Real Weddings: Ellen Paulisick &
Jun 04, 2014 10:32PM ● Published by Anonymous
The Ceremony. Chris and Ellen married outside on the lawn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in front of 150 guests with 12 attendants and a flower girl. Ceremony seating included folding chairs that faced the water with a clear view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. An oversized chalkboard greeted guests with seating and bridal party information. A unique addition, Chris and Ellen provided guests with preceremony mocktails from a DIY Arnold Palmer station, to help attendees beat the heat. In lieu of an archway, the couple decorated the front of the aisle with a single white chest of drawers topped with flowers and candles. “My favorite part of the ceremony and the most surprising,” Ellen says, “was when Chris took the microphone from the Reverend and spoke from the heart. Being very ‘Type A,’ it caught me off guard and was a very ‘Chris-like’ moment. He actually asked the Keyboardist to ‘drop a beat’ while he spoke. Humor is one of Chris’s best traits.”
The Eats. Following the ceremony, a cocktail hour included Ahi tuna won tons, mini grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup, chicken skewers, and more. For dinner, guests enjoyed a plated salad, crab cakes, filet, and steamed vegetables. Dessert included cookies and cream, and vanilla cupcakes and a cutting, cake, and an especially welcomed summer surprise—an ice cream sundae bar.
The Décor. A soft, muted color scheme of pinks, green, and shades of tan and champagne complemented the grey bridesmaids dresses and black tuxedos. Inside the reception, the dinner tables were draped with burlap table clothes and white linens, and varying centerpieces included tall, multi-tiered arrangements on some tables, with low arrangements set in silver vases on others, atop white doilies. Each table included a table number written in chalk on black-and-silver trays, which popped against the bronze walls of the venue. Along the walls were a candy buffet on a white chest decorated with a burlap garland flag banner, a photobooth station, and vintage suitcases holding flip-flops for guests. Instead of a traditional table for the escort cards, Chris and Ellen slid the cards into the slots of the shutters of old doors, and used the mail slot instead of a card box.
Favorite Pieces. “Mad Lib cards we put at each place setting, which we used instead of a guestbook,” Ellen says. “The responses were priceless.” Ellen says the two also loved the photobooth photos they were able to get.
The Future. This summer the two will take a European cruise for their honeymoon. In the meantime, they’re enjoying married life, and the addition of their recently adopted rescue pup, Sperry.
Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Stevensville
Intrigue Designs & Décor, Annapolis
Kupcakes & Co., Elkridge
Tara Keely gown, Jim Hjelm beaded belt, Garnish Boutique, Towson
Jenny Yoo’s Harlow, Garnish Boutique, Towson
Jenny Yoo, Garnish Boutique, Towson
Vera Wang tuxedos, Men’s Warehouse
Ashley Cecil, Ashleycecil.com, Pittsburgh
Dorothy Cinema, Harrisburg, Penn.
Natalie Franke, Annapolis
Nancy and Maria of Behind the Veil, Severna Park
2hands Studio, Annapolis
Ryan Deal of Boothlove, Washington, D.C.
Black Tie, Washington Talent Agency, Washington, D.C.
Train’s “Marry Me”