Summer is the perfect time for romance. Just ask Ann and Mac, who met when they joined a group of mutual friends renting a beach house in the Hamptons in 2010. "We actually went to the same college, but didn't meet until that summer," she says. In February of 2014, during a ski trip to Vail, Colorado, Mac popped the question in front of a roaring fireplace after an incredible day on the slopes.
Mac is from Baltimore and the couple has spent a lot of time over the past five years on the Chesapeake Bay, so when they began searching for a wedding venue, the engaged duo knew exactly where to look. "When we saw the Inn at Perry Cabin, I knew we were going to get married there," says Ann. "It's elegant and chic, but with a relaxed vibe. Plus, the food and the views are amazing!" The vision for their May 16th, 2015 wedding was Tuscan garden meets rustic glamour, so the bride and groom hired Pineapple Productions to design the sophisticated celebration, and Kate Headley to photograph. "Picking Kate was the easiest decision we made!" says Ann. Keep reading to see how it all came together!
Ann had a blast trying on gowns with her mom, sister, and best friend, but when she slipped into this Carolina Herrera style, she just knew she had found her dress. "The hand-painted lace and honeycomb pattern really matched my vision for the day," she says. Blush Yves Saint Laurent sandals were the perfect complement to the artistic design. Ann carried a springtime bouquet of peonies, bleeding heart, garden roses, white lilac, clematis, and herbs.
Instead of picking a single dress, Ann asked her bridesmaids to wear navy blue cocktail dresses of their own choosing. "The different styles and fabrics made it look so chic and modern," she says.
Bridesmaids carried pastel-hued bouquets of peonies, viburnum, garden roses, lavender, catmint, dusty miller, and passion flowers. Groomsmen, in blue suits to match Mac's navy blue tuxedo, wore light blue ties and boutonnieres of garden rose buds, rosemary, and viburnum berry.
Two tiny flower girls headed down the aisle ahead of the bride. "My niece Dana insisted on carrying her beloved teddy bear down the aisle, and refused to wear her flower crown. It was so incredibly cute!" says Ann.
The couple kept their invitation simple and formal. Upon arrival, guests received a locally-inspired welcome bag, with Utz crab chips, Boylan seltzer, and an itinerary of the weekend's activities.
The bride and groom were formally wed at an intimate church ceremony on the Thursday before the wedding, and then had a second ceremony on Saturday with all their guests. The waterfront view was accented with a reclaimed wood table topped with arrangements of peonies, viburnum, passionflower, spirea, lavender, and mint.
A live bluegrass band played as Ann's father walked her down the aisle. "We didn't write our own vows, but chose a mix of scripture and poetry to be read," she says.
Mac and Ann love to travel, so they used leather luggage tags as their escort cards. The brown leather tags were hung from a wooden board. "It was so fun to see guests using them as they left on Sunday," says Ann.
The reception took place in a sailcloth tent lit with wrought-iron chandeliers covered in greenery and strings of Edison lights. Round tables were topped with flax linens and arrangements of parrot tulips, lilac, peonies, roses, viburnum, and lavender in white ceramic vessels. Each place was set with a colorful floral charger.
On rectangular walnut tables, lush arrangements in blue and white ceramic vases created an Old World feel. Fresh herbs and quince fruit added a foraged vibe.
The menu celebrated local cuisine, with a tower of Maryland crab served with yellow tomato gazpacho, followed by local rockfish and filet of beef with potatoes dauphinoise.
In lieu of wedding cake, the couple served their favorite desserts, including honey lavender crème brûlée, rosemary sablés, miniature cherry-thyme pies and apple pie with bourbon tea ice cream.
"Twenty minutes into the reception, heavy winds and torrential rain knocked out the power for about 45 minutes," says Ann. "It could have been a disaster, but it ended up being so memorable. Our band, Red Hook Orchestra, came onto the dance floor and, surrounded by all 215 of our guests, played an acoustic set as we all sang along."
The couple honeymooned in Hawaii, visiting Kauai and the Big Island. Aside from reminding brides that bad weather isn't a big deal (and can make the night even more memorable!), Ann advises couples to surround themselves with really fantastic vendors. "Let them do what they do best!"
Venue & Catering: The Inn at Perry Cabin || Wedding Planner: Pineapple Productions || Bride's Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera, from Mark Ingram Atelier || Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent || Hair: Christophe Jouenne || Makeup: Leah Margosis || Groom's Attire: Sebastien Grey || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Ltd. || Floral Designer: Beehive Events || Invitations & Paper Goods: Simplesong Design || Ceremony Music: Chester River Runoff || Reception Music: Red Hook Orchestra || Rentals: DC Rental || Tent: Sugarplum Tent Company || Videography: Blue Sky Films || Photography: Kate Headley
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