An Ethereal Eastern Shore Wedding Filled With Baby’s Breath

The couple embraced an all-white color palette for their waterfront wedding.

Brianne and Kirk holding hands in front of their baby's breath arch

Photo by Jana Williams

Despite living in different states, Brianne Toole and Kirk Bittel were destined to be together—well, at least according to Brianne’s best friend, Jenna. Since she had a feeling the two would hit it off, Jenna assumed the role as matchmaker and wouldn’t give up until Brianne and Kirk went on a date. On July 4, 2014, they finally linked up in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, and Jenna’s predictions came to fruition.

After six years of dating, the couple took a trip to Ocean City, Maryland—their favorite summer vacation spot. Back at the house, after spending a day at the beach, Kirk asked Brianne to join him on the balcony to watch the surfers. Brianne stepped out, bag of popcorn in hand, but she ended up finding something else. “I looked both left and right and couldn’t find a single surfer anywhere on the water,” she recalls. “Very confused, I turned around only to find my future husband on one knee, asking me to marry him. I threw the entire bag of popcorn into the air and made an enormous mess. It was the most perfectly unexpected and beautiful moment. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Right away, the pair knew they wanted to tie the knot in Maryland since it was the same spot they met, went on their first date, and got engaged. After visiting the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels the summer before their big day, they knew it would be the perfect place to host their 210 guests. “The Inn at Perry Cabin is such a charming and serene location,” Brianne expresses. “The grounds are stunning and filled with a colorful assortment of wild flowers and gardens. There is also something about the Adirondack chairs surrounding the water’s edge, sailboats tied up to the docks, and bicycle rides into town for fresh ice cream that just instantly makes you want to slow down and take it all in.” 

Since the couple wanted their wedding to be an experience for their loved ones, they decided to host a weekend extravaganza. They kicked off the celebration on September 10, 2021 with a wedding, followed by a pool party the next day, and a garden soirée the day after that. “We are a very social couple that loves to spend quality time with our family and friends, so we wanted to reflect that in our wedding,” Brianne notes. “Not only a wedding day, but a wedding weekend full of fun hangouts with all of our favorite people, eating great food, and—of course—great music!”

Read on to see how this couple’s wedding played out, which wouldn’t have been possible without planning by Kari Rider Events and photography by Jana Williams.

Brianne and Kirk's deckle-edged invitations

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The bride and groom envisioned an elegant, ethereal, and minimalist aesthetic painted in neutral hues and brimming with baby’s breath. To set the tone of their special day and their black-tie dress code, they distributed deckle-edged invitations written in gold script.

Brianne and Kirk's welcome bag with Maryland-inspired snacks

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Another focal point of the couple’s fête? Highlighting the Eastern Shore location and the scenic waterfront views. To familiarize guests with the locale, Brianne and Kirk passed out Maryland-inspired welcome bags with Old Bay snacks, custom koozies, and hangover relief essentials.

Kirk and his groomsmen drinking on the front deck

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Kirk and his groomsmen walking in their black tuxedos

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Kirk dressed himself in a custom black tuxedo by Gentleman’s Playbook, black velvet tuxedo shoes, and rose gold cufflinks featuring a honeycomb pattern. After suiting up, the groom toasted to the festivities with his groomsmen, who were also clad in black tuxedos by the menswear brand.

Brianne drinking champagne with her bridesmaids

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Before changing into the day’s attire, Brianne got glam in white feather pajamas by Nadine Merabi and sipped on champagne with her bridal party, who donned matching gray sets. The bride wanted to enhance her everyday makeup look, so she chose a “romantic yet editorial” theme that focused on statement eyebrows. To show off her wedding dress, Brianne had her hair pulled back in a high ponytail

Brianne putting on her long-sleeve beaded dress

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The bride slipped on a long-sleeve, high-neck beaded dress by Eisen Stein for the big day. After trying on countless gowns at four back-to-back bridal salon appointments, Brianne couldn’t stop thinking about this embellished number. “I felt beautiful, confident, and most myself in this dress,” she gushes. “Not to mention, it felt very unique to any of the other dresses I had tried on, which is exactly what I was looking for.”

Brianne putting on her pearl and diamond stud earrings

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Brianne paired her ensemble with white gold marquise-flower and pearl-stud earrings, a white gold tennis bracelet with 50 emerald-cut diamonds, and white satin Jimmy Choo heels. 

Brianne opening her arms up to her flower girl and her bridesmaids in champagne dresses

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Brianne’s bridesmaids and flower girl were integral to the getting-ready process since they provided endless laughter and support. Her girls sported champagne satin gowns with sashes, while the youngest bridal party member wore a white dress with flutter sleeves tied in a bow. 

Brianne hugging her brothers after a first look

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After changing into her dress, Brianne shared a first look with her brothers during a sentimental sibling moment. 

Brianne's round bouquet of white roses with a charm

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To complement her bridal whites, Brianne carried a round bouquet of white roses. To honor her father who passed away in 2016, she also added a sterling silver charm that was marked with his fingerprint. 

