Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding style by Elegance and Simplicity

Wanting a wedding on the water?  Here are a few of our favorite places!

Above is at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club!  Gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces!

Gaylord Wedding Flowers

The Gaylord National Harbor Hotel has a great outdoor space right on the water and it is right off the beltway!

Nautical Themed Wedding in Baltimore

The Baltimore Waterfront Marriott has a perfect little place in the Harbor for weddings on the water!

Sperry tent with Elegance and Simplicity decor

The best of all worlds…Doukenie Winery!  It has a cute tasting barn right on the water, which is right next to their vineyards which is right next to where you can put this fancy tent!

Of course there are many other places…but these are our faves!

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Paired Images

Matt Mendelsohn 

Jennifer Hughes

Rodney Bailey

DC wedding cakes by Kendalls Cakes

Yesterday we talked all about dessert bars and today it is all about wedding cakes!  Here are some of our favorite DC wedding cakes!

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Jennifer McMenamin at Meridian House – cake by Kendall’s Cakes

Joyeuse at Woodend

Elegance & Simplicity at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Maggie Austin Cakes at Whitehall Manor

Kathy Weddings at Rust Manor – cake by Design Cuisine

Decatur House Kosher desserts

Is the idea of a wedding cake driving you crazy and you want a dessert bar?  You have come to the right blog post!

We love dessert bars and we love designing them!  Here are a few of the dessert bars we have done recently and some that we want to do!!!!

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We want to do a DIY caramel apple station…

We want to do a popcorn station…

We want to do your dessert station!

Tell us what you want us to do!

Photo credits


Elegance & Simplicity

Kathy Blanchard

Love Life Images

Amie Otto


Rodney Bailey

Documentary Associates (for the last 5 photos)

Bistro Lighting at Long View Gallery in DC

There are not a ton of places that make DC feel and transform into that NY loft style wedding you went to last year…but there are places!

Above is one of the best the city has to offer —->  Long View Gallery!

Dancing at Newseum

The Newseum is another favorite location for us to get that Loft feeling!  Yes it is a museum…but it has two floors that are are not filled with museum items and it overlooks the city with a lot of windows!

Dock 5 weddings and events

We also love one of DC’s newest event spaces – DOCK 5!  Yep – it is on the back side of Union Market and it is amazeballs!

Get that New York state of mind with these places!

While you read this – we are on our way to NYC for a small event and family time!

See you next week and happy planning!

PUrple wedding dress

So as we gear up for every year and I reflect on what I did the year before…I always start dreaming on my birthday…which is today!

One of my biggest wishes for this year is to have multiple daring brides that want to push the envelope and wear bold gorgeous wedding dresses that are not white or ivory champagne.  A girl can dream right?

Here are some venues I really want my clients to try out for their rehearsal dinners and small intimate weddings!

Graffiato for wedding rehearsal dinners

Everyone is in love with Mike Isabella and why brides have not caught on to having their weddings and rehearsal dinners at his restaurants are beyond me!  Food is amazing and the restaurants are just as gorgeous.  Why not have your wedding and rehearsal dinner made by Mike Isabella’s team (and I hear they are doing offsite catering too – ackkkkkk OMG!)

Graffiato for Italian Cuisine – totally blows away anyone else in the city in that department!

Kapnos for Greek Cuisine – perfect for brunches too!

Coffee Bar idea

Much like I want this coffee bar in my house…I want one at one of my weddings this year!


No matter how many Indian weddings we have done here in the DC area, I wish I wish I wish that one of my clients would let me plan their wedding in India…let me design it onsite!

I’m off to celebrate!

Katie Martin

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