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Chesapeake Wedding Fall 2020

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wedding O N L O C AT IO N A look at some of the area s finest wedding venues TRADITIONS New twists on old rituals FUN GAMES Make your reception out of the ordinary COUPLES Inspiring weddings from around the region Chesapeake Bay FA L L E D I T I O N 2 0 2 0 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 1

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FFullll service i catering t i tteam th thatt sources locally and seasonally to deliver an unforgettable experience Celebrate your special day with exquisite cuisine and treat your cherished guests to a fine dining experience unlike any they ve had sales chesapeakechefs com Visit our website for more information chesapeakechefs com 2 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0

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Wedding Events Featuring Two Distinctive Venues The Chesapeake Bride s First Choice for Weddings 321 309 St John St Havre de Grace MD 410 942 1444 4 www labanquedefleuve com C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0

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INSIDE 60 On the Cover Our styled shoot in Southern Maryland 8 O u r F e a t u r e d Ve n u e s Historic Sotterley Plantation The Hummingbird Inn Bohemia Overlook 16 The Finer Details Brush Strokes K B Bridal s Virtual Experience 5 Tricks to Keep Calm Fall inspiration at a local vineyard Food Drink Menu Ideas Towers of Treats Our Perspective The 2020 Experience Simply for fun Odyssey Mobile Gaming Our Couples Catherine Jason Kristina Ryan Alex Kristen 72 8 44 50 16 28 42 72 20 34 68 40 60 64 8 28 34 44 8 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 5

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PRESIDENT Jim Normandin jim normandin adamspg com P R I N T chesapeakebaywedding com D I G I TA L SOCIAL PUBLISHER Betsy Griffin bgriffin chespub com EDITOR Eli Wohlenhaus ewohlenhaus chespub com CREATIVE DIRECTOR Arden Haley ahaley chespub com ADVERTISING Brandon Silverstein bsilverstein chespub com Brook Ash bash chespub com Michelle Wagner T mwagner chespub com hroughout my youth I attended numerous weddings mostly due to the fact that my father was a pastor and either was officiating or an invited guest Despite my startling attendance record something was missing We all know the famous quote always a bridesmaid and never the bride right Well for me it was always a guest never the ring bearer My older sister got to be a flower girl several times My older brother got to be a ring bearer several times Then my little sister came along and outdid us all in the adorable kid role CIRCULATION Doug McAvoy dmcavoy chespub com CONTRIBUTING CONTENT CREATORS Dabrianna Green Caroline Shively Sucher Brian Shane Denise Lew DISTRIBUTION Chesapeake Bay Wedding will help couples plan their special destination wedding around the Bay Newark Cecil Baltimore I did fortunately get the call one time and I felt like the most important person in the party I was called to perform a key task and I was not going to let anyone down Now so many years later I don t remember much of my time as a ring bearer This was no glory story like Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings These faded memories did however instill a fondness for weddings that has stayed a constant throughout my life What can I say I like weddings I am thrilled to be a part of a great team of creators to bring this edition to you and I can personally guarantee it is unlike any other So please enjoy touring the Maryland wedding scene from historic venues to adapted on the fly practices We sure have Kent Queen Annes Caroline Talbot Anne Arundel Prince George s Charles Dorchester Calvert St Mary s 13 000 Eli Wohlenhaus Target dropped in high traffic locations 5 100 home delivery inserted in the Cecil Whig 52 000 emails sent to couples and bride s mothers residing in the Washington DC and Baltimore area who have asked for information on Chesapeake Bay weddings Full list can be viewed at chesapeakebaywedding com C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 7

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About the Cover STYLED SHOOT PHOTOS BY COSTOLA PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION SOTTERLY SOUTHERN MARYLAND In 2018 Alex and Kristen Suplee were married and had their reception at Historic Sotterley Plantation It rained Fast forward to 2020 and Alex and Kristen came back to Sotterley This time during a pandemic Despite these trials both were an absolute delight to work with acknowledging the situation with levity and grace For Kristen she was at home at Sotterley as she grew up just a few miles away in California Md Her parents got married at Sotterley as well Kristen s father actually stopped by during the shoot to add some colorful commentary but it was clear how much he cared for his daughter and the attachment he felt towards this location Back in 2018 Alex and Kristen participated in the southern wedding tradition of burying the bourbon which dictates that exactly one month before your wedding day you go to the site and bury a bottle of bourbon to keep the rain away Although the rain didn t stay away and Alex humorously noted that they never 8 found the burial site to dig the bottle back up the second part of the tradition Kristen said that they didn t consider any part of this to be bad luck quoting a Hindu idea that a wet knot is harder to untie You re so pumped about the person you re marrying the weather doesn t matter Kristen said The evening of the photo shoot was lovely and filled with mirth It was perfect timing too as many of our vendors had not had much of a chance to fully express their creative spirit due to the many postponements that the coronavirus brought to the industry Yet they were ready Led by wedding planner Heather Miller founder of The Hitched Company everything was neatly organized and beautifully presented She ran such a tight ship that at one point I leaned over to our regional advertising manager Brook Ash a U S Navy veteran and asked how C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 her structure compared to the military Heather had it all so neatly coordinated that the night went off without a hitch Sotterley were remarkable hosts allowing the creativity to shine It had the joy and delight of an actual wedding Alex and Kristen may have been models for the day but their love and affection was as genuine as on their wedding day

