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Wedding Guide Directory

Experts in their field offer their help and services for your big day

Bishop Bus Service

Prompt reliable drivers — and buses — get you to the church on time

Provide comfort and convenience for your wedding by choosing a professional to handle all your transportation needs on your big day. Even better, do it in a memorable fashion: on board repurposed school buses.

         Bishop Bus Service offers air-conditioned buses to locales all across Southern Maryland, traveling to airports, restaurants and wherever you need to be in Anne Arundel, Prince Georges, Calvert, Charles or St. Mary’s counties.

         With a fleet of 22 bright yellow buses at your command, Bishop Bus Service prides itself on prompt and flexible service.

         Your personal party bus can pick up guests for bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, airport shuttles — even get the bride and groom to the church on time.

         Buses with lift gates are also available, as are drivers with military base access privileges.

Bishop Bus Service Inc.: Lusby, 443-532-0272, [email protected]

Captain Avery Museum

Enjoy beautiful, sweeping views of the Bay

At Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side, the full glory of the Chesapeake stands behind your marriage. As well as that expansive view, Captain Avery offers an equally expansive lush lawn, picturesque trees and native plant gardens and a wooden pier — plus the historic waterman’s house.

         This National Historic Landmark serves as both an indoor and outdoor wedding venue. Both the inside staircase and the quaint bridge through the rain garden make charming photo settings.

         The indoor temperature-controlled great room leads to a screened-in porch and offers room for 125 guests for a reception or seating for up to 68 for a sit-down dinner. There are also breakout areas and rooms available upstairs for dressing. Referrals provide for all your catering needs. Outside on the lawn is plenty of tenting space for up to 200 guests. 

         At the Captain Avery Museum, waterfront weddings come at a reasonable price — with personal attention to all of your needs.

Captain Avery Museum: 1418 E. West Shady Side Rd., Shady Side, 410-867-4486, www.captainaverymuseum.org

Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa

Spectacular Bay views, sandy beaches and luxury

Dreaming of a waterfront wedding? At Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, you can join lives on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, complete with sandy beaches, without sacrificing luxury. Also on site are also a hotel for guests and wedding party, fine dining at two restaurants, catering services, a salon and spa for pampering, a brand new luxury Bride’s Suite for wedding day preparations and access to marina activities.

         Customized event design and menus ensure your dream wedding. Distinctive indoor and outdoor venues invite you to mix and match spaces for rehearsal dinners, ceremony, reception and post-wedding brunches. With discounted room blocks for guests and a complimentary suite for the bride and groom on the night of the wedding, the resort’s newly renovated hotel affords a convenient and relaxing end for this special day.

         All this plus gorgeous views of Chesapeake Bay are yours at Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa.

Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa: 4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, 410-257-5596, www.cbresortspa.com

DJ Dave Entertainment

Select DJ Dave and put your mind at ease

An award-winning business specializing in weddings and receptions, DJ Dave Entertainment is committed to bringing you high-quality, courteous service. With DJ Dave and his team of professionals, your events are enhanced by unmatched entertainment customized to your personality and tastes.

         Orchestrating your occasion starts with a meeting, during which you are guided step-by-step through every phase of your event. Because DJ Dave has built a network of professional relationships in the Southern Maryland and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, you can find a helpful resource for every aspect of your event planning.

         The service’s dedication to professionalism and its unsurpassed musical knowledge assure clients that you, as well as your friends and family, will be provided a classy, lively and enjoyable affair. 

         DJ Dave Entertainment is outfitted with the highest quality equipment, bringing you and your guests unrivaled sound, LED and laser lighting synced to dance music, with a host of other lighting options available. Previous clients will also attest that DJ Dave’s customizable, wireless uplighting is unsurpassed in the area. 

         With DJ Dave Entertainment, you are serviced by a team of professionals led by DJ Dave himself, who graduated from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland in 1996 and went on to work as an on-air talent in numerous markets. DJ Dave and his team typically dress in formal attire, but the staff is also flexible enough to accommodate anything from shorts and sandals to tuxes. 

DJ Dave Entertainment: 301-752-1263, www.djdavemd.com

Elegant Settings

Choose your spot in history

Step back in time as you take a vow for your future. History and tradition add depth to your commitment at Elegant Settings’ many unique properties in Prince George’s County. 

