical theme – navy, light tan, white, and hints of yellow and green here and there.

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Instead of having the bridesmaids and groomsmen come down the center aisle, we had them come down the opposite sides of the boardwalk and lined up facing the center point of the boardwalk where the alter was located. Being the bride, I was the only one that walked down the main aisle with my dad. The groomsmen all wore Sperry boat shoes, including the ring bear, it was so cute. There was also a live, 3-string orchestra playing for our ceremony music, it was beautiful! We also had lanterns and seashells lining the aisle. More nautical/beach items at the card and reception tables.

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As for our flowers, I noticed at previous weddings that brides love to use roses and hydrangeas (I mean don’t get me wrong, I think they are gorgeous flowers) but I knew I wanted to do something a little more unique. Therefore, the reception tables had long stems of Bells of Ireland in tall vases with other flowers and I think that really set my flowers apart from others. There was also a candy bar that contained all kinds of sweets matching our color theme. We also had personalized koozies for people’s drinks, and a fire pit for guests to just hang out and relax around. Bottom line, I wanted everyone to have that laid back vibe and to just enjoy a beautiful summer night on the water.

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I would have to say that my number one memory is looking at my husband at the end of the aisle for the first time and just seeing through each others faces how blessed we were to have one another. And the stunning weather we had that day. There was no wind on the water, a beautiful sunset during the ceremony, and a million stars that filled the sky. And just dancing the night away with friends and family!

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My husband and I left on a nice boat, we had a captain so we didn’t have to worry about getting the boat back safely to our destination. It was such a beautiful night as well, not a cloud in the sky and so many stars out that night. As I look back though, I wish we would of splurged on the DJ a little more, we had a friend who had a DJ background but didn’t have all the special equipment that was needed. The music was still great to dance to and the reception was so much fun, but my advice to future brides is to definitely spend a good amount on a DJ that will accommodate to your style!

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Congratulations to Erin and Jeremy! Thank you for sharing your nautical Maryland bayside wedding with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Wedding Planner: Kim Newton Weddings
Photography: Sam Stroud Photography
Beauty: Updo’s for I Do’s
Bridal Shoes: Michael Kors
Bridal Gown: J Crew Bridal
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Silver Swan Bayside
Linen Rentals and Lighting: Silver Swan Bayside
Grooms Suiting: Express / Shoes: Sperry Topsider
Mens Attire: Mens Warehouse
Honeymoon: St. Lucia

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Photo Credits: Sam Stroud Photography

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