Eastern Shore of Maryland Wedding Planner & Designer
To say the weather did not cooperate for Chrissy and Chris Perdue’s private home wedding would be the understatement of the year! We knew storms were in the forecast in the days leading up to their celebration, but were hopeful for the best. Instead we got the worst—torrential downpours, flash floods, and tropical storm strength winds—all within an hour of the planned outdoor ceremony by the water. So we went to Plan B (because of course we had a plan B given the forecast!): moving the ceremony to the backup tent positioned closer to the house. That plan held until about 10 minutes prior to go-time when the ground became too saturated for guests to even stand on. Enter Plan C: move all the furniture in about two minutes flat and crowd 220 guests around the fireplace in the family’s home to watch the couple say “I Do.” Thankfully Chris and Chrissy were total troopers throughout this whole process, and as a reward, the skies cleared just as cocktail hour was getting underway. With drinks in hand, guests were escorted out to the sailcloth reception tent for a black tie meets coastal chic affair. Think navy tuxes, natural wood tones mixed with pops of dusty blue and white, floral chandeliers, lawn games (for when the rain broke), family-style dinner service, and—of course—stunning water views. It may have been a rocky start to the day, but it looks like smooth sailing ahead for Chris and Chrissy! See more of this wedding on Brides.com!
Photography: Kate Headley
Planning & Design: Kari Rider Events
Florals: Flowers by Alison
Catering: Gourmet by the Bay
Rentals: White Glove Rental, Party Rental Ltd.
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
Lighting: City Florist
Tent: Coastal Tented Events
Invitations & Paper Goods: Stephanie B Design
HMU: Andrea Bounds Beauty
Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhiullier
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Cake: Desserts by Rita, Classic Cakes
Ceremony Musicians: Two Rivers Chamber Music
Band: Starlight Orchestra
Transportation: Executive Transportation
Eastern Shore Maryland Event Planner & Designer
Looking to spice up your holiday cocktail selection this year? We’re here to make spirits bright with three takes on signature drinks for your holiday gathering. Whether you want to serve one specialty drink, two or opt for a themed bar, you can’t go wrong with these tried and true favorites. Cheers!
His & Hers
It’s not just for weddings anymore. Try out a his and hers specialty cocktail at your holiday gathering this year with these sure-to-please recipes!
His: Maple Bouborn Punch
1 cup honey
6 sprigs rosemary; plus more for garnish
2 cups fresh orange juice
3 cups bourbon
2 teaspoon maple extract
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Bring honey, rosemary and 1 cup water to a simmer over medium heat. Let cool; discard rosemary. Combine honey syrup with orange juice, bourbon, maple extract, vanilla extract in pitcher. Stir in a few cups ice to cool. Pour into a punch bowl over an ice ring to serve, then garnish individual glasses with orange slices and rosemary.
Fill bundt pan with water 1/3 of the way. Add some orange wheels and rosemary to the water. Freeze for 3-4 hours. Repeat for two more layers if desired, waiting until each one freezes. To remove ice ring from mold, carefully run the outside of the bundt pan under lukewarm water until the ring dislodges.
Recipe via Camille Styles
Hers: Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch
4 cups pear juice
1 bottle proscecco or champagne
1 cup vodka
1/4 cup simple syrup (optional)
Fresh pears for garnish
Pour pear juice, vodka and simple syrup into a pitcher; stir to combine. Pop bubbly and slowly pour into juice mixture. Stir again, gently. Garnish with slices of pear.
It’s classic, simple and always a crowd pleaser! Stock some vodka and gin, add in the mixers—we offered vermouth, olive juice and Lillet—finish with some garnish, and voila! We recommend having someone man the station to make it less intimidating and keep the drinks flowing.
Classic Signature Drink
If you’re craving simplicity this year, then we recommend sticking to a classic specialty cocktail: the white cosmopolitan. Festive and fun, we especially love this choice for a night with your girlfriends.
2 parts vodka
1 part St. Germain
1/2 part lime juice
3/4 part white cranberry juice
Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with raspberry and a lime twist.
Eastern Shore Maryland Wedding Planner & Designer
It’s safe to say wedding gifting has gone the way of cash. And while you can never go wrong with a monetary gift, we’re also suckers for finding that perfect personalized present that is a bit more thoughtful and unique. Enter our gift guide for the bride and groom! Whether you’re buying for the holidays or for the upcoming wedding day, we’ve hand picked our favorite gifts that are sure to please both him and her. From keepsakes like custom venue prints and personalized wine bottles to home goods like monogrammed doormats and newlywed cookbooks, you can’t go wrong with these thoughtful gifts!
Kari Rider Events is a boutique event planning and design company crafting elegant, individually styled celebrations on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and beyond. Our blog features real weddings designed by our team, shoots we've styled for magazines and other blogs, and lots of wedding tips and inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to hearing from you!