This Couple's Comfortable, Refined Coastal Wedding in Annapolis, Maryland, Was a Reflection of Their Personal Hosting Style
When Jeremy D'Aloisio proposed to Kathryn Becker, it took the bride-to-be by surprise. "Jeremy secretly had his parents fly into town in September 2018," says Kathryn. "Both sets of parents were hiding in the bushes on a quaint street in Annapolis when we walked up, while our lab Baxter was dressed in a tuxedo with the sign "Will you marry Dad?" around his neck. I have never been so confused and shocked in my life—I didn't recognize our own dog!"
An Annapolis native, Kathryn had always loved St. Mary's Church with its gorgeous sea-blue ceilings and historic charm. As for the reception site, Kathryn and Jeremy considered venues close to downtown Annapolis, but once they visited Whitehall, they knew it was perfect for them. "It allowed us a blank canvas to create the reception we loved, all with the backdrop of a beautiful setting," says the bride.
When brainstorming their big day's style, Kathryn and Jeremy settled on a coastal-chic vibe filled with Annapolis blues (navy, ocean, and dusty hues punctuated the color palette) with hints of blush and lots of pattern play. They commissioned a custom illustration for their invitation suite that incorporated Baxter, several Annapolis locales, and elements of the couple's home states—then threaded the pattern throughout the rest of their décor.
The pair's top priority was to ensure that their loved ones had a good time, a goal they seamlessly met. "We knew that Annapolis was a bit challenging for our many out-of-town guests, so we wanted to keep it as easy as possible once they got here," says Kathryn. "With that as our guiding light, we wanted to craft a comfortably elegant evening, where we could kick back and have fun with the people we love most. Our highest compliment was from a family friend who remarked, 'I felt like I was at a dinner party in your living room.' It was important to us that our guests did not have a lot of obligations, but instead could eat, dance, chat, and drink whenever they wanted, which reflected our own personal style of hosting."
For their stationery, Kathryn and Jeremy gave guests a peek at their wedding's coastal-chic vibe using the same colors and patterns they planned to incorporate into the reception décor. The square letterpress invitations featured shades of navy and ocean blue paired with blush floral patterns and a custom illustration, which included the sights of Annapolis, from Riley Sheehey. "We used the custom illustration on the envelope liner and on the rehearsal dinner invitation (in addition to using it on the coasters, accent pillows, and napkins at the reception)," says Kathryn.
The couple's one DIY tackle was their welcome boxes, which included custom maps of the area, dog-shaped cookies in honor of Baxter, La Columbe lattes, and some salty and sweet snacks.
Kathryn and her bridesmaids wore pajamas in the same striped pattern as they got ready together on the morning of the big day.
A Warm-Weather Wedding Dress
The bride's feminine, floral-inspired lace wedding dress by Rita Vinieris featured an A-line silhouette with a lush, full-bodied skirt. "I wanted something that would embody our coastal summer wedding," Kathryn says. "The floral detailing and thin straps brought exactly the vibe I was looking for."
Kathryn's shoes by Ted Baker London were a delicate pale blue with a beautiful floral pattern—and a nod to the florals seen throughout the event.
The Little Things
She also tucked away a linen handkerchief, which had been embroidered (in blue!) with the wedding date.
Creamy roses composed the groom's boutonnière, while blue tweedia was used to create the groomsmen's.
Jeremy wore a classic navy suit and light blue tie that clearly conveyed the event's coastal aesthetic.
On the Docks
The couple shared their first look on the dock at Kathryn's parents' home, where she got ready with her bridesmaids. "We both had a relaxing day with our wedding parties and were so excited to see each other and get the celebrations started," reflects Kathryn. "We were definitely even more relaxed once we could be together."
The bride also had a mini first look with her father. "It was such a special moment for just the two of us to be together," she says.
Kathryn's matron of honor wore a festive floral print, while the bridesmaids were outfitted in two shades of blue. "We wanted the wedding party to feel comfortable in what fit them best, and loved the complementary (but not identical) collection," says the bride of the gowns.
The floral pattern that was incorporated onto the stationery suite reappeared on the couple's ceremony programs.
An Epic Church
Décor was kept minimal for the ceremony, since the bright, ornate church was magnificent in its own right. "We let the beauty of St. Mary's Church stand on its own with its gorgeous arched ceilings, dramatic wooden altar piece, and celestial paintings," says Kathryn.
For the Dogs
Baxter wore a collar composed of roses and greenery for his parents' big day.
Kathryn and Jeremy worked their beloved pet into the cocktail hour, as well, with frosted glasses that featured his likeness. "We also did a Crush Bar," says Kathryn of their signature drinks, which included orange (the area's speciality) and grapefruit flavors. "They were a big hit!"
A Place to Rest
Lounge seating underneath the reception tent was refined; beige couches and mirrored tabletops set the scene.
Setting the Bar High
"We wanted to keep things comfortable, cheerful, and elegant at our southern-style open-seating reception," says Kathryn, which she and Jeremy achieved through whimsical patterns and relaxed florals. One focal point was a statement floral-patterned bar-height table, surrounded by blush velvet stools.
They skipped assigned seats. "This allowed us to mix in a range of seating options—from lounge vignettes to traditional tables," says Kathryn. Coastal blues tied together the waterfront setting and scene.
"The dance floor became [another] focal feature inside the sailcloth tent, with three blue-and-white drum chandeliers hanging center and a quartet of couches anchoring below, giving guests a convenient place to take a rest from dancing," adds the bride.
Low vases filled with roses, peonies, and tweedia embellished tabletops.
The First Dance
The couple shared their first married spin to "Crazy Love" by Van Morrison.
An Inspired Wedding Cake
Kathryn and Jeremy's cake borrowed from the floral pattern on the bride's shoes, and featured three stacked tiers embellished with sugar roses.
Photographer, Perry Vaile Photography
Ceremony Venue, St. Mary's Church
Reception Venue, Whitehall
Event Planning and Design, Kari Rider Events
Flowers and Décor, Amaryllis Floral & Event Design
Invitations and Stationery, Steph B. and Co.
Custom illustrations, Riley Sheehey
Officiant, Father Ronald Bonneau
Bride's Gown, Rita Vinieris
Bride's Shoes, Ted Baker London
Hair and Makeup, Amie Decker Beauty
Bridesmaids' Dresses, Amsale
Groom's Attire, Brooks Brothers
Music, Big Blast & The Party Masters for East Coast Entertainment
Cake, Buttercream Bakeshop
Rentals, Perfect Settings; Select Event Group; Sugarplum Tents
Transportation, Charm Cars; An Extroardinar Limousine Inc.
Lighting, Amaryllis Floral & Event Design
Restrooms, Bobby's Pottys