A beautiful bride in a white dress with a colorful bouquet and a man in a tux make for a classic wedding look. Throw in a love story that revolves around the Eastern Shore, its beauty, and sense of community, and we are all in! Scroll down to read about this couple’s classic wedding story and to see how Matthew Hall Photography captured it all!
From the bride, Carey: I am so thrilled to submit the story of our Eastern Shore wedding. After all, weddings are not only a celebration of a relationship, but involve many relationships to make them happen.
In 2001, fortune and luck presented an opportunity for my father and me to move to the Eastern Shore to a home on Rigbylot Road on the banks of Maxmore Creek. Soon after moving, we were welcomed by our neighbors who lived across the street at Quiet Cove, right across Rigbylot Road. This family soon became an extension of our own. We spent many perfect summer evenings together enjoying stories and glasses of rosé, mirroring the light of that perfect Eastern Shore.
Years later, after my dad’s untimely passing, our neighbors-turned-family from Quiet Cove offered us the chance to celebrate the next chapter of our story at their home on the banks of Maxmore Creek, where not only were so many memories made and relationships forged, but the final resting place of a titan, my dad. I was flooded with disbelief and gratitude and in the wash of emotion, inspiration had struck. I knew what my wedding would be and what it would look like. Like the moment I met Mike, it all made sense.
My first call was to two of my dear friends from Washington College, Jason and CJ Price, owners of Price Rentals and Events in Chestertown. Having watched Jason and CJ work their magic for customers over the last decade, there was no question who I would work with to make this Eastern Shore wedding come to life. With unbridled creativity and vision, CJ and I set to work on making the day come to life. CJ was truly the powerhouse behind the magic of our day, and I could not imagine it going more smoothly because of her guidance and expertise. Her talent as an event planner is as impressive as her impeccable eye for design and style. Another referral from Price Rentals and Events was Magnolia Caterers. Julie Reynolds’ reputation preceded her as an exacting and precise virtuoso of events of any kind. The food and service from her team was flawless and beyond expectations.
The ceremony on June 15, 2019 had eighty people in attendance. My uncle, my father’s brother, walked me down the aisle. My father’s signature on my wrist as a bracelet, a gift from my sister. We were married at 6:00pm on the banks of Maxmore Creek, on Rigbylot Road, on the most perfect June day, with a full moon lighting the path to the reception. Our vows, which we wrote ourselves, had us commit to “always”, a testament to our relationship beyond the day, beyond I do, but for as long as we were both living.
Our photos tell a better story about the day than my writing ever could. The submission was more to illustrate the incredible power of community of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The importance that place has in the weaving of our journey and how my life, and certainly my husband’s life, would not be the same.Crossing the bridge may be a commute to some or a pathway to vacation for others. For us, it is simply entering a different world where we know strangers to be kind, where community is valued, and where loving relationships are given a verdant environment to grow and thrive.
Photography | Matthew Hall Photography
Venue | Private Residence
Planning & Design | CJ Price, Price Rentals and Events
Tent & Rentals | Price Rentals and Events
Catering | Magnolia Caterers
Hair & Makeup | Jennifer Brittingham and Marisa Mysko
Flowers | Hannah Rae Designs
Hotel Accommodations | The Tidewater Inn