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!
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