Melissa + Mark || The Winery at Elk Manor Wedding

Melissa and Mark love wine and water. They grew up on boats and their family vacations usually revolve around the water and boating. Combining their love of both wine and water, they planned a nautical theme for their wedding at The Winery at Elk Manor on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Nautical themed details included an anchor attached to the bride's bouquet and a dinghy converted to a bar --not to mention the entire Chesapeake Bay which served as the backdrop for their outdoor wedding ceremony. For favors, they gave bottles of Mazzocco wine from Mark's family vineyard where he proposed to Melissa.

To encourage mingling and dancing, they had a cocktail style reception. No sit down dinner here. There were food stations throughout the tent, lawn games, and a tree swing! As you can see, from Kevin's photographs, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 

Baker: Rogue Fine Catering

Caterer: Rogue Fine Catering

Dress: Klienfelds from Fairytale Brides

Florist: Sheila Smith Wedding and Event Floral Design

Music: Meridian Ensemble, Bachelor Boys Band

Officiant: Vitaliy Skriptkin

Photographers: Kevin Dietsch and Denny Henry for The Observatory

Venue: The Winery at Elk Manor

Melanie + Alex || Airlie Center Wedding

Now that summer is, without question, officially over, I'd better start posting highlights from the weddings we photographed this summer! And there's no better wedding to start with than Melanie and Alex's! 

Airlie Center was just the right fit for Melanie and Alex's relaxed celebration which they described as "an upscale wedding with a beer theme" that emphasized having fun with family and friends. And what Memorial Day weekend wedding would not be complete with lawn games! Melanie was right when she said her "guests would rather throw things than dance." Best of all, they toasted marshmallows over an open fire and made s'mores thanks to Jennifer Arezzo, of A New Leaf Wedding and Events, who picked up all the fix'ns! How can you beat that?! 

Airlie Center Wedding
Hydrangeas
Teary-eyed Groom
Tearful Bridesmaid
Bride and groom laughing
Wedding Bonfire
Wedding Smores
Wedding Lawn Games
Airlie Center Wedding Reception
Airlie Center Wedding at the Smokehouse

Baker: Cake Panache

Caterer: Airlie Center

Dress: Watters from Lovely DC

Florist: J Morris FLowers

Hair/Makeup: Salon Emage

Music: Cherry Blossom String Quartet, Frank White DJ

Officiant: Honorable Robert Payne

Photographers: Andrea Jacobson and Kevin Dietsch for The Observatory

Planner: Jennifer Arezzo, A New Leaf Weddings and Events

Suit/Tux: Hickey Freeman

Venue: Airlie Center