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wedding O N L O C AT IO N A look at some of the area s finest wedding venues C O C K TA I L S Mobile bars bring the fun to your big day FLORALS Transforming single blooms into an elegant bouquet COUPLES Inspiring weddings from around the region Chesapeake Bay SPRING EDITION 2020 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 1

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Four Generations Family Owned Operated Since 1933 S e e o u r Ev e n t s p a g e f o r W i n e Ta s t i n g s B e e r Ta s t i n g s Ta p S o c i a l s S p e c i a l Ev e n t s S TAT E L I N E L I QU O R S CO M EV E N TS TA S T I N G S Fine Wines Liquors Specialty Beers G o u r m e t Fo o d s C h e e s e s G r o w l e r B a r w i t h 3 5 Ta p s 1610 Elkton Rd Elkton MD 1 800 446 WINE 1 410 398 3838 statelineliquors com 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 3

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By Land Air or Sea Our Brides O B id Arrive A i in i Style St l We re Proud to Announce our neW WAterfront Venue Accessible by Sea Plane Boat Limo More this Gorgeous Spot on the Chesapeake Bay is the Perfect Venue for your Wedding or Special Event HArford county s Premiere eVent Venue Specializing in Weddings Corporate Functions Special Events A Beautiful Historic Setting With Spectacular Views of the Chesapeake Bay www LaBanqueDeFleuve com 410 942 1444 321 ST JOHN STREET HAVRE de GRACE MD 21078 4 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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72 32 18 38 INSIDE 58 On the cover 50 Our styled shoot on the Susquehanna 8 Our featured venues La Banque at the Seaplane Base Annmarie Sculpture Garden Great Oak Manor The finer details Beautiful bouquets by Twisted Vine Your man and his wedding band Food drink Mobile bars gaining popularity Good eats with Garden Garnish Ta l k o f t h e t o w n Highlight on Havre de Grace Simply for fun Guest list Who makes the cut Tales of wedding fails How to create your wedding hashtag Our couples Megan Gregory Samantha Shane Katie Stephen 12 26 38 18 58 32 50 44 14 76 78 64 68 72 8 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 5

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ALL ABOARD CRUISES TRAVEL Specializing in Sandals Beach Resorts Honeymoons Destination Weddings Vow Renewals All Other Luxury Travel Our Services Are FREE Meghan Thompson 302 559 2515 meghanannthompson gmail com 6 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 Follow Us On Facebook

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PRESIDENT jim normandin jim normandin adamspg com chesapeakebaywedding com P R I N T D I G I TA L SOCIAL PUBLISHER betsy griffin bgriffin chespub com EDITOR lena ellwanger lellwanger chespub com I CREATIVE CONTENT SOCIAL SPECIALIST dabrianna green t s official at least in our eyes The Chesapeake Bay region is a wedding powerhouse dgreen chespub com CREATIVE DIRECTOR arden haley Everywhere we look a vendor is coming up with a unique idea to make your wedding more memorable check out the mobile bars on page 32 or a brand new venue is opening its doors ahaley chespub com ADVERTISING brandon silverstein It s that tremendous variety of venues that truly impresses We can hardly keep up with them all bsilverstein chespub com You ve got farms and forests beaches and bayside hotels and inns traditional churches even a sculpture garden page 26 lisa minto lminto chespub com brook ash bash chespub com And don t even get us started on the barns some of which have graduated from rustic structures to showstoppers on par with the most lavish of ballrooms Yes in our forays around the Bay it has become abundantly awesomely clear that the options are endless Nevertheless your venue selection must be made early if you want to be sure to get your desired date and the choice must also be made wisely because a solid weather backup plan is an absolute essential CIRCULATION doug mcavoy dmcavoy chespub com DISTRIBUTION Chesapeake Bay Wedding will help couples plan their special destination wedding around the Bay Newark Despite the profusion of venues there are still those who choose their location with nary a concern over the weather like my own sister who planned to have her ceremony on a beachfront nature preserve With that to be followed by photos on the Ocean City boardwalk and a reception at a favorite bayside haunt Really a pretty awesome plan for her big day except it turned out it was supposed to take place at the same time as a hurricane Uh oh No venue s backup plan stands up to a citywide mandatory evacuation But their date was set their guests had made the trip and they were determined to get this thing done So they came up with an entirely new plan in a nearby town and managed to pull off a sweet ceremony and a lively after party everyone still enjoyed to the fullest Even Mother Nature s wrath can t stop love Cecil Baltimore Kent Queen Annes Caroline Anne Arundel Talbot D C Charles Dorchester Calvert St Mary s 13 000 Target dropped in high traffic locations Matrimony or bust Lena Ellwanger 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 S P R I N G 2 0 2 0 7

