One of the real joys of my job is meeting people who love this Eastern Shore as much as I do. Many of my couples enthusiastically incorporate elements of the shore into their menus, decor and overall wedding vibe.
When Beth first contacted me she and Kyle had already chosen the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center as their venue. As she described it to me I was pretty sure I had been there years before on a field trip with my daughter.
When I met with Beth and Kyle it all came back, the visitor’s center where we would have the reception, the serene marshland with the weathered boardwalks for the ceremony and the open pavilion which would be perfect for cocktail hour.
The “Y” shaped boardwalk and observation platform made a wonderfully unique ceremony site, embraced on all sides by nature.
Then, just across the lane, we’d set up a bar and hors d’oeuvre for Cocktail Hour in the open sided Pavilion overlooking a cat tailled pond.
We had an artisan pizza station using our portable pizza ovens....
So Lia has a special talent for finding wonderful local places to eat and drink. Our
first night, after unloading one SUV and two truckloads of stuff, assembling a bed (yay zip ties! yay John the roommate who had zip ties along with any other tool or cleaning product desired!) we headed to the Green Truck Pub for a late supper. We had delicious burgers, a yummy California BLT, and some well deserved beers.
The next day, for lunch, we walked a few blocks to the adorable Starland Cafe,
situated in a pretty blue house with porches upstairs and down and surrounded by a blue picket fence. You can eat on the front porch but it was Savannah-August-Hot and the server kindly permitted Pippa in the air conditioned dining room where we found a cozy table in the corner and where she was a very polite and quiet girl. We ate fresh and delicious Side Sink Salad (with dates and raisins and crispy noodles!) Greek Asparagus Panini and a BLT Panini.
Another day we went to Back in the Day Bakery for lunch...
I was able to take a few days off between events this August and help G, our youngest daughter (and her dog, Pippa) move into a house in the enchanting city of Savannah for this, her senior year at SCAD. My older daughter, Lia, came up from St. Augustine with a wonderful hand-me-down bed and to help us move in and terrorize the city.
I have happily shuffled G to and fro for several years now, falling more in love with this captivating city with every trip. Previous visits were all spent in the historic district, wandering the bewildering array of moss draped historic squares, marveling at the voluptuous, balconied houses and eating, lots of eating.
G’s house is below Forsyth, in a neighborhood called the Starland District (really!). Her street has some chicly shabby duplexes with front porches next to totally renovated homes. This house is on the corner.
One morning, on my way to coffee, I walked by The Gingerbread House (it looks delicious, I could eat you up I love you so). It is a...
In August of 2015 I received the best birthday gift everfor this mom/caterer/eventplanner/hopeless romantic. My son called to wish me a happy birthday and confided that he was (finally!) going to propose to his long time girlfriend, Samantha.
A few weeks later I was beyond delighted to help him pick out the ring (bling bling bling!). And a few weeks after that, after first asking her father for her hand (who replied “absolutely not!” I LOVE this family!) he got on one knee and she said yes.
Meanwhile, I had started a secret Pinterest board and had a ton of ideas for a fun, delicious, unique country wedding on our farm all ready to share with the happy couple.
They definitely wanted to get married near their home in Alexandria where their friends could metro or Uber to the party. Another definite was an indoor venue as the wedding date was set for April 1st.
Next came several super fun week-ends in Alexandria with the kids and Samantha’s parents - brunching, wedding planning, vi...