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PLANNER DESIGNER The Hitched Co TheHitchedCo com heather hitchedbyheather com PHOTOGRAPHER Costola Photography costolaphotography com info costolaphotography com FLORIST That s So Darling Florist thatssodarlingflorals thatssodarlingflorals com INVITATIONS Paper Love Club paperloveclub com ashley paperloveclub com PASSED APPETIZERS Those Grazy Girls hello thosegrazygirls com TUXDO Serendipity serendipitybridalandevents com info serendipitybridalandevents com TABLE LINEN CHARGERS Nuage nuagedesigns com haley nuagedesigns com CHAIR RENTAL Bailey s Rentals baileyspartyrentals com baileyspartyrentals gmail com BOW TIE RENTAL Ivory Rose Rental Ivoryroserental gmail com HAIR MAKE UP Miranda Paige Beauty mirandapaigebeauty com info mirandapaigebeauty com EMBROIDERY Always Better Monogrammed facebook com AlwaysBetterMonogrammed alwaysbettermonogrammed gmail com DRESSES Amsale amsale com hello amsale com LOCATION Sotterley sotterley org info sotterley org C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 9

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CerOut em doo on r ies Weddings CHESAPEAKE BAY Lakeview Arbor On The Lawn Rustic Party Pavilion golf club Events 410 658 4343 x9 chesapeakegolf com Rising Sun Maryland Chantilly Ballroom Trophy Room All New Wedding Event Venue Your wedding guests will enjoy thier stay at Hummingbird Inn in Historic Easton Maryland A One Stop Solution for a Timeless Intimate Wedding Setting info aebymarta com AffairExtraordinaireByMarta com wedding Special Events Coordinator on site Wedding Officiant on site Multiple outdoor spaces available to accommodate up to 150 wedding guests Locally owned and operated wedding and event floral company We offer personalized service and high quality floral designs for weddings When you are looking for someone to listen to your ideas call us Priscilla Horne 443 206 0203 North East MD www twistedvinefloraldesign com 14 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 Pet Friendly 6 Uniquely Furnished Guest Rooms Each With Full Bathrooms Includes 3 Course Gourmet Breakfast With Your Choice of Entr e Welcoming the LGBTQ Community Friends and Families For more information or to make reservations call 410 822 0605 info hummingbirdinnEaston com www hummingbirdinneaston com 14 N Aurora Street Easton MD 21601

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In This Time of Unrest A Message from Historic Sotterley The following statement is from Historic Sotterley s Board of Trustees five of whom are Descendants of the site Historic Sotterley has and will continue to focus on reconciliation while honoring the organization s mission of preserving presenting and telling the story of the site and the people who lived on it In recent years Historic Sotterley has embarked on our Common Ground initiative and our Descendants Project They help us facilitate healing through shared journeys which lead to understanding and compassion What is being experienced and felt across our nation makes us realize that as a society we must examine our shared values and increase our empathy for one another The recent acts of racism and the nation s response are stark reminders of what we stand to lose Historic Sotterley is committed to doing all that it can to bring everyone together as a community as we strive for unity and healing www sotterley org C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 15

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S S 2 0 2 0 T R E N D R E P ORT BY DABRIANNA GREEN It s gender neutral It s full of personality It s watercolor From invitations and save the dates to cakes and ceremony traditions incorporating this artsy detail will give your wedding day the chracter you re looking for 16 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0

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Willillll Rem Wi Reem meeem mbebeberr m An E Experience ri Your Guests Craft Cocktail Carriage is a dry hire mobile bartending company located in Maryland Our priority is to provide you with an exceptional bartending experience for your guests 301 542 2392 Kelsey CraftCocktailCarriage com www CraftCocktailCarriage com Servicing MD DC VA Because a life well celebrated is a life well lived Celebrate your special day at Magnolia Manor Located on the banks of the Tred Avon River on the Eastern Shore of Maryland Magnolia Manor offers an intimate elegant historic setting for your wedding Its 19th century Southern charm period furnishings and manicured gardens and grounds evoke a timeless elegance and provide the perfect backdrop for your memorable day Contact us today at 410 443 1444 MagnoliaManorMD gmail com 768 Port Street Easton MD 21601 Custom Wine Labels for your Special Day Add a little simple sweetnesss to your Special Day 2951 OCEAN GATEWAY CAMBRIDGE MD 21613 410 228 9111 Ask about other sweet treats for favors or shower celebrations WEDDINGS BRIDAL SHOWERS BACHELORETTE PARTIES ETC MOUNT FELIX VINEYARD WINERY 2000 Level Road Havre de Grace Contact Mary Ianniello mountfelix gmail com 443 910 5142 www baycountrybakery com C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 17

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Potomac Floral Design Studio 5875 Crain Highway La Plata MD 301 934 1000 www potomacfloraldesign com info potomacfloraldesign com Find us on FB 18 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0