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About the Cover S T Y L E D S H O O T P H O T O S B Y L AU R A O L S O N L O C AT I O N HAV R E D E G R AC E M A RY L A N D Labor of love at La Banque When a group of great talents comes together the results can be wondrous For our spring styled shoot La Banque at the Seaplane Base served as the backdrop but more importantly also the inspiration And it is clear everyone involved was enlivened by the possibilities of this special spot by the Bay Photographer Laura Olson stepped onto the scene with fresh eyes and was immediately taken with the venue calling it absolutely stunning and it shows Each of the vignettes within the scene the dock the sweeping stairs a luxurious tablescape overlooking the water the delectable dessert spread an arch dripping with the brightest blooms imaginable had its own beauty and charm granting Laura the advantage of every angle every nuance The three women who styled the shoot La Banque owner Kim Barth planner Marta Kastner of Affairs Extraordinaire by Marta and Donna Meros owner of Essex 8 Florist enjoyed the opportunity for collaboration and took it to the highest level I would do it again in a heartbeat Kim says She also loved working with Laura who took some of the photos from an unusual vantage point the Susquehanna River That was the first time I ve seen a photographer get in the water and I was so proud of her Kim says Along with her willingness to do anything for the perfect shot Laura had one other advantage Her models were her own son and daughter in law recent newlyweds Hunter and Alexandra Olson allowing Laura to tell their story with truth and spontaneity And such a sweet story it is We met through our church Alexandra says When I first met him it was his going away party for Ranger School for the Army The whole time he was gone his mother and the whole church were trying to set us up 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 Having recently gotten out of a relationship she was adamant she wasn t interested And though he had found Alexandra quite beautiful upon their first meeting Hunter was more concerned with his duties But love does tricky things The first time we hung out after he got home from Ranger School I was like Oh wow I really like this guy Alexandra says The matchmakers instincts saw true the pair were married on May 23 2019 When Laura approached them about being the subjects for this shoot Alexandra was happily on board An entire photo session another time around with her new hubby hair and makeup done to the nines and a second chance to wear her dress that radiant smile says it all

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SITE VENUE La Banque at the Seaplane Base Havre de Grace Maryland WEDDING PLANNER Affairs Extraordinaire by Marta F LO R I S T Bridal Creations by Essex Florist ACCESSORIES Bridesmaid Dresses Veil and Jewelry by Edel s Bridal C A K E TA B L E Sweet Eats Cakes BRIDE AND BRIDESMAIDS HAIR Fabulous Hair Studio GROOM S TUX Berrier Menswear BRIDE S WEDDING RING Shearer the Jeweler PHOTOGRAPHY In His Grace Photography 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 9

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More About the Venue If you want to make an entrance this is your place Havre de Grace s La Banque at the Seaplane Base has gained renown for its waterfront views in a downtown location but it truly stands out for the incredibly rare distinction of also being an airport allowing a bride or groom to arrive by plane Venue owner operator Kimberly Barth says brides have elected for that option just twice since the venue opened in 2016 Arriving by water has been the more popular mode of entry thus far We have had several brides come in by boat I had groomsmen come in on a Zodiac which was super cool I m still waiting for some grooms to come in on Jet Skis 007 style I think that would be so awesome she laughs She averages 140 events annually in tandem with her indoor location just up the stairs the historic La Banque de Fleuve opened in 2010 after being beautifully restored Kim loves being able to offer the seaplane base to couples It s waterfront and it s got magnificent views Nature always attracts people and especially water 12 And she loves her brides There s not a girl when I send her down that aisle that I don t start to cry I get it I get why it s so important But it s Havre de Grace itself that has her heart and she is keen for others to experience its charms You come back here the seaplane base you would never guess there is a whole little city behind you It s a beautiful thing for our clients because they have access to that world To be able to host an outdoor waterfront wedding but also have this entire town as your venue it s really a unique thing There aren t many places like this that have all of these unique features together Havre de Grace as a whole has reaped the benefit of Kim s devotion as she seems to have a knack for helping like minded people connect I ve had really good opportunities to create synergy between businesses being fortunate enough to find tenants who are willing to invest their time and livelihood here and open businesses here that complement their neighbors See our related story on page 44 Photos courtesy of La Banque at the Seaplane Base 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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Where the Potomac the Chesapeake meet Your Perfect Day is Here St Mary s proximity to Northern Virginia Washington D C and Baltimore plus beautiful locations and affordability make it a great place to hold your wedding Choose from St Mary s romantic venues and helpful wedding vendors to create your perfect day BEGIN YOUR ADVENTURE AT visitStMarysMD com 16 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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Family Care of Easton LLC C H E S T E R R I VER YACHT COUNTRY CLUB 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 LOOK YOUR BEST ON THAT SPECIAL DAY Medical Aesthetics Solutions Wedding Party Special Packages Available Look k and d feell YOUNGER tod day wiith Family Care of Easton LLC Photos by Erin Wheeler Chester River Yacht and Country Club Chestertown MD 410 778 3818 ext 102 Experience the personalized attention of a wedding only shop that is backed up with the buying power of a large retail florist You get the best of both personal attention and excellent pricing You will work with the same wedding designer from beginning to end A medically appropriate non surgical process that eliminates fine lines and wrinkles No down time for all skin types A collagen stimulating treatment for sagging skin Consultations are free A medically approved lip and facial line filler Juvederm plumps and softens facial lines Essex Florist Greenhouses 341 S Marlyn Avenue Essex 410 686 8842 You can schedule online at www essexflorist net or by calling 410 686 8842 OFFER Book with Bridail Creations and earn 75 towards the preservation of your bridal bouquet Check out our galleries at www essexflorist net Follow us on Facebook and Instagram See our ads on Wedding Wire and the Knot Susan Delean Botkin CRNP 8579 Commerce Dr Ste 106 Easton Maryland 21601 Call Today for Your Free Consultation or Same Day Appointment 410 819 0404 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 1 7

