Our DIY-Inspired Wedding at the Tidewater Inn
This post is a bit overdue, but I’m so excited to finally share more of our beautiful wedding photos and details. JC and I tied the knot last July at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Maryland. It meant so much to us to celebrate in the company of our closest family and friends, and it is such a gift to be able to look back through our photos and relive the day.
Neither of us wanted a big, formal wedding. Our planning mantra from the outset was “no stress”, and we tried to keep the process as fun as possible for us and everyone involved. We also decided early on that we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our personal values and interests – less about tradition and more about us, complete with nerdy details and perfectly imperfect DIY touches.
I hope you enjoy the photos! Additional vendor info is listed at the end of the post.
The historic Tidewater Inn in Easton, Maryland provided the perfect backdrop to our 4th of July weekend wedding celebration!
See my earlier post, for details on our DIY hand painted wedding invitations.
A monogrammed pin that once belonged to my grandmother was the perfect “something old” to add to my bouquet.
JC and I decided not to do a “first look”, because we wanted to see each other for the first time as I was walking down the aisle, so Aubrey brought me a little pre-wedding gift from him, for luck.
Father of the groom, helping him get ready.
JC wore a vest (and not a jacket) for the wedding, not only because of the hot July weather, but because vests are kind of his thing.
Mother of the Bride and Maid of Honor, my sis, helping me with the finishing touches.
Posing with my step-daughter and little-but-fierce bridesmaid, Aubrey.
Here I am just moments before the ceremony, happy and excited.
JC surprised me by having our super-talented friends, Jon and Gabbie (who did double duty as JC’s groomsmaid), play an acoustic guitar/violin duet of Peter Gabriel’s The Book of Love as I walked down the aisle. I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING.
Okay, I’m crying. Pretty sure my dad’s crying too.
Our ceremony was performed by one of our best friends, Rusty (yes, Moms, it was legal). We knew early on that we didn’t want a traditional religious ceremony, but rather one that was personal, relaxed, and most importantly, a true reflection of our love for each other and 17-year friendship.
It’s official – we’re married!!!
Me, with Team Groom. The groomsmen’s casual suspenders and bow tie combo ended up being the perfect choice for the warm summer weather. Gabbie, the groomsmaid, wore a dress in the style of the bridesmaid dresses in a gray hue to match the “groom’s” color palette. I loved how it all worked together without being overly fussy.
…and here’s JC, hamming it up with Team Bride. The bridesmaids each picked a unique dress within a “blush” color palette of light pinks, taupes, and silvers. They each chose a dress that reflected their personal style and worked together to achieve an overall soft, romantic vibe.
Clearly, JC is having a hard time being in the spotlight.
We escaped to a neighboring garden post-ceremony to take a few quiet family photos before the reception.
And here we are, entering the reception for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Hughes!
I was still in the process of transitioning from vegetarian to vegan last year, so full disclosure, our wedding cake was not vegan. We did, however, have plentiful vegan and vegetarian food options throughout the cocktail hour and reception. It was important to us that there was something for everyone, and the Inn did a wonderful job accommodating us.
See this earlier post for details on how I made our DIY Star Wars inspired chair signs.
Being sweet and silly during our first dance to Sting’s Fields of Gold (his classical version).
Aubrey had the whole room laughing with her toast. Clearly, she gets her inappropriate humor from Dad. 😉
The Groom and Mother-of-the-Bride watching on as my Dad and I danced to the Beach Boys’ God Only Knows.
JC lost it mid Daddy-Daughter dance, so he brought in the reinforcements. #allthefeels
On behalf of JC and I, we want to say a special thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our wedding and make it all possible. We couldn’t have done it without the amazing support network of our parents, siblings, wedding party, and friends. We love you all!
Venue and Catering: The Tidewater Inn, Easton, Maryland
Primary Photographer: Katy Timney, Katy Rose Photography
Secondary Photographer: Becca Mathias, Becca Mathias Photography
Videographer: Elias Muhammad, Advocate Media
Stationery, Programs, and Chair Signs: DIY/handmade
Florals: Jennifer Jones McLaughlin, Floral Expressions By Jennifer
Bridal Party Hair and Makeup: Studio Two Salon, Easton, Maryland
Bridesmaid Dresses: various sources, including Macy’s, David’s Bridal, and Adrianna Papell
Maid of Honor Dress: David’s Bridal
Mother-of-the-Bride Dress: Adrianna Papell
Aubrey’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander
Wedding Dress Boutique: Louis Marie Bridal, Middletown, Delaware
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka from Nordstrom
Large Lanterns: Pottery Barn
Tabletop lanterns, votive holders, and misc. decor: Michael’s and Christmas Tree Shop
Officiant: Reverend Russell Brooks, Universal Life Church (seriously, Mom, it’s legal)