         Each site has been restored to sustain history and enhanced with modern comforts. Most are situated in secluded private gardens and parks, overlooking landscaped gardens, acres of land or the Patuxent River. 

         Choose from a dozen venues, all offering both indoor and outdoor space for weddings and receptions. Brick exteriors and charismatic interior design add charm to each spot. Architectural details differ at each, as do the gardens. 

         The Newton White Mansion features floor-to-ceiling windows, opening the room up to the lush gardens and fountain beyond. Built in the late 1700s, the Montpelier Mansion, now a museum as well as a lovely setting for weddings, sits on 70 acres of green parkland. The Billingsley House overlooks the Patuxent from a hilltop. As one of the oldest structures in the county, its rooms are furnished in period décor with a modern twist. 

         As most spaces are suitable for tenting, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors no matter the weather. 

         Customer service is exceptional at Elegant Settings. Their exclusive catering list and fine-tuned attention to detail will help you plan a day full of good memories.

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission: 301-249-2004, www.pgelegantsettings.com

The Hall at Huntingtown

Dream weddings for every budget

The Hall at Huntingtown is a warm and inviting venue conveniently located on Old Town Road (off Route 4) in Calvert County. 

         Constructed of traditional brick and stone, our hall is accented by a grand arch entrance. The dynamic staircase can be adorned with plush fabrics and floral arrangements to complement your décor or theme. Your guests may also access the banquet hall via our elevator.

         Inside the ballroom, you can dance your first dance under a sparkling crystal chandelier and cathedral ceilings. 

         Every detail is managed to maximize the enjoyment of your experience.

         The facility includes round and long tables, banquet chairs, a full service bar, outdoor veranda and multimedia sound system plus a wedding lounge for your preparations. There’s an elevator and convenient onsite parking. 

         The event coordinator works with your vendors and is on-site to ensure all goes smoothly. The Hall at Huntingtown hosts only one wedding reception a day so you and your guests receive complete attention.

         Dream weddings don’t just happen. They are thoroughly planned and flawlessly executed.

         The Hall at Huntingtown can give you just such a day.

The Hall at Huntingtown: 4030 Old Town Rd., Huntingtown, 410-535-4439, www.hallathuntingtown.com

Herrington on the Bay

Bay-front weddings custom-designed and catered

Herrington on the Bay is the Chesapeake Bay’s premiere, eco-lifestyle waterfront event venue and full-service custom caterer. When you share your dreams and wishes, Herrington chefs, wedding designers and event coordinators collaborate on your behalf, and your joyous occasion evolves into the incredible story of a lifetime.

         In addition to private waterfront venues and beautifully landscaped ceremony lawns with pristine Bay views are custom-designed menus and event planning services to suit the needs of every couple.

         An experienced team of hospitality professionals provides expert guidance to our guests in a very friendly, respectful and caring way, while planning life’s monumental celebrations. These people-people care passionately about parties, food and fun.

         Chefs are passionate about cooking. From gluten free and vegan specialties to good old Maryland fare to diverse cultural and fusion foods, our chefs delight our guests with fresh farm-to-table cuisine.   

         Herrington supports local farmers, watermen and all vendors as our local economy is an important aspect of the region’s stability. Certified by the Green Restaurant Association Herrington carries the exclusive award of being the first and only Three Star-rated event caterer on Chesapeake Bay.

         Herrington on the Bay approaches your wedding with the understanding that you are the reason this company exists. The goal is to create a seamless, extraordinary and memorable occasion.

Herrington on the Bay: 7151 Lake Shore Dr., North Beach, 410-741-5101, www.herringtononthebay.com 

Jackie’s Design Hair & Skin Studio

An award-winning hair and makeup company

Your vision becomes reality with Jackie’s Design Hair & Skin Studio’s beauty services. These masters of hair artistry create gorgeous styles, from romantic up-dos, sleek blow-outs, beachy waves to loose tousled curls. Whether you desire old Hollywood glamour, natural girl-next-door radiance or an edgy avant-garde look, our professional team will bring your vision to life.

         Jackie’s Design creative team is highly trained in the art of airbrush makeup and tattoo cover-ups. The best aesthetician in town will get your skin glowing and picture-perfect for this big day.