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From Bloom to Bouquet B Y L E N A E L L WA N G E R 18 PHOTOS BY ARDEN HALEY Veronica Polar Star Rose Pittosporum Nigra Hydrangea Seeded Eucalyptus Queen Anne s Lace Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Plumosa Fern Salal 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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A bouquet can be a beautiful wild work of art with bright blooms and cascades of leaves a lush garden you carry in your hand Or it can be tamed into a gorgeous orb perhaps a bit more manicured but just as lovely and elegant Priscilla Horne owner of Twisted Vine Wedding Event Florals can pull off either look in fabulous fashion She does admit a preference for the garden y style I like that looser look where the greenery is hanging out and things are bouncing around and there is a lot of movement in the flowers The greenery trend has been really nice to me because I like designing like that Kind of wild and free With her incredible knowledge and more than 20 years of experience in floral design Priscilla is in high demand She and her staff of talented designers will take on anywhere from 80 to 100 weddings annually but most of her weekends must be booked a year in advance When you first come to her for a consultation she prefers to work from a basic starting point perhaps your overall theme or color scheme I always have the most difficulty when I have a girl come in and say I have no idea what I want But beyond the basics your knowledge of florals is of little concern We sit down and I have a form that I go through and we step by step We look at the color palette I ll go over flower choices with them and we use the internet a lot Pinterest pulling up flowers and different designs until we settle on what they like Priscilla then goes through every aspect of the wedding where flowers might be used the bouquets personals such as corsages and boutonnieres ceremony flowers then cocktail hour escort and welcome tables centerpieces and any special items such as tossed bouquets 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 1 9

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She concludes the consultation by talking about delivery With the help of a number of assistants she will travel to weddings up to two hours away from her home base in North East Despite the lengthy list of details Priscilla says the initial planning takes only about an hour She then creates a mood board for each couple showcasing everything she will be using for their wedding so they have a clear picture of the look for their big day And she stays open to changes all the way up to the final days before the ceremony As a matter of fact none of the girls know how many tables they will have exactly until all the RSVPs come in so I have to wait until two weeks before their event to even finalize their last numbers It s all part of the process Priscilla is also refreshingly flexible when it comes to cost which can range drastically I have no minimums I do weddings from 800 to 10 000 It s all depending on their budget She would never turn anyone away I try very hard to make sure if a girl comes to me with a 1 000 budget we re going to put something on her table for her 20 Of course a bigger budget will buy you more drama like the show stopping elevated centerpieces in towering vases That s the first thing you see when you walk in the door To keep the price tag more manageable many brides will choose to do a combination of highs and lows for their centerpieces Priscilla says When creating her works of art she strives to use locally grown plants and flowers when they are in season such as peonies in spring and sunflowers in fall even pulling willow branches from her own backyard because they stay fresh longer and she says they re simply prettier She also enjoys accentuating pieces with her own special touches based on what is growing at that moment If they ve set the amount of flowers and what they re going to get and if they trust me they will let me add in fun things And why not It s that enhancement of detail that can transform your wedding into something truly enchanting CBW 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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Potomac Floral Design Studio 5875 Crain Highway La Plata MD 301 934 1000 www potomacfloraldesign com info potomacfloraldesign com Find us on FB 22 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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The Westlawn Inn is an award winning family owned restaurant bar and live music venue located one block from the Chesapeake Bay in the charming resort tow wn of North Beach Maryland Built in 1926 in the Arts Crafts style the Westlawn has thhe look and feel of an old time inn where thhe outside world stops and dining becomes a nightly experience to cherish A perfect venue for YOUR Rehearsal Dinner The Guest Quarters at the Inn adjoins The Westlawn Inn The newly built five unit building reflects its neighbor in the Arts and Crafts style and boasts hand crafted detailed trim work that fits the historic charm of North Beach All units are spacious with individual porches and offer complimentary wi fi refrigerators microwaves coffee makers and large televisions in sumptuous d cor The two upstairs units are suites with full kitchens and living rooms A perfect venue for YOUR Wedding Guests The Westlawn Inn 410 257 0001 l thewestlawninn yahoo com The Guest Quarters at the Inn 410 257 9883 l westlawnguestquarters gmail com 9200 and 9206 Chesapeake Ave North Beach MD www westlawninn com 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 2 3