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Kent Island Beach House C H E S T E R R I VER YACHT COUNTRY CLUB Rentals 4 Short term Rental Homes Wedding Guest Accommodations Family Friend Business Lodging 2 side by side sleep 8 12 or 42 Photo by Meg Dixon Chester River Yacht and Country Club invites you to come tour our beautiful venue located on the banks of the scenic Chester River The Club offers beautiful views of the river and our perfectly manicured golf course along with a large ballroom that can accommodate 130 guests for a seated reception From cuisine and coordination with local vendors our staff provides unparalleled expertise to couples planning their dream wedding Kent Island Beach House LLC Stevensville Maryland KIBeachHouse com 410 984 7618 Photos by Erin Wheeler Chester River Yacht and Country Club Chestertown MD 410 778 3818 ext 102 Book Our Kent Island AirBnb s Online Now www airbnb com users 22935809 listings Serving Maryland Delaware Washington D C Northern Virginia Since 1999 Catering With Personal Style Rustic Venues Waterfront Venues Wineries From casual to a formal plated service we have a complete menu selection that can be tailored to your needs Your One Stop Shop Tents Dance Floors China Flatware Glassware Tables and Linens Chairs Archways Color Splash Lighting Statewide Liquor License Whatever your style count on Smokehouse Grill to ensure your event runs smoothly and flawless with quality integrity and professionalism 1001 Butterworth Ct Stevensville MD 21666 410 643 6851 TheSmokeHouseGrill com C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 19

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MENU IDEAS SAMPLE MENUS FOR AFFORDABLE RECEPTIONS BY DABRIANNA GREEN Having a menu for the reception is an easy way to set the tone for the night it even doubles as an additional of decor to elevate the overall experience Add an elegant tough to your special night by following this simple framework to format your personalized menu Keep reading for samples THE LAYOUT EXAMPLE COURSE MEAL DINNER Menu Item Brief description overview of meal within the course Description Breakdown of ingredients and finished product Pizza Bar An assortment of specialty pizzas Meat Lovers Veggie Hawian Cheese

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MENU Backyard Barbecue APPETIZER Farmhouse Garden Salad A blend of fresh greens cucumbers red onions grape tomatoes cheddar cheese and croutons Served with your choice of dressing MAIN COURSE Barbecue Pulled Pork or Jackfruit Beer braised pork shoulder or jackfruit served with a Carolina barbecue sauce Smoked Turkey Sausage Grilled Seasonal Vegetables Grilled zucchini peppers mushrooms eggplant and corn seasoned with a blend of organic herbs and spices Potatoes Au Gratin Homemade slow cooked potatoes in a creamy gouda sauce topped with sharp cheddar DESSERT S mores Bar Decadent Hershey s and Reese s chocolates alongside pillowy marshmallows and gooey toffee squares sandwhiched inside a toasted grahm cracker BEVERAGES Beer Wine Cucumber Mint Water Sweet Tea

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MENU Celebrazione APPETIZER Caesar Salad A bed of romaine lettuce topped with crunchy country croutons and finely shaved parmesan cheese Served with caesar dressing MAIN COURSE CHOICE OF Grilled Chicken Alfredo Fettuccini pasta in a creamy Alfredo sauce topped with Italian seasoned grilled chicken Cheese Tortellini in Garlic Butter Sauce Tortellini pasta stuffed with ricotta parmesan and Romano chesses in a savory garlic butter sauce Butternut Squash Ravioli Ravioli pasta filled with a blend of grated parmesan and ricotta cheeses smothered in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce DESSERT Wedding Cake Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting BEVERAGES Beer Sangria Cucumber Mint Water Lemonade 22 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0

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MENU Autumn Oasis APPETIZER Charcuterie Board An assortment of cheeses fresh fruits grains nuts and cured meats MAIN COURSE CHOICE OF Loaded Baked Potato Soup Hearty russet potatoes in a creamy base topped with bacon cheddar cheese and fresh chives Cheese Tortellini in Garlic Butter Sauce Shredded chicken fresh vegetables and northern beans in a rich creamy broth Topped with cheddar cheese and jalape os Tomato Bisque A classic smooth tomato soup with a creamy spin Topped with fresh parsley DESSERT Wedding Cake Vanilla cake with buttercream frosting BEVERAGES Beer Wine Water Cider C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 23

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MENU Casual Occasion APPETIZER Antipasto Skewers Thick cut salami marinated mozzerella pepperoncini peppers cherry tomatoes and fresh spinach Butter Lettuce Salad A bed of butter lettuce topped with radishes red onion and fresh parsley in a red wine vinagrette MAIN COURSE Bangers Mash Italian or plant based sausage and homestyle mashed potatoes topped with caramelized onions and green peppers DESSERT Wedding Cake Vanilla cake with buttercream frosting BEVERAGES Beer Wine Citrus and Rosemary Spritzer Water 24 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0

