Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding: Ilana + Andrew

After their lovely engagement photo session at the Gettysburg , finally, the most anticipated time had arrived for me to photograph Ilana and Andrew’s Wedding day at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club.

For Ilana, her dream wedding would be somewhere on the beach, as it always bring a sense of tranquility, pleasure, and romance… everything a wedding should be. The Club was the first place the couple had visited. It overlooked the Chesapeake Bay and the famous Bay Bridge, and offered just what Andrew and llana were looking for – a classic and cultural Maryland wedding. They fell in love with the venue immediately without looking elsewhere!

Early on, Ilana had chosen the date, May 23rd, without realizing that the venue comes before any arrangement. The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club books up far in advance, and the couple had only started looking for a place in August. At first they were told that most dates were already booked up for the upcoming summer. Then, just their luck, The Club informed that a cancellation had just occurred for the 23rd of May. Ilana knew right then that she was meant to have her wedding at this beautiful venue and she couldn’t have picked a better time or place, for it was a perfect day with not a single cloud in the sky.

Bride and Groom holding hands almost kissing under the chuppah. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Ilana chose a beautiful wedding gown by Justin Alexander, from Amanda Ritchey Bridal.

Wedding gown by Justin Alexander, from Amanda Ritchey Bridal. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

My Flower Box Events was the florist to style the ceremony site and the reception tables, and of course to provide beautiful bouquets for the Bride and her bridesmaids.

Wedding bouquets in vases by florist My Flower Box Events. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Mother of Bride and Bridesmaids helping Bride getting into dress and lace it up. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Garter decorated with Bride and Groom's name. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride on the beach waiting for Groom to come for their first look. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Andrew and Ilana decided to do the first look, to meet each other before the ceremony.

Groom walking toward Bride during first glance. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom seeing each other for the first time during first look. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride wiping off tears during first glance with Groom. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom embracing each other during their first look. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom on the Beach showing their shoes and sandals. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

At the spur of the moment, The Father of the Bride also wanted to have a first look at his daughter before she walks down the aisle.

Father of the Bride seeing his daughter for the first time during their first look. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Father of the Bride kissed his daughter's forehead during their first glance. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Alluring flower arrangements by the florists from My Flower Box Events accentuated the custom-made chuppah.

Flower arrangements by florists My Flower Box Events on the chuppah. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Custom engraved chocolate coins by Foiled Again Chocolates. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Small sailboats with guest names for the table assignments. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The very talented Ilana made a lot of these decors with her own hands! Look at these cute sailboats with the guest names for the table assignments. The beautiful flower centerpiece from My Flower Box Events completed everything into perfection.

Beautiful flower centerpiece from florist My Flower Box Events and silver lighthouse candle holder with table numbers. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Mother of Bride and Grandmother help put on veil for Bride. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Tavern on the Bay dining room table arrangements. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom's initial letters with lights. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

During the procession, as Ilana walked down the aisle escorted by the Father of the Bride, Andrew sang “Marry Me” from Train, accompanied by music from Chesapeake Strings. It was a surprise for a lot of people. 🙂

Groom singing Marry Me from Train during procession as Bride walked down the aisle escorted by Father. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride smiling ear to ear during the ceremony. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor holding their bouquets from florist My Flower Box Events. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride smiling while glancing at Groom during their wedding vows. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom laughing as they were about to do their first kiss during the ceremony. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom raised their arms during the recessional at the ceremony. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing while bridesmaids and groomsman looked. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

One of the best features of the gorgeous venue of The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club is the stunning view of the Chesapeake Bay with the Bay Bridge in the background.

Bride and Groom in a silhouette against a water view of the Chesapeake Bay and the Bay Bridge. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Custom made champagne glasses by AlisaKarol from Etsy. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Mr & Mrs Ames lettering were also made by Ilana at Intersign National.

Lettering for the sweetheart table custom made by the Bride at Intersign National. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Guests looking at Bride and Groom doing first dance in the Tavern on the Bay room. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom embracing each other during their first dance as a married couple. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Bride and Groom with their whole wedding party!

Bride and Groom with the whole wedding party including the Best Man, Maid of Honor, Groomsmen and Bridesmaids on the beach. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Maid of Honor holding gorgeous bouquet by florist My Flower Box Events. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Ilana posing on the beach with her Bride's bouquet from My Flower Box Events. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Silhouette of Bride and Groom hugging on the beach of Chesapeake Bay during sunset. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Ilana and Andrew were also lucky to be blessed with such a perfect weather, sharing the chance with everyone to watch the sun setting over the horizon from this venue.

Groom hugging Bride on the beach of Chesapeake Bay during sunset. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom smiling and looking at each other with background view of the Chesapeake Bay and Bay Bridge at sunset. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Large bouquet of white and green roses with purple orchids flower for the Bride from florist My Flower Box Events. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Three-tier cake from Sugar Bakers Cakes with cute cake topper from Trina’s Clay Creations. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The gorgeous three-tier cake from Sugar Bakers Cakes with the cute cake topper from Trina’s Clay Creations.  I love how the custom-made cake toppers resembled not only the couple’s faces but also their beloved pets. 🙂

Custom made cake topper of Bride and Groom with their dog and cat from Trina’s Clay Creations. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

During the Horah dance, Andrew and Ilana were sat on the chair and lifted up high for a few minutes. It sure was fun!

During Horah dance Groom was sat on the chair and lifted up high. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com During Horah dance Bride was sat on the chair and lifted up high. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com During Horah dance Bride and Groom were sat on the chair and lifted up high. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

To me, the little boat made by the Bride served as a great prop for the Bride and Groom’s engagement and wedding rings. I also found the perfect background for the the sailboat, depicting how Andrew and Ilana shall sail through and weather the storms together throughout their lives.

Bride and Groom's engagement and wedding rings on a small sail boat. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing after the cake cutting. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

They ended the perfect night with sparklers!

Bride and Groom kissing with sparklers writing Love. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Congratulations Ilana and Andrew!

May you live happily ever after! 🙂

Leo Dj

 

Vendors

Venue and Catering: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Officiant: Joseph Hamilton (best friend of the Groom)

Make up: Steffani, Up Do’s for I Do’s

Hair: Lindsay, Up Do’s for I Do’s

Dress (designer name and store): Justin Alexander, from Amanda Ritchey Bridal

Tuxedo: Jims Formal Wear

Florist: My Flower Box Events

Decorations: DIY, the Bride

DJ: DJ Adam, Absolute Entertainment

String Trio: Chesapeake Strings

Videographer: John Rose

Cake: Sugar Bakers Cakes

Cake Topper: Trina’s Clay Creations, Etsy

Limo: ZBest Limo

Sweetheart Table Lettering: Ilana, Intersign National

Cards: DIY, the Bride

Wedding favors: DIY, the bride

Champagne Glasses: AlisaKarol, Etsy

Chocolate Coins: Foiled Again Chocolates

 

 

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