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Real Weddings: Greta Sommers 
& Allison Buote

May 27, 2014 03:00AM ● By Anonymous
The Dresses. Greta donned her mother’s wedding dress, also worn by her sister. “It’s such a classic, beautiful dress,” she says. “It meant so much to me that both my mother and my sister had worn it.” Allie opted for an August Jones dress her grandmother bought her. “I didn’t really know what kind of dress I would like best,” she said. “After trying on several I put this one on and it just felt like me. It’s hard to explain, but I knew it was the one.”

The Ceremony. Allie and Greta married in front of 150 guests, flanked by 10 attendants—three girls and two boys on each side—as well as a flower girl, Greta’s niece, and two ring bearers, Allie’s nephews. The grandfather of Allie’s best man, affectionately referred to as Pop Pop, served as their officiant. The couple arrived by boat with their parents and bridal party, and used the dock as their aisle. Greta walked down first with both of her parents, to an acoustic version of “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay;” Allie followed with her parents. “Pop Pop asked us to take a minute to look out at all of the people who were there to celebrate with us,” Allie recalled. “It was absolutely overwhelming to feel so much love. There is something surreal about having everyone you love in one place, there to share in such a huge moment.” At the end of the ceremony, a friend called out “Who lives better than Allie and Greta?” and the crowd responded, “Nobody!” Then he fired a cannon and all of the slip holders honked their boat horns. “It was incredible!”

The Cocktail-Gate. “At UMD our post-game tailgates were legendary,” Allie says. “We’ve had everything from salmon to an oyster shucking bar, so we tried to capture that feeling for our cocktail hour.” The couple asked Osprey Chef Matt Whitehair to come up with a few fun gourmet takes on tailgate food. The menu included oysters, quesadillas, pretzels, lobster rolls, rockfish fritters, and more. The pair’s favorite bluegrass band, Chester River Runoff, got the music started. The two lucked out as the rain held off for the cocktail hour, but it let loose as soon as guests moved into the tent.

The Reception. As DIY brides, Allie and Greta created a nautical, rustic atmosphere. “We’ve had some of our happiest times together on the Bay,” Allie says, “so it was important to us that our wedding venue reflected us in that way.” They used a crab trap card box, an old door for a program, and made their bouquets and boutonnieres out of fabric flowers. Allie and her mom spent months collecting sea glass for the centerpieces, and Greta painted a boat to replicate their Boston Whaler. For dinner, guests enjoyed steak, salad, crab cakes, pasta, and bread—all served family style. For dessert, the couple opted for mini apple pies, pumpkin pies, chocolate cupcakes, and cherry cheesecakes. Their cake, a six-inch, Guiness-infused chocolate cake, was topped with two Lego brides that Allie’s nephew made. Wedding favors included koozies and magnets featuring a crab, Natty Boh girl, Utz girl, and Natty Boh dog.


The Ever After. “We just feel so incredibly lucky we were able to be legally married in the state we love so much and that we both grew up in,” Allie says. “When we got engaged in July 2012, gay marriage was not legal in Maryland, and even if it was it would not have been recognized by the federal government. Marriage means the world to us and we want to thank everyone that has loved and supported us throughout the years.” After the big day, Allie and Greta jetted off to Key West, where they spent their days paddle boarding in the back country, sailing, and eating and drinking their way all over town. Now back home in Chestertown, they are enjoying married life. “There definitely is a difference now that we have made this commitment to each other,” Greta says. We’re more of a team than ever, and we are each other’s family now and that feels really special.”


Eagle Hill Florist, Rock Hall

Yvette Armbruster of My Best Friend, Chestertown

Osprey Point Restaurant

Allie: Augusta Jones’ Ali, Betsy Robinson, Pikesville Greta: Her mother’s dress, purchased in 1979

Sunwashed Aqua chiffon, J. Crew

Men's attire:
White shirts, Express. Pants, J. Crew.
Ties, Etsy’s The Belle and the Beau/Etsy.
Suspenders from
Ring bearers’ Star Wars bow ties,
Bowlicious Divas/Etsy. Shoes, Sperry.

Bridesmaid Dresses:
J. Crew

Rings, Smyth Jewelers, Annapolis.
Bridesmaids’ necklaces, Etsy’s
Beach Cove Jewlry. Bridesmaids’
earrings, Etsy’s Liliana Designs.


magnets, Baycraft Printing, Rock Hall

Katie Nesbitt Photography, Baltimore

Salon, Chestertown

Jamall Botticelli of World Renown
Entertainment, Elkridge

Cocktail Hour Band:
Chester River Runoff

Tent and Rentals:
Eastern Shore Tents and Events, Chestertown

First Dance:
City and Colour’s "The Girl"

Father/Daughter Dances:
Loudon Wainwright III’s "Daughter"