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Local Wedding: Sarah and Charlie in St. Michaels

Oct 08, 2012 09:16PM ● By Anonymous

 We asked the bride to reflect on her waterfront wedding, and here's what she had to say.

How did your husband propose?

It was March 2011; Charlie's birthday was the following Monday, the first day of spring. I asked what he wanted to do and/or if he wanted to get away for the weekend, the weather was to be beautiful. He was always busy at work, so he was going to think about it and let me know. On Thursday afternoon, I received a call from Charlie, saying "Pack your bag, I think we should go to the Inn at Perry Cabin for the weekend. We walked around town and just relaxed in our room. Charlie asked if I wanted to take a drive down to Tilghman Island, one of his favorite places. Of course I did, it has such great views of the bay. Off we went to Tilghman Island. But it was weird, we drove down, turned around, and started heading back -- we then pulled into a marina because Charlie wanted to check out a boat.

He came back to the car and said "Want to take a boat ride?" So I threw on my extra layers and off we went on a Sunset Cruise on the Rebecca T. Ruark with about 3 other couples. I knew very little about the boat until that night. On our way back in toward the marina, as the sun was setting in front of us, Charlie asked me to come up to the bow of the boat with him. As it was quite chilly he put his arm around me, told me he loved me, than dropped to one knee and asked "Will you marry me?" Holy moly! Of course I said "Yes! Now get up!" As I'm not one for the spotlight :) It was amazing! We than drove back down to the point of Tilghman Island, popped a bottle of Champagne, took some pictures and raced back to the Inn as we were starting to run late for dinner. And as if that wasn't enough, it was the evening of the Super Moon, so as we ate dinner at a window table of the dining room the Super Moon was big and bright over the water next to us.


Why did you choose the maritime museum for your wedding?

I/We chose the CBMM because of its character. Charlie wanted to be married by the water or on a farm, I was more for the water. At CBMM we felt like we had a little bit of both. We loved the rustic feel of the buildings, history behind the harbor and of course the old wooden boats. We were told that St. Michaels would "come alive" and the boats on the Miles River would be an unmatched picturesque site. We were also able to book the Patriot for a Sunset Dinner Cruise up the Wye River for our rehearsal dinner. Just another way to welcome and thank our guests for joining us on our weekend. Lastly, there are not many venues in Maryland that allow a fireworks show where the pyrotechnics are launched from a barge in the harbor. What an awesome way to end a spectacular event. CBMM and St. Michaels gave us the ability to have a simple yet classy event, a theme we tried hard to stick with throughout the planning.

What was your favorite part of the day?

I honestly loved every moment of the day! But if I had to pick just one part of the day, it would be when Cristina, our wedding planner from Gourmet by the Bay, walked Charlie and I, now husband and wife, through the tent/reception area, during cocktail hour before all the guests entered. It was absolutely beautiful! I had never imagined it would look so amazing. (The event was designed by Intrigue Design and Decor). I know I had picked everything out, but seeing it all together was breathtaking! And, not to mention, the weather was perfect

 What dress did you wear? What did you love about it?

I wore an ivory alencon lace dress form Lazaro. What I loved about this dress was its uniqueness. I did not want a big poofy dress, nor did I want a plain dress. I'm a very simple person, but I like to make a statement. I found this dress to very "rich," not in the terms of money, but in the terms of character. The lace made it feminine, the sparkle underlay gave it a touch of glamour, and a little traditional was tied in by the fresh water pearl brooch. Looking back I don't think I could have found a better dress, truly a magnificent find! And a dress I loved so much there was no need for an after-party dress, this dress was bought to be worn!

 Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Charlie and I chose Sandals Grande St. Lucian for our honeymoon destination. As much as we love to travel, all we wanted to do was relax on a beach with cocktails and each other! But we wanted it to be a little more than the traditional non-stop Caribbean Islands that are currently available to us from BWI. We chose St. Lucia because of its topography and Sandals for its great reviews as an adult-only all-inclusive resort. The island was wonderful and we had a great time horseback riding, sailing in the ocean, visiting the botanical gardens and getting mud baths near the volcano

Photos From The Wedding

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