Waterfront St. Michaels Welcome Party

Eastern Shore of Maryland Event Planner & Designer


One of our favorite trends over the past few years has to be the addition of legit welcome parties to a couple’s wedding festivities. Whether they’re separate to or in conjunction with rehearsal dinners, these celebrations kick off what has come to be known as the “wedding weekend,” extending the party beyond just the wedding day. They set the tone for a whole weekend of wedding fun, culminating with the nuptials, of course, and often extended with a day-after brunch. For this welcome party at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, we wanted to welcome guests to the Eastern Shore in a relaxed setting that took full advantage of the area’s claim to fame—its water views. Beneath a sailcloth tent, we mixed earth and water tones to create a laid-back feel with a touch of rustic Eastern Shore flair. We especially loved the powder blue check linen and natural folding chair combo, the gorgeous boxed and terrarium arrangements from Monteray Farms, and the adorable lounge setup from White Glove Rentals. Enjoy!


Photography: Jennifer Madino
Planning & Design: Kari Rider Events
Venue: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Floral Design: Monteray Farms
Catering: Gourmet by the Bay
Lounge Furniture: White Glove Rentals
Linens: La Tavola
Tent & Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents & Events
Fine Wine & Spirits: Hair O’ The Dog



Custom Client Gifts by Marigold & Grey

Eastern Shore of Maryland Wedding Planner & Designer

Studio, Styled Shoots

It may have taken a little longer than we would have liked, but we finally got our act together to complete the last piece of our rebrand, and we’re totally obsessed! As part of complete rebrand, we knew we wanted to design a custom client gift that reflects how excited we are to work with each and every one of our brides and grooms to be. So, naturally, we turned to the experts at Marigold & Grey, and Jamie did not disappoint! She designed a gift that perfectly showcases the Kari Rider Events brand while at the same time celebrating the special journey our couples are about to embark on. I mean, how can you go wrong with a mini bottle of champs, artisan chocolates and a grey pashmina—all wrapped up in the most adorable white hat box with dusty blue and gold accents? We’re still swooning!


Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty
Design & Styling: Marigold & Grey

Maritime Inspired St. Michaels Wedding

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Wedding Planner & Designer


What do you do when your bride and groom are both maritime historians? Plan a waterfront celebration that’s equal parts coastal, rustic and chic at—where else but—the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, of course! Emily and Daniel envisioned the most fitting outdoor celebration for their July nuptials, one that perfectly reflected their passion and connection as a couple. Thoughtful details like mussel shell place cards—collected by the couple while scouring the North Carolina coast—and non-traditional flowers (think succulent-dominated bridesmaid corsages and mixed centerpieces featuring nautical accents and shades of burgundy) stole the show, flowing beautifully with the pops of slate blue and deep red beneath the sailcloth tent. The Maritime Museum provided the perfect backdrop for this creatively themed celebration stunningly captured by Krista and Davey of Krista A. Jones Photography. We’re still swooning! Enjoy!


Photography: Krista A. Jones
Planning & Design: Kari Rider Events
Venue: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Floral Design: Intrigue Design & Décor
Catering: Gourmet by the Bay
Invitation: Susan Wilson Designs
Day-of Paper Goods: Stephanie B Design
Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy
Sailcloth Tent & Farm Tables: Eastern Shore Tents & Events
Linens: DC Rental & BBJ Linen
Rentals: DC Rental
Hair: Heather’s Salon
Makeup: The Makeup Chic by Suzanne Eden
Bride’s Dress: Amsale from Hitched Salon
Bride’s Headpiece: BHLDN
Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren
DJ: Mixing Maryland