Why did you choose Annapolis?
We chose Annapolis because of the beautiful backdrop of the waterfront. Boating and being on the water has always been a huge part of our relationship, so we wanted to incorporate that somehow.
Where in Annapolis?
Our ceremony and reception were both held aboard the beautiful Catherine Marie. We chartered the yacht out of the Annapolis harbor and had our ceremony on the top deck. The reception was on the lower decks and it couldn't have been more perfect.
Describe the setting?
Oh my gosh, from the beautiful 360 degree view of the water, to the wind blowing through our hair during the ceremony, to the sunset that set the tone for our amazing reception.... it really couldn't have been more romantic. We kept it small with just under 70 guests, so it really added to the intimacy of the whole evening.
What was the most memorable part?
The most memorable part for me was the actual ceremony. We had an AMAZING officiant, Captain Marty Meyer, who dressed in his captain's whites to host our ceremony. While I had already written our vows, Captain Marty put his own spin on it, adding much needed giggles here and there to break up my nervousness! He was such a sport with allowing all of us to don his captain's hat and take pictures.... which in turn made for some AMAZING wedding shots that I will treasure forever. Truly a very special experience made even more memorable by someone who really loves his job!
Any tips for couples planning a wedding?
I would recommend chartering a yacht from Watermark for your special day. Even if you can't have the whole ceremony and reception onboard, a reception on the boat would be just as special and jaw dropping! Also, save your money when planning for flowers on the boat.... it is such a beautiful backdrop as it is that you don't need much in the way of flowers to enhance the venue.
Would you recommend Annapolis?
The perfect combination of everything Maryland has to offer. I have lived in Anne Arundel County my whole life and I can't think of another place that I would prefer to have my wedding. Everything from beginning to end was absolutely breathtaking, and I highly recommend considering it for your own wedding!
Photo credits: Elizabeth Rodenhizer