Jon & Irene | Baltimore Wedding | Maryland Wedding Planner

Jon & Irene are one of the most touching, stylish and kind couples I have met. I have known Jon since high school, (Go Eastern Tech!) which is also where he met Irene. The two were back and forth between dating and once they ended up together Jon was sure to plan the most incredible proposal on a beach in Greece with their family surrounding them. 

Their wedding day was emotional, inviting and beautiful in so many ways. They made sure to thank friends and family several times throughout the evening, reminding everyone it was as much their celebration of love as it was for Jon & Irene themselves. 

Baltimore lived it up along with them with fireworks over Federal Hill, beautiful bistro lights hung among the American Visionary Art Museum, and an after-party at Bookmakers. 

Thank you, Jon & Irene for giving us the honor of being your wedding planners. We wish both of you a lifetime full of happiness and good music :) 



Thank you to the amazing vendor team that made this magic happen!

Photographer: Saul Cervantes Photography | Videographer: Ryan Serio | Florist: Ann's Garden | Ceremony: Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: American Visionary Art Museum | Farm Tables: Barnes Handcrafted Farmhouse Tables | Catering: Rouge Fine Catering | DJ: George Tsakiris | Bartender: Bookmakers Baltimore | Cake: Charm City Cakes | Lighting: Event Dynamics | Transportation: American Limo


Enjoy the amazing photographs by Saul Cervantes and video by Ryan Serio

Should You Have An Anniversary Session?

An anniversary session is one of the best ways to capture memories from year to year after your wedding and I highly recommend them. After our wedding we decided to have photos taken every year in order to see the changes in our lives and also reflect on the last year. While things haven't changed as much as they will in future photo sessions, it's nice to still look back. 

Just like styled engagement sessions, a styled anniversary session would be a great way to do something different for a night. For our last session with Anne Casey Photography we decided to include one of our favorite activities- wine tasting! We have been to over 20 wineries this year, so we brought a bottle of sparkling wine, some glasses and had a mini picnic during our session. 

Taking an special activity and making it your anniversary session for the year not only makes it more fun but it's also a way to remember what was important that year. In 10 years when we look back on these photos we will be reminded of the wineries we visited and laughs we shared through our second year of marriage. 

What have you done this year that would be a reflection of your marriage? Another great way to document your next year of wedded bliss is to have photos taken while you are on vacation. If you're road tripping through the midwest, why not find a photographer in that area and get some photos in the mountains? If you're traveling to Florida maybe a beach session...or even Disney! There are countless ways to reflect on where you are in life right now, find an activity that best suits you! 


Have you done a styled anniversary session? We would love to help you style it if you are looking for that extra pizzaz! 

Dream Wedding Venues in Maryland and Virginia | Maryland Wedding Planner

Maryland and surrounding states have no shortage of beautiful wedding venues. From rolling hills to bayside views, there is something for everyone all within a few hours. With so many stunning venues around, we decided to create a list of a few of our favorites, and we think couples will agree- these are some special places! 

We would love to plan or coordinate your dream wedding at one of these venues, which is why we are offering a great deal! Until the end of 2017 (December 31st, 2017 to be exact), if you book our services for any of the venues listed below, we will include a $200 discount off of any package. 

Annapolis Wedding Venues

Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Annapolis, Maryland

If you want your investment to go towards a wonderful cause, this is the perfect venue for you! Support the bay and have a stunning wedding right on the water. 

US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland

The property is stunning from start to finish. There are beautiful anchor details on the gates and endless photography locations all around the campus. 

Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, Maryland

If you are looking for a nautical venue with garden vibes, this is the perfect place for you! The views are stunning and the property is covered in beautiful flowers and tress. 

Stevensville and Kent Island Wedding Venues

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland

Our nautical hearts absolutely love this venue! There are several options for your wedding location, from a ballroom with a bay bridge view to a quaint Inn where you can spend a weekend. There is something for any waterfront loving couple. We have worked here a few times but have not had the chance to coordinate or plan a wedding here! 

Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville, Maryland

Kent Manor has two different wedding venue options, The Garden House has a waterfront ceremony option and The Preserve has a field ceremony option. Both of them are beautiful! 

Silver Swan Bayside in Stevensville, Maryland

While we have worked here before but we absolutely love it and could have a million weddings here and never be tired of it. The views of the bay bridge are incredible but they hands down have some of the most amazing staff you will ever find! 

Easton and St. Michaels Area Wedding Venues

Wye River Conference Center in Queenstown, Maryland

You have two stunning venues to chose from at Wye River. The sweeping fields and beautiful driveway also adds to the ambiance of this venue. 

Inn at Perry Cabin By Belmond in St. Michaels, Maryland

Have you watched Wedding Crashers? This venue set the scene for the movie, and while it is hilarious, just think about those views! The background is jaw-dropping! 

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland

This venue overlooks the Miles River and will provide the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding. With boats passing in the background it has such a romantic vibe. 

The Oaks Waterfront Inn in Easton, Maryland

If you are looking for a venue to rent for the weekend, The Oaks is just that! Not only is it a stunning setting for a wedding but it is also an Inn that can fit you, your bridal party and even family before and after the wedding. Talk about a wedding weekend! 

White Barn at Middle Spring in Easton, Maryland

This gorgeous estate is located on the most beautiful property on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Within just a few miles you can even be on the water in St. Michaels!

Combsberry Inn in Oxford, Maryland

With 30-acres of property, a 2-story barn and incredible Eastern Shore views, this wedding venue is fit for a variety of couples. 

Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort - Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Maryland

There are several different locations to say your vows and dance the night away on this stunning property. 

Upper Eastern Shore Wedding Venues

Osprey Point in Rock Hall, Maryland

A picture perfect destination on the bay with stunning views and sailboats nearby. There are endless nautical options at this venue

Brittland Estates in Chesterton, Maryland

There are fields and rivers among other options for this ideal wedding location in Historic Chesterton. 

Great Oak Manor in Chestertown, Maryland

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is no stranger to wedding venues (and you can probably tell from this post) but Great Oak Manor is one full of history and historic areas on the property. 

Southern Maryland Wedding Venues

Running Hare Vineyards in Prince Frederick, Maryland

If a destination wedding is a bit too much, but you would love the atmosphere to be similar, this vineyard will do the trick! With European nods, beautiful vines, amazing ceremony locations...and delicious wine, what more could you want for your wedding day?

Ocean Hall in Bushwood, Maryland

There are 11 acres of stunning views on the Wicomico River at Ocean Hall. You will also have a private beach and stunning patio. 

Western Maryland Wedding Venues

Springfield Manor in Thurmont, Maryland

114 acres with a view fit for a wedding. The first time I went to this venue I couldn't believe the stunning ceremony backdrop full of mountains. 

Virginia Wedding Venues

Pippin Hill in North Garden, Virginia

If Chip & Joanna Gaines decided to open a wedding venue, I could imagine Pippin Hill being a wonderful source of inspiration. The adorable farmhouse is the perfect location surrounded by stunning views. 

Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Virginia

If you are looking for rustic charm with a classy and elegant touch, Stone Towery Winery is it! 

Let us help you bring your vision to life with one of these beautiful settings! If you are interested in getting married at one of these venues, or have a wedding date secured at one of these venues, please let us know! We would love to work with you and make your dream wedding come to life. Don't forget the discount! 

And finally, Baltimore Wedding Venues, because we need to include our hometown! 

1840's  in Baltimore, Maryland

A historic Baltimore dream with stunning details and architecture. 

The George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland

This library is beyond stunning! It is said to also be the inspiration for the library that Beast gives Belle in the movie...are there any Disney fans out there? SWOON! 

M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland 

Raven stadium is my favorite place in Maryland and it doesn't get much better than a wedding among the purple seats. Who is in? 

Looking for a photographer? Chesapeake Charm Photography is also offering a discount for several of the venues listed above!

We will also give special discounts to anyone getting married in Southern California ;) 

As you read through this list, keep in mind the difference between a Wedding Coordinator and a Venue Coordinator. Give yourself the gift of a stress free day, while you can! 


The AKP Retreat - Deep Creek, Maryland

WHAT A WEEKEND. I spent the beginning of this month at the AKP Retreat and it was an experience I will never forget. If I am being honest, I was crazy nervous going into the weekend. I was the only planner attendee among 20+ photographers and I didn't know what I was getting myself into. Thankfully, three of my wedding BFFs were attending and we were all able to ride to Deep Creek together. 

We packed into the car on Friday morning, made a quick stop at Panera & Starbucks and were on our way. After a detour to Chick-Fil-A for lunch and a 20-minute wrong turn, we had arrived at Herrington Manor and were greeted by the AKP Squad with champagne and welcome bags in hand. 


The first thing/person I need to brag about is Ashton Kelley, the founder of the AKP Retreat. She is the most kind, caring and welcoming host. Besides going out of her way to make everyone feel welcome, she greeted each of us with a smiling face and a hug. If there is one thing to know about me (and my mom) we are huggers! This was the perfect welcome. 


As we were guided through the house to our room I was amazed by the stunning details within the house. We basically stayed in a castle and I'm not complaining! The bedrooms seemed to go on and on, around every corner was an even cooler room- from movie theatre to game room and ballroom to library, it was SO COOL. 


The retreat kicked off with a welcome talk by The Welcome District founder, Alicia, where we learned about all things client experience. Followed by a delicious dinner and an epic 90's dance party. We listened to the most epic 90's jams, danced for a few hours and ended the night in our bathing suits hopping between the hot tubs and pool. 

Saturday was full of educational talks and more amazing food by Jaki. It was so nice to learn about marketing, SEO and other business topics that a lot of people are left to figure out on their own. As a business owner learning how to do things without the huge expense, it's often really hard to discover the nitty gritty details. Ashton had an amazing presentation on all of these topics and more. 

Lara-Jill from Simply Gorgeous Events styled a wonderful shoot for all of the photographers to get in on, and I even played around with photography and editing myself. The models were stunning and the styled areas were gorgeous. It was a shoot fit for a queen! 


As if the educational portion of this retreat wasn't enough, I was able to meet SO MANY amazing women. We had cry circles, shared stories of entrepreneurship and dished about reality TV and other shows that need to come back...I'm looking at you, Parenthood. Something else I didn't expect to leave with was more self-confidence. When you are in front of so many cameras and other girls telling you that you look great, the dress you have on is flattering and that you don't look like a fool in heels, it really makes you feel much better about yourself! Who would have known this many girls could actually be THIS NICE to each other for a weekend. 

All in all this retreat in Deep Creek was exactly what I had no idea I needed. I'm so thankful for the few days we all had together, the beautiful location, the awesome food...and the hot tubs. Can't forget about the glorious hot tubs. 

AND here is a video because YAS! 


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