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....
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...