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Town Country Wine Liquor etc 410 822 1433 www tandcwines com Custom Bars for Any Taste or Budget Experienced Planners Free One on One Consultations Everyday Low Prices Free Delivery Easy Returns Call Today 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 2 5

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A union of nature and art B Y A L E X A N DR IA S AU R M A N PHOTOS COURTESY OF ANNMARIE Have your wedding inside outside or both at Annmarie If you re looking for a peaceful but elegant venue Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center in southern Maryland might be the perfect 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 2 7

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A hidden gem in Solomons Annmarie offers a variety of indoor and outdoor options for every kind of couple From waterside to woodside weddings this venue s options are bountiful I always tell people like If you love nature and you love art and creativity it s a great space to get married director Stacey Hann Ruff says The 30 acre venue consists of a sleek and contemporary two story arts building with multiple rotating art exhibits a large sculpture garden with a winding paved path through wooded areas and fields and waterfront areas all of which can be used for weddings At the end of the day for people who want an outdoor wedding they really like it here because it takes a lot of the stress out If the weather doesn t cooperate you ve got the indoors Stacey says It s the best of both worlds 28 While couples can choose where to have their wedding on site the most popular option is a sculpture lawn ceremony with an indoor reception she says The one thing about our gallery space is that we sort of do some of the decorating for you Stacey says Art and exhibits on display in a portion of the building provide a unique feel and a really nice backdrop for guests and couples saving them stress leading up to the big day Annmarie offers an array of package options on their website including the Circle of Love Ceremony Enchanted Wedding Package and Ann s Serenity Waterside Lawn Package In the Circle of Love Ceremony Package the couple and up to 75 guests can choose between the granite Council Ring and beautiful Sculpture Lawn as the backdrop to their ceremony which must be between 10 a m and 5 p m This is the low 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 est cost option For the same sized wedding but a few more options couples can choose the Afternoon in the Garden package giving them and their guests access to the Council Ring Boardwalk in the Trees and Sculpture Walk Another option is the Enchanted Wedding Package which includes access to a multitude of areas like the Main Gallery Sculpture Lawn and Council Ring Although this package suits up to 350 guests the floor plan is flexible according to the website and allows for an intimate setting for smaller weddings or open spaces for large weddings The Ann s Serenity Waterside Lawn and Wedding Al Fresco packages can accommodate up to 500 guests Ann s Serenity brags access to a waterside lawn along the St John s Creek as well as access to the pier Al Fresco gives couples the option to have both their ceremony and reception outdoors Dunks Photography

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RSB Photography Pablo Sartor Photography Pablo Sartor Photography Dunks Photography Hoping for more of an indoor focused setting on a budget Annmarie has an option for that too The Top of the Park package offers access to the Mezzanine Gallery The website advertises the package as perfect for a Friday evening or Sunday event To complement their plentiful options for gorgeous indoor and outdoor weddings Annmarie is situated in Solomons With nearby churches restaurants hotels and a boardwalk It s a great place to be for a wedding Stacey says They do have a list of preferred vendors Stacey says but clients can choose to bring in their own They ll just have to pay a security deposit If all goes well the clients or vendors whoever pays will get the deposit back and the vendor will be added to the preferred vendor list It s a very different kind of venue I think some people walk in and they just know immediately you know Yes this is exactly right for me For more information on Annmarie Sculpture Garden Arts Center visit annmariegarden org CBW 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 2 9

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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 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 3 1