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Speciallizing in Fine Jewellry Plan the perfect country wedding at Fairwinds a beautiful horse farm with a shaded ceremony site and unique indoor reception for up to 300 people 204 Island Plaza Court Stevensville MD 21666 410 643 7766 Now booking weddings for for 2020 2021 Now booking weddings 2021 www kentislandjewelry com C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 27

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K B Bridal s Virtual Experience By C arol ine Sh ively Su che r Photo s by An ne C as e y Photo g raphy For the past decade Bridget Moore has based her business around personal contact face to face meetings and hours spent getting to know her clients at K B Bridal her boutique in the heart of downtown Bel Air Maryland Then came COVID 19 28 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M S P R I N G 2 0 2 0

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S tay at home restrictions meant that Bridget and boutique manager Kate Wertsch had to come up with a completely different business model Kate would be doing the stylist part of it and I would be running around the shop and grabbing the dresses that she chose for the bride and throwing them on the mannequins and showing them virtually to get their thoughts Bridget explained We had to game plan strategize and figure out how we create great customer service when we re not in the building Bridget said On that initial call the brides could choose up to six dresses to pick up curbside and bring home for a second video conference Their solution If clients couldn t come to the boutique they d bring the boutique to the clients The pair set up video chats with Kate at her home and Bridget at the store with the brides at another location The brides got creative too with some even spacing their bridesmaids at six foot intervals in the yard so they could all give input while remaining socially distanced It would be as if we were in the dressing room with her but it would all be over video says Bridget She would be trying on the dresses and we would be filling our role as stylists and having her tell us what she does and doesn t love It also meant that far away loved ones could join in C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 29

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People have been really creative That Zoom link is shareable We had a bride whose sister was in some amazing tropical place on something like a catamaran but she was still able to participate Kate said K B Bridal and other Maryland businesses were able to open in May after about two months of state ordered Coronavirus closures but they limited how many could be in the shop at one time One of their first in person customers wanted her 10 friends to weigh in on the dress so the team had to get creative She had two guests in the shop and eight of her friends spaced out on the sidewalk and we set up a fitting room so they could all look at her through the window Kate said As devastating as the Coronavirus has been for brides and the wedding industry as a whole the K B team plans to make one part of this new way of doing business permanent conducting video calls with a client even before she walks in the door We use the screen time to really get to know the bride and connect with her Bridget said That s the part of Bridget s business model that won t ever change making every connection personal even if it s a virtual connection CBW 30 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 Dunks Photography

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YOU EXPECT THE BEST ON YOUR WEDDING DAY LET US EXCEED YOUR EXPECTATIONS PROSPECT BAY is a hidden gem on the Eastern Shore just minutes from the Bay Bridge offering a ceremony and reception venue for up to 250 people Our experienced friendly staff will guide and assist you from the initial planning to the final toast We specialize in exceptional quality and value To schedule a tour or for more information contact Shelby Brown Banquet and Sales Manager 410 827 6950 sbrown prospectbaycc com Prospect Bay Country Club 311A Prospect Bay Dr West Grasonville MD 21638 www prospectbaycc com C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 31

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Easton Elks Lodge 1622 502 Dutchmans Lane Easton MD 21601 410 822 3344 eastonelks gmail com Contact us to schedule your special events 32 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0

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410 604 3860 101 Dundee Avenue Suite 100 Chester MD 21619 Sugar Brazilian Wax www flowers4youtoday com Calling All Models A sweet way to remove unwanted hair Chesapeake Bay Wedding is looking for a married couple over the age of 21 to be the models for our next styled photoshoot date location TBD Gentle on sensitive skin Leaves skin soft and smooth Brazilians make great gifts If interested in more details send sample photos to bgriffin chespub com Weddings Bridal Parties Couples Wax Call us at 410 310 4496 39 E Dover St Easton MD 21601 www kissedbythesunspa com Weddings Barn and Island Weddings Bridal Shower and Events Wellness Retreats Team Building Outings Bed and Breakfast Craft Workshops Herbs of the Bible Garden Tours Gift Shop ANN STUBBS Owner 443 553 4618 CELL 843 Elk Forest Road ann sinkingspringss com sinkingsprings co om Elkton MD 21921 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 33

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Gluten Free Bakery Girl Towers of Treats By Caroline Shively Sucher Photos by Arden Haley 34 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0

