An Elegant, Rustic Wedding at a Private Residence in Annapolis, Maryland

When Jess Kaplan (31 and a lawyer) and Dan Kuenzi (27 and a cofounder of Local Roots Farm) visited Jessica's family in Annapolis, Maryland, they frequ

When Jess Kaplan (31 and a lawyer) and Dan Kuenzi (27 and a cofounder of Local Roots Farm) visited Jessica's family in Annapolis, Maryland, they frequently went to the tobacco farm down the street to watch the sunset. "The way the barn looked as the sun went down behind it, breeze rippling across the water and through the grasses, had always caught my eye," Jess says. So when they found out that the farm occasionally hosted weddings, Jess and Dan jumped on the opportunity. The on-site barn inspired the rustic theme with an elegant style, combining wooden accents with lovely colors of pink, orange and blue. Most important, Jessica and Daniel represented their relationship throughout the day, starting with the ceremony near the waterfront in Jessica's family's backyard, captured on camera by Readyluck. Jessica walked down the aisle sprinkled with white and pink petals that led to the branch chuppah, where they conducted Jewish traditions throughout the ceremony. The celebration continued at the barn, where guests found their escort cards inside wooden drawers stuffed with vibrant flowers. They sat at long tables draped with burlap runners and decorated with flower-filled wooden boxes, mercury glass vases and mason jars, all designed by Jessica's mother and her team of florists from Rhonda Kaplan. From all personal touches that made up this rustic wedding, our favorite had to be the symbolism of their first dance. Dan and I met through our college a cappella group, and we wanted to embrace the role that music has played in our relationship, Jess says. We decided to record our own version of Ed Sheeran’s 'Tenerife Sea.' The lyrics were so appropriate for our wedding day, and the waltz tempo was perfect to dance to. See more touching details from this elegant-meets-rustic wedding below photographed by Edward Winter from READYLUCK.

"I used parts from different invitation suites, and worked with me to match the colors and fonts for the invitations," Jess says. "I really wanted something romantic, so I took one of our favorite photos and turned it into a watercolor design."
Jess created her bouquet (and the other arrangements) with the help of her mother, who owned a florist business called Rhonda Kaplan. Garden roses, peonies and spray roses made up the elegant pink and white bridal bouquet.
Jess wanted to veer away from choosing the same dress for all 10 of her bridesmaids. She narrowed the choices to three styles in five shades of blue, then let the bridesmaids choose the one they wanted.
With Jess's help, Dan picked out a charcoal gray Hugo Boss suit. He paired his suit with a light blue tie, as did the groomsmen. The blue accessory tied into wedding day color scheme.
"The first time Dan visited me in Annapolis, Maryland, we sat on the dock in my parents' backyard, looked up at the stars and talked," Jess says. "I was about to move to Italy for nearly a year, and Dan was headed back to his home in Los Angeles, California. We didn’t know what would happen, but he had his arm around me, and in that moment we were so thoroughly happy and at peace. That was the first of many happy moments we had there, so that's where we exchanged our vows."
Jess wore a stunning pair of gold open-toe heels, with a circular design running up the top of her foot and wrapping around the width of her ankle. The subtle gold color brought a glam element to her attire.
Dan created the chuppah for the ceremony, which took place outside at Jess's family home. He made the traditional structure with birch poles, decorated with pink calla lilies, peonies, veronica and Italian ruscus that draped from above.
Jess, Dan and their wedding party stood outside, with a backdrop of the tall trees on the property. The wedding party matched one another with blue knee-length dresses and light blue ties under charcoal gray suits.
An old bicycle leaned against the barn door, with a wine box that dripped with white lisianthus," Jess says. "A sign hung from the bike signed by yours truly, and through the doors, the string lights softly complemented the sun's rays."
Their reception took place at a tobacco farm down the street from Jess's family's house in Annapolis, Maryland, where they used to watch the sunset. When Jess and Dan found out the location had weddings, they booked the on-site barn for their celebration.
Guests found their escort cards inside the elegant wooden dresser at the reception. Numbers labeled each open drawer, filled with colorful blooms and paper with names of friends and family members that guided them to seating assignments.
Guests took blue Jordan almonds inside miniature bird nests as wedding favors, placed inside a white birdcage. A black chalkboard sign hung from the display, which showcased Dan's love for Jess through one of their memories.
Since Jess and Dan met through an a cappella singing group, they wanted to pay homage to the activity that brought them together. They decided to make their own version of Ed Sheeran's "Tenerife Sea" and waltz to their version of the tune.
To follow their color scheme, Jess and Dan had a blue ombre round wedding cake filled with red velvet flavoring. The dessert done in rosette designs sat on top of a black woven stand for friends and family to admire.
Jess fell in love with the Modern Trousseau dress, with a strapless bodice accented in gorgeous Italian lace. "The one thing I didn’t expect was just how perfectly this dress would be outside, on the water, where the breeze flowed and made the dress take on a wonderful life of its own," Jess says.
Jess and Dan sat on the dock that overlooked the water in Annapolis, Maryland. The first time Dan had visited Jess at home, they sat on the dock and watched the sunset, not knowing what the future held. On their wedding day, they sat on the dock and looked out toward the sunset, never being more sure of the future ahead.