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K n h g i a Up S Cocktail Hour HIRE A MOBILE BAR FOR YOUR WEDDING By Alexandria Saurman Cocktail hour it s an essential part of any wedding Whether guests opt for alcoholic beverages non alcoholic drinks or a mixture of both cocktail hour is the start of the celebration There are plentiful options for the kinds of drinks to serve but what about where they are served Making its way up the popularity ladder in recent years is the concept of mobile bars These transportable bars on wheels come in many models shapes and sizes and are fit to serve a wide range of party sizes Get Cozy Vintage Mobile Bars which serves cities all across the country has three options the cozy caravan a 1950s style vintage caravan that can operate as a full bar the Bubbles Brews cocktail beer wine truck a Piaggio that holds four to seven taps and can fit in freight elevators and the cocktail truck a smaller option with two taps Rachel Lintvet first started Get Cozy in 2016 I love old things that are reimagined and brought back to life with a new purpose I was inspired by the caravan bars in Australia and little bubble bars in Europe Mix in my husband s background with draft wine and beer working with restaurants caterers venues and planners and there you go Everything we do is solely purposed and solely designed to be used as a bar says Rachel s husband Jon even the Piaggios which are directly imported from Italy They are fully restored and fabricated to be used for the sole purpose of creating this bar experience which is consistent with Rachel s vision he says 32 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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With the way Get Cozy is designed guests can interact with the bar easily and Rachel encourages it From personalized branding and license plates to working with the photographer to get shots of the couple serving guests Get Cozy turns bar service into something fun and special Our vintage mobile bars take one of the most guest centric experiences at a wedding the bar service one that is commonly unremarkable and turns it into one of the more memorable features of our client s special day A linen covered table with bartenders wearing black shirts black ties black shoes is fundamentally designed to create an invisible experience Rachel writes This is an opportunity indoors or out to make this otherwise forgettable aspect of a special day something truly unique And to make memories that will last a long time Some of our clients favorite photos are in or around the bar Whether it s a small wedding or a big one Whatever the spectrum is every single person is going to interact with the bar Everybody s going to come up and ask for something either non alcoholic or alcoholic Everybody Jon says It all comes down to that service experience It s something that people are going to be talking about for a long long time And better still all of these options drive Jon says Another selection available to local couples is Get Hitched Mobile Bar Based out of Pennsylvania but servicing Maryland Delaware and New Jersey as well per their website Get Hitched started when owner Kelli OBrien and her at the time fiance were planning their own wedding and stumbled across the concept of a mobile bar She loved the idea but couldn t find any near her So we decided even though we didn t really have the skills or the background we decided we were going to teach ourselves how to build it and how to do everything ourselves she says They finished their first bar with the help and support of family for their wedding in September 2018 and catered their first event in May 2019 Then things began to pick up From August to October they were catering nearly two events per weekend OBrien says Get Hitched offers two mobile bar options Chester and Chelsea Chester a 16 feet by 7 feet horse trailer turned bar is Get Hitched s biggest option OBrien describes it as a little more rustic as compared to Chelsea which works well for farm settings Chester offers more room for drink options like multiple beers wines craft cocktails juices and more For smaller spaces Chelsea 11 feet by 7 feet is more ideal The modern Chelsea has room for a few craft cocktails just not as much as Chester OBrien says they will be installing taps on Chelsea for draft beer and wine It s very easy to customize OBrien says If the couple has like a story or something that they want to incorporate we can do that with the drinks or the decor In addition to mobile bar services Get Hitched has additional rentals available They offer a photo booth coffee and tea area and lounge area Lydia Joy Photography 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 3 3

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Bubbles Get Cozy Tia Le igh Photo Lydi a Joy Phot ogra phy graphy C o n n i e Ts e n g P h o t o g r a p h y For both Get Cozy and Get Hitched alcohol must be provided by the clients According to Jon that leaves the doors open to possibilities such as pairing with local breweries or distilleries For more information on Get Cozy or Get Hitched visit their websites getcozybars com and gethitchedmobilebar com Coming soon to the DMV region Keep an eye out for Avant Bar s grand opening in late April to early May This mobile speakeasy will operate out of a 1962 Airstream Overlander 34 While the shell is staying says An Le founder and owner and Juan Carlos cofounder and creative beverage director everything else is being redesigned We want to keep it classic yet contemporary and introduce new ideas into the whole wedding party festival experience because we ve never seen anything like it before Juan says An Le found the 26 foot Airstream in Havre de Grace and ended up purchasing it Not set on what to do with it she asked her family and 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 friends to vote on potential ideas she envisioned like turning it into a living space or starting a business The verdict Transforming it into a bar That s kind of where it all started she says The motivation of wanting to go out there utilize our skills and experiences in the service industry and business as well to do our own thing Follow Avant Bar on Instagram or Facebook for updates CBW