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Ytall stack of carrots and twigs ou might think a gluten free vegan tower is a But you d be wrong Just take a look at the layers upon layers of delicate Earl Grey cookies moist chocolatey brownies fluffy donuts light as air French macarons and tiny cupcakes piled on a tower of platters Yeah you just want to eat the whole thing says Tricia King owner of Gluten Free Bakery Girl Well yes Yes we do Towers of treats are part of an emerging trend at weddings and so are Tricia King s specialties gluten free pastries so decadent that you won t miss the white flour and vegan treats so rich that you won t miss the butter and eggs As the name implies not a single product sold at the Gluten Free Bakery Girl shop in St Michaels MD has gluten a protein found in wheat and most other grains We ve done everything from a tiny two layer cake to 400 cupcakes in a tower to a four tier wedding cake for 200 The guests love it and at the end they ask Was that really gluten free Most people say they didn t think it was until I told them Tricia says In fact her bakery is certified as gluten free dedicated endorsed by the National Celiac Association Gluten can cause serious health problems for people with celiac disease For those with gluten sensitivity it can cause abdominal pain headaches and even a feeling of foggy brain according to the Mayo Clinic For brides and grooms who suffer from gluten related problems it can mean not getting to eat their own wedding cake For others it can mean years without bread cookies pizza and other items they love A woman came up and saw that I had gluten free cinnamon rolls and she literally cried with joy Tricia says She told me that she hadn t had a cinnamon roll in over ten years Tricia and her team come up with all their own recipes and tweak and re tweak them until they just can t get any better Her top sellers are Raspberry Bakewell Tarts lemon bars Buckeye Brownies apple cider muffins and apple cider donuts I actually prefer doing gluten free baking because I love the creativity of it Tricia explains Like with our Raspberry Bakewell Tart our main goal is it will taste as good as a regular Bakewell Tart and the texture and the flavor are spot on Spot on flavor is also Tricia s goal for her vegan pastries To qualify as vegan no parts of an animal can be used in a food product no milk meat eggs or animal fat Unlike many other shops that sell vegan treats Tricia s bakery has a wide variety C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 35

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Sometimes people are afraid to even come and ask if you have anything vegan because in most places it might just be one little cookie or something but then they see we have cinnamon rolls that are vegan chocolate chip cookies that are vegan and cakes that are vegan and they re really excited Tricia says While vegan food isn t for everyone it s the gluten free treats that face the most skepticism from people who ve never tried them Tricia considers that a personal challenge They want to tear you up and say Ooh gross and I m like Wait a second Here s a free cookie I want to change your mind I want you to see it s not gross it s good or all these people wouldn t be coming here Does it work They usually buy something right then or come back around at the end of the day and want another cookie Tricia says If you can t make it to the Gluten Free Bakery Girl shop in St Michaels or you re not lucky enough to go to a wedding she s helped cater you can try Tricia s pastries online or at coffee shops in Delaware D C and Maryland CBW 36 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0

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GLUTEN FREE CINNAMON ROLL MIX Directions 1 bag of mix from Gluten Free Bakery Girl Mix on low to incorporate remainder of liquid 2 cups warm water about 110 degrees or dairy free milk of choice You want the dough to be a bit sticky 1 4 cups of olive oil 1 tsp sugar to feed the yeast Filling 4 Oz of melted dairy free butter or butter A mixture of cinnamon sugar 3 4 c sugar with your choice amount of cinnamon Icing Add 1 3 4 warm liquid to mix in a mixer or mixing bowl Pour in olive oil Turn up to mid high speed mix until dough begins to stick to sides With a spatula pull all the dough away from sides to middle Pull out on to floured table brown rice works the best Shape into a rectangle and begin to roll out keeping in a rectangle shape Spread melted butter all over rolled out dough and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar Now start at edge working your way down the edge rolling up dough Use a hand spatula to help pull up dough and flour underneath to keep from sticking 1 cup powdered sugar if you like thick icing slowly add liquid to desired thickness 2 tbls water 1 4 tsp vanilla Let rise until rolls have doubled or touching about 45 minutes Mix Bake at 350 degrees for 18 20 minutes Ice and serve 38 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 Prepare pan with pan spray and cut your rolls and place in pan Cover loosely on top to keep from air Place in a warm area

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ODYSSEY Mobile Escape Rooms By Brian Shane Photos Provided by Odyssey Mobile Escape Rooms When two longtime pals were brainstorming ideas for an events based business that would be totally outside the box they didn t suspect that they d decide on something that was quite literally an actual box Business partners Matt Handrick and Ryan D Ambrosio have taken the still sizzling trend of the escape room but tweaked the formula by making it mobile Instead of you going to the escape room the escape room comes to you For the uninitiated here s the basic concept a group of people pay to get locked into a confined space to solve a series of clues riddles and puzzles usually on a onehour deadline The core idea is a simple one but escape rooms can be made very complex in their design and execution 40 You walk out of a fair or wedding or birthday party and you walk into something completely different we want you to be in a different world Handrick said There are ambient noises rats in the wall there s fire It s a very immersive thing Handrick and D Ambrosio forged their friendship more than 15 years ago as teammates on competitive national paintball teams In 2017 they spent months spit balling business ideas that hadn t been done before on a large scale They landed on the idea of going mobile with escape rooms which until now usually could be found at brickand mortar locations like strip malls or shopping centers They started their company Odyssey Mobile Adventures with a single mobile escape room trail er Today the Huntingtown Maryland based operation has expanded into a full fledged events service company offering tent rentals photo booths and even axe throwing Odyssey s escape room concepts have included motifs like the torturer s lair where players have to find an object hidden by a wizard in a prison cell In another players solve the mystery of what happened to an abandoned mining station on an asteroid We have all the mechanical elements in there Their mobile escape room is about 135 square feet which can accommodate 2 5 participants per game They also offer a more intimate experience that Handrick calls the escape pod which is about 80 square feet and can be built on site for 2 4 participants Handrick said they re interested in taking that aspect to the next level by making each challenge electronic We ll generally take two of those to a location Handrick said of the pods A lot of kids they have birthday parties in a hall somewhere and we just wheel them inside and pop em up Most kids at birthday parties they ll play through 6 or 7 times In one of our games as you solve this puzzle he said a photo actually lifts on the wall to reveal the hidden gem behind it It happens automatically Once they saw a mother go in with her three kids and at first they were intimidated But when the family figured things out they left that place C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M S P R I N G 2 0 2 0

