Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Eastern Shore Event Planner & Designer

DIY, Entertaining, Events

Excuse us while we’re over here mourning the prospect of a Mother’s Day outing (see-ya next year Mother’s Day brunch). But we are determined to make the most of this quarantine holiday, so we’ve rounded up some of our personal favorite gifts that are sure to make this Mother’s Day a little more bearable for all of us! If our husbands are reading, we’ll take one of each please! Who are we kidding, we’ve already treated ourselves :) 


1. Personalized Necklace, Maya Brenner
2.Potted Plant, The Sill
3.CBD Gumdrops, Lord Jones (because we could all use a little calming CBD right about now)
4.Blue Light Glasses, Priverevaux (to save our eyes from all the extra screen time)
5.Pajamas, Polkadot
6.Pretty Blooms, Grace Rose Farm
7.MUTHA Body Butter, Violet Grey
8.Rose Hand Wash, BYREDO (a luxury to support all the handwashing we’re doing these days)
9.Long or Short Robe, Weezie (the softest things on earth)
10.Learn a New Skill, Masterclass (something to fill the endless quarantine hours…hello mixology)


A Relaxed Elegant Wedding in Annapolis

Whitehall Manor Wedding Planner & Designer

featured, Weddings

Kate and Jeremy wanted to keep things comfortable, cheerful and elegant at their southern-style open-seating reception featuring all the food stations! Following the ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in downtown Annapolis, guests arrived to historic Whitehall Manor where they were met with a plethora of ambiances and scenery. Cocktails in an open field with a custom-built trellis bar led to dinner and dancing inside the sailcloth reception tent featuring a variety of table setups and lounge vignettes—all overlooking the gorgeous waters of Whitehall Creek. Food stations with everything from a risotto bar to carved meats to an Asian noodle bar cycled out throughout the evening, allowing guests to mix and mingle all night long. “One guest said they felt like they were at a dinner party in our living room, which we were thrilled about,” says bride Kate. Those personal touches weaved through everything from the getting ready location (the bride’s parents’ home in Annapolis) to the custom illustrations that adorned napkins, pillows, coasters, and even the ring bearers’ ties. See more of this wedding on Martha Stewart Weddings


Photographer: Perry Vaile
Planning & Design: Kari Rider Events
Venue: Whitehall Manor 
Florals & Décor: Amaryllis Floral & Event Design
Catering: Ridgewells
Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop
Tent: Sugarplum Tent Company
Rentals: Perfect Settings, Select Event Group
Custom Illustration: Riley & Sheehey
Invitations & Paper Goods: Steph B & Co.
HMU: Amie Decker Beauty
Bride’s Dress: Rita Vinieris
Bride’s Shoes: Ted Baker
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Band: Big Blast & The Party Masters
Transportation: Extroardinaire Limousine, Charm Cars


Classic Backyard Wedding in Easton

Eastern Shore Maryland Wedding Planner & Designer

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It wasn’t exactly a stress-free week leading up to Kate and Ben’s wedding day. With a hurricane set to head up the coast and stall over the area, the couple was forced into a tough decision—change the venue from Ben’s family’s house to a safer option or stick with the original plan and hope for the best. It might have been an easier decision if the venue wasn’t so intrinsically linked to Kate and Ben’s story. They first met at this property a few years prior, when Ben hosted a summer weekend there and Kate tagged along with a friend. Everything about their beginning was linked to this property, so much so that they branded the wedding around it—with everything from the Save the Dates to the cocktail napkins to the welcome bags bearing the house’s emblem. So they left it up to fate and hoped for the best. And the best is what they received! What was originally forecasted to be a day of nonstop rain and flooding turned into something out of a dream—completely clear skies capped with the most amazing Eastern Shore sunset. The day unfolded perfectly, with all of the thoughtful touches—like custom monogrammed napkins, mini tennis racket escort cards (the bride and groom are avid players), “His, Hers and Maggie (their dog)” signature drinks—showing off perfectly at the place where it all began. See more from this gorgeous wedding in the current issue of Washingtonian Weddings


Photography: Perry Vaile Photography
Planning & Design: Kari Rider Events
Florals: Monteray Farms
Catering: Gourmet by the Bay
Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Tent: Eastern Shore Tents & Events
Invitation: Creative Parties Ltd.
Day-of Paper: Surcee Calligraphy
Hair: Amie Decker Beauty
Makeup: Natural Makeup Chic
Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrara
Ice Cream: Scottish Highland Creamery
Cake: Sweethaus
Band: Nation, Elan Artists
Transportation: Extroardinaire Limousine