Monday, November 10, 2014

Nautical Wedding at the Annapolis Yacht Club

Hi everyone - Erin here!  One of the best feelings in life is knowing that your girlfriends have found their perfect matches. This past September, I had the honor to be a bridesmaid in one of my best friend's wedding.  Kelley has been my partner in crime through college and beyond - you may remember us planning her Austin Bachelorette Party back in the Spring.  Seeing her marry Rich, who is a genuinely great guy, was a highlight of my summer.

Besides being the sweetest and funniest girl alive, we always joke that Kelley is a project manager to the core.  Her attention to detail is second to none and she's a get it done kind of gal.  So it didn't surprise me when, in the height of wedding planning, Kelley texted me freaking out that Pinterest had congratulated her for being one of the top Pinners in the country!

I would love to share with you how her nautical wedding theme came together - it was nothing short of perfection!  Kelley and Rich made the day effortless, fun and a full reflection of their passions...sailing and wine!

They were also so lucky to have the lovely and talented, We are the Mitchells, there to capture their big day.  I honestly can't stop gushing over their pictures!

Bridal Style:

Kelley went for a timeless look with a dress by Allure Bridals that she purchased at Betsy Robinson Bridal in Baltimore.  Her dress was a delicate lace with a neckline that was perfect for her Catholic ceremony and had a revealing keyhole back.

For the bridesmaids, Kelley let each of us pick our own style of chiffon dress by Amsale.  All of us really appreciated having free reign - everyone looked and felt beautiful.

Ceremony and Reception Details:

Kelley and Rich were married at the Saint John Neumann Catholic Church followed by a reception at the Annapolis Yacht Club.  The AYC has spectacular views and doesn't need a lot in terms of decor. Kelley tied in a number of DIY elements for her centerpieces and escort cards.

The DIY striped runners really popped on the table.  She added mix and matched lanterns and small floral arrangements.  Kelley is actually selling these table runners - please leave us a comment below if you are interested!

 Origami sail boats were a hit for escort cards - everyone got a kick out of them.  Martha Stewart Weddings has been adding Origami into their DIY features more often as well.  I thought this was such a fun and cost effective idea.

A Grand Entrance:

Kelley and Rich's wedding had by far had the best entrance into a reception I have even seen.  Since Rich's family is full of sailors, they decorated their boat with custom flags (how cute is the K & R flag!) and sailed the wedding party around the bay between the ceremony and reception.  And I have to give a hand to Kelley's make-up and hair team, Behind the Veil, our up-dos didn't budge a bit!

We have a great Pinterest board on this wedding with all the pretty details!  Are you planning a nautical wedding?  Tell us your ideas in the comments!

Happy Pinning!