Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding: Shannon + Brendan

It was a real pleasure for me to do Shannon and Brendan’s romantic engagement session in Washington DC at Lincoln Memorial, because they are truly a nice couple, totally cooperative and great to work with. However, their wedding at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club was what I had been looking for all along. I was really excited when the day finally came and I got to work with them again! They are one of the nicest couples I’ve ever met.

Shannon and Brendan had always wanted to get married on the water with a strong nautical feel. Unfortunately, Virginia doesn’t have a lot of suitable choices for such venues. Nevertheless, everything was in their favor, because eventually they found the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. They visited it for a bridal show at the beginning of their engagement just to get some ideas, and immediately fell in love with the gorgeous place, all the incredible staff and amazing vendors who answered all their questions on that first day. Shannon and Brendan were so happy to have chosen this astounding venue with its beautiful views and wonderful team who ensured that their wedding day would be truly amazing and special.

Bride and Groom touching heads inside reception hall seen from window outside. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Bride and Bridesmaids flower bouquet on table by florist Intrigue Design and Decor. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The very talented team of florist from Intrigue Design and Decor provided all the vibrant colored blooms, from the Bride and Bridesmaids’ bouquet, the decorative flowers in the ceremonial canopy, to the table centerpieces in the dining hall. They even blended elements such as starfishes in some of the decors and flower arrangements to match the nautical themed design.

Decor of flower petals and hay straw with starfish along the ceremonial site aisle by florist Intrigue Design and Decor. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Pillows with Mr and Mrs lettering and one with last name and their wedding dates. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Huge vibrant colored flower arrangement in silver vase by florist Intrigue Design and Decor. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Bride’s beautiful wedding gown was from White Swan Bridal in Vienna, VA and designed by Kittychen Couture.

Bride's beautiful wedding gown from White Swan Bridal in Vienna, VA, designed by Kittychen Couture. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Peonies and roses flower arrangement for the ceremonial arch by florist Intrigue Design and Decor. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Mother of Bride, Mother of Groom, Bridesmaids and Matron of Honor looking at guests coming. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bridesmaid and Matron of honor helping bride lace up her dress. 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 Shannon decided to do a first look with her Father. It was a touching moment between the two. You could even feel their close bond.

Bride shedding tears while waiting for first look with Father. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Father of the Bride seeing his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Father of the Bride and and daughter hugging 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 wiping of tears from his daughter's eyes during the first look. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride with maid of honor and bridesmaids looking at the mirror. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Look at how happy Brendan – the Groom – was, upon seeing his Bride for the first time as she was walking down the aisle escorted by the Father of the Bride.

Groom smiling happy seeing Bride for the first time as she was walking down the aisle escorted by the Father of the Bride. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride smiling seeing Groom for the first time as she was walking down the aisle escorted by her Father. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Father of the Bride giving away his daughter and kissed her. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bridesmaids during the ceremony holding their pink and yellow flower bouquets by florist Intrigue Design and Decor. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride smiling wide looking at Groom during ceremony. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

During the ceremony, love was very much in the air just by witnessing how the Bride and Groom looked at each other. 🙂

Groom smiling looking at Bride while reciting wedding vows. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Matron of Honor laughing while Groom putting on ring on Bride's finger. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing as the walk out of the aisle after the ceremony. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride, Groom and their bridal and groom party doing a goofy pose. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride, Matron of Honor, and Bridesmaids holding large flower bouquets by florist Intrigue Design and Decor. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Matron of Honor holding flower bouquet of pink peonies, with orange and yellow roses, and succulents designed by florist Intrigue Design and Decor. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Matron of Honor looking at each other smiling while holding floral bouquet by florist Intrigue Design and Decor. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Shannon and her Matron of Honor, Anna, are best friends. They wanted to do this pose, a tradition they did during Anna’s wedding.

Bride and Matron of Honor laughing together. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Arrangement of tables in the Tavern on the Bay dining hall. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Table setting arrangement with flower centerpieces by florist Intrigue Design and Decor. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Monkey knot and vibrant colored flower centerpieces containing pink peonies, orange and yellow roses, and white hydrangea by florist Intrigue Design and Decor. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Adirondack chairs cake topper on beach and nautical themed wedding cake by Fiona's Cakes. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Ceremony program cards in basket decorated in basket decorated with nautical themed ribbon and starfish. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom kissing Bride while listening to Best Man's speech. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom cuddling on the beach. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride posing on the beach holding gorgeous floral bouquet by florist Intrigue Design and Decor. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom with their wedding party including the Best Man, Matron of Honor, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Shannon and Brendan’s wedding was also blessed with a beautiful sunset sky. That special evening, the guests could see a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay with the sun that seemed to be setting right under the bridge.

Silhouette of Bride and Groom holding hands with beautiful sunset 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

After we finished taking some beautiful sunset pictures on the beach, Shannon had some sands in her shoes. One of the always helpful and responsive team of CBBC staffs, Amanda, brought water and napkin to wipe off the sands from the Bride’s feet. The caring groom, Brendan, then offered to take over the task. Isn’t that sweet?

Groom washing off sands from Bride's feet. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

This four-tiered beach themed cake was baked and designed by Fiona’s Cakes.

Beach and nautical themed wedding cake by Fiona's Cakes surrounded by bridesmaids flower bouquets by florist Intrigue Design and Decor. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

After the delicious dinner prepared by the wonderful chef and all the kitchen staff at CBBC, it was finally time for the first dance of the Bride and Groom, followed by the parents dances.

Bride and Groom performing their first dance. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Father of the Bride dancing with daughter while Mother and Groom observing and laughing. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride's diamond engagement ring with wedding ring and Groom's wedding band. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom laughing while dancing together. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride tossing bouquet to the single female guests. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom about to kiss as they were lifted up high by the guests. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

I just love seizing spontaneous, joyful, and sometimes crazy moments during the reception. There are usually unexpected things that would happen and are absolutely fun to capture!

Bridesmaid help Bride drink while guests observing in awe. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Guest couple laughing and kissed while dancing. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groomsmen put their ties on Bridesmaid's head. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Father of the Bride dancing while being cheered by guests. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groomsmen holding two bottles toward his head. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing passionately while dancing. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Finally the night ended with sparkling grand exit!

Bride and Groom cheered as they exit the venue with guests holding sparklers. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing during their grand exit with sparklers. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Congratulations Shannon and Brendan!

May you live happily ever after! 🙂

Leo Dj

 

Vendors

Venue and Catering: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

Officiant: Ceremony Officiants

Make up and Hair: Up Dos for I Dos

Dress: White Swan Bridal, Vienna, VA by Kittychen Couture

Suit: Joseph A. Banks

Florist: Intrigue Design and Decor

Catering: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Cake: Fiona’s Cakes

DJ: Beat2Beat DJs

String Trio: Chesapeake Strings

Limo: Blanchard Limo

Wedding favors: Oh My Chocolate

Shuttle Bus: Towne Transport

Decorations: DIY

Cards: DIY

 

 

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