A Laid-Back Seaside Wedding at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland

Feeling the call of the ocean, Eve Hemsley (28 and a public relations executive) and Jake Butt (28 and a research associate IT manager) planned a laid-back seaside wedding at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, on Maryland’s eastern shore. “I fell in the love with the venue when I first visited it,” Eve says. “It so perfectly balances settings for a beautiful, classy wedding with a beach feel by the water.” For decor, Eve and Jake wanted to keep it simple, while highlighting the calming colors and vibe of the Chesapeake Bay. “My inspiration for my entire wedding color scheme was actually hydrangeas,” Eve says. “I love the hues, and knew I wanted them to be a big part of the arrangements.” Their beach-chic wedding incorporated soothing blues, greens and creams. Subtle nautical touches at the bayside setting included lobster pot escort cards, vintage buoys and lanterns filled with sand, sea glass and starfish. A sentimental ceremony was made personal with music played by the bride’s brother and groom’s sister, both talented musicians. Instead of having friends and family read traditional scripture or poems, the bride and groom had couples give heartfelt speeches about the meaning of marriage. Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, in the club’s Garden Room, Eve and Jake said "I do" and spent the evening celebrating with fresh seafood, a bourbon bar and dancing the night away surrounded by their family and friends. —Marissa Hermanson