         You can rely on Jackie’s professional team of artists to guide and advise you from the trial run to the big day with professionalism and style.

Jackie’s Design & Skin Studio: 4 Annapolis St., Annapolis, 410-263-0777, www.jackiesdesign.com

Kurtz’s Beach

The hidden gem of the Chesapeake Bay

Family-owned and operated for 85 years, Kurtz’s Beach is a premiere indoor/outdoor venue with a gorgeous Chesapeake waterfront view.

         Maintaining its historic charm, the indoor spaces at Kurtz’s Beach include The Porch, accommodating up to 60 guests; The Bay Room, accommodating 240 guests with 260 degrees of glass looking over the Bay; and the newest space, Rivers Chase, accommodating 100 guests.

         Kurtz’s Beach also offers three large, outdoor covered pavilions for up to 1000 guests with two playgrounds for the youngest visitors.

         Within the picturesque grounds of the Port Royal Cottage are several ideal photo locations for creating additional wedding day memories. Using the cottage means you’ll have access to the full grounds with photo-ready backdrops of natural light, stone, flowers and wood. The Port Royal Cottage and Jake’s Cottage also make great spaces for the bride and groom to dress and prepare for your event.

         Kurtz’s Beach is also a full service catering facility with options for every palate.

Kurtz’s Beach: 2070 Kurtz Ave., Pasadena, 410-255-1280, www.KurtzsBeach.com

Little Treasury Jewelers

Providing for all of life’s occasions

Friendly, professional service and selection that is unequaled in quality and value give you the best results on your big day.

         Choose or custom-create your wedding jewelry at Little Treasury Jeweler for personalized attention, a welcoming store atmosphere and options for all price ranges. Little Treasury Jewelers has served and satisfied the greater Baltimore-Annapolis area since 1996.

         They carry wedding bands, engagement rings and anniversary bands from the highest quality vendors. Little Treasury also custom makes or matches bands to any engagement ring.

         Services include appraisal, a one-year warranty with a bridal purchase, ring re-mounting and sizing and free cleanings.

         Little Treasury can also help you find the perfect gift for members of the bridal party and your groomsmen. Watches are popular statement pieces again, and the selection of fine watches is unequaled in the area. For choices at all price points, they also carry a wide variety of designer jewelry, including Pandora and Alex and Ani. 

         The next step: Call or come into the store so that their experts can help you select the perfect piece and take advantage of no-interest financing.

Little Treasury Jewelers: 2506 New Market Ln.,  Gambrills, 410-721-7100, www.littletreasury.com

Maria’s Love Point Bed & Breakfast

A unique, exclusive setting for your fairytale wedding 

Maria’s Love Point fulfills romantic wishes with a secluded waterfront spot to set your ceremony apart. Located on Kent Island overlooking Chesapeake Bay and the Chester River, Maria’s promises you a very private and exclusive waterfront wedding.

         Maria’s is committed to making your wedding day a wonderful experience and memory with the perfect place, décor, cuisine and service.

         You needn’t think small. Maria’s Love Point can easily accommodate up to 275 guests for weddings and receptions. The grounds are all yours for your special day. 

         Feeling overwhelmed by all a wedding demands? They are ready to assist you with professional planning from start to finish with attention to all the details, from tents … to menus … to your wedding cake … to flowers … to music … to transportation … to the smallest accessories. 

         Catering services offer a wide selection of menus, from gourmet formal dinners to bull and pig roasts. 

         For music Maria’s meets your tastes, from quality DJs to live cover bands — every genre, every taste for any budget — to make your party sing and dance.

         They’ll help you choose wedding flowers including bouquets, reception centerpieces and boutonnieres — and make sure all are delivered fresh, beautiful and on time.

         Even for your cake, you can count on Maria’s. They’re specialists in wedding cakes in many shapes and sizes in themes casual, traditional, modern, elegant, playful or eccentric.

         Your guests will be so enthralled at Maria’s Love Point that they’ll want to do more. Local golf, fishing trips and nights-on-the-town are also part of our service.

         They’ll do anything and everything to get you to the church on time, including providing airport shuttles and event-day limousine and hotel transfers.

         Phone to schedule a date and time to visit Maria’s to see Love Point and discuss your vision in detail.

