The Oaks Waterfront Inn Wedding: Karen + Ross

It was fun when I did the engagement session at St. Michaels with Orioles Baseball themed gears for Karen and Ross. Little did I know that the wedding party was even better. It was a blast!

The Venue: The Oaks Waterfront Inn

Karen & Ross chose The Oaks Waterfront Inn due to its laid back, relaxed, and private feel. They wanted a beach wedding but somewhere that would be only theirs for the weekend. The couple immediately fell in love with the Inn and how peaceful and at ease they felt being there, with its stunning views and scenery from the water, to the dock, to the Inn itself. It was also wonderful having so many venues being served in one: reception/ceremony, food, drinks, and a place for the wedding party to stay. It just felt like them and they couldn’t wait for their friends and family to see it on the big day.

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride with open dress back holding Groom showing her tattoo photo by Leo Dj Photography

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Maid of Honor put lipstick on laughing Bride photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride, Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids with robes posing together in the bed photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Maid of Honor helping Bride put I Do sticker on shoe sole photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Mother of Groom hugging son with love photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Mother of Bride hugging her daughter photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Maid of Honor put earring on Bride photo by Leo Dj Photography

The beautifully laced wedding gown with open back by Wtoo from Love Bridal Couture complimented Karen’s tattoo.

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Mother of Bride button up Bride's wedding gown photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Maid of Honor laughing together photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom seeing each other during first look photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom in awe seeing Bride the first time in her wedding dress photo by Leo Dj Photography

During the first look, Ross knelt and did another proposal but this time with beautiful earrings he bought for Karen.

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom knelt in front of Bride proposing with earrings photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom put on earrings on Bride's ears photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom pounding fist during their first glance photo by Leo Dj Photography

Love the matching color of the Bride’s shoes and the colorful sock from the Groom!

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom showing shoes and socks photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom almost kissed Bride photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom's boutonniere by florist Seasonal Flowers photo by Leo Dj Photography

Beautiful bouquet of roses for the Bride with the matching boutonniere for the Groom designed by the florist Seasonal Flowers.

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride beautiful large flower bouquet by florist Seasonal Flowers photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride, Groom, and Bridesmaids doing silly poses photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride posing with Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom with Best Man and Groomsmen laughing while posing photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride, Groom and the whole wedding party doing the happy pose photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn invitation sign at the ceremonial area photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn white hydrangea floral decorations at the ceremony aisle by florist Seasonal Flowers photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Father of the Bride escort daughter walk down the aisle for ceremony procession photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom almost cried seeing Bride walking down the aisle photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Mother of Bride crying seeing daughter walking down the aisle during ceremony photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom hugging Bride after Father gave away daughter photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn wide view of waterfront ceremony area photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom smiling seeing Bride during the ceremony photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor holding floral bouquets by florist Seasonal Flowers photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride laughing while Groom reciting vows during the ceremony Flowers photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom holding hands during ceremony photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom holding hands while parents pouring unity sand photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom first kiss photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom in joy after first kiss photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom kissing as they walk out of the aisle during ceremony recessional photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom smiling together during first dance photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn close up shot of Bride and Groom's engagement ring and wedding bands photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom at sweetheart table laughing to Maid of Honor and Best Man's toast speeches photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride hugged and kissed Maid of Honor after her toast speech photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Father of the Bride doing silly move during Father-Daughter dance photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride laughing during dance with Father of the Bride photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride shed tear during parent dance with Father photo by Leo Dj Photography

I just love capturing all these playful gestures and tender moments during the Bride and Groom dance with their parents.

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Mother of Groom laughing while doing parent dance with son photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom almost kiss on the dock with gorgeous water view photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom on bridge with flowers by florist Seasonal Flowers photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom kissing on the Bridge photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom smash icing on each other during cake cutting photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom laughing after smearing cake icing on each other photo by Leo Dj Photography

Karen had planned and staged a huge surprise for Ross. Working together with the DJ and Tracey, the coordinator from The Oaks, they pretended to do the bouquet toss right after the cake cutting. The DJ played Darth Vader’s original theme song from the movie. Suddenly a Darth Vader figure came into the ballroom surprising everyone especially Ross who was a big fan of Star Wars! The whole room burst with laughter!

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom laughing seeing Darth Vader impersonator entering ballroom photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Darth Vader impersonator entering ballroom with them song from Star Wars movie photo by Leo Dj Photography

Darth Vader choking the Groom!

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Darth Vader choking Groom from a distance photo by Leo Dj Photography

Here’s a fun sequence of what you won’t see in every wedding.

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride toss bouquet to the single ladies guests photo by Leo Dj Photography

Surprisingly Grandma caught the tossed bouquet.

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Grandmother caught flower bouquet tossed photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride hugging Grandmother who caught the tossed flower bouquet photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom almost tossing garter to single men and Darth Vader photo by Leo Dj Photography

Naturally that means Grandma would get the bouquet, but what makes it really entertaining was the playfulness of the Groomsman who caught the garter.

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groomsman crawling with garter in front of grandma photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Grandmother pinched nose of Groomsman kneeling with garter photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groomsman almost laying on floor putting garter on Grandmother's leg by Leo Dj Photography

It was also hilarious to watch Grandmother’s reaction upon the Groomsman’s gestures in putting on the garter.

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groomsman put garter on Grandmother, cheered on by Bride, Groom and all guests photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Darth Vader impersonator choked Groom and guest photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and her Mother posing in photo booth photo by Leo Dj Photography

There’s always this song – Don’t Stop Believin’ from Journey – that would get the crowds to sing along and go wild. 🙂

The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom pretending to play guitar to the song Don't Stop Believin' from Journey photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride, Groom, family and guests singing Don't Stop Believin' from Journey photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom dancing and twirling Bride photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom dancing and kneeling in front of Bride photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Groom dancing and signing with another male guest photo by Leo Dj Photography The Oaks Waterfront Inn Bride and Groom singing and dancing together photo by Leo Dj Photography

Congratulations Karen and Ross!

May you live happily ever after! 🙂

Leo Dj

Vendors

Ceremony Venue: The Oaks | Officiant: Michael Feehley | Make up and Hair: Serendipity Salon | Dress (designer name and store): Wtoo, Love Bridal Couture | Tuxedo/Suit: Vera Wang, Men’s Warehouse | Florist: Seasonal Flowers | Cake: Julie Hanes | Lighting and DJ: The Dynasty DJs | Photo Booth: Smith Landing Photo Booth | Transportation: Blackwater Paddle and Pedal | Cards: Wendy Oliver, Green Beansie Ink, Etsy | Darth Vader Impersonator: Hero’s for Hire | Decorations and Wedding Favors: DIY

 

 

2 Responses to “The Oaks Waterfront Inn Wedding: Karen + Ross”

  1. Doug noble

    Wonderful photos!
    Great memories !
    (And please remind Ross that
    I AM HIS FATHER !!!
    And, Karen, your Father-in-law ! )
    : { )
    XOXOXO

  2. Leo Dj

    Thank you so much, Doug!
    Hahaha… He knows, but had to deny it when Darth Vader choked him. 😉

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