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KELLY MORAN & RYAN BRASSEL

AMY RAAB

Occupations: Kelly is corporate recruiting manager for Interstate Hotels & Resorts in Arlington, VA; Ryan is a commercial real estate associate for Murphy Commercial in Annapolis, MD.

Number of Attendees: 160

Number of Attendants: 20

How You Met: Ryan and I were born and raised in Annapolis, so we would occasionally run into each other, but we were re-introduced at my sister-in-law’s sister’s wedding on Kiawah Island, SC. Ryan was living in Michigan at the time and I was living in Washington, D.C.

The Engagement: Ryan proposed the day before Easter (my favorite holiday) in downtown Annapolis. He hid a giant hot pink plastic Easter egg in a garden near the water. As we approached the garden, the egg immediately caught my eye. He picked it up and got down on one knee.

Wedding Design Inspiration: Nautical, Annapolis, navy blue and white stripes, preppy

What was Unique and Special About Your Wedding: Our day truly reflected us. Our table names were unique, as each table at the reception was named after our Annapolis favorites.

Favorite Details: The bridesmaid dresses, trolley for the wedding party for taking pictures after the Mass, welcome bags with a map of Annapolis by Merry Maps, the bridesmaid’s bags—each was a different color and monogrammed with her initials from Star Monogram in Annapolis.

Most Unexpected Event on the Day of the Wedding: The weather! Huge storms rolled through the Thursday before our wedding and by Saturday we had blue skies and sunshine.

Piece of Advice: Hire a day-of wedding planner. I had a vision of what I wanted for my wedding day and did a lot of research on my vendors. We were able to do most of the planning on our own. We handed all of the contracts over to Raquel Shutt of Wedding Savvy about three months before our wedding and she took over. It was the best decision that we made. The day was perfection. I did not have to think about a single detail and neither did our parents. It was all about enjoying ourselves and knowing that Raquel was on top o

Bridesmaids attire: Lula Kate (dresses), C Wonder (earrings), Star Monogram (bags)

Cake: Sarah’s Sweet Cakes

Caterer: Annapolis Yacht Club; Sweethearts Patisserie (sailboat monogrammed favor cookies)

Flowers: Little House of Flowers

Groom and Groomsmen attire: Jos. A. Banks (tuxes), Vineyard Vines (ties)

Hair & Make-up: Kelly Fisher and her team at Ruby Salon (hair), Elif Tokbay (makeup)

Honeymoon destination: Cap Juluca Anguilla

Invitations: Paper in the Park

Location: St. Mary’s Catholic Church (mass); Annapolis Yacht Club (reception)

Music: Sound Nation, Andy Kushner

Officiant: Fr. Flynn

Transportation: Z Best – Limo

Wedding Dress: Amsale

Wedding Planner: Wedding Savvy

   
   

KELLY MORAN & RYAN BRASSEL

AMY RAAB

Occupations: Kelly is corporate recruiting manager for Interstate Hotels & Resorts in Arlington, VA; Ryan is a commercial real estate associate for Murphy Commercial in Annapolis, MD.

Number of Attendees: 160

Number of Attendants: 20

How You Met: Ryan and I were born and raised in Annapolis, so we would occasionally run into each other, but we were re-introduced at my sister-in-law’s sister’s wedding on Kiawah Island, SC. Ryan was living in Michigan at the time and I was living in Washington, D.C.

The Engagement: Ryan proposed the day before Easter (my favorite holiday) in downtown Annapolis. He hid a giant hot pink plastic Easter egg in a garden near the water. As we approached the garden, the egg immediately caught my eye. He picked it up and got down on one knee.

Wedding Design Inspiration: Nautical, Annapolis, navy blue and white stripes, preppy

What was Unique and Special About Your Wedding: Our day truly reflected us. Our table names were unique, as each table at the reception was named after our Annapolis favorites.

Favorite Details: The bridesmaid dresses, trolley for the wedding party for taking pictures after the Mass, welcome bags with a map of Annapolis by Merry Maps, the bridesmaid’s bags—each was a different color and monogrammed with her initials from Star Monogram in Annapolis.

Most Unexpected Event on the Day of the Wedding: The weather! Huge storms rolled through the Thursday before our wedding and by Saturday we had blue skies and sunshine.

Piece of Advice: Hire a day-of wedding planner. I had a vision of what I wanted for my wedding day and did a lot of research on my vendors. We were able to do most of the planning on our own. We handed all of the contracts over to Raquel Shutt of Wedding Savvy about three months before our wedding and she took over. It was the best decision that we made. The day was perfection. I did not have to think about a single detail and neither did our parents. It was all about enjoying ourselves and knowing that Raquel was on top o

Bridesmaids attire: Lula Kate (dresses), C Wonder (earrings), Star Monogram (bags)

Cake: Sarah’s Sweet Cakes

Caterer: Annapolis Yacht Club; Sweethearts Patisserie (sailboat monogrammed favor cookies)

Flowers: Little House of Flowers

Groom and Groomsmen attire: Jos. A. Banks (tuxes), Vineyard Vines (ties)

Hair & Make-up: Kelly Fisher and her team at Ruby Salon (hair), Elif Tokbay (makeup)

Honeymoon destination: Cap Juluca Anguilla

Invitations: Paper in the Park

Location: St. Mary’s Catholic Church (mass); Annapolis Yacht Club (reception)

Music: Sound Nation, Andy Kushner

Officiant: Fr. Flynn

Transportation: Z Best – Limo

Wedding Dress: Amsale

Wedding Planner: Wedding Savvy