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Tying the Knot: A Nautical Maryland Wedding

The most spectacular setting for a nautical wedding was a dazzling day in June on the immaculate waterfront grounds of the Inn at Perry Cabin. Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, it is a venue that oozes classic American style and relaxed luxury.

Organizing a wedding from London was not without its challenges, but we were thrilled to see so many long-imagined details come together on the day.

And the weather was just like I planned it – perfect.

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Custom Calligraphy Wedding Program by Laura Lavender

Custom Calligraphy Wedding Program by Laura Lavender

Silvery Seashell Ring Holder from BHLDN

Silvery Seashell Ring Holder from BHLDN

Something old was my mother’s veil. With it’s delicate emboidered flowers, the vintage double blusher went perfectly with the leather appliqued straps on my gown. It was meant-to-be.

Something new was my dress – a summery organza number by Valentino.

Something borrowed was a glittering pair of earrings borrowed from a newlywed best friend. I nervously brought them all the way from London to make sure I had plenty of sparkle power coming down the aisle.

Something blue (besides my sapphire ring, of course) was a delicate bracelet with a chic and simple blue charm, a last-minute gift from a bridesmaid.

And, by all means, the obligatory silver sixpence for my shoe!

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My gorgeous gal pals

My gorgeous gal pals

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Custom Nautical Wedding by Paperless Post

Custom Nautical Wedding Menu by Paperless Post

Sailboat Placecards by Third Cloud to the Left on Etsy

Sailboat Placecards by Third Cloud to the Left on Etsy

Nautical custom favor bags by Paper Source

Nautical custom favor bags by Paper Source

Hobnail cake by Sweet Hearts Patisserie, Annapolis

Hobnail cake by Sweet Hearts Patisserie, Annapolis

Sail & Anchor Wedding Cake Fork Set via Fancy

Sail & Anchor Wedding Cake Fork Set via Fancy

The setting, and the day itself, felt so effortless and surreal.

In fact, it was perfect.

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Mr. Scene didn’t want to be seen in this post, but I can promise you he looked marvelous, darling!

A big thank you to the team at The Inn at Perry Cabin and our wonderful officiant, the honorable William A. Potts, Sr.

Happily ever after to follow.

Wedding Planning

No one tells you – wedding planning can be a royal pain. Weddings are dreamy and the preparations are supposed to feel inspired. But often it just seems like a long list of chores. And for someone like me who can barely make my bed every morning, the endless checklists are definitely wearisome.

Here are a few tips to cut the hassle out of tackling your wedmin lists!

Get organised.

This pocket-sized planner from Smythson was a gift from one of my bridesmaids and has been my constant companion during the planning process.

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As you can see, most of the tabs are already dog-eared from use. Great for keeping contact details on hand at all times and jotting down notes on the go!

Personal Touches

When I popped the question to my bridesmaids, I wanted it to be the perfect proposal. So I tucked a vintage handkerchief embroidered with their initials into a card.

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These personalized hankies hark back to a bygone era, and they make lovely retro keepsakes.

Do-it-yourself

Just remember whenever anyone does anything for you, it costs more. So if possible, take matters into your own hands and get crafty! You’ll have fun and save a few precious pence. For instance, I researched wedding confetti costing as much as $12 per person! So I decided be clever and make them myself.

Birdseed pouches wedding table

Birdseed pouches wedding

All it takes is a bag of birdseed, some tulle discs, and a spool of pretty ribbon to tie them with!

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And since a lot of confetti is made of plastic, paper and mylar, you’ll be going green and keeping the birdies happy!

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We also used the same ribbon on the favor bags. Little details go a long way to tying a theme (or a color scheme) together.

Tried and true

There’s something to be said for sticking to what you know. I was beyond pleased with Whole Foods floral department for all the wedding pieces and table arrangements. Afterall, I’ve been getting beautiful, artful bouquets from them for years. Why would I trust another florist I’ve never used before, when I’m guaranteed great quality and value from a neighborhood favorite?

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Mile High Bride

Wedding planning is stressful enough without the added strain of international travel. As an ex-pat bride I had to cope with numerous transatlantic flights which can really take a toll on the immune system.

If you have plans to travel by air around your wedding, I highly recommend the below products which promote wellness for the on-the-go bride.

Altitude Oil

We are 100 times more likely to catch a cold on an airplane. Altitude Oil fends off bugs that circulate inside the cabin; just sprinkle a few drops onto a tissue and inhale deeply. It’s a strong antiviral blend with soothing scents of eucalyptus and jasmine.

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Nosh Mile High Box

I also like to carry on a Mile High Pack from Nosh Detox, which is designed for frequent fliers – a neatly packaged treasure trove of probiotics and supplements to help you hit the runway feeling fresh.

Say thanks

No one (and I mean no one) pulls off planning a wedding single-handedly. There are people helping in the tiniest and most meaningful ways. Make sure you say thanks.

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Enjoy every moment

Planning a wedding is daunting – there’s no doubt about it. It can be a drawn-out process. But it should be swell.

So make sure you savor the fun times – like the bridal shower my dear cousin hosted for me in America.

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It was a bridal tea (a nod to my adopted homeland these days) but hosted the American way – with lots of wonderful canapés and a decadent cakes!

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And these adorable anchor petit-fours!

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Love is delicious.

And planning your wedding can be too!

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So let yourself eat cake! (It’s good practice for the big day).