Maria’s Love Point Bed & Breakfast: 1710 Love Point Rd., Stevensville, 410-643-5054, www.mariaslovepoint.com

Mary’s Hope on Church Cove

This elegant event location began as a wedding gift

Built in 1893 as a wedding gift, Mary’s Hope on Church Cove remains a symbol of love and gracious living more than 120 years later. Its history goes back even farther. In his May 10, 1736 will, James Angel bequeathed the property now know as Mary’s Hope to his daughter, Mary, and her heirs. 

         In the late 1800s, John Grey Hopkins Lilburn, an industrious planter and later a St. Mary’s County commissioner, chose the property to create a home for his fiancée, Annie Elizabeth Thomas. 

         The Lilburn family’s spacious Victorian home had such luxuries as running water and a working septic system. John’s widow sold the property in 1919 to the family of Louis T. and Anna Hodges. 

         By the end of World War II, the farm came to Mathias and Regina Mueller, who worked the land until 1961 when they sold the farm to daughter Judy and her husband, William E. ‘Bill’ Raley. 

         In 1984, the Raleys embarked on long held plans to upgrade the exterior of the home, adding an east wing and a basement garage. These renovations revealed a tongue-and-groove pine board on which the story of the building of the house was written in pencil. 

         Augustine McClanahan and John Haman were named as the builders. They inscribed on the board the following words, “We will dine and sup tonight at the wedding of John Lilburn and Annie Thomas.” The men dated the event as July 26, 1893. 

         Today that time capsule of history is proudly displayed. 

         After four decades of living in the home, the Raley family decided in 2002 to turn the home into a location for gatherings and weddings.

         Today, members of the family coordinate many events each year at Mary’s Hope on Church Cove, as well as maintain the beautiful grounds. With its idyllic waterfront setting on a point high above Church Cove, the home is graced with old growth hardwood, which frame the house as you approach from the front. Crepe myrtle, magnolia, azaleas, roses and lilacs are among the many flowering trees and plants on the grounds. A gazebo overlooking the water on the northernmost projection of the property provides an excellent backdrop for weddings, pictures and special events. 

         The house lends a sense of stateliness to any function. The grand foyer features antique furnishings and original pine flooring. The large staircase with a restored hand-carved oak newel post gives visitors their first glimpse at a bygone era. Grand windows fill the Lilburn room with natural light, which plays off the cheerful yellow walls. A cranberry light fixture hanging in the north end of the main hall is original to the home and speaks to its period of construction. Upstairs, several bedroom suites give anxious brides and grooms-to-be a place to prepare for the festivities. Also upstairs is access to the second-story balcony, which overlooks the front lawn and is a favorite place for brides to toss their bouquets. 

         Tour this historic site at a fall bridal show hosted by Season’s Events Oct 28, noon-3pm: 301-904-1078.

Mary’s Hope on Church Cove: 18050 Church Cove Lane, St. Inigoes, 301-686-8502, www.marys-hope.com

Memories Annapolis

Your favorite photos need someone to speak for them

As cameras and smartphones have gotten better, there’s been an explosion in the number of photographs taken. Your favorite photos need someone to speak for them. Memories wants to help you do that. People love to look at photographs, but they want to do it in an interesting way — not sitting with you going through image after image on a small screen. 

         That’s where Memories-Annapolis comes in. They are a small Annapolis-based producer of high-quality HD video photo slide shows. 

         For a bachelorette party, they’ll turn digital photos or prints of the bride-to-be into a professional video slide show with music. 

         The parties surrounding weddings are great times to share a lifetime of photos of the bride and groom with guests.

         After the wedding, round up images taken by your guests and we’ll create a slide show video for an after-wedding party.

         Unique software puts affordable magic into special events. Check the website for examples.

Memories Annapolis: 801 Chesapeake Ave., Annapolis, 443-534-4668, www.Memories-Annapolis.com

Old South Country Club

Timeless wedding memories

The regal entryway and rural setting sets Old South Country Club apart from the rest. Only 20 minutes south of Annapolis and 30 minutes from D.C., this wedding paradise makes a picture-perfect backdrop for your special day.  

         From intimate family gatherings to 220 guests, Old South can accommodate your wedding needs. Wedding planning here is made simple, as the expert event staff will guide you through the entire experience from start to finish. 