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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 S P R I N G 2 0 2 0 3 5

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Photo Courtesy of Great Oak Manor Romantic and Refined GREAT OAK MANOR S beauty is unmatched By Lena Ellwanger Photos by Arden Haley Photo Courtesy of Great Oak Manor 38 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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H e may have swept you off your feet but Great Oak Manor will carry you away with its air of elegance and romance The 12 room bed breakfast was built as a residence in 1938 using Georgian architecture as its primary inspiration making for a location that is stunning and stately yet also charming and cozy Located a few minutes outside of Chestertown the entire manor and grounds are a couple s and photographer s dream Arrive in style up the scenic drive leading directly to the striking front entry Stop for a photo in the garden Pause for a pic on the porch Inside the entrance hall the grand curving staircase is perfect for a dramatic entrance Continue on to the conservatory added on in 2003 and a true gem in its own right It s an impressive space with huge windows throughout A lot of rehearsal dinners happen in here says Holly McKee manager and innkeeper and a lot of cocktails after the ceremony which is usually out front Most of the outdoor weddings take place out on the grass right on the Bay Because truly that vantage can t be beat It s the expansive views renowned for their unmatched beauty that make Great Oak Manor such a prized location The architect that built the manor Holly says situated it on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay with unparalleled views and sunsets so it makes it extremely special here It has this huge back lawn that stretches out to the Bay which gives you lots of viewing but also great places for ceremonies Fittingly with her Southern drawl Holly radiates charm just like the manor she is devoted to The Georgia native has been in her role for three years She loves Great Oak and its guests and the fortunate few who secure the spot for their nuptials Holly says she enjoys getting to know the couples and continuing that relationship over the next year or year and a half to their wedding day And then when their guests come and see this place itself they are just amazed and that gives me a little thrill She takes on only about 10 large weddings per year ensuring there are plenty of calendar dates open for regular B B guests while also allowing Holly to give couples her individualized attention Photo Courtesy of Great Oak Manor 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 3 9

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When they book for the weekend they get exclusive use of the property for two days from Friday to Sunday check out Everybody that does that loves it Booking all the rooms allows for about 30 overnight guests Holly says some wedding parties will stay on for additional days They re looking to have their family with them or farflung friends from around the world They say If they re flying in we don t want them to just come for the wedding and leave so they ll book it out You re protected here in that you ve got so much privacy And the serenity is what everybody talks about about how quiet it is and the beauty of it Just off the conservatory another somewhat recent addition to the manor the Carriage House has also become a favored spot With its abundant natural light brides and their bridesmaids love to have their hair and makeup done there 40 Holly says Then after the nuptials are complete the newly married couple often stays in the Carriage House because it offers a spacious loft and balcony to gaze out over that coveted view For the reception wedding groups will often party in a tent on the side lawn which gives direct access to the sunporch music room and library common rooms that can be used for indoor cocktail space depending on the weather Holly says Large weddings which max out at 225 guests must bring in their own caterers serving staff and the like Holly provides a list of recommended vendors The caterers that are on the list have all been here and they ve been very professional and responsible And their food is delicious For bigger groups coming from out of town overflow wedding attendees can stay at the neighboring Hotel Lodge at Great Oak Landing at other area B Bs or at a hotel in Chestertown 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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Couples be warned Larger weddings are already being booked into 2021 To start the process We request that they come here for a wedding tour Holly says I will spend anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours with them and we tour the house I answer all their questions we walk all over the property It pretty much sells itself Smaller ceremonies are available Sunday to Thursday year round The conservatory is popular for intimate weddings particularly in the colder months Holly says Though not surprisingly when Mother Nature is on their side the couples inevitably make their way out to the lawn to tie the knot That s where they all want to be CBW 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 4 1

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D owntown Havre de Grace quite literally has it all Every single thing you need to pull off a fabulous wedding is within walking distance So let s begin at the beginning and first secure our venue La Banque at the Seaplane Base is a gorgeous spot overlooking the confluence of the Bay and the Susquehanna River It s not every day in fact it s almost never that you will find a venue in a downtown location that offers such a spectacular view With a huge tent and expansive lawn there is plenty of room to accommodate up to 300 guests If you re planning a smaller ceremony or a winter wedding consider La Banque de Fleuve the seaplane base s sister location It s a beautiful historic building perfect for your indoor event 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 4 5

