A Waterfront Garden Wedding at the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond in St. Michaels, Maryland

Kathryn Jaffe (28 and a lawyer) and Ryan Boothe (32 and a business owner and lacrosse coach) celebrated their nuptials surrounded by their loved ones at a dreamy waterfront garden party at the Inn at Perry Cabin at Belmond in St. Michaels, Maryland. “Ryan really loves the water and wanted to incorporate that into our wedding,” Kathryn says. “And I really love beautiful gardens and flowers. The Inn at Perry Cabin was the ideal combination with absolutely gorgeous grounds and an entirely waterfront property. We really wanted a sophisticated, elegant wedding that was also relaxed and intimate.” Kathryn and Ryan decorated their picture-perfect venue with a soft and organic palette of ivory, blush pink, raspberry pink, peach and boxwood greenery, which added a subtle and sophisticated romance. 

Drawing inspiration from the inn’s manicured grounds, Kathryn worked with her planner to incorporate custom botanical and garden designs in the ceremony and reception decor. Using boxwood hedges, topiaries and three custom-designed tablescapes, they captured the couple's garden vision. Kathryn, a fan of watercolor painting, had a custom watercolor design created to match the aesthetic of their garden venue. “Our planner and stationery designer created so many opportunities to incorporate that design,” Kathryn says. “The pieces are something I will hold on to forever.” From the invitation suite to the beautiful three-tier cake, the painterly floral design was a unifying element throughout the wedding. After saying “I do” with the picturesque Maryland waterfront as their backdrop, Kathryn and Ryan celebrated with a garden cocktail party and tented reception. During cocktail hour guests kept cool with rosemary lemonade and Shoo-Fly Punch (bourbon, ginger beer and lemon). Kathryn and Ryan worked with the inn to create a menu that highlighted local and seasonal produce, such as heirloom tomatoes, Silver Queen corn and Maryland crab cakes. “The inn provided the perfect reflection of us as a couple,” Kathryn says. “It was both elegant and relaxed.” —Marissa Hermanson