         Old South’s Grand Ballroom boasts ample space for a formal seated meal as well as dancing. The beautifully landscaped green hills can be seen from the Ballroom’s balcony. As your reception rolls into the evening, you and your partner can enjoy a magnificent sunset over the grounds. In addition, the tented veranda, the largest space, can be used for receptions as well as ceremonies.

         For smaller weddings or rehearsals, the Oak Room is a cozy and intimate dining room with a wood-burning fireplace and private bar. This space can also serve as a setting for a cocktail hour or reception.

         The staff at Old South is experienced in delivering the best. A full variety of food options will help you tailor your menu for your wedding day. They offer full breakfast, lunch or lighter fare for your bridal party as you get reading to make memories, because they know the importance is in the details.

Old South Country Club: 699 Marlboro Rd. Lothian, 410-741-6037; www.oldsouthcountryclub.org

Pirates Cove Restaurant, Banquet Room & Dock Bar

Nautical nuptials done right

For the couple in love with all things Chesapeake Bay, Pirates Cove Restaurant is the perfect setting. On the West River in Galesville, Pirates offers expansive water views with a panorama of boats, both docked and underway. The newly renovated banquet room now offers a 24-foot sliding glass door providing direct access to the private deck as well as capacity for up to 90 guests for a seated lunch or dinner.

         An extensive selection of lunch and dinner packages includes local seafood, the best crab cakes on the Bay and premium steak options, which can all be customized to fit any budget and taste. 

         Cocktail-party style, Pirates Cove can entertain 140 to 190 guests on the adjoining waterfront deck on the West River.

         This is also a great location for rehearsal dinners and convenient to other destinations such as Herrington on the Bay.

         Pirates Cove’s recently remodeled hotel rooms overlooking the harbor are just the spot for the bridal party and family to dress, relax or put up out-of-town guests.

         By land or by sea: Pirates Cove is accessible by water through the adjacent marina on the West River, so escaping away for your honeymoon is as easy as boarding a boat. 

Pirates Cove Restaurant: 4817 Riverside Dr., Galesville, 410-867-2300, www.piratescovemd.com

Running Hare Vineyard

Wine and romance

If you’re looking for a venue unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, you might want to consider Running Hare Vineyard. Once you set foot on the property you will be unable to deny the beauty and extraordinary landscape reminiscent of Tuscany with its luscious rolling hills. Years after your wedding the photos captured will serve as proof that your wedding venue really wasn’t just a dream. 

         When holding your ceremony at Running Hare, you will say “I do” in the heart of our vines with the beautiful backdrop of our Tuscan Villa nestled at the top of the hill. The sun might begin to set with a romantic mix of light and shadows casting over the grapes and glistening slate isle. Then, once you are happily married, your guests will walk through our vine-covered arbor and ascend our stairs to the covered portico for cocktail hour. Under this portico, you will have magnificent views of our infamous vineyard covered rolling hills while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and perhaps, a little wine. After cocktail hour, the reception will give way in a custom-designed Tuscan Villa fit for dinner, dancing and the beginning of your happily ever after.

         Running Hare is devoted to each and every couple and their specific dreams. They only host one wedding per day, which gives the flexibility to create the timeline of you feel you want or need, whether that be an early afternoon or sunset ceremony/reception. They are capable of hosting up to 250 of your closest family and friends. Rentals begin as an eight-hour rental. This rental includes two hours in our new lush bridal suite, five full hours for your ceremony cocktail hour and reception, and one final vacated hour dedicated to escorting all guests off of the premises. 

         Their rental also includes all padded ceremony site chairs, a 250 square-foot dance floor, a gorgeous black walnut/granite bar and crystal chandelier, five-foot round dining tables and Chivari chairs. Pricing is all-inclusive at a flat fee. The Tuscan Villa and/or the attached portico are available year round for rental and are beautiful in the winter months. Your ceremony may be hosted inside or you may choose a local church followed by an elegant reception at Running Hare Vineyard.

         If this is exactly what you’re looking for, don’t be shy! Book a tour with Maura to see everything this unparalleled venue has to offer. These tours are by appointment only. Running Hare books dates quickly, so please reach out to book your tour today at either [email protected] or 410-414-8486. 

