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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. 

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! 

 

10 Things To Think About For An Outdoor Wedding

Fall brings a lot of things...pumpkin everything, boots and scarves, and of course, beautiful outdoor weddings with fall foliage and warm apple cider. Outdoor weddings are amazing, I even had one myself, but they do come with a mix of additional details that needed to be sorted out. When deciding on a venue or location for your wedding, it's those things can cause a bit of added stress when not completely thought out. 

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It's easy to go into a friends property, see all of the possibilities and move forward with that dream vision in mind...but what about the backup plan? It's hard to focus on the possible outcomes when you know you have the PERFECT property that would look amazing with a tent set-up and a ceremony spot no venue can match. How can you ensure your wedding will match up to everything you are hoping for? Hopefully this post will explain it! 

1. Weather. The one thing most couples don't want to think about but absolutely need to. Think about the various cases that could have an effect on your wedding day (even month or week!):
     - Is it in a flood zone?
     - Where will things be if it rains?
     - What will happen if it is windy?
     - Are there trees nearby that we should look out for?
     - What are the chances of the water/currant/waves being too high? 
All of these vary based on location but it is a great starting point. 

2. Permits. Another big one! Some neighborhoods, communities and states have special permits required for hosting large events. Check with your county and see if there is anything you should be aware of and the prices. This goes for a few variables besides the property itself, but we get into those details below. 

3. Electric. A standard outlet on the side of someones house is not going to work for a few reasons. 
     a. Distance. In most cases you won't have your tent or ceremony directly next to a home, which means the electrical source is going to be a good distance away from where it needs to be. Think about having an electrician come out and recommend a location for an additional source of electricity. 
     b.  Use. Do you have a DJ or band? How many electrical outlets will they need? Will you have a Photo Booth that needs to be plugged in? Will your caterer need their own tent with electric for grills? Each vendor may need their own source of electricity and a standard outlet will not have enough to suit these needs. 
If you don't plan on having other events on the property, a quick remedy for this situation is to rent a large generator. 

4. Restrooms. Did you know that residential plumbing is not made for high volume use? If you are having more than an intimate wedding with a small number of people you will need to rent a restroom trailer. There are inexpensive options and other options that are a little nicer, it all depends on what you are looking for. Again, referencing #3, make sure electricity is availible. 

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5. Bugs. I highly recommend having the property sprayed for bugs of all kinds. In order to ensure guests aren't being eaten alive by mosquitos and other bugs aren't attracted to the tulle in your bridesmaid dresses, a professional bug spray is highly recommended for the property. It's nice to have some bug spray on hand as well!

6. Catering & alcohol. Find out what a caterer will need before hand. A residential kitchen will likely not be enough space for a caterer to prepare a meal for all of your guests and have everything out on time. If they need a caterers tent, ensure there is space for this near where the reception will be. It's also recommended to ask your caterer if they are able to provide alcohol or have a license to serve alcohol that you have provided. You want to ensure all alcohol liability is covered. 

7. Noise. Almost all counties have a noise ordinance, whether you are nearby other neighbors or not, check into what this time is. The last thing you want is for guests (and your timeline) to think the party will go on to a certain time only to have the police show up and let you know the party needs to end ASAP. 

8. Setup & Cleanup. This is something to check with all of your vendors because you won't want to take time during your wedding day to have guests setting up and cleaning up. Your rentals may be delivered a few days early, but you can always make sure they know the general area of where things go. Many caterers will include it in their contract to setup tables and chairs, and they may be the ones providing linens and place settings, which typically means they set that up as well. If setup for these items is provided, what about clean up? Will you be left with tables and chairs to clean and stack the next day, or will the rental company do that when they come to pick everything up? Check your contracts and don't be afraid to ask these questions! 

9. Parking. Is there room for 100 cars on a field somewhere near the ceremony & reception? If yes, that is great, if not you will need to think of some alternative options. You could provide a shuttle service, inform guests that parking is limited and carpool if possible (keeping in mind, you may have guests that aren't able to do this) and or higher some sort of valet service (Keep in mind, weather may also play a role in the parking situation.)

10. Insurance. You may think you have all of your bases covered, but in the end something may be overlooked and insurance is the best way to handle that. Every participant in the wedding should be covered by their own insurance policy. The property owner, the couple, and every vendor should have liability insurance to cover anything that may come up. 

