March 7, 2011

Luxe Life: Wedding Weekend

We spent the weekend in Annapolis for the wedding of a dear friend from high school - and, judging by the fact that it seems like everyone we know is hearing wedding bells, we thought it only appropriate to share a few fun updates from the weekend (in case you're planning your own shindig in town!). Pardon the lack of non-stock photos - Deacon was a bit camera shy.

For the first time in our four-legged history, we spent the night in a hotel! And we're not talking the kennel, either. The Westin Annapolis, located on West Street, is just a mile from DTA (that's downtown Annapolis to you newbies) and offers a free shuttle to Main Street. Just over two years old, the hotel offers spacious rooms, a number of nearby dining options, and a pool and gym. Hovering around $150 per night, it's the town's newest and arguably one of the nicer properties.

The couple got married at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club and hosted the ceremony at St. Mary's, one of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the state. You likely can't get married at St. Mary's unless you're already a member, but you can book the Beach Club. It was our second wedding at the location, and the beautiful venue, solely reserved for special events, is located just over the Bay Bridge on Kent Island. It offers spacious outdoor areas (we once saw a beautiful sunset ceremony over the water) and also offers ample indoor space for a reception, dinner and dancing.

The couple personalized the reception with tasteful and personalized touches, including a seating card tray made from sod (the groom's family owns a sod farm) and "potato-tini" bars, a make-your-own station with mashed and sweet potatoes in martini glasses with assorted toppings. They also offered mini tuna tartare bites and tomato soup and grilled cheese "shots" before a seated dinner. Afterwards, guests filled up on a retro candy bar and enjoyed chocolate-covered strawberries and wedding cake.

Around Town 
We love our hometown. So much, that to tell you about all the great things to do would take all day. So we'd suggest you peruse the archives for some of our fave activities, or visit this great article (albeit a bit dated, some of the shopping destinations have since closed) we wrote for The Washingtonian.

Planning  your own wedding or just a weekend away? Deacon is always happy to offer suggestions - feel free to drop us a line with questions -

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