Running Hare Vineyard: 150 Adelina Rd., Prince Frederick, 410-414-8486, www.runningharevineyard.com

Side Street Framers and Gift Gallery

Framing your memories

Side Street Framers’ reputation has been built on fair, honest pricing and outstanding design. Of course you’ll have pictures of your wedding, from your engagement through your honeymoon. To make your favorite images part of your life forever after, turn to Side Street Framers and Gift Gallery.

         Three full-time designers are on hand to help you chose just the right framing to complement your wedding photos and your favorite items. They use acid-free materials and UV-protection glass so that your special photos will never change color or fade.

         Side Street offers a large variety of matting and framing options for wedding photo canvasses and photographs. They think outside the box, too, helping you imagine, design and frame shadowboxes of keepsakes, from invitations to bridal flowers and garters. For example, they’ll mat a photo to be signed by wedding guests, and after the wedding frame it. Consultations are complimentary.

         Design, services and honest pricing are a few of the reasons customers have been going there for nearly 30 years. Over those years, Side Street Framers has been asked to frame just about everything. So be inspired. Then challenge them to help you preserve your memories in the years ahead. 

         Side Street Framers will certainly make sure you are happy with the design and the price — and your framing will be guaranteed for a lifetime.

Side Street Framers and Gift Gallery: 558 B Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park, 410-544-9050, www.sidestreetframers.com

Silver Swan Bayside

Making weddings spectacular

The Silver Swan Bayside combines quiet sophistication, exquisite views of the Chesapeake Bay and breathtaking sunsets to create the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

         The team at Silver Swan at the Queen Anne Marina on beautiful Kent Island is ready to help you and your family plan a seamless, stress-less, once-in-a-lifetime celebration on Chesapeake Bay. 

         Professional and experienced wedding specialists work with you from our first meeting until the last guest leaves. They guide you through the complexities of planning and oversee every detail to perfection.

         Our goal is to keep you and your guests happy and smiling from beginning to end.

         Located just five miles from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Silver Swan Bayside features a spacious dining room with panoramic views of the Chesapeake Bay. French doors open from the dining room to an enclosed, oversized pavilion tent. They can accommodate up to 230 guests for cocktails or up to 200 for a seated affair.

         Waterfront lawn, boardwalk and beach are the perfect setting for a memorable ceremony and reception any time of the year.

         Silver Swan Bayside is more than a location; it is a destination.

Silver Swan Bayside: 412 Congressional Dr., Stevensville, 443-249-0400, www.silverswanbayside.com

 

Southern Maryland Entertainment

Photo fun for all of your party

Capture the fun, the joy and the memories at your wedding reception or party in a photo-booth provided by Southern Maryland Entertainment, a premier open-style social photo booth company. 

         The experience begins with customizing an elegant photo booth to suit your wedding — whether it’s a backyard barbecue or a VIP gala with stanchions and red carpet — and provide whatever experience you desire.

         Then the fun begins. Up to 20 guests at a time can step into the booth to pose for photos. They can text or email photos directly from the photo booth — plus take home their photo strips as party favors and mementos of your special event.

         The wedding couple gets a digital download of all photos. Add-on services include hashtag printing, photo albums and more.

         The online gallery, password-protected if you choose and available for up to six months, allows guests to order reprints or enlargements. 

         Their five-star rating shows that they are consistent and that they listen to our clients. Their pictures and reputation amongst their clients and peers speak for themselves.

Southern Maryland Entertainment: Mike and Virginia Richardson, 240-258-6677, www.somdentertainment.com

Sweet Hearts Patisserie

Sweet treats for the sweetest days

Towers of French macarons, cupcakes with waves of whipped frosting, bite-sized petit fours, melt-in-your-mouth meringues, madelines or multi-tiered cakes: whatever your sweet tooth delights in, Sweet Hearts Patisserie can create it.

         They offer wedding cakes, wedding favors, bridal shower cakes and favors and dessert tables — plus breakfast platters and brunch and sweets trays for the bridal party as it prepares for the wedding.

         Everything is made from scratch, using top-quality ingredients. They promise outstanding personalized service from the first inquiry to post-wedding follow-up.

         On your first inquiry, they’ll begin gathering information about what you are looking for. Then they schedule a cake tasting and consultation with a wedding specialist to discuss all the options and services.