Some of these items will even be relevant for even a wedding venue with an outdoor location! Please pay attention to each item listed and keep in mind that a private property wedding can be absolutely stunning, but it does require a bit more attention to detail. 

If you are hoping to have your wedding on a private property and want additional guidance on how to ensure everything works out, we would love to chat! Send us an email and let's get the conversation started! 

photos by Kira Nicole Photography and Candace Nicole Photography

Citrus Wedding Shoot

We may be well into fall by now, but I couldn't leave these bright and colorful photos sitting on my computer any longer. Kira from Kira Nicole Photography contacted us to design and plan alongside her for this Citrus Styled Shoot I knew it was going to be a beautiful one. We used fruits such as oranges, limes and lemons to give us the inspiration for the concept of the day. 

One of the first things I thought about was using that same inspiration in as many ways as we could. Starting with oranges as place cards, and continuing through the table design and the cake. All of the details came together effortlessly on the day of the shoot, and the setting was perfect. Pine Ridge Farm is a brand new farm in Stewartstown, PA, owned by the sweetest family. This venue provided several options for beautiful photos and provided inspiration in every way throughout the day. 

We are so thankful for all of the amazing creatives and models that spent this beautiful Sunday with us.

Citrus Wedding Inspiration Baltimore Wedding Planner Kira Nicole Photography
Citrus Wedding Inspiration Baltimore Wedding Planner Kira Nicole Photography
Citrus Wedding Inspiration Baltimore Wedding Planner Kira Nicole Photography
Citrus Wedding Inspiration Baltimore Wedding Planner Kira Nicole Photography
Citrus Wedding Inspiration Baltimore Wedding Planner Kira Nicole Photography
Citrus Wedding Inspiration Baltimore Wedding Planner Kira Nicole Photography
Citrus Wedding Inspiration Baltimore Wedding Planner Kira Nicole Photography
Citrus Wedding Inspiration Baltimore Wedding Planner Kira Nicole Photography
Citrus Wedding Inspiration Baltimore Wedding Planner Kira Nicole Photography
Citrus Wedding Inspiration Baltimore Wedding Planner Kira Nicole Photography

this shoot has been featured on Baltimore Bride

 

Photography: Kira Nicole Photography

Hair & Makeup: Vintage Veils 

Invitation Suite: Lattice Tree Studio

Calligraphy: Shotgunning For Love

Wedding Gown: Marys Designer Bridal

Cake: Flavor Cupckaery

handcrafted Linens: Elena & Co

Venue: Pine Ridge Farms

 

 

Spending A Day At Running Hare Vineyard

Don't you wish that you could jet off to Italy for a weekend to drink amazing wine, spend time walking through the vineyard, and listening to a good band? It sure would be nice to be surrounded by a beautiful villa, rolling hills and great friends while basking in the sun and glow of a wonderful day. What would you say if you heard that you didn't need to go all the way to Italy for a beautiful Italian getaway like the one described?

Running Hare Vineyard Wedding Wedding Planner Enchanting Events and Design

If you have ever spent any amount of time at Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick, you know exactly what I am talking about. The long driveway leading you to the winery may be a bit daunting at first, but then you reach the top of the hill, see fields of grapes waiting to be made into wine, and a beautiful villa atop the hill in front of you. The entire property is something to see. 

Running Hare Vineyard Wedding Wedding Planner Enchanting Events and Design

We were thankful to spend a day at the Running Hare Vineyard a few weeks ago and even though it was a bit chilly, we couldn't help but stand in awe at what a beautiful location it is. Running Hare hosts countless events, has a winery, brewery and a outdoor stage for various musical talents that stop by every weekend. There is also an outdoor space for a wedding ceremony, and they host weddings inside the villa as well. 

Since we were there for a relaxing day, we brought along some cheeses and snacks, grabbed a table and started our tasting. There are 8-10 various wines to sample, and then we typically purchase a bottle or two for the table (bonus-they almost always have a Groupon or Living Social deal!) which is perfect for a few hours. 

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Being able to relax in such a gorgeous setting like Running Hare Vineyard is the perfect way to spend a day.