A Classic Wedding at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland, Followed by Sailing
Imagine waking up in the middle of the woods in France and suddenly you stumble upon a fresh picnic surrounded by flowers—that’s exactly the vibe William (Will) Peters (24) and Theodore (Ted) Gendron (27) wanted to capture with their waterfront wedding. “A woodland fall ball, if you will,” says Ted. “We’ve always been drawn into the concept of a scene that looks like it’s just growing up from the ground and drenched in florals. Both of our moms are huge gardeners, so we wanted to create a floral landscape across the grounds that transported guests from one scene to the other. We’re big fans of textures, so we played with a mix of fabrics, fruits and florals for the centerpieces." Accomplishing that feeling of effortless “natural abundance” they sought extended beyond just the wedding day. Prewedding massages helped everyone relax while a postwedding sail capped off the waterfront weekend.
“How do we make people feel at home?” That question guided Will and Ted all throughout their planning. In the end, what they came up with “amounted to the princess party that Will had always secretly dreamed of.” The couple served two signature cocktails: Ted’s was “The Meister,” a whiskey and mezcal cocktail with smoked maple syrup and lemon peel, and Will’s was “The Downstairs Grandpa,” a strawberry-basil gin and tonic. Dinner was a three-course meal that included corn soufflé and crab ravioli. As for fashion, in addition to their own bespoke looks (which they accented with floral lapel pins), Ted and Will wanted attendees to “find themselves in their outfits. We wanted them to sparkle too!”
At the wedding Will and Ted’s moms gave them lockets with pictures of their grandparents, none of whom were able to witness the wedding, inside. “It was an incredibly unexpected and thoughtful way to bring such important people in our lives into the ceremony. There were many moments we wished we would have gotten to share with the eight of them, but having them physically so close to our hearts made it all the easier. It would’ve been something for them to see this day, given the world they grew up in. some of them may have fainted, but we would’ve given anything to fan them back awake to see this big, gay day," says Ted.