Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers an abundance of beautiful locations to have a wedding. In April I played at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville MD, a full-featured event venue with a gorgeous waterfront view.
The beautiful springtime weather couldn’t have been better.
The ceremony was held in a lovely indoor space, and then the cocktails would flow indoors and out.
The couple had requested that I accompany a singer that they knew, and I was happy to oblige. We arrived separately and met at the venue about an hour before the ceremony was to begin, and went over the songs.
After playing Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the seating of the couples’ grandparents and parents, the singer and I began Patty Griffin’s “Heavenly Day” for the bridesmaids’ processional. She sang beautifully and I accompanied on guitar; the words of this very special song filled the room.
As the bride entered, we played “Lullaby” by the Dixie Chicks, again with Megan singing. Both this and “Heavenly Day” were specially requested, and Megan’s heartfelt performance made everyone feel the powerful meaning of these special songs.
Notes from Crystal: This delightful couple was blessed with blue skies and puffy clouds for their wedding day at this splendid venue! The ceremony room had a nautical flair with huge swaths of canvas that draped like sails above the seating space. It was also abundant with sparkling romantic glass candles that got many oohs and ahhhs from the guests. The table in the foyer where the guests signed their names on a canvas had attractive fresh flowers in clear glass containers.
After the ceremony everyone walked across a decked courtyard to this charming periwinkle retreat seen below. Overlooking the bay, tables both large and small along with a few diner style benches filled the open space. I loved the choice of color for these bead board walls! Trimmed in bright white it makes me happy just looking at this room. The menu for the cocktail hour was written on the chalkboard. Since it was a tavern space there was a large u-shaped bar, along with a special table for craft beers, and oysters. I imagine this is also where the guests would mingle for dancing after dinner.
Being that the cocktail hour was both inside the cheery lavender room as well as outside on a the cozy courtyard deck area, Ben played a mix of standards and modern music on classical guitar in between the two areas on this beautiful day. A few of the guests requested a couple of classic rock songs for Ben to play.
The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club had numerous areas on the property that could be used for ceremony and cocktail hour. In addition there was a lovely dining room for the reception dinner. That room was not open yet so I could not get any photos. That dining room was situated behind a porch lined with white columns and classic large white rocking chairs. Of course it had a view of the water! Back in the tavern the guests below were enjoying their spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. You can just imagine the twinkling lights from the bay bridge in the distance later that evening. Must have been magical!
In the foyer where guests signed in were also the name cards for seating the guests at their tables during the dinner. They were circles folded into golf tees sitting below a stunning floral wreath on a sphagnum moss backdrop. A very classy way to do up a golf theme.
Near the outside courtyard you could walk down to the beach, which overlooks the famous bay bridge in the distance. It was bit breezy, although a few gentlemen took advantage of this picturesque spot.
Our bride below wore one of the most unique and distinctive wedding dresses that I have have seen yet at a wedding. Retro and modern, I could not take my eyes off of the vision she created. Just look at the enchanting layer of dotted swiss! The combination of her hair-do and that dress was perfection!
As you can see from the photos in this post the main colors for this wedding were blush pink, cream, coral, and shades of spring green.
The alluring bride out on the patio deck courtyard area enjoying Ben’s playing.
Everything about this wedding was tastefully executed as you can see by the cake surrounded by more of the fresh cut blooming spring flowers.
Then the couple added a bit of whimsy with the groom’s cake below. Perhaps their honeymoon was going to involve palm trees and a bit of golf. Just maybe….
The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club is a venue with lots of dazzling possibilities for those couples who love the water! We wish this sweet couple a wonderful life! Cheers!
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