There is nothing more characteristic of Annapolis MD than an elegant United States Naval Academy wedding. With its iconic dome and stately architecture, this Annapolis Maryland wedding venue is a stunner inside and out. Scroll down to see what we mean. For any couples interested in booking the Naval Chapel as their ceremony venue, may we suggest a fall wedding with sage and gold wedding colors to reflect the colors of the leaves? A summer wedding is always so beautiful, of course. But, a fall wedding can lead to a gorgeous fur stole, and that plus changing leaves is so pretty! When Ellen and Ryan chose us as their Naval Academy wedding photographer, we were beyond ecstatic. Not only are they the sweetest couple, but we have photographed their friends and family’s weddings. Their whole day wound up feeling like one big Sarah & Dave reunion. If you have ever read our blog post on Kristin and Thaddeus’s Historic Savage Mill Manor wedding, you know how much we love reunions (and referrals!). Referrals mean that we get the chance to be your friend’s and family’s wedding photographer. That they get that same focus and care that we would have put into photographing our own wedding. For us, referrals are future reunions that give us the chance to catch up with past Sarah & Dave couples. So, that is just the literal best part about our job. Aside from the “How we met” stories. Speaking of which…
These two met through family members and their first date was actually a blind date. Despite both sides being hesitant, the night went well and their relationship grew. Ellen told me, “It was easy falling in love with each other, and it didn’t take long. We fell in love with each other’s personalities, goals, desires, and the way we are with our families. We had similar upbringing, and it was so sweet for me to see how much Ryan loved his family and how comfortable they made me feel… It’s hard to say when I knew Ryan was the one because our connection was instantaneous and every step in our relationship has been absolutely amazing. He is easy to love, and I am beyond excited to spend the rest of my life with him.”
By the way, the groom was not in uniform, so you will not find the sword arch ceremony like we saw in Brandi and Zach’s wedding or using the sword during the cake-cutting ceremony like you may find in other military weddings. What you will find: one beautiful wedding venue and pretty, forest-inspired wedding decorations. Enjoy!
Don’t you love their invitation suite from Cards & Pockets? Their green and gold envelopes coordinate so well with their Naval Academy fall wedding.Even in curlers, this Annapolis bride looks so glamorous!Ellen’s Annapolis Makeup Artist was Something Blu Beauty. Her look is romance and glamour all rolled into one bridal look. Her Essense of Australia wedding dress had a halter top, lacy bodice, and buttons that trailed from the neckline to the train!Although Ellen and Ryan opted to save their first look for when she walked down the aisle, she did do a first look with her dad. Isn’t this the sweetest? Keep reading to find out which meaningful tradition they chose instead of a first look.
First look photos are classic, but some couples want to save the surprise for their ceremony. Instead of a first look, our Annapolis couple read letters to each other. As an Annapolis wedding photographer, a Naval Academy Fall wedding with this sweet couple, those pretty changing leaves in the background, and THAT GORGEOUS FUR COAT is perfection. The only thing more perfect than this is the Quirk Hotel. It will always be our favorite, because Richmond is truly the best. But good-ness, Annapolis. This is one pretty moment.
Such a stunning crew!
Ceremony Venue | United States Naval Academy Chapel
Reception Venue and Bridal Party Getting Ready Venue | Loews Annapolis Hotel
Hair and Makeup | Something Blu Beauty
Florals | My Flower Box Events
DJ | Music Masters
Videographer | Ten Twenty Seven Films
Wedding Cake | Graul’s Market
Rentals | Absolute Party Rentals
Invitations | Cards & Pockets
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