Megan & Daryl: An Asian Seaside Wedding on the Maryland Shores

by Allison Micarelli

Megan and Daryl wanted an intimate wedding that incorporated the groom's heritage and the wedding location. The solution? An Asian-inspired theme with an Eastern Shore twist.

THE BRIDE Megan Morse, 27, clinical research associate
THE GROOM Daryl Holthoff, 28, registered nurse
THE DATE August 9
THE SCENE The ceremony and reception on the waterside in Cambridge, Maryland -- the bride's hometown.

THE WELCOME PACKAGE The local paper for weekly attractions and events was bundled up with various tourist brochures, wrapped in red ribbon sealed with a seashell and silver-colored rings, and placed alongside Chinese take-out boxes filled with wildflowers in the guest rooms at the inn.

THE ATTIRE The guests, who walked away with paper fan wedding favors, were asked to dress casually and in something red since that color, according to Asian tradition, represents good luck.

THE PLACE CARDS The bride's sister created place cards stamped in red ink with the Chinese symbol "double happiness." Place cards were displayed in silver fortune cookies for the guests and in white bud vases topped with a red gerbera daisy for the bride and groom.

THE FLOWERS The bride carried a soft, velvety bouquet of cockscombs. Red gerbera daisies (purchased at a local farmer's market) floating in water in white rice lotus bowls served as centerpieces.

-- Allison Micarelli
Photography © Amy Raab Photography

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