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Whichever you choose now that the all important venue is booked we move on to two other details of great import the dress and the photographer Edel s Bridal Boutique is located in the courtyard just up the stairs from the seaplane base Get a sneak peek of the gorgeous gowns from outside then step inside to the splendor within Feel like the beautiful bride to be that you are and take all the time you need trying on all the jaw dropping options until you find the one and only dress seemingly made just for you Next head to Flawless Fotos to check out the wedding portfolios After all you want to make sure the photographer is as perfect a fit as your dress With the big three decisions out of the way it s time to work on your guest list and bridal party then make sure they will have somewhere to stay You can book a number of B Bs for yourself and your guests to stay directly downtown Try Vandiver Inn Spencer Silver Mansion Currier House La Cle D or Guesthouse or The White House And now it s time for the fun stuff Order your cake from Sweet Eats Plan the noms for the big day with MacGregor s Catering or Laurrapin Catering Be sure to get the most beautiful blooms from Amanda s Florist And book those appointments for hair and nails There are plenty of options Nails by Nikki Color Images Salon and Day Spa Salon Marielle Crazy Eights Hair Salon Landre SFX and Impressions Salon are among the easily accessible options Whew All of that Right downtown But that s not all 46 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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Wedding Planning Quotes to Remember Weddings aren t about spending the least amount of money or the most amount of money they are about spending good money on the elements that are most important to you and your partner Kristi Richardson Blogger If the person hasn t shared a drink a laugh or a cry with you in the past year there s no reason they need to share all three at your wedding Danielle Rothweiler Event Planner Many people spend more time planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage Zig Ziglar Author Motivational Speaker What is done in love is done well Vincent Van Gogh Artist A wedding is not a marriage David and Vera Mace Authors Make her the of the party 1783 Photography from fields to rivers unique venues for your unforgettable wedding weekend experience boswick Photography BrittlandEstatEs com info BrittlandEstatEs com 443 282 0860 chEstErtown maryland 48 Smyrna Delaware 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 0 302 653 9456

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The Garden the Garnish THE GOOD STUFF By Lena Ellwanger Photos by Arden Haley If you ever have the opportunity to attend a soiree catered by the folks of Garden Garnish do not pass it up Clear your schedule Do not let this chance pass you by 50 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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Cathy and Brian Schmidt the geniuses behind this glorious goodness We will begin with Brian the mastermind who creates and cooks all of these culinary delights A Trappe native Brian sort of stumbled into cooking While busing tables at the former Masthead in Oxford the chef asked him to help out with brunch one morning And luckily for all of us I discovered I was good at it Brian says He then attended Baltimore International Culinary College and ran The Kitchen restaurant in Easton for seven years beginning in 1994 where he also delved into catering After The Kitchen s doors were shuttered the Schmidts decided to continue the catering portion of the business If you are doubly lucky and the occasion allows you an entire feast try it all That s right Forget decorum Take a nice big taste of everything until nothing more can be crammed onto your plate Because you might be very much surprised The couple built a commercial kitchen next to their house in Trappe and officially began Garden Garnish in 2001 Their catering is not limited to weddings they also do luncheons and all types of parties and often drop off a dish or two for smaller events so no you won t have to crash a wedding to get a taste of their food After all an appetizer that looks like brie crossed with green cheesecake might not be your first choice But it should be Because that is sweet pea flan topped with goat cheese and pink peppercorns And it will wow your mouth in a major way Maybe you re leery of the bite of balsamic vinegar Do not let that stop you from tasting the strawberries on bruschetta rounds with chevre and a balsamic reduction Because it has been reduced actually elevated to something sweet and syrupy and perfect Enjoy the crab salad on endive because the crustaceans are guaranteed to be locally caught In fact most of the treats you are now having the pleasure to eat are from local sources or the very garden grown by Cathy Schmidt one half of Garden Garnish Let us pause before the entrees and a wide selection of sweet treats to meet both 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 5 1

