KATIE + MICHAEL - REHOBOTH BEACH, DELAWARE

Do y’all know what church giggles are? Those laughs that are Burst-Out-No-Matter-How-Serious-Or-Focused-You’re-Trying-To-Be-Oh-God-Here-They-Come-Again? That’s Katie and Michael’s day. Scratch that, their entire wedding weekend.

It all started with a morning of scooting across Little Assawoman Bay with the wedding party with laughter echoing off the stand up paddle boards and out of the kayaks.

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You know you’re in for a good weekend when your officiating priest can’t stop grinning from ear to ear and cracking jokes. We took full advantage of the evening light we wouldn’t have the next day for some dramatic portraits before heading off to a celebratory dinner.

The Big Day dawned hot and…well, just freakin’ hot. Anyone who has spent time in Rehoboth at the end of July knows that the weather can be seriously brutal, but it’s also equally vibrant and beautiful - just make sure you slather on the sunscreen! The morning was chill enough with everyone gleefully preparing for the day ahead in the comfort of climate controlled rooms.

As if the day wasn’t special enough, Michael’s family brought along along a newspaper from 50 years ago (!) marking the first moon walk, and Michael’s dad was wearing the socks he wore to his own wedding beneath a more color-coordinated pair.

And then it was time! Church giggles at the actual church were in full swing, and got progressively more intense as Katie swatted a fly out of midair at the start of the ceremony and Father Matthew told a story about not needing to jump out of an airplane because of these two.

After the ceremony, bubble were popped and we went off in search of some shade and amusing backdrops for the wedding party portraits. We also definitely took full advantage of the air conditioned and beautifully shiny red trolley - 97+ degrees in the sun is no joke!

Wedding speeches are always a big emotional stronghold for a wedding, but Michaels best man, in absentia due to deployment, dropped in via projector to give his toast to the couple that left not a dry eye in the room.

I stole Katie and Michael off for a few minutes to catch the sunset and have some quiet time to themselves, and then it was time to par-taaay!

Now, I’ve always known the Marr family can throw down. This is a crew that runs dozens of cousins deep, aunties in force, and they tear up a dance floor. Fortunately, the Kimmerleins roll with an equally crazy family tree that’s just as willing to let loose. I was impressed with the energy I was seeing, and then things got uncanny with how perfect these two groups gel when ‘Sweet Caroline’ came on, and each gathered around the corresponding family member so aptly named and absolutely belted it. Impressive, y’all.

There’s a ton more from this riot of a day, be sure to check ‘em all out below but here’s a big ol’ congratulations to this amazing couple and their families - so happy for y’all!! -MEJ

SEE MORE FROM KATIE + MICHAEL’S WEDDING HERE

VENDOR DREAM TEAM:
Kayaking + SUPs - Coastal Kayak
Rehearsal Dinner - Boardwalk Plaza Hotel
Hair + MUA - Scout and Co. of The Spa @ Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Florist - The Country Petaller
Trolley - First State Trolley Company
Church - St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church
Reception + Hotel - Henlopen Hotel | Solaro
Carousel - Funland

MELISSA + MIKE || Kent Island, Maryland

If wedding invitations were accurate, then Melissa + Michael's would read as follows:

You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of M+M, on June-the-Opressively-Muggy-As-Only-Maryland-Summers-Can Be-th.

A joyful ceremony focusing entirely on the merits of love from with a good mix of laughter will uplift your spirit.

Directly following the ceremony will be a double heaping helping of intense rainfall, where you're welcome to dash through the downpours and make the most of an extended cocktail hour due to a power outage.

Directly following the ceremony will be a double heaping helping of intense rainfall, where you're welcome to dash through the downpours and make the most of double rainbows and the extended cocktail hour due to a power outage.

Formal dances will include minor league softball practice and major league tear jerking.

The wedding color palette is soft neutrals, golden sequins, Wu-Tang socks, and muddy hemlines

Dancing is strictly required.

Yes, even for the vendors.

And if that doesn’t sound like your kind of wedding, getouttahere! Huge, huge congrats to Mike and Melissa and their incredible group of revelers. Truly, it’s nothing short of incredible watching y’all weather the storm that is the unplanned and the imperfect. -MEJ

SEE MORE OF M+M’s BIG DAY HERE

The Dream Team:
Dress - Louis Marie Bridal
Hair + Makeup - Tangles Hair Studio
Flowers - The Country Petaller
Tablescapes - The Pretty Little Wedding Company
Catering - Casual Caterers
DJ - the legendary DJ Bob Reading

STEFANIE + JOSH || A summer wedding in Fredericksburg, Virginia celebrated on Kent Island, Maryland

Ohhhhh, hello dreamy early summer weather and magical riverside love story and big ol’ feelings and the best goofy faces possible!

Stefanie and Josh literally and figuratively bridged their lives together by marrying in Fredericksburg (where Stef’s family lives) and celebrating on Kent Island (where Josh’s family hails from). Despite a little hiccup in traffic shuffling from one state to next, it was a truly glorious day.

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Stefanie’s sister Melissa was kind enough to lend not only her beautiful home for the bride squad to get ready in, but also her insanely amazing makeup skills to the whole group of ladies. Airbrush magic for seven? Yes, please!

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Meanwhile, just across town, Josh and the boys were getting primped and strategically planning their aisle sweep formation.

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As wedding days are wont to do, it went from a sleepy-excited morning and suddenly, it was time to hit the altar. There was no shortage of giggles and tears, and I am oh-so-serious about Stef having the best faces e.v.e.r.

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Seriously.

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After getting big feelings and wrapping themselves in all the congratulations from their guests, we hit the Rappahannock River, which was literally just across the street from the church. And! Story time: S+J had their first date kayaking down this river, and basiiiiically almost died flipping in the rapids. So, you know, this is obviously the very best choice of a backdrop to do their wedding portraits at.

Honestly, midday sun is normally a nightmare to work under, but the cool green canopy of the trees beside this river was just the dreamiest! We sent the wedding party off and had some quiet moments to revel in the post-ceremony goodness.

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And…oh yeah, you got it - more of me cracking up behind the camera at Stefanie. I LIVE for embracing the goof, especially on such an emotionally volatile sort of day. Let it all out!

After we wrapped portraits, it was time to make the hike back to Kent Island. Shockingly (?!), there aren’t any photos of the gnarly traffic we hit on the drive east, but we were fortunate enough to get to the island with plenty of daylight and beautiful skies! And beer! AND TAAAACOOOSS!

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Everyone ate, drank, and made themselves quite merry as the sun began setting. I can’t think of a more perfect backdrop for a first dance, but I’m a pretty big sucker for the sunsets on Kent Island.

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And then the lights went low, and it was time to paaaaarty. The dancefloor was packed, and the sky would not stop delivering jawdropping colors.

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Congratulations to Josh and Stefanie! * insert wild tongue flailing emojis all over the place here * -MEJ

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT STEFANIE + JOSH’S FULL WEDDING GALLERY HERE