Annapolis Wedding Planner

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! 

What Your Bridesmaids Need To Know

One of the most exciting times during planning my own wedding was asking my bridesmaids to be apart of our wedding. Each gal had a special place in my life and I couldn't wait for my turn to "pop the question". There are endless ways you can ask your best friends to stand beside you on your wedding day (ideas coming soon) but what information should you actually share with them? Hopefully this post will guide you with what your bridesmaids will need to know as the wedding day gets closer. 

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You don't always need to know the answer to each of these questions right from the start, in fact it might be nice to even ask what your gals think! It's just a good idea to think about these five things in mind during your planning process, and make sure they are all informed well before the date arrives. 

  1. Dress. This one may seem obvious, but you can never be too specific. With the trend of mis-matched dresses it can be easy to tell each gal to "pick your own mint dress" and then on the wedding day you have someone in Tiffany blue and someone else in almost grey mint. Mismatch is great, but still keep in mind what your overall vision is and let your bridesmaids know what style, color, material and length you have in mind. 
  2. Jewelry. Most brides give their bridal party some piece of jewelry to wear on the wedding day, but what about everything else? If you are gifting them the cutest Kendra Scott necklace, should they have a bracelet or earrings to match? It's a good idea to inform the girls of what style, metal, and pieces you would like them all to have. 
  3. Shoes. This is a big one and will depend on your wedding theme and dress style. Think about what color the shoes should be, should they match, should the style be the same, will there be a heel or no heel? These are all great things to think about when having each bridesmaid pick out their footwear. 
  4. Getting ready. This is another gift that is often given to the bridesmaids, but it is nice to let them know ahead of time if they do or do not need to buy something for themselves. Do they need an entire outfit, should they bring shorts? For example, if you are giving them all pretty lace robes, you might let them know to all bring black leggings.
  5. The Bachelorette & Shower. This is a time when you can step away and let your bridal party and family handle things, you have enough on your plate! But, it's always nice to let your girls know if you have anything in mind, while still trusting them to make it happen.  Do you have any theme ideas for your bachelorette party? Maybe a hashtag you would like to use? Informing them of what you envision is just fine, just don't try and get involved in the planning- you need a break, too! 

Hopefully these five bridal party tips help you stay organized when you comes to your favorite girls walking down the aisle with you. Do you have any additional suggestions? 

Windswept Nautical Wedding Shoot

This beautiful shoot was the perfect nautical mix between natural and classic. When we started working with Lindsay from 1783 Photography to design a romantic evening on the beach our nautical hearts fell in love. The beach has such a strong meaning to the both of us, and we wanted to channel those emotions through the design, colors and theme of this styled shoot. It may have been a crazy windy night, but that added another layer of perfection to this shoot that took place on the beaches of Calvert County. 

While we wanted to keep a classic nautical style, we also wanted there to be organic touches to bring out the laid-back setting. Using navy as the main color for the bridesmaid dress and table details, we were able to focus on a muted blue color palette for the rest of the aspects. 

Once we began talking with Travis from Travis Floral Design he absolutely got our vision for the bouquets and centerpieces. We wanted loose and organic, but also defined to a sense to remain classic. We were head over heels for everything he created. The unique pieces from Grateful Heart Shop were so timeless and beautiful. They fit perfectly with the vision for the shoot, and added another dimension to the scene. 

We loved working with such amazing creatives, we hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed putting everything together. 

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Photographer: 1783 Photography 
Calligraphy: Grateful Heart Shop 
Flowers: Travis Floral Designs
Hair: Loveletters By Kayla 
Make-up: Makeup By Kaitlin
Bride & Bridesmaid Gowns: Gamberdella Bridal Salon
Rentals: Baltimore Best Events 
Planning & Design: Enchanting Events And Design