Meet An Enchanting Couple: Shannon & Stephen

I had my first conversation with Shannon & Stephen last year and we had a laughter filled conversation about being organized, design and all things wedding. Shannon has the most bubbly personality and I knew instantly that it would be an honor to be the wedding planner for her and Stephen's wedding. 

These two are so sweet and I have enjoyed every part of this planning process with them. A few weeks after we started working together, Shannon told me that she noticed I used Trello and asked if we could use it for planning...YES! A girl right after my own organizational, detail-oriented, heart. Really though, Trello has made this planning thing a breeze between the two of us...but more on that in another post ;) 

If I could replicate the coolest "bride-chilla" it would be Shannon and Stephen has the cool groom thing down. I can't wait for you to meet these two! 

A special thank you to Nichole Meredith Photography for sending these engagement photos right after the session. CAN NOT WAIT to work together <3 

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How did you meet?
Stephen and I met online, but at the time it was kind of taboo to say so! So for years we said our parents were family friends to anyone who wasn't close to us until the modern age of internet dating became less odd.


How did the proposal take place?
Well... It's kind of an embarrassing story for me (shannon). We had taken a day trip to NYC and the weather was so nice that we decided to visit Central Park Zoo. We had timed it perfectly. We could see the whole zoo and end the day with a seal show. After taking a quick water break, I was making my way back to the "stage" where Stephen kept mumbling about how much he liked our day trip, how we could "do things like this forever", and how spending time with me was everything he ever wanted. At this point, I gave him a pointed look and basically brushed him off, eager to make it to the show. Essentially I patted him on the head with a "That's sweet. Not now, 'kay? I wanna see the seal show!" And kept walking. It wasn't until he threw himself in front of me and got on one knee that I even had an inkling as to what he was doing. There was a lot of ugly crying and he bought me a stuffed seal and promised we could watch the show next time. I'm still mortified, but he loves telling the story.

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What was your favorite part of wedding planning?
I am kind of 50/50 on everything. I seriously bemoaned huge hunks of the wedding while simultaneously being really excited about things like flowers, invitations, and the food tasting. The most fun I've had, though, is probably the invites since I had the most hands on time with them. Designing, assembling, and doing the calligraphy.

What are your wedding colors or theme? What was your inspiration?
Purples and Golds! We stumbled into "booze & books." Because all of the themes and ideas Stephen and I leaned towards came back around for out love of books and a great glass of wine or liquor. So it's all about romantic and cozy and a lot of literary references. 

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What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
Family. I haven't seen a lot of the people who are coming in a very long time! Korea. United Kingdom. Australia. West Coast. People are coming from all over and I find that we're really fortunate to have so many people who love us enough to come.

Are you taking a honeymoon? Where will you be going?
We'll be taking a mini-moon after the wedding to the Northeast and maybe Canada. Bed and Breakfasts, scenic drives, and historic sites!

Do you have any advice for future brides & grooms?
Breath. Make lists. Trust your planner. There are going to be times when you feel like you have all the time in the world and some days when it feels like nothing will be done in time. Stick to your lists, schedule, and prioritize what's really important to you, everything else is just extra!

We can't wait for these two to tie the knot next week! Stay tuned for a stunner! 

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 :) 

  

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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! 

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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!