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just giddy Handrick said I got an email from the mom My kids that s all they talked about for a week Can I book you guys for a birthday party The cost to book Odyssey Mobile Adventures ranges from 700 to 1 500 depending on how clients wish to customize their package and on the time of rental While they plan to add at least one more escape room and another axe throwing trailer Odyssey is already working on an accoutrement that s even farther off the beaten path robot bartenders Specifically it s an electronic device that can be built to pour a specific drink automatically without a human pouring a drop Handrick said they ve booked dozens of weddings in the last two years because people want their parties to create viral memories and water cooler conversations after the fact Their clients are seeking out something specialized and even zany like axe throwing instead of expected or rote Every wedding we ve booked is from something who s looking for something totally different and off the beaten path If you go to 6 or 7 weddings a year it s the same shtick at every wedding People want something fresh something they ve never seen before and that s very much what we offer Handrick said For more information on Odyssey Mobile Adventures you can find them on social media visit their website at www OdysseyMobileEscape com or call 301 509 8305 CBW

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5 Tricks to keep calm during a wedding 1 B y B r i g h t o n K L a z n o v s k y M A C Ht L C A D C L C S W C 2 3 4 5 FO CUS ON EACH OTHER With all of the planning for the big day all focus can unfortunately turn to the details and away from who why you are celebrating each other Take some time for mini getaways unplugging from anything wedding related and keeping conversations about things other than wedding Instead of drifting apart in the planning find ways to increase your connection as a couple L I S T E N TO YO U R G U T Our gut is our subconscious mind that always knows what s best for us even though it might go against what others may want Friends family members hired professionals for the big day may all have ideas traditions etc of what you should do for your big day Graciously acknowledge their recommendations but remain steadfast in what you know is best for you as a couple because you simply cannot be everything for everyone Everyone is entitled to an opinion but as a couple on YOUR wedding day your opinion is what matters the most SELF CARE Maintain a healthy life balance In addition to the wedding planning make sure you focus on your physical psychological emotional spiritual personal and professional life areas as well Exercise is a great outlet that not only helps to get you in shape and feeling great for your big day but it also naturally increases dopamine serotonin and reduces the effects of cortisol When we become anxious about the future our brains and bodies act as though the fear is in the present moment Find ways to incorporate mindfulness into everything you do every day H AV E A N O R G A N I Z AT I O N A L S Y S T E M I N P L A C E There are so many helpful web sites and apps to keep you organized and on schedule leading up to your big day There are so many things you are planning for when getting married that remaining organized with a schedule keeps the anxiety stress at bay because you know what you need to do and when you need to get the task s accomplished Avoidance procrastination and disorganization will only add to the stress level KEEP IT ALL IN PERSPECTIVE Your wedding although dreamt about for many years is just one day but it s also the first day of the rest of your life together It is a short period of time so it s important to manage your expectations Look at the big picture when you find yourself stressed about the details will the tiny stressor matter in 1 year 5 years C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 43

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Nestled in the quaint town of Easton Maryland is a hidden gem The Hummingbird Inn a newly renovated Victorian style house turned bedand breakfast inn has become a local favorite for memorable weddings It has garnered rave reviews for its beautiful property and welcoming atmosphere Built in the late 19th century the inn rests on nearly an acre of land the largest outdoor property of B Bs in town Throughout the years it has served both commercial and personal purposes ranging from a senator s residence to a medical center to B Bs to name a few In 2018 Eric Levinson the current innkeeper bought the house and renamed it the Hummingbird Inn With its vast outdoor space and stylish interior the Hummingbird Inn affords ample creative space for wedding ceremonies and receptions It boasts an expansive 1 000 square foot wrap around porch a Victorian garden with fountain a great back lawn a side lawn a formal dining room single and double guest parlors with a built in Bose sound system and a paved parking lot for large weddings For nature lovers the gardens offer a stunning backdrop of natural beauty I love doing the ceremony under the weeping cherry in the Victorian Garden for small wedding groups For larger wedding groups there is a really nice area between the parking lot and the big lawn that leads to the base of the Giant Magnolia We have done a number of ceremonies there and the Magnolia makes a beautiful background setting said Levinson The Victorian Garden often booked by clients has a fountain and weeping cherry tree in an intimate setting for smaller scale weddings Guests can relax by the fountain on a lounge chair under the Weeping Cherry Tree as they listen to soft relaxing music with our built in outdoor Bose sound C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 45

