Kirsten and Jesse were married at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Md. on July 12. “Jesse and I love the water and spend a lot of time boating, fishing, and crabbing,” Kirsten said. “When we walked out onto the Beach House lawn and looked out to see the Bay Bridge, we knew it was the one! The view was just stunning. We loved how the Tavern also overlooked the Chesapeake Bay with huge sliding glass windows. Even the reception ballroom too.” The bride wore a strapless mermaid Vera Wang wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, sash, and a pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toe wedges, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a matching bow tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue Lily Pulitzer dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. Guests were greeted with aisles lined with the letters K and J as well as pomanders. “The ceremony decorations were a favorite detail, done by 2hands studio, with ivory draping and three gold chandeliers hanging from various heights underneath the trellis,” she said. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, only 165 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with lawn games such as corn hole followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with sequin chevron linens, tall centerpieces, floating votive candles, gold numbers, and menu cards at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “The moment when I first walked into the venue the day of the wedding, I couldn’t believe how gorgeous everything was and how it had all come together,” Kirsten said. Dinner featured a mixed baby field greens salad with red and yellow teardrop tomatoes and micro flowers dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette, filet mignon paired with a jumbo lump crab cake and fresh vegetables. A four-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. But that’s not all — boxes of chocolates were also passed out as favors. “We had a flip flop station with navy blue flip flops wrapped in pink ribbon,” she said. “It was a huge hit. I would recommend a flip flop station at every wedding!” The sign in front of it even said, “A little treat for those dancing feet and for you to keep.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “To remember that the most important part of a wedding is getting to spend the rest of your life with your best friend,” Kirsten said. At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.
I am beyond excited to share today’s Real Wedding! Taryn & Mike’s day is one for the books; from the personalized details, to the gorgeous weather, to a magnificent venue, it had it all. On top of all the details, though, Taryn and Mike are two of the most amazing people I know. They would do anything for their family and friends, and made sure their day was not only an expression of their love to one another, but to everyone who was there to celebrate with them.
Our Q&A with the Bride:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We visited our venue in the dead of winter on a very grey day. Snow on the ground, no leaves, no sunlight. A staff member brought us out to the Beach House Ballroom garden, and we stood right where we would say our vows. We looked out and saw the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the view could not be beat. That, coupled with the amazing reviews and staff, we knew we had our place.
What three (3) details from your wedding were your favorites?
Wow. I’m not sure I can narrow it down to three! It was by far a perfect day that I thought described Mike and I to a “t”. But, if I had to pick…
Our printed items (Invitations, cupcake bags, favors) As a freelance graphic designer, I’ve designed a lot for other people’s weddings. I love how a good design can make something really stand out. I loved putting a bit of myself in my design of our wedding collateral. I especially loved the chevron bags we made that housed our favors – a $1 scratch-off lottery ticket and a new golden penny.
My bridesmaid’s dresses. I love how the designer, LulaKate, offers so many options for skirt/top. I wanted them all to feel beautiful and comfortable. With seven girls who all have different bodies, I’m not sure one dress can successfully do that. I think each dress they picked suited their style. I loved the color of them, it was a perfect shade of non-drab grey mixed with a hint of silver metallic. It was a great neutral for our coral accent color.
We couldn’t afford a string quartet for our cocktail hour. Instead, we had our DJ play music from the Vitamin String Quartet. It was all of our favorite pop and rock songs, done classically. I loved seeing the looks on our friends’ faces as they realized it wasn’t classical!
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Relax! I have a mantra in my work life as a designer that I conveyed onto my wedding planning: Eventually, it all gets done. Sometimes, it’s stressful, or it’s late, or you don’t want to do it…but everything will be done and fall into place. The more you worry, the less you will enjoy such a fun and happy time in your life that will pass by quicker than the blink of an eye.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our first look. I was a bundle of nerves all day and I couldn’t wait to see Mike. Walking up to him with his back turned to me made everything seem so real. I’ll never forget the look on his face when he saw me. I love that we had some private moments to ourselves to just literally say “HI! OK- Let’s do this!!!” before the craziness began.
This past weekend, Olive Dude and I happily decided that we would use Erin from Erin J. Photography to photograph our wedding. I loved her work the second I saw it, and, even though I feel like I looked at hundreds of photographers both around my area AND as far away as New York, my gut kept telling me that she was it. So – photographer – check that baby off the list.
In looking at photographers, I started wondering about videography. Initially, Olive Dude and I nixed the idea due to budget restrictions. However, I have heard from some married friends who did not get a videographer wish that they did. (That whole hindsight being 20/20 thing will really get you every time.)
Last night, while shamlessly watching The Real Housewives of Orange County, I found myself torn. This episode was about a surprise 40th vow renewal that Gretchen, one of the housewives, had planned for her parents. She took them to the church that they got married in, and they sat in the pew and watched their wedding video.
Gretchen’s mom (the bride) had a great reaction. Her first sentence was, “Oh my God – is this our wedding video?” (Meaning they clearly had not watched it in YEARS), but then she burst into tears and said happily “Oh my God. Look at us.” To which her husband of 40 years replied, “Who are those people?!” with a smile.
This particular video was the reason I HAD to go see our venue, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. I cry every time I watch it.