Brianne and Kirk's ceremony setting with baby's breath

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Brianne and Kirk’s dreamy ceremony took place in the venue’s gardens. Clouds of white baby’s breath lined a white carpeted aisle, which led to an arch composed of more baby’s breath.

Brianne walking down the aisle with her two brothers

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Brianne marched down the aisle to the tune of “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last while her two brothers stood on either side of her. Since the couple decided against doing a first look, they saved their grand reveal for the ceremony. “I can’t even describe how crazy it felt walking down the aisle,” Brianne reflects. “It felt like time had stopped. Every single person that we knew and loved was in one location together, smiling right at us. The moment I finally made eye contact with my future husband was when my heart truly exploded. We were both in tears, and it definitely took us a minute to gain our composure, but standing up there together was a moment that bonded us forever.”

Brianne and Kirk holding hands at the altar

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Although Brianne and Kirk exchanged traditional vows, they personalized their ceremony with a special reading that the bride’s cousin read: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

Brianne and Kirk sharing their first kiss

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Brianne and Kirk holding hands during the recessional

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Once they were pronounced husband and wife, a PopCulture Strings performed “Summer” by Calvin Harris, which wafted around them as they walked back up the aisle. 

Brianne and Kirk taking portraits on the aisle

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Smile, laugh, breathe, and try to enjoy the process because it goes by in a flash.

Brianne and Kirk taking portraits with their flower girl and ring bearer

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After their vow swap, the newlyweds revisited their ceremony site to snap portraits and take photos with their wedding party. “Smile, laugh, breathe, and try to enjoy the process because it goes by in a flash,” Brianne advises.

Brianne and Kirk's seating chart with baby's breath

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In keeping with the baby’s breath theme, guests’ seating assignments were displayed in gold on a glass structure enclosed with the wispy bloom.  

Brianne and Kirk's tented reception with hanging baby's breath installation and all-white tables

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Brianne and Kirk's head table with baby's breath runner

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Brianne and Kirk's place settings with gold flatware, watercolor menus, and stone chargers

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Brianne and Kirk celebrated their marriage in a sailcloth tent that was set against a waterfront backdrop. Hanging installations of baby’s breath and oversized white woven chandeliers floated above the all-white tablescapes. While the guest tables were lined with white votives and floral arrangements, the head table showcased a runner of more baby’s breath. Each place was set with hand-painted stone chargers, watercolor menu cards, and gold flatware.

Brianne and Kirk's cigar bar on the water

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Outside of the tent, guests could roll cigars at the cigar bar—marked with a neon sign—and admire the views

Brianne and Kirk's cocktail menu sign and signature cocktails

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At the reception, drinks abounded. Family and friends helped themselves to classic margaritas, spicy margaritas, dirty martinis, or espresso martinis. Original artwork by the bride made the bar come to life. “In my spare time, I love to do watercolor,” Brianne shares. “I painted images of a crab, orange crush, sailboat, and the inn for our signature drink sign and cocktail napkins.”

Brianne and Kirk making their grand entrance

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Brianne and Kirk's champagne tower

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After making their grand entrance, the newlyweds popped open the bubbly and poured champagne down a tower of coupes.

Brianne and Kirk's four-tier white cake

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To finish off their meal, loved ones grabbed a piece of almond cake with vanilla buttercream from a four-tier white confection adorned with rice paper sails. They also noshed on salted caramel panna cotta, flourless chocolate cake, and Pittsburgh cookies.

Brianne and Kirk kissing by the water during the sunset

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The rest of the evening was spent on the dance floor. The newlyweds shared their first dance to “Then” by Brad Paisley (a surprise to the bride) before The Eleven played a killer playlist the couple curated. To conclude the evening with a bang, everyone watched fireworks on the lawn. 

From the vow exchange to the final party, Brianne cites letting go of expectations as the reason why everything fell into place. “You dream of this day your entire life, and you just want everything to be perfect,” she explains. “Realistically, it just isn’t possible, so the moment you realize the bigger picture and begin to trust the process, it magically comes together.”

Wedding Team

Venue Inn at Perry Cabin

Planner Kari Rider Events

Bridal Gown Designer Eisen Stein

Bridal Salon Mark Ingram Atelier

Veil Mark Ingram Atelier

Jewelry Henne Jewelers

Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo

Hair Amie Decker Beauty

Makeup Amie Decker Beauty

Bride’s Getting Ready Pajamas Nadine Merabi

Bride’s After-Party Dress Maticevski

Bridesmaids’ Dresses Dresscode

Groom’s Attire Gentleman’s Playbook 

Floral Design Amaryllis Floral & Event Design

Invitations Lewes Lettering Co.

Other Paper Products Lewes Lettering Co.

Music PopCulture Strings; The Eleven; Mixing Maryland

Catering Inn at Perry Cabin

Cake Buttercream Bakeshop 

Tent Eastern Shore Tents & Events

Rentals Casa de Perrin; BBJ La Tavola; Something Vintage Rentals + Design; White Glove Rentals

Lighting On Your Mark Lighting

Fireworks Serpico Pyrotechnics LLC

Cigars The Cigar Box

Accommodations Inn at Perry Cabin 

Portrait Salon Artemas Photography

Photography Jana Williams

Videography KEJ Productions

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