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system This is a very popular spot for events including receptions cocktail parties and small weddings Levinson explained Wedding couples may also elect to rent out the inn for a full Victorian experience The Hummingbird Inn has a total of six guest rooms all named after local eastern shore towns the St Michael s Room the Cambridge Room the Easton Room the Oxford Room the Tilghman Room and the Crisfield Room Each has its own private bathroom and modern amenities such as heated towel racks and eco friendly toiletries Depending on the room options may include a walk in waterfall shower system with the inn s signature Endless Hot Water System a claw foot jacuzzi tub for a spa experience or even a separate sitting area in the Queen Anne turret Among the Hummingbird Inn s most popular rooms is the Crisfield Room it is newly renovated and often booked by wedding couples and brides to be After purchasing the house Levinson experimented by transforming the former attic into a sleek modern space channeling a Scandinavian and Zen Modern atmosphere This is one of the largest rooms in the house It has a work desk and all the high tech hardware such as smart 48 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 TV bluetooth speakers USB plugs and outlets throughout said Levinson The gamble paid off and last summer we had a 3 month waiting list specifically for this room even if other rooms were available The wedding planning process can be quite daunting but the Hummingbird Inn can help with that challenge We have an on site Special Event Coordinator who can assist with putting on any kind of event wedding planning setup and organization etc All wedding packages include 10

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hours of time additional time can be purchased at an hourly rate We partner with a number of other businesses to provide catering flowers music and DJ etc and will provide lists for wedding couples to review and select from said Levinson Many people wonder how the Hummingbird Inn got its name Prior to owning the house Levinson had a career in IT management at large international law firms An avid traveler he has been to nearly 70 countries for business and personal travel It was a lifelong dream to one day start a bed and breakfast with his late husband Kevin Tragically Kevin did not survive a car accident in 2013 After receiving a number of sympathy cards with hummingbirds on them Levinson thought it was odd and he looked into the meaning of the bird The hummingbird is thought to take on the spirit of loved ones This totally described the type of person Kevin was full of love life and energy A few years later Levinston purchased the historic home and renamed it the Hummingbird Inn in memory of Kevin What s amazing is the number of people who come here because of the name a number of people have their own similar hummingbird stories and experiences said Levinson who is ordained to perform wedding ceremonies Being the only gay owned and operated B B in Easton we have had the opportunity and pleasure to perform weddings for both same sex as well as opposite sex couples he said proudly A recurring compliment in guest reviews highlights the warmth and welcoming atmosphere at the Hummingbird Inn It is not surprising that one does not need to look further than the innkeeper himself Travel people cooking these are some of my top passions in life I ve always enjoyed being a host to friends and family said Levinson I love meeting all the guests making new friends giving them an elevated breakfast experience and providing people an amazing experience that they will remember treasure and want to come back again and again for CBW C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 49

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P hotographs taken at Bohemia Overlook are nothing short of stunning From catching the couple in that first blissful kiss along the beach to exchanging vows atop the bluff or dancing under tulle and fairy lights each and every photo tells a story When you look at the photos they evoke feeling says owner Denise Novak You don t just say Oh that s pretty You look and say Oh they re so in love As gorgeous as those photos are Denise says when potential brides come to Bohemia Overlook for the first time they almost always tell her It s even more beautiful in person The pictures just don t do it justice Bohemia Overlook is a 160 acre estate in North East MD an hour southwest of Philadelphia and an hour northeast of Baltimore Every corner offers a breathtaking view from the Elk River running along the edge of the property to the Blue Elk Vineyard at the center There are three unique wedding venues on the grounds known simply as the Manor the Beach and the Barn 52 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0

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THE MANOR The Manor is the largest of Bohemia Overlook s wedding spots spread over 25 acres Weddings can be held outdoors on a bluff overlooking the expanse of the Elk River and for the reception up to 300 people can fit in a tent covered in sheer white draping with crystal chandeliers lighting up the dance floor It s a complete blank canvas The tent is white the floor is a neutral color and you can make it anything you want says Denise There are two concrete pads which is another bonus because most tented venues are in the grass The bride groom and their friends and families can spend the day getting ready at the Manor House a stately old home with white columns and a formal front porch Inside the Manor there s enough room for the groom and his party to take over the ground floor while the bride and bridesmaids spend the day preparing and relaxing upstairs The Manor House is stunning It was built in the 1930 s and we kept the integrity of the house when we painted and decorated We kept that Old world feel and people love that Denise says of her most popular venue THE BEACH The Beach has a more casual feel than the Manor but also offers a panoramic view of the Elk River and borders the property s vineyard I ve been to places that when you take pictures you have to make sure that you point the camera in just the right direction to get the pretty background but at the Beach every angle is perfect because you are surrounded by beauty says Denise Those photos can be taken in the sand along the pier or inside the large white tent that seats up to 300 Like all of the venues the Beach has a location for the bridal party to spend the day a Nantucket style house with a beachy vibe and vaulted ceilings just right for those candid shots C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 53

