So many sweet details make up this rustic barn wedding at the beautiful Worsell Manor, down to the classic country menu from Magnolia Caterers & Bread Co.! Check out all the stunning shots from Artful I Photography below.
From Julia of Magnolia Caterers & Bread Co.: When I met Megan, I knew I had a bride who knew exactly what she wanted! So many of her choices included nods to tradition or to other features of their wedding day. Their venue, historic Worsell Manor, was the perfect setting for these sweet and thoughtful details.
The menu the couple chose started with passed hors d’oeuvres including old school Crab Melt-Aways (like grandma used to make), Pulled Pork in Cornmeal Cups, and Old Bay Shrimp Shots. The first course was a pretty, seasonal Spring Garden Salad of mixed lettuces, pansy petals & local asparagus with Buttermilk Herb Dressing. The entrees included wood-ﬁred Angus Beef Steaks, Chicken Chesapeake (marinated chicken breast topped with local jumbo lump crab), Smashed Klondike Rose Potatoes with Sour Cream & Chives, and Haricot Vertes with Caramelized Pearl Onions and Bacon.
The four-tiered wedding cake was covered in fondant with a sugar rose and a cascade of rufﬂed sugar petals. The bottom tier was Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Buttercream ﬁlling, the next largest tier was Carrot Cake with Vanilla Buttercream ﬁlling, the third tier was Red Velvet Cake with Vanilla Buttercream ﬁlling, and the top anniversary tier was Vanilla Cake with Nutella Buttercream ﬁlling. It wasn’t until I saw Megan in her wedding gown that I realized that the cake, based on a photo she had emailed me a year before, perfectly echoed the gorgeous froth of rufﬂes on her dress.
The bride–a member of a fourth generation family of farmers, and the groom–part of a large extended local family, included numerous meaningful touches reﬂecting generations of Delmarva tradition. The country motif was echoed in the swing in the back yard which was constructed from wood from a great-grandparent’s barn. The bridal bouquet was wrapped with a lace-buttoned sleeve from Megan’s great-grandmother’s bridal dress. An old door from her great-uncle’s barn was ﬁtted with glass knobs from which hung generations of family wedding photos. Best of all, the tiniest ﬂower girl was third generation: 30 years ago her mother was a ﬂower girl for Megan’s mother, and thirty years before that her grandmother was a ﬂower girl for Megan’s grandmothers–cousins all.
After a week of weather forecasts that see-sawed between rain and more rain, by ceremony time the sky cleared and the sun appeared (as the bride had assured one and all it would). The couple exchanged vows on the lawn under an arbor built by her great-uncle from wood salvaged from a 160 year-old local chapel.
Afterwards the happy couple and guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a tent on the lawn before moving into the rustic 250 year-old barn for supper and dancing.
I loved the choices Megan made for her dining tables–a fun and lovely mix of burlap and sparkling gold. We set burlap-covered tables with Dover Rent-All Tents & Events beautiful gold chargers, gold ﬂatware, and gold edged china. The centerpieces were wooden boxes made by Megan’s grandfather, each inscribed with K&M. Her cousin, Teresa Murphy, owner of Gifts From The Heart, ﬁlled the boxes with gorgeous ﬂowers including roses & hydrangeas. Teresa also twined the ceremony arbor with a lush garland of white roses and hydrangeas and had beautiful bouquets of roses lining the aisle. She decorated the barn with more ﬂowers and lots of family mementos and photos.
Photographer | Artful I Photography
Venue | Worsell Manor
Catering & Cake | Magnolia Caterers & Bread Co.
Rentals | Dover Rent-All Tents & Events
Floral | Gifts From The Heart
Music | Spinjocs Entertainment
While we love a big wedding as much as the next gal, ceremonies like this romantic elopement totally tug at our heartstrings! There’s just something about an intimate exchange of vows in a place that holds such meaning…
From Laura of Laura’s Focus Photography: Jackie and Mike had been together for 12 years and after their engagement in February, they couldn’t wait another minute to get married! They decided to elope at the beautiful Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland, a spot they fell in love with after their first visit last year. The rain held off just enough for these two to have their intimate ceremony under the trees where they exchanged vows and rings. Next, we explored the Inn property for some pictures before they headed off to dinner. Seaberry Farm put together the most gorgeous colorful spring bouquet I have seen and it looked great against Mike’s blue suit! I also loved the detail in Jackie’s Ann Taylor wedding dress! It was an honor to be a part of your special day. Congratulations Jackie and Mike!
Julia & Rick’s rustic-glam wedding at The Oaks Waterfront Inn is nothing short of breathtaking–a perfect combination of classic glamour and rustic charm. Pour yourself a glass of bubbly and browse through this stunning gallery from Melissa Grimes-Guy Photography!
From the Bride: Rick and I got engaged in Napa Valley in July of 2014. When we started looking at dates and venues, the Eastern Shore was the perfect location for us since we live in the Annapolis area and have a lot family and friends in the Baltimore area. St. Michaels was just far enough to get the feel of a destination wedding, but close enough for our family & friends. We love the small riverside town of St. Michaels–it was exactly what we were going for!
When we found The Oaks, we loved the quaint, rustic, waterfront feel. It allowed us to spend the entire weekend there with our wedding party and immediate family. We also held our rehearsal dinner crab feast at The Oaks and loved that we could get married on the dock overlooking Oak Creek. Rick grew up on the water so this was especially important to us. The logistics were easy–with the ceremony on the dock, we walked right onto the lawn for cocktail hour, and into the ballroom for the reception!
Our favorite memory from our wedding day would have to be our first look; seeing each other for the first time and the whole “feel” of that exact moment! Melissa captured it SO well in the photos. We loved seeing all of the details of the wedding come together. My Mom and I spent so much time and effort planning every little detail and couldn’t have been happier with the result! There’s nothing I would change about the weekend–celebrating and having all of the love and support from our family & friends!