We’ve been on cloud nine the last few weeks with all the positive feedback about our new redesign. We always love to hear our couples’ wedding stories, and so when Kelly reached out to congratulate us on the launch and let us know how helpful she’d found the site while planning her own Eastern Shore wedding, we were dying to see how it all came together! From their dockside engagement session, to their maritime-inspired nuptials, we’re head-over-heels for Kelly’s bridal style. This week we’re kicking off this two-part series with the couple’s romantic rendezvous in St. Michaels with Michael and Carina Photography.
From the bride: “Soon after we were engaged, Gary and I decided on The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for our engagement shoot. It was an easy decision considering his family history on the Eastern Shore, along with the romantic coastal backdrop of St. Michaels. We planned a mini getaway for OysterFest, held at the Maritime Museum, and invited our photographers Michael and Carina to capture our love story as the sun set over the Miles River. Our first shoot took place on a vintage sailboat, which the museum graciously let us use. Our second location was the Inn at Perry Cabin, walking their perfectly manicured grounds and gardens. They even let us sneak into the greenhouse, which felt so tucked away and exclusively ours.
We didn’t want our outfits to distract from the beautiful locations we chose. For that reason, we decided to keep a soft, neutral color pallet with lots of light layers. The most important thing we kept in mind was being comfortable and enjoying the experience. Most of what we wore happened to be outfits we already owned and knew we felt confident in. Especially my skirt, a favorite go-to find from Old Navy!
New York is also special because it’s where Gary and I first met. Four years ago, we became friends while working together. Although, long distance (he was based out of Maryland and I was in New York City) we were always emailing each other. Even on the hardest days his notes made me smile. When we finally met in person, we quickly realized what a special connection we had. The rest was history.
These photos were the perfect start to our big year (and happily ever after) ahead!”