From our bride Kristin: The day....I'm sorry; "THEE DAY" could not have been more perfect. The sun was out! The weather was cool and there was no rain, which is required for an outside wedding along the Choptank River at the Chesapeake Hyatt in Cambridge, MD.
Kristin went for a nice long run in the morning with her sister through the various running trails on the resort, and then spent the rest of the afternoon in the suite with her bridesmaids and flower girls getting her hair and make-up done while enjoying mimosas and brunch. Will enjoyed the morning with a nice hearty breakfast before getting into the swim trunks and down to the sand Volleyball courts for drinks and relaxing at the pool.
As "THEE TIME" came closer, both Kristin and Will's "butterflies in the stomach" really started to ramp up. As guests started to file into the manor lawn to take their seats, Will was in the middle greeting guests and noticing how not only were guests of the wedding attending the wedding, but just about every hotel guest that had a room facing manor lawn had come out on their deck to witness the marriage.
The beginning of the ceremony went down without a hitch. The Flower girls did their job to a tee, spraying the runway with various coral and mint flowers. Colby, the little ring security guard, walked down the aisle with a big smile on his face. Kristin and her dad walked down the aisle weeping, which is expected as the father gives his daughter away. Finally Kristin's dad gives Kristin to Will and they looked into each other's eyes as Will's Uncle provides words of wisdom and the marriage vows. Kristin and Will say "I do" go in for the big Kiss and then down the aisle to "I will walk 5,000 miles" played by Shawn Owen.
The wedding followed by cocktail hour on the manor lawn as Shawn Owen played various good-feeling cover songs throughout the hour as guest enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
Now onto the reception. The reception was held at the Choptank Ballroom. The room was covered with coral peonies, pale green hydrangeas, peach roses and green salals which were decorated by florist, "Intrigue Design". The walls of the ballroom had various marquee signs that had Kristin and Will's names decked out in lights, which were designed and made by technical lighting producer "George Reich". The Maid of Honor and Best Man gave speeches that toed the line of a roast while eloquently explaining the love that Kristin and Will have for each other. After the speeches and dinner, it was TIME TO GET FUNKY! The dance floor opened and “Prime Time”, the band, took over. Prime Time played hit after hit all night long, while nearly the whole wedding reception danced and sang. The night finally ended to Will and Kristin coming outside to the “Arch of the Sparklers” as each guest lighted a sparkler, wishing Will and Kristin on their merry way.
Venue location: Manor Lawn and Choptank Ballroom at the Chesapeake Hyatt in Cambridge, MD Wedding Planner/Designer: Intrigue Design Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero. Dress from Bridals by Elena Catering: Chesapeake Hyatt Cake Designer: Melinda Roe Florist: Intrigue Design Hair stylist/Salon: Tresses for Dresses Makeup Artist: Makeup Memories Wedding ceremony and Cocktail hour music: Shawn Owen Reception Band: Prime Time Band Marquee Lighting: George Reich