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Sweet pea flan topped with goat cheese and pink peppercorns Fresh strawberry on bruschetta rounds with chevre and a balsamic reduction 52 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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For most of their bigger jobs much of the prep work is done in their own kitchen with the final cooking done onsite in a venue s kitchen or the Schmidts kitchen trailer that they can bring along with them We ve done events smack dab in the middle of a field before Photo courtesy of Garden Garnish As the chef Brian works with each couple beforehand coming up with a menu to please all palates then also meeting them in advance at their venue to discuss such details as the layout of the tables and the timing for cocktail hour and the various courses of the meal Cathy is the go to gardener and fills in a lot of gaps as Brian says and that is putting it lightly She gets the staff lined up and handles much of the paperwork for the business not to mention running their children all over creation for their crazy and varied schedules 54 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 So let s take a moment to get to know her now Right outside the doors of their kitchen Cathy grows a robust vegetable and herb garden plus a butterfly garden and a field of wildflowers We re really into environmental stewardship so the property next door is nothing but wildflowers for our bees and they love it she says As if that isn t enough she also does canning and makes her own jams And now inside the house I grow my own microgreens my kids call it the lab Cathy says My goal was to try to grow a few things all year round and never have to ask another purveyor for it While her lab has been up and running just over a year the garden and sustainability practices have been longstanding Their property is certified as Bay Wise and Pollinator Friendly they are part of the True Blue program guaranteeing their crabs are caught in Maryland and they are on the Green Registry for the state They are also part of Maryland s Best using local produce whenever their own garden falls short and they are simply well intentioned conscientious people who strive to honor nature and stay local It s always been the way we do things It s not new it s not different to us it s just what we do Cathy says I think people are appreciating it more and more With the Schmidts passions running parallel you d be hard pressed to find a couple that is better matched And that melding translates into a well run catering business beloved by many Couples often hire them after attending one of their events And no sur

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Photo courtesy of Garden Garnish prise if these dishes for a summer wedding in St Michaels are any indication We started out with grilled tri tip steak and we did a jumbo lump crab salad and then we had sliced heirloom tomatoes and a fresh sweetcorn salad and we did a spinach and watermelon salad and buttermilk biscuits Brian says I thought it was a pretty bangin menu myself Indeed With our mouths watering let us get back to the good stuff now Brian will sear filet mignon to perfection His jumbo lump crab cakes will compete with the best anywhere along the Bay His smoked pork butt with Talbot barbecue sauce is drool worthy so insanely good you might want to host an event simply for an excuse to order it And check out this list of sweets he bakes cr me caramel chocolate custard espresso custard topped with chocolate ganache a variety of cheesecakes apple crisp peach crisp cookies galore mini cannolis lemon curd tarts cream puffs strawberry rhubarb pie Key lime pie peach blackberry pie pecan pie with a touch of bourbon need we go on The only thing he doesn t do is wedding cakes Some couples who know Garden Garnish only by reputation will come to the Schmidts for a tasting which they do right in their kitchen to become familiar with their food but most tastings are simply to fine tune a couple s menu Do you prefer the butternut squash or spaghetti squash Do we want the salmon or the chicken We ll fix the items and have them taste it and decide which ones they like best and what fits their price point Brian says and what ultimately ends up on guests plates They do tastings most often on weekends in the winter because they have more free time in the slower colder months Photo courtesy of Garden Garnish With this level of expertise honestly a tasting is probably not necessary But the Schmidts understand a couple s desire to feel comfortable with the plan for their big day so they are happy to work with your schedule to set up a visit With so many weddings under their belt they can also recommend the best vendors and enjoy helping couples personalize their event Weddings today are much more unique They used to be sort of cookie cutter Now they can really make it their own It s kind of fun because it s not the same thing every weekend Cathy says When it comes time for your event the Schmidts travel averages under an hour but if your venue is a bit further afield they will drive up to two hours on occasion With his laid back style Brian quips Just really depends on how big the adventure is CBW Photo courtesy of Garden Garnish 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 5 5

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BATTLE of the BANDS Let Him Win W e tend to neglect our men during the wedding planning process If we re being transparent we really just want them to show up for one thing and one thing only the marriage As women we ve dreamed of our wedding day since we were old enough to know what it was While the boys wasted precious time dragging Tonka trucks through mud puddles we were busy being productive You can never be too prepared so we got a head 58 BY DABRIANNA GREEN start on rehearsals 20 years early Trotting around the house in our finest plastic heels our paper thin Cinderella dresses did their best to flow down the aisle as we anticipated greeting our invisible Prince Charming We set the bar high in our powdery pigment lacking eyeshadow and glorified tinted Vaseline we called lipstick so any man s decision to get on board two decades later is actually offensive There s no rite of passage quite like devoting your youth to supermarket makeup kit looks and imaginary ceremonies so the least a decent fianc could do is hand over the rights to creative direction However there is one special moment they ve rightfully earned their wedding band selection emphasis on the their Men s wedding bands have come a long way They ve transformed from flat lifeless pieces of metal into stylish opportunities to showcase personal style Perhaps this evolution is one worth evolving with Think about it In a sea of men could you identify yours if his wedding band were the only identifier 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 All men may be created equal but they certainly aren t the same Maryland s jewelers understand this a quick look at their inventory reflects their stance on the importance of variety Gone are the days when fianc s have little to no excitement for their ring selection Check out some of the most stylishly unconventional wedding bands the Chesapeake region has to offer and consider giving your future hubby something to brag about as if you aren t already enough

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