Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding at Annapolis Waterfront Hotel | Emily & Mike

My 2018 wedding season kicked off with Emily and Mike's wedding on the bay in Annapolis, Maryland and it was one for the books. Emily and Mike met by sheer luck out with their friends one night in Baltimore, just before last call. They exchanged numbers and soon thereafter, Mike asked Emily out on their first date. One date lead to another, and the rest was history! 

When Emily first came to me, she described how she wanted to transform the ballroom at Annapolis Waterfront Hotel into a light, ethereal and romantic setting. We also wanted to include subtle, playful nods to St. Patrick's Day that aligned with that vision. Look ahead to these stunning images by Dyanna LaMora, and I would say mission accomplished!

Dunkirk Designs created a custom crest with mini shamrocks for their wedding programs, favors and cocktail napkins. We drew attention away from the ballroom's dark carpet with gorgeous draping and uplighting around the perimeter of the ballroom by Event Dynamics. Luxe rose velvet table linens adorned guests tables topped with romantic florals by Love Blooms DC. You could feel the love and joy in the air as guests danced and celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs. Crist. These two are truly lucky in love and I'm so happy to have been a part of their special day!

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Venue | Annapolis Waterfront Hotel

Photographer | Dyanna LaMora

Wedding Planner & Designer | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Wedding Dress | Garnish Boutique

Hair and Makeup | Weddings by Sage

Florals | Love Blooms DC

DJ | District Remix

Cupcakes | Kupcakes and Co.

Rentals and Decor | Select Event Group and Event Dynamics

Programs, Favors & Day of Stationary | Dunkirk Designs

Calligraphy | The Lettering Well

Invitations | Minted

Men’s Tuxes | The Black Tux

Bridesmaid Dresses | ASOS

Classic Countryside Autumn Wedding | Megan and Zack

Happy New Year friends! I'm so excited to kick off my first blog post of 2018 with Megan and Zack's wedding day from this past November. While it turned out to be an exceptionally cold day, you could barely feel it with the love between these two. While posing for portraits outside in 30 degree weather, I specifically recall Megan say "I'm so happy that I can't feel a thing!".

Megan was stunning in a classic, elegant ballgown by Vera Wang, paired with adorable sparkly sneakers to keep her toes warm. Keeping with tradition, Megan and Zack decided not to see each other prior to their ceremony, which was officiated by Zack's family pastor at Jackson Chapel in Frederick, Maryland.

We pulled inspiration from seasonal autumn colors, the venue setting in Frederick's countryside, as well as their favorite flowers. Floral & Bloom designed gorgeous, textured bouquets consisting of soft, neutral tones and flowing silk ribbon for Megan and her bridesmaids. We pulled in pops of rich color with eggplant bouts for Zack and his groomsmen, and mixed into the low floral arrangements on guest tables. The other half of guest tables had elevated arrangements full of greenery and magnolia, adding warmth and texture to the pure white tent. One of my favorite details was the added greenery expertly installed on the tent's existing chandeliers by Floral & Bloom. A little addition that made such a big impact on the overall ambiance of the space!  

Check out some of the pretty details ahead captured by Rebecca Wilcher! View the full vendor team at the bottom of the post. Congratulations to Megan and Zack, it was a joy to be part of your big day! 

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Photographer | Rebecca Wilcher

Planner & Designer | Sarah Kazemburg Events & Styling

Ceremony Venue | Jackson Chapel

Reception Venue | Stone Manor Country Club

Catering | Carriage House Catering

Floral Designer | Floral & Bloom Designs

Hair Stylist | Styled By Anna Fazio

Makeup Artist | JoAnna Popp - Amie Decker Beauty

Stationary | Minted

DJ | District Remix

Ceremony Musicians | Two Rivers Chamber Music

Wedding Cake | Classic Bakery

Donuts | Ed's Country Bakery

Specialty Linens & Rentals | Select Event Group

Earthy Chic Autumn Wedding Editorial

If there's one thing I love about planning weddings in the DC area, it's that the possibilities are endless. While DC is best known for its classic grand ballroom and opulent historic venues, this city has some hidden gems for those looking for something outside the norm. My goal in this editorial was to intertwine a nature inspired, organic setting with glamorous elements - an aesthetic that's best described as "earthy chic"!

Woodend Sanctuary was the perfect venue to bring this vision to life. Located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, the venue features a historic mansion surrounded by a sprawling, peaceful oasis of preserved nature right outside of our bustling nations' capital. The al fresco table scape, effortlessly chic bride-to-be, marble textures, subtle pops of lavender and soft pink were some of the intentional details that made this editorial so special. It turned out to be everything we envisioned and more thanks to an amazing, super talented vendor team and stunning images captured by Dani Leigh Photography. You may recognize some of these images from our Wedding Chicks feature, as well!

Loved this simple, yet elegant marbled invitation suite with deckled edges and copper foil, by Ruby the Fox

Wooden cross back chairs and farm table from Party Rental Ltd. blended seamlessly to Woodend's landscape. Is there anything better than al fresco dining during golden hour in autumn?

This hand-tied bridal bouquet by Jasmina Design was made up of greenery, eucalyptus and foliage, with lavender and cream roses. It was recently named by BRIDES as one of the best rose bouquets this year

We added pink glassware to tie in the floral tones, which really made the table scape pop.

Marble, wood and hammered copper were some of the organic textures that we tied into the table scape design. 

How amazing are these sugar flowers and copper sugar ribbon by Catherine George Cakes?!

Our awesome model Maura, looking stunning in Woodend's wildflower meadow. So many unique spaces for photo ops here! 

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Venue | Woodend Sanctuary

Planning & Design | Sarah Kazemburg Events + Styling

Photographer | Dani Leigh Photography

Florals | Jasmina Design

Bridal Gown & Accessories | Couture By Posh Bridal

Hair & Makeup | Alison Harper & Co. 

Stationary | Ruby The Fox

Cake | Catherine George Cakes

Furniture, Linen & Tabletop Rentals | Party Rental Ltd.

Model | Maura Deegan