We just can’t get enough of Katie & Jeff’s nautical Harbourtowne nuptials! From the anchor-adorned bridesmaid dresses to the bayside dance floor, these two planned a perfect celebration, and Harbourtowne was the perfect place to host it.
What made you choose to get married in St. Michaels and at Harbourtowne? We started considering the St Michaels area because my parents live about an hour away on the Eastern Shore. Since most of our friends and family were traveling quite a distance to come to our wedding, we wanted them to feel like they were on vacation for the weekend–I know they felt that way in St. Michaels! We love the shops and restaurants on Talbot Street as well as the gorgeous waterfront.
There were so many things that we loved about Harbourtowne. We wanted to be able to really spend the weekend with our guests. Most of us stayed at Harbourtowne and many of our activities were on-site (pre-wedding corn hole tournament, reception, after party, brunch). This was so convenient and meant that we got to see a lot of our friends and family which we loved. From a venue perspective, we were looking for alternatives to tent and ballroom weddings; the Bayview restaurant and outdoor dance floor were a great fit for us.
How many times were you able to visit the site and talk to the planner before the wedding day? I think I only visited a few times prior to the wedding because I was living 5 hours away at the time. However, I think my mom stopped by every month or two to answer questions regarding overall layout, table size, etc.
Was the wedding staff easy to work with? Did the resort go out of its way to make you feel special? Yes! They were very easy to work with. They did a great job setting up and taking down all the crazy decorations that we had brought–including two giant nautical life preservers!
How were the food and accommodations at the resort? We had 97 guests and nearly everyone stayed at the resort. The accommodations were super convenient to our events and had beautiful water views. The food was excellent–loved the pecan crusted tilapia. People really had great things to say about the food!
From Krista: Our August 2014 wedding was a second wedding for both Joe and me. Because of this, we wanted to keep the ceremony and reception small and intimate to make it easier to spend quality time with our newly-blended family. Our families flew in from CA, WA, OH, IN, and NH to join us on our special day, so having the opportunity to focus on them was very important to both of us. Since Joe and I met in 2010, Perry Cabin has been a favorite weekend getaway from our home outside of Philadelphia. We love the property, enjoy having breakfast overlooking the Miles River, and have spent hours exploring the shops and restaurants of St. Michaels. Many times when we’ve visited Perry Cabin, a wedding was taking place there. We’ve always said that if we ever got married, we would marry in this beautiful spot that had become a favorite destination. And, we made it happen!
The staff at Perry Cabin was wonderful and made the planning easy for us. We enjoyed traveling to Maryland every few months for ‘planning visits’ and our wedding day was everything that I hoped it would be. In addition to Perry Cabin, we made the most of being in St. Michaels as well by taking a breakfast cruise with Captain Ed Farley on the H.M.Krentz the morning after our wedding (catered by Perry Cabin) and enjoying local family dinners at The Crab Claw and 208 Talbot. The Inn at Perry Cabin and St. Michaels will be a place to visit over and over in the future–a great choice for such a special event!
Check out this gorgeous styled shoot designed by one of MESW’s uber-talented wedding planners, Cristina Calvert Signature!
From Cristina: My inspiration for this shoot came from my experience in planning events on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Over the years, brides have wanted to blend the true essence of the Eastern Shore into their wedding–but what exactly is the “essence” of the Shore? The Eastern Shore is a very special place–full of charm, history, and beautiful waterfront settings. It can host the most discreet clientele for a weekend away from the city, while at the same time serving as home to hardworking farmers and watermen whose livelihoods depend on the bounty of the land and sea.
In designing events, I stay true to styles that evoke a feeling of effortless elegance–keeping the natural setting in mind. In this photo shoot, I chose soft colors that would enhance the beauty of the surroundings. The oyster shells that lined the driveway inspired the shades of grey and pink. Keeping the color palette neutral, it was easy to highlight the featured vendors’ work.
The tables were set with a beautiful shantung cameo-colored linen and placed along the bank of the Tred Avon River. Adirondack chairs lined the beach in the background. I placed a few oyster shells on the table for salt and pepper bowls and used crab place card holders to continue the theme.
The exquisite floral centerpiece from Fleurish displayed soft shades of pink and ivory with a bit of elephant’s ear to tie in the grey of the oyster shells. Sashes were tied around the dark wooden chivari chairs to bring a feminine touch to the table. The same tones were carried through in the model’s makeup and her tulle dress. Together, all of these colors complimented the scenic Tred Avon Yacht Club to bring a true Eastern Shore feel to the day.
For a unique twist, I asked Victor Barlow, owner of the Scottish Highland Creamery, to pop by for a visit. Wearing his traditional Scottish attire, he served his famous homemade ice cream from his cart. Having Victor at your event will not only delight your guests with a delicious dessert, but entertain them as well!
This photo shoot would not have been possible without the incredible talent behind the lens! Jenna Walcott Photography perfectly captured my vision of an effortlessly elegant Eastern Shore event. The true essence of the Eastern Shore of Maryland is found within its people and in the beautiful settings that we call home.
A sweet side note… the models from this session must have really had fun, because that day they got engaged!
Design and Styling | Cristina Calvert Signature Weddings & Celebrations
Photography | Jenna Walcott Photography
Venue | Tred Avon Yacht Club
Ice cream | Victor Barlow of the Scottish Highland Creamery
Floral | Fleurish by Samantha McCall
Paper Products | The Pleasure of Your Company
Rentals | Eastern Shore Tents & Events
Linens | BBJ Linens
Makeup | Behind the Veil
Dress | Rent the Runway; Suit | Personally owned
Models | Tiffany Kilby and Justin Schneider