         Sweet Hearts offers delivery and setup for all weddings and can customize everything to match the theme and colors. They also provide a complimentary six-inch anniversary cake to wedding clients.

Sweet Hearts Patisserie: 1410 Forest Dr., Annapolis, 410-263-6513, www.sweetheartspatisserie.com

Time For Travel, LTD

Your no-cost travel agent for booking destination weddings and honeymoons

For your wedding and honeymoon, you want perfection. So when your plans include travel to exotic destinations, the guidance of specialists can make all the difference.

         For more than 22 years, Sarah Kline CRC and Doris Graham have made destination weddings, honeymoons and group vacations their business. At Time for Travel, a local agency with worldwide expertise, they are at your service at no cost (their commissions are paid by the resorts) to customize your perfect experience.

         Throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Europe, Mexico and South Pacific, they have the first-hand experience and right contacts to make your trip go smoothly and be memorable. Being accessible 24/7 should you need help at any stage of the process assures peace of mind. Who would you call if you booked online?

         For wedding and vacation groups, they set up blocks for your party. Many resorts offer comps, upgrades and perks for your group depending on the size and resort.

         They offer the traveling group convenient payment plans, typically $50 per person deposit to start the hotel reservation. Balances typically are due 60 to 45 days before travel. They also work with all major airlines. American, Delta, Southwest and United also offer deposit-based payment plans. 

         For the best service and pricing, contact them today. They see clients in the office by appointment. Email your travel requests anytime to: [email protected].

Time For Travel: 1251 W. Central Ave., #G2, Davidsonville, 866-259-2066, www.timefortravelltd.com

Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm

Flowers grown with love make lovelier weddings

Match the romance in your love story with flowers sustainably grown in Willow Oak’s old-fashioned cottage-style gardens right here in Chesapeake Country.

         A labor of love for 37 years, Willow Oak cultivates a wide range of flowers and greenery, all without chemicals. They strive to offer the best varieties of many native and heirloom flowers and unique herbs at a fair price.

         Blooms vary with the season. Summer brings lavender, hydrangea, old-fashioned roses, zinnias, calendula, marigolds, asters, lace flowers, sunflowers, lisianthus and butterfly bush. Fall flowers include dahlias, asters, zinnias and mums.

         Special orders of high-quality fresh flowers make the possibilities endless, regardless of season.

         All of their arrangements are hand crafted to please you, with utmost care. They also offer flower arranging guidance if you’d like to create your own arrangements.

         As well as a full-service florist that arranges, delivers and sets up weddings and special events around Maryland and D.C., Willow Oak is an organic farm. They work with their ecosystem to be self-sustaining and with both the Maryland Environmental Trust and Severn River Land Trust to preserve our farm from development.

         Come visit! They enjoy showing you around the farm so you can see where and how your flowers grow. The farm has been featured in national publications such as Better Homes & Gardens, Garden Ideas, Country Home and Southern Living’s Christmas Book.

         Call to schedule a free consultation with flower artist Heather Carr.

Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm: 8109 Telegraph Rd., Severn, 410-551-2237, www.willowoakherbs.com

Wimsey Cove Framing & Fine Art Printing

Turning wedding memories into art

Wimsey Cove is a first-class choice to frame, protect and display your wedding memories. Owner and framing designer Elizabeth Ramirez, an artist with 22 years experience in the business, has creative ways to turn photos, favors and keepsakes from your special day and your honeymoon into beautiful wall displays that make your memories lifelong artwork.

         Imagine the possibilities of combining your choice of Wimsey Cove’s inventory of historic maps of the world, Maryland and Anne Arundel County with your wedding photos and mementos for unique-to-you gifts for your spouse or wedding party. Surprise your parents with a beautiful framed photo from your wedding. Create a framed collage with multiple mat openings. Frame your invitation with your bouquet and favors, even sand and shells from your beach wedding. Wimsey Cove can coordinate frame styles for the special places in your home.

         To ensure your treasures will be there for all the anniversaries to come, Wimsey Cove uses conservation matting, high quality frames and conservation glass.

         Let Wimsey Cove preserve your special day. Wedding packages are available, and service is personal and turn-around fast.

Wimsey Cove Framing & Fine Art Printing: 209 Chinquapin Round Rd., #101, Annapolis, 410-956-7278, www.marylandframing.com