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Shannon + Chris added a nautical touch to their preppy Southern fete with a reception at the Annapolis Yacht Club. (Currently dying a slow, happy death at the sight of the seersucker suit and pastel striped tie.) The flag pennants, bold colors and lush hydrangeas remind me of another sea-inspired wedding we recently featured. (P.S. It’s Emily’s sister, Kate!) For more from this cheery Maryland wedding, visit Kristen Hudson-Nichols‘ blog post here!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? Our wedding theme was preppy chic. We focused the celebration on family, food, and tradition. We had a traditional Christian ceremony officiated by the same Reverend who baptized my little brothers. The ring bearers wore boat shoes and the wedding party wore J. Crew seersucker suits and dresses.
Describe your wedding flowers: My bouquet was made of white and green hydrangeas. The bridesmaids had white hydrangeas.
Describe your wedding cake: We did cupcakes with our initials and Swiss dots in lieu of a wedding cake. We cut the grooms cake, instead, which was shaped like a pizza in honor of Chris’s second love in life
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking down the aisle with my dad. Chris said it was his favorite moment seeing me walk down and it was my favorite moment seeing him standing there with tears in his eyes. Also, my second favorite moment of the weekend was that my dad, who is a pilot for Southwest Airlines, surprised me and flew my plane from Tampa to MD for the wedding.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are working hard and playing hard. We hope to start a family in the next couple of years.

Written with love by Katharine
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  1. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

    The flowergirls and pageboy look adorable! beautiful wedding!

    • avatar Katharine reply

      Pageboy! That’s the word I was looking for! And yes, those munchkins are absolutely, positively adorable.

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  3. avatar DeAnna reply

    Beautiful wedding! Can you tell me where the pink, green, and yellow striped tie came from?!

    • avatar Katharine reply

      Hi DeAnna! We loved that tie, too! Em + I are pretty sure it’s a guest’s tie, so we don’t have the specific vendor info on it, but I DO know that I just found a very similar one for Mr. Kyle at a Brooks Brothers outlet. (75% off, naturally.) Happy hunting!

  4. avatar Stefanie reply

    Love the flowergirl dresses!!! Where did you get them?

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Shannon described her Maryland wedding at the William Paca House and Garden as “preppy chic,” and after seeing the crisp green + blue color palette, we couldn’t agree more! Special thanks to Jubilee Photography’s Kristen Hudson-Nichols, who photographed the Southern-inspired soiree. The bride wore a fitted Maggie Sottero gown and outfitted her ‘maids in bright J. Crew sheath dresses that were perfect for the couple’s outdoor reception. (We hate to say it, but the darling ring bearers and flowergirls just about stole the show!)

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We both went to the same high school and college but never met each other. We met in the summer of 2006 through a mutual friend, Joe. I was trying to set up my girlfriend with Joe and Chris tagged along as the wingman. We have been together ever since.
Describe the proposal. We were out to dinner with friends and Chris was insistent on arriving early to see the sunset. His plan was to propose before dinner watching the sunset. He tried to get me to go catch the sunset and grab a drink at the outside bar but I was stubborn because it had been raining and I didn’t want my hair to “fro”. So he put the ring in his pocket during dinner. After dinner and once the rain had stopped, we all went to the outside bar for a drink. Chris pulled me away under the guise that he thought he saw his deceased father’s boat the “Morning Girl” docked at the restaurant. So we headed down to check out the very special boat and while walking on the dock and looking for the boat, Chris dropped to his knee and proposed.
Three word that describe the day are: Love, “us” and celebration.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The details were our favorite part and it’s hard to pick, but here are a few: 1) we pinned a picture of Chris’s father along with an anchor to my bouquet so he could be with us during the ceremony; 2) we only kept one secret about the wedding from our friends and families – Chris’s father’s best friend traveled from NY to give us a blessing during the ceremony in honor of Chris’s father; 3) my jewelry was my grandmother and mother’s; 4) instead of a guest book our guest’s signed oars; 5) instead of table numbers our tables were identified by cities that Chris and I had been to together; 6) instead of feeding each other cake we shoved it into my little brother’s faces; 7) the latitude and longitude of the garden where we were married in was engraved in Chris’s wedding band; 8) our guests took home pizza cutters engraved with “a slice of love” and our wedding cake was designed to look like a pizza in honor of Chris’s favorite food.

Written with love by Katharine
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  1. avatar Lori reply

    What a beautiful wedding! Of course I am drawn to it for the fact it is navy and green but reading about the special details really sealed the deal for me. It sounds like it was such a sweet and personal day. When I first met with my planner (and now right hand woman!) her first question was: “How do you picture your day?” I an answered that I wanted it to reflect “us” as both individuals and couple.

  2. avatar Helena reply

    I love outdoor weddings. The children look great in those pale blue dresses!

  3. avatar Whitney reply

    Great post!! It was so wonderful to be a part of this magical sunshine filled day!! Is this wedding going to be featuerd in V4???

    • avatar Lara reply

      Hi Whitney! We love this wedding, too! All of our blog and print features are separate, so this will only be on the blog.

  4. avatar Kristi reply

    looks perfect… where did this take place?

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