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Real Weddings: Emily Smokonich & William (Max) Fryer

Dec 28, 2017 09:00AM
September 29, 2016 // The Tidewater Inn // Victoria Selman Photography

The Beginning

High school sweethearts, they began dating their sophomore year and continued all the way through college at The University of Pittsburgh. Once they graduated, they moved to New York City together. Finally, they relocated to the eastern shore in Maryland.

The Proposal

For their nine-year anniversary, Max surprised Emily with a suite at the Waldorf Astoria for a special weekend getaway. He ordered room service and placed a ring box with a monogrammed “F” for his last name on the cart for Emily to find. Not knowing what to look for, Emily completely overlooked the ring box until finally noticing it a few moments later. After that, Max popped the question and presented Emily with a customized ring with a family heirloom diamond. “We spent the rest of the weekend secretly celebrating at the Champagne Bar in the Plaza Hotel and having dinner at our favorite restaurant in the city, Matisse, only letting our immediate family members know the good news.” The couple adds, “It was so special to soak in the engagement before announcing the news and celebrating with the rest of our friends and family.”

The Bridal Bouquet

Emily walked down the aisle without a bouquet. Instead, Max collected flowers from each of her bridesmaids as they walked down the aisle to present to her when she arrived at the end of the aisle. In the days leading up to the proposal Max gave Emily flowers for each year they had been dating. Flowers have always been Emily’s favorite gift from Max and this gesture made it even more special on the wedding day.

The Lighting

For the reception, lights were dimmed low and the room was lit by mostly mercury candles during dinner. They chose this lighting to represent that the engagement ring miner’s cut diamond sparkles even in the dimmest candlelight. “This setting offered the most romantic feel that encompassed our special day,” they share.

The Cake

Paying tribute to the eastern shore, the couple cut into a Smith Island cake and placed an oyster shell at every place setting.

The Venue

“Ever since moving to the eastern shore, we have been obsessed with The Tidewater Inn,” Emily shares. “We love historic buildings and knew this intimate piece of Easton history had to be a part of our special day. It was the perfect classic and romantic venue for the type of wedding we wanted our family and friends to attend. Plus, it is right in the town of Easton, where our out-of-town friends and family could explore our home and other charming towns in the area.”

The Tenth Anniversary

The couple got married on their dating anniversary. At exactly 3:00 in the afternoon (the official milestone of their anniversary), the couple read notes from one another. “We didn’t write our own vows, but those notes were the perfect words to write and read before walking down the aisle and getting married.”

Their Best Advice

The couple recommends figuring out what type of wedding you want to have before choosing your venue. “For us, having a small intimate indoor ceremony and reception at the historic Tidewater Inn fit our romantic inspiration. In addition, we would suggest making a list of personal details that fit you as a couple and find a way to incorporate that into your wedding. Adding the local touches of the Chesapeake Bay is a warm welcome for guests and a great way to have a memorable wedding.”

The Details:

Venue Planner: Melanie Bennett | Florist: Robin’s Nest Floral | DJ: DJ Anthony from MyDeejay | Caterer: The Tidewater Inn | Cake/ Baker: Captain’s Ketch homemade Smith Island cake | Bridal gown store: Fabulous Frocks | Gown designer: Jim Hjelm | Bride’s hair and makeup: Elizabeth Claire Salon | Wedding rings store: Smyth Jewelers Annapolis Bride’s other jewelry store: Vintage chandelier earrings and family heirloom pearl bracelet | Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade from Bergdorf Goodman | Bridesmaid dress designer: Adrianna Papell and Badgley Mischka | Men’s attire store: The Black Tux | Stationer: Minted | Calligrapher: Bride | Wedding hashtag: #getfryeredup | Registry: Crate and Barrel Ceremony Musician: Rich Barry | Charger and Napkin Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents and Events