This gorgeous May Day Wedding Day Celebration inspiration, in Annapolis, Maryland, was held at the marvelous White Hall. “Maryland’s Story Starts here” is their welcoming message, and my oh my is this message spot on. The house is set on a mile and a half of Chesapeake Bay shoreline and was created by its original owner, Horatio Sharpe, a provincial governor of Maryland before the Revolutionary War. Built in 1764, this beautiful piece of history sits on 135 acres and is truly a historical gem of the bay. “The house stands as the finest example of Palladian architecture in the country and was the first National Historic Landmark to be designated in the state of Maryland.”
White Hall was a beyond perfect setting for this May Day styled shoot. Planning and Design by Heather Benge Events, it is full of appeal and inspiration for any bride. The venue itself was a huge character in play for the design, as it hosts many photographic opportunities throughout the property. Acting as a one stop shop, it can host ceremonies and receptions.
For the reception table decor, constructed and designed by floral royalty, Intrigue Teaches, was nothing more than splendor! With its big, beautiful centerpiece, it could capture the oohs and ahhs of any wedding guest. Overflowing with floral, it was a centerpiece that you could only find in a garden. Hints of a elegance filled the table with classic place settings and beautiful glassware from White Glove Rentals. Each place setting was equipped with a laid out floral napkin which completed the tables style and look.
Calligraphy designer, Brittany Branson, really did beautiful work for this shoot. The invitation suite was a wonderful sneak peek to the timeless wedding theme with its elegant floral design and hand painted art of the Whitehall Architecture. A beautiful painting of Whitehall could be found at the top and back of the invitation, giving guests an incredible hint to the the lovely estate. Lastly, for an amazing personal touch for any wedding day, Brittany “live” paints a portrait for the Bride & Groom that day.
The gorgeous dress for this styled shoot was from Enaura Bridal. The dress worn by beautiful bride, Yone Stergar, was an absolute show stopper with its high waist silhouette and layered tulle bottom. The elegant, shoulder strapped top demands attention with its heavily beaded, sheer fabric. The difference in texture really made the dress stand out on its own against the beautiful history behind it. My favorite spot that we photographed the bride was in the “pink room”. Filled with history and corals, the room was the perfect background for the ivory bride.
Another sweet surprise from this historical dream shoot, was the cake from Angyono Cakes. It was a work of art with its hand painted flowers on top of ivory and pastel blue fondant. The cake sat atop of a vintage side table, beside one of the estate’s follies. Floral accents and the array of bright colors just highlighted the cake in light.
Pinks and oranges were the colors that shined throughout this design, and nothing shined more than the floral pieces of art. The bouquet stood centerpiece for the Bride and Groom. The bride’s bouquet was filled and stylized with gorgeous shades of pink and orange. Intrigue Teaches left nothing bare in this wonderful design. Everything had a floral detail. From the live painted canvas, to the vintage cart, all floral coincided with the brides bouquet and magnificent reception centerpiece.
Overall, this May Day Celebration shoot, by Heather Benge Events, was simply stunning with all its attention to detail. The magnificent property of Whitehall stole my focus, with its charm and beautiful grounds. Anyone could fall in love with this romantic bay estate, and it would be ideal for any Annapolis bride. From its endless open fields, its beautiful water view, historical charm and endless possibilities, Whitehall is a one of a kind venue. All I can think of is when I could get to shoot this romantic piece of history again!