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THE BARN The Barn is a perfect combination of rustic charm and romantic elegance with Amish made barnwood tables and wooden beams that bring a country vibe to the party while a showstopping chandelier adds sophistication and style It can be seriously rustic or barely rustic Denise explains It all depends on your d cor whether you use lanterns and burlap or sequins and large elegant flower arrangements It s all how you make the feel of the barn yours The Barn can host a wedding ceremony and reception for up to 120 guests It sits atop Bohemia Overlook s tasting room which has been fashioned out of a former racehorse stable You get the tasting room for your cocktail hour They can serve our wine or have a mobile bar service that provides a licensed and insured bartender Denise says The Farmhouse is included with the Barn venue It s just steps away from the Barn and has a lovely bridal suite a second bedroom and a main living area THE BARRACKS At many wedding venues the groom and his party are an afterthought They come rolling in at the last minute after jumping in their tuxes at home or a hotel room or perhaps a bar Not at Bohemia Overlook Grooms here have the option of the Barracks named in honor of the Elk River s role in the Revolutionary War When people tour our venues the brides and the moms usually ask the questions Denise says The grooms usually are pretty quiet until I tell them about the Barracks Then they keep saying Are we going to see the Barracks When are we going to see the Barracks Then we go in there and the guys just light up This charming house is decorated with an American theme and divided into two sides There s room for 22 on the large side where the men can work up a sweat playing ping pong cornhole Kan Jam football baseball or soccer with equipment already on site or they can take it easy playing chess or cards If all that fun makes them hungry or thirsty or works up a sweat there s a kitchen bar and showers The smaller side of the Barracks is equipped with the same games and a half bath while both sides have outdoor patios Whichever venue her brides and grooms choose Denise says her goal is for the couple to relax and leave stress behind You are here all day Everyone comes to you you don t have to worry about getting to different places about traffic You don t have to allot an hour to get to the church and then the reception to go get your hair and makeup done You sit there and enjoy yourself she says That leaves just one stress facing the happy couple whether to choose the Manor the Beach or the Barn CBW 54 C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0

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Dear my fellow 2020 bridal couples This year has been a hard one for many people especially for couples like us who have been trying to plan their wedding As a 2020 bride myself I can attest that it has been pretty difficult to make concrete plans for one of the most important days of our lives when it feels like every day new COVID 19 regulations arise However my now husband and I have relied on each other to maintain a positive attitude and have accepted that no matter how many times our plans change our love for each other is all that really matters I hope by sharing our experience helps you as you plan for your big day no matter what it may look like The initial plan for our wedding was to have a church ceremony followed by a reception with about 100 friends and family members We began planning in May or 2019 and had everything pretty much set to go within a month The wedding wasn t going to be until July 25 2020 so we had plenty of time to sit back and enjoy our time as an engaged couple or so we thought March came along and so did the COVID 19 pandemic Quickly things begin to close as people were told to stay at home and avoid large crowds of people Like many others we thought this whole social distancing pandemic thing would be over within a few months and we could still have our wedding as planned However it became clear towards the end of May and into June that we would not be able to safely have 100 people gather at a church and reception hall Our reception venue told us there could be no open bar dancing or even a shared wedding cake and our original catering company didn t feel comfortable having employees serve a large crowd of people We had older family members who were voicing their concerns about being around a large number of people and we had people who lived far away who were hesitant about going to an airport to fly to our wedding All of these concerns were completely understandable to us which is why we decided to postpone the wedding This was a hard pill to swallow We waited over a year to get married and now it seemed we would have to wait for yet another Quickly we began brainstorming ideas and considering different ways to still maintain our original wedding date while still having the big church ceremony and reception we really wanted Creating this game plan put us somewhat back in control of a situation that seemed totally uncontrollable to next June We could have had our wedding ceremony but only 10 people could be in the church at a time and we didn t want to exclude any family members Although no family members were with us when we went to the courthouse they backed us up with this decision knowing that we will all be able to hopefully celebrate together next year I won t lie our courtroom wedding was definitely lacking in the romantic department The judge did set out figurines and fake flowers to dress up the place a little for us which we laughed about afterward but appreciated the effort nonetheless When we both said I do while wearing masks it really didn t feel real to us Yes we became legally married but it just didn t seem official in our eyes I started to feel a little sad walking out of the courthouse and walking by the church we were supposed to be married in Not wanting to waste the day wallowing in sadness I began to make myself see the positive side of our situation For one we were not the only couple whose wedding plans had to be altered Many many couples were in the same situation as us and many couples from other generations like my grandparents had to alter their wedding plans due to my grandpa being sent to fight in the Vietnam War Another positive we extracted is that we will now have two anniversaries our courthouse date and our church date Having a second wedding date will allow us to extend the excitement and anticipation that precedes a wedding The biggest positive affirmation my husband and I keep telling ourselves is that the only thing that really matters is that we love each other and want to spend the rest of our lives together So many things are out of our control but we can control our own relationship and how we can grow together as a couple There are days when I feel a pang of sadness when I see wedding pictures of people who still had their wedding When this happens remembering the list of reasons to be happy about our wedding decisions helps me stay positive and look forward to the future Our day will come and so will yours whatever you decide to do Sincerely Kaitlin Kulich The decision was made to go to the courthouse in the town and on the weekend we planned to have our wedding and postpone the church ceremony and reception C H E S A P E A K E B AY W E D D I N G CO M FA L L 2 0 2 0 69

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